I had to replace my DVD player so bought a blue ray in case I ever get any blue ray discs.
My new blue ray player has only HDMI out. Is there such a thing as an adapter for going from HDMI to S video so I can connect it to my 515?
Note unless you want to spend >$200 don't expect true S-video quality, more like a step down from composite quality.
For copying non CP'd DVDs I'd suggest a older DVD player with true S-video output but a positive of most of these converters is they forget to pass on any CP.....allowing you to backup ANY DVDs
I have a Lenkeng made converter I purchase for ~$40 during a great sale.
If you want to stick to new and are OK with just playing DVDs then a new DVD player with composite output should yield better picture quality than using one of the converters I linked.
Check out this link if thinking of getting a new DVD player, doesn't sound so good.
Are you copying to the Mag's HDD or a DVD?
Also, is your DVD player or the Mag connected to a TV (or any other device) with HDMI while copying?
At least now we've eliminated some possible "simple" answers, but I'm afraid we're down to the more "normal" answer: DVDs are a bitch to copy to a recorder without a "filter" in between!
Many commercial VHS tapes can be copied to HDD w/o a filter, but not comm. DVDs.
Kind of a funny thing happens with my Sony DVD players, if I turn it on and copy the splash screen all goes well, if I insert a CP'd DVD my DVDR recording, the funny part is if I stop playing the DVD and just display the splash screen I still get the CP warning and cannot copy it. The only way to clear it is to either power down the player or play another DVD that doesn't contain CP, then I'm able to copy the splash screen again. Not sure how many other players act this way but it had me scratching my head for a while.
- kelson h
The bitterness of poor quality lasts long after the sweetness of the low price is forgotten . . . life is too short to drink bad wine
I agree though for the vast majority of things, including things you want to retain the original 5.1 or commentary soundtrack, the computer is THE way to go