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I have a used Sony RDR-VX560 DVD Recorder/VHS combo and have

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I have a used Sony RDR-VX560 DVD Recorder/VHS combo and have been dubbing some old VHS tapes from a local music video show I recorded from TV around thirty years ago on some blank (Sony) DVDs (for my private use). I have had no issues with dubbing, that is, until I got a package of Memorex: The first disc dubbed fine, then the next few discs didn't--when I finalized them they made that "vvvrrtt vvrrrt" sound like the lens was dirty. Anyway it kept saying there was an error. Oh well. I tried another one, and it would stop and display the "copy protected" disclaimer, which is very unlikely, because I had successfully recorded the same stuff on previous discs. My guesses are: Dirty lens, Faulty discs from Memorex, Music videos/video show in general had been copy-protected some time in November of 1986 (the date that this particular tape had been recorded), or I had watched a copyrighted DVD prior to recording and it "confused" the player for a moment?
JA: What's the make/model of your camera? How old is it?
Customer: It was made in 2008-2009
JA: What happened right before this popped up? What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: I have tried cleaning the DVD player; I may try going back to Sony discs, like I say I may have bought a faulty pack of Memorex discs
JA: Anything else you want the Camera Expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: No thank you
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Richard replied 1 month ago.

Hi there and welcome

Exactly how did you clean the DVD player?

Please let me know

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
With a cleaning disc--I know they're not really the greatest things, then some compressed air. I was going to use cotton swabs with some diluted rubbing alcohol, but figured they would leave behind bits of cotton fiber.
Expert:  Richard replied 1 month ago.

Are the disks you use - or + r?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
R, and BTW, I must apologize, this dvd recorder-combo is a Sony RDR VX525, my previous one was the VX560 (they were both quite similar though :) )
Expert:  Richard replied 1 month ago.

ok, the Memorex discs are a bit cheaper and can be less reliable, try to use a Sony disk and tell me how that operates please

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thanks, ***** ***** tried a new package of Sonys +Rs and the problem seems to be the unit is unable to update the info
onto the DVD. Not sure if it's just that particular tape? Also I'm connected with RCA a/v cables (the red, yellow, white ones)
Expert:  Richard replied 1 month ago.

Can it still play normal dvds?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
BTW, last night I did resume dubbing some of my old music videos onto some Sony DVDs and it taped w/o any problems; the 2nd dvd started with the last 15-20 mins. of another tape and copied/played back/fine, then I continued dubbing from another tape; got the update error again, when I tried to play the disc it said there was nothing on it, including what had been copied previously (maybe I inadvertently erased?)
Expert:  Richard replied 1 month ago.

This may be the case or a faulty lens, re-do the process again and tell me if you get the same results please

Customer: replied 23 days ago.
Sorry not getting to you sooner--I have re-cleaned it with the same results. I think the issue is that the DVD+RW will copy certain sections of the tapes--recorded from TV 30 years ago--(it was in an area where the channel didn't always get the best reception) and they play back great, and then some other parts of the tapes do not copy and cause the DVD+RW to error. Then when I reload the disc it says "Disc cannot be played or recorded" (most likely it no longer can be formatted) or when I push Play, it says There is no title), yet as stated above I checked what I copied and it was on there. So it's there but it isn't.
The best I've been able to do (recording/dubbing-wise) is figure where on the tape the error happened, redub what I could on another DVD, then fast-fwd what had messed up the disc, and go to another part of the tape and hope for the best.
I'm wondering if the errors have to do w/just the poor channel reception from back when I recorded the programs?