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vhs copyright protected???????

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by whatthecrap, Jan 15, 2004.

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    is it possible for a vhs to be copyrighted to a point where when trying to capture it on a computer, that it wouldn't be allowed? if so, how would you get around it? if not, what other problem would this be?
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    Was Macrovision implemented on VHS tapes, or only DVDs? That's an analog copy-protection system.
     
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    yes macrovision was/is used on VCR tapes and in the bad old days when i used a VCR i had a 'bug master / bug basher' that sat inline and took the protection out.
     
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    is there any way to physically remove the protection? kind of like audio cassette tapes, where you can put a piece of tape over the hole so you can record over them?
     
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    I've also heard that if you use a long enough scart cable, Macrovision doesn't work. Haven't tried this out, though, so it could be baloney.
     
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    you can do the same with vhs as audio tapes on the left hand side as you look at the tape with the flap facing away from you there will be a square hole that can be taped over.
     
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    Copying to a Beta deck works as well - Beta removes Macrovision
     
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    Beta doesn't remove Macrovision. It isnt affected by it, but, if you subsequently try to copy off the Beta tape, you'll find that the Macrovision is still there on the copy.

    It's an interesting topic. My video capture card (an old Matrox Rainbow Runner) makes perfectly good 'grabs' of sources (VHS or DVD) with Macrovsion. Unlike Betamax it actually DOES strip Macrovision out of the signal.
     
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    thanks, i'll try that.
     
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    It isn't - when Beta is recording as soon as it can get a good sync pulse it continues to generate its own.

    Tested by copying DVD to Beta and Vhs

    Beta fine
    Vhs grotty
    Then Beta to Vhs and Vhs copy as fine as Vhs can be.

    Also copied a few pre rec Vhs tapes to Beta to sell them off while waiting for the DVDs to come out
     
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    Well, all I can say, is that that isn't the experience I had with a Macrovision VHS > Beta > VHS copy. The Beta copy played fine. The 3rd generation VHS copy had all the hallmarks of Macrovision.
     

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