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Re: arsclist Worldwide VCR/DVD advice
Brenda - I don't have any technical answers, but my archive has a Samsung
SV-5000W multi-system VCR which we use daily and which has been quite
satisfactory. It's idiot-proof, shows you the format of the tape you are
copying as well as the format you are copying to. This might not matter to
you, but we have people bringing in videotapes from all over the world,
often not knowing what system they were recorded in. Copying to VHS (and
Hi8 and S-VHS) is usually very successful, but of course the quality of the
original affects that of the copy.
On Wed, 28 Nov 2001, Nelson-Strauss, Brenda wrote:
> I'm in the process of researching multisystem VCRs and DVDs for our reading
> room that fit into my post-Sept. 11 budget. I'd like to be able to connect
> both to our current TV, which is NTSC. The models of DVDs that we're
> considering are either the Malata 900r Region Free and the Sampo DVE611
> Code-free; both are macrovision disabled. Does anyone have an opinion on
> either model? Or other suggestions in the under $500 range??
> The VCR selection seems a bit more complicated. I've been looking at models
> with built-in converters, such as the Samsung SV-5000W worldwide
> multi-system VCR (DA4 Video Head & 2 audio head), and the Aiwa HV-MX100
> (listed as 4 head hi-fi and DA4 video head). I don't plan to tape programs
> from television- this would be strictly for the playback of pre-recorded
> videos. My main question is this- if we purchase a machine with an internal
> converter, will the playback quality of a pre-recorded PAL tape be
> noticeably different that if we had an external converter? Also, what kind
> of quality will we get when dubbing a PAL tape to VHS (assuming the quality
> of the PAL copy was good to begin with)?
> Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.
> Brenda Nelson-Strauss
> Director, Rosenthal Archives
> Chicago Symphony Orchestra
> 220 So. Michigan Ave.
> Chicago, IL 60604
> Tel.: 312-294-3057
> Fax: 312-294-3056
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