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Macrovision hack?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by A Better Chungking_Cash, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. I have a Toshiba SD-V290 DVD/VCR Combo. Does anyone have a Macrovision
    hack for this player? I would like to make VHS back-up's of existing
    and future purchases. ANY help would be much appreciated. Thank-you in
    advance.
     
  2. Neil

    Neil Guest

    When will people learn that requests for illegal info will be ignored?. How
    many times will we have to put up with requests for cell phone jammers,
    cable tv descramblers, radar jammers etc?.
    And by the way, why the hell would you make a VHS BACK UP of a DVD???!!!!.
    What a good idea!...just in case your super high resolution, multiple track,
    fully digital, noise and dropout free DVD suddenly fails, you'll have a
    crappy, noisy, dropout ridden VHS copy to enjoy.
    That's gotta be one of the stupidest ideas that have been posted here in a
    long time, and there have been quite a few!.
    Kim
     
  3. Chaos Master

    Chaos Master Guest

    Neil posted in sci.electronics.repair , in article
    Someone scratches your DVD disks. You're f*cked.

    For now, the OP should search for 'Macrovision decoding' on Internet. There was
    a circuit using a PIC microcontroller (IIRC) and a few other IC's but I can't
    find it right now.

    --
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    work)
    CygWin, GnuWin32, and so on..
     
  4. Feck

    Feck Guest

    You need a black box usually called an "image stabiliser". My local
    electronics store sell them for about $50cad, check the net for mail order
    sources.
    It goes between the DVD and VCR. Since your unit is an all-in-one, you
    might have to copy to a standalone VCR.


    (A Better Chungking_Cash) wrote in
     
  5. gothika

    gothika Guest

    Not really a stupid request. And there should be a way to remove it
    with a software solution.
    It's only illegal if you suck up to the notion that anyone has the
    right to sell you inferior quality video.(macrovision degrades the
    signal to the point where the tracking and burst signals are marginal
    resulting in a poorer image.)
    LAST time I checked it wasn't against the law to strip the macrovison
    encoding to restore image quality to the video signal if you're doing
    it for personal use. Only illegal for commercial purposes.
    also have you forgotten about s-vhs? while it's not as good as the
    original dvd it would still be perfectly fine for viewing on standard
    tv sets.
    And like the man said if you scratch it you're fcked.
     
  6. Cernovog

    Cernovog Guest

    In what way is this request illegal? What law does it break?

    As long as it is for personal home use, it's perfectly legal for him to do
    any darn thing he wants with his DVD.
     
  7. Stan

    Stan Guest

    }When will people learn that requests for illegal info will be ignored?.

    Defeating Macrovision is not illegal if you have a valid purpose, such
    as archiving. Read the copyright act.

    }And by the way, why the hell would you make a VHS BACK UP of a DVD???!!!!.

    Not desireable in my book, but still legal, so why hassle him about it?

    Stan.
     
  8. luminos

    luminos Guest

    This is completely wrong. Any copying of a DVD to any form is illegal via
    the DMCA. The ruling came down this week.
     
  9. Rick

    Rick Guest

    Wherever you're getting your news, you should find another
    source.

    If you're referring to 321, "the ruling" is just the latest in this
    case -- it's being appealed and will eventually be overturned
    (like in all previous cases where a clueless judge somewhere
    along the line claimed that fair use rights don't include the
    right to backup copy protected media).

    Rick
     
  10. DarkMatter

    DarkMatter Guest

    Do you actually think that the retards that make such queries ever
    read the group before?
    It will never stop. They are retards.
    They aren't backups. The retards actually think that the time and
    expense they waste making a copy is a way out of actually buying one.
    They end up costing themselves more. My time is worth too much for
    such retarded pursuits.
    It's far worse than that even.
    Hundreds... thousands even.

    Top posting retards should be denied internet access. If you are so
    hep on law, you should learn to follow the protocols of the groups you
    interlope in as well.
     
  11. DarkMatter

    DarkMatter Guest

    That is so untrue.
     
  12. Haans

    Haans Guest

    Obviously not worth too much, since you bother spending time on spewing your
    rather worthless comments to this group. And see, I didn't call you names.
    Just commented on the stupidity of your post. ;)
     
  13. DarkMatter

    DarkMatter Guest

    For one thing, because it was posted to several groups for which it
    was off topic to do so.

    Let alone the fact that any rookie with half a clue knows how to
    scrub macrovision from their feeds, if that what they need to do.
    Those that know how to typically also know that it is a waste of time
    do downconvert video to a poorer form factor.
     
  14. Java Jive

    Java Jive Guest

    Only applies in US ... This is not the first time I've seen US posters
    posting as though their laws applied across the entire world. When posting
    please bear in mind that copyright laws vary from country to country.

    I suspect that making backups of privately owned media for personal,
    non-commercial use is legal in most countries.
     
  15. Deke

    Deke Guest

    Do a google for macrovision hack, which should bring up several sites.
    BTW, I make VHS copies of my kids movies, give them the tape, and put the
    DVD away. After buying two DVD "The Lion King" movies, I learned my lesson.
    And the quality on a 25" TV in the kids room is fine. I'd rather replace a
    $2.00 tape, than buy another $20.00 replacement DVD.

    Deke
     
  16. Mike Davis

    Mike Davis Guest

    Stan,
    You ask why copy to VHS, I'll answer in one word- "children." When my
    kids were younger I used to make backup tapes of DVD's as they could operate
    the tape deck but would surely trash a DVD. The little rugrats have grown a
    bit, so now I copy the DVD's directly to blank media and let them use an
    older player. This actually serves a second purpose of trying to teach them
    not to trash discs and gear. It works out pretty well, and if the copy of
    "Finding Nemo" gets a little hashed, no problem, there must be two or three
    backup discs safely locked up in the media room <ggg.>
    All the best, Mike
     
  17. Andre

    Andre Guest

    Well seeing as the DMCA makes universal remote controls, garage door
    openers and pretty much anything that allows equipment to be used for
    anything it wasn't intended for (like remote control software for Palm
    Pilots) illegal, this could get difficult.

    Next they will be making "copy-proof" holographic DVD's that *cannot*
    be played in any manufactured player if the hologram is missing. From
    what I understand, the next upgrade to the DVD standard will also take
    out the facility to play DVD-R and DVD-RW, only original burned disks.

    -A
     
  18. Cernovog

    Cernovog Guest

    Care to explain yourself? Just saying something doesn't make it true.
     
  19. Cernovog

    Cernovog Guest

    That's laughable. How do they expect this to be enforced? We don't have
    enough to cops to handle the real crimes. I think the FBI has better things
    to do than go house to house looking for copies of movies.
     
  20. I pity you and your backward ass government taking away your freedoms.
     
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