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I need help connecting my SONY DVDirect Recorder to my DVR

Started 1293925138.913 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1294114192.737 by hckynut

I have watched the presentation for the DVDirect Recorder on both QVC and HSN and they have both indicated that it can be connected to a DVR to move items from it to DVD. I am unsure how to do that and I need help because I only have til Jan. 31 to return it if I can't make it work. Anyone know how to get that accomplished. If it matters I have a Brighthouse DVR Explorer 8300HDC. Thanks for your help.

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gardenman1293926847.0817988 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

You would connect the audio/video out from the DVR to the audio/video in of the DVD recorder. You could use any of several types of cables to do the job (component/composite/coaxial cable/HDMI, etc depending on the outputs and inputs) but that's the basic way of doing it.

You should be advised that it may not be possible to record some things to DVD from the DVR. There is some copy protection scheme that's been added to some digital content to prevent unauthorized duplication. I use my computer as a DVR and I've run into a few situations where I can't copy a recorded program onto a DVD because of copy protection. If you don't own the digital rights, they won't let you record it onto a DVD even if you have it on a DVR.

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Scarlett8111294111966.033379 PostsRegistered 12/23/2010

i have this and love it, you can also hook it up to your tv and play what's on the dvr. that's how i got around the scrambler good luck

befanatic1294112390.0639 PostsRegistered 2/20/2010

How did you hook it up directly to the TV?

Scarlett8111294113285.903379 PostsRegistered 12/23/2010

audio out and video out to sony dvr. i hope this helps

befanatic1294113918.47739 PostsRegistered 2/20/2010

Thanks so much. I will give that a try this weekend.

hckynut1294114192.73321279 PostsRegistered 5/20/2006Nebraska


I've never looked at the "inputs" on the Sony DVDirect. I have to presume this Recorder records information in only Standard Definition(SD), not High Definition(HD). If so, all you need to do is use the "Composite outputs on your DVR, called RCA plugs", to the "inputs" on the Sony.

These are usually Yellow-for Video/Red-for Right Channel Audio/White or Black-for Left Channel audio. If the DVR and this Sony Recorder have the "Component--Inputs and Outputs", those would give you a better video reproduction on your DVD than using the RCA Composite cables to connect the 2 devices.

Almost all newer electronics have "Inputs and Outputs". You always use the "Outputs" from the machine you are using that already has the saved programming or whatever on it. Then you use the "Inputs" on the machine on which you want to use to copy this information to DVD or other types of video/audio memory.

OUTPUTS TO INPUTS, and if one has HDMI Outputs and Inputs, so much the better. This will not only give you the best quality video and audio transfer, it will also only need just 1 cable to do this.


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