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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9 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.

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