VHS to DVD copying

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  1. bassman1

    bassman1 Auditioning

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    Hello, I am looking for a free standing unit that I can convert my old VHS tapes to a DVD format to share with family. I would also like to just use the unit as a DVD player. Any suggestions? Thanks
     
  2. David Weicker

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    What you need is a DVD-Recorder. I have a Philips brand recorder that is a few years old, so I don't know if the model is still available (3355). I've seen models offered by most manufacturers. They should be available in the $50 to $100 range. I've been very satisfied with mine. They work fine as a DVD player as well. If you are planning on transferring your own VHS tapes, it works fine - hook up the VCR to the Recorder - coax, composite (yellow/red/white), or s-vhs (black/red/white). Push play on the tape, push record on the recorder. It records in real-time, so a two-hour movie takes two hours to record. Most of the recorders have built-in circuitry to try to eliminate the copy-degradation (the copy of a copy of a copy syndrome). If you want to copy a commercially bought tape, it won't work straight out of the box. If you do some searching, there are 'black-boxes' you can find that allow that (mine cost about $20). The recorder can also record from other sources - camcorder, cable-box, laserdisc. As for quality, most recorders allow for 1-hour, 2-hour, 4-hour, and 6-hour recordings. As with tape, the shorter the time, the better the quality. David
     
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