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#989432 --- 03/05/09 02:23 PM VHS to DVD Unit?
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Is there a single, self contained piece of equipment that can transfer VHS movies to dvd disks? Anyone have experience with this? We have maybe 100 old movies like the Disney Classics that we would like to transfer to dvds without hiring it out ($15 each) or using a computer. Any help would be appreciated.

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#989446 --- 03/05/09 02:56 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: zipdrive]
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Old movies can often be downloaded P2P. Although this is illegal, if you have already bought the movies and you then download them through P2P, I think it could be argued that you are not stealing them.
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#989454 --- 03/05/09 03:14 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: zipdrive]
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Thanks, B.B. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know what P2P is. I never thought about the copyright issue until I was searching for equipment and ran across the phrase "non-copyrighted" in an ad. I wonder if VHS's have built in copy protection that may preclude this whole notion. My wife will not be happy.

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#989459 --- 03/05/09 03:31 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: zipdrive]
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Originally Posted By: zipdrive
Is there a single, self contained piece of equipment that can transfer VHS movies to dvd disks? Anyone have experience with this? We have maybe 100 old movies like the Disney Classics that we would like to transfer to dvds without hiring it out ($15 each) or using a computer. Any help would be appreciated.
I just did several vhs to dvd conversions for a friend. I used windows movie maker, Dazzle(device & software) win avi to covert the file and Nero to burn it. Connect your VHS player to a PC with a DVD burner and it's pretty straight forward. I certainly wouldn't pay that much when it's so easy to do.

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#989461 --- 03/05/09 03:34 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: zipdrive]
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P2P means peer to peer. It involves uploading while simultaneously down loading.

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#989471 --- 03/05/09 03:59 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: Ovidian]
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There are combination VHS/DVD players/recorders that will record from the VHS straight to a DVD disc. You may have to look around for one.
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#989494 --- 03/05/09 04:40 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: Ovidian]
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Originally Posted By: Ovidian
Originally Posted By: zipdrive
Is there a single, self contained piece of equipment that can transfer VHS movies to dvd disks? Anyone have experience with this? We have maybe 100 old movies like the Disney Classics that we would like to transfer to dvds without hiring it out ($15 each) or using a computer. Any help would be appreciated.
I just did several vhs to dvd conversions for a friend. I used windows movie maker, Dazzle(device & software) win avi to covert the file and Nero to burn it. Connect your VHS player to a PC with a DVD burner and it's pretty straight forward. I certainly wouldn't pay that much when it's so easy to do.


Do you need a special adapter?
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#989509 --- 03/05/09 05:00 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: oops12]
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There's a multitude of adapters but we purchased a Dazzle video converter sometime ago for around $40. I remember we went that route because it was cheaper than the vhs/dvd player burners. At the time they were quite expensive and by using the PC we could edit as well.

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#989515 --- 03/05/09 05:11 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: Ovidian]
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OK thanks. I was thinking Dazzle and just thought software.
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#989557 --- 03/05/09 06:20 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: oops12]
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#989705 --- 03/05/09 09:17 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: zipdrive]
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Thanks for the link, Ovidian. Looks like that is what I am looking for!

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#990020 --- 03/06/09 12:23 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: Ovidian]
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Originally Posted By: Ovidian


I have this unit and hope to do some VHS to DVD this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes.
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#990206 --- 03/06/09 05:36 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: justaxme]
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This Panasonic DMR-EZ48V at $304 was the highest rated by Consumer Reports:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8696299&type=product&id=1198888712587

The top 3 were $250 to $304. The Samsung was $184 but does not have a TV tuner so you have to have a cable or satellite box to record TV.


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#990665 --- 03/07/09 10:56 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: justaxme]
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I have an old Dazzle DM-5000. Will I be able to convert my home movies to my DVD burner from a VHS player?
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#991022 --- 03/08/09 07:07 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: Z Genius Lusifer]
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Originally Posted By: Z Genius Lusifer
I have an old Dazzle DM-5000. Will I be able to convert my home movies to my DVD burner from a VHS player?


Doesn't look good:

"BTW, Pinnacle Systems support is non-existant. They bought Dazzle and its impossible to even find a mention of this product on their website. Finally found drivers at DriverGuide, http://members.driverguide.com/driver/detail.php?driverid=54161
Works with most video software." From epinions.

I remember looking at Dazzle products years ago, just can't remember why. With USB and Firewire connections on new cams and camerra's it limits the need for Dazzle stuff. Good luck!!!
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#991991 --- 03/10/09 12:09 PM Re: VHS to DVD Unit? [Re: justaxme]
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I have a Sansui VRDVD4005 that I bought a couple of years ago from Sears. I have copied old VHS tapes to DVD and visa versa. Also, I have hooked my video camera up to it and made both VHS tapes and DVDs from the VHS-C video camera. The only complication I've found is that after you copy something on to a DVD, you have to "finalize" the DVD so that it may be played on DVD players or your PC. The copying process lasts as long as the tape or dvd you're copying. (Most likely the newer units make this process easier and faster.) But it does the job for me and once I copy a dvd and finalize it, I can make multiple copies on my PC or my external DVD burner much faster than copying the original on my Sansui.

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