Rec: VCR for dubbing to DVD

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  1. Mike Dzurko

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    I have a ton of old VHS family tapes that I want to bring into my computer, edit, and burn to DVD. Looking for recommendation for a good VHS unit for this task. Any available with S-Video out instead of composite? Used is okay. Thanks!
     
  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Only Super VHS VCRs have S-video connections. I believe JVC's top-of-the-line models have some digital processing that cleans up old tapes somewhat, but I'm not sure if you want to spend that kind of money on "old" tapes.
     
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    Wayne:

    Thanks for the input. Much appreciated. The tapes are mostly of the family/kids years ago. I guess I don't want to spend a fortune, but I do want to get good video quality. I tried a low-end JVC and wasn't real happy with it. I was thinking that there might be certain used models that offer good video but aren't too expensive.

    Questions for Wayne or anyone else:

    1) Will the S-Video connection on S-VHS improve the video quality of standard VHS tapes?

    2) Any great S-VHS units that sell in the $100-$200 range used on Ebay-Audiogon etc? Thanks!
     
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    For regular VHS tapes, you don't need s-video. Get a good VHS player and add an external time-base-corrector unit for the best video possible from VHS tapes.
     
  5. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    1) No.
    2) It won’t be hard to find a used top-of-the-line JVC for under $200. Most of them have a time-based correction processor built in (don’t know how it will compare to an outboard unit, though). Look for an HR-S7600 model or later (7700, 7800 etc.) or a HR-S9xxx model.
     
  6. Mike Dzurko

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    Don, Wayne:

    Your ideas are very much appreciated. I've got some research to do . . .
     
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    Mike,

    Go to Sears and buy a Sansui DVD/VHS recorder for $400.00. It's an all-in-one unit; it can do VHS>>DVD and DVD>>VHS one touch dubbing. I purchased one to help my mom put her figure skating recordings (off of TV broadcast, not of my mom ice-skating) onto DVD. The Sansui will play CDs, MP3-encoded CDs, and I believe VCDs as well. It's the only one out there with all these feature. Check it out. [​IMG]
     
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    I think if you are concerned about video quality something with DNR will noticeably improve the picture. I have the JVC 7500 that has DNR and it does wonders to not only SVHS recorded video but it does a good job on standard VHS recordings as well. For me that would give you the best possible picture for your Recorded DVDs.
     
  10. Mike Dzurko

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    Danny:
    Thanks, it is a great idea, but I've spent a fair amount of time getting the whole digital editing/burning thing working in a PC. And, I want to do a fair amount of editing before burning.

    Jerome:

    Thanks!I'll do some checking on those units. JVC seems to be pretty popular around here. The $69 JVC I picked up at BB was disappointing in terms of quality. I'm thinking an older, higher end model on Ebay or such makes more sense.

    Keep the ideas coming!
     

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