I recently borrowed a neighbours DVDR3320V Video Cassette Recorder & DVD Video Player/Recorder so that I could copy some VHS tapes to DVD. It worked, but in the way that smashing a brick into your mouth to remove your teeth works!
It was one of the most painful and unintuitive experiences I have come across – the classic technical manual written without the end user in mind. By way of example:
On Page 45 it explains how to copy VHS to DVD, under a very clear and easy to understand headline. Follow the instructions to the letter and you will be able to play back the resulting DVD on this player, but not on anything else. Instructions on what to do to finalise the DVD to play on other players is on Page 29, with absolutely no link at all or reference on Page 45.
Who write about finalising a process before they actually tell you what the process is? Madness!
The neighbours are elderly, and by their own admission not technically aware, but for I really can’t blame them for not being able to get to grips with this. They have about 50 VHS that they want copying to DVD and the ‘plan’ was that I would keep the player hooked up in my study and slowly work my way through them. I provide them an unofficial ‘technical support’ help desk so I was happy enough to do this as a favour. At the moment the player is back with them as they wanted to watch a DVD the other day, and to be honest I am sort of hoping that is stays there.
Not only was it too complicated to use but it wasn’t very intuitive either. For example it gave a range of recording quality options, but it didn’t compute which you should use to fit the whole VHS onto a DVD – so wasted time and DVD’s finding that out.