Digitize from VCR to DVD or vice versa.
Recommended Media: -R (see below for details)
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is NOT legal to make a copy of a VCR tape to a DVD without expressed permission from the owner of the content. If you are the owner (interviews, ethnographic work, research) you can make a copy. If the content of the tape is under copyright you must make contact the publisher and get permission, even if the content is not available in digital format. Fair Use only allows for you to USE the content, it does NOT allow for you to make a copy.
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There are so many DVD types, its almost like a mathematical alphabet soup. One is a + the other is a -, one is a R the other is a RW, one is called “video”, the other is a VR. With each of these types comes certain types of “challenges”. For instance, some automatically finalize the burn, others do not (which accounts for why some of you have had different experiences). Some allow a finalized disk to play on all equipment, some will only allow on DVD players and not in computers. It was recently suggested to me (thanks Michael) that the best, and least problematic, type is a -R. Apparently, -R DVD have the fewest problems, such as the ones illustrated above – and they also have the added benefit of having the fewest letters to remember. Other formats CAN be used, and I’d suggest you consult page 88 in the Sony manual, which is located in the brochure rack on the wall by the door, before completing the burn.