This issue only happens on certain VHS Tapes - usually only if it is something taped pre-1993. When I attempt to convert from VHS to DVD, the picture remains clear but jiggles, mostly up near the top of the screen. If I disconnect the cables and connect the VCR directly to the TV Set, the picture is stable with no "jumpiness". I tried it with two VCR's, thinking it was a VCR issue, before realizing it only happened when going through the Panasonic DVD Recorder.
It doesn't seem to matter what speed I taped the original at - some were at EP, some LP, some SP. Sometimes I have two different recordings on the same tape (taped at different times), and one recording is fine, but the other jiggles.
Again, it's the exception rather than the rule, but there are several old tapes I definitely want to convert to DVD that this is happening with.
Has anyone ever encountered this, and if I buy a new (different) DVD Recorder, will this issue go away?
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I've noticed problems when dubbing tapes to DVD on the Panasonics as well. I've owned both Panasonic and JVC combo dubbing decks and I've had problems with both! The Panasonics have the problem you describe and the JVC's have a problem with the DVD drives - they just stop working after a while!
Anyone know of a RELIABLE dubbing deck?? Thanx!
I have several Panasonics that I use for dubbing old tapes (1970's to late 1980's) and I didn't notice a "flag waving" problem probably because the dubbing deck I use has a built in video stabilizer (JVC HR-S3800). What deck are you using for the dubbing deck? Barring the deck itself do you have a standalone Time Base Corrector or video stabilizer you can use to get rid of the problem?
TV's are much more forgiving than VCRs and DVD recorders which is why you don't get the problem on directly viewing the tapes.
Last edited by oldfart13; 5th Feb 2011 at 11:41.
Sounds like a stand-alone Video Stabilizer would do the trick - was not aware such a thing existed. I just bought a Toshiba DVD Recorder, which fortunately offers a stable picture, but unfortunately does offer flex recording.