So Phillips VCR/CD --YRW cables--> Yamaha -> YRW cables TV, and no other connections?
If so, have you tried to manually change your TV to the analog input? Some TVs don't auto scan the input?
It couldn't to know your TV make/model too.
"As I said earlier, the RX-V385 is not capable of upconverting the analog video from the VCR and transmit to your TV over HDMI."
The OP said he has both the Yamaha digital and analog connected to the TV.
"The TV is a Samsung."
Need a model number. But the idea is to go into the TV menu and manually switch to the analog input.
1. Connect the Yellow/Red/White RCA outputs from the VCR to AV2 on the Yamaha. Run a Yellow RCA from Monitor Out on the Yamaha to the Analog Video In on the TV. On the TV will either by a Green RCA with a Yellow Ring or Samsung provided a special cable that looks like a mini headphone jack at one end and up to five RCA plugs on the other end (Red/Blue/Green and Red/White). The mini jack plugs into the TV (should be designated as something like Analog Input or similar). To watch the VCR, you will need to select AV2 on the Yamaha and Analog Video (or simply Video) on the TV.
2. Similar to above, except connect only the Red and White audio outputs from the VCR to AV2 on the Yamaha, and run the Yellow video output from the VCR to the TV. To watch the VCR, you will need to select AV2 on the Yamaha and Analog Video (or simply Video) on the TV.
3. Purchase an RCA to HDMI converter. Make sure this is RCA to HDMI and not the other way around. There are several to choose from on Amazon, all with varying degrees of success and ranging in price from $10 to hundreds of dollars. Simply connect the Yellow/Red/White RCA outputs from the VCR to the same colored RCA inputs on the converter, then connect an HDMI from the converter to one of the Yamaha's HDMI inputs. This will allow you to use the Yamaha as the switcher, eliminating the need to change the video input on the TV.
One more thing. There is the need for a USB cable to provide power for it. There is a USB port on my TV. Should that be good enough for it? Or do I need one of those charging cables like used for cell phones?