I've got several dozen VHS tapes that I've created myself with a camcorder (they were about the size of a piece of carry-on luggage back then) and several purchased VHS tapes that I want to transfer to DVD. Besides the fact that I need to remove the VHS player from my entertainment center to make room for a Blu-Ray player, we all know that VHS tapes degrade with time and aren't really meant to last more than 15 years. Some of these tapes are 22 years old. All the store-bought tapes are long since out of print and not available on DVD.
Well, I'm having no problems copying the personally-made tapes. Some of the store-bought tapes will not copy. I've got a Toshiba DVD/VHS recorder that will duplicate in either direction. I press dup and it runs for a minute then pops up an error, saying "This program is not allowed to be copied." The particular tapes I'm having trouble with say "Macrovision" on them. I recognize that as one of the copy protection schemes from way back.
I've got several DVD recorders in several computers, one standalone DVD recorder by Philips (which I haven't tried... maybe I should), and at least three VHS recorders. I've also got a video processor somewhere which I used to use for editing tapes... it has a fade (audio and video), a sharpener, and something called a "stabilizer" which would eliminate roll on weak video signals. Would any of that help?
I have no intention of selling the VHS tape or the DVD... I'm just making a copy of a legally purchased tape for my own use. So, is there a way to bypass this copy protection?