Originally Posted by dvdharp
OK. I'm ready to go out and buy some cables tomorrow. Let me see if I follow.
I'm connecting the wall cable into my cablebox "cable in" That doesn't change.
2 -- Then I'm supposed to make an S-Video connection between the cable box and the new DVDR. There's only one S-Video socket on the cable box, so I'll connect that lone socket to the S-Video (in) on the new DVDR.
3--I'll also connect the L/R audio outs on the cable box to the L/R audio ins on the new DVDR. For this, I'll use those red/white/yellow three-pronged cables, but I'll leave the yellow one unplugged on each end.
This is the part where I might be confused:
4 -- I'm supposed to connect the L/R audio outs on the DVDR to the L/R audio ins on the TV. Like above, I'll use those red/white/yellow three-pronged cables, but I'll leave the yellow one unplugged on each end.
5- I'll also connect S-Video out on the new DVDR to S-Video in on the TV.
6- Finally, I think I'm also supposed to connect the component video out on the DVDR to the component video in on the TV ( Y, PB, PR) But the only component video in on the TV (see diagram) is in a section titled DVD IN. Is that still OK?
OK. I hooked up my new Panasonic, but without splitting the cable box l/r audio outs to DVDR in and TV in. I didn't get my splitters yet, and, as you'll learn by the end of this post, I may not need to split that signal. My TV works even with the new Panasonic DVDR shut off.
I pretty much followed the steps quoted above, except that I plugged in the yellow leads (video) on the 3 pronged red/yellow/white composite cables. I did this because at first, I was only getting sound on the VIDEO 1 TV setting (VIDEO 1 is for my DVDR; VIDEO 2 is set to my DVD player) when I played a DVD from the new DVDR. After fidgeting with the TV controls, I realized that the video was coming in on the COLORSTEAM setting, while sound, as it ought to, came in on the VIDEO 1 TV link. I suppose that this was so because the component prongs were plugged into a DVD IN setting on the TV, rather than on the same VIDEO 1 line that all the other DVDR plugs go into. And so even though It was suggested that I need not connect an S Video from DVDR out to TV in, I did anyway after taking out the component wire. So now, the sound and picture are synchronized and coming in on the VIDEO 1 setting.
Here's the thing; I can watch TV without turning on the new DVDR. I don't know why, based on what was posted in this thread. You might want to know, and this might be relevant, that the old co-axil hookups from my tv and STB to the old DVDR RF in/outs are still intact. But the old DVDR is unplugged. So me, not knowing a fraction of what you guys know about this stuff, am definitely confused.
I haven't gotten around to figure out how to record yet with my new DVDR. I think I'll do that tomorrow or the day after. But one quirk I noticed is that when I play a DVD on the new DVDR, the aspect ratios are always wrong for a store bought DVD. Those movies have a compressed sort of fun house mirror look to them, where the objects are somewhat thinner and taller -- how much thinner and taller depending on the proper or intended aspect ratio. I haven't figured out how to correct this yet, and am wondering if it's an adjustment I need to make on my new DVDR or on the TV. When I play a DVD that was recorded on my old Panasonic DVDR as opposed to a store bought DVD, the aspect ratio is correct.