I wouldn't say 'use' but I have um...four; two machines and two as part of old TVs.
I have a few hundred VHS tapes in storage; maybe half are labeled. Some day I'd love to transfer them all to DVDs.
I do, I watch old vhs tapes of movies not available on dvd.
That said, I know I'm going to be SOL when it finally craps out. I don't know any other way to record movies I want to save.
A what? Speak English, OP.
I have, kept or purchased all of my old technology. I'm currently converting all old home video tapes.. VHS, hi8, dv... into digital searchable files. So YEAH... I have a VHS player
r3, you could always go on ebay and get a VCR. They cost practically nothing now.
Unfortunately, that's no longer a rarity around here.
I was just thinking of starting a similar thread. Yes I do have my VCR still hooked up. The only reason: occasionally I like to watch old Falcon tapes I bought. Just or the memories.
I have a DVD/VCR combo in my bedroom that I keep just in case I should want to watch the handfull of movies that I have on VHS that aren't available on DVD.
Can VHS tapes be converted to DVDs as albums can be converted to CDs?
I have a DVD/VHS combo too .... started converting some VHS to DVD, but it's time consuming. I'd rather just watch the VHS tapes when the urge strikes.
What idiot doesn't occasionally use a VCR?
[quote] That said, I know I'm going to be SOL when it finally craps out. I don't know any other way to record movies I want to save.
A DVR from your cable or satellite provider and a recordable DVD.
[quote]Unfortunately, that's no longer a rarity around here.
Oh, STFU. If you want to talk about something else, go start a thread.
[quote]Unfortunately, that's no longer a rarity around here.
Get a grip, sonny. Without us, you wouldn't have an Internet to whine on.
VHS, yes, for movies not available on DVD. My last one quit, found one at a garage sale.
I need to transfer old tapes to dvd. Can anyone recommend a good method? Computer program or dvd recorder/vcr?
I still use one to occasionally record a tv show. I already pay a lot every month just to WATCH basic cable. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay to record shows as well.
[quote]Unfortunately, that's no longer a rarity around here.
Posted at 10:08 PM by some fabulous gayling sitting alone in a fucking Starbucks on a Saturday night.
I'm sorry, but this seat is taken... by my coat.
Yes, my son has one in his room as part of the tv we got for free from craigslist. I would prefer he didn't have a tv in his room, but he's good about asking to watch it. And I don't want it in our room - I like my bedroom sans tv.
Yes, they don't seem to break as easily as DVD players.
Mine still blinks 12:00.
I never record TV shows, because I can watch anything I missed on the Internet or on demand. So VHS/DVR is not an issue for me.
I did until one of mine ate a tape recently. Now I'm paranoid because I have some old films that I recorded from AMC before it had commercials and they aren't on DVD or VHS. The one I lost wasn't irreplaceable, but I now hate to take a chance.
I still have a VCR player, because like others have said I have movies and tv shows on VHS that have never made it to DVD. I know I could transer them to DVD, but to be honest I'm just too lazy to bother transferring something I only watch maybe once a year.
The attached is an idea for folks like R11 that are interested in burning DVDs of your old VHS tapes. I've seen the hucksters on the home shopping channels tout this the way to make sure you don't lose your memories when the magnetic tape of your videotapes disintegrates.
I've thought about investing because I have a couple of milk crates filled with VHS tapes, but haven't done it yet. The shopping guys also try to justify the expense by suggesting that as a way to make some money, you can offer your services to others who have old tapes they want converted.
A lot of times you can buy an old movie much cheaper on video than dvd.
I've got some old videos from the 80's and 90's that I've thought about trying to upload to Youtube, but I'm not sure about the easiest way to do it.
Dumped all my VHS tapes years ago. No longer have a player. Don't miss it at ALL.
There are machines you can buy - you play the tape and the machine hookup copies it to a DVD. I wouldn't bother to do this with movies that you can now get in Blu-Ray. I just did it with personal "home" movies, if you get my drift.
I have a lot of family stuff on VHS tapes that I need to convert to DVD and give to other family members. I guess I look on craigslist for a converter.
Any idea how much a new converter would cost?
I only use it to watch movies on tapes that are not on DVD, which is what I do with my copy of Paris is Burning on VHS and the French bisexual movie Savage Nights.
Sorry, what was the question?
I still have one and use it for my old tapes. Some things you can't get on DVD and I had taped them off TV. I used the best setting so they haven't degraded that much or so I like to tell myself. I know one day I will have to give up.
I am doing my end of the year turn out and right now I am going through my audio tapes. I only have about 30 or so left and I know my next car will not have a tape deck so I am trying to figure out which ones I should just give up on and toss and which ones to try to get DVDs of. I have never downloaded from itunes but I could get a friend to help me learn how and just get exactly what I want.
May I suggest a DVD recorder with a hard drive? You can do editing and it's basically similar to a DVR from the cable company, except you can record to DVD with this. Unfortunately they're becoming hard to find in North America. Magnavox still makes them:
[quote]A lot of times you can buy an old movie much cheaper on video than dvd.
Maybe if this was 2005.
I hardly ever throw anything away. Still have my second beta* and two or three vcr's. Not using any of them. (It cost 500 bucks, awhile back.)
I use my Dual Deck VHS everyday. Easier to Freeze Frame than DVDs.
I don't use it for taping anything for myself because I DVR whatever I want to watch.
But occasionally I use it for recording stuff for my parents (who don't have/want HBO) - shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bill Maher's show.
Also I have some things on VHS that, back in the day, I recorded minus the commercials - things like MST3K episodes. And I've held on to them on the possibility that I might watch again some day.
Goodwill and The Salvation Armani have VHS machines for $10 and they work! People here will suspend their anti-Army policy just once if it means getting a bargain.
R7/R8...you do realize that you will either grow older or die, don't you? I wish you the latter.
I think all threads on the 'net are by eldergays; the young ones have already moved on from the Internet.
Of course I do. I have a rather extensive film library going back 2+ decades. Some on VHS, some on DVD, (and dare I say it?) some on Laserdisc.
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I have a VCR/DVD combo thing, but never use it. I don't have a TV anymore and it's just taking up space on a shelf. All my media comes through the internet, or I watch DVDs on my laptop.
I collect copies (bootlegs) of Broadway musicals. Before people started putting them on DVD they were on videotape so yes, I still have two working VHS players- One is a Sony VHS/DVD combo that is a backup to my blu ray for my large TV and the other is one of those Go dual deck copy machines. I rarely use that anymore but I still have it hooked up to the TV in the bedroom.
I have a VCR that has a gay porn tape stuck in it. I keep telling myself that some day I will get it out and watch the best of the 80's and 90's gay porn again. Otherwise, I would have no use for it. I gave all my GP rated VHS tapes to a Good Will Store and replaced them with DVDs. I assume this is some bug eyed minion somewhere doing his best to make DVDs obsolete also.
I have a DVD/VCR combo and still use the VCR. I always tape shows while I'm watching them because sometimes I fall asleep during them and miss something. The VCR still comes in handy for me.
Haven't used a VCR in over a decade now...I love digital, in more ways than one, heh heh heh...
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We do. Our 20-something Sun Conure LOVES LOVES LOVES all our old Disney tapes. She adores the under the sea girl.
I also have some marvelous tapes of a magical vacation we took back in the early '90s - my god, looking back on those tapes is a hoot and makes us so happy. We view them together every few years after a several glasses of wine - can't get through them without a few tears of joy. Really reminds you how deeply you love someone. I would die if those tapes were damaged. I need to have them converted to DVD - but it's just one of those things you put off...
I've got two TVs. One has a built-in VHS player which I use on occasion, the other has a soon-to-be-obsolete DVD. When one dies, I'll get a modern flat-screen, and maybe a blue-ray player, or maybe I'll just bypass that and learn how to stream stuff from my computer to my TV.
I am SO OVER keeping up with expensive new technology! Fuck the fast-paced planned obsolescence! I'll buy stuff when I need it, not because it's new.
I dont have use one anymore, but to take the this topic in a slightly different direction. I had in my whole life only 2 VCRs. One was a HUGE Magnavox that I second hand. It was probably one of the first models they put out. It lasted a long time, and then sometime in the mid 90s I replaced it with a Sony. For all I know that VCR is sitting in a box somewhere, still functioning very well, but consigned to where ever it is around 2002 when I got my first DVD player. I am now on DVD player #5. In almost half the time I used VCRs, I have had over twice as many DVD players because they keep breaking down. A DVD player I bought my parents lasted all of 18 months. A portable DVD player I bought for my ex didnt even make it one year. I was talking with some friends about this a few weeks ago and they were all like, "Yea, same here, those things dont last long. Good thing they are inexpensive." Still, it has me asking WTF? There are FAR LESS moving parts in a DVD player than a VCR. The technology should have advanced to the point where these things can last longer than they do. Call me paranoid, but the whole thing seems like a scam, that the machines are purposefully built to last little more than a year.
R52 - Plus, DVD's skip and hang like crazy - they're COMPLETELY unreliable. Not to mention, you can't even fucking get to the movie without watching a bunch of bullshit advertisements and trailers. The FF or Chapter Buttons are fucking DISABLED on many DVDs/BlueRays during boot up. It outrages me that I pay 29.99 or more for a DVD and then can not even skip to the fucking movie without waiting 15 minutes until the bullshit leaders are done. It's like "On Demand" - you pay for the service, but they disable the FF on your remote so that you're FORCED to sit through the commercials. God damn this world is all about nickle and diming us to death for some fucking money. Same with the internet - it's fucking over. Every web site is littered with ads. And to watch even the smallest news clip, you are forced to sit through a fucking commercial.
They aren't as obsolete as others are assuming here. You can still buy a new VHS player at Kmart or Target.
If you had a lot of VHS tapes at one time, why wouldn't you have a DVD/VCR combo?? I have one because there are a lot of things I have on VHS that are not on DVD and there are lots of films I have no interest shelling out the money to get on DVD and am perfectly happy to watch on VHS.
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[quote]What idiot doesn't occasionally use a VCR?
I'm trying to wrap my head around this question. Why would not using a VCR make one an idiot? You are aware they discontinued the VHS format years ago, right? Bully for those who still have use for them, but you might as well be calling people stupid for not having an 8-cassette player.
[quote]I only use it to watch movies on tapes that are not on DVD, which is what I do with my copy of Paris is Burning on VHS and the French bisexual movie Savage Nights.
Paris is Burning is available on DVD. I own it.
This is a funny thread, filled with crazy old eldergays, like R46, using "GP rated."
I bought my first DVD player in 1999 and it never broke. Bought my second in 2003 because I wanted a multi-region (and gave the old one to a friend), and that player still works. Finally bought a blu ray two years ago and that works just fine.
Given how spectacular of a picture you can get with a new TV and DVD or blu ray player, I find it hard to imagine there are clueless old queens clinging to their VHS players.