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venajan 2012-07-17 01:19

help for vhs&dvd
I've got some rare 80s movies on VHS that are not available on DVD. I want to transfer these movies to DVD, but my VCR/DVD combo unit will not allow me to burn a copy-protected VHS movie. Is there any way around this? Not looking to make a profit and sell these; I just don't want to risk ruining the tape or getting it stuck in the VCR so I prefer the movies on DVD. These are for my own personal viewing pleasure.

Wandering_Youth 2012-07-17 03:31

You could buy a TV card or a special adapter for your computer and plug a VHS player into it to record the VHS tape and then burn it on a DVD. This involves a lot of video editing and hardware to purchase if don't already own them.

sa547 2012-07-17 04:01

@venajan: aren't you the same guy who "found" a solution? :heh:

Dante of the Inferno 2012-07-17 04:02


Originally Posted by sa547 (Post 4258773)
@venajan: aren't you the same guy who "found" a solution? :heh:

That device only removes the DRM signal, enabling protected VCR-to-DVD/w.e copying. It does nothing to actually copy the data. Such hardware can be expensive. My VCR/DVD recorder combo cost $200. Furthermore, his recorder combo may not be supported by G-Nex. That leaves plan B, which involves a computer.

Well, generally the cheapest way around this is to use a digital recorder to connect from your VCR (usually the RCA ports) to your computer (via USB). From there, the recordings can be saved to a digital file, and that file would be DRM-free. Then use a DVD-burning software suite to copy the file onto a proper DVD (as opposed to a data CD, which will only run on a computer).

I personally use a SIIG USB 2.0 Video Capture Device

It has since been updated a bit, with a price to match, but it's smaller overall, has a better software suite, and can work on both PC and Mac.

Both versions come with software to burn the data directly to a DVD, so the process is fairly painless. However, the quality is still going to be a little crummy, considering the source is VHS and the input is RCA/s-video. However, if you want the convenience and reliability of digital vs magnetic tape, I would definitely choose this route.

sa547 2012-07-17 07:53

I know how it works; actually I think he's trying to sell his product.

Like you, I find it easier to just get a good vidcap card/dongle, hook it up to a VCR and record the feed (did just that to an old hardcore skin flick that brother-in-law wanted to be preserved into DVD :heh: ).

LOL venajan.

venajan 2012-07-23 01:53

You can see the idea of how to use Grex with DVD/VCR combos here:
I'm doing it with my Sony RDR VX520.
Definitely the next round of such products would be HD protection remover.
Are there any news about such device?

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