Posted by Kate on August 16, 1999 at 21:26:20:
In Reply to: taping questions and scenarios posted by caitlin on August 16, 1999 at 19:50:59:
: Of course, until you can record a DVD, VHS tapes will still be around for many many years to come. Just consider all of this an early holiday present to yourself!
: : : Start playing the chicken music, cause I'm dancing!
: : : Christie
: : Hi Christie,
: : Will we be able to record from VHS to DVD if we want to archive all of our VHS movies and tapes? I have some very precious VHS tapes. I sure do hope that there will be a way to save all of our memorabilia.
: : Ayesha
: Hi Ayesha, Collin and Christie!
: Well, actually thats been on my mind as well. I too have an enormous collection of video tapes - predominately Disney Classics that I hope to use/pass on to my children.
: Heck, I delayed getting CD's forever because I was hell-bent on not giving up my cassette tapes, but once the prices came down on CD players, then I began amassing CD's at a furious rate. I'm hoping the same will happen with DVD players. Either way.... tape players are still around ;-)
WHAT GREAT NEWS!!! WELL DONE, THAT MAN!!
Well, I have been doing some research 'in anticipation' of the great event and my findings are (this, of course, is the British findings, however, I would think that they pertain to America too!):
1) Yes, you can buy a DVD 'kit' to add to your computer, which will enable you to view your DVD's through your television and whereas a DVD machine will cost, in Britain, about £300, a kit for the computer will cost half the price, at £150. Apparently, the computer version of DVD is much better than a separate DVD machine, having a better quality. Also, adding this kit means you get two-for-the-price-of-one - DVD properties on your computer AND television. So, though prices will probably vary, I would think the above information will probably be valid in America
2) Though I read on the 'net that as each country codes it's DVD machines differently, it will not be possible to buy DVD's which can be played on another country's machines. However, I am told that using the computer 'kit', this problem can be by-passed. Therefore, such as myself, I could buy American DVD's and play them through my computer 'kit'. (THANK GOODNESS SAYS I!! I BUY A LOT OF AMERICAN MOVIES!!)
3) I have also been told that there is now a machine which will copy Disc onto Disc, but that 'they' are now working on a machine which will put video tapes onto Disc. Now, this 'Disc to Disc' machine information has been verified but, however, how reliable the information concerning 'video to Disc' is, I wouldn't like to guarantee. But, it did come from a reliable source - he usually has the right of it!! (But please! Don't hate me if it isn't so!)
Clear it up any? I do hope so! At least over here, it seems that the Computer 'kit' is the better option and saves having to buy a completely new machine. (My video machine is only 6 months old - I felt I would have trouble justifying buying a new DVD machine in the circumstances!! However, 'upgrading' a computer is ALWAYS sensible!!) :0)
Counting the days, people!!
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