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when will video tapes be phased out completely? is there a way to transfer films from VCR to DVD?

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fizzy.chicken answers:

videos have been pretty much phased out already, have you tried to buy one lately ? you can buy combined dvd/vcr machines that will copy from vcr to dvd.

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wrestlingfan420 answers:

I have a dvd recorder hooked up to my vcr and I have been transferring all of my videos to dvd's. It is quite easy although the only thing that stinks about the whole process, is that it takes the full amount of time to record so it is very time consuming to do. Also, if you do invest in one, make sure it is a good quality brand as my friend bought a dirt cheap model and the copied material on the dvd looks inferior to the original vhs tape. I bought a Sony model, and my copies look crystal clear.

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wumpus answers:

I don't think VHS will be completely phased out for a long time yet, there are too many security systems which rely on the tapes.
But they will get harder to obtain, particularly once the digital changeover becomes nationwide.

To transfer video to DVD recorder, just plug the two devices together with a Scart lead. However, many recorders won't record if there is macrovision protection on the incoming signal.
So you might need a macrovision remover to get around this (or some other video processor, PC with video-in, etc.).

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KentPDG answers:

These days, no major producer supplies movies or TV shows on VHS tapes -- because the picture quality from DVDs is so much greater, and because tapes are vulnerable to erasure, that does not affect DVDs. Also there are many more ways that tapes can be physically damaged, than DVDs.

You can obtain dual-deck DVD recorders, which accomodate both a tape and a blank disk; and transferring the tapes to disk is easily done. My wife's employer is the world's leading maker of those devices.

Many people have miles of VHS tapes, used in their older-model video cameras and bearing all the records of their children growing up. The wisest of such people have already converted their tapes to disks, avoiding the loss of precious memories should their tapes be damaged.

One advantage of the phase-out of VHS tapes is that the video rental stores are selling off their tapes inventories, usually for $1 per tape. Lots of those films are not available on DVD. So I have bought dozens of them, to watch during long, lonely evenings in Vermont. Actually, some great films despite the relatively lower picture quality.

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