I have an RCA VR646HF VHS recorder relatively unused and only a few years old. I can no longer get color out from this unit. I tried the usual... change tapes, change cables, clean heads, tune tracker, try tapes in out units... none of which restored the color. Otherwise the black and white output is great. Any guidance to a solution or detailed repair manual whereby I could do more testing etc on my own. thanks Paul Despault email@example.com Jan 2009
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If your camcorder allows you to connect to a tv or vcr and allows you to record from it to the camcorder via the rca video input, then you should be able to record it that. The camcorder must have the RCA audio/video inputs on it to be successful.
I assume what you get from a recording attempt is garbled video, or snow? Audio OK?
The first thing is to clean the video head. The best way is to do this manually: take the top cover off, and using a lint free cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol, or an electronic wash product, clean the head. The head is a rotating aluminum cylinder located near the backside of the deck assembly. The actual heads are at the bottom of this cylinder- you can see them- just place a finger in the moistened cloth, and turn the head a few rotations. You should be able to see some deposits on the cloth.
Connect with RCA cable to RCA jacks\plugs::
output [player] audio to INPUT [recorder] OUTPUT [player] Video to INPUT [recorder]
Place blank tape in RECORDER, Tape that you want to record from into PLAYER.Press Record [recorder machine], wait one second, press PAUSE.( thats to give record tape "breathing" space.) Set up your player tape to start playing. When you know what you want to record, press PAUSE again to begining recording. Press PAUSE after the recorded section to install 2nd tape, etc. etc.
NOTE:: some VCRs use PAUSE 2nd time to release and continue recording, while some machines you must press RECORD button again to release PAUSE. you must expirement before begining your project.
If your plan is to copy a VHS movie to a blank VHS tape, the connections would require a 3 wire RCA connector/cable. The unit where the original movie will be played will be the player. Connect the yellow video RCA cable to the VIDEO OUT, the red & white to the AUDIO L/R OUT. On the 2nd unit designated as recorder, slip in the blank VHS tape. Connect the other end of the RCA 3 wire cable to yellow VIDEO IN, the red & white to the AUDIO L/R IN. Connect the RF OUT of the 2nd unit (recorder to the ANT IN of a TV set. Set the TV to either Channel 3 or 4 as the case may be.
If the recorder has a manual selector or via remote, pls verify that it is set to Video and not tuner (or channels) input.
Press Record on the recorder (2nd unit), press play on the 1st unit (player). The TV will serve as monitor to your copying progress.
Hope that this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned out or shoould you need additional information.
are you using the s video socket if so you will get black & white picture you need to use rca phono to rca phono or rca phono to scart lead to record to dvd burner. as I do alot of copying over myself i never use s-video socket due to cable wrongly wired for colour just black video signal.
hope this works for you