How to Copy Movies From TV to DVD Discs

by Stephen A. Powell
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Enjoying movies in the comfort of your home does not have to be expensive. Copying your favorite movies from TV for future playback once required the use of a VCR and VHS cassette tape. You now can record from your TV onto blank, writable DVDs using a DVD recorder. Connect your TV and DVD recorder with an HDMI cable for the best possible video and audio quality. Otherwise, use an RCA cable.

Step 1

Connect a DVD recorder to your TV. Insert one end of an HDMI cable into the DVD recorder's HDMI port, if applicable. Insert the other end of the HDMI cable into the TV's HDMI port. Alternatively, you may insert one end of an RCA cable into the DVD recorder's color-coded "Line In" port. Insert the other end of the RCA cable into the TV's color-coded "Line Out" port.

Step 2

Load a blank, writable DVD into the DVD recorder.

Step 3

Tune your TV to the movie that you want to record onto the DVD disc.

Step 4

Push the "Record" button on the DVD recorder.

Step 5

Push "Play" on your TV, remote or DVR, if the movie is not playing live from a network. Otherwise, skip this step.

Push "Stop" on the DVD recorder when the movie ends. The movie is copied from your TV onto the blank, writable DVD and is available for playback at anytime.


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About the Author

Stephen A. Powell is a tenured, versatile music writer based in New York. After honing his skills at St. John's University and City College (CUNY), Powell took his writing and media development services to XXL Magazine, SiTV and One Networks among other media outlets. Powell's love of language arts and desire to help others realize their full creative potential are pervasive throughout his work.

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