How to connect a VCR to a TV


Despite the fact that such household appliances as a VCR have already become almost a rarity, there is a circle of users who continue to use it. In most cases, this is due to important events recorded on such media, or to favorite old films, viewing of which refreshes memories of significant events. To play back the recording, it is important to know how to connect the VCR to the TV correctly.

Connecting a video recorder to a TV

Existing connection options

Installation of equipment without problems is carried out using the instructions that are attached to each type of device. When it comes to connecting technology of different generations into one system, many questions can arise. A striking example is the playback of a recording from a VCR. A variety of plugs and connectors dictates different options for connecting all elements. In view of this, there are a number of ways to connect equipment, namely:

  • via coaxial cable;
  • connection with RCA cable;
  • using a SCART cable.


The algorithm for connecting devices in each method consists of sequential actions. Mindfulness plays an important role. Incorrect connection of even one plug will not allow the system to start. To connect in the first way, using a coaxial cable, you must:

  • connect the cable to the VCR RF/COAX Out and TV RF/COAX/ANT In;
  • turn on the radio, set the number of any TV channel through which the recording will be played.

Coaxial cable


Connecting the VCR in the second way, via an RCA cable to the TV, must be done with the equipment switched off from the mains. Caution is necessary for safety reasons so as not to damage the contacts of the device. So, you can connect the video to the screen as follows.

  1. Take a cable with a yellow plug, connect the Video out output of the VCR to the TV’s Video1 or Video IN connector. For convenience and the ability to quickly understand the scheme, manufacturers do connector shell color identical to the required plug, but it is better to navigate by the inscriptions near the socket, as mismatches sometimes occur.
  2. In the same way, the white and red plugs are connected to the Audio out output of the VCR, as well as the Video1 / Audio IN connector on the TV.
  3. Connect the radio to the power supply, then turn on the equipment using the «Start» / «Start» button.
  4. Set the desired operating mode on the TV set. It can be Input 1 or Video1.
  5. If the steps are performed correctly, you can start playing the recording.

RCA cable


Better picture quality can be obtained by connecting a VCR via SCART cable. If your VCR does not have a SCART connector, you can use SCART-RCA. In this case, the cord connects the TV’s SCART output to the VCR’s RCA jack. When transmitting a signal only via S-Video, the cable SCARTSvideoRCAwhich has 2 «tulip» plugs.

The RF/ANT IN video output is designed to connect an antenna, which allows you to broadcast your favorite movies and TV shows.


Connecting a VCR if you have cable TV.

Many people are confused about how to connect a VCR to a TV if cable TV is being broadcast. To connect a stereo tape recorder with a set-top box connected to a TV, the algorithm is the same as when connecting via an RCA cable, only you first need to connect to the equipment for cable television broadcasting. To do this, the following series of actions are performed.

  1. First of all, you need to connect the coaxial cable to the receiver’s output for cable TV Cable out and the RF IN video connector. It should be noted that this connection excludes the possibility of translation channels from HD signal.
  2. Next, you need to work with an RCA type cable. To do this, the yellow plug must be connected to the Video out sockets of the receiver, on the VCR this will be the Video IN socket.

    VCR connectors

  3. The other two cables with red and white plugs are for the Audio Out and Audio In outputs, respectively.
  4. The next step is to connect the AV cable. First, the yellow plug to the Video out output of the VCR, and Video1 / Video IN of the TV, then the cords with the red and white tips to the Audio out and Video1 / Audio IN connectors, respectively.
  5. Upon completion of the manipulation of the cords, all devices should be connected to the mains. Each of them is launched separately.
  6. Set the TV to Input 1 or Video1, and the tape recorder to Cable.
  7. Channel switching is carried out by means of remote control set-top box for cable TV or using a universal remote control.

Before connecting the equipment, it is necessary to analyze all types of connectors on the equipment to determine the most optimal connection option. If there may be several ways, you can take as a basis the one that will transmit the highest quality video signal.


Connecting a VCR to a TV sometimes fails. Most often, users observe the sound overlay when watching channels or the absence of a signal. Occasionally, difficulties arise due to the lack of connectors necessary for connection.

If connectors are missing

If the VCR and TV have different connectors, for example, the old player has only a Scart output, and the TV has HDMI or tulips, then adapters will come to the rescue. It should be understood that their use can degrade the signal quality.

SCART to HDMI adapter

SCART to HDMI adapter

TV has no signal

If, after connecting, the TV does not receive a signal from the player, then the difficulty may be caused by incorrect settings, damage to the cable, plugs or connectors.

In the first case, it is recommended to reconfigure the equipment and make sure that the signal source on the TV is set to the connector where the VCR is connected. If the reconfiguration did not help, then it is worth checking the second option — for this a new cord and other connectors are used, if they are provided in the devices.

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Sound overlay

Sometimes there are situations in which the image from the player arrives without failures, but along with the audio from the tape recorder, the sound range of TV channels arrives. Most often, the reason is the position of the antenna — the signal from the video player is at low frequencies, and the antenna may interfere with it. It is enough to turn it a little, and the sound will come only from the tape recorder.

Attention! The recommendations for connecting devices mentioned the need to first disconnect them from the power source. This should also be done during reconnection, as there is a risk of a short circuit.

How to connect a VCR to a PC

The video player connects to the computer to digitize old VHS tapes. This will avoid a situation in which the film becomes unusable, or there is no device to view it. It’s no secret that floppy disks last many times longer than tape cassettes, so it’s worth protecting yourself and digitizing old family archives or films.

Connection via video card

There are several ways to connect an old video player to your computer. One of them is through the PC video card. To do this, the system unit must be inspected for available connectors. The simplest way is connection with tulips (RCA) subject to availability.

However, this connector is a rare guest in computers, and instead of it, you can find an S-Video input on the back of the case. It transmits only a video signal, but the sound can be broadcast through 3.5. In this case, you must use a mini-jack cable — 2RCA, a single plug is inserted into the computer’s audio jack, and the white and red plugs on the other side of the cord into the similarly colored audio out outputs on the video player.

mini-jack cable - 2RCA

mini-jack cable — 2RCA

Connection via TV tuner

Another way to synchronize is through a TV tuner. Set-top boxes are used to watch TV channels on a computer, but among other things, they have outputs for connecting a video player. The tuner itself can be connected via a USB connector, or it can be made in the format of a separate board.

Connection via video capture card

Such cards were created specifically to receive an analog signal for its subsequent digitization. These can be not only video players, but also camcorders. The video capture card can be connected via USB or to a free port on the motherboard. Regardless of the connection method, you will need download and install the latest driver, after which you can transfer the video from the cassette to the hard drive.

Video capture device

Video capture device

Important! The presence of a board, the correct connection and an up-to-date driver are not the only requirements for converting an analog image to digital. In addition, special software is required. Pinacle and EyeTV players will help you transfer, but the quality will drop significantly after it. You can improve it with special editors, a good example is the VirtualDub application.

In addition to a VCR, you can connect other video viewing devices to the TV, such as a modern DVD player. In addition, you can watch videos on the big screen directly from your laptop, you just need to know how to properly connect it to your TV. It happens that for some reason the TV does not see a laptop connected via HDMI. In this case, a thorough check of all components is necessary.


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