Freeview and VCR's

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Keith Hampson, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. Hi, I have freeview and wish to buy a hitachi vcr, what I would like to know
    is will this record in widescreen ok, 16:9 off my freeview, my signal output
    is set at widescreen. my dvd player has a option in the menu where I can
    select 4:3 or 16:9, is this the same on vcr's?.
    just would like to know before I plash out my money.

    Thanks Keith
    Keith Hampson, Sep 11, 2005
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  2. Keith Hampson

    Jukka Aho Guest

    So-called "anamorphic widescreen" (16F16 signal) can be recorded with
    all VCRs - even on decades-old Betamax models.

    The only potential problem is that your tv set might not automatically
    change to widescreen mode when you play back these tapes. If your
    Freeview box outputs so-called "line 23 widescreen signalling" (or "line
    23 WSS" for short) there's a good chance that it will be recorded on the
    VHS tape, and the tv set - guided by the signal on the tape - will
    subsequently change the mode automatically, but if it doesn't, you will
    have to resort to changing the mode manually using your remote.
    Jukka Aho, Sep 11, 2005
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  3. better to buy a good dvd-recorder which handles widescreen properly.
    panasonic dvd-ram or hard-drive recorders will do this better than
    resolution will also be better.
    Gary MacKenzie, Sep 11, 2005
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