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VHS Compatibility on HD LCD TV

by dddaignea / March 22, 2007 8:58 AM PDT

I am trying to upgrade my Home Video system from analog to digital. I have hundreds of pre-recorded VHS tapes. When I try to play the tapes on my HD/LCD tv I got a horrible picture. This also happens with older movies that were released on DVD. It was suggested that I buy a DVD recorder with up-convert technology and record my VHS on to DVD's. When I tried to do this I got a message that could not record due to License violation. do I watch VHS tapes on a HD/LCD tv and combine old and new technology?

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Honestly. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 22, 2007 10:29 AM PDT

you live with it. It's the nature of the beast. Tapes were analog and had a resolution of 480 lines. And since you've found you can't copy prerecorded media, strike two.


I bought a Samsung upconverting DVD/VCR combo and the DVDs are excellent. The combo unit connects to my Sony SXRD via HDMI and the picture is well improved over S-video or the older component cables. But my tapes are barely passable.

It's the nature of the beast, and that beast is called "Improved Technology". But you cannot improve VHS.

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by stewart norrie / March 22, 2007 11:55 AM PDT

I own over 70 Laurel and hardy old v.h.s. tapes all b/w They do look fine considering they were made in the 30s and 40s I use s.vidio . for best picture its the nature of the beast flee market time ha ha steweee

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by Dan Filice / March 22, 2007 12:15 PM PDT

You didn't say how you have your VHS deck connected to your TV. This may have something to do with it. I've been through the VHS issue too. I do not watch VHS on my 50" HDTV, only on my 23" HDTV where the picture is small enough to compensate for the low-res image. I've burned several old movies to DVD (Laurel & Hardy, Beast with Five Finger and the like) and this doesn't help because the poor quality of a VHS does not improve by doing this. You only transfer the lousy quality to DVD, plus you add a few artifacts too. I only did this process to experiment and because a couple of the movies were not available on DVD and watching VHS is not convenient. But what a pain. I used my computer to ingest the tapes and burn them to disc, and it's a lot of work. My analog-to-digital converter will bypass copyguard which most, if not all, DVD tabletop recorders don't, but I only use it on a rare occassion.

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