|Originally posted by vferrari
Generally, these will not work with the Panasonic recorders if the source video has CGMS protection (which is not removed by a macrovision filter) or if the macrovision signal is not completely stripped away. The Panasonic recorders have a pretty robust copy protection system and unless you remove both macrovision and CGMS, you will not be successful at backing up your tape collection. See xortam's thread link above and search the forums on the term CGMS to get an idea of how others have dealt with this issue. Good luck.
Thanks, I checked out that other thread prior to starting this one, but it seemed to me that the majority of the people on that thread are interested in recording DVD-DVD. I am mainly interested in going from VHS-DVD. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it is my understanding that VHS tapes do not have CGMS protection on them. Therefore I thought I just had to worry about defeating macrovision in order to back-up my VHS collection. Of course the ultimate solution would be an affordable device that takes care of both CGMS and macrovision, but I'll settle for one right now. The problem is that I am reading so many conflicting reports about each device discussed that I am very hesitant to make a purchase. I guess I am just looking for someone who owns an E80 (or even one of the other panny dvd recorder models) and who has had success copying some original (protected) VHS tapes to DVD to report what device they used specifically.
I would also like to say that I realize that this is somewhat of a taboo topic because it can be perceived as breaking the law, and I certainly am not a legal expert by any means. However, I strongly feel that when I spend my hard earned money on the original VHS tapes such as the Star Wars Trilogy, those tapes then become my property to do with whatever I want as long as it is solely for personal use
. Therefore Panasonic or any other manufacturer should not put these absurd limitations on their products (which cost us quite a bit more of our hard earned money) just because some individuals MIGHT choose to break the law. If anything, the laws should be stricter and better enforced, but law abiding people should not suffer because of what some others MIGHT do. Whats next, maybe since some people may decide to grow an illegal substance, we should spray chemicals on everyone's land so they can't garden, or since some people use their hands to hurt & kill people, perhaps everyone's hands should be removed at birth? I know that these are extreme examples that I am using to make my point. All I am saying that if manufacturers feel they have the right to put these limitations on their equipment because of pressure from the motion picture industry, which in turn effects them financially, then I certainly have the right to disable these limitations once I use my somewhat limited funds to purchase these products and they become my personal property.
Sorry for the long post, but I feel better now. I certainly would feel even more wonderful if I could just use all this expensive equipment I purchased to back-up my stinking expensive video collection!!!