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Old 02-18-06, 01:50 PM
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Help with DVD recorder!

I just bought a DVD recorder and I tried to convert one of my VHS to DVD and it keeps saying "signal protected" I did the same with DVD to DVD and I got the same error. So then I tried recording a tv show, that worked. So what is the problem? I bought a dvd recorder to convert all my VHS to DVD and it seems like I can't even do that.

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Old 02-18-06, 02:05 PM
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If you're trying to record copyrighted commercial VHS tapes that are protected with macrovision you'll have that problem.

However we don't discuss methods of circumventing protection of copyrighted material here.
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Lol why would I pay $100 for a DVD recorder that can't do what it's meant to do.

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It's doing exactly what it's meant to do. You are the one who isn't.
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They released DVD recorders MAINLY to convert all of your old VHS to DVD's.
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The VHS you recorded, not the VHS the copyright holder recorded.
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Originally Posted by JTp8ntball
They released DVD recorders MAINLY to convert all of your old VHS to DVD's.
X is right. DVD recorders were released, in part, to convert home movies and other non-copyrighted VHS tapes to DVD. What you are trying to do is circumvent the macrovision copy protection on your VHS tapes. Although there is some debate in the legal community about whether format shifting of this type is fair use, it is certainly not authorized at this time.

Besides, VHS converted to DVD will still look like VHS - lousy. I would keep a VCR around for the tapes you don't care about that much and buy the movies you really enjoy on DVD.
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VHS tapes (old or new) make great target practice. Uh, I mean, I think they do.

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