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Can I record from a NTSC video tape

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by stevestarr13, Nov 14, 2004.

  1. stevestarr13

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    Hi
    I have a number of vhs tapes from living in the US. I would like to copy these to DVD. I have read another thread that mentions using a black box to do this. Is it possible? I am thinking of getting the Pioneer 220 or the Sony GX3.
    Any advice?
    thanks
    Steve
     
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    I've got the Pioneer 220S and it is capable of recording from an NTSC Source (not that I've tried it).

    The black box you've mentioned is connected between the video player and the DVD recorder and its purpose is to disable/turn off the macrovision copy protection which will be present on some of your videos.

    The Pioneer recorder (and most others) are designed to see the macrovision signal if present and not record such material.

    Do a search on Macrovision on these forums and you'll find plenty on the subject and recommended suppliers of black boxes.
     
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    thanks, is the 220s the same as the 220 or is an upgrade?
     
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    Another thing to watch for. Many VHS machines which offer NTSC replay do so by outputting the NTSC signal as Pseudo PAL (aka PAL60). This is a "bastard" signal protocol that is used as a workround for TVs that can do the NTSC line/frame structure, but can't do NTSC colour decoding. Ensure that either:

    a) the DVD recorder can hamdle PAL60 OR
    b) the VHS outputs true NTSC.
     
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    I think the "s" in Pioneer 220s just stands for Silver colour.
     
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    Philips and Pioneer dvd recorders will record PAL 60 and pure NTSC.Panasonic will only handle pure NTSC,Toshiba won't record either perfectly.
    A special lead is needed to circumvent copy protection if any of the vhs have it
     

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