A friend has asked me to record 100+ old video tapes to DVD on her behalf....)..some friend eh?) I have a Liteon PVR which I upgraded to a 500GB hdd some time ago.
The method I am proposing to use is: 1) Connect a standard VCR to the PVR via scart cable. 2) Copy as many of the videos to the PVR's HDD as possible. 3) Split and edit into 4.7gb chunks as friends DVD player will not accept dual layer disks (:.
Record the re-titled 4.7GB disk's using my PVR's copy function. I have checked the manual for my PVR, and it will easily do this.....It's just going to take time.
Anyone know a quicker way (without mailing the lot off to a company who would charge her a fortune) ?
She is in no rush, and I don't really want to spend the next 6 months editing video, so I suppose I could just do a few at a time. The PVT is in use to record TV too, so it's a good project for an insomniac!
Some of the commercial tape/DVD players had/have Macrovision copy protection built in. We bought a DVD player many years ago when they cost £200-300 and paid extra to have the Macrovison circuit disabled (not strictly legal at the time!) so that we could copy from DVD to tape/PC etc. I'm not sure what modern players have but it does seem that copying is easier than it used to be.
Seems as if, as long as the video tapes are disposed of after transfer, then no infringement will have taken place.
Upside? No moral issues.
Downside? Muggins has to do the work!
I tried it last night with one film, and my system works fine...It's just the time it takes to do it. I looked at high speed copying machines, but they are really expensive for a one off project such as this.