Hi, I have a Sony DVD recorder with a Vizio tv and Directv satellite box. I thought I could just use the same hookups I did for my VCR to record from the satellite, but it doesn't work. Here's what I had for the vcr:
RCA cables and S video AV1 on tv to out vcr and s video out on vcr RCA cables in on vcr to out on directv
Everything worked fine for the vcr, but that setup doesn't work for the dvd recorder. I tried it and I get sound from the tv, but no picture, but the menu on the dvd recorder works. I can also watch a dvd. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
The TV is NOT providing the video and audio signals; the Direct TV box is. So you need to connect Direct TV video+audio out to Sony video+audio in using sVideo+RCA cables. This will allow you to record on the Sony.
To view what is recorded on the Sony on the TV, connect Sony video+audio out to TV video+audio in using RCA cables (yellow+red+white).
I tried that. Currently, I have the video and audio out (on dtv) to video and audio in on dvd recorder. A second set of rca cables goes from out on dvd to AV1 in on tv. I am able to access the dvd menu, and watch dvds, but get no picture. I get sound, but just a gray screen for picture.
Well I acquired the redorder from a relative of mine, and now I spectulate maybe he used it for a different purpose. He had DVR from DirecTV (which I do not have), and I wonder if he used the DVR to record from the tv and then took that and recorded it to a DVD with the DVD recorder.
Could I be mssing a cord? Do I need a box or something similar?
If you have the TV on AV1 and the program that you thought you recorded on the Sony is bad, then you will see the grey screen. AV1 is only to watch recorded programs on the Sony. That is it. Nothing else.
No. I tried recording something from the gray screen, and it worked and I was able to "watch" it, but just the sound, There was no picture. I tried switching to different inputs both on the tv and the recorder, and I get nothing. No sound or picture.
Well, then you have bigger problems than not being able to record on the DVD recorder.
you need to connect: 1.) DTV video+audio out2 to AV2 on TV so you can watch TV 2.) DTV video+audio out1 to LINE IN1 on Sony so you can record 3.) Sony video+audio out to AV1 on TV so you can watch what you recorded
set TV's remote to AV2 to watch TV set TV's remote to AV1 to watch program recorded on Sony
I tried the setup you suggested, and it kinda worked. The satellite set itself up, so I was able to watch tv on AV2. I try to record it, and they in playing it back, all I got was sound on AV1, because I think it was recording off of AV1. That's also where the menu pops up AV1.
Next, use the TV's remote to set it for AV1. That's it for the TV's remote. Then, take the Sony's remote and set the "channel" for the Sony to LINE IN1. Push the button for record. After you are finished recording, use the Sony's remote to choose the program that was just recorded and play that program. That's it. You don't do any else with the TV's remote.
It doesn't work. I tried recording, and only got sound. No picture because it was recording from AV1 - the channel where everything for the DVD player/recorder pops up, including the menu. Watching tv from the directv only works on AV2, not on AV1. I only get sound on AV1, and still a gray screen.