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How to record HDMI to video recorders

Updated April 17, 2017

HDMI is an acronym which stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. Most of the high definition products manufactured today (such as TVs, Blu-ray disc players and PlayStations) come equipped with HDMI functionality. The HDMI interface on these devices is used to send and receive a high definition digital video signal along with a surround sound audio signal from one device to another device via a single cable. To record video from an HDMI source to a standard definition video recording device (such as a VCR or DVD recorder), you'll need to use an HDMI converter to convert the signal to standard definition.

Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI output of the source device. Connect the other end of the cable to the HDMI input port on the HDMI to composite video converter.

Plug one end of the red, white and yellow AV cables into the red, white and yellow AV-out jacks (respectively) on the HDMI to composite video converter. The red AV jack is typically labelled audio "R," short for right. The white AV jack is typically labelled audio "L," short for left. And the yellow AV jack is typically labelled "Video."

Connect the other end of each AV cable into the matching coloured AV input jacks on the VCR or DVD recorder device.

Use another set of AV cables to connect the AV output from the video recording device to the AV input jacks on the TV. Again, remember to colour-coordinate each AV plug to the AV jack you insert it into.

Connect the converter's power cable to its power port, then plug the other end of the cable into a power source.

Turn on the TV, video recording device, converter and source device.

Continuously press the "Input" or "Source" button on the TV remote control to change its source setting to "AV." Continuously press the "Input" or "Source" button on the VCR or DVD recorder's remote control to change its source setting to "AV."

Insert a DVD disc or VHS tape into the VCR or DVD recorder.

Use the "Mode" or "Speed" button on the device's remote control to set your preferred recording speed.

Press "Record" on the video recording device. And, if necessary, start playback on the HDMI source device to begin recording the video.

Push "Stop" on the video recording device to end the recording.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI cable
  • 2 sets of AV cables
  • HDMI to composite video converter
  • VCR, or DVD recorder
  • DVD-R disc, or Blank VHS tape
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Maya Austen began freelance writing in 2009. She has written for many online publications on a wide variety of topics ranging from physical fitness to amateur astronomy. She's also an author and e-book publisher. Austen has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the New England Institute of Art and currently lives in Boston, Mass.