I know this is likely a simple answer but I don't have the manual anymore and am unsure of how to record. Even though I have my television on channel 4 which is the channel that normally works when I just play tapes, however, the TV now just says "muted" and is fuzzy. How to I set it so that I can record a show while I watch it? Thanks in advance for any help.
Well, seems like your vcr is attached to your tv by the antenna cable which you need to program to get it to record. but he is an easy way to record and you will get a perfect sound and picture.
Well, you need an RCA cables. you either have rca cables or scart plug. either on will do the job. you need to take the audio and picture cable OUT source of your channels IN to the vcr. now, OUT of the vcr IN to your tv. on the vcr you should change the channel to either AV or LINE..then you will get sound and picture. let me know how it goes
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The simple solution is to connect your VCR to a Freeview set top box, which you can pick up for around £10. Simply connect the box via a scart lead. If the Video has two scrat sockets use the other for the box. For recording set the VCR up the same way but instead of selecting channel one or two etc set it as AV2 if that is the place the box is connected. When recording leave the box on the station you want to record and the VCR will record it. Don't forget to allow a few minutes either way for the start and stop times. Also if the VCR has PDC switch it to off.
You should be able to record this way whilst watching another channel on the TV. Some Freeview set top box's have timers on them so if you are out and want to record two shows on different channels you can.
If you have only one scart then a scart switching unit such as this below will solve that problem. Found on Amazon.
You don't say what kind of connections between the items are, but I know you can use a "Scart Switching Box" if you have scarts, to record from one thing to another. I don't know if it will be any good but you can look into it. Found on Amazon by the way, image below:
I hope you are not making the simple mistake of trying to record on a cassette which has a broken write protect tab. If you are, tape it up with some cellophane tape. Or try a new cassette. Is the instant record function working otherwise ?. If so forget about the record protect tab.
You could try Curry's Partmaster website for the remote. As for the TV it will depend on the TV's imput sockets if you can connect it. Most VCR will only have a scart or S-Video connection. If the TV has these it will work. However even if you can the VCR will not record the HD signals or playback in HD. Though some HD TV's have what's called upscalling. Even so no vcr will ever be as good as a Blue-Ray. And those can record in HD.
With the VCR connected to DirecTV, you're not picking the channel with the VCR anymore. You're picking the channel on the DirecTV receiver, and the VCR will record on channel 3 or 4 (if you've hooked the receiver up using the RF output to the VCR) or through its line (A/V) inputs if you're using those. The tuning range of the VCR is completely unimportant.
With your new system, though, there's one big drawback. Since the VCR is always set for channel 3 or 4, or its line input, and you're changing channels on the DirecTV receiver, you can't program the VCR to record several different channels if you go out. You won't be home to change channels on the receiver, so the only channel you'll be able to record is whichever one you've selected before you go out. Remember the VCR is taping the output of the satellite receiver, and not the satellite channel directly. If you record on some channel other than the receiver's output channel, there won't be anything there. All you'll get is snow or a blank screen.
Do you have the remote which came with it? Most VCRs of the last 10 years require the remote to setup a timed record, or for that matter, most of the advanced functions- beyond play/rewind/ffwd, etc.
Assuming you do have the remote, and the correct time is set, and the timed record properly setup, some VCRs require a the On-Timed-Record button to be pushed. This sets the VCR in a wait mode, until the time set for the recording to begin.
Consult your owners manual- an online manual may be available if the printed one is missing.
It maybe the board behind your record button is no good and needs replaceing but you could try cleaning it with some metho on a rag not to damp though and make sure you give it 10 mins to dry befor plugging back in.
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.