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How Record from X1 HD to VCR (in SD)?

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How Record from X1 HD to VCR (in SD)?

---Have HDTV; forced to replace old cable box equipment with X1, Model: PACE PX022ANC;  XG 2v2-P;  CC SN: PKQPKLLMD + remote.
---To connect the cable box to the VCR (yes, dinosaur technology) we used a composite audio/video cable (triple plug cable with yellow, red, and white plugs on each end). On the X1 box, the white plug goes into L=Audio Out, R=Red plug, SD Video Out = yellow plug.  There is a plug in "Out to TV; there is a cable in "Cable In; on the far right side of the box there are microscopic words under which there is a cable.
---We are able to play old SD programs on the TV (although we don't really care about doing this).  
---We realize that if it worked, we would only be able to record programs on whatever channel the cable box is tuned to at the time.
---We have an HD signal, but can't record in HD.  We want to record in SD as the VCR only records in SD.  So it appears that we need to convert from the HD signal to an SD in order to record on the VCR.
---Is there an adapter we can buy to convert the HD signal to SD?  
---Or, is our cable box setup incorrect and so it prevents us from recording (in SD) a program from HD?  What alternative setup should we try?
---Note, forum posts we already read include: 

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/X1/Installing-VCR-DVD-recorder-to-X1-platform/m-p/1914369#M5271

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/X1/Installing-VCR-DVD-recorder-to-X1-platform/m-p/1909781#M5135

 http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/X1/connect-old-dvd-vhs-tape-player-with-new-xfinity1-box/m-p/2869019

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/X1/hooking-up-our-dvd-vcr-to-our-t-v/m-p/2879248

etc

---Appreciate your suggestions.

 


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Re: How Record from X1 HD to VCR (in SD)?

Try coax from cable box to recorder and coax out from recorder to tv and put the recorder on Channel 3, do you get a picture? 

Do you get a picture from cable box to tv, bypassing the recorder? If yes, there isn't much more that can be done., other than following ALL instructions included with the recorder.


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Official Employee

Re: How Record from X1 HD to VCR (in SD)?


KAJ4 wrote:

---Have HDTV; forced to replace old cable box equipment with X1, Model: PACE PX022ANC;  XG 2v2-P;  CC SN: PKQPKLLMD + remote.
---To connect the cable box to the VCR (yes, dinosaur technology) we used a composite audio/video cable (triple plug cable with yellow, red, and white plugs on each end). On the X1 box, the white plug goes into L=Audio Out, R=Red plug, SD Video Out = yellow plug.  There is a plug in "Out to TV; there is a cable in "Cable In; on the far right side of the box there are microscopic words under which there is a cable.
---We are able to play old SD programs on the TV (although we don't really care about doing this).  
---We realize that if it worked, we would only be able to record programs on whatever channel the cable box is tuned to at the time.
---We have an HD signal, but can't record in HD.  We want to record in SD as the VCR only records in SD.  So it appears that we need to convert from the HD signal to an SD in order to record on the VCR.
---Is there an adapter we can buy to convert the HD signal to SD?  
---Or, is our cable box setup incorrect and so it prevents us from recording (in SD) a program from HD?  What alternative setup should we try?
---Note, forum posts we already read include: 

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/X1/Installing-VCR-DVD-recorder-to-X1-platform/m-p/1914369#M5271

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/X1/Installing-VCR-DVD-recorder-to-X1-platform/m-p/1909781#M5135

 http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/X1/connect-old-dvd-vhs-tape-player-with-new-xfinity1-box/m-p/2869019

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/X1/hooking-up-our-dvd-vcr-to-our-t-v/m-p/2879248

etc

---Appreciate your suggestions.

 


Try turning off auto tune to HD, so you'll record the SD channel.

Official Employee

Re: How Record from X1 HD to VCR (in SD)?

Xfinity button to Gear Symbol to Preferences to Auto Tune to HD and press ok

Frequent Visitor

Re: How Record from X1 HD to VCR (in SD)?

--Tried your suggestion and got nothing.

--More background:
Cable box has red, white, and yell female conectors -- this port is called SD Out.a

We have connected the above with male connectors to the VCR and set the VCR to Record, but no signal is recorded.  It does not play on the TV when set to SD.

--3 Questions:
1) Does or should the cable SD port have a signal?
2) If not, how does one turn it on?
3) If there is a signal, what do we need to do to make the VCR play?

Thank you.

Official Employee

Re: How Record from X1 HD to VCR (in SD)?

Try coax from cable box to recorder and coax out from recorder to tv and put the recorder on Channel 3, do you get a picture? 

Do you get a picture from cable box to tv, bypassing the recorder? If yes, there isn't much more that can be done., other than following ALL instructions included with the recorder.

Frequent Visitor

Re: How Record from X1 HD to VCR (in SD)?

Yes, Yes!!  We rebooted the entire system and we can now record.  Many thanks for your suggestions.