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VHS to DVD dubbing

Tried dubbing from a VHS to DVD using the push button on the unit, also went thru the remote. Neither works. When I push the button to start the screen turns gray momentarily then nothing.I cannot record from VHS to DVD. I can record fine from miniDV to DVD. I've tried both the "one touch" directions and the Menu directions to "simple dubbing" and nothing happens.

I was able to get one successful recording of ten minutes from VHS to DVD but with literally the exact same actions I not get no result.

I have been trying this for many weeks with different VHSs. I thought the copy protect area on the VHS had something to do with it but covered or uncovered, still no result. PLEASE HELP!

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  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    The disc should not be finalized because I am trying to record on it.

    I'm trying to record VHS to DVD using either the "one touch" method or the menu "simple dubbing" method. No result from either after following exact directions repeatedly. Please Help.


  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    Using Sony DVD-R discs. No other problems with these discs. Not trying to finalize yet, trying to copy several 10 minute segments from VHS to DVD using either the "one touch" method or the menu "simple dubbing" method. Neither works.

  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    I've been using Sony DVD-R discs for many months with no problems on this machine while recording miniDV to DVD.

    My problem has to do with this machine, not the brand of disc. I was able to get one 10 minute segment from VHS to DVD but not any more than that. Same exact instructions.

  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    Again, please read past the first section, because I'm not having a disc finalize problem, my question was lumped onto someone elses problem.

    My problem is taht I cannot record VHS to DVD using this machine. The "one touch" options and the "simple dubbing" options yield no result. I have been able to use the Sony DVD-Rs successfully with this machine to record miniDVs to DVDs so its not the discs.

    Please help.

  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    It's the same machine. It is supposed to work this way. There is no putting anything in between the input and the output because it is the same machine.

    I did it successfully for one 10 minute segment and now cannot get anywhere with this. Please read entire post! Thank you!


  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    Thank you - I've gone through the manual and the trouble shooting tips don't apply to this problem

  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    Hi thanks, not copying movies. Copying research VHS tapes that are not copy protected.

  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    Reset machine by unplugging for several minutes. Retried. No result.

    Again, using research VHS tapes with no copyrighting feature, trying to copy 10 minute segments to DVD using either the "one touch" option or the "simple dubbing" option. No result for either.

    I was able to do one ten minute segment (VHS to DVD), but cannot get anything else out of it since.

    Am able to use same discs and machine to copy MiniDVs to DVD without problems.

    Please help!!


  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    Thanks, but DVD is not finalized. I am trying to add to that particular disc, but I have also tried new discs and new VHS tapes with no result. The process is not working.

  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    Disc not finalized.

  • adrianne66 Feb 08, 2009

    Please help, read entire post. Solutions so far have been off the mark a bit. Would appreciate fresh eyes. Thanks!

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You need to try to copy just some homevideo videotapes not movies. All them are copyprotected. Recording stops then copyguard is detected. It should be noted in the manual for this unit at page 47.
http://www.sonystyle.com/wcsstore/SonyStyleStorefrontAssetStore/pdf/RDRVX555.pdf
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YOUR OWNERS MANUAL

Please follow the troubleshooting steps found on page 105 of the user manual.

Additionally, be sure all cables are hooked up properly (page 12)


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There are a few methods to convert VHS to DVD:
- Capture the VHS video to a computer video editing program using an analog-to-DV converter (which includes many DV/Digital8 camcorders as well as standalone analog-to-DV converters), encode it to MPEG-2 and author a DVD, This is the most time-consuming method but it gives you the flexibility to edit the video as much as you want, adding transitions, special effects, music, etc. But, between the capture time, the editing time and the often considerable time it takes for software encoding to MPEG-2, this can result in several hours of work for your computer - and you - for each hour of video.
- Capture the video to the computer as MPEG-2 using hardware capture devices that convert the VHS to MPEG-2 as they capture and then author and burn a DVD. A one-hour video is captured and compressed to MPEG-2 in one hour, but you are generally limited to doing "cuts-only" editing of the MPEG-2 files. However, if your original tape doesn't need editing this is a fast way to convert VHS to DVD, but still have the flexibility to create custom DVD menus. Many of the inexpensive hardware analog-to-MPEG boxes can deliver very good quality, in part because the analog source video does not have to be converted to DV before being encoded to MPEG. Converting VHS to DV can add artifacts that make it harder to get good MPEG compression.
- Connect your VHS VCR or camcorder to a standalone DVD recorder that works much like a VCR. This VHS to DVD recorder basically gives you a DVD copy of your tape in real time. You don't have a lot of flexibility as far as menus, buttons and chapter settings, but it's the fastest and easiest way to convert VHS to DVD. If you get a "DVD VCR" with Firewire connections you can plug a DV/Digital8/DVCAM camcorder or VCR into it and transfer the tapes to DVD at even higher quality than by using the analog connections.
No matter which method you use, you need to ensure that the analog video has the highest quality possible: flaws in the original video may be greatly magnified when you encode it to MPEG-2 and convert it to DVD.

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Welcome to Fixya !

When you start recording Video onto DVD, It gets split into 10-15 mins long Chapters. I am guessing that your DVDs are getting finalised after the creation of the first Chapter. So it is not allowing any more recording on the disc. You may need to check the status of the DVD and the Chapter setup as explained in the page 49 of the manual -> http://www.docs.sony.com/release/RDRVX555.pdf

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Hi.. You need the device some times called Video Enhancer (SIMA-1, 2, or -200) to be connected between your VHS output and your DVD Recoredr Input. That would remove the VHS protection and prevented passing on through your DVD Recorder.

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    Prakash Ram Feb 08, 2009

    try out this link
    http://us.lge.com/download/product/file/...

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    Prakash Ram Feb 08, 2009

     Connect RCA lead from video/audio OUT on the VCR to video/audio IN on the DVD recorder. Set DVD recorder source to VIDEO then press play on the VCR and record on the DVD recorder.


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    Prakash Ram Feb 08, 2009

    HI.... there are machines made for just this purpose. If you have a lot of VHS tapes to transfer to DVD, or you don't mind buying some extra hardware, purchasing an external device might be the way to go. For $100-$150 you can get a decent DVD burner that will hook right up to your VCR and create DVDs from your VHS tapes in no time.


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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

For a newly recorded disc to be playable in another/external player other than the device that recorded it, said disc must be "finalized", that is the recorder must be instructed that no more files would be added and therefore the recording session must be closed.

Said feature/option would be among the MENU/Settings of the recorder.

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    Louie Role Feb 08, 2009

    Appreciate your update/clarification. Let's start again and to your
    concern then not being the same problem, ideas that you could try:


    • use other brand of discs;

    • use only -R.
    Pls give the above a try and update.

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    Louie Role Feb 08, 2009

    See if there is a reset option, if not unplug the unit for an extended period of time. The unit should revert back to factory defaults.

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Try different brands of disk, most dvd-r recorder are disk sensitive, buy only one disk per brand, find the brand compatible to your recorder by just inserting the disk and wait for confirmation that it is ready for recording session. I have tried around five brands, sony and maxell as well as verbatim are good dvd-r disk.

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Hi there,

make sure that the disc was finalised. or you can try recording on a different disc

let me know

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