How to copy vhs to dvd? (Panasonic DMR-EZ485V DVD Recorder)

[qanda]This thread is about the Panasonic DMR-EZ485V DVD Recorder. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Hi, can anybody give me simple instrutions ie step by step the procedure set up , copy vhs to dvd for the above model i cannot fathom out the manuel.
perhaps its my age 77.
Please help.
Jim

Page 20 of the manual is pretty easy:


Thanks MR Belvedere,
i have printed out your instructions, my first go i copied tv to my vhs
Jim

[QUOTE=jimco777;2263945][qanda]This thread is about the Panasonic DMR-EZ485V DVD Recorder. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Hi, can anybody give me simple instrutions ie step by step the procedure set up , copy vhs to dvd for the above model i cannot fathom out the manuel.
perhaps its my age 77.
Please help.
Jim[/QUOTE]
Hi guys, I’m interested in this. Do you use dvd+ or -.

Thanks.

Jaybotprime, welcome to the forums.

This particular dvd-recorder can use either +R or -R discs, so it is probably more important to use high quality blank media rather than worrying about + or - types of media. We generally suggest using Verbatim true AZO media (not their Life Series discs) or Taiyo Yuden blank discs. My favorites have long been the Taiyo Yuden 8x +R discs. You can find both types at online sites like rima.com or supermediastore.com.

If you have a very old player that is picky about media, you might be better off using the -R, but the vast majority of players can playback either.

Wow, thanks Kerry56, such a quick response.

Thanks for your welcome.

I was trying it last night with some verbatim and then some Kodak +R DVDs but the machine told me that the disks needed to be formatted. I formatted and retried and the machine told me that I had inserted non-recordable disks. They were brand new, out of the packet +R DVDs. -R is the only idea I have to go on. The machine is no more than 18 months old and has been used once or twice to play dvds since it’s purchase.

Thanks for the guide

[QUOTE=Jaybotprime;2669717]Wow, thanks Kerry56, such a quick response.

Thanks for your welcome.

I was trying it last night with some verbatim and then some Kodak +R DVDs but the machine told me that the disks needed to be formatted. I formatted and retried and the machine told me that I had inserted non-recordable disks. They were brand new, out of the packet +R DVDs. -R is the only idea I have to go on. The machine is no more than 18 months old and has been used once or twice to play dvds since it’s purchase.[/QUOTE]

Panasonic DVD Recorders are friendlier with DVD-R media. With my three dozen Panasonic and Magnavox DVD Recorders and HDD/DVD Recorders I always use Taiyo Yuden 8x Premium Line DVD-R, purchased here:

I use Verbatim AZO 16x DVD-R media for duplication or computer use, not in stand-alone recorders.

Perhaps your DVD Drive needs routine cleaning of the hub/spindle:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1055071/panasonic-2006-and-newer-dvd-drive-hub-spindle-cleaning-and-reassembly-complications/0_60#post_14479898

I write with some experience. My home-recorded DVD archive currently has more than 13,000 DVDs.

Thanks VoxHumana, Kerry 56 and everyone else who gave me a hand with this. I actually bought some -Rs and the problem was solved. Easy as anything once this issue was sorted. I did have one tape out of 21 (I was transferring old video recordings via VHS adapter cassette) that chewed up a little and got jammed. But having undone the screws and lifted off the casing, the tape was incredibly easy to free as it’s all so open and accessible in there. I have a few tapes that were unreadable and showed glimpses and then blue screened that I’m hoping a specialist may be able to sort but apart from that, It all went swimmingly! Thanks again for all your help.

On the tapes that " were unreadable and showed glimpses and then blue screened " . A lot of the times the tape is tight from not being used for a while.
I find a rewinder to help this most of the time. Just run the tape completely back & forth about 5 times.
You can do this with your VHS player & I already had a rewinder from when there was only VHS . I got it to save wear on my VHS units .

Great, thanks for your advice Cholla. I’ll give it a go.

I’ve had the same problem. Is there a way to go from VHS to DVD without an external device if the VHS is manufactured? is there a loophole?

And also what is a stabilizer and how would I go about getting one?