Originally Posted by Terminator840
My winter project.... I am looking for options to convert old VHS, VHSC, and Sony Digital 8mm to DVD. . I recently picked up a used JVC S-VHS player that is in really good shape. Now I need to find a good DVD recorder. What would you all suggest for around $200 range?
"If one word does not suffice, 10,000 are of no avail."
I will risk it one more time.
What is on your tapes? Are they home movies, family occasions, recordings off the air, or are they commercial feature tapes? Your mention of VHSC suggests it may be a mixture, a hodge-podge of all kinds of "stuff'.
If they are all, or nearly all, feature tapes, that is, complete, ready to go one tape on a disc or two tapes on a disc, then a non-hdd recorder may be adequate.
Just this fall, a couple of my step-daughters brought about 18 VHS tapes, many recorded in EP, plus one VHSC for which I did not have a cartridge, so on that one I ended up splicing the tape onto the end of a tape in a regular size cassette. I spliced at 45 degree angle, hoping that would yield less risk to the playback heads than a butt cut. Anyhow, I found duplicates, tv recordings, some good stuff mingled here and there.
I just recorded it all, one hdd title for each tape, (that records in real time, you know), and when one of the daughters came back later, I let her choose what she wanted and where. With the hdd, she could fast-forward up to 300x.
She weeded out what she didn't want to keep, left a couple for her sisters to decide, and recorded what she wanted to disc, 2 hour disc in about 15 minutes.
With the Panasonic it is very easy to pull things together from the various titles on the hdd. You can't do that with the Magnavox.
If your tapes are well behaved, that is, ready to go unchanged to dvd, then go for the least expensive you you can find.
Concluding remarks: I don't know of anyone who regretted getting a hdd recorder. B&H has the best price I've seen in a long while, $325 for a new Panasonic EH59, free shipping. Or watch for used for around $250 (plus shipping).