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Trying to Copy Home VCR tape and keep getting copyright message.

Purchased machine last Christmas to specifically copy our home movies of kids and their sports games onto DVD's for safer keeping. Trying to make a DVD copy of our son's football games and we keep getting the same error message which shuts down the process; copyright protected image! Any ideas?? Thank you.

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Re: Trying to Copy Home VCR tape and keep getting...

Try replacing the tab on the VCR tape-which may have been removed to prevent VCR eraure [?]

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Trying to copy vcr tapes onto a dvd and it will not let me...says protected? how?

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I have a Toshiba dvr 7 vcr dvd recorder. It occasionally gives an error message 85 when I am trying to copy a VHS tape to DVD. What does this mean and is there a way around it?

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I assume you are trying to record from a VCR tape to a dvd? It could be the copyright protection causing this issue. A little more information would be a great help. What are you trying to record? VCR Tapes. Are these home movies or are they retail movies. Macrovision prevents recording. If you are trying to record a television show, it could be the digital rights protection. do you have it connected to satellite or cable.

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My combo player recorder will play dvd's fine, however it just started to not record. Have cleaned heads and still no luck. Can you give me any things that may help me out?

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Hi I am Vortash sometimes you can sometimes not it depends if the movie you are trying to record has an electronic watermark .
This is an embedded signal within the movie to stop copyright breach .. there are devices available that cancel these watermarks out and you will find a few on Ebay or Amazon . Home videos and early films will usually copy no problem later more up to date films will most definitely be copywrite protected and have the watermark .. hope this is of help regards Vortash

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Says tape copy protected

There is a hole at the top of the cassette kind of square and they are on left and right side place a piece of tape over it and they should work .

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I have been told that you make a vcr - dvd machine that will convert vhs videos to dvd , if this is true pls advise model number and approximate price

There are DVD/VHS combo units that allow you to record VHS tapes onto DVDs. The price of these units range from about $150 up to $300+ depending on the quality of the brand you want. I have seen them on sale for less than $150, but you would need to look around for the sales. There is a problem with these units, however. Most newer VHS movies (and DVDs) are encoded for copyright protection and cannot be copied - unless you want to purchase a Descrambler. A Descrambler allows you to bypass the copyright codes and are to be used soley for the purpose of copying purchased movies. There are strict copyright laws as you have seen during the intro of VHS/DVD movies. If you intend to use the unit for copying things like TV shows, movies on cable, or home movies, then this would be a worthwhile purchase. I have just a standard Toshiba DVD burner and believe me, it gets a lot of use, mostly for TV shows on prime time TV. I work second shift and would miss out if I didn't have it. I can guarantee that you will get your moneys worth out of it. You can find them pretty much anywhere that sells electronics. As far as the Descrambler, I'm not sure they are carried in your local department store. The only ones that I have seen have been in magazine advertisements and once on The Home Shopping Network (HSN) and the price on there was around $100 - this was about 2 years ago. I hope that I answered your questions. Please take a few seconds to rate how helpful this post was for you. Thanks and good luck. billyho1977@FixYa

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