I am trying conveting my old VHS-video tapes to the harddisk of my pioneer 645h-s dvd recorder. Some (own made) VHS-tapes refuse to be copied. I get the message "copy-protected", but I'm sure I never made then copy-protected. (would not know how to). What can I do to make those tapes digital?
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Re: Conveting old VHS-tapes to pioneer 645h-s
You can get software for your P.C. to upload to the pc and burn to dvd(i assume that is the desired end product) Most come with leads. www.cyberlink.com www.magix.com www.nchsoftware.com try these sites for your needs
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Most Combo Recorders (VHS and DVD) will prevent you from
recording a Copyrighted VHS tape program onto DVD.
Try recording a TV program onto your VHS tape, then
transfer it to your DVD and see if your new DVD recording
will work or not.
If the DVD drive is a recorder, yes. If it is a player only, no. If the tape is copy-protected, recording to a DVD recorder is not possible. Assuming the tapes are not copy-protected, and you are using a DVD recorder with the correct format DVDs (DVD-R for example), you shouldn't have any problems transferring old VHS tapes to DVD.
If it won't PLAY VHS tapes it must have a serious mechanical problem (if it even loads) or its heads are glommed up, so it obviously won't record them either. When's the last time you ran a cleaning tape through it?
Solve the load or playback problem and it will probably record.
Time and poor storage conditions are the mortal enemies of tapes. Store the in a 'played
try forwarding the tape to the end and then rewind to the start again, this can help to seat the tape correctly on the spindle . the audio track part of the tape is in a specific region on the tape so misalignment may be the issue with those cassettes.
also try to press the tracking up and down when playing the video
How old is the VHS tape? I've had success recording older movies, but the newer ones have encryption to prevent duplication of them. I've even tried playing them on another VCR and transmitting the signal with a wireless audio/video transmitter but unfortunately the encryption is still there. If you can copy the tape to another tape, then it may not have encryption. If that's the case, check you A/V inputs to see if you have them setup right.
This is probably caused by an irregular magnetic encoding pattern being generated by the tape itself. If the DVD recorder does not fully recognise the code, it may incorrectly interpret it as copy protected. If there is any tape flutter or there are tape edits, these can contribute to the problem. In addition to this magnetic imprinting can occur on old tapes that have been stored for a number of years without being spooled. basically wrong bits of the tape get magnetised. You can sometimes hear an echo on old tape recordings caused by imprinting.
You could try the following:
1) If available, try using a different video machine to play back and record from.
2) Whatever video machine you use, put your tape in, fully fast forward and rewind a couple of times, then try your recording again. This is particularly important if you haven't used the tape for some time.
3) If it fails again, check to see if it always fails at the same point.
4) If it does, try winding forward a little and then try to resume recording.
5) If you can record it means that a short section of tape is giving a spurious code to your dvd recorder and confusing it.
6) Use a re-recordable dvdrw to make a master. You won't keep wasting discs if the recording stops. You will also be able to produce another dvd from your master and edit it if your recording ends up in a number of segments.
7) Always use the highest quality setting possible when producing a master.
8) If all else fails, if you have a friend with another dvd recorder, maybe try that.