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Can you record tv shows from vcr or tv to a camcorder

 

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Username: Justin87

Post Number: 1
Registered: Apr-04
im just wondering if its possible to connect a digital8 or a minidv camcorder to a vcr or tv and record tv shows onto the camcorder so i can get them on my pc. if this is possible what kind of input would you need on the camcorder to do this?
 

drhiberd
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Yes, you need analog to digital conversion on the mini-dv or digital 8 camcorder.
 

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Username: Justin87

Post Number: 2
Registered: Apr-04
so if a camcorder only had a IEEE 1394/iLink input then you would only be able to transfer video to the camcorder and not audio? if thats threw would there be any other way to record video and audio from the vcr to the camcorder? like a cable or something? the camcorder im thinking of getting is the Sony DCR-TRV460 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder is it possible to record audio and video to it?
thx for the help
 

drhiberd
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I believe that camera has analog to digital conversion. Go to sonystyle.com and check it out. It will come with an audio/video cable that you plug into the camera and vcr and you can record with the camcorder. Let me know if this helps
 

New member
Username: Justin87

Post Number: 5
Registered: Apr-04
ya i both the camcorder what u said is right thanx alot
 

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Username: Radspiffy

Post Number: 2
Registered: May-04
i'm trying to do that with my sony trv33 but the picture won't show up on my (camera) screen. can anyone help?
 

RickM
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I have a Sony HC40, I'd like to record from vhs to my camcorder too. Anyone know how?
 

Unregistered guest
I have panasonic NV-GS15 handycam.What can I receieve raw data(image or film)from handycam.
 

Unregistered guest
I, too, have the identical camera mentioned here (Sony Digital 8 DCR-TRV460, and can't get it to record FROM my JVC VCR to the camera. The operations manual explains how to do it on page 88, and I have followed it to the letter, but I still can't see anything on the camera! I've changed channels from 3 to AU (line in), and adjusted numerous settings on both the VCR and the camera, but can't figure it out. Help me too, please! I've got an e-mail in to Sony to see if they can help me. Thanks.
 

xstreetflyerx
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to record from vhs to camcorder (according to the manual) you will need an iLink cable and your VCR MUST have a D/V Out/in port. you can not do it through a/v jacks
 

Anonymous
 
I'm not able to do that with my Samsung camcorder. Any suggestions? Should I e-mail Samsung, to see if they can help?
 

Anonymous
 
I'm not able to do that with my Samsung camcorder. Any suggestions? Should I e-mail Samsung, to see if they can help?
 

Anonymous
 
How do u record a show from tv to a tape??
If u know plz e-mail me at sneezy_101@hotmail.com

thanx
 

myyogen
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I have also same problem anybody can help me
I want to record my vcr into computer with my sony dcr trv33 but the picture won't show up on my (camera) screen. can anyone help?
 

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Username: Gromit

Post Number: 18
Registered: Mar-05
Folks, I may be able to shed some light here, based on my own experiences.

1) A lot of modern DV camcorders now have the ability to make DV recording from an analogue video input (my Canon does for example). Your instruction manuals should have instructions on how to do this.

2) Some modern DV camcorders also have the ability to do realtime "passthrough" from analogue video to DV out (again, my Canon does). This offers the enticing possibility of creating avi files direct on your computer from an analogue source, without even the need for a TV/video capture card.

3) There may be catches. For example, my Canon can ONLY do the "passthrough" trick if there is NO TAPE loaded, but guess what, my PC software won't try to capture DV if it spots that the camera doesn't have a tape loaded. Catch 22.

4) So long as your target material doesn't exceed the length of a tape, a more robust solution is to record into your camcorder first, then transfer to your PC (or, if you have a few 00 $ spare, buy a DVD recorder)

Hope that helps with at least some of the questions

Cheers!
 

Anonymous
 
I have Panasonic NV-GS15 camera and i am new to use it. when i switch off the camera and restart it, the camera starts recording starting with zero second. i have got 5-6 clippings now having a blank space between each of them (5-10 seconds). can someone tell me how to start from the end of last recording so i do not loose the tape space.
 

Anonymous
 
Hi..I have a Sony DCR TRV460E handycam and I'm trying to record from TV to the handycam. However, while recording, no image is showing up in the handycam and therefore the recording fails. I have followed all the instructions from the manual, yet it is not working! Any suggestions/help?
Thanks in advance.
 

Bronze Member
Username: Gromit

Post Number: 35
Registered: Mar-05
I'm assuming that your user guide indicates that it IS possible to record to your handycam from analogue external sources such as TV. That being so, and assuming you have indeed followed the user guide correctly, then it is time to follow normal debugging procedures:

1) try a different video source into your handycam, such as your set-top VCR. Maybe your TV is not really outputting video where you think it is

2) try connecting a VCR to the connections you are using right now for the handycam and record from "aux" or "L1" or whatever you specify on the VCR for external recording.

You should be able to use the results from the above tests with normal logic to work out where your problem lies.

Hope that helps.
 

chris and val
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i have a gr-dx67 camcorder. i cant get movies from vcr to camera. i have a scart in/out adapter but receive no signal from vcr. the manual does not mention av in/out switching for this model. please help
 

Unregistered guest
I have a canon digital camera. I tried the procedure for recording from Tv as instructed in the user manual. The recording goes thru fine but the Video does not record colour. Any idea what is to be done.
 

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Username: Gromit

Post Number: 78
Registered: Mar-05
Manojim,

1) Please check and confirm that your camcorder and TV are both the same video standard, i.e. both PAL or both NTSC.

2) Please confirm that you can use this same video output on the TV to successfully record, in colour, onto a normal VCR.

3) Please confirm your camcorder model number

I'm sure we can crack this somehow!

Cheers
PS: I have recorded from TV to DV tape with a Canon camcorder (MX150i). It worked great!
 

JKHopkins
Unregistered guest
I'm trying to capture VHS via my Sony DCR-TRV19 Camcorder. I understand I need to use iLink to do this, but we don't have a VCR with iLink output. So it looks like we need to buy a new VCR. Would appreciate recommendations on devices and what features are important.
 

Silver Member
Username: Gromit

Post Number: 125
Registered: Mar-05
JKHopkins,

If capturing VHS from existing tapes is your objective, get a TV/capture card for your PC, such as those made by Leadtek. Or, get a DVD recorder with analogue input.

No VHS VCRs have i-Link so far as I know.

Hope that helps.
 

JKHopkins
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Thanks very much. That does help by ruling out one approach. But I still need help. Here's the whole story.

I'm using the Pixela ImageMixer software that came with my Camcorder to edit movies I've filmed, and I've gotten reasonably comfortable with it. I also want to convert some old videos to DVD, using the same software to edit them first.

First I bought the Sony DVDirect Video Recordable DVD Drive. I was told it would create MPEG files, but it outputs only a collection of .IFO, .BUP and .VOB files onto a DVD. My ImageMixer software can only import MPEG files. Sony Tech Support told me I now have to use ripping software to convert the output files to MPEG format onto a new DVD. So for each VHS capture, I would have to create two temporary DVD disks. Seems way too cumbersome.

So I decided it would be simpler to use the camcorder as a capture device and edit the output just like the movies I've filmed, but my camcorder model requires iLink for that. We do have a DVD recorder, but it doesn't have iLink output.

Before I go out and buy yet another piece of equipment, what's the simplest & cheapest way to get MPEG files from my old videos?
 

Silver Member
Username: Gromit

Post Number: 136
Registered: Mar-05
JH,

If you were previously considering purchasing a specialised VHS recorder, you will be pleasently surprised by the price of a Leadtek capture card. You only need a basic one and I'm sure it will be less than $100 unless you reside in Hong Kong.
http://www.leadtek.com/multimedia/winfast_vc100xp_1.html

Ripping software would almost certainly place MPEG files onto your hard disk, so I do believe that each capture would only require a single disk.

By the way, Ulead Moviefactory (which is a DVD authoring programme) can extract MPEG clips from an existing (non-encrypted) DVD, for compilation into a new DVD, with even simple editing (trimming) possible as part of the authoring process.

Bottom line is that if you are happy with Imagemaker, your cheapest way is to get the capture card. Of course, that also will use your hard disk rather blank DVDs as the interim step. Make sure you PC meets the system requirements for video capture - I'd recommend more than 1GHz processor and at least 20G free disk space.

Cheers
 

R.B.P.
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I Have a JVC GR-DVL920 am I able to record tv shows from vcr or tv to a camcorder? If so how?
 

Silver Member
Username: Gromit

Post Number: 301
Registered: Mar-05
According to the feature list on this web page, yes ("av input").

http://stores.tomshardware.com/search_techspecs_full.php/masterid=555965

Check your user guide for instructions.

Cheers
 

Anonymous
 
i relize no one has posted in here for while but i thought i would give it a shot. i own a canon miniDV camcorder and am trying to record my x-box. i read before that you can just put the x-box into the input of the TV and then plug the camcorder into the output of the tv, i did this but i cant get the image onto the camcorder. any help is apreciated.
 

Silver Member
Username: Gromit

Post Number: 421
Registered: Mar-05
Anonymous,

Most modern camcorders, Canon included, can record analogue video/audio. But read the instructions carefully as it's not always intuitive: for example, you normally have to put the camcorder in PLAY mode before you start recording.

Are you sure the TV is outputting on the connections you think it is?

Cheers.
 

timstfugaysiteomg
Unregistered guest
Canon ZR-80. I found it refurbished for around $200 at PCRush.com

This will take a while but i'm willing to lay it out for you. These are the things you will need:

Digital Camera
VCR
TV
RF cables
red, white, and yellow cables (4get what you call em)
patience
firewire
firewire card

Let's get started. First you must hook up your camera to the VCR. You can do this via those red, yellow, and white cables. I'm not completely positive if they go in the video in or video out. Play around with it if it doesn't work. Then you must also hook up your Xbox to the VCR. Again, play around with the ports to find out which one works. The TV needs to be set not on VCR input but on normal TV input. Next you need to run an RF cable from you VCR to your TV. This will complete the network. I know it's complicated but that's how i do it. The TV should be on channel 3 or whatever channel it works on. If you camera has a rec/pause button on it, press it after everything is hooked up. When you are ready to begin recording, simply press "play". When you are done press "stop". To record again follow the same steps i told you above. You will always have to press the "rec/pause" button first. Then "play". Hope this helps.
 

Unregistered guest
Hey all, i have a sony digital8 handycam and i wish to record the output from the tabe bia USB to my computer... will the Leadtek WinFast VC100 XP application be able to perform this operation and record my videos to an MPG/AVI/WMV format on my PC?

Thanks
Rob
rogggo@gmail.com
 

Silver Member
Username: Gromit

Post Number: 533
Registered: Mar-05
Robbie,

When you say "application", exactly what do you mean? I had a feeling that Leadtek packaged Ulead VideoStudio with their products. Videostudio should be able to capture from any functioning input.

By the way, my strong recommendation is to use firewire to capture from camcorder to PC.

Cheers.
 

Anonymous
 
no one has posted her in awhile by the looks of it. I have a Panasonic miniDV and I wanted to record some things from my PS2. How do I connect it to my t.v.?
 

Anonymous
 
im sorry its a JVC miniDV camcorder.
 

Anonymous
 
thanx for all that, im trying to get VHS to imovie to make a video. right now im working through a videocamera (canon) but if that doesn't work, any suggestions??? also, any tips to make it work??? thanks again.
 

Tonya
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I want to record on my camcorder from my VCR. The televison has a built in VCR, so I was thinking that if I PLAY the VHS tape, and have my minicam hooked up to the tv, I can record from the VHS movie straight to the minicam. Am I right?
 

Tonya
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I want to record on my camcorder from my VCR. The televison has a built in VCR, so I was thinking that if I PLAY the VHS tape, and have my minicam hooked up to the tv, I can record from the VHS movie straight to the minicam. Am I right?
 

New member
Username: Rayman777

Post Number: 1
Registered: Oct-05
Where can i find a Video Stream Driver for Panasonic pv 150. The Camcorder came with a software disk, however I cannot download it to my PC I am using Windows XP. Please help.
 

New member
Username: Randy15

Post Number: 2
Registered: Dec-05
I have 2 Sony 460's and would like to record from one to the other is this possible?
 

pepe123
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I have Sony DTR model. It has really bad manual (350 pages!) but doesn�t say some important things. If I remember does not record when "DV out� is on.

Do not buy WinFast VC100XP cheap piece of shiiit. I am system driver engineer and know what I am talking about.
 

New member
Username: Mookman

Post Number: 1
Registered: Feb-06
Hi,
I am in the uk.
I have been transferring dvd footage to dvcam using a scart out into the av on the dv cam. But when i try to transfer american region dvd's there is sound but no picture. Can anyone help?
Ta.
 

Unregistered guest
i bought a sony handycam dcr-hc1-hc19e i put disc in but i cannot bring up picture package vcd maker what i want to do is make a cd off the recording from my handycam please can you give me full instructions
 

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Username: Bla

Post Number: 1
Registered: Apr-06
hi, I want to record gameplay from a games console onto my JVC GR-D270 Mini DV camcorder. When I try to do so by filming the TV screen, black horizontal bars appear on my camcorder screen. Therefore the only way to record the gameplay must be to somehow connect both the camcorder and playstation to the TV at once. How would I do this? Thanks!
 

Bronze Member
Username: Mikewhite

Amherstburg, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 14
Registered: Apr-06
hello I got the Sony HC-26 and im wondering if i can record to it, from a VCR, using the red white and yellow cables it came with, or what else i would need. ultimately i am trying to transfer old vhs tapes to my mini DV camcorder and put them on the computer to burn them to DVD and edit them n stuff. Any suggestions?
 

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Username: Silent_kil8er

Mumbai, Maharashtra India

Post Number: 1
Registered: Aug-06
I HAVE A SONY DCR HC46E CAMCODER I WANT TO RECORD MY TV SHOWS ON MY CAMCODER HOW CAN I RECORD THEM AND WHAT ALL CABles DO I NEED I AM NEW TO CAMCODERS PLS HELP ME IN DETAIL AS TO HOW RECORD THE SHOWS. SORRY FOR MY BAD ENGLISH
 

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Username: Abhijit_ganguly

Post Number: 1
Registered: Nov-06
i have a panasonic camcorder nv-ds28en. while trying to record tv shows directly to the camcorder (thru 3-in-1 red, yellow & white cable and connecting the same to tv and AV IN/OUT PHONE socket of the camcorder), i find that the tv images r coming to the camcorder but when trying to record the same, it is not happening.

plz help ? plZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
 

Silver Member
Username: Gromit

Post Number: 595
Registered: Mar-05
Hi, check your user guide carefully. Sometimes this process is not intuitive. For example, on my camcorder, you have to press "play" to make it record analogue signals in.

Cheers.
 

New member
Username: Abhijit_ganguly

Post Number: 2
Registered: Nov-06
thnx gromit. but could not do it till date. checked up the user guide. it mentions the process of recording to be made from VHS recorder to camcorder but nowhere states the recodrding process from tv to camcorder. cld u plz try out on the model nv-ds28en model? i'll be grateful.

waiting in anticipation.
 

Silver Member
Username: Gromit

Post Number: 599
Registered: Mar-05
I am only a regular domestic user of camcorders and only have two models, neither of which is the one you mention. But I can tell you this: the analogue signal output from your VCR is, to all intents and purposes (quality aside) identical to that output by your TV. So if you can make recording work with the VCR, then just substitute the TV for the VCR and the job is done.

Does that help?
 

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Username: Whatshername81

Post Number: 1
Registered: Nov-06
I have a HC-32 camcorder (sony). I want to record something from my VCR to either my camcorder or my computer...(doesn't really matter which...just need to get it into computer.) I tried reading the manual, but it's gibberish to me! Someone HELP please!!!
 

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Username: Sum1else

Post Number: 1
Registered: Apr-08
hey i need some help

i'm trying to do this without spending money if i have to, and if i do, i already know what i got to do.

anyway what i need help with is with my camcorder. i have a Panasonic PV-GS59. it has a place and cord to hook it up to the tv through the yellow, white, and red cords. (a/v?)

i am trying to record video game footage from my 360 to the camcorder so i can get it on my computer. i have a a/v splitter hooked up to my tv and vcr, so what i tried to do was hook my 360 into the vcr input, take an a/v cord from the vcr output to the splitter, then plug my camera's a/v cord thing into the output of the splitter.

problem is, nothing shows up on my camera and i dont know why.

in the manual it says that you can record from the camera to the vcr (and doesnt say about the other way around), but i dont see why it cant work the other way around.

i also tried using the camera as kind of an adapter, using the same set up as before, and then plugging a usb cable from the camera to my laptop. this did not work either (the camera has a firewire port, but my laptop doesnt). i dont think the problem with that is the usb part.

i have no idea of any way to solve this, but if anyone does, i'll be greatly appreciative.
(and sorry about this monster post)
 

New member
Username: Record_tv_user

Post Number: 1
Registered: Dec-08
i Have JVC MG330 h and I want to record to tv.anyone know how to?}
 

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Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 126
Registered: Dec-07
Record to tv ???

What does that mean?

Do you want to record TV on your camcorder or you want to watch your videos on TV?
 

New member
Username: Record_tv_user

Post Number: 2
Registered: Dec-08
i want record tv on my camcorder
 

Silver Member
Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 127
Registered: Dec-07
Does your TV even have a video out ????
I don't know of any that does.
 

New member
Username: Lalami

San Francisco, CA United States

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jul-09
I'm trying to record from my VCR to my camcorder, but the image comes up black and white on my LCD screen. (when I hook up my TV to that same VCR, the image is in color). Please help!
Thank you
 

Silver Member
Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 153
Registered: Dec-07
Which camcorder do you have?

Not many have video input.
 

New member
Username: Simon69

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jul-10
I spent ages trying to work out how to get my Sony DCR-HC40E to play the VHS tapes from my player in the LCD screen and into my mac using pass through. Nowhere in the instruction manual does it say that you have to press the "DISP/BATT INFO" button on the side of the camera to toggle between the camera menu and the analogue input display. but you do.
 

Silver Member
Username: Ieee488

Post Number: 391
Registered: Dec-07
According to page 62 and page 83 of the DCR-HC40E operating manual found on the Sony UK website, the menu item to enable analog passthrough is set via the STANDARD SET choice of the menu items.
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