Archiving VHS tapes

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  1. davidgirecourt

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    Hi all

    My good old VCR is going south and I've decided to go down the "digital way". I know need to archive my vhs movies onto dvds. Problem is that they are protected and I cannot copy them with my computer because it says so. Does anyone knows where I stand legally and/or have you got any technical insight?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. dude1971

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    There is a way around it, you have to snip one of the cables on your scart lead but I can't remember which one! It's illegal to copy the shop bought videos even if it's for your own use.

    If you are copying them onto a PC you can by software that will get round copyright protection though.

    Regards

    Dude
     
  3. davidgirecourt

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    Right

    I suppose it is easier to copy onto a computer and burn it back onto a dvd once the protection has been removed. I am about to buy a dvd recorder but this is my next headache.

    Thanks Dude
     
  4. applevenus

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    Legally you can't/shouldn't.
    That hasn't stopped thousands of people doing it though....

    The problem you're encountering is Macrovision.
    There are devices available that defeat this mechanism. Do a search on these forums for some recommendations. The device sits "in-line" between your VCR and the recording device.
    Macrovision also affects DVDs - some players can be modified to defeat it though.
     
  5. Kevo

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    If you like the movies that much why not just purchase them on DVD where they will be better quality anyway?

    Or aren't they available on DVD yet?
     
  6. davidgirecourt

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    I am trying to find a hack first.
     
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  8. davidgirecourt

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    Thanks, i'll have a look at that.
     
  9. yatesd2404

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    Hi,



    I've mentioned this before, am still unsure why it worked but I managed to backup my old Star Wars trilogy from VHS and the complete Young Ones series' to my Pana HS2 without any need for a change in cabling or consideration of Macrovision.

    Just thought I would add this as maybe it is worth trying before spending money on a Macrovision beater.

    Will also say for the record the only reason I have done this is that they are either not available on DVD yet or DVD versions have been cut because of copyright issues.

    Personally I don't see why it is illegal anyway, as I am backing up original copies I have purchased onto a different media for my own use - but that is probs for a different thread.


    Cheers,

    Dave.
     
  10. davidgirecourt

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    Yeah I know

    I am still looking and will let people know if/when I find a way.

    Thanks for the info.
     
  11. chilpillphil

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    ive decided to go

    normal dvd player and sky plus,

    leave all the dvd reocoder stuff for another couple of years
     
  12. overkill

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    "Legally you can't/shouldn't". Is that the same as Music and software can't? The Music industry, after recent US rulings has been (deservedly) dealt a blow in that for backup purposes you can make ONE copy. This brings it in line with Sofware. I checked the latter with trading standards, plus a Microsoftie "person" & it is NOT illegal to make one backup copy of software. It is illegal to make multiple copies however..................

    There's also a scart cable that can stop Macromassiveprofitprotect.
     

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