Sima Video Copy Master

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  1. cafink

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    I was at Best Buy this afternoon (finally got Bad Taste, yay), browsing video accessories. I came across a device called the "Video Copy Master" (model SED-CM) by a company called SIMA. It cost $50.

    I've never been much into the hardware side of home theater. I've never heard of this company, and I'm not quite sure what this device does. It said it "boosts the signal" of a video, or something to that effect. It's hard to tell, but does this device defeat Macrovision ? If not, what exactly does it do? If so, is it worth my money? I've been looking for something to defeat Macrovision for a while.

    And just for the record, I'm totally against pirating/bootlegging. I'd just like to be able to record a few DVDs onto VHS tapes so I can watch them in my bedroom (where I have a VCR but no DVD player).
     
  2. John Morris

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    Carl: Yes, it does. Using the big brother to the Sima CM unit I have made many VHS copies of DVDs for my kids to watch in their rooms. You don't mind if they ruin a 50 cent VHS tape, but a $20 DVD is another matter altogether. [​IMG]
     
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    John, thanks for the reply —

    You say you've used the "big brother" to the copymaster. Does that mean you haven't actually used the exact one I'm talking about? Another person told me that the device works well for defeating macrovision on VHS, but that DVD uses a more complex form that the copymaster can't really handle. He suggested the Sima SCC Color Corrector for the purpose I want. Is that the unit you use?
     
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    Carl: Yes, I use the Sima SCC Color Corrector.
     
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    No, it doesn't work (Sima VCM). The Sima SCC Pro works. I have both. VCM only defeats first generation DVD macrovision. Macrovision comes in more advanced flavours on newer machines.
     
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    Thanks for your help, guys. That's exactly what I wanted to know.
     
  7. John Morris

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    Carl: you can buy the Sima SCC for around $99 online. Do a search for "Sima SCC" and you'll find about a dozen places or more to buy it.

    Good Luck!
     
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    A very good thread. I have two DVD players at home. A Panny A110U and a Onkyo DVM-301 mega changer. The Onkyo is a newer machine of the 2 units. I also have a 1995/1996 model RCA-SVCR and a very old Magnavox HIFI VCR.

    Both the VCRs made excellent copies when I played DVDs on the Panny but when I play the DVD on the Onkyo, only the Magnavox records copies well.

    I had no idea why until I read this thread about different generations of DVD players. Also older VCRs don't seem to recognize macrovision and the newer ones do. I also own a Mitsubishi HSU-795 which will not record from any DVD player.
     
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