How to connect a Panasonic PV-V4520 vcr to a Samsung digital tv UN32EH5300FXZA
If your Panasonic has RCA and S-Video or even a SCART sockets then that is not necessarily old technology but still useful to view old VCR tapes. The TV is or may be the problem. As I don't have this Samsung TV model, I can only make a suggestion from past experience, as I used to be a cameraman/movie maker. Look at the rear or side of the Samsung TV. If you see RCA, S-Video or SCART outputs, aside from other outputs, such as HDMI 1 or 2 and also the laser output, but these are the least of your concern. Normally, VCR tapes are standard VHS, unless they are S-VHS, this format can only be viewed via RCA cable. If your TV has RCA INPUTs, not OUTPUTs, plug a good RCA cable, Yellow, Red, White in the INPUTs of the TV and then plug the same colours in the Panasonic OUTPUTs RCA sockets. Switch both devices on and then on the TV, press the Input button of the TV Remote and scroll the feature where it says VCR or RCA (most TV's have a picture of the 3 cables plugs) This is a bit tricky because as I said I don't have a Samsung TV so, I can only suggest what a VCR input would look like on the screen. Once you found the right input, press the OK button on the Remote and the screen should either turn black or is ready to display the video from the Panasonic. Press play on the Panasonic Remote and see if the film appears. In most cases, it's a simply straight forward operation. If the video tapes are of S-VHS, then you can still view both but if you had connected the S-Video cable instead of the RCA, you'll get a better picture quality, colour is more controlled and sharp. Alternatively, you could save all your old VHS movies, weddings, events, whatever you got there, by converting them to DVD yourself, so that the picture quality remains the same. You need a powerful computer, Windows 7 or an i5 or i7 would do better. You need a 1394 digital video capture card, also called firewire. Most older computers have it already installed, XP, Vista and early Windows 7. There are special connecting cables that are plugged at the rear of the VCR and the capture card, where one end is a firewire plug and the other can be either a stereo type plug or an RCA plugs. The choice is yours, but who doesb't want to save precious memories on DVD?
Oct 17, 2014 |
Televison & Video