I didn't purchase this unit to record, just wanted something that my mother could watch her old tapes on, but, it can with a work around be configured to record if that is what you wish. It more than serves the purpose for which it was bought.
Yes, it is capable of VCR recording from the T.V. as long as you supply the cables necessary to connect from an appropriate T.V. monitor to the input ports on the V.C.R. (2 sets are supplied) There is also a timed recording function that can be programmed in using the remote control and instructions. I hope this helps.