How to Remove Macrovision from VHS Tapes

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Commercial video tapes used a process called Macrovision to keep the tape from being copied. Some titles have never been updated to DVD, so making a copy of them is vital to be able to continue to watch without fear of breaking the tape. Making a VHS copy of the old tape requires removing Macrovision. This can be done with a product like the DVD Red Pro hardware box, which will remove Macrovision from the video signal of the original tape before it is recorded onto the new videocassette.

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Things you need

  • 2 VHS recorders
  • 2 Composite video cables
  • Blank VHS tape
  • DVD Red Pro hardware box

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put the videotape with the Macrovision copy protection into a VHS player and rewind the tape to the beginning.

  2. 2

    Connect the Composite video cable to the Composite video output of the VHS player.

  3. 3

    Connect the other end of the Composite video cable to the Composite video input of the DVD Red Pro hardware box.

  4. 4

    Connect another Composite video cable to the Composite video output of the DVD Red Pro hardware box.

  5. 5

    Connect the other end of the second Composite video cable to the Composite video input of the second VHS player.

  6. 6

    Plug in both VHS players and the DVD Red Pro hardware box for AC power.

  7. 7

    Turn on both VHS players. Set the second VHS player to "Line Input" and insert a blank, recordable VHS tape.

  8. 8

    Press "Play" on the remote of the first VHS player to start playing the tape. Press "Record" on the remote of the second VHS player to start the recording.

  9. 9

    Press "Stop" on the remote of the first VHS player when the tape has finished playing, then press "Stop" on the remote of the second VHS player.

  10. 10

    Take the tape from the second VHS player and copy it to another VHS tape or to a DVD without fear of Macrovision ruining the image.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the movable lid of the VHS tape to make sure that the tape is smoothly passing between the two rollers that hold it taunt.
  • An old VHS tape that has not been properly rewound to the start can get stuck in the VHS player.

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