I just got my VHS/DVD recorder, and for the life of me I cannot get it to work. I have the video, and audio (RCA) out jacks from the cable box plugged into the line 1 IN jacks of my recorder. The video, and audio OUT from my recorder, into the video,audio IN of my TV set. The Cable OUT of my cable box is hooked into the Cable IN of my TV, and the TV plays fine. I have everything hooked up exactly as the instructions say, but when I turn on the recorder - nothing happens. There is no LINE 1 option on my TV, so it's not as if I can switch the TV channel from 3 to LINE 1. The recorder is also set to line 1, and I've tried both DVD's and VHS tapes - I press play but nothing happens. I cannot get to the easy setup screen, or get any type of picture from the recorder. However, I did program the recorder's remote to work for the TV (not the cable)...so I know the recorder must be connected right. What am I doing wrong? The only inputs I have on the TV set (which is a Phillips Magnavox) are RCA cables and the Cable IN input. My cable box is a Scientific Atlanta, Explorer 2100.
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The Sony recorder is connected to the TV via the RCA cables (for both audio and video)? How many inputs does your TV have? One cable input and one RCA line in (making a total of two? Did you eliminate the possibility that the recorder might be defective by trying it on another TV?
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The simplest method to record VHS to DVD is to purchase a recorder
which has both VHS and DVD. They are relatively inexpensive now. You
simply connect the device to your television via coaxial or audio/video
cables. Insert the VHS tape in one side and the blank DVD media on the
other. Press record and soon you will be watching your old VHS tapes on
your DVD player.
If yo can't see any picture please check your video cable connection. >checked if the video cable is properly connected from dazzle to your camcorder. >if you connect you camcorder,vhs,VCR using S-video then go ahead and click on option on step number 1 click on video input and then click on S-Video click also VHS input and then click okay. >If RCA the same thing click on option then video input and then select Composite. >Turn your camcorder,VHS,VCR on and then hit played button. >checked your preview screen if the video image is now showing, If showing then start recording.
Did it EVER work as expected with VCR audio through the HDMI or are we working through that right now assuming it can?
I don't have a detailed manual, but the rear panel clearly shows some analog-only outputs (and NO digital ones) for the section called DVD/VCR. Internally, I'm sure there are proper analog-digital-converters for recording VHS to the native DVD-R, but VHS VCR's are NOT inherently digital audio devices so I'm pretty sure you need to run an analog RCA pair for the VHS video.
Select AV-1 or some thing in TV and plug DVD recorder Video-Audio output in AV-1 input of TV, playback any DVD and confirm its picture and sound in TV. Press Stop button of DVD recorder to stop playback. Now plug Video-Audio output of VCR in DVD recorder input and select AV Input in DVD recorder, insert VHS tape in VCR and playback it and confirm you get VHS picture and sound in TV via DVD recorder. Hookup between TV, DVD recorder and VCR is completed. Playback VHS tape in VCR, Insert blank DVD disc in DVD recorder and press Record while you see VHS tape picture in TV. Hope this info will help you.
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.
hook the video output from vcr to dvd input at rear, then hook output from dvd to tv input. note; you can not record protected vcr movies you can only record tv shows from sattelite to vcr or dvd recorder. its best to record straight from sattelite to dvd recorder for picture clarity.
I notice this was made in 2008 and I hope you have found the answer. But if you or others have not here is my answer. Are using the RCA cable from the output on the DVD Player and you have plugged it into the RCA in ports then you need to use the remote to move through the on screen menu. My INSIGNIA has a Source List menu on the remote that shows on screen. I can scope through the MENU for TV, Composite Side, S-Video Rear, S-Video Side, Composite 1, Composite 2, VCR, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, HDMI 3. That is found using either the INPUT button on the upper left on the remote or the buttons; VIDEO, COMP, HDMI, AND TV across the top of the remote. Hope this helps.