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Hi everyone,

 

I am trying to copy an old vhs to my hard drive using vhs to dvd.

 

I have no problem with the program, it works. The problem is that the vhs that I am trying to copy now is really old, and at some points the vhs runs more slowly (in the video player, it can be seen that the clock of the player runs much more slowly than normal), although I can see the video tape running in the TV. At this points, the program shows a pop up which states that the signal has been lost, and the program stops recording, even though after a few seconds the vhs runs normally again. My concrete question then is the following: is there any setting or option which could prevent the stop of the recording once the signal has been lost, or any setting of the program that automatically re-starts the recording once the signal is recovered? Any other solution that allows me to copy the vhs in my hard drive is welcome too.

 

Thanks for the support

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Hi everyone,

 

I am trying to copy an old vhs to my hard drive using vhs to dvd.

 

I have no problem with the program, it works. The problem is that the vhs that I am trying to copy now is really old, and at some points the vhs runs more slowly (in the video player, it can be seen that the clock of the player runs much more slowly than normal), although I can see the video tape running in the TV. At this points, the program shows a pop up which states that the signal has been lost, and the program stops recording, even though after a few seconds the vhs runs normally again. My concrete question then is the following: is there any setting or option which could prevent the stop of the recording once the signal has been lost, or any setting of the program that automatically re-starts the recording once the signal is recovered? Any other solution that allows me to copy the vhs in my hard drive is welcome too.

 

Thanks for the support

 

 

A quick test to see if the trouble is your tape/VHS player is use a DVD player as your source. DVD players have a better signal quality and should quickly prove if the trouble is in your tape or the Roxio software/hardware.

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I'm having the same problem as Fruiz, but I'm not sure the Reply responds to what I believe to be his problem. My videotape was recorded on an early generation video camera and when it's played back on my newer VCR, the VCR has to calibrate the video periodically to get it to run smoothly. If it does so for more than a few seconds, the Roxio program seems to read it as a loss of video signal and automatically stops the recording. It's not really so much a problem with the tape player as a false read by the Roxio program that the video has stopped. I think Fruiz was asking if there is any way to make the Roxio program less sensitive and rather than automatically stop the recording just pick up on the recording once the video stabilizes. Does anyone know if this is possible?

 

Thanks to anyone who can help.

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No there is not, IF that is the problem...

 

You have to troubleshoot and ogdens described a good way to test!

 

A variation on that hookup is to try using another Player as a pass through. VCR with tape connected to another Player which is in turn connected to the Roxio USB. The theory is that the second Player will provide a smooth signal during the rough spots ;) But reality is that too many players are simply a wire running from input to output bypassing any of the electronics to make a signal... :(

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Jim, thanks for the suggestion. I tried using a pass through VCR but had no luck. Like Fruiz, I don't really think there's anything wrong with with the Roxio software other than the fact it's very sensitive to imperfect videotape. I used to have a VCR that was pretty good at instantly calibrating shakey videotape, but alas, the one I have left doesn't stablize quickly enough. I agree with Fruiz that it would be nice if an update to the software would either allow the user to override what appears to be an auto shut off, or at least resume recording once a better signal comes back. (I knew my problem wasn't with the Roxio software because I had already recorded a couple of better quality tapes successfully.) Thanks again for your help. In the meantine, I guess I'll have to try a locate a better VCR player.

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I sent you an IM, look in the upper right for a message.

 

About the only other alternative is to use a DVD Recorder to record the tape or possibly record it onto fresh tape with another VCR... The VCR method though is a copy and that means it will be a bit less quality than the original :(

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