We just purchased an ancient (25 years old!) VCR with a mere RF out for outputs, no RCA. I've hooked it into my Philips 52" HDTV, set the channels on analog, and set everything on channel 3. There is no signal whatsoever except for when I use the "autotune" feature on my tv to find active channels. Even then, however, I get a quick flash of picture and sound, followed by that much hated "no input found" blue screen. Is the signal from my VCR too weak? I've been through three coaxial cables with the same results, and I am not concerned with recording at all. Just playback. Thanks!
This VCR is from c. 1981, before video equipment was equipped with RCA video out. To my knowledge, I've switched the TV to NTSC channels, but the menu options are more obscure than that; it allows me to switch between cable and antenna, and when I autoprogram available channels, it says it's looking for analog inputs. The only channel it finds is the one the VCR is set on, but, like I said, the picture just blinks on then off.
It's a Panasonic GT3s AG-1150. I'll try to get a picture up soon. In regard to the manual setting on the TV, that may be the problem. I have limited options on the menu. The only setting I could find was a selection between antenna and cable. Other than that, my manual says nothing.
However, I think we have made a decision. The quick flash that we did get from the video image was absolutely intelligible. I think we're going to stick with our 27" in the bedroom. Still, though; I'm curious. Thank you for your help!