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A good DVD recorder to copy VHS video tapes?
Posted 02 May 2005 - 09:51 AM
Posted 02 May 2005 - 08:27 PM
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Posted 02 May 2005 - 08:33 PM
If you need to edit the video, I'd look for a Set-top box with a hard drive in it (a la TiVo, but not necessarily TiVo). Panasonic makes several of these.
I tried the PC-based methods, but would run into Audio synch issues (only on PC-based - no audio issues on set top boxes), especially from VHS tapes, but you have better editing options on PC-based. For things I want to edit on the PC, I run through a DV camcorder and can edit down the to frame there - but you need lots of HD space, time and patience. Right now Target (at least in my area) has a Cyber-home Set-top DVD recorder for $129.
Check out http://www.avsforum.com/ for more info - select the "ALL FORUMS" link, then look under the DVD Recorders forum.
Hope this helps!
Posted 02 May 2005 - 10:36 PM
I took a look around and most VCR/DVDR combo unit at the 300 dollar price point have shortcoming and none that I saw had great reviews.
Did a quick scan and found this thread. Might be helpful
Posted 04 May 2005 - 10:08 AM
The manuals for both of my recorders are atrocious. It takes a good deal of reading to become proficient with the use of the recorders. OTOH, I've glanced at the manuals for a few cheap DVD only recorders by Emerson and ilo at Wal-Mart, and they're somewhat easier to follow. The ilo is apparently made by LiteOn, and seems to be a nice unit for less than $150.
Another thought: most of the lower priced DVD/VCR combos in the market use DVD-R media only. There are a few under $300 that record on DVD+R/RW (including one by RCA, and when you look at the $300 plus price range, you can find a lot of recorders that record on both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW
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