Like I say, some of his dvd have burnt, and I've found it seems to be the ones that have opening previews, as oppsed to going straight to the menu sceen. I'm wondering why some will burn, and some won't.
Different dvd's have different copy protections. For instance: Disney dvd's (which is one of the reasons why they are called Disney DVD and not just "DVD") are extremely high protected compared to others. Some have analog protection, real cheap-o's don't have any protection at all!
Also, with the idea of filtering it through 2 tvs, Wouldn't that make it just a normal video signal, instead of the origional protected signal.
I may get too technical, but here's what will happen:
1) DVD plays video and audio content towards the cables.
The DVD player decodes the digital content on the disc (It decrypts the CSS contents). This signal has now lost its digital coding information (region code and css), but still has analog protection. This analog protection is called MacroVision.
2) The TV will recieve the signal. TV's can deal with MacroVision perfectly, because they have a bigger signal tuner than video recorders.
3) The recorder will eventually recieve the same signal as your tv's recieve. This signal (still with MacroVision on it!) is grabbed by the tuner inside the vcr. The tuner doesn't understand a thing of it and the video is suddenly in black/white and blinking. The evil MacroVision monster has stricken again!
Example, I can record PVP off the satalite, which at sorce would be protected, right? but by the time it reaches my TV, then to the recorder, its just a normal TV signal....
Yes, but in 99% of the cases MacroVision protection is added to the signal. There's only one way to find out: Connect your vcr directly to the video (i'm assuming SCART) cable of your satellite reciever and check if you can get a clear image.
All in all the above solution, wether or not it works, is a very time consuming, technical and expensive solution.
Any PC with Windows 2000 or above on it, a dvd writer and some programs (you just need a lot of harddisk space) can backup every dvd you have. A PC dvd writer costs about $50. The programs will cost around $50 as well (AnyDVD and Nero. DvdShrink is free) and then you're done. You just need to catch up on a lot of information on how to backup. All that information is on this forum.
Thanks for the lesson!!!
Thanks for the info about the satellite recievers! I want to get rid of my cable-tv (monthly fee) and am willing to purchase a satellite reciever+dish, but i wouldn't want another monthly fee to keep watching local dutch channels.