I have an Insignia dvd/vcr combo (not sure of the model - don't have instruction book handy) and am having trouble getting it to properly record onto a dvd from my Canon camcorder. The camcorder is set to record a wide screen image. When I plug the camcorder directly into my standard tv, the image comes out in letter box like I'd expect. My camcorder is set to display it's widescreen image in a letterbox format on standard tv's.
However, when I plug the camera into the Insignia dvd/vcr, the widescreen image is streched vertically so everything and everyone is too tall and skinny (my wife likes the effect, actually). The image recorded on the dvd looks the same - all streched out. The dvd/vcr is also set to display widesreen images in a letterbox format on my tv, and when playing rented or purchased dvd's, the do display in letterbox. It just seems to be a problem with how my widescreen camcorder image is translating through my dvd/vcr.
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my Insignia is a different model (NS-drVCR) but I always use the "DUBBING" button on the remote (which is basically the tech-term for a Recording-Transfer). The screen-dialog then shows VHS Dubbing to DVD with quality options to choose. I'm not as familiar with going the other way (from DVD to VHS) but I know that mine can since I've done it once with a similar method, starting with the DUB-button.
Please check page-14 of user manual of Funai MWD2205 VCR/DVD Combo for recording in VCR from Camera or some thing else as external source. Here you can download User Manual for your unit, in case you dont have it. Need further help, let me know and post here. Thank you.
The unit will only allow 2 hour recording on the DVD+R format. The DVD-R format is adjustable for longer recording time, just understand that the longer recording times = the lower the quality of the recording.
ZNREL, I've done this with Dish Pro before. Setup the Dish remote to control the Mag combo in the VCR position. Press the SAT button and select the guide. Go to the program in the guide and select it. The "record this program" routine should pop up, set it up. Here's the key, make sure the Dish remote has the VCR button selected and that the remote is placed where it can "see" the Mag combo. At the set time, the Dish remote will change the DishPro to the proper channel and then issue s "record" command via infrared to the Mag combo to start recording. DishNet has all of the device codes to their remotes downloadable from their site.
1. Make sure the dv-camcorder is properly connected 2. Press INPUT repeatedly to select the external input to record from. • AV1: Audio/Video Input mounted on back panel. • AV2: Audio/Video Input mounted on front panel. 3. Load a recordable disc. 4. Set a recording mode as necessary by pressing REC MODE repeatedly. DVD: XP, SP, LP or EP. 5. Press the REC button once to start recording. The REC indicator lights in the display window. 6. Press STOP (x) to stop recording.