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Transferring Video Cassette To DVD

by cathcart / February 16, 2004 3:12 AM PST

I am transferring old video cassettes onto DVD via my Panasonic E50 DVD Recorder. Playing the subsequent DVD I notice a constant hum whenever the recorded sound is at a low level ,which is not evident on the video cassette. Is this attributable to the type of disk I'm using ,ie lower price range?
Could someone also explain the relevance and difference between disks marked 2x, 4x etc?


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Re:Transferring Video Cassette To DVD
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2004 3:43 AM PST

1. Hum.

It's a nuisance item that gets picked up either by cables or AC lines or other. There is no "do-this" cure, but you find it by moving components, cables around and I find the best result is to keep the gear away from the TV which is spewing a rather large EM field.

2. 2x, 4x.

1X is 1 to 1 playback speed. In short, 2hours. A 2X DVD-R for example can be written to the brim in 1/2 the time or one-hour. Not applicable to real-time recording which is 1X.


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Re: Transferring Video Cassette To DVD
by jean trudeau / October 25, 2004 6:14 AM PDT

Hi Cathcart,

I had the same problem transferring old vinyl LP to MP3. What fixed the problem is that I unplugged my VCR from my audio source (the amplifier that was feading the sound to my computer) which took care of the problem.
Hope it helps, good luck,


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Re: Transferring Video Cassette To DVD
by keithathome / October 26, 2004 12:15 PM PDT

Your problem could possibly be this:

Built-In Ground Loop Isolation?Why It Matters!
The INport doesn?t just give you awesome fidelity, it also includes a built in ground loop isolator to prevent annoying ground loops.

A ground loop occurs through differences in resistance in your home or apartment electrical wiring. When a computer or audio component is connected to your stereo, a path is provided for electricity to flow from one wall socket to another as the electrical system tries to balance itself. This can introduce a background hum into your recordings.

The INport has a built in ground loop isolator that works by breaking the earth between your computer and stereo to ensure no ground path exists for current from electrical imbalances to flow. This protects your equipment and stops annoying speaker hum. We?ve made the INport a total audiophile solution that backs up its amazing performance with the very best in ground loop protection!

I found this while looking for some way to transfer cassette tapes to pc, then turn them into cd's or mp3's. Is there another device to do this besides whats listed above?

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