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How to record a movie from the TV to the USB stick

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How to record a movie from the TV to the USB stick: After discovering that your favorite movie will be shown on TV, you have planned your evening on the sofa at home, eating popcorn in total relaxation. Suddenly you remembered that just that same evening you promised some friends to go out for dinner, however you are not going to miss your favorite movie and you are looking for a solution that allows you to watch it as soon as you return home. Did I guess? Well, then you must know that, if you are not going to dust off your old VCR or to rely on video on demand services, you can take advantage of the USB flash drive recording function.

Not everyone knows that the latest generation TVs allow you to record TV programs directly on USB sticks, with the possibility of setting a recording timer even when the TV is turned off. How do you say? Not sure if your TV supports this feature? Quiet, with today’s guide I will show you how to record a movie from the TV to the USB stick  even on older television models and that do not have a USB port as standard.

So come on, let’s not waste any more time chatting and let’s get to work immediately: dedicate another five minutes to reading the next paragraphs, carefully follow the instructions I’m about to give you and choose the solution that you think is best for your needs. I’m sure you will be able to enjoy your relaxing evening without time constraints. Enjoy your reading and, above all, enjoy!

TV with USB socket

The latest generation TVs have one or more “standard” USB ports and some models are enabled to record the contents transmitted on TV on external media, such as hard drives or USB sticks.

To find out if your TV has this function, you need to consult the user manual of the device or check that near the USB input (located on the back or on the side of the TV) there is a sticker that carries a wording between HDD RecUSB Rec / Play , USB Recording , PVR (Personal Video Recorder) or DVR  (Digital Video Recorder).

After making sure your TV is USB flash recording enabled, you can take action. Then take your key, insert it in one of the available USB sockets and automatically a window will open to initialize the key with the TV.

If not, manually access the television menu by pressing the appropriate button on the remote control (usually the Menu or Home button ), select the Settings item , locate the section relating to USB recording and start the formatting  procedure of the unit. To take advantage of the key recording function, in fact, you must initialize the USB stick which will be formatted in a proprietary format to ensure the protection of content in terms of copyright. This means that recorded videos cannot be played on computers or other TV models.

Then proceed with the formatting, making sure that the key to be used does not contain important files: the initialisation of the USB support, in fact, involves the deletion of all the files present inside it.

Once formatting is complete, you are ready to record movies from the TV to the USB stick. Then tune in the channel you want to record and press the red button (or the Rec button ) on the remote control to start recording the program you are watching. To stop the recording, however, press the red button again (in some TV models, press the Stop button identified by a white square ) and the recording will be automatically saved on the USB stick.

Alternatively, you can set a  recording timer , which allows you to record an uninitiated program, even when the TV is turned off. Then press the Guide button on the remote control, find the movie you want to record, select it using the directional arrows on the remote control and press the red button to set the timer and start recording when the movie starts.

To view the recordings made, press the Menu button on the remote control, access the Media Player section  of the TV and select the recorded TV item to view the video files, then use the directional arrows to  select the recording you want to watch and press the OK button to start it reproduction. Alternatively, you can press the External inputs button on your remote control (usually it is the button identified by an arrow inside a rectangle ), select the USB option and press the OK button to access the list of video recordings.

In conclusion, you need to know that the recording video quality and recordable channels (digital, radio, analog) change from model to model of TV. Therefore, I advise you to consult the user manual of your TV or the manufacturer’s website to know all the details of the recording function on a USB stick.

TV without USB socket or not recording-enabled

Not all TVs with USB sockets have a recording function. However, through some devices to be inserted in the SCART socket of the TV, it is possible to record films on a stick, and the same method is also valid for TVs not equipped with a “standard” USB socket .

The solution to remedy this lack is the use of a  digital terrestrial decoder with USB input to be connected to the TV via SCART socket. Devices of this kind, in fact, allow you to watch digital terrestrial channels, play the files contained on a USB stick and, in fact, record films transmitted on TV on an external USB support.

You should know that, however, there are decoders with USB input also not enabled for recording: before purchasing one of these devices, make sure that it supports recording on a USB stick (such as those listed below).

After purchasing the device in question, connect it to the SCART socket of your TV, turn on the two devices and insert the stick into the USB input. To start recording, tune in to the channel you want to record and press the Rec button  on the remote control of the decoder, then press it again to stop recording.

Using a terrestrial digital decoder with a USB input, you can record all the contents of the TV even when it is turned off: the important thing is that the decoder always remains on. To view the recordings, simply press the Menu button on the remote control and select the USB Film  item from the menu that opens.

Register with VCast

If your TV is not enabled for recording on a USB stick and the alternative solutions that I have proposed do not excite you, you can consider VCast : an online service that allows you to record all the programs broadcast by free-to-air digital terrestrial broadcasters (a exclusion of Mediaset channels).

To use the service, connected to the VCast website and press the Log in button at the top right, then click on the Register item , enter your data in the Email , Password and Nickname fields, affix the check mark next to the item Accept the Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions and presses the Register button . Within a few moments you will receive an email containing a verification link: then press the Confirm the email button to complete the activation procedure.

By creating a new account, you are entitled to a 15-day free trial of the Premium + Profile with all the VCast features active. After this period, you can decide to continue for free with the possibility of recording content in low definition and for a total of 8 hours per month, otherwise you can subscribe to one of the available subscriptions starting from 2.60 euros / month. Connect to the VCast website to compare prices and features of the various subscriptions available.

To set up a recording with VCast, log in to your account and click on the icon of the three horizontal lines at the top to access the TV Guide , then select the program of your interest and press on the Record item . Alternatively, access the Manual programming section (a round icon ), enter a title in the Registration title field  and click on the item Choose a channel to set the channel to be recorded, then select the cloud on which to save the recording (besides to VCast Vcloud, you can link your Dropbox accounts ,Google Drive , One Drive and PCloud ) and set the resolution and recording format . Finally, indicate the start date , the start time and the end time of recording, click on the Record button and you’re done.

To view the list of recordings, click on the cloud icon at the top and click on the ▶ ︎ button to watch the streaming recording. If your intention is to watch the film recorded on TV via the USB stick, press the arrow icon facing down to download the recording to your computer, then transfer the file to your stick and insert it into the USB socket of your TV for enjoy watching. For detailed steps, you can read my guide on how to see USB flash drive on TV .

To learn more and learn about other solutions to record TV channels, you can read my guide on how to record TV programs instead .