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viewing a dvd player thru a vhs?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by jules@pcconsult, Jan 6, 2002.

  1. jules@pcconsult

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    Does anyone have any ideas why I can view my panasonic dvd-l50eb perfectly when it is plugged directly into the scart in on my toshiba tv, but when I then try to view it plugged into my tosh v-726b VHS, which is then plugged into my tosh tv, I get a very strange effect. The picture pulses about once a second bright, then dark. The bright picture is perfect, but the dark pulse is out of sync somehow, so much so the whole picture sometimes collapses.

    Any ideas?

    Jules
     
  2. Ten

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    Hiya Jules

    The effect u r experiencing is Macrovision, the copy protection system.
     
  3. alanrob

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    It's called Macrovision. It is used to stop the recording of DVD's onto VHS tapes.

    There are ways to get round it, but unless your trying to copy your DVD's your better connecting the player right into your TV.
     
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    I thought as much!!

    My problem is that I have other tvs in the house connected to the AV out of the VHS, so it would be handy to have it connected in this way. Also my surround sound amp is connected to this too, so currently I dont get surround sound when playing DVSs.

    Thanx...J
     
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    Try www.multi-region.co.uk and www.techtronics.com as their mods should sort this out. My PS2 links to my TV through my Panasonic NV-FJ620B no problems on DVD playback, using 3rd party gold-plated RGB scart lead, odd innit.
     
  7. mjn

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    The picture quality must be awful when connecting a DVD player thru VHS......what is the point??
     
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    Macrovision aside, there isn't any reason why it should be "awful". Depending on the quality of the VCR and the connections used, there should be little degradation of the picture. VHS only seriously degrades the picture when it records and plays back.
     
  9. mjn

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    Well its awful because it'll use the composite video connection, unless its a S-VHS VCR!!

    Composite connections should be banned, cos the picture quality is awful!!
     
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    mjn ,

    the reason for putting it through the vhs is that it is connected to a splitter in the roof space that allows all the tv's in the house see the video channel. If you connect the dvd to this then guess what. Some people will not notice the quality degradation as they just want to see the film. Handy if your parents are taking up the room with the dvd player in it.
     

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