Originally Posted by Tu13es
I'm pretty sure it's junk. My parents have a Sony SLV-740HF. It's kind of old. Any ideas if it's worth using?
Before scrounging ebay, try your local pawn shops for a vcr. You may be able to find a decent one at a good price.
If your girl-f's parents have a decent enough vcr that will playback the home movies will tracking problems, then the Panasonic EA18 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...fvi%3D1&_rdc=1
may suit them. Connect the vcr's yellow video, red/white audio outputs into it, and they can record to disc,
I tried looking for a simple unit at a fair price (at both Amazon and ebay, but no luck. The ebay route can be a bit frustrating at times, so the next recommendation I make cautiously.
I'd never, ever recommend this to someone who isn't as tech savvy as those of us here, but..http://www.redtag.com/Panasonic_DMR-...802654959.html
The Panasonic EZ48 could possibly be the answer. I only suggest it because of the price here. While looking at other models, I'm finding the prices for the simpler recorders almost the same, if not more than what's here. This is a refurbished by Panny unit with 90 day warranty from Panasonic.
-It can simply dub home video vhs tapes to a disc. Insert tape, play it to check tracking, then rewind to the start of the home movies, insert quality brand blank dvd, and press the dub to dvd button on the unit.
-it has features which, your gf's parents may not need.
Again, I'd never recommend it to the tech challenged, because the Panny EZ line has been fraught with issues that have even the most experienced users here pulling their hair out, typically related to the digital tuner. But if all they need is to get their home movies onto disc, and don't plan on using it for much else (the vcr side, if pleasing to them, can be utilized if they wish).
But if their present vcr allows playback without tracking problems on the tape, or you can find a good unit at a pawn show or online, then a Phillips or Magnavox recorder at Walmart would be the best option. If it's unsuitable, then it can be returned.
I hope you can find something that works for them.