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Panasonic DVD Recorder DMR E55 issues

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by Lordfozzie, Feb 17, 2005.

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  1. Lordfozzie

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    I have the following set up.
    Sony TV with 2 AV scarts
    NTL Cable (Samsung) Set Top Box with TV scart and Video scart
    Panasonic DVD Recorder with w scarts

    Configuration:
    RF from STB to DVD to TV
    Scart from DVD Recorder to AV1 on TV
    Scart from STB to AV2 on TV

    All functions well, on pressing play on DVD Recorder, dvd plays and TV input changed automatically from AV2 to AV1. Records OK too.

    I now want to add a Sony VCR. For optimum config and performance, should this be connected via scart to the DVD Recorder or the STB? I have tried the DVD recorder and loopthrough does not occur on playing a video. I have to manually set the TV line in to AV1. Would connecting the video input of the STB be better and provide this functionality?

    Any help appreciated...
     
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    Probable reasons why the VCR wont loop through the DVDR are
    1) Scart lead not connected to VCR output scart
    2) DVDR input set to RGB not composite.

    Changing one, or both, of these should solve the problem in you current set up. Connecting to the VCR socket on the STB may work as this goes direct to the TV, but how will you record from the STB, via RF? If so, this is the worst possible way to record from the STB IMO. However, I think a better way to set these up would be

    STB TV scart to E55 AV2 (both set to RGB if possible)
    E55 AV1 to TV AV1 (assuming this is the RGB compatible one)

    This will allow you to record from the STB via RGB (best available). To add the VCR you have two options.

    1) VCR scart out to TV AV2 (composite) but you will not be able to record from VCR to DVDR.
    2) VCR scart out to E55 composite input (AV4 i think) via a scart to 3 phono lead cable (not too expensive). E55 will have to be turned on and AV4 selected to view VCR, but will also be able to record the output provided it is not copy protected.

    HTH

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  3. Lordfozzie

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    Thankyou. I will look at what you suggest, which makes sense.

    In the meantime, I did the following (on advice from NTL):

    DVDR to AV1 on tv
    STB "tv scart" to AV2 on tv
    VCR output to "vcr scart" on STB.

    If I set the record programme on the vcr to "L1" I get the cable signal direct from STB and record quality is good (though I have seen better), also in stereo. Loop through works too. DVDR functioning OK through AV1.

    Granted, can't do vcr to DVD and will try your suggestion now..

    One question: how do I ensure I get RGB? In the setup, presumably?

    Thankyou for your assistance..

    Steve
     
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    RGB is one of the settings in the services menu -> picture settings. I have the old PACE box but the Samsung box should have the option for Composite or RGB.

    With the setup advised by NTL I cant see how you will record NTL onto DVDR, other than RF which as I said above is the worst possible solution. Belive me it will be worth the extra cost of the cable to enable RGB recording.

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