Please recommend the best VCR to make VHS video copies <<

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by daveknoll727, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. daveknoll727

    daveknoll727 Guest

    I want to make real good copies of VHS videos and I want the best brand
    and model VCR I can find. Please recommend one to me. Please do NOT
    tell me to get a DVD burner. I am not interested in that right now.
    daveknoll727, Feb 23, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    If you manage to get a VCR that supports S-VHS tapes then the
    electronics components are likely to be better quality.
    These days there is not a lot of choice as there is a move towards DVD
    Recorders. Phillips have stopped making VCR's
    Most 6 head VCR's are of good quality. I prefer Panasonic as it gives
    a sharp clear picture.
    I think there may be professional VCR machines available for purchase
    that are using for copying tapes, but they are more expensive.
    If the tapes are commercial movies you might run into trouble with
    macrovision that stops copywrite tapes from being copied by giving you
    a bad copy.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Feb 23, 2005
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    stankley Guest

    Errr..... why don't you get a DVD burner? No seriously! I can't
    imagine why anyone in the year 2005 would waste the time and energy
    making VHS tapes. Step into your local electronics store, and you can
    scarcely find any VCRs for sale these days. Many manufacturers have
    given up making them. Blank DVD's can be as low as 30cents (US)....

    You don't live in Afghanistan do you? I'm not sure they've got VCRs
    yet, but maybe in 20-30 years they will have....
    stankley, Feb 24, 2005
  4. "daveknoll727" wrote ...
    Are you prepared to spend $18,000? If not, you should state
    your practical budget so we know what you are REALLY looking
    Richard Crowley, Feb 24, 2005
  5. It would have to be one of the older ones, preferrably one of the following
    SLV-575, SLV-676.

    Stay away from SVHS machines, as they have narrower head gaps that are
    inferior for recording at standard resolution.

    Also stay away from any machine that advertises high quality in LP mode, as
    it will also have narrower head gaps.
    Robert Morein, Feb 24, 2005
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    footman727 Guest

    Let me make this clear.... I want to copy amateur videos that I have
    shot myself NOT copyrighted videos. So I was just wondering the best
    VCR to make copies of these so I can sell them. Thanks!
    footman727, Feb 25, 2005
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    Jimmy Guest

    Ok, I WILL ask. Won't there be more people wanting to purchase a DVD than a
    VHS tape? Won't the distribution and overall production be far more
    economical? Wouldn't you at least want to offer a choice?

    Jimmy, Feb 26, 2005
  8. footman727 wrote ...
    There is currently a Panasonic AG-1980 for sale right here in this
    newsgroup by Jerry Rosenberg. I use three of the 1980s for small
    scale VHS dubbing. They are the right choice for my budget and
    requirements. Of course since you have never revealed your
    budget (after repeated requests), we have no idea whether this
    what you were intending to spend.
    Richard Crowley, Feb 26, 2005
  9. daveknoll727

    daveknoll727 Guest

    I want to buy a VCR in the $150-300 price range that will copy videos
    that I have shot myself. I have made copies on a $50 VCR that I have
    and they really aren't that bad. The copies I make with this one are as
    good as some videos I have purchased. But I want to get a better one
    and was just wondering about good brands and models. Yes I do want to
    buy a DVD burner eventually so I can offer both videos and DVD's. But
    right now I am jusy interested in an economical way of producing VHS
    copies. I am not mass-producing them. I will probably make a few
    hundred copies to start out with. If my venture proves to be worthwile
    I will later look for a more expensive way to produse copies. Thanks,
    daveknoll727, Feb 26, 2005
  10. One simple way around your problems would be to buy a MPEG2 digitizer PCI card,
    and first read your VHS to disk.
    Make sure you have a mpeg2 compatible video out too.
    Then make as many copies from the PC with that same VHS.
    And if you then later buy a DVD burner, you are all set.
    Same price range, better quality, as 100x playback on a VHS will NOT improve
    quality. This is how I did it, you can then edit and for example add
    subtitles too.
    This advice costs 100$ though, to be payed in golden bits.
    Jan Panteltje, Feb 26, 2005
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    Steve King Guest


    At a "few hundred" it would be worthwhile to check with some duplicators
    that specialize in short runs. You may find that you can have the videos
    duplicated, labels applied, and cassettes inserted into sleeves for about
    the same cost as purchasing the blank tapes, label stock, and sleeves.
    Google "Short run VHS Duplication" and ask for some quotes.

    Steve King
    Steve King, Feb 26, 2005
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