Why Would You Want a VCR to DVD Converter?

How long have you been married?  Have you preserved your VHS wedding video so you can show your great grand kids how hot great granny was in her day?


Easily Transfer Video from VHS to DVD

There are many important events that only come once in a lifetime:
The Perfect Wedding, Graduations, Sporting Events, Holidays…

Preserve your children’s favorite videos for their kids to enjoy – Don’t wait until it’s to late to find out that the VHS tape no longer plays after sitting around and gather dust the last 8 years.

You will be happy if you take the time to convert your non-replaceable family events or movies from VHS tapes into perfect and reliable DVDs.   All of these tapes are irreplaceable, you cant rewind your life to recapture these precious moments, so it’s best to preserve them in a digital format before it’s too late.

This blog will give you tips and tools on how best to transfer your home VCR tapes to DVD .  We will talk about the different options and equipment available to make this job as easy as possible.

While there are many hardware solutions to help you convert your VCR to DVD and we talk about all of them in posts below but, we have found a software solution that allows you to use your PC, MAC or laptop and software to create DVD movies from your VHS tapes and Hi8 or V8 home videos with Roxio’s Easy VHS to DVD visit their site for more information

We invite you to leave your comments and tell us about your experiences.

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Toshiba DR420 DVD Recorder, Black

Toshiba DR420 DVD Recorder, Black

  • Records -R/-RW, +R/+RW Formats
  • Playback:MP3, VCD, JPEG, Kodak Pic
  • 1080P Upconversion and DV Input
  • Auto-Finalization
  • HDMI connection

DVD Recorder

Rating: (out of 69 reviews)

List Price: $ 103.99

Price: Too low to display

Review by DEREK MCCARTHY for Toshiba DR420 DVD Recorder, Black
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This unit is really great! We recently got a 40″ HD TV and needed a replacement for the VCR — we wanted to record shows (and On-Demand movies) at a good enough quality for HD viewing.

One option was DVR from Comcast for /month (which might or might not allow recording of On-Demand movies and transfer to computer for disc-burning). Another option was using a computer with a video acquisition device and record to hard drive. The third option was this unit for 0, delivered, from Amazon — hands down the most practical choice.

Though this unit doesn’t record in true HD resolution, the quality is about the same (in 2 hour mode, 16×9) as regular 16×9 enhanced DVDs. At first I was worried the recorded discs might not play on other DVD players; but they did, no problem at all on any of our equipment (that is, after the recording is finalized). The recording time for a DVD-R disc (on high quality mode) was 2 hours and 8 minutes. (On lower quality modes, it’s 4+ hours and 8+ hours.)

Navigating the menu system is easy enough, and each recorded disk is given a simple menu with the various recordings available to choose from (which by default have the date & time of recording as the title, but can be renamed).

Upconversion of commercial DVDs is quite good (enough so that we’re not that motivated to get a Blu-Ray player yet ;-) .

Our only complaints (which are very minor) are that the tray-eject is a little slow & noisy and that there isn’t component video inputs (just composite video & S-Video inputs). But it was easy enough to hook up to our cable box (or TV) to record from their outputs.

This will be a great unit to have until Blu-Ray recorders become less expensive.

Review by Ulf Axmacher for Toshiba DR420 DVD Recorder, Black
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I bought this unit to transfer videotapes to DVD, and to save TV shows on DVD from my cable DVR. For that purpose, it works perfectly. The setup is simple, and the controls are very easy to use. The manual is very clear, with nice big pictures to show you where the relevant buttons are. I had it set up and dubbing within 15 minutes.

I only use DVD-R format discs (due to their universal compatibility), so I cannot comment on how the recorder works with other formats. But when I played back my recorded DVD-R on other machines, I had no compatibility issues, they played perfectly, and the picture was sharp and clear.

DVD-R discs have to be “finalized” before they can be played in other machines. This unit finalized a 3/4 full DVD in just a couple minutes- much faster than other DVD recorders I have used in the past.

The recorder only offers Composite and S-video inputs. It would have been nice to have Component or HDMI inputs as well for higher quality. However, I used the S-Video input and the playback quality was still excellent.

The recorder does offer Composite, S-Video, Component, and HDMI outputs, which gives you lots of options for connecting to your display. I went with the HDMI connection because it is simple (just 1 cable for both audio and video) and provides the highest quality.

As a bonus, this unit is also a very good upscaling DVD player. With the HDMI connection to my display, I was very impressed with the quality of the 1080p upscaled image.

For the very reasonable price ([...]), this is a nice piece of equipment which performs as advertised.

Review by Michael A. Mccormick for Toshiba DR420 DVD Recorder, Black
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I bought this unit after reveiwing other brands on the Amazon web pages. I wanted to copy from Tivi to DVD.Nice owners guide and physical looks. The tray opens just like other players with a little noise, no big deal! It does take awhile to finallize your dvd copys but, no big deal. Component out only,no cable terninals,no tuner. the recording light on the front is real tiny.On screen menu is good. For my use this recorder is perfect.

Review by deepwoods for Toshiba DR420 DVD Recorder, Black
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If you are an old fart like me who was still clinging to the VCR to record TV shows during the week so you can watch them later, and you want to want to move into the 21st century, the dr420 is perfect (assuming you have a tuner, like a DirecTV box).

This machine works perfectly, and the DVD upconversion is very good. I liked it so much I bought two more and replaced all of the VCRs in my home. I am using DVD-RW to record daily shows. After I watch them each day I format the disk. 1000 formats per disk! I have been using the dr420 like this for a couple of weeks only, but so far I could not be happier.

One “warning” though. Unlike what your old VCR might do, the dr420 will not pass through the audio/video when turned off. This was not a problem for me, as my DirecTV box has multiple outputs. So in one of my set-ups, the TV has a direct connection to my DirecTV box and my dr420 has another, separate, connection to my DirecTV box. I use S-video from DirecTV to the dr420 and then again to the TV (two channel audio as well). Then I have a direct coax connection from the DirecTV box to my TV, which is used when the dr420 is powered off.

UPDATE** After 3+ months all of the dr420 machines are working as good as from day one. I am very satisfied with this product.

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how to bypass copyright on dubbing?

Question by one_hourphoto: how to bypass copyright on dubbing?
dont worry I’m not selling any copies. I got a new sony dvd recorder that recordes anything that has a video input or memory cards onto a dvd. you can plug your vcr into it and have it record whats playing via this tiny monitor. I was wondering how to bypass this “copyrighted signal detected” thing. Any scrambler I could buy? I’m trying to archive all my favorite VHS movies.

Best answer:

Answer by Norm
Hi One Hour,

You can legally back up your own tapes for personal use.

what you need is a “Sima T120 GoDVD”. It removes the copy guard and enhances the picture. You plug your source into it and plug it into the input of your recorder.

Here is an example of one – http://www.heartlandamerica.com/browse/item.asp?PIN=54817&

Another one that will work is the Digital Video Stabilizer. They work like a charm. Go here to read about and see an example – http://www.qualitekindustries.com/vidstab.html

Norm

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old family movie?

Question by Gerard Way is the Boss: old family movie?
ok I have this old movie that my uncle filmed with a camcorder from the early 90s. he filmed this in 1992. he filmed it on a standard I think TDK tape in Im pretty sure it was SLP mode. yeah already the quality of the video is horrible!! crappy camera bad tape and filmed in the worst mode! anyway my aunt transferd the 8mm tdk tape to a regular standard quality VHS tape probably TDK or maxell and of course she recored it in SLP mode. then she gave me the VHS tape, but she says she wanted it back. I dont know why she didnt just give me the little 8mm tape SO at least i could make a decent copy of it my self. like recording it in SP mode and useing a very high quality Sony tape or just record it to dvd. anyway she gave me the tape I really like it alot so i didnt know how to copy hte VHS tape my self, the little 8mm yeah but not the VHS tape, so i took it to a place where they copied it for me. qaulity sucks. so what should i do. transfer it to a blu ray disc for great qaulitythax

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