I spent the last hour looking at the thread you suggested - - - Thanks.
I wasn’t happy with the Xpert DVD maker as I felt it didn’t give me the video quality I wanted. I was also having problems w/the PowerProducer program so I went to Video Advantage from Turtle Beach. I did this because Turtle Beach said it would capture the Closed Caption. Turtle Beach also gave me PowerProducer Express and Power Director. After a very steep learing curve experience and complete frustration with the Cyberlink Tech Support (a bad joke), I got almost everything working. Great quality video and sound but no Closed Caption (yet).
Then I got into the Macrovision/copy protection area. I got a Sima CT-1 and have been using that but it doesn’t seem to really defeat the copy protection. I go for between 8-15 minutes and the recording stops with the “This movie is copy protected” message. I’ll try it a few more times but am not encouraged. If I still have problems, I’ll go back to the Xpert DVD maker and see if it’s any better now since I haven’t tried it with the CT-1.
I just ordered a CT-2 on eBay ($65 including shipping in the U.S.) and hopefully that will resolve the copy protection issues. I also found an old (1985) VCR and am going to get it fixed and see if it will ignore the Macrovision. I read that Macrovision came into use in 1983 so maybe the old Panasonic doesnt’ have the chip or whatever to grab the copy protection.
And the darndest thing is that I am doing this just as a learning experience since I don’t really have any need to convert from VHS to DVD, just enjoy frustration I guess.
Will keep things updated.
Take care all.
David (aka “Spock”)