How to Connect a VCR to a Flat-Screen TV

Flat-screen televisions are equipped with several jacks for connecting different types of equipment, including a VCR. Two sets of composite Audio/Video (AV) cables are needed to set up a VCR with a flat-screen TV using standard RCA-type AV jacks. The cables and jacks are color-coded for simplified hookups that should take less than five minutes.

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Insert one end of a set of composite AV cables into the AV IN jacks on the back of the TV, matching the yellow video plug to the yellow jack, the white plug to the left audio jack and the red plug to the right audio jack.

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Connect the other end of the cables to the AV OUT jacks on the VCR using the same color codes to match plugs with jacks.

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Attach a second set of composite AV cables to the VCR's AV IN jacks.

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Connect the other ends to the flat-screen TV's AV OUT jacks. This cable sends recording signals to the VCR for taping programs.

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Plug both components into a surge-protector power strip, which can then be connected to a wall outlet.