How To Record TV Directly To DVD
Record your favorite movies and TV shows onto DVD right from your set!
Recording everything that strikes my fancy has been a pastime I've been a part of for years. It first began when my mother taught me the art of recording my favorite movies and TV shows onto VHS tapes from our VCR — in a completely legal way, of course, heh — and just grew from there. But this is a new age. Those old VHS tapes are outdated, primitive, problematic, and bulky. DVD's are the new device of choice. So, suffice it to say, it was time to step it up a notch. And with the advent of the DVD Recorder/VCR combo, the proverbial notch has been stepped.
With the DVD Recorder/VCR combo's, you can easily record whatever is on your television (movies, TV shows, news stories, etc) as they air directly onto a blank DVD... just as you could with your old VCR! And since this is a VCR/DVD combo you can also easily transfer your old VHS tapes directly to the blank DVD's as well -- out with the old, in with the new.
Reasons to get a DVD recorder
- Easy to hook up! Okay, it's this simple: Plug in the power cord, hook up your composite cables to the TV (the red, yellow, and white cables), and voila! Finished!
- Record anything from your television set directly onto DVD! Make you're own box sets of your favorite TV shows, record movies from your favorite movie channel, record your favorite sporting events while you watch them. Seriously... the possibilities are limitless.
- Transfer your old VHS tapes to DVD! Have a bunch of old home movies piled up on bulky VHS tapes? Want to update your old VHS movie collection? With this product you can transfer all of your VHS tapes in the same amount of time as it takes you to watch them. Just stick the tape in the VHS slot, pop the blank DVD in its spot, and press record!
- Record all your favorite shows in crystal clear clarity! Unlike recording with old VHS clunkers with their bad tracking and uncanny ability to screw up audibly and visually in every way possible, your DVD recording will always turn out just as clear (or at least close to it, depending on how much space you use on the DVD) as it was when you saw it on TV!
My personal DVD Recorder - My recommendation...
This is the DVD Recorder/VCR combo I've been using for the last 2 years. With it I've recorded, literally, over a hundred different movies and TV shows. I've even made my own box sets of LOST, Breaking Bad and other such TV shows with it (usually fitting one season on two or three six-hour disks).
This is a Magnavox brand (zv427mg9) it cost me, at the time, somewhere around 200 dollars. But since then the price has gone down to approximately 100 or so dollars -- which isn't too shabby considering how durable the product is (after two years, and using it religiously, I've not had one problem). This is a top notch product and I definitely recommend it to everyone.
Below are several available models of this product from Amazon.com.
What Disks You Need - My recommendation...
Honestly... it really doesn't matter what blank DVD's you get. Some may argue, but some are also overly picky. I choose to get more for less.
With these 50 packs of blank DVD's you get no individual cases, but you can easily get paper cases for a very low price. These are my preferred choice as they're only around 10 to 15 dollars and can last you an extremely long time (especially if you're the type who enjoys using one DVD to its full six hour capacity). They work wonderfully with the DVD-recorders, DVD burners, and even make good Frisbee's, if that's what you're into.