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Anyone Knowledgeable of Copying VHS to DVD?

I am finally getting around to copying my old VHS tapes to DVD. DVD is actually an intermediate step as I want to go from there to computer.


I have two machines with the capability to do the job. Well, I had two. My Panasonic died after producing 2 DVDs. I am now having to try to do the job with a JVC unit. The two disks the Panasonic produced worked fine on my computer. I cannot seem to get a disk from the JVC that the computer that the computer can recognize. The computer says the disk is empty.


I have no idea what is different. Is there something that I am supposed to be doing to make the disks visible to my computer? I tried formatting and that did not help. So far have not found anything on line that helps.


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What operating system is on the JVC ?

Is it compatible with the OS on your computer ... Windows XP VS Windows 10 for instance. If the JVC disc are not recognized, either it's not compatible OR the disc is truly "blank". If other DVDs play OK on the computer, then one of the above is most likely the case.




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Why not skip the DVD and go directly to your computer:


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Is it compatible with the OS on your computer ... Windows XP VS Windows 10 for instance. If the JVC disc are not recognized, either it's not compatible OR the disc is truly "blank". If other DVDs play OK on the computer, then one of the above is most likely the case.




Yes, the JVC disks are definitely not compatible. The disks are not blank because the JVC machine will play them. An interesting aside is that the quality of the picture is better on the disks than on the VHS tapes from which they were copied.


What I am trying to do is find someone who knows how to make those recorded disk compatible. As I am typing this the word finalize came to mind. I googles and there are a number of hits on finalizing. That is going to be my next step to see if any of that will work.


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Why not skip the DVD and go directly to your computer:

https://youtu.be/udwPo6vLfSU

That is an interesting thought. I do not remember my computer having those type of inputs, but I will check. I also have an older computer hooked up in a back bedroom that may have more input options that the newer Dell I normally use. I would also have more room for the video machine back there.


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George... The video shows a usb connection to the computer.

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Problem solved. I found a place in the manual that gave instructions for finalizing the disk. Once finalized the computer was able to recognize the content.


Thanks everybody for your inputs.


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Which manual?

The computer manual or the copying/conversion device or the DVD player?


What does "finalized" mean ... formatting complete?


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Problem solved. I found a place in the manual that gave instructions for finalizing the disk. Once finalized the computer was able to recognize the content.


Thanks everybody for your inputs.


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It was the JVC manual. Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew of "finalized" but had no idea of what it was until I saw it in the manual.


Definition. "Finalizing (also spelled finalising) an optical disc is the process of writing out support data such as DVD menus, directory data, and the like to an optical disc in order to make it playable on a system other than the one it was recorded on. ... It is the last step in the DVD authoring process."


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Some hardware and software automatically finalize the disc, some require you to choose that as a final step. Either way is ok but it won't play without this step.

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Glad you got it sorted, but if I may let me mention that one of my side activities is converting VHS (and 8mm/Hi8, and Super 8/Regular 8/16mm movies, and LPs/cassette tapes) to digital.
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Why not skip the DVD and go directly to your computer:
i'd do this. my son did a similar conversion with an usb adapter to analog video out
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i'd do this. my son did a similar conversion with an usb adapter to analog video out

I did some research and found several of these adapters. The is one from Dell that would be good with my Dell computer. I am so far along now that I think I will just keep going as I am. One big problem is that I do not know where I would put the video unit near my computer.


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