I am trying to copy all my VCR tapes onto DVDs to save space.
From anyone already doing or done this, please suggest which brand,
model to purchase for easy and reliable operation. Budget is flexible
for good unit.
I found the panasonic dmr-ez47vk does a pretty good job. Be sure you know
what DVD recording format you want to use: DVD (DVD-Video), DVD-RAM (DVD-VR,
JPEG), DVD-R/-RW (DVD-Video, DVD-VR: DVD-RW only, DivX: DVD-R only), DVD-R
(DL) [DVD-Video, DivX], +R/+R (DL)/+RW (Video)
The Panasonic will do pretty much any dvd media format, but you will need to
decide which blank dvds you want to purchase for recording. This will be
based on which dvd recording format will best work in the dvd players you
will be using now and in the future, as well as the dvd players of anyone
else you wish to send dvds to.
I never realized there were so many choices.
( so many ways to screw up too..... )
When I rent a ( regular ) DVD movie from Blockbuster,
what format is it in ?
What blanks would I buy to create disks in this format ?
It is not in a format that is used for home recording. It is proprietary to
meet the current standards of the industry and entertainment groups.
I know that the response 'just depends' sounds flip, but it applies. It also
depends on if you want to use a blank dvd that is able to be re-recorded
over (for taping tv shows for example) or a single use dvd. All the
panasonic dvd recorders, including the combo dvd/vcr recorders, will record
any format you decide to use.
This link may help:
Also, doesn't it depend on what kind of VHS tapes you have to copy?
You can transfer home videos with no problem, but doesn't copy
protection become a problem if it's a commercial VHS? I thought
there was something there to prevent copying those without the DVD
copy winding up with at least some distortion in it to prevent making
good identical copies?
I thought the OP was talking about copying home movies, so I missed any
reference about copying commercial tapes or dvds. Yes, copy protection can
make the copying of commercial movies impossible without distortions. But it
is not absolute with all copyrighted material.
Yes, my idea is to copy(archive) my home made movies for family. I am
familiar with formats, over riding protected materials, etc. I was
looking for input regarding reliable unit from experienced users. So far
it looks like Panasonic DMR-series is good bet? I was looking at Toshiba
units as well. Now I have to send an email to Santa, LOL!
On Sun, 09 Dec 2007 06:48:33 +0000, Tony Hwang wrote:
Been using a Lite-On LVC-9016G I found at Costco for a couple years now.
For my purposes an ideal setup. User has the option to copy from tape to
disc or disc to tape.
I like being able to record TV shows for late viewing. The old time
shifting principle that made VCR's popular. Only now I can watch them on
my laptop while waiting for a flight at the airport.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.