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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Many members of this forum have an impressive list of DVHS HD movies.

But the best HD transfers to date are some CBS prime time series, like CSI or Nash Bridges.

I'm curious, does anybody routinely records and archives these series?
post #2 of 9
I don't - I figure they will be rebroadcast
as reruns in years to come. I save my
pricey storage more for one time specials, movies
or PBS shows.
post #3 of 9
At $7.39 for a D-VHS tape, I primarily archive only HBO and Showtime uncut movies. If I record OTA HD material, I erase it after viewing the show. My favorite shows are the CBS dramas; The District, CSI, Judging Amy, The Guardian, and JAG. I can't seem to be able to sit through most of the Monday night sitcoms. In the past I recorded the HD PBS channel before the Trade Center antenna was destroyed. They transmitted some great travel programs and documentaries. I really miss these shows.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
You can use S-VHS tapes at half price for the same result.

One member of this forum said that he has inside info showing that the coating on D-VHS and S-VHS tapes is exactly the same.
post #5 of 9
Do you have to modify the S-VHS tape before using it?
post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally posted by sr
Do you have to modify the S-VHS tape before using it?
No

Bernhard
post #7 of 9
That's very interesting. Which brand of tape is the best? I don't want the heads on my prized D-VHS recorder to wear prematurely.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
I'm new at this game, and living in France, I don't make original recordings.

I started recently to make copies for some friends, and had no problems with JVC XG Professional Master tapes. You just have to be careful to manually select the DVHS and HS mode (I use a Victor 35000).
post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally posted by sr
That's very interesting. Which brand of tape is the best? I don't want the heads on my prized D-VHS recorder to wear prematurely.
The D-VHS makers are avocating you use VHS
for standard programs, and D-VHS for digital.
So obviously they are ok with the use of normal
tapes. This is not something to worry about.

Is there a difference between digital and analog
tapes ? We went through this in the DAT company
I worked for. The answer is that digital tapes
are supposed to be "verified digital". Ie., the
maker garantees the tape to be for digital use.

Tape is made in huge batches and cut to the
width needed by a slitting machine. The economics
of it don't really justify making tapes two
different ways. I go by brand name, since I have
noted there are reliability differences between
makers, most notably when you buy super discount
brands.
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