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VHS to DVD

maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what?New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
I have a handful of old family movies on VHS I'd like to transfer to DVD along with other VHS movies that I don't plan on rebuying.

Is there a simple deck I can use to transfer VHS to DVD? I had a nanalog to digital converter a few years back but it wasn't very reliable and if I can skip out on those few steps of getting them onto my computer that would be great.

Samsung has a tunerless VCR/DVD Recorder up on Amazon, which looks to be my best bet, but if someone can recommend one with a tuner that'd be fantastic.

Edit: This Toshiba model seems to be top in the running, but reviews are mixed

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    CormacCormac Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Depending on how many tapes you have, and how often you plan to convert VHS to DVD in the future, it might be more cost effect to see if a local photo or video production company offers the service. Most places charge around $20 per two hour tape.

    Alternatively, if you have a working VHS player you could purchase a DVD recorder, skipping the combo deck. That would save you a little bit of money over a combo deck.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Cormac wrote: »
    Depending on how many tapes you have, and how often you plan to convert VHS to DVD in the future, it might be more cost effect to see if a local photo or video production company offers the service. Most places charge around $20 per two hour tape.

    Not worthwhile, because in addition to the Home Videos I have alot of movies on VHS that I'd like to have the ability to watch and/or convert to DVD as the current VCR in the house is having some mechanical issues.

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    CormacCormac Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    My edit was a bit late, so without a consistently working VHS player a combo deck is a better solution. If you're looking to convert VHS's that aren't home movies they may have macrovision, you're going to have to find a way to bypass it. I'm not entirely clear on the legality of that as a consumer (and not a business), I can go on all day when it comes to copyright issues with photographs because I deal with that on a daily basis, but I don't think I can discuss how to do that. As a consumer though, I think you are allowed one copy for personal use, so you could be fully in the clear.

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    Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2011
    Yeah, it's probably not legal to convert old VHS hollywood movies to DVD, and any combo deck you buy will likely not perform that conversion without some other intervention on your part.

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    mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Yeah, it's probably not legal to convert old VHS hollywood movies to DVD, and any combo deck you buy will likely not perform that conversion without some other intervention on your part.

    It's legal (fair use), however you're correct that most off-the-shelf units won't do it (because it's illegal if you don't own and retain the original copy, and this is the default assumption the hardware is, and must be, created under).

    Basically, if you can figure out how to create a VHS->DVD copy of videos you own, and you retain the originals, you've (in general) not broken any laws. However, distributing the tools to do so, or performing the service for others, is generally not legal. Which is why off-the-shelf hardware won't do it, nor will your local photo/video shop.

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