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The best combo for VHS to DVD

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What is the best unit for transferring VHS to DVD? I have a Philips that will do that but it records DVD's in a useless format for uploading to places like Facebook and Youtube. These are still obtainable on Ebay but I need to know the opinion as to the best unit I should get. Having to convert a DVD to some other format for uploading is ridiculous.
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What is the best unit for transferring VHS to DVD? I have a Philips that will do that but it records DVD's in a useless format for uploading to places like Facebook and Youtube. These are still obtainable on Ebay but I need to know the opinion as to the best unit I should get. Having to convert a DVD to some other format for uploading is ridiculous.

During a ten month period in 2007 I transferred 5,200 home-recorded VHS titles to DVDs using up to seven 2005/2006 model year Panasonic DVD VHS/DVD Recorders supplemented by two circa 1996 Toshiba VCRs, some of which were running up to eighteen hours per day, six days a week.

If I were to take on such a large project today I would use Panasonic EH series or Magnavox 2xxx or 5xx series HDD/DVD Recorders. I would transfer the VHS material in "real-time" to these recorder internal hard drives, edit/divide the material and then high-speed dub the material to DVDs.

I don't find the standard DVD format to be "useless." My home-recorded DVD archive currently has more than 13,000 DVDs.

Facebook and YouTube do not use the standard DVD format.

There are a number of computer software programs that will convert DVD video into other formats. I use Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 (a version from 2006) to convert standard DVD video into other formats. I have limited experience converting video for uploading to Facebook (two videos) and YouTube (one video).
Edited by DigaDo - 9/11/13 at 9:52am
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Great info; thanks. I was already contacted about an EH series Panasonic for $425.00. Will check the others out also you mentioned; thanks again.
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Great info; thanks. I was already contacted about an EH series Panasonic for $425.00. Will check the others out also you mentioned; thanks again.

$425!?! You can do A LOT better then that!

B&H has an open-box EH69 (the bigger one) for $320, and new EH59s for $325. If you have a lot of patience, they will occasionally have an EH59 open box for around $260 or so. THAT is a great deal.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=dmr+eh&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

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Oops. I realized that the recorders in my link are for the EH59/69 machines, which are NOT Combo recorders. The only Panasonic combo machine I am aware of is the EH75, which I now realize is what you meant. The EH75 is a different animal from the EH59/69. My apologies. See below.
Edited by Church AV Guy - 9/12/13 at 4:27pm
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Great info; thanks. I was already contacted about an EH series Panasonic for $425.00. Will check the others out also you mentioned; thanks again.

I have four EH series Panasonic HDD/DVD recorders, two DMR-EH50 models from 2005 and two DMR-EH75 models from 2006. Those, and the 2006 DMR-EH55 models, are the best Panasonic North American models. After 2006 Panasonic no longer makes HDD/DVD recorders for the US market. (My most recently purchased like-new DMR-EH75 was purchased locally through Craig's List for $35. It had been used as a DVR for time-shifting sporting events-not for recording DVDs.)

I have more than a dozen Magnavox and Philips HDD/DVD recorders, Magnavox models 2080, 2160, 2160A and 515 models and two Philips models, 3575 and 3576.

The three current model Magnavox 5xx series HDD/DVD recorders may be found at walmart.com all priced under $300:

http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_query=magnavox&Find=Find&search_constraint=0

Since Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders are a "niche" product they are not found in Walmart retail stores.

The first post in Wajo's sticky thread is the gateway to a wealth of information on recent and current Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575/0_60#post_12244086
Edited by DigaDo - 9/11/13 at 3:30pm
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Great info; thanks. I was already contacted about an EH series Panasonic for $425.00. Will check the others out also you mentioned; thanks again.

$425!?! You can do A LOT better then that!

B&H has an open-box EH69 (the bigger one) for $320, and new EH59s for $325. If you have a lot of patience, they will occasionally have an EH59 open box for around $260 or so. THAT is a great deal.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=dmr+eh&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

As I said above... Okay, I get it now. Sorry about the confusion. I'm getting old! frown.giffrown.gif This thread title specifically requests info about a combo unit, and I quoted you available International Panasonic models that are NOT combo units. The only Panasonic HD equipped combo unit is the EH75, which I NOW assume is what you meant, not just a DVD recorder. That's a whole different machine, and the market price for these have been from about the $425 that you mention to $1500 and more! I spent about $300 for a broken one from Craig's List, and I had it repaired, and still thought I was getting an okay deal.
Edited by Church AV Guy - 9/12/13 at 4:28pm
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