Unfortunately, you have to deal with a small issue by using the lower quality SLP mode when recording for archival purposes. There's no real cheap or fast solution (other than what you're currently doing) that does not require significant expenditure for so many VHS tapes, esp. 6 hours per tape -> 90 min-2 hr max DVD-R . You could have the pros transfer these to DVD for a nice chunk of change (see wolf camera or equivalent for transfer to DVD rates), but understand that the SLP quality will sort of leave you with 'garbage in, garbage out' quality on the final DVDs produced. I'm not so certain you will be impressed with the quality you bring home ($$$) vs doing it yourself with your DVD/VHS combo rig. Could you pick and choose from some of the content and only digitize those priority shows on tape(?)
While I'm sure I'm not alone in this, I couldn't find anything in the forums after searching 10 pages.
I have over 100 VHS tapes containing movies, TV shows, etc., most of which I have recorded off the TV over the past 20+ years. Some are prerecorded VHS tapes. While you can still buy VHS/DVD combos, it's unclear for how long. I need to start thinking about the future. I purchased a VHS/DVD Recorder a few years ago with the intention of putting everything on DVD. I found out quickly that not only was the quality terrible once transferred, but that DVD's had no where near the capacity of a VHS & it was complicated to even put a 2 hr movie on a DVD from a VHS. So, I really need some advice here. What would be the best solution to get all my things that are now on VHS to some other media that won't go out-of-date in a few years & is relatively easy to do? Many of my VHS tapes were recorded in SLP mode so I could fit more on a tape, which I think now will cause me a quality problem when transferring but I'm not sure. Thanks in advance to anyone who can give me some advice.