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Which video stabilizer is the best for removing Macrovision?

Discussion in 'DVD±R for advanced users' started by Mark40, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. Mark40

    Mark40 Member

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    I am planning on buying a video stabilizer for removing Macrovision copy protection so that I can copy from VHS to DVD and from DVD to DVD using my DVD Recorder (Pioneer DVR-220).

    I was originally planning on buying a Lik-Sang video stabilizer, either this one for $25, which is for copying DVD to VHS:
    http://www.lik-sang.com/info.php?products_id=1365

    or this one for $35, which is for copying VHS to DVD and DVD to DVD:

    http://www.lik-sang.com/info.php?products_id=2950

    But then I read this website, which says that the $35 Lik-Sang video stabilizer doesn't work, so I assume that the $25 one probably doesn't work either:

    http://www.biline.ca/ati_macrovision.htm

    And that website (above) also says that the Sima "Video Copymaster" (Model SEM-CM) doesn't work either. Here's a description of the Sima SEC-CM (which sells for $40):

    http://www.adorama.com/VDSICMR.html

    So I would like to hear people's recommendations about which video stabilizers are good and which ones don't work.
     
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  2. Mark40

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    Hi Mark40, I built my macrovision remover from a kit many years ago for VHS TO VHS copies. Watch out for the cheaper versions. They don't work very well. A friend of mine bought one called Big Red that looks like a RED egg shape. He claims it works great but it was about $60. or $70.. Let me see if I can find a link somewhere.
    Here it is.
    http://www.dimax.com.ua/
    I haven't used it so everything I told you is hear-say.
    My home built one still works good.

    Jerry
     
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    Has anyone tried the Sima CT-2? It's usually $100, but I found it for only $70 at this website:

    http://buybestforless.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/2001

    It has both S-video and composite inputs and outputs.

    Does it work for both layers of Macrovision? I've heard that some video stabilizers will only work for Macrovision 1 but not for Macrovision 2, which means they will let you copy VHS to DVD but not DVD to VHS or DVD to DVD. I would like to be able to copy DVD to DVD and VHS to DVD, so I need something that removes both layers of Macrovision.
     
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    Take care not to be fucked. Many of so called stabilizers works only with Macrovision Layer1.
    A few of them can remove Layer 2 and/or CGMS/A. I personaly use one from dimax http://www.dimax.com.ua/English/dvd_recorder.htm
    It works just fine with my borth Panasonic DMR and Philips DVDR-75 recorders.
    Before I had two under $50 stabilizers.
    One was Sima and second I do not remember. Sima did not work with DVD recorders. The second one had a very bad picture quality.

     
  6. mikekubs

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    I tried the [bold]Video Magic/DVD[/bold] product with very good results. Made perfect copies of my DVD collection.
    http://www.stardevelopment.com
     

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