I'll go ahead and pick this apart to answer...
While many would think a comb VHS/DVD unit would easily transfer a VHS tape to a DVD, it almost never works that way. A combo unit is good at three things:
- Playing retail or homemade DVDs to the TV
- Playing retail SP mode VHS tapes to the TV
- Recording homemade DVDs from TV input (cable, antenna, satellite)
The VCR portion of a combo unit is generally very low grade, playing LP or SLP/EP mode tapes poorly, and being very inferior at recording.
The only exception to this rule is a few high-end professional combo decks, such as the JVC SR-MV45 US
, that combines a high end JVC S-VHS VCR with TBC+DNR, and a really good JVC-manufactured DVD recorder. (Even then, you may need an external TBC, with loopback recording
This is a timebase error, specifically horizontal jitter. You need a line or multi-line TBC to correct this -- these are commonly embedded in good S-VHS VCRs, like the SR-V101 you've mentioned.
There's a list on this site to help you with which S-VHS VCR models to get
occasional burst of brightness
This is copy protection detection by the DVD recorder. Remember that analog copy protection is an artificial video error. VHS tapes are full of errors include natural non-artificial errors. However, because the detections can be so strong in DVD recorders, capture cards and other recording/capture devices, the unit confuses a fake anti-copy error with the normal real error. So even homemade tapes can have "copy protection" warnings, where the tape refuses to transfer.
You'll notice most DVD recorders -- combo units especially -- do not explicitly say "copy VHS to DVD" anywhere on the box or in the documentation. This is why.
Store-bought retail releases often have Macrovision protection, so these are protected.
The only way to fix this is by using a full-frame external timebase correct. I highly suggest the AVT-8710 -- it is the cheapest unit around AND one of the best one. The best place to get it (lowest price) is from B&H for about $205
+ shipping. Get it from this link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...3167/KBID/4166
I have tried several different VCRs and chords with both methods and the problem continues.
Nope, won't help.
The tapes are in perfect condition and play well when not trying to capture.
The errors are only seen when you try to record.
looking at a used JVC SR-V101 VCR that has TBC
As mentioned above, this would be a good upgrade.
do I need a stand alone TBC as well ($100 - $200 range)
TBCs start in the $200 range and go well into the ten's of thousands -- you won't find a real TBC in the $100 range, aside from some really old crap on eBay
, or devices that are not actually TBCs.
The $200 AVT-8710
mentioned above is a good one.