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Re: conversion to hd
First of all, you will only need a box if you are currently using an exterior antenna. If you have sable or satellite, no box is needed. If you need the box, it will allow normal operation of the set. That means that however you tape now will continue to work.
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Your new TV is digital. Your VCR is for the obsolete analog NTSC broadcast standard. The two devices are totally incompatible. There are converter boxes available. The quality of the playback will be very poor compared to the picture you now see on your high definition digital TV. The NTSC picture is made up of 525 lines. The best home VCR reduced the resolution to about 350 lines. Your new TV is very high resolution by comparison with a much larger screen in all likelihood. The large screen will exaggerate the poor quality. The process of sending the signal through a converter box will reduce the resolution even more, although digital enhancement with a computer or a dedicated device can marginally improve the results. In the end, you will probably be very unhappy with the resulting picture. If you have video tapes you need to convert them to a digital format using DVD or BlueRay disks, for example. Once converted, you will need a a BlueRay or DVD player for playback to your TV. There are devices for making the conversion or you can send you tapes to a company that will covert the tapes for you. If you do a google search, for video to DVD conversion services, there are many choices. I would suggest that you just have your tapes converted to archival quality DVDs. The sooner you do it, the better because tape degrades in a relatively short time. The tape has a sync track along one edge and as the tape stretches (they always do) by just sitting on the shelf or being played, the player will no longer be able to play the tape and your memories will be lost forever.
I see a RC689D model. It DOES record via VHS and it should do so as you have done before. Go through all of the steps in making sure the tape(s) you're trying to use isn't missing the "Safety" tab, look at the tape to make sure there are no defects, and make sure you are receiving a signal to the VCR. With most signals being "Digital" and not analog, I would assume you are trying to pull your signal from either a digital box, a Satellite feed, or a cable feed.
Try "Daisy chaining" your VCR from your output box using the following method(s):
Signal coming to box> (1) Coaxial or Cable hookup from box to VCR> (2) Red White Yellow connectors from source to VCR> VCR output using same method(s) as input from source to TV> make sure your TV is set to the correct channel; usually notated as either channel 3 or 4.
If you cannot get the VCR to record correctly, and you have checked and verified all of the input\output cables are properly seated, and you are getting a signal from the VCR to the TV, then it is possible the unit may just be faulty, in regards to recording onto a VHS tape.
The converter box receives hte digital signals and converts them into either channel 3 or 4, or into direct video (red,white,yel). The output of the converter box must go into the VCR input for recording to work. Before the conversion, the tuner of hte VCR would receive the RF signal the same as the TV. The tuner inside the VCR is an analog tuner not digital, so it needs the conversion too. Most converters will provide both the A/V signal (R/Wh/Y) and RF (coax connector).
You will have to split the signal before it goes into the digital box. The digital box is not allowing the analog signal to go to your vcr so you will only be able to record what you are watching on the cable box (on channel 4). If you split it, you will get all your analog channels back on your VCR (the way it was before the box was added).
You should be able to accomplish this. Run the antenna to your converter box. Run the video and audio outputs of the digital converter box to the inputs on your vcr. Your vcr should then be able to record the program (select line-in as the channel when setting up the recording). Hook your vcr audio and video output to your tv.
It's best to use a converter box that has an event timer - this allows the converter box to turn on at a specified time and channel. Otherwise you will need to manually set the channel you wish to record on the converterbox, and leave it turned on.
yes your hook is all correct...but still will not work......unless this is a d-vhs recorder...(and the other way to record hd is dvr)....(note dont throw the standard vcr away) it might and can be use later down road
This is not a converting unit, it will play the format of the tape inside. To convert the signal you need one of the following:
1) A converting VHS player; they are fairly expensive.
2) A separate video converter (hardware); they run for about $200-$500; just put this between your VCR and the TV.
3) Capture the PAL on your computer using a software like Movie Maker via a Firewire cable. Than convert it to NTSC on your machine using software like Nero... do a search on Google for converting software. Or just watch it on our computer in PAL format, most computers do that... For this step I use a separate camcoder that has a passthrough feature. The VCR connects to it and the camcorder connects to the computer via Firewire.
4) send the PAL tape to a specialized shop for conversion. They normally charge $30-$40 for a regular 2h VHS tape.