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Can i copy vhs to DVD

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April 7, 2011 11:35:29 AM

Hi. My old VHS is slowly giving up the ghost and so we have decided to move with the times and get one of those DVD/HDD recorder things. The problem is that we have a stack of store bought videos that my kids still want to watch. I'm not looking to start a pirate movie business but I think it fair for me to copy those movies over to DVD for personal use. Does anyone have any suggestions or links that can help? Cheers in advance. :sarcastic: 

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April 10, 2011 5:40:22 AM

You have several options. You can use a usb video to dvd converter which is simple to use. Install the program and drivers comes with the converter. Plug usb to computer, plug VHS A/V out to usb converter. Play VHS and capture the A/V using the program. Or, cheaper still, you can get a capture card. Put it into a free card slot in your computer. Install driver and program. Plug video out to card and audio to your sound card. Use program to record VHS when VHS is playing.
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April 12, 2011 10:07:01 AM

If you have a DVD/HDD recorder, a standalone unit, then you can directly connect video cassette player to DVD/HDD recorder and produce your DVD disks.

There are several inputs on DVD/HDD recoreder called Line 1, Line 2, etc. Connect your cassette player to, say Line 1 and, choose Line 1 as the media to record. You can record on HDD and play the cassettes directly from HDD or on DVD disks.

As the cassettes do not have copy-protection mechanisms incorporated into them, you can easily get backup copies on DVD or HDD for personal use only. This should not be against law, I guess.
April 21, 2013 12:10:02 AM

You will need a DVD Recorder, and, Grex to transfer your VHS media to DVD.The copy protection I speak of is the macrovision that is causing you not to be able to get good copies of the VCR tapes.I bought a GREX (macrovision remover) for the same purpose http://www.xdimax.com/grex/grex.html
It works great.
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