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Waiting for input signal

After i connected my camcorder to the dvd recorder and everything is on, the screen on the dvd recorder says waiting for signal input. why is this? can anyone help me? also, there is not number to call if you are having problems. i just bought this product and it does not work. please help!! thank you in advance!

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  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2008

    I also get the No Input Signal message. I emailed SONY through their customer service site but have not gotten an answer yet. It has been 4 business days. When you email, they tell you that they will respond within one business day. At another place on their site, it says 5 business days so I don't know whether I should have gotten an answer by now. I don't know what other options I have to get the problem solved. This was supposed to be so simple to operate but it hasn't been for me.

  • libsy Feb 18, 2008

    I also get waiting for input signal when I connect my 8mm camcorder to the sony DVDirst vrd-mc3. help. thought this would easily solve my problem of getting my 8mm tapes on dvd. not so.

  • frie03 Mar 25, 2008

    Yes, the same thing happens when I hook up my Sharp VL A-10. If I keep going on the burner, it does burn the video, but no audio.

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2008

    I receive the waiting for input signal on all inputs. What will happen is I put in a DVD, hook up the input, see the input on the 2.5" screen, press record, it will record for 3-5 seconds then click off record and then the "waiting for input signal" appears on the screen. Once I press stop then the 2.5" shows the input clearly. Press record and get the "waiting for input signal" again. After the first time attempt from power-on it will not record at all it just shows the phrase.

  • wiljoycem Jul 23, 2008

    For the Sony Multi-Function DVD Recorder VRD-MC5

    With everything setup to record a movie from a DVR,
    including the video TV video display also displaying on the Sony recorder
    screen, I pressed the RECORD button. Instead of lighting, as it always has
    before, it stayed dark; the Sony recorder screen then displayed “Waiting for
    input signal.” Fiddling with controls, powering down and back up, changing the movie
    for recording, were no help. I could not find any discussion of problem in
    Operating Instructions manual (There is not even a troubleshooting area.). Over
    a three-day period, at different times of day, I tried 15-20 times to connect
    to Sony’s so-called “Live Support [on-line]. I was never successful in getting
    through to anyone.

    I returned the product for a refund; then bought another.
    Same problem.

    A few days later I was able to record two movie. Successfully.
    The next time I tried it went back to the “Waiting for input signal.” problem.

  • wiljoycem Jul 30, 2008

    July 30, 2008

    I use the Sony Multi-Function DVD Recorder VRD-MC5 to copy
    movies from a DVR to DVDs. Most of them are from the same channel, say C1. A
    few are from another channel, say C2. I had never recorded a DVD from my DVR
    that had come from channel C3. I set up to record movie M1 from C3. With
    everything setup to record, including the video TV video display also
    displaying on the Sony recorder screen, I pressed the RECORD button. Instead of
    lighting, as it always has before, it stayed dark; the Sony recorder screen
    then displayed “Waiting for input signal.” Fiddling with controls, powering
    down and back up, changing the movie for recording (without powering down after
    trying movie M1), were no help. I could not find any discussion of problem in
    Operating Instructions manual. Over a
    three-day period, at different times of day, I tried 15-20 times to connect to
    Sony’s so-called “Live Support [on-line]. I was never successful in getting
    through to anyone.

    I returned the product for a refund; then bought another.
    Same problem with movie M1, and with other movies without powering down after
    trying M1.

    After several days of the VRD-MC5’s sitting idle, I powered
    it up and tried to record a different movie from channel C1. No problem with
    that movie or any other for 10-15 recordings, all from channel C1. Then I tried
    a second movie from channel C3. Back to the dead record button and “Waiting for
    input signal.”. I powered down and back up; and tried to record a movie from
    channel C1. No problem.

    It would appear that channel C3 has some sort of
    copy-blocking device that blocks copying by the VRD-MC5, not only from its
    movies, but all other movies that follow it, until one powers down and back up.

  • dtnggreen Jan 03, 2009

    Same thing happens to me -- and it doesn't have to do with protected video. I was recording from a DVR, which worked fine for one program. I changed to another channel, and received the "waiting for input" message. I then went back to the previous channel that the recorder originally worked on, and it did not work again.

  • cervs Feb 03, 2009

    same problem as all have described. "waiting for input signal" I'm on my second sony dvdirect vrd-mc3. I wished I would have read this before returning mine to the store. I was able to speak to a CS rep from Sony who told me that the reason it was doing that was because the channels are copy right protected and there is nothing we can do about it. I advised her that it works sometimes, for a while then kicks the product off and she told me that it is because the DVR's and even some channels through digital cable sporatically send out the copy right signal.

    Looks like I'm gonna have to try a regular old DVD-R with VHS combo. I hope that works.

  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2009

    I have the same problem..
    I can't record from TV..



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It's a protected video. The VRD-MC5 will not burn a VHS or input that has been protected.

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I'm experiencing the same problem you are. My company purchased this (before I worked here). The product says it's designed to copy home VHS videos to DVD. I have an old recording that does not have any copy protection because it was a home video-type recording and even though the image is almost perfect, every time you hit record the image cuts out and it says waiting for input signal.

So basically the way SONY marketed this product is incorrect. It would have been better if we had purchased one of the low-tech DVD recorders at WalMart for this, they don't wait for a perfectly clean analog signal before recording to DVD.

The device is useless to us.

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  • laz13 Jul 13, 2011

    Same problem was happenning to me so left unit on and unplugged Video plug for about 25-30 mins. then plugged video cable back and was able to record agaIn. Hope this helps. Laz


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