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GoVideo VR4940 Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder with VCR

3 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • DVD player/recorder with built-in 4-head, hi-fi VCR; 8-event, 1-month programming for DVD-Rs/DVD-RWs or VHS tape
  • Copy tape to disc or disc to tape (except where copy-prohibited)
  • IEEE 1394 DV, composite-video, RF, and S-video inputs; auto title and chapter generation with thumbnail menus
  • Progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
  • Plays MP3 CDs, JPEG image CDs, Kodak Picture CDs, video mode DVD-Rs and DVD-RWs
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Go Video
  • Model Number: VR4940

Product Description

For complete, all-in-one entertainment, this state-of-the-art, dual-deck DVD recorder/VCR by GoVideo does it all from playing to recording. Integrated and easy to use, it allows you to record directly to DVD or transfer VHS tapes onto DVD with the touch of a button. The Progressive Scan DVD player delivers a sharp, crisp digital picture, while the 4-head Hi-Fi VCR provides quality playback and recording functions. Flexible connectivity includes composite, S-video and component video outputs, Dolby Digital and DTS Digital audio outputs and a cable-ready TV tuner. Plays DVDs, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, VCD, music CDs, VHS tapes, and MP3 and JPEG files on CD-R/RW. Includes full-function, multi-brand remote and blank recordable DVD. 3-3/4Hx17Wx14-1/4D".

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Go Video
Item Weight 15 pounds
Product Dimensions 16.9 x 13.7 x 3.5 inches
Item model number VR4940
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

Additional Information

ASIN B00019FO24
Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #293,914 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#188 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders > DVD Recorders
#203 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD-VCR Combos
#851 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders > DVD Players
Shipping Weight 15 pounds
Date First Available December 30, 2003

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CONSUMER ALERT: This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009 to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the U.S.'s transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322), or visit the commission’s digital-television Web site at: www.dtv.gov.

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By John G. Bennett on July 10, 2004
The good news is it does make good quality recordings onto DVD-R. The XP (high quality mode) beat the best I got using encoder software on my PC, and the resulting disk played better in standard DVD player. That would be worth 5 stars, if only it were accepted as usable by my family (including me).
It does have some problems reading S-VHS tapes from my video recorder, which it is spec'd to do. It seems to take a few seconds to get into the correct mode so I lose the first few seconds which is irritating, but after that it works fine.
There is no S-Video input at the back, only the front. Rather odd, but maybe they reckon the only S-Video device in a normal household is a camcorder.
The bad news is it is complicated. The remote has dozens of small buttons and is modal. The modality is very confusing when dubbing from tape to DVD or vice versa, since at that time both devices are in use and you have to wonder which one is being controlled by the buttons. It is not really a universal remote it can only handle a very small number of TVs and not much else. So, it has definately not done the #1 thing needed of it in my household, which is to simplify the A/V setup.
When you play a DVD and pause it, incredibly it does not freeze frame on the screen. It switches to blank screen. If you like the ability to freeze frame and step frames forward and back, which is on every other DVD player I have used, you will miss it here.
One final problem, the DV input is useless from a computer. The recorder has minimal editting capability, so if you try to use your computer software to edit your DV home video then uplink through the front panel to make a tape or DVD, forget it. You can't even manually start the tape or DVD to record and then switch on the computer to send the video.
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I finally decided to get in the "digital world", and convert hundreds of VHS tapes (mostly recorded from HBO\Showtime over the years) to DVD. The first thing to understand is: If you have bad VHS (low sound or picture quality)...you will have a bad DVD. It simply transfers the contents of a VHS direct to a DVD in the same manner it was on VHS. You just change the type of media it's stored on. It does not improve the quality of the original VHS. With that being said, most of my tapes are recorded from satellite dish in standard 2 hour play and are in dolby stereo. My DVD record quality has been excellent from this player. I have copied several dozen hi quality VHS tapes to DVD, and they play perfectly on my other 2 DVD players. No skips, etc. But this is only on -R DVD's Note: It will ONLY record on DVD -R & -RW DVD's (not + R or +RW's), so buy the correct DVD format. I have noticed that some copies I've done on -RW DVD's (even in the 'compatible' Video format) will not play at all on one of my DVD players. So I don't recommend -RW DVD's. Operation is simple; manual is good on simple one touch recording...but is quite complex in the sections of custom DVD chapter editing. This is my second GoVideo Product (also have their dual deck VCR). So far I am a very satisfied customer with it's performance.
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There are certain key things you need to know before you purchase this product. First of all, let me explain that I was extremely excited about receiving this product because I thought it was going to eliminate the need for me to buy a PC with a dvd burner and editing software. I currently own a Sony Handycam digital camcorder that uses a IEEE 1394 DV input (firewire). Since my PC does not have a IEEE input, I looked into ways to upgrade my PC to accommodate this; however, in the process, I discovered that my PC did not have the minimum requirements that it needed to edit videos and was going to take even more upgrading than I had originally planned. Therefore, when I saw this product on Amazon and read the product description, it sounded as if it fit perfectly with what my needs were, so I decided to purchase. I was very happy also because I have home videos that are already on VHS tapes that I have been wanting to convert to DVD, which this product has the capability.
? IEEE 1394 DV input on the front panel for digital camcorders
? Ability to put in a DVD and have it play automatically without going through the menu system (advantage when you have kids too young to go through a menu)
? Ability to view picture CDs containing JPEG images
? Ability to play MP3 files
? Progressive scanning for HDTV
? Yes, you can transfer VHS tapes to DVD and DVDs to VHS tapes, but depending on what format you use, you may not be able to play your DVDs in all recorders.
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I bought this device because it was (at the time) a reasonably priced way to get a DVD Player/Recorder with a VCR. I've owned GoVideo DVD/VCR combo players (not recorders) in the past, and I've been pleased with them. I wanted a device that would actually record from the TV to DVD, however, so that I could watch programs later with greater clarity than those recorded on a videotape.

The good news is that it does just that, and the pictures it records are sharp. It also functions as a good DVD/VCR player.

Here are the problems:

1. When attempting to record timed TV programs, you must make sure that the DVD starts with its power OFF (it will turn itself on with the timer.) Otherwise, the DVD will freeze after awhile.

2. In general, you need to keep the device powered off when not in use. If you keep it on, it will "freeze" the TV picture (but not the audio.) As a result, when you are watching TV, you will see a freeze frame, but hear the ongoing audio.

3. I have had a problem transferring my own personal camcorder (three-hour) tapes from the TV to the DVD. The DVD recorder simply cannot absorb a long recording session -- it is unable to record to file afterwards. I address this problem by stopping the DVD after an hour and a half and letting it "record to file" before continuing.

On balance, I am happy that I own a DVD recorder. If I had to do it over again, however, I'd wait for the next generation, so that they can get the kinks out.
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