How Do I Transfer Movies from a DVR Recorder to DVD?

by Colin Barrett
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Television and video recordings stored in your digital video recorder (DVR) are instantly accessible for TV viewing, but cannot be copied easily to DVD without additional equipment. You can transfer unencrypted standard definition television and video recordings to disc by connecting the DVR to a DVD recorder using good-quality analog video and audio cables.

Step 1

Switch on your TV and DVD recorder. Check that the recorder is functioning properly by inserting and playing a pre-recorded disc.

Step 2

Insert the yellow, red and white RCA jacks into their corresponding "Output" sockets at the rear of the DVR, and connect the plugs at the other end of the cable to the "Input" sockets on the DVD recorder. If you have "S-Video" connectors, use those instead of the yellow RCAs. Select the DVR video recording to be copied and press "Play."

Step 3

Select the appropriate external video input on the DVD recorder, such as "L1," "L2" or "AV In." The video pictures and sound should now loop through to the TV.

Step 4

Insert a blank disc into the DVD recorder and wait for it to format. When complete, put the recorder into "Rec Pause" mode in readiness to record. Start the video playback on the DVR and simultaneously start the DVD recording.

Stop the recording at the end of the transfer and review the contents of the DVD, checking that picture and sound quality are acceptable. Change the recorder's compression quality settings and repeat the process if necessary.


  • Note the duration of your DVR recording and make sure that the blank DVD can accommodate this. If necessary, change the recorder's compression setting, and make a test recording using a re-writable disc.


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About the Author

Colin Barrett started writing in 1995 for UK consumer publications such as "Camcorder User," "Computer Video," "Mac User" and "Computer Buyer." Having gained a Higher Diploma in educational technology at Plymouth College of Art and Design (UK) and has enjoyed a professional career in educational media production since the late 1970s.

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