VHS to DVD copy protection blues

Hi everyone,

I’m trying to copy a favourite movie of mine that I bought years ago and isn’t out on DVD into my Panasonic DMR-E85H DVD-Recorder. The tape is very brittle and I’m afraid I’ll lose it forever if I try to watch it once more. The problem is, I hooked my VCR into my DVD-R and when I press record on the DVD-R, it says “Movie content is copy protected. Recording not allowed.”

Does anyone know a way around this?

It might be Macrovision. One way around this is to find an old VCR.

Do a search in CDF using Macrovision and see what you find. I know there have been discussions.

Try using a Video Stabilizer

Sima CT-2 or CT-200 should do the trick. It worked for me. :slight_smile:


Hi Zoody ,
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Fanaudi .

Zoody: If what you want is a one-time issue (transfer the one movie and that’s all), you might want to look at a transfer service. At one time, they charged approximately $10 per hour of film. If you think this will be an on-going activity, the Sima CT-2 has a good reputation.

BUt the sima is becoming VERY hard to find. Anyone know the best place to get one of these now? I’m kinda leery since none of the major retailers carry them now.

I got mine from Best Buy onilne.

If you can’t find the Sima unit’s, I believe that the Plextor USB video unit will bypass macrovision. You might search first to be sure. I’m sure there are a few other affordable units that will do this. Just search here, and at www.videohelp.com, and you will find multiple units that will do this.

My Hauppauge PVR USB2 ignores Macrovision also.