How to Use the Dubbing Feature on a DVD Recorder
By Maya Austen
The dubbing feature on DVD recorders allows you to make a copy of DVD or VHS tape, onto a DVD. It all depends upon the kind of DVD recorder you have. There are dual deck DVD recorders on the market which allow you to copy from a DVD to a DVD; or transfer videos from a VHS tape to a DVD (or vice versa). Preserving your old home movies and other rare videos, recorded on VHS tapes, onto a DVD is now almost as simple as a pressing button.
Using the Dubbing Feature on Your VCR / DVD Recorder
Turn on your VCR/ DVD recorder and television.
Go to your VCR / DVD recorder’s main menu (this might be called a "System menu" or "Setup menu" depending upon the particular brand of your VCR / DVD recorder).
Use the arrow buttons on your VCR / DVD recorder’s remote control to scroll through and select the "Dubbing" or "Recording" options for the devise. If you plan to transfer video from a VHS tape to a DVD, set your dubbing to "VCR to DVD." If you plan to transfer video from a DVD to a VHS tape, set dubbing to "DVD to VCR." Exit the menu.
Insert a blank DVD-R disc into the DVD tray (if you’re recording to a DVD); or insert a blank VHS into the VCR (if you’re recording to a videocassette). This is your recording medium.
Insert the DVD you want to copy into the DVD tray; or insert the VHS tape you want to copy into the VCR. This is your source medium.
Set the source on your VCR / DVD recorder to correspond to your source medium (press "VCR" if your source is a VHS tape; press "DVD" if your source is a DVD disc). Cue your DVD or videotape to the spot where you want to begin your dub.
Set the source on your VCR / DVD recorder to correspond to your recording medium. Select your recording speed (SP, LP, or SLP, for example).
Press "Dub" on your VCR / DVD recorder’s remote control to begin dubbing. If your VCR / DVD recorder does not have a "dub" button on the remote control, this operation might be executed by pressing "OK" instead. If you’re unsure, consult your owner’s manual.
Press stop when your dub is complete. If you are recording to a DVD, don’t forget to finalize your disc so that it will be readable to other DVD player devises.
- Using the "dub" feature on a dual deck DVD player / DVD recorder allows you to copy from DVD to DVD at the push of a button, and at a speed more accelerated than real time recording.
Maya Austen began freelance writing in 2009. She has written for many online publications on a wide variety of topics ranging from physical fitness to amateur astronomy. She's also an author and e-book publisher. Austen has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the New England Institute of Art and currently lives in Boston, Mass.