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Am just beginning to research DVD recorders, and specs from big box web sites are pretty skimpy. If purchasing a DVD recorder in combo with a VCR, is it normal for the DVD to be able to copy directly from a tape in the VCR side, or is this a feature that is limited in availability? Thanks for your help.
 

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Taping from a VHS tape to a DVD is pretty simple on most, if not all machines. As long as it is not copyguarded(Macrovision on VHS tape) which is on alot of store bought tapes(tapes with protected content like movies, tv shows, etc...) then you are SOL.(piracy talk is not condoned on the forum.) Alot of VHS tapes have the Macrovision, and believe it not, alot don't. It is a crap shoot. 20th Century Fox, Disney(big one here), Universal tend to have copyprotection(but not always).


Using a VCR/DVD Recorder for copying tapes(especially tapes YOU recorded off of tv) is pretty simple and straight forward. The Panasonic ES30V VCR/DVD Recorder(which I have and love) would fit your needs nicely. LG makes a pretty good product as well IMHO, but they tend to be a little more pricey.


Or, if you have a VCR that is fine(it is USUALLY[not always] better to playback RECORDED material back on the original VCR that recorded it, if possible) then you could go any route and get just a plain DVD Recorder. Panasonic/Pioneer/Sony/LG all make fine standalone DVD Recorders that can be found at Best Buy, Circuit City, Walmart, etc...


You would just run either the composite(composite tends to be better to run out of the VCR because: 1. It is an analog VHS tape, and 2. The circuitry in MOST DVD recorders actually operate to improve an incoming signal in an input with composite hookups.


It would be run like so:


1. Composite out(yellow cord) from VCR to composite in on DVD recorder(most have a front A/V input which makes this procedure simple

2. Red and White audio out from VCR, to red and white input on DVD Recorder.


Very Easy.
 
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