What have you done with your VCR?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Oren, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    Being the paranoid person that I am [​IMG] and not enjoying the thought of everything being crammed onto one information pipeline i.e. the Internet, which is susceptible to hackers/viruses/IT incompetance & now the corporations fighting the concept of Net Neutrality [​IMG], I recommend something like this to help make sure one has (near) constant access to emergency news:

    AM/FM weather band radio

    or this much smaller Sony, which has TV sound too.
     
  2. JohnRice

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    Sony and TDK both make highly rated media, but the best overall is Verbatim, for all types. Also, Sony and TDK are two of the few "Name Brands" who actually do manufacture their media. Many others outsource them, and you never really know what you will get untill you open them and check the manufacturer's code. Another good brand is Taiyo Yuden. I have found that good discs burned properly and stored away from light are very stable. The drive is also very important. Unfortunately, Panasonic recorders use Matsushita drives, which are complete garbage. Pioneer, on the other hand, makes excellent drives. I'm talking about the optical drive itself, not the entire recorder on the whole.
     
  3. Ron Bartyczak

    Ron Bartyczak Auditioning

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    John,
    I just read on another forum that TDK is no longer manufacturing their DVD media. Big disappointment to me as I very good luck with TDK DVD-Rs when I did any recording.

    Ron
     
  4. Stephen Orr

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    I have two older Sony VCRs that are both part of my AV production office. I only use them to convert people's tapes to DVD.
     
  5. bradhart

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    I use mine for specialty tapes, transferring tapes to disk, and as a backup when my two computer dvr's are busy recording something else.
     
  6. Tony Kwong

    Tony Kwong Supporting Actor

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    I still use a VCR but no longer use VHS!
    I use D-VHS at least once every month for longer term time-shifting of High Def TV shows and movies.
     
  7. Scott Strang

    Scott Strang Screenwriter

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    Am I the only one that immediately took my vcr outside and hit it with a sledge hammer after bringing home a dvd player?
     
  8. DaveHo

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    It's now part of the kids' system. Can't beat the cost for used VHS at yard sales & they really don't care about ultimate picture quality.
     
  9. Oren

    Oren Stunt Coordinator

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    Funny, I was thinking of a situation of wanting to watch live TV in case of a disaster affecting other people. Heh. I didn't even consider that I might be in a disaster myself.
     
  10. John Garcia

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    I haven't had a VCR in my system for almost 8 years. The one we have left is in the closet "just in case" there is a tape that needs to be viewed for some odd reason. I have sold off or given away more or less all of my VHS tapes as each was replaced with a DVD (or Blu-ray now). Some of my DVDs are being retired in favor of the BD versions [​IMG]
     
  11. motegi

    motegi Auditioning

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    I still have multiple VHS VCRs that I will use to record SD programs. Actually I have one for each TV in the house. My main system has a combo DVD recorder/VCR and my bedroom has a JVC SVHS unit. At one point in time I had literally hundreds of tapes which have now almost been entirely replaced by DVDs. Of course I still have my Laserdisc collection and players!!!
     
  12. DanHal

    DanHal Stunt Coordinator

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    What's a VCR?

    But seriously, I don't even own one. There has been an occasional film though that I would have liked to watch, but couldn't because it was only on VHS tapes. Oh well. . . I've almost come to the point where I can't stand not watching movies in HD!
     
  13. Joe S.

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    So what's the cheapest way to move old VHS cassette onto either DVD or a HDD? We really should take our older family movies and preserve them ASAP.
     
  14. Michael Harris

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    My JVC S-VHS machine is sitting in a closet. I have about 10 VHS tapes left. The only reason I've not set it up is lack of space in my AV rack. Once I have additional space, I'll hook it up to my system and transfer my remaining tapes to the computer and then I can retire it for good.
     

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