Why some VHS tapes won't copy to DVD?

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Ralph, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. Ralph

    Ralph Guest

    I have gotten a new Sony DVD player/recorder and am attempting to transfer
    all my old VHS movies onto DVD with it. But some won't copy. I get a
    message that the picture isn't recordable (or something like that) and then
    nothing happens. The DVD just fills up with blank screen. Wastes the
    whole DVD.

    Maybe this isn't the best way to archive my movies and change formats but
    it's the only way I know how at this point.

    So why do some VHS tapes transfer over to DVD just fine, and others won't?

    With some of my home movies, transferring from either VHS or DV tape I will
    occasionally get the warning that the picture isn't recordable but they
    record anyway.

    TIA, PH
    Ralph, Nov 7, 2006
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  2. Ralph

    AZ Nomad Guest

    google for "VHS copy protection" and "macrovision"
    AZ Nomad, Nov 7, 2006
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  3. Ralph

    Ralph Guest

    Just looked at the resources you cited. Looks like I'll just have to buy
    the DVD version of some of my movies. I'm only talking about a handful

    Thanks for the info.
    Ralph, Nov 9, 2006
  4. Ralph

    AZ Nomad Guest

    Silly you. You only need to remove the macrovision. I had a a sima color
    corector for copying DVD to VHS and it should do the trick for you. I
    don't copy DVDs any more as all my TVs have DVD players. Wanna buy the damn
    thing for $30?
    AZ Nomad, Nov 9, 2006
  5. Ralph

    Mini-me Guest

    There may be a hack for your recorder that'll remove Macrovision. Check
    Mini-me, Nov 10, 2006
  6. I have a Sima Pro-Series SCC-2 - and the cheapest you can find one
    of those is about $150.

    What is really nice about this - and I have almost no pre-recorded
    tapes at all but hundreds that I recorded off-the-air over the
    years - is that it has several picutre adjustments including
    brighness, contrast, color and sharpness. It's really nice if
    you have a lot to transfer. And it will also remove Macrovision.

    I've actually bought more pre-recorded tapes since I've had my DVD
    player as there are many things that have never been released on
    DVD and probably never will. I find those somewhat hard-to-find
    things in the vendor shops as Amazon and other places.

    Bill Vermillion, Nov 25, 2006
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