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Need Help with DVD recorder (HDMI) to record off DVR
Babyboy
Newbie

I purchased a philips dvd recorder a few years ago and need  help in setting up to record my DVR program recordings. The philips user manual is not very helpful being I'm trying to set-up with just using HDMI cables.  I have a HDTV (Vizio) with a HDMI port; a DVD recorder with HDMI port and my Verizon set-top box have a HDMI port.  How do i get it all to work and be able to record/copy programs from DVR to my DVD recorder?   Do anyone have suggestions on how to set up wiring.  Thanks.

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Re: Need Help with DVD recorder (HDMI) to record off DVR
ekem015
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Sorry, I forgot about that last connection. Yes, you want to connect an HDMI cable from the HDMI out on the DVD to an HDMI in on the TV.

Yes, you will need either component or composite cables from the STB to the DVD player because the STB only has one HDMI output, which is going to your TV.

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Re: Need Help with DVD recorder (HDMI) to record off DVR
ekem015
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First keep in mind that DVD is not an HD format, so you will not be able to record HD shows in HD; they will be in letterboxed 4:3.

The FiOS STB only has one HDMI (out) port. Therefore, you will need to use some other output from the STB to the DVD recorder. Component, or even composite/RCA, because it's not going to record in HD anyway to DVD, will work just fine. Then you want to set your DVD player to whatever input you used to connect from the STB; i.e. mine uses "Input 1" for my composite connection.

If you turn on your STB and DVD, this will record whatever the STB is outputting to a DVD if you press record on the DVD recorder. This includes all of the program menus and any other on-screen graphics on the STB, and this means you cannot change the channel if you are recording from your STB. You can shut your TV off, but you will not be able to watch another show while recording one to DVD.

Your DVD player might give you an HDCP message at first when the recording starts if it's getting an HD input, but that should go away after a few seconds, at least for my Panasonic DVD recorder with a composite connection.

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Re: Need Help with DVD recorder (HDMI) to record off DVR
Babyboy
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thanks for replying to question.   Please bear with me for a moment.  Let me see if I understand this correctly.  I have to use another component from my set top box (output)  to my DVD recorder (input) ? 

And is there wiring diagram neeed for my DVD recorder and TV?   Is there any connectivity needed between them? Or do I just need to connect DVD recorder and set top box?

Thanks.

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Re: Need Help with DVD recorder (HDMI) to record off DVR
ekem015
Specialist

Sorry, I forgot about that last connection. Yes, you want to connect an HDMI cable from the HDMI out on the DVD to an HDMI in on the TV.

Yes, you will need either component or composite cables from the STB to the DVD player because the STB only has one HDMI output, which is going to your TV.

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Re: Need Help with DVD recorder (HDMI) to record off DVR
Babyboy
Newbie

Thanks for this helpful information.  It worked.  It really appreciate it!: smileyhappy:

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