Daily I have to record on the VCR for security reasons. I am recording things outside with a Swann Nighthawk system. I have the tape set to SLP for 9hrs of recording, but after 3hrs the whole VCR shuts down. When replaying the video it comes to a point where it says on the screen - Unreadable Signal - and I am assuming this is when the system shuts down. After the Unreadable Signal message the tape shows stuff that I have previously recorded. What could be making the system shut down?
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Some VCR's will stop if the signal is not there. Retune the set if it uses Freeview. The broadcasters and those who are in charge of Transmitters like to mess around with the stations from time to time. This will effect the recording if you are using a model with the Guide Plus system. If you are timer recording it make certain that the settings are good. If it is an older model, make certain a thing called PDC is not on.
do you wish to record while watching or while away.....while watching make sure your vcr is set to CH 3...when the show comes on press record (a blank tape should be inserted) the red button on most vcrs.......while away the channel selector must be on the ch you wish to record...using the remote for the vcr press menu/program a event (this is where your vcr most have the correct date / time and not flashing 12:00)..set the day..time to start recording and time to stop recording..your ch will always be 3..now that vcr is set the main thing is make sure that cable channel selector is on that channel
OK here's what the user manual has to say on it!
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Prepare for the recording on the DVDRW/ R disc or the videotape. Make sure:• Insert a recordable disc and a videotape with a record tab.
Note for recording to a disc:
• Make sure that the disc is recordable. 1
Easy Setting Menu or Advanced Setting Menu will appear. If Advanced Setting Menu is displayed,
proceed to step 3.
Using [K / L], select “Advanced Setting Menu”.
Hit [ENTER].Advanced Setting Menu will appear.
Using [K / L], select “Recording”. Hit [ENTER].
Recording menu will appear.
Using [K / L], select “Dubbing Mode”. Hit
[ENTER]. Option window will appear.
Auto Chapter 10 minutes
DVD-RW Recording Format Video mode
Dubbing Mode VCR DVD
Auto Chapter 10 minutes
DVD-RW Recording Format Video mode
Dubbing Mode VCR DVD
For VCR to DVD duplication: • After starting VCR to DVD duplication, the picture may be distorted because of the auto tracking function. This is not a malfunction. 5
Using [K / L], select “VCR DVD”. Hit [ENTER].
Hit [SETUP] to exit. Make sure to select a recording speed using [REC SPEED]. 7
Hit [PLAY B].Then hit [PAUSE F] at the point you
wish to start recording.
• Since it takes about a few seconds before the actual dubbing begins, please allow extra 5 seconds
when selecting the starting point.
VCR to DVD duplication will start.
Hit [STOP C] to stop the recording. When you turn off the unit after setting the Dubbing Mode to DVD VCR, the setting will be set to VCR DVD automatically. • Dubbing Mode is available only if the videotape or disc is not copy protected. • You cannot change the output mode during VCR to DVD or DVD to VCR duplication.
For VCR to DVD duplication:
• The playback sound mode is followed by the setting of VCR playback sound mode on page 77. Set the playback sound mode to which you wish to record to the DVD.
You will need to use L1 or L2 (one is probably on the front of the VCR, and the other on the back, they should be labeled).
YOu need to plug the digital receiver's output into L1, or L2, and set the VCR to record the one you're using. Then set it to the time you want, and then set the channel on the digital box tho the one you want.
One Channel, One time. (or recurring daily, if your VCR allows daily recording from L1,2)
If you're referring to programming your VCR for recording, that works just like it did before the cable box was installed, but with two major differences.
The first difference is that the VCR must always be programmed to record on the converter box output channel. Usually this is channel 3, but may also be channel 4. The cable box selects the channel from the cable system, but it's always outputting to your TV on the same channel. That channel is what the VCR needs to record from.
The second change to programmed recording is that you can't program your VCR to record programs on different channels. The reason is because, as mentioned above, the VCR is actually recording from the cable box which is always on the same output channel. Unless you are home to change the channel on the box, you're stuck. For example, if you want to record a show at 10PM on channel 8 and another at 11 on channel 26, those are the cable channel numbers. The box output is channel 3 (or 4) in both cases. The VCR can't switch the box for you. It's only going to record the program on the channel you selected before you left home. You also need to leave the cable box turned on, but the TV can be off. This is probably the thing most people find confusing about dealing with a cable box.
Now having said all that, some brands of cable box do include a timer feature of their own that allows you to program the box to switch channels. This feature is used in conjunction with timer recording on the VCR. You still always program the VCR to record on channel 3 (4), but now the box can be programmed as well to switch to the channel on the system you want to record. This allows you to get around the limitation described above. If your box offers this feature, it will be accessed through its setup menu using the remote control. Ask your cable company if this is available if it's not clear from the setup menus or instructions the installer left you with.
I can think of only these reasons for your problem. 1. the VCR is not Recording a Signal. 2. Perhaps you have not selected TUNER as the Signal Input If this the case,you will get a screen with a lot of 'Snow' .
Better check your VCR setup first, before calling Technician to have a look at the Recording Circuits.
I'd be pretty certain that every VCR made these days (and of the last 10-15+ years) can be set to do a timed recording. They can be set for a one time recording, weekly or daily record.
Whether used with a cable/satellite box, or outside antenna, you must ensure proper hookup. I'm not real familiar with recent cable/sat receiver boxes, but older ones had to be set to the channel you wanted to record, as the VCR will only see that channel. On older cable (no cable box) & outdoor antenna systems, a VCR could tune in and record any channel, while you watched another one.
Anyway, check the capability of the cable/sat box, and follow suggested hookup. You will likely need to set the box to the channel you want to record before you retire for the night.
Is this a problem of the VCR not doing a timed record at all, or of it recording only snow (no signal) or perhaps the wrong channel?
If the first, then it would point to incorrect setup of the timed record session or that the clock time & date settings are incorrect... the VCR setup stuff. Also, once the timed recording is setup, there is often one additional button to push to actually ready the VCR. Older VCRs, were put into the timed mode by power off.
If VCR isn't recording anything (it is coming on to record, but no signal), then it has to do with hookup of the VCR. Depending on your cable system, the VCR can only record the channel the cable box is tuned to. Again, depending on the system, the VCR needs to be cabled in between the cable box and your TV (cable box RF out to VCR RF in, VCR RF out to TV RF in) RF=ant. Exact cabling will vary.
Does it record when you are simultaneously watching a program? if yes, then recording circuits are OK.
It is definitely a problem of settings. Try doing it again step by step.
And before you program for timer recording, make sure that the VCR clock is set for correct time.
I had the same problem recently with a Panasonic PV - V4521 which has worked for years for me. I tried everything including cleaning the heads with Q-Tips and pure alcohol. Nothing improved. I tried tape head cleaners. Nothing. So finally one day, as I was unscrewing the cables, this VCR fell down onto the bottom of my foot and drew blood. Now remember, I had been trying to fix this thing for at least 10 days.
So, I dragged it up and pounded the top of the VCR until the top caved in. Then, I opened my front door and tossed it so hard against the floor of my patio that pieces went flying everywhere. I gathered up the pieces and the twisted VCR, put it in a box, and tosses it real hard into the dumpster. It's fixed. I have no more problem with it.