Most commercial DVDs include a security feature called "Macrovision" that is used to deter digital piracy and protect copyrighted materials. When a DVD with Macrovision is inserted into your Sony DVD player, the DVD player will automatically decode the Macrovision and play the DVD. However, when the output signal is sent to a recording device, such as a DVD recorder or VCR, the recording device will recognise the Macrovision signal and will not record the signal. Macrovision can be bypassed by running the video signal through a Macrovision decoder. However, it should never be used to copy copyrighted material that is owned by anyone other than yourself. There are many Macrovision decoders available online, ranging from less than £65 to more than £650.
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Things you need
- Composite cables
- Macrovision removal device
Insert the DVD into your Sony DVD player.
Plug the red and white composite cables into the red and white composite output jacks on the rear of the Sony DVD player. Plug the other end of the red and white composite cables into the red and white input jacks on the recording device.
Plug the yellow composite cable into the video output jack on the rear of the Sony DVD player. Plug the other end into the video input jack on the Macrovision decoder.
Plug a second yellow composite cable into the video output jack on the Macrovision decoder. Plug the other end into the yellow video input jack on the rear of the recording device. The Macrovision will now be disabled when the DVD is played.
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