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Topic # 14802 20-Jul-2007 23:56
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I can't copy my old VHS tapes to DVD because of Macrovision copy protection on some tapes.  
The picture blanks out & I get a message about copy not permitted.
So much for preserving my old VHS collection to DVD!

More seriously we have been getting glitches in TV3 transmission which my recorder is interpreting as copy protection signals & inserts blank spaces into the recordings.

Anyone got any ideas? 
Can the copy protection be bypassed/turned off or does it go back to Harvey Normans...
Do other brands (eg Panasonic) have this problem?

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  Reply # 79052 21-Jul-2007 07:10
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There is probably not a lot you can do to get around this problem with a 2 in 1 unit and I doubt if you'll find any unit that lets you do what you want to do. All VCR's and DVD players will preserve the macrovision protection which is encoded in the lines of the video signal that normally contains Teletext. Your only option is to use an external VCR, buy a device that will strip the Teletext signals out from Jaycar, and then record this onto the DVD recorder.

 

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  Reply # 79088 21-Jul-2007 11:30
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As for the TV3 issues all I can suggest is make sure the signal you are getting is a good as possible. I have this recorder and have never had any issues with recording TV3. I have seen issues on C4 (think it was C4) but that apparently is by design ie they are putting the protection in on purpose. However as there is nothing that I want to record from there is not really an issue.

I did also find that if the signal was not good then the automatic program naming that is can do using teletext would sometimes not work.







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  Reply # 79222 22-Jul-2007 17:40
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Thanks for that fellas.   Not exactly the answer I wanted, but probably what I expected..

I was hoping that Panasonic or Pioneer might not be so sensitive.

I wonder if some of the no-name chinese brands might not be so rigorous with copy protection?
A couple of options I am still thinking about trying:   copy from VHS to digital tape camcorder, or someone else mentioned trying a copy thru an old VCR (AV in to AV out).

Regarding the TV3 recording:   I think the problem is only in our area (Mt Edgecumbe translator) though I haven't heard of anyone else having the same recording problems as me.
I am going to get set up for freeview, which will remove that problem, but it is annoying that the Sony recorder is not able to handle a few glitches in the transmission.

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  Reply # 79228 22-Jul-2007 19:09
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Somebody with a bit more knowledge may be able to clarify this but I didn't believe macrovision could be included in broadcast transmissions that have a teletext signal.

You could try recording from VHS -> AV input in the TV -> DVD recorder and see how your TV's AGC handles the signal.


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  Reply # 79242 22-Jul-2007 22:37
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I believe with Macrovision you need to somehow bypass the AGC on your Video player. If you could get your hands on a
Commercial Video recorder/player that will let you do it.




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  Reply # 79244 22-Jul-2007 23:31
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One of these should do the trick

http://tinyurl.com/35zbj2

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