Originally Posted by wiz
I haven't been around the forum for awhile, I have 3 dvhs decks and about 200 dvhs movies. I am now about to upgrade my computor. I'll be sure to have a bd burner. What hardware or software from dell or else would I need to burn from cable mpeg like I do now?
I don't know for absolutely sure, but if your movies on DVHS are offloads from DVR of "premium channels" then the 5C flag may prevent you from burning anything to BluRay (at least not without some external "uncracking" facility).
I know that my DVHS decks from JVC will not provide source signals via firewire to a secondary recorder (e.g. a second DVHS machine) for content that has "copy once" set. The only thing you can copy from DVHS to DVHS is "copy always/freely".
I assume that since no computer is 5C-compliant (e.g. you can't even copy from DVHS machine to computer hard drive using CapDVHS these "copy once" tapes) that your DVHS machine would similarly refuse to provide the digital content to your computer for purposes of duplicating perfectly that DVHS recording onto a BluRay disc.
Yes, you can do this (i.e. write to BluRay) with home HD camcorder videos (which are obviously not 5C-protected), and I'm sure you can do this with "copy always/freely" content which WILL be provided by the DVHS machine.
But unless I'm wrong, I don't think you will be able to make your own BluRay versions of old DVHS tapes that are 5C-protected (e.g. from HBOHD and SHOHD). I'm actually not sure if HDNet Movies is "copy once", but I do know that HDNet is "copy always/freely"... at least in my experience.