DMR-ES10 - trying to put VHS on DVD

Hi

I’m not interested in piracy as such, I just want to convert all my daughter’s videos to DVD - the whole point of getting a DVD recorder was so I could get rid of my video and DVD player. Plus it gets the whole 3 shelves worth of videos down to just a few DVD’s (working on the principle I can fit 8 hours on a DVD at EP mode, which will be good enough quality given the input source is only VHS quality anyway).

Trouble is when I link my video (also a Panny) to the DMR-ES10, press play on the video then hit record on the ES10, I get a message saying “This material cannot be recorded”. I’ve tried linking them by SCART, RCA-to-SCART (with an adaptor as my video doesn’t have RCA connections) (the yellow/red/white leads), and RF cable only. I’ve tried it on RAM, -R and -RW discs, and I’ve tried putting tape over the write-protect tab on the VHS, to no avail.

Any ideas, or has anyone managed to convert VHS to DVD using the ES10?

Thanks

My ES10 records anything and everything via the SVHS input. I’ve never tried the other inputs. As for picture quality, I’d strongly recommend not using the composite video or RF for dubbing, you will clearly see some degradation. And using EP mode to record will also cause some loss of quality. If you really want to compress several hours onto one DVD, using your PC with something like DVDShrink will do a much better job, recording the vid in LP and transferring to PC for compression and burning.

So, my advice is to spring for a decent SVHS VCR to do the dubs. You will get the most out of the old tapes this way. Your problem may be related to the ES10’s settings somehow, or the player you use for dubbing.

From what I can gather online, the problem is DVD recorders won’t record protected VHS tapes unless you buy a gizmo called a “Video Enhancer/Stabiliser”, like a DVD Red Pro or GoDVD or MasterMacro, to “strip out” the Macrovision protection first.

Anyone recommend such a product in the UK (or available to the UK), as cheap as possible?

Cheers

Bit late but the Sonel unit sees to be well regarded – see here:

http://www.sonel.com/

Don’t have one myself sl do a Web search to check opinions.

Bit late but the Sonel unit sees to be well regarded – see here:

http://www.sonel.com/

Don’t have one myself so do a Web search to check opinions.

Bit late but the Sonel unit seems to be well regarded – see here:

http://www.sonel.com/

Don’t have one myself so do a Web search to check opinions.