[QUOTE=Kerry56;2736698]What type of VHS tapes are you referring to? Are these home-made, or are they commercial movies?
Commercial VHS tapes have a type of protection called Macrovision on them, which causes unwatchable interference in playback. There are devices that can remove Macrovision when you try to copy a movie, but they don’t work on VHS/DVD writer combos. I do not know if it would work in your case. Does this machine even record to DVD’s? Or is it just a player on that side?[/QUOTE]
My tapes are homemade, taped off television movies, etc. So, no problems with copy protection issues. This model does appear to be a player only, on both sides, so I’m assuming that this means it is unable to do any form of copying from VHS to DVD, since the DVD is a play only and has no way to write to a DVD.
So, assuming this to be the case, let me ask about a second option. If I bought a cheap DVD recorder, would i be able to hook it up to this unit via a line out from the VHS side so that I can copy my VHS tapes onto DVD?
All I want is a dubbing/conversion setup and I’m trying to hold my costs down. I have priced new VHS/DVD recorder combo units and most are $100+ which I am trying to avoid just to do copying from VHS to DVD. I’m also not too impressed by some of the reviews of the converter programs that require use of a computer, burning a DVD, etc. Many of those seem glitchy or very time consuming with all the extra steps involved. So, since I have this working VCR (albeit, the DVD side is player only), I am trying to utilize it somehow if possible in the copying process. I would prefer a direct VHS to DVD type of setup since I have a LOT of VHS tapes to copy, at least 300 or more, each with 3 movies apiece, taped over many years from television for my own personal enjoyment and use. It just seems the fastest and easiest to copy direct from a VCR to a DVD recorder. I have a dubbing cable, but not sure if that’s sufficient (it doesn’t have a white plug like I see on the three-plug input/output devices sold to do VHS/DVD copying. Thanks for your further input on this!