Connecting a DVD Recorder to Virgin V6 or Sky Q

The latest set top boxes from Virgin and Sky have dropped the SCART sockets that people have traditionally used to connect up their DVD recorders. So how do you connect up your trusty DVD Recorder which only has analogue inputs? The answer is a HDMI to SCART convertor.

 

 

In fact all analogue connections have now disappeared completely and your only option is to use the digital connections, namely HDMI and Digital Optical. So how do you connect up your trusty DVD Recorder which only has analogue inputs? I had to solve this problem for a customer recently and this is how I did it.

Use a HDMI to SCART Convertor

The aim of the exercise was to maintain the highest quality digital picture produced by the Virgin V6, 1080p on my customer’s television, whilst at the same time producing an analogue signal (PAL/576i) that could be fed into the DVD recorder. This can be done by splitting the HDMI output from the Virgin V6 two ways, connecting one output to the television and the other to a HDMI to SCART convertor.

This is what I bought from Amazon to do the job:

  • ESYNiC HDMI to SCART Converter
  • ESYNiC 2 Way HDMI Splitter
  • AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI 2.0 Cable (pack of 2 HDMI 2.0 cables, each 0.3m long)

Power off all AV Equipment before connecting anything new

Before connecting things up make sure all your equipment is powered off at the wall socket. If you don’t you do this you will run the risk of a power spike across an HDMI connection damaging your equipment.

Install the HDMI splitter

The first step is to take the HDMI cable supplied with your set top box and connect one end of it to the set top box’s HDMI output and the other end to the input of the 2 Way HDMI Splitter. Then plug in the power supply for the HDMI splitter to an available socket, but don’t turn it on, yet.

Install the HDMI to SCART convertor

Next connect the two new HDMI cables to the outputs of the HDMI Splitter. One HDMI cable should then be connected to an available HDMI socket on your television and the other should be connected to the HDMI to SCART convertor. Now connect the USB power cable  for the HDMI to  SCART convertor into the USB socket on the back of the Virgin V6 or the Sky Q you’re using. Finally connect a SCART lead from the HDMI to SCART convertor and your DVD recorder.

Connect the DVD recorder to the television

If you haven’t already done so, connect up the DVD recorder to your television using either HDMI or SCART cables depending on what sockets are available. In my customer’s case I used an HDMI cable.

Turn on the power

If everything is connected you may now turn on the power to all your equipment as well as the HDMI splitter.

You should be able to record content from your Virgin V6 or Sky Q box to DVD as well as watch the same content at full quality (at least up to 1080p anyway) on your television. The recordings to DVD won’t be as high quality but at least you can keep play them whenever and wherever you like.

 

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30 Replies to “Connecting a DVD Recorder to Virgin V6 or Sky Q”

  1. Hi, followed the connection advice and bought the various converters and splitters recommended. One question though…how do you incorporate into this a Sky sound box ? Tried another splitter between the sound box and the other splitter to the Sky Q box, but whilst the DVD can playback, it can’t see the tv signal on the Sky Q Box to record? Any help would be gratefully received thanks.

    1. Hi Geoff,

      I haven’t tried this with a Sky Soundbox. However, I did try it with Sky Q Mini connected to a Yamaha AV Receiver and that worked OK.

      Sky wants you to connect Sky Q through their Soundbox to your TV. Therefore, I would put the HDMI splitter between the Soundbox and the TV in case there is anything proprietary happening between their two boxes. If you want to play the audio from your DVD player through the Soundbox you will need to have the digital optical cable connected between the TV and the Soundbox.

      What Sky Q box do you have? One potential issue I can foresee is if you have a Sky Q 2TB box and a 4K/UHD TV. It won’t work if the output resolution of the Sky Q is set to 2160p (4K/UHD) as the HDMI to SCART convertor only supports formats up to 1080p (Full HD).

      Let me know how you get on.

      Graham.

  2. Hi I have connected V6 box to my dvd recorder as suggested but on dvd source on tv all I get are coloured bars what am I doing wrong?

  3. Hello Graham,
    I have tried lots of HDMI to SCART converters, however they all suffer from a shimmer problem which is really annoying. I record the football from my Virgin 6 and the markings on the pitch are all broken up on playback. Are there any other solutions to this, is there any wireless option I could go for? My dvd recorder has only a scart connection. Hope you can help!
    Jude

    1. Hi Jude,
      Unfortunately, the quality of the picture recorded to a DVD recorder via a HDMI to SCART converter will never be great. The HDMI to SCART converter takes a 1080p digital input, downscales it to 576i and converts it to analogue. The DVD recorder then converts the analogue signal back to digital before storing it to the DVD. You are losing more than 7/8 of the original picture information plus you are introducing noise through the digital to analogue and analogue to digital conversion processes.

      If you are wanting to record at a higher quality than using a DVD recorder you might want to read a couple of my older posts: I wrote a post in March 2017 about HDMI to RF modulation – https://lifegray.com/2017/03/24/watching-sky-on-multiple-tvs-without-a-multiroom-subscription – to distribute HD quality signals from Sky Q/Virgin V6 over aerial cable to Freeview HD televisions. I also wrote a post in January 2018 about recording Freeview HD channels – https://lifegray.com/2018/01/15/watch-record-freeview-hd-channels-apple-tv – to a software digital video recorder.

      I hope that helps.
      Graham.

      1. Hello Graham,
        First of all many thanks for replying to my query, you are a gentleman. I had been happy enough with the quality of dvd recordings from my old Sky box even though it was analogue scart to scart. The Virgin tivo as you know has a hdmi. I am not particularly up to speed with technology so can you let me know how I could go about using another method, is there any wireless hdmi to scart possibility? I appreciate your kind help,
        Jude

        1. Hi Jude,
          I don’t know of any alternatives for converting HDMI to SCART that uses wireless technology. However, the HMDI RF Modulator, that I wrote about in March 2017, converts the HDMI output from the Virgin or Sky box to a Freeview SD or Freeview HD signal. This can be fed via a coaxial aerial cable into a DVD recorder (if it supports Freeview SD) or a Blu-ray recorder (Freeview HD). As there’s no conversion of the signal from digital to analogue and back again the picture quality will be pretty good. The downside is that the DVD/Blu-ray recorder will not have access to what’s playing on the Virgin/Sky box. Therefore, all recordings done this way will need to be timed.
          If you need more help please email info@lifegray.com
          Graham.

  4. Hello Graham,
    I followed the connection advice for my sky Q box to my dvd. So I could put some Chelsea programmes on my hdd before the channel gose off sky in June. The only think stopping me is the usb lead the pic is blank with hdmi 1 on it otherwise have no where to put it in my dvd. It’s 9 years old a Panasonic DMR-EX773EB. I have health problums eilepsy.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Dermot, I’d be pleased to help a fellow Chelsea supporter! First make sure all your devices are powered off. Then take the HDMI output from your Sky Q box and plug it into the HDMI Splitter. Connect one HDMI output from the HDMI splitter to your TV and the other HDMI output to the HDMI input of the HDMI to SCART Convertor. Connect the SCART output from the HDMI to SCART Converter to the AV2/EXT connector on your DVD using a SCART lead. To record from Sky Q you will need to select AV2 as your input source on your DVD/HDD recorder.

      I hope that helps.

      Graham.

  5. Hi Graham,
    I had a fulty splitter the HDMI light dose not work. And will have a new one from Amazon tomorrow. See how I get on then.
    Regards.
    Dermot.

  6. Hi,
    I am trying to connect a Virgin V6 box to a Panasonic DMR-EX85 DVD recorder and I am using a Neoteck HDMI to scart converter. The problem is that when I copy from the V6 box to the DVD recorder the picture jumps every few seconds. Can you suggest what I can do to remedy this ?

    Many Thanks
    Peter Morris

    1. Hi Peter, does the picture jump on the TV when you are recording or just when you play it back from the DVD? Sounds like something is running at a different frame rate to everything else and is not syncing properly. Have you tried turning everything off at the wall (Virgin V6, TV, DVD Recorder, HDMI SCART, Convertor etc) and trying again once the power’s back?

      1. Hi Graham,
        I think I have sorted it by altering the settings on the V6 box (from 1080 to 576. The picture is perfectly acceptable and it no longer has that annoying picture jump

        Many Thanks

        Peter

        1. Hi Peter, I’m pretty sure the ESYNiC HDMI to SCART was able to scan convert from 1080p to 576i. However, I’m sure the picture quality you are getting will be better as you’re not converting backwards and forwards.

  7. Hi graham

    I have just connected as described and can record sky on my DVD – thanks! However my tv now thinks that my sky Q box is on HDMI 4 and HDMI 1. When not running through splitter all is on HDMI 1.

    This Is only an issue when I press home on my sky Q remote as this switches to the auto detected HDMI 4 which is actually connected to my Apple TV box.

    Any ideas how I can get around this?

    1. Hi Bernice, what make of television do you have? Are you connecting the DVD to the TV using HDMI? If so, what HDMI port is the DVD connected to? I’ve seen something like this happen on my LG with an Apple TV 4K.

  8. Hi Graham I’ve managed to successfully set up my dvd recorder to record from my Virgin T6 box but I can now ony watch Virgin if I have my dvd recorder switched on. What have I missed? I’d prefer not to leave my dvd recorder on. Any help would be appreciated thanks.

    1. Hi Janet, sounds like you are watching your Virgin V6 via the DVD recorder. Are you using an HDMI splitter between the Virgin T6 and your television? One HDMI output to the television and the other output to the DVD recorder via the HDMI to SCART convertor.

      1. Hi Graham thanks for the reply. I’m not too sure. I know I have one HDMI lead from the T6 box to the splitter (it’s a 3 way splitter). I think I then have an HDMI cable from the dvd recorder to the tv (or splitter I can’t remember which) and one scart lead from the dvd recorder to the scart converter and the other scart from the dvd recorder to the tv. I have 3 HDMI inputs on my tv and they are all in use – one of them is the HDMI from the splitter to the tv. I will check this but do I need to use both scart sockets on the dvd recorder or just one from the recorder to the scart converter? It took me some time to get it all to work and apart from having to watch Virgin via my dvd recorder it’s not a bad picture.

          1. Hi Graham all is now sorted – decided to purchase 2-way splitter so less complicated than the 3-way one I had and the coloured lines were due to a faulty HDMI cable. Thank you so much for all your help.

  9. Hi Graham I forgot to say that I’d also used a HDMI cable from the recorder to the tv. I think I’ve gone overboard with this. I’ll have another look next week when I get a chance.

    1. Hi Graham have linked up as advised but cannot get T6 via dvd recorder just coloured bars saying PAL. I have pressed the button on the splitter but to no avail. Any ideas would be welcome

  10. Hello
    I would like to have some help please can you tell me I have just got the Panasonic DMR-EX97 it got every thing I need but I try to copy from sky there is no scart or no av1 or av2 is there any where on this item I can copy I have few hdmi cables and scart it be big shame that I can not use sky but only freeview

    1. Hi John, unfortunately, your specific DVD/HDD recorder will only record from the internal Freeview HD tuner. You could convert the output from your Sky box into a Freeview HD compatible channel using an RF modulator. However, it is unlikely you would be able to record that as there would be no TV Guide information transmitted with the signal.

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