: Copy to VCR and DVD Recorders?
2010-01-10, 06:37 PM
The cables from the PVR (out) connect to the Line IN jacks on the VCR.
To watch a tape , connect the Line OUT jacks on the VCR to an
appropriate input on your TV and choose the appropriate input on the TV
with the TV remote.
2010-01-10, 07:05 PM
the VCR's instruction manual explains how to connect the VCR to your TV set, and what input on your tv you need to select, usually its A/V, but many people still use CH3.
As to the HD programs downconverted to 480i/p via the av2 out, I had no idea it keeps the 16:9 aspect ratio, thats pretty neat. So I can connect this to my DVD Recorder, and it will play back in 16:9 480p? thats wickd. I tried connecting my 4250 HD box to my dvd recorder and record a hd show, but it does not keep the 16:9 aspect ratio, it letterboxes it, and when i record it to my dvd recorder, its squished even more cus it now stretches the letter box.
kitcat: Everything is explained in the following link in great detail, including selecting the appropriate input to record: If you don't select the appropriate input, you're going to record static because there's nothing there to record.
Once everything's connected, you can check the connections by viewing the programme on the TV "through" the VCR, assuming the TV and VCR are on the correct inputs.
Please also see the following post, useful for those new to the forum - FAQs, Search Tips, Optimization, etc:
2010-01-10, 09:43 PM
thanks for the information. I am uncertain about one thing, can I not just plug in the VCR and plug in the video/audio cables from PVR to VCR? I disconnected my VCR from the whole TV set up when I got the PVR and I cannot remember how it was connected all together with the TV and did not want to bother when I hardly use it
2010-01-10, 11:57 PM
yes you can. cus in the FAQ, it explains all that. it also educates you on why it needs to be hooket that way.
Sure you can just connect the PVR to the VCR and record, provided you make the correct connections and select the proper input. However, this will not allow you to see what's on the VCR, so it needs to be connected to the TV to see what you've recorded and the TV needs to be on the appropriate input for those connections.
All of that is outlined in the FAQ, as mentioned by Paolo.
2010-01-11, 10:16 AM
your vcr can record from the built in tuner which is the channels 1 to 225 from the cable connection, you know, the one where you screw on the cable. Your VCR also has an AV input, with RCA connectors you can for example connect camcorder or dvd player to here, or in your case, a Rogers Cable Box.
Your VCR owners manual clearly explains how to tell your vcr to "tune" into the appropriate input. in the case of yours, yours was probaly tuned into a CATV channel, and you dont have any CATV wire hooked up to the RF In on your VCR, hence the static you recorded. just tell your vcr to use the input probaly labeled AUX or AV1 or something, and make sure your pvr cables are connected into that, so we dont see another post about you recording a black screen next time cus you had the wrong AV input selected, lol.
2010-01-16, 05:30 PM
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned before, but much to my surprise, I recently discovered that while doing a Copy to VCR, one can
simultaneously record 2 different programs and watch a previously recorded program.
Yep, can do, but it's not usually recommended to push the unit that hard. I always try to do my recordings when I'm not watching, etc. With timeshifts and various replays, it's often possible to have the device only doing 1-2 things, instead of 3-4.
2010-01-17, 01:39 AM
I'll take your advice on not pushing the PVR that hard. Actually, it was just a
2 minute experiment to see if it could be done.
2010-01-19, 09:47 AM
Is it possible to copy PVR Recordings to a portable hard drive to open and play on a computer???
No, the files are encrypted. See the following FAQ on Recording HD for more information on that topic.
See also the following post, useful for those new to the forum - FAQs, Search Tips, Optimization, etc:
2010-12-29, 02:51 PM
when trying to copy to my Toshiba DVD Recorder thru "Copy to VCR" function on my 8300 it records the audio from the live channel for some reason..... only way to make it work was to playback and record at the same time, how can I fix this? im using s-video and everything is connected correctly
Sounds like the analogue audio connections are connected to the incorrect output on the back of the PVR. Are you on output 2?
Also, lots of people have issues using copy to VCR and simply hit "play" to record at a time when they're not using the PVR instead of trying to do it in the background.
2010-12-29, 07:30 PM
I once had the same problem (with the correct OUT 2 audio connections). A PVR reboot fixed it.
2011-05-30, 11:20 AM
A friend of mine uses the 8300HD Copy to VCR function to a Sony DVD Recorder.
On playback from the Sony, he has to ramp up the volume on the TV speakers
for an acceptable listening level. If he makes a DVD on the Sony and plays it
from a DVD player, he has the same problem. When he switches back to TV
watching, he gets blasted out of the room. (forgets to lower volume on TV remote). I've checked all the audio options on the 8300HD and the Sony and I
can see no resolution for his problem. Any ideas ?
Make sure that the audio setting for the STB is on "fixed" and not "variable" when doing the recording. Another option, if he has the STB set to "variable" is to maximize the volume on the STB, otherwise the volume will be low and the S/N ratio will be small. However, it's always best to set the STB to "fixed" and let the downstream device control the volume: I'm assuming he's connected by HDMI to the TV - the digital (HDMI, Optical, Coaxial) outputs of the STB are not affected by the STB Audio Volume Control, but the analogue audio (red/white) outs are.
The setting is under "Audio: Volume Control".
http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=17719 Post 5
What happens when he plays a commercial DVD on the DVD Recorder - is the volume acceptable?
Note that he can programme the Rogers remote to control the TV's volume - outlined in the operating manual for the Rogers remote under "global volume lock". He can also programme the Rogers remote to turn the STB and the TV on/off under "Master Power".
2011-05-31, 12:37 AM
RE: Make sure that the audio setting for the STB is on "fixed" and not "variable"
Thanks; I forgot about the fixed/variable setting.
What happens when he plays a commercial DVD on the DVD Recorder - is the volume acceptable? ....yes
Note that he can programme the Rogers remote to control the TV's volume
My post was in error.He does use the STB remote for volume and TV power.
2011-10-29, 01:30 PM
I own a bell pvr 9200 and can burn already recorded content SD dvd's through the SD (tv2) output RF connections to a standalone dvd burner. Will Rogers HD PVR (8300) allow the same function, anybody know:o?
I realize that the Rogers pvr does not have tv2 output but it does have composite output, which would I would think downconvert any HD content to SD.
Thanks to the masses.
2011-10-29, 09:33 PM
Yes, indeed, the composite output of the 8300HD will downconvert HD content to SD. If the content was 16X9 HD it is letterboxed to 4X3 SD with bars top and bottom. If the content was 4X3 SD it is fed that way with no letterboxing.