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Using the Audio/Video Cart

In the back corner of the LLC there is an audio/video cart which contains the following equipment:

  1. A television
  2. One "regular" VCR, capable of playing and recording NTSC video (North American standard), labeled "recording VCR"
  3. One multi-zone VCR, capable of playing and recording VHS tapes in any video signal format, labeled "VCR 2"
  4. Two region-free DVD players, capable of playing DVDs from anywhere in the world
  5. A selector box, used to choose which device is sending a signal to the TV and VCR 1

Using the audio/video cart, it is possible to:

  1. Play a DVD or VHS tape from anywhere in the world
  2. Copy a VHS tape from its native format to NTSC (copyright restrictions apply)
  3. Copy *some* DVDs to VHS tape (copyright restrictions apply)

Tips for using the audio/video cart:

  1. The television must ALWAYS be tuned to AUX. This is located between 112 and 2 on the dial
  2. VCR 1 (directly underneath the television) is for recording and playing normal, NTSC American tapes. VCR 1 also serves as the "record" VCR when duplicating foreign tape from VCR 2 or when recording a live broadcast from cable
  3. The small black box with wires running from the back (to the right of the A/V cart) is the selector switchbox. It determines which piece of equipment sends a signal to VCR 1 and/or is viewed on the television. The buttons on the selector switchbox are labeled

How do I play a DVD or VHS tape?

  1. Turn on the television. Tune it to the AUX channel, which is located between 112 and 2 on the dial.
  2. Push the button on the selector box that corresponds to the piece of equipment you need to use.
  3. Turn on the piece of equipment you intend to use, and insert the tape/disc. Press play.

How do I copy a VHS tape?

  1. Turn on the television. Tune it to the AUX channel, which is located between 112 and 2 on the dial.
  2. Push the button on the selector box labeled "recording VCR."
  3. Insert the destination tape into the play/record VCR.
  4. Insert the source tape into the multi-zone VCR.
  5. Press "record" on the play/record VCR
  6. Press "play" on the multi-zone VCR.
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