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I can only record and play back in black and white.

I am connected to cable and my tv. The dvd and vcr show in black and white but on other recorders the dvd and vcr plays back in color.

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Siri,

for the black and white screen output of your DVD and VCR.

1) for DVD player: using remote control locate "setup" button and click.a dialogue box should appear indicating " audio setup" video setup" etc.....
2) select and scroll to "video setup". in video setup there should be an option to choose "AUTO" "PAL" or "NTSC"
3) choose "auto" then check if any change in screen color.

for VCR, locate a switch or button indicating "PAL" "Auto""PAL SECAM" "NTSC". same with the dvd choose and select "auto"

note: if you still have the manual for both VCR and DVD check the instruction with regards to video color setting.

cheers,
mark

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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SOURCE: Playback is in black & white

Check the video format on the dvd menu and change it

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

SOURCE: My DVD player/recorder, records color but plays black and white

Check in the menu to see if there is a function where you can change from ntsc or pal,you need to be on pal

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