copying disc to disc

andrew markworthy

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Can I make it clear right at the start that this is not a question about bootlegging/piracy.

I've copied all our home movies from VHS onto DVD-R. I'd like to make a spare set, and for various reasons, it'd be far easier to do disc to disc copies. However, when I try to do this, I get a copyright protection message appearing and my Panasonic refuses to play ball. This is dumb, because apart from anything else, there isn't a copyright issue.

Please does anyone know a way round this problem? I fully endorse not copying copyright material, but I find it exasperating that whilst pirates seem to be able to copy legal releases with seeming impunity, I'm not allowed to make copies of my own home movies.
 

andrew markworthy

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Can I make it clear right at the start that this is not a question about bootlegging/piracy.

I've copied all our home movies from VHS onto DVD-R. I'd like to make a spare set, and for various reasons, it'd be far easier to do disc to disc copies. However, when I try to do this, I get a copyright protection message appearing and my Panasonic refuses to play ball. This is dumb, because apart from anything else, there isn't a copyright issue.

Please does anyone know a way round this problem? I fully endorse not copying copyright material, but I find it exasperating that whilst pirates seem to be able to copy legal releases with seeming impunity, I'm not allowed to make copies of my own home movies.
 

Michael Reuben

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For some reason most Panasonics will not copy from a DVD-R, even one created in the machine. AFAIK, the E85 is the first model that allows this.

I suspect this started as an anti-bootlegging measure, but I agree with you that, as such, it makes little sense.

M.
 

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For some reason most Panasonics will not copy from a DVD-R, even one created in the machine. AFAIK, the E85 is the first model that allows this.

I suspect this started as an anti-bootlegging measure, but I agree with you that, as such, it makes little sense.

M.
 

David Massey

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I have 2 Panasonics and they copy fine from RAMs to an R, but I haven't tried copying from an R to an R. Copying a disc recording from a VCR doesn't come out as good as copying straight from the VCR.
 

Michael Reuben

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All of them copy from DVD-RAM (assuming there's a hard drive to which they can copy). But that isn't what Andrew asked about.

M.
 

David Massey

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I just tried a DVD-R recording made on my E-20, played it in the A120 and it copied fine on the E-10 to a RAM, it's not DVD-R capable so I couldn't try that, but I don't know why you say they won't copy DVD-R discs.
 

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When you play back a DVD-R on an A120, it's just another video source. Of course you can copy it to DVD-RAM. You can also copy it to DVD-R, -RW, +R, +RW or a hard drive. (Note that this involves a second stage of MPEG encoding and some loss in quality.)

Andrew was asking about copying a DVD-R played in one of the Panasonic models with a hard drive to that player's hard drive. This option wasn't available until the E85.

Obviously, Andrew could play his DVD-R in another player and re-record it. But he'll get a better result starting from the original VHS tape, so that there's still only one stage of MPEG encoding.

M.
 

Dave Ringkor

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Use your PC. I have the Panasonic E80 and have converted many VHS tapes to DVD-R. To create perfect copies of them, I use my computer. I got the LG GSA-4040B Multiformat drive that supports all five writable DVD formats including the DVD-RAM the Panasonic recorder uses. The LG is available from newegg.com for $90. Works great. I use Linux (free) to make the copies, but I assume there is some way to do it with Windows too.
 

Gregory Scott Bass

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this was one reason I went for the lite-on 5005, I can make backup copies without having to deal with the macro problem...you have to download firmware from the net to get it to work but then everything is sunny
 

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