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I need a way to bypass the codes of my vcr cassettes in order to copy to dvd using a Sony DVD/VHS PLAYER.

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Hi Rbright34,

As such there is no way to bypass the codes of the VCR.

I know it's frustrating as you might have heard different stories all across the real and outer ( Internet ) world.But that's the hard core fact.

I hope you have got a precise answer.

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