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So.... Who uses a VCR any more. They are ancient history.
They don't last forever so perhaps it's time to think ahead....
The modern way to Record video is to use a Hard Disk Drive Recorder rather than a VCR. They have a built in tuner and can record 2 stations at once and have a built in Electronic Program Guide. The EPG info is transmitted with the Digital TV transmission from the broadcaster.
I bought one 2 weeks ago for an old 85yo friend so he could record late night stuff and play back later. He still uses the VCR but only for old VHS Tape playback. I got him a TEAC HDR9650TS Digital Video Recorder and I picked it up new for Aus$188.
DVB-T Twin Digital Turners
DVR Recording: Record three channels while watching a 4th from same network Smart Series Record feature to record a whole series at a touch of a button
2.5" Sata Hard disk: 500GB
Time Shift Function (Pause live TV)
HDMI Digital Output
Digital Audio Output
Supports TV formats 4:3 and 16:9
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) up to 7 days in advance
EPG searching and auto download
Recorded program edit
Copy files from internal HDD to external HDD
USB 2.0 Interface
Maybe you can get a little more life out of that VCR still
If you are using 3 RCA cables to connect your VCR to your TV, make sure you have the video cable (usually yellow) well connected at both ends. Video Out from VCR to Video In on your TV (also usually yellow).
Also, depending on the brand of VCR, make sure you don't have an option for external speakers connected. This would eliminate the video too.
Hope this helps.
I often have the problem of no audio recorded when I'm recording from an external source (a cable box, for example), either because I accidentally muted the cable box (or other external source) during the recording, or because of a bad cable connection - the input ports on my VCR are loose and sometimes need to be jiggled around to get a good connection.
sr you can disconect hdmi cable and use a litle speaker and check for audio in rca cables output , when you put your vcr play you can have audio in rca red cable and rca white cable i think when you put hdmi your loose in rca the audio , remember in hdmi you have audio and video , if you dont have audio in vcr the audio head are bad thias is used only in vcr mode. good luck
Tried all combinations of scart connections and channel settings ,without result.Finally connected an external freeview box to VCR AV2,with through aerial feed to TV.Setting TV toEXT-1 and VCR to AV2 and with scart to phono adaptors connected box audio and video "out "with phono leads to audio video "in" using an adaptor into the TV scart socket.
The conversion to digital affects off air reception. Since you have Comcast analog cable, you will not be affected until Comcast decides to discontinue analog cable, which is not likely any time soon. When that day comes, your old VCR will probably grace a landfill anyhow, and you will need a converter box from Comcast.
First, have you definitely ruled out an external problem, by hooking it up to a different television or audio amp? If the problem follows the VCR to whatever it is hooked up to, then obviously, the VCR has a problem. Likely, this is an internal electronic defect. Services of a repair shop would be required.
Sorry I can't be of more help.
Hi Jaco, Have you fed in your Antenna / cable into the Rear of the VCR? And if your VCR has a Input selection switch, just check input to Tuner. You will get Blue screen if input selction is not Tuner but Camera / External source.
If this does not solve your problem, then there is no Input selection happening.
If you can get some of the stations without the box (often the case
for those who subscribe to digital cable or movie channels), then one setup is to split the raw cable and feed the box and the TV, then have the box feed the VCR and hook up the VCR composite video and line level audio outputs to the TV.
The VCR tuner would always be set to the VHF frequency your cable box RF output is on, usually ch. 2, 3 or 4.
This setup allows PIP to work, with the TV tuner limited to
unscrambled analog stations, and it also allows you to tape anything
coming through the box, while watching unscrambled analog stations on the TV.
However, it requires the VCR to be on and the TV set to the
external video input to simply watch what is coming through the cable box.
There are other ways to set this up with more flexibility using
splitters and A/B switches, or you can look for a special switch box
that handles the job.
The above assumes your TV has composite video and line level audio
The only way to have full flexibility to watch any scrambled or
unscrambled station at the same time as taping a scrambled station is to have 2 cable boxes. The only way to have your VCR control the
cable box and record different programs by switching the box by itself is to have a VCR with a cable box controller, also known as a cable "mouse".
Hope this helps