Re: want to use S-video cable from my vcr to the tv....
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Assuming you used the standard YELLOW-WHITE-RED RCA cable, between the unit and the TV, the colours of each of the plugs should match both the outputs on the rear of the unit and the respective inputs at the rear of the TV. The TV must also be on an AV input 'channel' to receive the connected unit. (for example, AV1 or VIDEO 1)
Try changing the RCA cables - just in case the ones you currently have are defective in some way.
Being a combo unit, there should be a DVD-VCR common output on the rear - using RCA cable, the YELLOW is video, the WHITE is left channel, the RED is right - these MUST match the input on the TV, and the TV AV input must be selected in order to view the pictures and audio from the unit. To enjoy both VCR and DVD, using the RCA connection, the common output on the rear of the combo unit is recommended.
Better quality video is possible using S-Video cable (available from electronics stores such as Radio Shack etc. but this does not provide audio; you would still require RCA RED-WHITE cable for that, and your TV may not have S-Video input). Your TV may have a TV/AV button on the front - select the correct AV 'channel' with that if necessary.
It makes sense to check everything twice before assuming anything is broken.
I'd suggest connecting the VCR to one of the composite inputs on the set (Yellow, Red and White cable). Select that composite input, then tell the VCR to play. This will you give a slightly better quality picture than going through the tuner as you did on your old TV set.
You can usually use some pliers to squeeze the outside of the RCA connector (when it is disconnected from your TV) to give it a tighter fit BUT, few things to keep in mind,
All cables are not equal, a higher quality RCA cables may give improved results. I wouldn't bother with gigantic gold plated $50 cables or anything like that, just a bit thicker gauge wire a better connectors than what comes with a DVD player.
Using the "red/white/yellow" connections as you stated is what is called Composite Video. The white/red is left/right audio, while the yellow is the video signal. A better picture will be had if you use a higher quality signal such as the Component Video (red/green/blue connectors) out (if your TV is supported, or of coarse HDMI)
If your tv has a composite wiring inputs (5 wire red,white,yellow,blue,green) use them it will provide a better picture picture quality than the standard rca a/v cable (red,white,yellow) After you connect the composite cable from console to tv go into system/console settings/tv picture quality and adjust settings there
are standard definition video sources. Number of lines output is 576
lines, whereas your HD TV set has 720 or 1080 lines. This difference
may result in a poorer image. However some DVD players are able to
“upscale” picture to obtain a very good picture. Check if your DVD
player has the following connectors: YUV, DVI or HDMI. For more
information, refer to the instruction manual of your DVD player.
Some HDMI or DVI featured
DVD players also have an internal processor that can upscale pictures
from a DVD to 720 or 1080 lines to provide an excellent picture from a
standard definition disc to your HD TV set. Those settings are
available from the setup menu of your DVD player. Please refer to the
instruction manual of your DVD player.
your DVD player does not have those connectors and only has a SCART
connector, or S-VIDEO, or composite, there is not much to do to improve
the picture quality. Just make sure that you are not using the cheapest
cables and that the picture settings of your TV set are correctly
Some high end TV
sets have a picture improvement engine that can soften a noisy image.
Make sure that it is activated from the setup menu of your TV set.
Please refer to the instruction manual of your TV set.
If people and objects have weird white outlines around them. This may
suggest that your TV sharpness is set too high. Make the correct
sharpness adjustments from the setup menu of your TV set.
Make sure you use good quality cables and that your cables are not too long (less than 5 meters long).
First thing- why not just use the HDMI instead of standard def cables in the first place?
If the RCA-video (yellow composite cable) is not producing color, 1 of 2 things may be wrong:
1. You accidentally connected the a/v cables [yellow white and red] to [red green and blue] component inputs or vice versa, or..
2. Your TV or DVD player is somehow set to the wrong video format. Check the DVD settings for video output format and video connector type. Format should be NTSC, and connector should be composite and/or s-video for the cables you're using.
If this is only happening when connecting the DVD player through the VCR, then check to make sure the same cables connecting the DVD player to the the VCR are also connected to the TV from the VCR.
BTW- if this is just to record DVDs to a VCR, I'll tell you it's not worth it. If your DVD player has an HDMI port, your picture quality will be so much better than if you're watching a VCR copy of one. Your new HDTV will look worse than an old standard def TV. Worse; I'm not kidding.
I hope some of this helps.
Typically the Yellow is video and Red and White are Sound. So only one is for video two are for sound normally. Basically they are about the same thing, the only difference there will be cables are made different. Some cables are better than others at transferring signals be they video or sound. So quality might be affected slightly.
depends on what your tv is ill give u basic coax out from wall into cable box out from cable into vcr out from vcr into tv for better picture use red white and yellow from vcr to tv. for dvd use red white yellow out from dvd in to tv for better picture if tv has use s-video instead of yellow cable. for even better use red green blue(component)along with white and red for audio. if tv is hd and if dvd has it the very best is hdmi. you will only need one cable from dvd to tv instead of three or five sounds like a lot i know but take one step at a time youll get it
Mentor, sounds like it`s wired incorrectly or your using RCA cables (yellow, red, white ends) out of the vcr into the tv, If your using RCA cables the tv`s "input" (on the remote) has to be switched to "video input 1 or 2" etc to see the vcr tape. If you want to see the vcr`s picture on channel 3/4 you have to tell me if your using a cable or sattelite box and then I can tell you how to wire it with the coax cable, let me know, BMW Rider