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Is there a DVD recorder with HDMI input? Yes and No

Is there a DVD recorder with HDMI input?

Last updated on February 2nd, 2024 at 10:43 am

In these days of HD video, HDMI features prominently in the digital video world.

It’s truly a versatile video connector that’s in popular use with HDTVs, computers. TV boxes, game consoles, Blu-ray , HD DVD players and even mobile devices like smartphones.

You can easily transport high-definition video and audio to supported devices through a single cable.

That said you may be wondering if you could enjoy the same facility through a DVD recorder.

You may have looked for an HDMI input in your DVD recorder without success.

So, is there a DVD recorder with HDMI input?

The answer, sadly, is no.

DVD recorders don’t come with HDMI inputs. You can only find HDMI connectors on DVD players. They’re HDMI-out ports.

Why No HDMI Input in DVD Recorders?

The reason is DVD recorders have to adhere to the HDMI specification.

The specification requires manufacturers to incorporate a copy-protection feature called High-Definition Copy Protection (HDCP) for using the HDMI label on any device.

The whole idea is to prevent unauthorized copying of video content. So, even if there’s an HDMI input in your DVD recorder, no video signal can be recorded because an HDCP-encoded signal is unrecordable.

So, DVD recorders have only HDMI output which can be connected to your TV. Connecting an HDMI cable from a DVD recorder to your HDTV doesn’t involve any copying. It is just to play back a DVD.

This is much similar to Macrovision in DVD players and recorders which prevent DVDs from being copied.

Analog Connection Recording Option

The recording option you have is through analog input connections like RCA or S-Video.

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