How to Program an Emerson VCR


While DVD players and discs have eclipsed VCRs in terms of sales and preference for home video viewing, VCRs can still have their uses, from watching your collection of VHS movies to recording TV shows when you don't have access to a DVR. Emerson's VCRs are generally easy to connect and simple to program and operate.

Things You'll Need

  • fresh batteries
  • composite audio/video cables
  • Connect the VCR by running a coaxial cable from the output of the cable/satellite receiver or wall outlet to the VCR's input, and from the VCR's output to the input of the television. Or, if your equipment supports higher-quality connections (i.e. HDMI) when not viewing through the VCR, hook it up by connecting composite cables from another output on the cable/satellite box to the VCR's input, and from the output to an auxiliary input on the TV.

  • Turn the equipment on and to the correct inputs and channels. Set the TV to the VCR's input to ensure that the VCR is connected properly and will record what you want it to.

  • Set the date and time by pressing "Menu" and selecting "Clock Set." Use the "Play" and "Stop" buttons to set each facet, and press "F.Fwd" to move on to the next. When finished, press "F.Fwd" or "C.Reset/Exit" to save the settings.

  • To record a program that is currently playing, insert a recordable VHS tape and press the "Rec/OTR" button; pressing it more than once sets different time intervals for how long to record.

  • To record a future program, press "Menu" and select "Timer Recording." Again, use the "Play" and "Stop" buttons to move the highlighted numbers forward or back, and "F.Fwd" to move on to the next. Start with the program number, and then the program type--once, daily or weekly.

  • Set the date, start time and end time using the same buttons, followed by the channel number and tape speed. Press "REW" to go back and make any corrections, and "F.Fwd" when finished. To set another recording, go through the same steps again.

  • When finished, press "C.Reset/Exit" to exit the menu, and "Power" to turn the unit off and save the program(s). The timer indicator will light up to show it is ready to record.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the tape you insert is recordable and rewound far enough to record the amount of time you want it to, and set to the desired recording speed.

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