How to Hook Up a DVD Recorder to the Monitor Output on a PC

Written by james clark
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You can connect a DVD recorder to the monitor output of a personal computer with a special cable that transfers the signal so the recorder can capture video information from the PC. The connection is the same as hooking up a computer monitor to the computer's central processing unit (CPU). With both types of connections, a plug with wire prongs is inserted into the computer and standard RCA-type plugs on the other end connect to the DVD recorder. Because the plugs insert only one way, the connection is almost foolproof.

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Things you need

  • DVD recorder
  • Personal computer
  • RGB three-plug component-to-VGA cable, available at electronics and computer stores

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  1. 1

    Turn off the computer and the DVD recorder while making the connections.

  2. 2

    Connect the VGA end of the cable to the monitor output on the PC and tighten the two retainer bolts to hold the plug to the port. The VGA port resembles a trapezoid when viewed from the end and has 15 holes running in three rows. The VGA plug will insert in one direction only.

  3. 3

    Plug the other end of the cable into the DVI composite video jacks on the back of the DVD recorder. The RGB plugs are colour coded red, green and blue to match the corresponding video jacks on the back of the DVD recorder.

Tips and warnings

  • Connect an audio cable from the computer sound card to the DVD recorder to capture sound along with image. The best connection involves a Y-adaptor with a 1/8-inch mini-plug inserted in the computer's sound card. A standard set of RCA white and red audio cables plug into the two jacks on the Y adaptor and the Audio In jacks on the back of the DVD recorder.

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