Originally Posted by FlaJon
Has anyone installed a dvd recorder-?
I am replacing a VCR installation with a dvd-r unit and have multiple problems. Most are caused by the replaced vcr having had "cable type" connections and the new unit not having them.
The goal is to have the input choices of cable/batwing to the dvd-r.
We have tried multiple configurations with no luck so far.
2004 Dolphin 32'
non-digital tv (but have recorder)
Wineguard Entertainment distribution system.
You picked a hard one John.
First as a review, most RV use an RF switching box (box with lots of antenna/cable type of connectors) to control which sopurce (cable, satelite, VCR) each consumer can connect to (front TV, VCR, bedroom TV). If you don't have this, stop reading now and give us more details.
This system takes advantage of the common denominator of the RF cable, the signal can be split with no power and then run some distance (front to back with no problems). However it does have some limitations.
As you said you have an DVD recorder and want to hook it into this system. The main problem being the DVD-R does not have RF inputs or outputs.
Actually this is similar to adding a DVD player to a system that only had a VCR before. There are two ways to do this: 1) purchase a combination DVD/VCR player and replace the VCR, very simple and uses exactly the same connections as the VCR. 2) purchase a DVD player (very few standalone DVD players have RF connectors) and hook it upto the VCR.
Let describe in more detail how to connect a DVD player to a VCR:
a) Leave the VCR connected to the switch box as it is now.
b) Install the DVD player and power.
c) Connect a three connector cable to the DVD player output. The red and white are the audio, the video connector will depend on whether the VCR has a yellow RCA input, or a mini-DIN (4 pin, see S-Video - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
). It may have both, if so, prefer the mini-DIN.
d) Connect the other end of the cable into the VCR input.
e) Using this system is pretty easy. All of the other controls on the switch box are the same. If you want to watch a tape on the VCR, select the VCR as the source on the switch box. If you want to watch a DVD, select the VCR on the switch box, and adjust the VCR to use as its input the VCR input. There is either a TV/Video switch, or you tune the VCR to a video input channel.
This basically uses the VCR as a video to RF converter for the DVD player.
But, you say, I have a DVD recorder.... Well this can be handle in a similar way. Buy another cable, probably the same one used earlier for connecting the DVD to the VCR, again, prefer the mini-DIN. This time connect an output of the VCR to an input of the DVD recorder. In this case you will be using the VCR as a tuner (RF to video converter).
All of this is fine and dandy, but there is one limitation and that is the qualify of an RF connection is limited to about 480V x 330H resolution (standard TV broadcast resolution). Note that DVD resolution is 480 x 700. This might be fine for the bedroom TV that is 22" or less, but the front TV is larger and you can see the difference.
The solution to this is to use yet another 3 wire cable as described above to connect the DVD player directly to one of the TV inputs. In this case to watch a DVD you would use the TV remote to select one of the alternate video inputs on the TV. The bedroom TV would still use the RF/VCR/DVD path to watch the same DVD.
Another problem might be that the DVD recorder only has one video output, in which case you will need either a passive or active splitter.
Last comment before I shut up. If the front TV is an HD TV, then the above description needs more work, mostly along the lines of hooking the front TV directly to the DVD recorder.
Good luck. Let me know if there are any questions.