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What is the purpose of the input sockets on an LG RC389H DVD/VCR Combo. Can I connect them to an LCD TV output and record the tv's output? The tv signal comes through a HD set top box

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  • Alan Jones
    Alan Jones Jan 01, 2011

    Sorry, I'm not sure I understand you. The output sockets on the tv are of the RCA type, as are the input sockets on the dvd

  • Alan Jones
    Alan Jones Jan 01, 2011

    In addition to my previous comment, I can record from the tv using the dubbing sockets on the front of the vcr, but only those channels that are not through the stb, by using the red,white and yellow rca plugs. I want to record the feed from the stb to the tv via the tv out sockets

  • Alan Jones
    Alan Jones Jan 01, 2011

    What does "yes you can nut" mean?

  • Alan Jones
    Alan Jones Jan 01, 2011

    Sorry but I can't understand what the previous reply meant. Can anyone else help please?

  • Alan Jones
    Alan Jones Jan 02, 2011

    Hi,
    A connection diagram would be much appreciated
    1.Hisense LCD tv Model HSLC4833AB
    2.LG HD TV Receiver Model:LST-6100P
    3.HDMI
    4.Antenna coax
    5.S video

    In addition, can you tell me what the tv output sockets are for?

    Thanks
    Alan

  • Alan Jones
    Alan Jones Jan 02, 2011

    Thanks for the explanation. Hope you have a good night's sleep.
    I look forward to the diagram tomorrow. And a Very Happy New Year to you
    Alan

  • Alan Jones
    Alan Jones Jan 04, 2011

    Hi there, I was hoping you would have had time to do that diagram for me by now. Hope you didn't part too much over the New Year

    Alan

  • Alan Jones
    Alan Jones Jan 06, 2011

    Thanks BElectric. A very clear understandable explanation including a diagram, (and we won't mention the cricket! Even Warnie appears to have scored an own goal - excuse the mixed met)

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Hi,

The purpose of the INPUT sockets on the DVD/VCR is for recording, but this cannot be done by connecting it to the TV OUTPUT. A TV cannot "send" its picture to another device for recording.

In order to record, the DVD/VCR input sockets will need to be connected to corresponding OUTPUT sockets on the set-top box or a connection directly to the aerial/co-axial cable. This can be done by inserting a co-axial splitter on the aerial cable before it reaches the set-top box. The DVD/VCR's built-in tuner will then need to be tuned before you can record. You will also need another cable from the OUTPUT sockets on the DVD/VCR to the TV for playback.

There are many different ways to configure this. Much depends on what OUTPUTS and INPUTS are available on your set-top box or TV.

If you would like me to "draw" some diagrams of possible set-ups for you, I can, however you will need to let me know the following details:

1. Brand and exact model number of TV
2. Brand and exact model number of set-top box
3. How is the set-top box currently connected to the TV
4. How is the set-top box currently connected to the DVD/VCR
5. How is the DVD/VCR currently connected to the TV

This information is required so that I am able to work out which sockets are currently being used and which ones are still available for setting up the DVD/VCR.
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Hope this helps. Please post back with the above information if you need further assistance.

Regards,
BElectric

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  • DILLIGAF
    DILLIGAF Jan 01, 2011

    A brief conclusion of what I wrote above: In order to record from the set-top box, the set-top box MUST be connected directly to the DVD/VCR using the correct input on the DVD/VCR.



    I can draw a specific setup diagram for your actual equipment if you can supply the information requested above.

  • DILLIGAF
    DILLIGAF Jan 02, 2011

    Hi there. Thanks for all of the information - I will answer the simple question now, but the diagram will take a little longer. I was about to switch off for the night, so I will have to do this in the morning. I hope that's OK.



    The output sockets on your TV can only output channels from the TVs own built in tuner. These can be output to and recorded on your DVD/VCR - I think you already discovered this.



    The TV cannot output the channels from any other source, i.e. your set-top box (STB). This is due to the way in which video signals are processed and distributed within the TV. If you had a direct antenna connection or a direct cable feed (no STB), you would be able to record all of the TV channels on your VCR using the TV's output sockets. This is because you are using the TV's built in tuner.



    The STB has its own built in tuner. The signal from the STB cannot be sent to the VCR via the TV. Therefore, in order to record from the set-top box (STB), the STB must be connected directly to the DVD/VCR. It is also necessary to use the correct connections on the back of the DVD/VCR as some of the inputs are DVD exclusive - they won't work with the VCR functions. I will explain this more with the diagram/s.



    Hopefully this explains what that TV's output sockets are for. If you have any further questions about this, please ask. I will post back with the diagrams asap in the morning.



    Happy new year to you!



    Regards,

    BElectric

  • DILLIGAF
    DILLIGAF Jan 02, 2011

    No problem. Please don't post any further comments until you hear back from me in the morning. I have to reply to all comments within 4 hours or your problem will be returned to the "unsolved problems list and will most likely be picked up by someone else.



    Also please note, my comments may soon start to appear on a second page. If you receive a notification of a new message from me and you are unable to find it, please scroll to the bottom of my last visible message, then click on "View More Comments" in the light-blue bar directly below.

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    DILLIGAF Jan 04, 2011

    Hi Alan,



    My apologies for the delay - unfortunately New Year did reach a slightly excessive level followed by a sudden influx of replies from people from people who had either forgotten or ignored their minor technical problems over the Christmas period causing me something of a backlog. I am doing your diagrams right now and will post back with them shortly.



    Don't forget to click on "View More Comments" to see my future messages.



    Happy New Year to you!

    Nick / BElectric

  • DILLIGAF
    DILLIGAF Jan 05, 2011

    Hi Alan,



    Once again, I apologise for the delay.



    I have now completed your setup diagram. It would have been too small to be legible if I had pasted the diagram within this message, so I have uploaded the diagram to Flickr for you:



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/57298187@N02/5325229815/sizes/l/in/photostream/



    Unfortunately, I was unable to find a decent diagram of the socket layout for the DVD/VCR, so the connections are simply shown as TO/FROM the corresponding sockets on the TV and set-top box. I have verified which sockets are present on the DVD/VCR and which are the correct ones to use with the set-top box. Colours are arbitrary and only intended for easier reading.



    I am just writing some notes to accompany the diagram and will post these within the next 30 minutes - really!



    Regards,

    Nick / BElectric

  • DILLIGAF
    DILLIGAF Jan 05, 2011

    Setup Notes:



    (Arrows on diagram indicate direction of signal flow)



    1. Set-top box to TV

    The current HDMI cable connection you are using will give the best quality HD video and audio. No change required.



    2. DVD/VCR to TV

    There are several methods of connecting these two devices. HDMI would give the best quality HD, but there is no spare HDMI input on the TV. I have assumed you are already using a separate RCA audio cable (red/white) with your S-Video connection to the TV as S-Video cables do not carry an audio signal.



    Component A/V (3x RCA - red/green/blue) would improve the DVD playback quality over your current S-Video connection. On some DVD/VCR players, Component OUT only works for DVD playback. I was unable to verify this for your player but, if this was the case, you would need another connection to the TV for VCR playback. As you have playback from both the DVD and VCR using the S-Video and RCA audio cable, there is no real need to change it.



    3. Set-top Box to DVD/VCR

    The DVD/VCR does not have a built-in digital tuner, so your current Antenna/Co-ax connection is redundant and should be removed. Devices with digital tuners, e.g. your set-top box, will have the DVB symbol (looks more like DV3).



    The only suitable outputs on the set-top box, with corresponding inputs on the DVD/VCR are the RCA type (red/white/yellow) audio/video sockets. Making this connection will allow you to record directly from the set-top box, although you will only be able to record the channel selected for TV viewing. In order to record from a different channel to the one you are viewing, the DVD/VCR would require its own dedicated digital tuner (i.e. another set-top box) or you would need to replace your current player with one which has a built-in digital tuner.



    To record from the set-top box to DVD or VCR you will need to ensure that the input source is set to "AV1". This can be done by pressing the "AV/INPUT" button (below "POWER" on the DVD/VCR remote control until "AV1" shows on the display on the front of the player.



    Hopefully, I've covered everything here. If you have any questions, just let me know and I will answer them as best I can. Similarly, when you have everything setup correctly, if you are having any difficulty recording, just let me know.



    5/344 . . . not looking too good for your boys is it ;)



    Regards,

    BElectric

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Yes you can nut This does not record in NTSC format.
you can use either HDMI or A/V cables for this job

Posted on Jan 01, 2011

  • Sudeep Chatterjee
    Sudeep Chatterjee Jan 01, 2011

    This unit does not convert between PAL and NTSC. To record in PAL this unit must receive a PAL signal. To record in NTSC this unit must receive an NTSC signal. This signal can come from your STB itself by channeling the TV signal first to combo

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