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JVC DR-MX1S-anything better to archive portions of VHS tape with different titles?  

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Anyone with any experience with this recorder. Seems like it is the only one that I can find that has a dvd recorder, vcr, and HDD all in one. Am looking for something that I can take various portions of recordings on vhs, then burn them to a dvd with different titles for each portion recorded. I think this unit would be my best option to do this. Any comments or other suggestions?
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While that's the only model I know of that does have all 3, I'd be more likely to recommend using a seperate JVC SVHS machine to feed into a DVD recorder with a hard drive. Something like the HR-S9600U or the HR-S9500U OR the HR-S9900U. Those all have TBC, digital R3, and a plethora of other features for excellent recordings. Do your editing with the hard drive on the other unit, and burn to DVD. There are lots of excellent hdd/DVD recorders out there, but mt favorites are the Panasonics.
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I am using the DR-MX1S to dub VHS to DVD. I also have a JVC HR-S9600U connected to a Panasonic E-85. Both processes do a good job. For fussier tape problems I use the 9600 for the reasons Spyder gave. I also have a lot of S-VHS recordings that I will dub on the 9600. The DR-MX1s does quasi S-VHS playback only.
I bought the DR-MX1s because ecost had some refurb units for 349. A good price for a DVD recorder with a hard drive and with the VHS component thrown in, couldn't beat it. After all, it is a JVC and they make the best VHS devices. I wouldn't pay the current going price for a new unit which is about $600. The JVC MSRP is 999.00.
The best thing about the JVC is that you can tell it to dub a whole 6 hour tape and it will create separate titles each time it detects a VHS index mark. For example, I recorded This Old House epsiodes in EP mode on tape resulting in 12 shows per tape. I set up the dub process in the morning and come home at night and have 12 titles on the hard drive. I could do this on the Panny but I would have to search and separate the individual titles.

I do not like JVC interface compared the Panasonic interface. In the Panny you select a title and then bring up a sub-menu to decide what to do with it, edit, rename, delete, etc. The JVC works in reverse. You decide a process and then pull up the titles to apply the process.

The JVC has a much better implementation of flexible recording than the Panny.

The biggest flaw with the JVC is that you can not high speed dub an edited or divided title to DVD-R. You can HS dub to RAM or to -RW in VR mode. This is not a major problem for me as I do my editing and authoring on a PC but this could be major for someone who wants to finalize on the JVC. It is in the manual that this is the case and I verified it myself.
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Can you normal speed dub an edited or divided title to DVD-R?
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Originally Posted by Phil P
Can you normal speed dub an edited or divided title to DVD-R?
Yes, if sunnycrest's unit works the same as the DR-MH30S, which is nearly identical in many features, so I see no reason it shouldn't.
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Normal speed dubbing works fine to any format regardless of edit history. If you do normal speed dubbing, you can also select the recording mode to use, i.e. XP, SP, EP, FR.
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