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HOW TO BYPASS COPYRIGHT ON VHS TO RECORD TO DVD?

I got a vhs to dvd recorder and trying to convert vhs tape to dvd but some of the tapes have some type of copyright protection and will not allow to be copied is there a mod or device that a can use to bypass the copyright. I am just coping these for own use.

PurpleL2 days ago

I've said it before and I'll scream it again... I HATE TECHNOLOGY!!!!!!!! What are we supposed to do with all those great VCR movies that cannot be viewed anymore?

My family and I are in a movie and there is only one VCR copy among us. AND only one among us still has a working machine to watch it!! I'm going to call a video production\transfer company and ask if there is anything that can be done to bypass or over ride the copyright, as soon as they open. Like I read from someone's comment... I want to copy the movie for my own use - to watch, share and have forever. Technology sucks!

I have a toshiba dvr620ku and its a combo dvd vcr player and recorder when I try to record a vhs to dvd with a disney movie it comes up with a copyright block and wastes a disc by recording 30 seconds if I do a home movie it will copy how do I get around the copy right when I do the disney movie I do not put tape where the tab use to be and the home movie doesn't have the tab on it or the tape so why does the home movie work and not the Disney movie please help u can also email me at kevinloveshisiphone@mac.com thank u

Re-design4 years ago
What type of protection is it?  Does the copy come out too dark or squiggly?  Or do you get a message on the screen saying that you can not copy this tape?

IF it's too dark or wavy then there is a cure for that.  Radio Shack used to sell it but probably not now.  You want a video enhancer.  It will add the stabilization and the color back into the tape.  That type of copy protection recorded the details just barely readable and when copying you lost enough detail that the copy wasn't useable.

For the other kind that tells the dvd not to copy, I don't know how to get around that but I don't thing VHS tape does that.
BrianK2 Re-design2 months ago

That's actually the same type of copy protection. Newer machines simply detect the protection and automatically abort the copying process.

Willard2.04 years ago
If it is a VHS movie that you purchased, then the tab pictured below is removed to prevent you from accidentally writing to it.  Put a piece of tape over it and the machine should bypass it.
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I tried the tape over 2 different copy write protected VHS pre-recorded movies. It didn't work, I tried to record both and I still got an error message both times. My question is: What type of tape are you using and why doesn't it work when I try it?
I got a vhs/dvd recorder where I can transfer vhs to dvd, I was able to do it with old vhs that dont have copyright and they work, but I can't do it with newer ones. And i have try what you are saying here but I dont know if it didnt work because the piece of type was too big and it cover more than just the square or if it just dont work? But I really want to transfer my vhs just for my own use and by trying to bypass the copy right I have mess up DVD R disc and now I cant use them again and I dont want to keep doing that. Please Help me.
Taping this removed tab only makes it possible to copy ONTO this tape. It does not make it possible to copy a macroencrypted Vhs tape.
I must have misread the question when I wrote the answer. Thanks for correcting my mistake.
Trial and error. I thought it might work...but it didn't. I don't want to spend more money to get this task completed and clean out years of old VHS. But I guess I am going to have to break open the piggy bank!
timweaver174 years ago
 Like the other guy, I would suggest a device similar to what he said. I use one that has 3 composite connectors and plugs in via usb. my vcr can put video out in composite and right into that reciever and then computer.
I read somewhere, and haven't had a chance to try yet, that if you have two old vcr's you can run the video from one vcr to the 2nd and from the 2nd to the recorder (in my case I'm putting direct to PC) and that will cancel the macrovision protection.
lemonie4 years ago
VHS protected? Man I didn't think video got advanced enough to stop you copying on a future system.

I copy VHS via my PC which has a composite-video-in - what does your machine have on the graphics-card (next to the monitor connection)?

L
They didn't put any copy guard type thing on video tapes in the UK?

It's analogue - how do you do that?

L
This copy-protection is known as Macrovision, and can cause scrambling of the image or dimming every few seconds.  The VHS/DVD combo systems out there are designed to comply with this protection to prevent you from copying it (as they couldn't legally sell you a unit that just lets you do it).

The simplest way is to get an external VCR, and run the composite cables out to an RF modulator.  Run this into the DVD recorder.  The RF modulator will effectively remove the Macrovision (at the expense of slight loss of quality).
framistan4 years ago
Route the AUDIO cables DIRECTLY to the recorder... but connect a VIDEO CAMERA to do the VIDEO input of the recorder.  Aim the video camera at the TV screen.  You will loose a litte bit of picture quality, but so what.  ALSO you will GAIN one advantage.....:  I have found when recording from tape to DVD there is often a problem.  If the videotape has ANY sudden drop-out of signal--- then the DVD recorder will fail the recording.  It might have something to do with DVD copy protection (i'm not sure).  Even videotapes that are NOT copy protected will have OCCASIONAL video drop-outs.  So the method of recording the picture portion with a VIDEOCAMERA overcomes this signal DROPOUT problem.... because signal may drop out from the tape... but the CAMERA sends a continuous signal anyway !! NO DROPOUT.
This system of copying works on any encryption method and will record very OLD videotapes that have poor pictures...  hope that helps.  framistan