Huh??? Maybe I'm missing something here, and I'm not sure what he means by encrypted (has copy protection like macrovision?), but unless I am missing something, the units that let you get past the copy protection are very common , and while they are trying to outlaw them, they havent yet and are quite easilly avalable in the US at least. So far as I know they are avalable in Europe too (someone mentioned a big red or something like that a while back that I think was from Europe?). This is the one I have.
I paid 50$ for it on sale at compusa. I certainly would not pay 130$ for it, as there are suposed to be much beter ones for that much that can get rid of any kind of copy protection including the newest digital ones (like if you ran a dvd player to your dvd recorder, though I have no idea whay you would).
just google sima and you will find a few diffrent models. The ct-2 is cheaper (though I think it may have been replaced by the ct-200 that I got).
If you search the word sima in the forums here, you will find several threads about copying vhs to dvd, which is pretty easy to do. Many people use capture cards and do it on computer but plenty use standalones too and the principles at least as far as the copy guard are the same.
If you go to afterdawn, and search the word sima, you can find some of the other units that are beter, should you wish to pay more. The simas do a decent job with most copy protections you will find on vhs though.
I assume that you are running a vcr to the recorder through rca cables or s-video and rca or something like that. The enhancer just goes inline in the rca or s-video conection.
Am I missing something because vhs to dvd has been done by several members here (including myself but only a few times) and it is pretty simple?
Fyi I'm not sugesting that you search sima because it is the only one or the best. It is just the most common and so you should get some hits that discuss it and others using that search term. The sima's seemn to do a capable job though.