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A good DVD recorder to copy VHS video tapes?

Discussion in 'HDTV Equipment (Closed Forum)' started by mark22, May 2, 2005.

  1. mark22

    mark22 New Member

    Apr 8, 2005
    Please can anybody recommend me a good DVD recorder (for computer or by itself) to burn my home made VHS video tapes; around $300. What would be pro/con between computer DVD burner or separate DVD recorder? Thank you so much.
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  2. Pepper

    Pepper Legend

    Mar 8, 2004
    I think that ANY dvd burner would be adequate for VHS tapes, including the cheapest one at Sam's club.
  3. compubit

    compubit AllStar/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 8, 2004
    I personally have 2 Panasonic Set-Top DVD recorders - a DMR-E50 and a DMR-E55. Both are Disc-only (no hard drive) - I record to DVD-RAM, copy the file to hard drive, then burn it from there to DVD-R (with my own menus). This works great with straight to disc videos with little or no editing (only trimming at the start or end).

    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!

  4. Ron Barry

    Ron Barry 622 Tips & Trick Keeper

    Dec 10, 2002
    Take a look at DMR-ES30V (VCR/DVDR combo). I just got one for the Mother-in-Law. It is priced just at your price point. It got a 6.2 rating on cnet but if you read the review it got it for some of the shortcomings. Mainly having to do with no svideo output for the VCR.

    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
  5. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    If you're planning on editing the content of the tapes when recording, then the PC route is the best way to go. I have two standalone DVD recorders: a Sanyo DVD+R DVD only unit and a Panasonic DVD-R/VCR combo. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. The nice thing about a combination unit is that most of them offer a one button dubbing capability, which makes for easy copying. I've also dubbed from my TiVo to my Sanyo DVD recorder, pausing the recorder to bypass segments I didn't want to record. It's cumbersome and doesn't always work out too well.
    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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