I have been using SVHS for HD recordings for some time now. At first I drilled the holes but I decided the best way is to just push the DVHS button after inserting a SVHS tape. I would not cut off the little plastic piece as mentioned on the Keohi site because that probably voids your warranty.
push the button or just use a soldering iron, that way you can control shards. also the tape is in a separate compartment from the area you melt or drill into. With melting you can almost guarantee nothing would get in the the hole you made that could fall back out into the dvhs mechanism and the tape is protected/separated from anything that mite fall into the hole while in the process of making it, but with melting i don;t see this as a problem/likely possiblity as i said
I don't know if it's accurate or not (maybe just a way of selling D-VHS tapes), but in the refurbished JVC 3K that I just received from Ecost, there was a yellow piece of paper with a big ANNOUNCEMENT on it. The first bullet says:
- Do not use S-VHS casette to record program in D-VHS mose. D-VHS recordings made on S-VHS casette may cause block noise.
that is wishful think on there part they just can't bring themselves to face the fact that many, including me, had that noise and those issues they are referring to on dvhs as offten as svhs, they wish that was teh problem.. but i have recorded hundreds of tapes to svhs on teh mits and now after i got a good deck from jvc over 50 on it using svhs and no problems at all. while it is possible on a very low quality svhs, that was not the cause of the problem imo.. if it was, there would have been no need for "the fix" and instead they would have just told people to use dvhs..
it was quite predictable they would try to blame the svhs atleast in part... for what it is worth, i had far less problems better luck will pro grade svhs fuji tapes then out right dvhs - the dvhs tapes had more problems. so while tape quality seemed to possibly make teh situation worse -but dvhs was not necessarily better- i don't believe it was teh cuase and now that my deck is fixed, tape quality, type makes no difference what so ever. dvhs, svhs, they both work well...
The only problem i have had trouble with sinced the fix was some one pass tapes, but i expected that , and only use those to time shift in pinch when i don;t have a new tape on hand
We have been down this road before in prior threads. Keep in mind that these machines are promoted as being able to record composite and S-VHS signals. Logic dictates that using VHS or S-VHS tapes for HD will not damage the VCR.
I have used S-VHS "drilled" with no problem. My procedure is to make a "template" on a piece of cardboard to locate the place to drill. I then open the shell and, while drilling, utilize a small shop vac nozzle to vacuum out the plastic drilled particles. Works every time. I prefer this method to having to "push a button" that I will probably forget to do. You drill once, but have to push the button each time you record.
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