trying to record from less than perfect vcr tape

mick23

Standard Member
hello all i have copied most of my vcr tapes to dvd rw with out problems,but one vcr tape gives good quality if vcr is connected directly to tv.

however with my tatung dvd recorder i get the on screen message using one touch record picture/signal not stable and the dvd recorder will pause, this stops me being able to copy this particular vcr tape, any suggestions on how i can copy this particular tape to dvd .

i have copied the tape to another vcr and tried to copy but the problem still persists.

thank you
 

MartinImber

Active Member
Do you have any friends with a Beta VCR?

They will record anything as they generate their own sync pulses.

I think even PC capturing would struggle.
 

mick23

Standard Member
thanks martin i do not know anyone with beta vcr,

i have only tried recording using one touch record from vcr tapes, i will try a timer recording and see if that works,or possible try rf lead from vcr and manually tune the recorder to the picture, worth a try.

in the past recording a tape from one vcr to another never had any problems,

thank you
 

MartinImber

Active Member
Ask around on the forum - eg I am in Worcester and I have a few - and I have NEVER had problems getting Beta onto the computer
 

Bal2005

Novice Member
Have you got a TV with two scarts?

If you have , play the VCR in through Ext1 and then connect the other ext2 to the DVD Recorder and see if you can record that way.

Thanks
 

Puffer

Standard Member
You really need a VCR which has a time base corrector to

re-sync the signal . The more expensive sets usually have

it on their spec.
 

mick23

Standard Member
thanks all for replies, tried rf lead and tuned dvd to vcr signal, timer recording vs otr, all with no joy.

the vcr tape is well used and was rather tightly wound in its cassette, the more i tried to record it .the quality got worse.

in the end i just discarded the vcr tape and gave up trying to record it.

thanks all
 

MartinImber

Active Member
Puffer said:
You really need a VCR which has a time base corrector to

re-sync the signal . The more expensive sets usually have

it on their spec.
Similar to how Beta decks work
 

TobyW

Novice Member
Before you threw the tape away, it's a pity you didn't try it on a Panasonic recorder or a PC. I find my Panny E85's time base corrector can handle the double dose of jitter on a VHS tape that was dubbed from a Beta tape. My PC's BT848-based capture card also handles it. (Toshiba XS32 couldn't handle it though.)
 
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