When learning anything it is important to practice, hands on experience, experiment. So practice by recording a minute of any program. Your first few recordings should not be an hour long recordings of something you just have to see. They should be one minute recordings just for practice. Set the VCR to go on a couple of minutes from the time you are programing it and off one minute after that. Make sure you know what you are doing before you do anything important.
After you have mastered recording one program, set the VCR to record a minute of one channel and then a minute later to record a minute of another channel. You may never actually program the VCR to do two timed recordings, but when learning anything it is often a good idea to learn things in a little more depth than you actually plan to use them. This is an interesting way to practice the basics.
You also might want to time yourself, make it a race, by the time you get fast you will know it. I find I can go through all the steps to program a VCR in less than a minute.
One of the reasons people find programing a VCR difficult is that you have to give the VCR a fair amount of information. Of course the clock has to be properly set so the VCR knows what time it is and can turn the machine on at the proper time. But even after that is done you need to give the VCR quite a bit of information every time you record a program.
You will need to tell the machine
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I would like to say a bit to encourage you to learn how to program a VCR. The majority of households get basic cable, and a large minority get at least one pay channel. Basic Cable tends to cost about 30 dollars a month, close to 400 dollars a year, 4 thousand dollars a decade, it adds up. Learning to program you VCR takes a few minutes, one time cost, yet it opens up vast vistas of programing. The 24 hours of the TV schedule open up to you. By using your VCR you can gain greater control over what you watch and when. You, not the programmer, are in charge.
One difficulty with programing your VCR is that all those new opportunities may tempt you to view more, and TV can be a waste of time. Programing your VCR only gives you more control, if you control yourself. But programing your VCR can even help here. For example, you might decide to avoid watching programs live unless they are sporting events or news. If we only watched what we decided to watch 24 hours before hand, we might better manage our TV viewing.
There is a big movement to give up TV. Some people give TV up for a week. Catholics are supposed to give up something or choose some penance on Friday's outside of lent. Giving up TV might be a good choice, you could even record any program that you thought important for later viewing.
Last Updated November 8, 2004
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