Brightening and dimming of DVD images

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  1. Ron_Green

    Ron_Green Auditioning

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    I'm just in the beginning of setting up some home theater equipment, and my new Sony jukebox DVD player, which I have to run through my old VHS machine to get it into my (soon-to-be-replaced) TV which has only a coax input, does this brightening-and-dimming cycle when playing certain DVD's. I thought originally it was some kind of screen saver, because it happens even on the menu of the player itself. But it doesn't occur on all discs, just some. Can anyone help me understand this phenomenon, and what component might be at fault?
     
  2. Steve Lucas

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    I think that what you are seeing is the effect of the MacroVision copy protection on the DVD. You can't run a DVD player through a VCR for that reason. Try hooking your DVD player up to your TV directly (May need an RF converter). That should fix the problem.

    Steve
     
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    You cannot run a DVD player through most VCRs because of copy protection encoded on DVDs. Not all discs have this copy protection, but most major current releases will.
     
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    BUy an RF modulator from Radioshack to solve your connection problem. Connecting through a VCR will trigger macrovision, which is what you're seeing.

    -V
     
  5. Ron_Green

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    Thanks for these replies - this sets my mind at ease about my DVD player. I look forward to learning from you veterans about this equipment as I stumble through creating my little theater.[​IMG]
     

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