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Transfering my Videos to DVD. What System is best?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by hearts, Aug 6, 2004.

  1. hearts

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    I am going to transfer my Videos to DVD what is the best way to do this and which syystem is best?
    Thanks
     
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    Copying from VHS is quite simple really - you just hook whatever VCR you get to whatever DVD recorder your get.

    With regard to which DVD recorder to buy - avoid some of the cheaper DVDRs (models such as Philips, Mico, Daewoo, Grundig and other 'cheap' brands) as these lack Time Base Correctors which are essential if you want to make decent archivings from VHS - especially old sources. Apart from that you can't really go to far wrong: Panasonic, Pioneer, Toshiba, JVC, Sony will all do the job well.

    From the VCR side then JVC make the best VCRs by a mile so go for one of theirs - preferably a S-VCR model.

    There are a number of VHS/DVDR combos available which you might consider worth a look if you after a new VCR and DVDR:

    Panasonic DMR-E75
    http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2581

    JVC DRMV1
    http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2564

    These are worth considering as they do have a few 'easy dub' options and allow you to watch VHS in Progressive Scan(!). Be aware though they won't play if you want to copy protected material. And they are not S-VHS machines so you can probably get better elsewhere.
     
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    We have not disaagreed for a while so its nice for me to say how wrong you are.I have a JVC SVHS machine,and 2 Panasonic vcr's,one is SVHS.The picture on the JVC is very soft,just like a previous JVC machine I had.Panasonic always deliver sharper pictures.And JVC loading mechanisms are so slow you can eat your tea while waiting.As for rewinding a tape-Panasonics super drive machine rewind a 180 in about a minute,while JVC takes about 3 or 4 minutes.JVC??Never again?
    BTW,have you been reading Primitive's(AKA SPIDER) spat on Digital Spy regarding the ability of DVD+ to record VHS.I would be interested in your views on the very detailed,and often boring technical info on that thread.But its a good read
     
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    :)

    Actually we probably won't disagree on this ;) Until recently Panasonic's VCRs have been top notch - but their latest generation seem noticeably poorer IMHO. The JVCs still seem to give a reasonable quality.

    The problem is there is no cash in VHS anymore - all the companies contract out production - none to particularly good sources.

    I deal with high end forums only :smoke:
     
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    Nice one lads.......but to sum up, are you both then recommending that I invest in the Panasonic DMR-E75........and if so, after following the link I notice they also list "extras" do I need/want any of these?
    Thanks
     
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    With the cavaets I placed in my original post then I am recommending the E75 as any ease out of the box solution. Going for seperates is normally the better option: but with the E75 you have one of the best DVDRs and a good VCR in one package so you can do worse.

    You may also want to consider say the Panasonic E55:
    http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2402
    ...coupled with a Panasonic NV121:
    http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2453
    ...or a JVC HRS5966:
    http://www.rgbdirect.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=1435

    The cost is about the same but you loose the easy dubbing options in favour of a S-VHS VCR.

    What 'extras' do you mean? If you mean things like component/progressive scan then you'll probably benefit from these when you upgrade your TV. Timeslip/Chasing Playback is something you'll only appreciate once you've used it.
     
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    thansk m8. By "extras" I just meant the Scart lead and such that they offer for sale in the price box. I know I dont need the DVD-Rs.
    Thanks for all the help.
     
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    Oh I see - I should point out the link was for information - it might not be the cheapest place online (RGB Direct do give a good service though IMHO) although a quick check on www.pricerunner.co.uk does suggest it is.

    Your always best to buy accessories seperately unless they are precisely what you want. Certainly for DVD-RAMs/DVD-Rs you can pick them up cheaper elsewhere, e.g.
    http://eshop.panasonic.co.uk/default.aspx
    http://www.dvd-and-media.com/
    http://www.blankdiscshop.co.uk/

    ...and for Scart leads it will depend upon your existing setup etc how much you should spend and what length of cable you want.
     
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    Thanks again you've been a great help.
     

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