Recording TV Programs, onto VCR?? please help

 

revlon889
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Hey,
What I want to do, is take a basic cable television program. Which is on Fox (channel 12) and use my VCR (JVC Pro-Cision 19 HEAD) to record it onto a blank tape. I have my VCR connected so I can play regular movies. I have tried recording using the both connectors, the cable connecter (the one with the single pin sticking out that screws into the wall) and the I/O Connecters (red, white, yellow) If anyone could give me a step by step process on what to do, using either connectors that would be great. Thanks for feedback. Bye
 

Silver Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 574
Registered: Jul-04
Connect the coax cable, then go into the setup menus, select cable for input, then autoprogram the channels.
 

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Username: Greg71586

Kalamazoo, Michigan United States

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Registered: Jan-05
I'd like to know what a coax cable is, what setup menu you're talking about, and what is autoprogram?
 

Silver Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 580
Registered: Jul-04
Coax is the round cable that the cable company uses. If you press the menu button there will be a setup menu where you can select cable or antenna. There should be a program channels menu there too.
 

an9el_l3a3ie
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i am trying to record a program from dish network onto a samsung DVD/VCR. I've tried many things if someone could help me out that would be awsome!
 

Silver Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 683
Registered: Jul-04
Connect RCA jacks from the satellite to the VCR and set the VCR to line. There should be an input button on the remote to set the VCR to line.
 

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Username: Zedsimon

Post Number: 3
Registered: Mar-05
If there's no button for line input, use the VCR tuner's up and down buttons to tune to channel L-1.
 

an9el_l3a3ie
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thanks guys!
 

an9el_l3a3ie
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thanks guys!
 

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Username: Crazygill2299

Post Number: 1
Registered: Mar-05
Hi guys!
Okay this is a tough one. I have a JVC tv and a VCR( QUASAR company). I have no cable TV just the basic 22 channels. I want to record a TV program grom abc channel 7. I dont know how to do it. Im really not good at these things.
So if anyone could please write the step- by- step instructions to record a TV program onto a videocassette; I woul love it and be very grateful.

Thanks in advance 4 your help.
Please reply SOON!
 

Silver Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 728
Registered: Jul-04
Connect the antenna to the in on the VCR. Then go into the setup menus on the VCR and set on antenna, then use autoprogram to set the channels. When you're ready to record set it on channel 7 and set the record speed.
 

Brian05
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Is it possible to connect the VCR to antenna (RF input) and take the output from the RCA(red, yellow and white) pins. My TV has only the RCA input working. Basically will the VCR take RF as input and give RCA output?
 

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Username: Videoguy

Post Number: 13
Registered: Apr-05
Yes that will work! basically what you will be doing is using the VCR as an external tuner, just plug the RCA output on your VCR into the RCA input on your TV and use the VCR to change channels. I do it all the time to watch cable on my LCD video projector which only accepts RCA inputs.
 

Hardy
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I am tring to play back my video from my DV camcorder. I have followed the instructions for connecting the camcorder to the VCR listed above. I can hear the audio, but I don't see the video. I can kinda make out some images, but I mostly see a blue scrambled screen. What should I do?
 

Mikey Ray
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Hello, I have digital Warner cable and I want to watch one show on the cable box while recording a different show on the vcr. Or just record shows on the vcr while tv and cable box are off. How do I hook that up please? I have tried cable to vcr to box to tv and I have tried cable to box to vcr to tv. Neither allows the vcr to use it's tuner. All I get is blue screens unless I tune the vcr to channel 3.
 

Gold Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 1584
Registered: Jul-04
You can only record analog channels while watching digital. Split the incoming cable to the box and the VCR, that will allow the VCR to record analog channels.
 

Anonymous
 
>I am tring to play back my video from my DV
>camcorder. I have followed the instructions for
>connecting the camcorder to the VCR listed >above. I can hear the audio, but I don't see the >video. I can kinda make out some images, but I >mostly see a blue scrambled screen. What should >I do?
Hardy, your problem is macrovision protection.
For more details and to get answer on how to fix it you can use the following information:
http://www.xdimax.com/common/default.html or simply
www.xdimax.com

 

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Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 1587
Registered: Jul-04
It's not Macrovision on a camcorder.
 

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Username: Videoguy

Post Number: 121
Registered: Apr-05
Hardy:

Could be dirty/bad heads on the DV CAM or a bad tape. Does it play back scrabbled on the camera's LCD also? If not then there is probably a bad connection somewhere between the camera and VCR. Try a different tape, try wiggling the cables, if picture gets better or worse then it's a bad connection. Does the VCR exhibit this symptom on all inputs or just with the DV CAM?
 

Anonymous
 
Hi
I am trying to record cable program in my Mitsubishi VCR. I'll try every thing but it's not working . I have new SHARP TV.But i use to record TV program in my old TV with same VCR.
Please help me.
Thanks
 

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Username: Illuminator

USA

Post Number: 1798
Registered: Apr-05
You have to hook up your cable connection to the VCR's built in tuner. Then use the VCR to select the channel you want and hit record.
 

Shez
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Hi, Please Help!!! i am trying to record from my camcorder onto a blank tape in my video recorder. when i plug all the cables etc. into my tv or video rec. it veiws fine. I also have no problems watching videos on the tv.
tried tuning it in and everything but when i press record it just plays back showing a blue screen with no sound. Where am I going wrong???
 

Gold Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 1727
Registered: Jul-04
Connect to the VCR with RCA cables and set the VCR to line.
 

Shez
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Thank you so much for your help. Hopfully my friend will know what RCA cables are & how to set it to line. I'll try it and let you know the results. Thanks again.
 

andjohnso
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What is this "set vcr to line" or "L-1"? I'm trying to use my JVC(HR277MS)VCR as an external tuner. Lost my original remote and got a universal. Hooked up the coax RF(in), but can't get a menue to tune in or select input. I do see, however this L-1 on the screen. How do I tune in?
 

Gold Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 1742
Registered: Jul-04
You need to get into the menus. You could try unplugging it long enough to reset, then it might autoprogram the channels.
 

Anonymous
 
I have a JVC Pro-Cision 19 HEAD VCR (Model Number HR-VP672U). I have lost my remote to this device. I am trying to change the Tape Speed from SP to EP. I have not been able to figure out how to do this without the remote that was shipped with the VCR. As a result I can not tape over 2 hours.

I have cofigured ny Direct TV remote to control the VCR, but I am still unable to switvh the tape speed. Has anyone encountered this problem with this VCR or can help me change the Tape Speed.
 

Gold Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 1754
Registered: Jul-04
If it has a menu button on the VCR, and you can't change it in the menus, set a short timer in EP, then it may change to EP after timer recording.
 

Confused*__*Recorder
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I'm having troblue recording a tv program, from annetena, without a remote. The vcr is old, but new hookup. do i need to program anything in the menu? ive tried by just setting the vcr on the desired channel and hitting record, which has no response.
 

krimsky
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I have a sypmphonic VCR/DVD combo, and then your basic cable. I want to record something off the TV but I've tried everything. Theres no where on my remotes that let me set it up as cable/antenna or anything. If you could help that would be great!
 

Gold Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 1831
Registered: Jul-04
If there isn't an antenna/cable select, it will do it automatically when you autoprogram the channels, which is what you need to do.
 

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hi i wanted to know if there was any way that i could record a dvd video onto a vhs tape i have both a vcr and a dvd please help.!
 

Unregistered guest
Hi. I have a Sharp VCR and I am trying to record a show while I'm watching another show..is this possible? If so, how do I do it? Thanks!
 

Unregistered guest
Hi. I have a Sharp VCR and I am trying to record a show while I'm watching another show..is this possible? If so, how do I do it? Thanks!
 

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Hi, I am trying to record a program from dish network onto a Zenith DVD Player/VCR Cassette Rcorder.......I have tried many things....Its not working....Please help
 

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Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2207
Registered: Jul-04
Connect the sat to the combo with RCAs and set the VCR on line.
 

ateensg8
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hi. i'm trying to record a tv show onto a casette. and i dont know how... am i supposed to plug something in to my vcr? plz help!!!
 

nglfranklin
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Hi I have a D-VR35SB DVD recorder and VCR combi. I am able to record analogue channels but none of the Digital channels from the T.V(we have freeview). What am I doing wrong?
 

nglfranklin
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Hi I have a D-VR35SB DVD recorder and VCR combi. I am able to record analogue channels but none of the Digital channels from the T.V(we have freeview). What am I doing wrong?
 

nglfranklin
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Hi I have a D-VR35SB DVD recorder and VCR combi. I am able to record analogue channels but none of the Digital channels from the T.V(we have freeview). What am I doing wrong?
 

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Help. I've had the satelite guys out twice and they can't seem to fix the problem. I use to have cable and now I have satelite. My VCR I am assured is connected properly and acts like it's recording but the tape is still blank when done. I was told to put it on three to record and I do but still nothing. The vcr is six years old and does play tapes but won't record now. It did record when I had cable. The menu setup only allows for tv, cable tv, or axl but not satelite. Can you not time tape with satelite? If not I'm cancelling since I'll never get to see anything since I work evenings. Thanks for any help. Liz
 

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Can anyone please just give me directions how to record a TV show on cable, onto a blank VCR tape?
I did it before-but can't remember how to set it up - channels to record on -different than what the VCR is set up to record from! I am very confused cant remember what I did last time I recorded a show. I dont have the original owners manual to help. This machine is a Sharp VC-1106
 

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Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2344
Registered: Jul-04
Autoprogram the channels, set the antenna/cable to cable first. Put it on the channel you want, select the tape speed and press record.
 

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Can someone out there please help me? I have a Panasonic Omnivision VCR that has me pulling my hair out. I have the basic connections. Cable box to "In From Antenna" on the VCR. Then I have a cable running from "Out to TV" on the VCR, to the TV Input. My TV is an RCA. The problem is that the VCR will not play any tapes that I record from Cable. The VCR seems to have trouble "tracking" the recording. It will play for a few seconds then then the tape starts "skipping". Then there is a blank (blue) screen. The display says "SP" for speed, but I record all my tapes on "SLP" speed. Oh yeah, when I attempt to play my favorite "pre-recorded" tape, there is no problem. What gives???
 

Gold Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2361
Registered: Jul-04
It either needs cleaned, head cleaning tapes don't work, it's out of alignment, not usually a problem with Panasonic, it has a bad pinch roller, or a tension band problem.
 

mally
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I have a 4-head Sharp VCR. All I want to do is record a tv show that's on a cable channel to a VHS tape. I've been trying forever, but it just won't work! PLEASE HELP! I have about 20 minutes before the show comes on!
 

mally
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I have a 4-head Sharp VCR. All I want to do is record a tv show that's on a cable channel to a VHS tape. I've been trying forever, but it just won't work! PLEASE HELP! I have about 20 minutes before the show comes on!
 

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A few days ago I purchased a Sony 4 head VCR so that my wife could program her favorite Soap Operas and watch them at night. I think I got burned! When I started reading the manual, it mentioned that this machine had a 1 month, 8 event recording timer. Does this mean my wife only has the option of programming 8 events per month??? She likes to program every morning before she goes to work. When I did a search on the website of my favorite electronics outlet, it seems that almost all of the vcr's listed had similar limitations. Whatever happenned to the days when you could program a vcr with no such limitations. Where have I been?
Reg.
 

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Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2398
Registered: Jul-04
Those 8 programs can be set to record every day. If she records the same thing every day, just set it for Monday-Friday, or daily if they are on every day.
 

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Username: Elbowlean

Milwaukee, WI USA

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Registered: Mar-06
I have a JVC combination video recorder and DVD player and a JVC TV. I can only record a TV program on one channel. I work evenings and would like to record programs that are at different times and different channels. Is it possible to record numerous program on different stations in the same evening?
 

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Username: Mattamus6969

LeicesterUk

Post Number: 2
Registered: Mar-06
hi just got a digital reciever and cant recive a good picture quilty through my vcr. how do i set it all up? any help would be great. thanks
email mattamus6969@hotmail.com
 

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Username: Tech_123

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Registered: May-06
I have a sony VCR, and i want to record a TV show onto it. But i suspect there is something wrong with the audio... Something in the back connects it to the antenna receiver, and the other connects to the TV. When I try to record something, I need to set it to either L1, L2 or PR1, I haven't figured out which one yet. But whenever I finally get the antenna recorded on the video tape, it has no sound. When I switch the input on the tv and go on the video one and try to open the menu, it doesnt work.. Is there any way you can help me hook it up properly/fix it/record the show onto the tape?? thank you!
 

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Username: Samijubal

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Registered: Jul-04
Exactly what are you trying to record from and how is everything connected?
 

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Username: Tech_123

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Registered: May-06
It's alright, the program's passed, and I still have no idea... I have no idea how things are connected, my friend did it for me, and instead of L2, i chose L1, and didn't record... I'm not sure I ca explai how it's connected.. Thank you anyway!! :-)
 

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Username: Dakota

Post Number: 1
Registered: May-06
I have Direct TV, Toshiba 46 in TV, Sony DVD/VCR recorder, Sony home theater and CD player.
Every thing plays correctly EXCEPT I can not record anything. Why what is wrong Help please
 

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Username: Lesliem

St. Petersburg, FL USA

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Registered: Jun-06
I have a Samsung 32" LCD and a Samsung DVD/VCR combo i hooked it up through component the DVD works fine bt the VCR doesn't work at all. Help
 

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Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2768
Registered: Jul-04
Components only work for DVD. The VCR has seperate composite outputs.
 

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Username: Silkysmooth

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Registered: Jun-06
I have a Panisonic palmcorder VHS-C, and I need to record from it to VHS. I have 2 VCRs and a TV. How do I hook it all up and record to a VHS?
I tried hooking the camcorder to the VCR IN, and then hooking the VCR from the OUT to the In of the Tv and I only got a shadow of what I wanted to record and no Audio. Can you help?
 

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Username: Lesliem

St. Petersburg, FL USA

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Registered: Jun-06
David thanks. I used an RCA cable for the VCR and now it works but i can't record and have no surround sound. I need a receiver which i'm going to get today hopefully that'll help. Thanks
 

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Username: Lemmoth

New York, NY USA

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Registered: Jun-06
I have an old TV with just a coax input, no RCA inputs. A mono VCR which we used to use as a tuner. Just added the digital cable box from Time Warner (to get HBO, Showtime etc). Own an RF modulator and a DVD Player equipped with S-Video. Want to be able to: 1.)Tape any channel when not home (TV off)2.) Tape any channel while watching another. How should I hook it up. Thanks.
 

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Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2785
Registered: Jul-04
You can't record a digital channel and watch a digital channel at the same time, unless the box has dual tuners.
 

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Username: Lemmoth

New York, NY USA

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Registered: Jun-06
Ok. So what about recording a World Cup game on ESPN in the morning while I'm at work. What is the direction of the appropriate wiring. Coax to RF to VCR etc. I can't seem to make it work.
Thanks
 

Gold Member
Username: Samijubal

Post Number: 2786
Registered: Jul-04
RCA cables are better for picture quality. If you want to use coax, out of the box to the in on the VCR, out of the VCR to the modulator. The VCR has to be on whatever channel the box outputs on to record, I'd guess channel 3.
 

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Username: Coolio123456

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Registered: Jun-06
If i want to use RCA cables, what is teh process of recording cable tv with my vcr.
 

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Username: Samijubal

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Registered: Jul-04
Connect RCAs from the box to the in on the VCR and set the VCR to line.
 

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Username: A_hiser

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Registered: Jun-06
Please someone help me. I am an old woman and need help. I recently switched to satellite. Now, when I try to tape a show on my vcr it acts like it is taping but it is nothing but snow when I play it back. It used to tape when I had cable. How do I play it back? Maybe thats what I am doing wrong? It plays the old tapes that I taped from cable. Please help me. Thanlks
 

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Username: Lovelygirl

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Registered: Jul-06
hi can someone please tell how to record dvd to vcr tape and the VCR tape is a used one so i dont how record it. can you please explain to me step by step thanks
 

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Username: Beargo

Post Number: 5
Registered: Nov-08
I Would like to thank John for the help with recording a tv program to my vcr. Everything worked out fine,
Thanks to John's instructions...Dave
 

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Username: Chuffman

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jun-10
Hi, I have a cable box, a combo VCR Player-Recorder/DVD player that does not have a coaxial port, and a flat screen TV and RF coverter. I have it hooked up so the prerecorded videotapes play well and also the prerecorded DVDs. When I play them, the TV program disappears and the recorded material appears. Now, when I press record (for the videotapes) it does record the channel I had been watching (but the screen is blank and I can't watch it. I have to wait and see it on playback.
There may be something on the hand set that allows me to adjust for this but I've lost the hand set and have ordered another. Help?
Cliff Huffman
 

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Username: Chuffman

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Registered: Jun-10
PS to my post earlier. when I press record the tape goes around but doesn't record, it's blank on playback.
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 374
Registered: Dec-07
You have not described the connections between any of your video components. Without that information, it would take a mindreader to help.
 

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Username: Chuffman

Post Number: 3
Registered: Jun-10
Sorry. Wall to cable box by coax. Cable box to RF modulator by coax. Yellow wire and red/white wire from RF to DVD/VCR "video out" and "audio out." RF to TV by coax.
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 377
Registered: Dec-07
RF modulator should be connected to DVD/VCR video+audio in
You will need to set your DVD/VCR to record on LINE IN.

DVD/VCR video+audio out to TV video+audio in. Set your TV to LINE IN to watch what is being recorded.
 

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Username: Chuffman

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Registered: Jun-10
Thank you Silver Member,
I did try this but without success. I will try it again when I can (my experiments are interrupting the family's watching the soccer matches), but here is the report so far. I hooked up as you said. From RF modulator to the VCR/DVD, the latter only has a white audio port (the instruction manual says to use only the white in this case). However I found no "LINE IN" anywhere for recording onto the DVD/VCR. The TV (no LINE IN) can receive from ANTENNA or CABLE. I did find, by pressing INPUT, a LINE 1 and a LINE 2, but neither worked. I tried keeping the coaxial cable between the RF modulator and the TV, and also not connected, no difference.
Thanks
Cliff Huffman
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 381
Registered: Dec-07
I find it hard to believe that the DVD/VCR only has audio input. If this is true, then you are not going to be record anything. End of story.
 

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Username: Chuffman

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Registered: Jun-10
Hello, I express myself badly; it has video in and one audio in (white).
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 382
Registered: Dec-07
It must have an audio in (red); that is what makes stereo sound.

As I wrote earlier, set the channel of the DVD/VCR to record on LINE IN.

It must also have a LINE OUT or you wouldn't be able to watch any DVDs with it. This is connected to LINE IN on the TV.
 

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Username: Martiechick

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jul-10
I am trying to record with a video tape from my vcr from satellite tv. I do have a satellite box, but I can't hook up the input from the satellite into the vcr. There's one input that goes from the box to the satellite dish and one that goes into the wall.

I have a VIzio tv with two sets of RWY cords, an S-video hook up and an RGB input.

My vcr is a jvc and both the vcr and satellite box have two sets of RWY inputs.

I tried setting everything up to record from the satellite, but when I did, I was able to record from the tv, but when I tried watching the tape, I got the picture that I had recorded but the sound came from the satellite (from the tv), not the tape. I have three sets of RWY cords and an S-video cable.

How do I hook everything up to record from the tv (with sound)?
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 384
Registered: Dec-07
the satellite box doesn't have inputs; it has outputs

To record whatever channel the satellite box is set to, connect from VIDEO OUT of the satellite box using RWY cables to LINE IN on the VCR; set the VCR to record LINE IN
 

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Username: Martiechick

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Registered: Jul-10
so where would I hook everything up? what do I need?
 

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Username: Ieee488

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Registered: Dec-07
I just told you.
 

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Username: Martiechick

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Registered: Jul-10
I tried what you suggested but it didn't work. I get the same problem.

Here's what I have set up:

Line in vcr to line out 1 on the Directv box
Line out 2 on Directv box to AV1 on tv
S cable AV1 on tv to S video out on the vcr

I was able to record the program, picture is fine, but I get no sound. The sound I do get comes from the tv, not the tape.
 

Silver Member
Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 386
Registered: Dec-07
S-video is just that video only.

You need to connect Line Out audio on the VCR (red+white) to AV1 audio on TV (red+white).
 

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Username: Martiechick

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Registered: Jul-10
That worked! Thanks!
 

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Username: Ieee488

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Registered: Dec-07
You're welcome.

Not everybody stays with it until it works, so kudos to you!
 

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Username: Jgbrody

Post Number: 1
Registered: May-07
I have a really odd problem. I have a Phillips VCR/DVD combo. When I record a program live (by just pressing the record button on the remote), all works fine, But when I use the timer remote function, I only get video recorded...no audio. I have a cable box and LCD TV..both nearly new. What would be different during timer recording that would affect the audio. I've re-checked my cable connections many times and all seems correct.
Thanks.
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 454
Registered: Dec-07
That is odd!

As an experiment, I would set the VCR to a channel that you want to record and set the timer recording.

Then, I would set the VCR to a channel that is different from one that you want to record and set the timer recording.

See what happens.
 

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Username: Jay_in_302

Post Number: 1
Registered: Mar-11
hello everyone,

I'm hoping to get an answer to my question due to the fact that I've just about gave up on trying to do this. My problem is we had an old VCR/DVD combo break a month ago whichI used to record stuff that I DVRed from our comcast box. I've bought a Magnavox DVD Recorder and 4-Head Hi-Fi Stereo VCR, ZV457MG9 and whenever I try to record like I would with the old model, I play back what I recorded and it shows me whats on the channel at that time. I've exhausted everything I know what to do with this. I've tried connecting it with the audio/video cables and still nothing. I know it must be something small i'm doing wrong please help me!! thanks in advance.
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 570
Registered: Dec-07
Do you have the Magnavox connected to your Comcast box as shown on page 17 of the manual? Most likely you will be using RCA video cable (yellow) and RCA audio cables (red + white).

Once you have done so, you need to set the Magnavox to record from L1.

The set of jacks on the front is L2. And you can record using those as well.

Of course, you need to start recording on the Magnavox just a second before you start the playing on the Comcast box.
 

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Username: Jay_in_302

Post Number: 2
Registered: Mar-11
to be honest,I don't know where the manual is to the Magnavox so I'm not sure if its connected the way you explained it. you say set the Magnavox to L1 which i know how to do,but where do i set the jacks at L2???
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 572
Registered: Dec-07
Jay,

You can download the manual from Magnavox.com
That's where I found it.

You most likely have to use the remote to set the Magnavox to L1 or L2.
 

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Username: Tvmesser

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Registered: Apr-11
Hello, you seem to be da man on these tech issues! I tried to see if my question had already been answered before I bothered you, but I didn't see it. Problem: cannot record onto a video cassette from a satellite tv show.

I have a Sylvania VCR/DVD combo unit, (it is a slave tv, and so no Sat. receiver unit connected-the receiver unit is in another room.) and a Magnavox DV225MG9 A combo VCR rec/DVD play unit.

I can view video cassettes using the AUX channel on the tv. BUt I cannot record a satellite tv program (at tv ch. 03) while it is playing onto the Magnavox VCR. I tried all the connection diagrams listed in the Magnavox manual, and tried messing with the A/V cables too. No luck. Also tried recording L1 and L2, also no luck. Just get a black screen when playback.

current connections are: Sat. coax directly into the Tv at Ant. in.
R/Y/W cables connected to front of the TV, then to the back of the Magnavox combo unit at DVD/VCR audio out.

I tried using Setup on the Magnavox Remote Control, to see if there was an option to choose, cable or ant for recording, but there was no option there.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time.
 

Silver Member
Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 587
Registered: Dec-07
You write:
1.)so no Sat. receiver unit connected
2.)Sat. coax directly into the Tv at Ant

So, which is it?
I'm confused.
 

New member
Username: Tvmesser

Post Number: 2
Registered: Apr-11
Sorry bout that.
1. the Satellite receiver is connected to another TV in another room
The coax is connected in that room too. The installer called the
tv (from which I am trying to record) a "slave" tv.
2. It is all legal, we are charged an extra monthly fee for the slave tv.
3. So there is no receiver connected to the tv from which I am trying to record,but there is a coax line all connected to the mama receiver. It is the coax I connected to the slave tv, and has worked fine for years.
4. I was able to OTR using the VCR in the Slyvania combo unit
in the past (it is now broken.) So I bought the Magnavox in hopes of using it to record TV programs. { It didn't occur to me that the old combo unit could be in conflict with the new setup of the Magnavox? \blue}

Again, thanks for your brainpower.
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 589
Registered: Dec-07
Are you able to watch two different programs on the two TVs?

Is your "slave" TV always set to channel 3?
 

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Username: Tvmesser

Post Number: 3
Registered: Apr-11
Thanks. No, not able to watch 2 different stations at the same time.
Slave TV is set to ch. 3. Appreciate your time.
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 590
Registered: Dec-07
My guess, even though you don't mention it, is that your satellite receiver box has the tuner, so you use its remote to change channels.

Also, the ports on your Sylvania TV are inputs not outputs.

One thing you can do is to look on Craigslist or join Freecycle.org, and look for a used VCR that someone wants to throw away. It doesn't need to even be able to play a tape. Then, buy a RF splitter and connect its input to the coax cable coming from the satellite receiver box. Connect one of the splitter's outputs to the TV's ANT IN, and connect the other splitter's output to the used VCR's ANT IN. Then connect composite audio and video (yellow, red, white) from the used VCR to your Magnavox's LINE IN.

A second option is something like --> http://www.google.com/products/catalog?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=digital+tv+con verter+box&oe=utf-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=11337529557531884328&sa=X&ei=zWy3TYazFNGat we34v3dBA&ved=0CIABEPMCMAM#
With this you will still need that RF splitter. This *should* work.
 

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Username: Tvmesser

Post Number: 4
Registered: Apr-11
Thanks so much! Will follow your suggestions and am very appreciative of your knowledge and time. Have a wonderful day!
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 591
Registered: Dec-07
Good luck!
 

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Username: Josie

Post Number: 6
Registered: Dec-11
I have an older rca t.v with one out line r/w and one in y/r/w, I have a toshiba vcr y/r/w out and y/r/w in and a DVD player. I want to hook up all, but right now the problem is just hooking up my VCR to record a show. Do i connect rca cables from video in to t.v and vcr out to t.v audio in? When i go to hook up the DVD can i not do the same but hook vcr out just the audio to dvd in and t.v audio out to dvd audio with y cable?
 

Silver Member
Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 683
Registered: Dec-07
You can record on the VCR if the TV has a video output. From your description, you don't, so you can't. The one TV out is audio only hence red+white.

How is the TV getting it's signals?
 

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Username: Doug_r

VIOLA, Illinois United States

Post Number: 1
Registered: Mar-12
I have a Philps DVD/VCR player and recorder. I connect to the TV with a RF Modulator. I cannot get the timer recordering to work. When programming the VCR to record programs I want to see later, all the programming steps work until step six in the manual. There I select L1 alright. Then it sys to "select the desired channel to recordon the external tuner". When I press the numbers for a channel, nothing happens. No channel is pre-programmed. All the remaining steps work so the VCR begins recording as timed. But there in nothing on the VCR tape.
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 686
Registered: Dec-07
Do you have cable service or do you get your TV signals over-the-air with an antenna?

How does the Philips get its video signals?

What model is the Philips?
 

New member
Username: Doug_r

VIOLA, Illinois United States

Post Number: 2
Registered: Mar-12
We have cable. The Philips DVD/VCR combo is model DVp3345VB/F7. The combo is connected to the TV with a RF Modulator I got from Radio Shack. I do not understand the question about how the Philips gets its video signals. Again, the remote does not bring up the channels I wish to pre-record.
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 687
Registered: Dec-07
Do you have a cable box or you are connected directly to the wall F-connector?
 

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Username: Doug_r

VIOLA, Illinois United States

Post Number: 3
Registered: Mar-12
There is no cable box. We are connected directly to cable, although I do not know what a wall F-connector is. There has never beena cable box.
 

Silver Member
Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 688
Registered: Dec-07
Doug,

Your Phillips does not have a tuner.

To record a TV program, you need a tuner. Since your Phillips does not have a tuner, you need to use your TV's tuner.

The problem is your old TV needs to have video output and audio output, but since it needs a RF modulator, it most likely doesn't have these.

These connectors are yellow + red + white RCA jacks and will be labeled as VIDEO OUT and AUDIO OUT.

If your TV doesn't have these connectors, you will need to purchase additional equipment.
 

New member
Username: Doug_r

VIOLA, Illinois United States

Post Number: 4
Registered: Mar-12
The reason for the RF modulator is the cables connecting to the cable and the TV had cable ends which did not fit the DVD/VCR. The RF modulator fixed that. The Phillips TV is model 20PT5441/37 and it has yellow+red+white jacks. They are labeled VA out, which I read as Video out and Audio out. The RF modulator is connected to the Phillips DVD/VCR with yellow+red+white jacks. The timer recording instructions say after selection L1, then select the desired channel to record on the external tuner. That would be my TV, but it isbypassed by the RF modulator and DVD/VCR connection. If this TV model has no tuner, then I will look into an external tuner.
 

Silver Member
Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 689
Registered: Dec-07
I am confused by why you have your equipment connected the way you do.

You should be running a 75-ohm RF cable from the cable company's F-connector on the wall to the F-connector labeled 75Ω at the back of your TV. That's for your TV signal.
Then connect red+white+yellow cables between TV's AV Out and the VCR's AV In.

Set the VCR to record from Line 1.
Your TV will need to be on.

Nowhere in this setup is a RF modulator necessary.

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