User`s guide | ATI Technologies ATI Multimedia Center 8.1 Portable Multimedia Player User Manual

ATI Multimedia Center 8.1
User’s Guide
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Contents
Using Your ATI Multimedia Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Starting ATI Multimedia Center.................................................................... 2
Starting from LaunchPad........................................................................ 2
Starting from Windows® taskbar........................................................... 3
Online Help.................................................................................................... 3
ATI REMOTE WONDER™......................................................................... 3
Multimedia Center Configuration Tool ....................................................... 4
TV ...................................................................................................... 7
Video-In.................................................................................................. 8
Setting up TV ........................................................................................ 9
Sizing the TV display ........................................................................... 10
TV Feature menu.................................................................................. 11
TV keyboard shortcuts ......................................................................... 13
TV display settings............................................................................... 15
TV video settings.................................................................................. 17
TV Tuner settings ................................................................................. 18
TV Stills Gallery settings ..................................................................... 21
TV Schedule settings............................................................................ 21
ATI TV Bar .......................................................................................... 22
Channel Surfing.................................................................................... 23
Closed Captioning ................................................................................ 24
HotWords™ ......................................................................................... 26
TV Magazine ........................................................................................ 27
External Captions support .................................................................... 29
Secondary Audio Program (SAP) ........................................................ 30
Zooming and panning........................................................................... 30
THRUVIEW™..................................................................................... 31
Channel Lockout .................................................................................. 32
Parental Control.................................................................................... 33
Recording Video and still images ........................................................ 34
TV-On-Demand™....................................................................................... 36
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Personal Video Recorder .............................................................. 39
Personal Video Recorder settings......................................................... 40
One Touch Record................................................................................ 44
Achieving the best results with MPEG video recording ...................... 45
MulTView™................................................................................................ 47
MulTView audio requirements ............................................................ 48
MulTView keyboard shortcuts ............................................................. 49
Media Library .............................................................................................. 50
Filtering files ........................................................................................ 51
Converting media files ......................................................................... 52
Making Playlists ................................................................................... 52
External Captions support .................................................................... 52
Recommended content deletion ........................................................... 53
TV Listings...................................................................................... 54
Setting up TV Listings ......................................................................... 55
Getting around ...................................................................................... 56
Recording ............................................................................................. 56
Viewing ................................................................................................ 57
Views.................................................................................................... 57
Filter options......................................................................................... 58
Actors tab ............................................................................................. 58
Categories tab ....................................................................................... 59
Searches................................................................................................ 59
Favorite search ..................................................................................... 59
Movies tab ............................................................................................ 60
Schedules tab ........................................................................................ 61
Searches tab .......................................................................................... 61
Setting search parameters..................................................................... 62
Sports tab .............................................................................................. 63
Stations tab ........................................................................................... 63
Titles tab ............................................................................................... 64
Days and dates...................................................................................... 64
Stills Gallery ................................................................................... 65
Stills Gallery settings............................................................................ 65
CD Audio......................................................................................... 67
CD Audio keyboard shortcuts .............................................................. 68
CD Audio settings ................................................................................ 69
CD Audio preferences settings............................................................. 70
CD Database......................................................................................... 70
CD Audio Schedule settings................................................................. 71
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Video CD ......................................................................................... 72
Video CD Feature menu....................................................................... 73
Video CD keyboard shortcuts .............................................................. 74
Capturing still frames from Video CDs ............................................... 75
Zooming and Panning .......................................................................... 75
Video CD Display settings ................................................................... 76
Video CD Closed Caption settings....................................................... 77
Video CD Preferences settings............................................................. 78
Video CD Stills Gallery settings .......................................................... 78
DVD ................................................................................................. 79
What can I play on my DVD drive?..................................................... 80
Sizing the Video Display panel ............................................................ 80
Full-screen controls .............................................................................. 80
DVD feature menu ............................................................................... 81
DVD keyboard shortcuts ...................................................................... 82
Playing DVD-Video Discs ................................................................... 84
Selecting audio channels ...................................................................... 85
Setting up subtitles ............................................................................... 85
External subtitles .................................................................................. 85
Using the menus ................................................................................... 86
Searching DVD discs ........................................................................... 87
Selecting viewing angle........................................................................ 87
Parental Control.................................................................................... 87
Zooming and Panning .......................................................................... 88
THRUVIEW™..................................................................................... 89
Bookmarks............................................................................................ 89
Chapter Preview ................................................................................... 90
A/B Repeat ........................................................................................... 91
DVD Display settings........................................................................... 92
DVD Preferences settings .................................................................... 93
DVD-Video settings ............................................................................. 94
DVD Closed Captioning ...................................................................... 95
DVD-Video audio settings ................................................................... 97
S/PDIF .................................................................................................. 98
DVD Advanced Aspect Ratio settings ................................................. 98
DVD Schedule settings ...................................................................... 100
Region codes ...................................................................................... 100
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File Player ..................................................................................... 101
File Player Feature menu.................................................................... 103
File Player shortcut keys .................................................................... 104
THRUVIEW™................................................................................... 105
Zooming and Panning ........................................................................ 106
File Player Display settings................................................................ 107
File Player Preferences settings.......................................................... 108
File Player Closed Caption settings.................................................... 108
External Captions support .................................................................. 109
File Player Stills Gallery settings ....................................................... 109
File Player Schedule settings.............................................................. 110
Schedule ....................................................................................... 110
Schedule settings ............................................................................... 111
TV Out....................................................................................................... 112
Multi-Monitor Support .............................................................................. 113
Teletext ...................................................................................................... 113
Troubleshooting......................................................................................... 114
Audio problems ... .............................................................................. 114
Video problems ... ............................................................................ 119
DVD problems ................................................................................... 121
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
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1
Using Your
ATI Multimedia Center
This chapter explains how to use the special features that your
ATI Multimedia Center offers. The Multimedia Center is a
suite of products that provides TV, Video CD, CD Audio,
DVD, File Player, and Media Library in one package.
Starting ATI Multimedia Center 2
Online Help 3
ATI REMOTE WONDER™ 3
Multimedia Center Configuration Tool 4
TV 7
ATI TV Bar 22
Media Library 50
TV-On-Demand™ 36
Personal Video Recorder 39
MulTView™ 47
Media Library 50
TV Listings 54
Stills Gallery 65
CD Audio 67
Video CD 72
DVD 79
File Player 101
Schedule 110
TV Out 112
Multi-Monitor Support 113
Teletext 113
Troubleshooting 114
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Starting ATI Multimedia Center
Starting ATI Multimedia Center
Starting from LaunchPad
The LaunchPad
provides a convenient
way to start all your Multimedia Center features — just click
the feature you want. LaunchPad opens automatically when
you start your computer, or if you prefer, you can right-click
LaunchPad, and uncheck Load on Startup in the drop-down
menu.
• To dock LaunchPad, right-click it, then click Dock in the
menu. To change the docking position, right-click
LaunchPad while it is docked, point to Side , then choose a
location.
• To change the size of the LaunchPad when it is not docked,
double-click it or right-click it, and choose a size.
The buttons in the right side of LaunchPad let you access your
desktop settings, get Help, and close LaunchPad. If your
system does not have a TV tuner, Video In appears in place of
TV in the LaunchPad.
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Certain Multimedia Center features use some of the
same resources. If you try to start one of these
features while another is running, a resource conflict
message appears. You have up to four choices:
• Run both features with reduced performance, where
possible.
• Suspend the first feature while the other is active.
• Close the first feature.
• Press Cancel to continue without starting the second
feature.
Online Help
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Starting from Windows® taskbar
1
In the Windows taskbar, click Start, then point at
Programs .
2
Point at ATI Multimedia Center , then select
CD Audio, DVD, LaunchPad, File Player, TV,
Video CD, Media Library, or Configuration.
For information about using the ATI Multimedia Center
features, see the online help.
Online Help
Feature Help. Click the Help button in any display panel to
open the online help.
F1
Context-Sensitive Help. Context-sensitive help is always
available for each feature; just press the F1 key.
Tool Tips. Simply move the mouse cursor over a control to see
a description of its purpose. As you become familiar with your
ATI Multimedia Center, you may want to turn off Tool Tips —
click the Show Tool Tips checkbox in the Display tab (for more
information, see TV display settings on page 15).
ATI Desktop Help. For help on your ATI video card’s
graphics features, double-click the ATI icon in the lower-right
corner of your screen.
Internet. Click http://www.ati.com/support/index.html for
product support, including driver downloads, technical and
warranty information.
ATI REMOTE WONDER™
The ATI REMOTE WONDER replaces all the
functionality of a mouse in all Windows software
applications. If you have an ATI graphics card installed
in your system, you will also enjoy additional control
over ATI software. For complete information and
installation instructions, see the ATI REMOTE
WONDER Installation Guide that came with your card.
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Multimedia Center Configuration Tool
Multimedia Center Configuration Tool
When the Multimedia Center is running, you access settings via
the Settings dialogs. You can also use the Multimedia Center
Configuration Tool to access DVD audio settings, TV settings,
PC Check, file types, and skin settings for the following
purposes.
• To modify settings that do not change regularly
• To change settings and run diagnostics when the Multimedia
Center is not running
• To modify advanced settings that should only be changed if
absolutely necessary
To open the Multimedia Center Configuration Tool
from LaunchPad
Click the
Configuration Tool
button in the Launchpad. For information on LaunchPad, see
page 2.
from Windows® taskbar
1
In Windows taskbar, click Start, then point at Programs.
2
Point at ATI Multimedia Center, then select
Configuration.
Multimedia Center Configuration Tool
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To access DVD audio settings
Click the DVD tab in the Multimedia Center Configuration
Tool. Three audio settings are available.
Selection
Function
Enable Dynamic
Compression
Applies dynamic compression to the
overall dynamic range of the audio
(useful for low-volume listening and
for smaller speakers).
Output surround
compatible (Dolby
Pro Logic®) signal
Encodes the 2-channel stereo output
with Dolby Pro Logic information
(used for external Dolby Pro Logic
decoder/amplifier.
Add low-frequency
effects channel into
downmix
Includes the LFE (subwoofer)
channel in the 2-channel stereo
downmix (may be useful if you have
external subwoofers or want more
bass — this only affects DVDs with
true LFE data in the Dolby Digital 5.1
sound tracks).
The Multimedia Center supports standard DVD-Video, which provides
stereo and compressed, multi-channel surround sound using Dolby®
Digital or DTS® encoding. DVD-Audio (DV-A) is a separate standard,
which requires a DVD-Audio player.
If your graphics card is an ATI RADEON or later, Adaptive
Deinterlacing is available (see Deinterlacing in To set up the
Personal Video Recorder on page 41). Enabling this option
most often improves DVD playback quality.
To access TV settings
Click the TV tab in the Multimedia Center Configuration Tool.
The TV page provides settings for the Video Capture Source. If
your system has multiple video decoders, select the one that
Multimedia Center TV should use as its default.
To access file types
File Types displays how files are associated with different
Multimedia Center applications. Click the File Types tab in the
Multimedia Center Configuration Tool.
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Multimedia Center Configuration Tool
To access PC Check
PC Check evaluates your computer system to determine if it is
correctly set up for multimedia playback. If your computer fails
any of the tests, PC Check recommends corrective action.
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The test results are best estimates; they may not be
100% accurate.
In Windows Taskbar, click Start, point at Programs, point
at ATI Multimedia Center, then select Configuration.
A warning dialog appears, which identifies any pre-test
requirements you should be aware of.
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To start the tests, click the Run Tests button.
The tests last approximately 45 seconds. When they are
complete, you can click the Details button to see the test
results.
To access skins settings
Click the Skins tab in the Multimedia Center Configuration
Tool, and select skins for your Multimedia Center components.
Modern
Classic
Tranquility
Zero-G
TV
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TV
Watch Television on your
computer! You can
receive up to 125 cable
television channels and 70
antenna channels in
smooth, full-motion video
on the whole screen or in
a window.
TV delivers advanced
features: TV-On-Demand,
Closed Captioning,
Personal Video Recorder, Still Capture, Channel Surfing,
Scheduled Events, TV Listings, Parental Control, and more.
When you click the logo in the upper left corner of the display
panel, the “About...” notice appears. If you have more than one
feature installed, a Task menu displays available and active
features.
For information about using TV controls, see the online help
and Tool Tips.
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• All channels may not be available in all countries.
• Not all TV features are available with Video-In cards.
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TV
To start TV
from LaunchPad
Click the TV button
in the Launchpad.
For information on LaunchPad, see page 2.
from Windows® taskbar
1
In the Windows taskbar, click Start, then point at
Programs .
2
Point at ATI Multimedia Center
, then select TV.
You can also start TV from other Multimedia Center
features installed on your system. Click the ATI logo in
the feature’s control panel or display panel, then click TV.
Video-In
If there is no TV tuner in your computer system, a small control
panel is provided for recording video from external video
sources.
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If you have a Video-In card, the following dialogs and
features are unavailable:
• TV Tuner settings (see page 18)
• Channel Surfing (see page 23)
• TV-On-Demand (see page 36)
• Channel Lockout (see page 32)
• Parental Control (see page 33)
TV
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Setting up TV
The first time you start TV, you must complete the Initialization
Wizard. After that, the Wizard will not run unless you want to
re-run it in order to change settings. The Initialization Wizard
guides you quickly and easily through setting up TV channels,
Parental Control, Sound, Recording Format, and
TV-on-Demand.
Initialization Wizard
Click the Setup button, then click the Display tab.
Click the Initialization Wizard... button. The TV Channels
Initialization Wizard appears. Follow the Wizard’s instructions
to select cable or antenna, choose the broadcast standard, and to
scan for active channels.
Click Next >. The TV Parental Control Initialization Wizard
appears. Follow the Wizard’s instructions to set or change your
Parental Control password.
• Passwords are optional, case-sensitive, and must
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be at least three characters in length.
• If you forget your password, you will have to uninstall
and reinstall your TV software.
If your computer has an ATI ALL-IN-WONDER video card and
an ATI TV WONDER video card, clicking Next > opens the
MulTView™ settings page, where you can enable MulTView
(Picture in Picture), specify the MulTView window position,
and enable dual monitor display.
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MulTView is not available with ALL-IN-WONDER VE
cards.
Click Next >. The Sound Initialization Wizard appears.
Follow the Wizard’s instructions to set up your audio
connection. Line-In is the most common connection.
• If you do not hear TV audio, ensure that the TV is tuned to a
broadcasting channel, and that you have made the correct
audio connections. See Troubleshooting on page 114 for
more information.
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TV
Click Next >. The Recording Format Initialization Wizard
appears. Follow the Wizard’s instructions to select the default
recording format.
Click Next >. The TV-On-Demand Initialization Wizard
appears. Follow the Wizard’s instructions to set up a temporary
file and allocate file space. Available time is indicated. The
Advanced Settings button lets you customize settings for
image quality and processor load.
Click Next >. The End of Initialization Wizard panel appears.
Click Finish to complete TV setup.
Sizing the TV display
You can resize the TV display using the mouse, the Maximize
button, or CTRL key combination.
• The F2 key hides/shows the control panel, to save desktop
space.
To resize the TV display using the mouse
Drag the display’s border. The TV display maintains a fixed
aspect ratio (width-to-height) of 4:3 to avoid picture distortion
(to change this, see TV display settings on page 15).
To display TV in full-screen
Press CTRL+F or ALT+F to toggle between full-screen and the
current size, or click the Maximize button. To return to the
previous size, press the Esc key.
TV
Ctrl
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To display preset sizes using the CTRL key
Tiny
CTRL+1
Small
CTRL+2
Medium
CTRL+3
Large
CTRL+4
Toggle between full screen and
current size
CTRL+F
ALT+F
Increase size of display panel
CTRL + Up Arrow
Decrease size of display panel
CTRL + Down Arrow
TV Feature menu
You can access TV functions by right-clicking on the control
panel or the viewing area of the display panel. This is very
useful in full-screen mode.
Selection
Function
Setup
Opens the TV setup page.
Always
On Top
Displays TV on top of other applications.
Show
Control Panel
Shows the TV Control panel.
THRUVIEW™
If your computer uses a RADEON or later video card,
THRUVIEW Desktop and THRUVIEW Window are
available.
THRUVIEW Desktop: The current panel appears fullscreen as a translucent layer on top of all other windows
when minimized.
THRUVIEW Window: The current panel appears as a
translucent layer on top of any other windows, allowing
you to work and watch TV at the same time.
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TV
Selection
Function
Video
Size
Indicates the sizes available for the current panel:
Aspect Ratio
Selects the width-to-height ratio for the video window:
Tiny
Small
Medium
Large
Full Screen
160 x 120 pixels
240 x 180 pixels
320 x 240 pixels
640 x 480 pixels
Non-Fixed
Allows the window to be stretched
to any proportions.
Standard
4:3
Standard aspect ratio for
television broadcast.
Letterbox
(16:9, 1.85:1, 2.35:1)
Crops the top and bottom of the
frame to fit a wider window.
Widescreen (16:9, 1.85:1, 2.35:1)
Scales the entire image
to fit a wider window.
Connector
Specifies the video input:
TV Tuner
Selects TV Tuner input.
Composite Selects composite video input.
S-Video
Selects S-Video input.
Sound
Mode
Sets the audio mode:
Captions
Displays closed captions
when muted when audio is muted.
Stereo
Both
SAP
Mono
Enables stereo TV audio.
Plays both standard and SAP audio tracks.
Enables the Secondary Audio Program.
Enables monaural TV audio.
Closed
Captions
Specifies how closed captioned text is displayed. You
can also enable the HotWords and TV Magazine
features. (See HotWords™ on page 26 and TV Magazine
on page 27.)
Zooming
Selects the zoom ratio (2x, 4x, or 8x) or Unzoom if
already zoomed. See Zooming and panning on page 30.
About...
Displays the About... dialog.
Exit
Closes TV.
TV
TV keyboard shortcuts
You can use the following keys to control TV from your
keyboard.
Command
Key(s)
Pause
Ctrl + B
Play
Ctrl + X
Toggle Play / Pause
Spacebar
Skip forwards / backwards
End / Home
Volume up / down
(numeric keypad)
-/+Í Î
(alphanumeric keypad)
_ / =, - / +
Channel up / down
Ï/Ð
Setup
Ctrl + S
Toggle closed captions
Ctrl + C
Unzoom
Alt + Z
Still capture
Ctrl + Insert
Size presets (Tiny, Small, Medium,
Large)
Ctrl + 1 — Ctrl + 4
Toggle full screen
Ctrl + F
Exit full screen
Esc
Cycle through Size up / down
Ctrl + Ï / Ctrl + Ð
Parental Control lock / unlock
Ctrl + L
Record
Ctrl + R
Help
F1
Hide control panel
F2
Hide video panels and borders;
video panel snaps to edge
F3
Always on top
F4
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TV
Command
Key(s)
THRUVIEW window (Blended
Window, regardless of settings in
Display Settings page)
F5
THRUVIEW Desktop (Blended
Desktop, regardless of settings in
Display Settings page)
F6
Video Desktop, regardless of
settings in Display Settings page)
F7
Minimize without Video Desktop or
THRUVIEW
F8
Reverse play (Jog Shuttle)
increments to next lower speed: 2x, -4x, -8x, -16x
F9
Normal play (Jog Shuttle)
F10
Forward play (Jog Shuttle)
increments to next lower speed:
2x, 4x, 8x, 16x
F11
Play speed (slow, normal, fast)
Alt + F10
Export TV-On-Demand video
Ctrl + W
Cycle time display format (while
recording or in TV-On-Demand)
Ctrl + T
Set Analog TV Tuner input
connector
Alt + 1
Set Composite TV Tuner input
connector
Alt + 2
Set S-Video TV Tuner input
connector
Alt + 3
Exit TV
Alt + F4
About
Alt + A
TV
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TV display settings
The Display settings page lets you control how video is
displayed in TV.
To open the Display settings page
Click the Setup button in the TV control panel, then click
the Display tab.
Selection
Function
Video
Size
Size
Selects the size for the current panel.
Aspect Ratio
Sets the width-to-height ratio for the current panel:
Standard 4:3Standard television.
Letterbox
Crops the top and bottom of the frame
to fit a wider window.
Widescreen Scales the video frame to fit a
wider window.
Crop Video
Trims the outside edges of the video frame.
Tool
Tips
Show Tool Tip
Show helpful aids for using TV when you point at a
control with your mouse.
Show Shortcut
Show keyboard shortcuts when you point at a control with
your mouse.
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TV
Selection
Function
Display
Feature
When Minimized
Controls how TV behaves when minimized:
Minimize TV TV becomes an icon on your desktop.
Video
Desktop
TV display replaces your
desktop pattern.
THRUVIEW Blended Window: The current panel
appears as a translucent layer on top
of any other windows.
Blended Desktop: The current panel
appears in full screen as a translucent
layer on top of any other windows.
Always On Top
Displays TV on top of other applications.
Auto Hide Controls when in full screen
Hides TV controls when displaying TV in full screen. If
you move your mouse, the controls re-appear
Hide
Player
Hotkey
Specify a keyboard key that hides/displays TV. This is
useful when you want to do other work while recording or
using HotWords.
Initialization
Wizard
Re-runs the Initialization Wizard. See Initialization Wizard
on page 9.
TV
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TV video settings
The video settings page lets you choose a video connector and
fine-tune video characteristics.
To open the Video settings page
Click the Setup button in the Television control panel,
then click the Video tab.
Selection
Function
Connector
Choose Analog TV Tuner, Composite or S-Video input.
• If you choose Composite or S-Video, you must specify
the Broadcast Standard.
Broadcast
Standard
Choose the broadcast standard: NTSC, PAL, or SECAM.
Video
Properties
Color
Adjusts the amount of color in the image.
Brightness
Adjust the amount of white in the image.
Contrast
Adjusts the gradation of tones between light and dark
areas.
Tint (only available for NTSC)
Adjusts the balance of red-to-blue in the image.
Gamma
Adjusts the color brightness of your display. The higher
the gamma, the higher the brightness and contrast,
maximum being a flat (unmodified) setting).
Reset
Sets all values on this page to their default values.
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TV
TV Tuner settings
The tuner settings page lets you autoscan for active TV
channels, choose cable or antenna input, name channels, and set
channel-specific options.
To open the Tuner settings page
Click the Setup button in the TV control panel, then click
the TV Tuner tab.
Selection
Function
Channel
Name
You can enter channel names. If you have TV Listings
installed (see TV Listings on page 54), channel names
are set automatically, based upon the Guide+ database.
Details...
Select a channel, then click the Details... button to open
the Channel Property Details page (see Channel
Property Details on page 19).
Autoscan
Scans for all active TV channels, and stores them when
you click the Set button.
Cable
Standard
Selects the country and cable or antenna.
TV
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Channel Property Details
When you select a channel and then click the Details... button in
the TV Tuner settings page, the Channel Property Details page
opens to let you set properties for particular channels —
favorites list, channel assignment, and properties for audio,
video, program lockout, and closed captioning.
For example, in the Channel Specific Settings Video page, you
could change a channel to SECAM when the other channels are
(by default) PAL. In the Closed Captioning page you could
enable a set of HotWords specifically for a particular channel.
Selection
Function
Channel
Name
Type a name for the channel.
Number
Displays the channel number.
Tunes to
Station
Specify the TV station that you want this channel to
receive. Autoscanning returns all channel assignments to
normal (see Autoscan on page 18).
Channel in
Favorites List
Check to add the channel. To remove a channel,
uncheck it.
Channel in
Channel Surf
List
Check to add the channel to the Visual Selection list
displayed when channel surfing (see Channel Surfing on
page 23). To remove a channel, uncheck it.
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Selection
Function
Channel
Specific
Settings
Audio
Click Audio, then click Details... to open the Sound
details page.
Mute Settings
Global
Applies mute settings to
selected channel.
Mute On
Mutes audio.
Mute Off
Cancels muting.
SAP Settings
Global
Stereo
Mono
SAP
Channel
Specific
Settings
see Secondary Audio Program
(SAP) on page 23.
Applies SAP settings to
selected channel.
Activates stereo TV audio for this
channel, if it provides it.
Activates monaural audio for
this channel.
Activates SAP for this channel.
Video Properties
Click Video, then click Details... to open the Channel
Based Video Settings page. Move the sliders to change
the values
Color
Amount of color in the image.
Brightness
Balance of light and dark in
the image.
Contrast
Gradation of tone between the
image’s highlights, midtones
and shadows.
Tint
Balance of red, green, and
blue in the image
(only available for NTSC).
Broadcast Standard
Choose the broadcast standard for this channel.
Channel Lockout
Click Channel Lockout, then click Details... to open the
Channel Lockout Settings page (see Channel Lockout on
page 32).
Closed Captioning
Click Closed Captioning, then click Details...to open the
Closed Captioning Channel Settings page (see Closed
Captioning on page 24).
TV
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TV Stills Gallery settings
You can capture still images from TV, and save them in the
Stills Gallery.
To open the TV Stills Gallery settings page
Click the Setup button in the TV control panel, then click
the Stills Gallery tab. For information on the Stills
Gallery, see Stills Gallery on page 65.
TV Schedule settings
The Scheduler lets you set up TV to watch or record selected
TV programs at times you specify. See Schedule on page 110
for details.
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ATI TV Bar
Browse the Web and
watch TV at the same
time, without resizing
your windows! ATI TV
Bar displays TV in your
Internet Explorer Web
Browser.
North American users can
also view a display of
channel names and
numbers, with continuously updated program information.
To open ATI TV Bar
1
Launch Internet Explorer.
2
In Explorer’s menu bar, click View
Bar , then click ATI TV.
, point to Explorer
Or click the ATI TV button in Explorer’s menu bar.
• If TV is not running, ATI TV Bar opens it, and displays it in
the TV Bar. Closing ATI TV Bar also closes TV.
• If TV is running, it is displayed in TV Bar, and the regular
TV display disappears from your desktop. Closing TV Bar
returns TV to its normal display on your desktop.
• If you resize Explorer, the TV display automatically fits itself
to the new size.
ATI TV Bar controls
From left to right, the ATI
ATI
TV
Internet
TV Bar controls are:
TV
listings Explorer
Channel down, Channel
up, Volume, Mute, Go to
top, Page up, Page down, Pause scrolling, Favorites, and Help.
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Channel Surfing
You can browse through several
TV channels simultaneously,
and select channels by clicking
on “thumbnail” images
(miniature representations) of
the channels. Each thumbnail
displays the channel number,
and is regularly updated to
display the current program.
• A password is required to access locked-out channels (see
Channel Lockout on page 32); otherwise, only unlocked
channels will be displayed.
• Most controls are disabled during Channel Surfing.
To use Channel Surfing
1
Click the Channel Surf button in the TV control
panel.
A grid of thumbnails appears over your TV display.
2
Click the thumbnail for the channel you want to preview.
The channel you clicked becomes “live”, and plays video
and audio for a few seconds.
3
To select a channel for viewing, double-click a thumbnail.
The grid of thumbnails disappears, and the selected
channel appears on your screen.
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Closed Captioning
Display closed captioned
text over video, like a
standard TV, and/or in a
separate window beside the
video. When you use the
separate window, you can
use the scroll bar to review
the last few minutes of text.
You can set the background
color, the font, and the font
color for the window.
To display closedcaptioned text
Click the Closed Caption button in the TV control panel.
Right-clicking the button opens a menu where you can control
the type of captioning: over video, in a window, display
alternate text, TV Magazine, HotWords, captions when muted.
To close the Closed Captioning window, click the Exit
button.
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Closed Caption settings
The Closed Caption settings page lets you specify how closed
captioned text is displayed — over video or in a window — and
the background color, the font, and the font color for the
window. You can also set up and enable the HotWords and TV
Magazine features.
To set up closed captioning
Click the Setup button in the TV control panel, then click
the Closed Caption tab.
Selection
Function
Placement
External Window
Displays closed captioned text in its own window. Click
Font... to select the display font.
Video Window
Displays closed captioned text superimposed on the
video. Click Font... to select the display font.
Solid Background
Displays closed captioned text on a solid background.
Shaded Background
Displays closed captioned text on a shaded background.
HotWords
Enable
Check to enable HotWords when Closed Captioning is
on (see HotWords™ on page 26).
HotWords Setup
Opens the HotWords settings page.
TV
Magazine
Enable
Activates TV Magazine (see TV Magazine on page 27.)
TV Magazine Setup
Opens the TV Magazine Setup Wizard.
Closed
Caption
On Mute
Show
Alternate
Text If
Present
Display closed captioned text when the audio is muted.
If T1 mode closed-captioned data is present in the
caption stream, checking this box displays a full page of
T1 mode, scrollable, closed captioned text. If you turn off
Closed Captioning or change channels, the page is
hidden.
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HotWords™
Have your computer watch TV for you! When you turn on
Closed Captioning (see Closed Captioning on page 24), you
can specify words and phrases that Television will detect in the
closed-captioned text.
You can set HotWords to show the matched text, restore TV,
play a sound, enable TV Magazine, or enable the Personal
Video Recorder when the HotWords appear. You can also have
TV automatically transcribe the text when the specified words
appear.
You can enable HotWords, and then minimize TV; when the
specified words occur, TV opens. You specify words using the
HotWords setup button in the Closed Caption settings page.
To set up HotWords
Click the Setup button in the Television control panel,
click Closed Caption, then click the HotWords Setup
button. The HotWords Setup Wizard opens.
To enable HotWords, check the Enable box. The HotWords
Setup Wizard will guide you through HotWords setup.
Selection
Function
First
Word
Type the first word to be matched.
Match
Type
Choose the type of match you want:
• By Itself Open TV when the Hot Word occurs.
• Followed by Open TV when the Hot Word occurs, and
is immediately followed by the Optional Word you
specify.
• Not Followed By Open TV when the Hot Word
occurs, if it is not immediately followed by the Optional
Word.
• In Sentence With Open TV when the Hot Word
occurs, if it is in a sentence with the Optional Word.
Optional
Word
Type the word you want to match with the Hot Word.
When you specify an Optional Word, the system only
looks for the First Word+Optional Word combination.
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Selection
Function
Partial
Check this box to open TV when a part of the First Word
occurs.
Use the Add and Remove buttons to add and remove words from the list.
Actions to take
when your
HotWords
occur.
Show Matched Text
Displays the text that matches your Hot Word(s).
Recording
Enable TV Magazine
Activates TV Magazine (see TV Magazine on page 27).
Restore Player
Opens TV in its current state.
Enable Personal Video Recorder
Activates the Personal Video Recorder (see Personal
Video Recorder on page 39).
TV Magazine
Use TV Magazine to transcribe closed captioned broadcasting,
including pictures and text. You can save files as RTF (Rich
Text Format), which preserves formatting, and can be used in
many word processors, plain text (TXT), or Hypertext Markup
Language (HTML). You can use the Schedule feature to start
TV Magazine at dates and times you specify (see Schedule on
page 110).
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• TV Magazine is only available in North America.
• When TV Magazine is enabled, it transcribes closedcaptioned text even if the Closed Captioning button
is off.
To start TV Magazine
Click the Setup button in the Television control panel,
click the Closed Caption tab, then click the TV
Magazine Setup button.
To enable TV Magazine, check the Enable box. The first time
you use TV Magazine, the TV Magazine Setup Wizard will
guide you through the setup.
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Selection
Function
File
Name
Type a name for the file.
File
Format
Select a file format (RTF, TXT, or HTML).
Options
Overwrite files
Check to overwrite existing files.
Uncheck to keep existing files.
Remove Advertising (North America only)
Automatically skips commercial advertising when you
display or transcribe closed captioned text. It works best
with programs that use scrolling transcripts rather than
“text bubbles” to record closed captioned text; for
example: Talk shows, News broadcasts, Sports, and
Soap operas.
(Depending upon the closed captioning format,
commercials may occasionally be recorded — a little
experimentation will show you how to get the best
results.)
Case Conversion
Convert all characters to upper or lower case.
Stop
Transcribing
After
Select
Layout
(Images are not
saved with .TXT
files)
Specify the number of minutes to transcribe.
No image
No images are saved.
Images on Left
Images are placed on the left, text on the right.
Images on Right
Images are placed on the right, text on the left.
Alternate images
Images and text alternate left and right.
Use black & white pictures
Save images as black & white, to save memory.
Image Density
1/page
2/page
4/page
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External Captions support
When you record video using TV-On-Demand (see page 36) or
the Personal Video Recorder (see page 39), the associated
closed caption information is added to the Media Library (see
page 50). TV can display the searchable, printable closed
caption text in three ways:
• Over video in the video panel
• In the Closed Captioning Window
• Over video and in the Closed Captioning window
simultaneously
The Closed Caption window contains a vertical scroll bar for
navigating the closed caption text.
When you select ATI VCR recording format in the Personal
Video Recorder Recording Presets page, the last page of the
Recording Wizard allows you to record the closed caption
information to a separate file, so that you can go to a particular
location in the file when you double-click a specific section of
the closed caption text.
To enable External Captions support
Right-click the Closed Caption button on the control panel, then
click External Captions.
To go to a particular location in the file
Double-click a specific section of closed caption text.
To print the closed caption text
Click the Print button.
To search the closed caption text
Click the Search button, then type the word to find. You can
search from the current position or start from the beginning.
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Secondary Audio Program (SAP)
The Secondary Audio Program can be used to broadcast, for
example, language translations, reading services for the visually
impaired, weather forecasts, or information about a show.
• Only available for NTSC video; for PAL or SECAM, it
is called Language B.
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• Not all television stations broadcast SAP.
To hear the Secondary Audio Program
Right-click the Mute button in the Television control
panel, then click Sap in the drop-down menu.
Zooming and panning
You can zoom in on the video in the Display panel to enlarge a
selected portion of the screen, and return your display to
normal. You can also pan (move the image horizontally and
vertically) in the zoomed area.
To zoom
Click within the display panel,
then hold down the mouse button
and draw a rectangle around the
area you want to zoom.
Or right-click the 1:1
button to open a menu where
you can set the zoom level—
Zoom x2, Zoom x4, or Zoom x8
To pan in the zoomed area
Move your mouse within the zoomed area to pan horizontally or
vertically.
To unzoom
Right-click in the display panel to open the feature menu, point
at Zooming , then click Unzoom.
Or click the 1:1 button in the control panel.
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THRUVIEW™
If your computer uses a RADEON or later video card,
THRUVIEW Desktop and THRUVIEW Window are available.
THRUVIEW Desktop. The current panel appears full-screen
as a translucent layer on top of all other windows when
minimized.
THRUVIEW Window. The current panel appears as a
translucent layer on top of any other windows, allowing you to
work and watch TV at the same time.
When you select THRUVIEW Desktop or THRUVIEW
Window in the Display Settings page (see TV display settings on
page 15), minimizing TV displays a blended desktop or blended
window. Closed captioned text is not displayed.
A TV icon appears in the “tray” on the right side
of the Windows taskbar. Click the TV icon to
display the blend control panel, which you can
use to adjust the blend level, change channels,
and control the volume. Closed captioned
information is not displayed.
You can also enable THRUVIEW Desktop or THRUVIEW
Window when TV is not minimized: right-click the display
panel or the control panel, then in the Feature menu, click
THRUVIEW Desktop or THRUVIEW Window.
To restore your desktop pattern and TV, click the TV button (or
the Video button, if you have a Video-In card) in the Windows
taskbar.
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Channel Lockout
Channel Lockout lets you block particular programs at specific
times, and set a password to unlock them. Use the Program
Lockout page to specify channel, time, and duration.
• Passwords are case-sensitive. For example,
PASSWORD and passWord are not the same.
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• If you forget your password, you must uninstall and
reinstall your TV software to view passwordprotected programs.
To set Channel Lockout
1
Click the Setup button
in the Television control
panel, then click the TV Tuner tab.
2
Click the channel you want to lock, then click the Details...
button.
3
Click Channel Lockout, then click the Details... button.
4
Click Create New.
The Channel Lockout Wizard guides you through the
lockout procedure.
In the channel list, locked-out channels have a
padlock to the right of the channel name,
A lock icon appears in the control panel when the
locked channel is selected.
To remove Channel Lockout
1
Click the Setup button
in the Television control
panel, then click the TV Tuner tab.
2
Click the channel you want to unlock, enter your password,
then click the Details... button.
3
Click Channel Lockout, then click the Details... button.
4
Select the channel you want to unlock.
5
Click the Delete button. To remove all program locks,
click the Delete All button.
6
Click OK.
The padlock disappears, and the unlock icon appears
in the control panel when the channel is selected.
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Parental Control
Parental Control lets you restrict access to TV programs
depending on their content rating. The video and audio of
programs that you restrict will not be recorded until the correct
password is entered.
• Parental Control is only available for North American
(NTSC) Television.
• Passwords are case-sensitive, and must be at least
three characters in length.
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• If you forget your password, you must uninstall and
reinstall your TV software.
• Parental Control is only available for computer
systems that have a TV tuner.
• The capture still frames feature is disabled, and
video recording will stop.
To set a Parental Control level
Right-click the Parental Control button in the Television
control panel to display a menu of choices. The selected level is
checkmarked.
1
Click the level you want.
The Set Password dialog appears.
2
Type your password in the upper box, then type it in the
lower box to confirm it.
The following table summarizes the FCC guidelines for
Parental Control.
Programs designed solely for children
TV-Y
This program is designed to be appropriate for all children.
TV-Y7
This program is designed for children age 7 and above.
Programs designed for the entire audience
TV-G
General audience.
TV-PG
Parental guidance suggested.
TV-14
Parents strongly cautioned.
TV-MA
Mature audience only.
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Recording Video and still images
Full-motion video. The Personal Video Recorder lets you
record a clip of full-motion video plus audio from your video
source and save it as an MPEG, AVI, ATI VCR (proprietary ATI
video format), or WMV (Windows Media Video for streaming
and download-and-play applications) file on your computer’s
hard disk. See Personal Video Recorder on page 39 for details.
Still images. Capture fullcolor, 24-bit-per-pixel, still
images from television, save
them, and print them. The
images are placed in the Stills
Gallery, which saves them as
Windows-standard bitmaps (.bmp) or a wide variety of standard
formats.
The Stills Gallery also supports most industry-standard graphics
file formats, so you can insert the images into reports,
presentations, letters, and other documents, to add impact to
training applications and presentations. See Stills Gallery on
page 65 for details.
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If the program is restricted by Parental Control, video
recording and still capture are disabled (see Parental
Control on page 33).
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Recording a clip of video and audio from TV
To record a clip of video and audio
Click the Record button in the Television control panel, or
right-click the Record button and select a duration from the
menu. The Personal Video Recorder starts recording video and
audio to your computer’s hard disk. For information on
recording formats, see Personal Video Recorder settings on
page 40. The right-click menu also provides One Touch Record
settings, which let you set the duration, location, and style for
the recorded file (see One Touch Record on page 44).
To change the file name and location
during recording, edit the name and
location in the recording panel, or
click the Select a File Name button.
Four recording presets are available for quick selection — rightclick the Record button in the control panel, or click a preset
button in the personal Video Recorder Settings page. You can
customize any of these presets; when you have selected a preset,
click Map Preset.
To stop recording, click the Record button again. A Save As
dialog opens, so you can name and save the recorded video.
• If the program is restricted by Parental Control,
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recording will stop (see Parental Control on
page 33.)
• You cannot record copy-protected material.
To capture still frames from Television
Click the Capture button in the Television control panel.
The current frame is placed in the Stills Gallery (see
Stills Gallery on page 65).
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If the program is restricted by Parental Control, Still
Capture is disabled (see Parental Control on page 33.)
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TV-On-Demand™
TV-On-Demand™
TV-On-Demand lets you pause a live program, return later, and
resume watching where you left off. You can view the show
from the beginning, even after it has started, without waiting
until the whole program is recorded.
You can quickly back up a program, watch the selected portion
again, and fast-forward or skip ahead to the live broadcast.
You can also export the recorded video as an MPEG (.MPG) file
or an ATI VCR file.
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You cannot use the Personal Video Recorder in
TV-on-Demand mode — use the Export function
instead (see To export recorded video on page 38).
To start TV-On-Demand
Click the TV-On-Demand (upper) button or the Pause
(lower) button in the TV control panel.
If you click the TV-On-Demand button, the button and
the control panel change to TV-On-Demand mode,
video is recorded and displayed.
If you click the Pause button, the button and the control
panel change to TV-on-Demand mode, the last frame of
video is displayed, and video is recorded. When you
click the Play (lower) button, recorded video is displayed,
continuing from where you paused.
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If you do not hear TV audio, or if the audio is too low or
too high, see Troubleshooting on page 114.
To return to live broadcasting
Click the Live TV button in the TV-on-Demand control
panel. Video recording stops. To keep recording while
you watch live TV, stay in TV-on-Demand mode and drag the
slider to the right (see To move within recorded video on
page 38).
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To play recorded video
Click the Play button in the TV-on-Demand control
panel.
To pause recorded video
The Pause button is displayed in live TV mode or in
TV-on-Demand mode while recorded video is playing.
When you click the Pause button, recorded video playback
stops, displaying the last frame of video, TV-on-Demand
continues recording live video, and the Pause button changes to
the Play button.
When you click the Play button, delayed video resumes
playback, and the Play button changes to the Pause button.
To change playback speed in recorded video
Click the Speed button to select playback speed: Slow
Play (half-speed), Normal Play, and Fast Play (1.5x
speed). Right-clicking the Speed button also displays a menu of
speeds, and Go to Time lets you choose a time from which to
start viewing recorded video.
• The Speed button is only enabled when you are in
TV-on-Demand mode, but behind Live.
To skip backwards and forwards in recorded video
Click the left button to skip back; click the right
button to skip forwards. The default settings are:
forwards – 10 seconds; backwards – 30 seconds.
You can right-click the button to change the time settings to 1
frame, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, or two minutes.
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To move within recorded video
Position slider
Using your mouse, drag the
position slider to move forwards
or backwards in delayed video.
As you move the slider all the way
to the right, the time display
indicates Live.
The Jog Shuttle feature provides
high-speed playback — forwards
or backwards. Using your mouse,
drag the slider to the right (forwards) or to the left (backwards).
When you release the mouse button, the slider returns to the
middle (normal speed) position. Ten speeds are available: -16x,
-8x, -4x, -2x, -1x, 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, and 16x).
Jog Shuttle
To export recorded video
Click the Export button in the TV-on-Demand control
panel. A dialog appears, where you can select the
portion of recorded video you want to save (Range:), and the
location to store it (Output File:). You can save exported video
in MPEG-2 or ATI VCR format.
• You can export more quickly if you return to live broadcast
mode first (but do not return to TV-on-Demand, or you will
overwrite your previously-recorded video).
• The Export button alerts you if there is insufficient video for
export.
TV-On-Demand history
When you right-click the Time mode button in the
Recording panel, a Go To Time menu lists all programs
that TV-On-Demand has recorded. To open the program, click
its file name.
When you click the Export button, a menu lists all
programs that TV-On-Demand has recorded. You can
select the start time and duration of the exported file.
TV-On-Demand uses the TV Listings data to provide the
information (see TV Listings on page 54). If there is no TV
Listings information, or if the data is outdated, the history
shows the Type of Connection and Channel Number instead of
Program Name and Channel name.
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Personal Video Recorder
The Personal Video Recorder provides simple controls and
powerful recording options. You can record a clip of fullmotion video and audio from your video source and save it as an
MPEG, AVI, VCR, or WMV file. You can play recorded files
in the File Player (see File Player on page 101.) Advanced
time-lapse and motion-triggered recording modes are available.
VideoSoap™, ATI’s custom video noise reduction system, lets
you remove noise that was in the original content or analog
noise introduced as a result of poor transmission, substandard
cabling, or poor analog-to-digital conversion (see Using
VideoSoap on page 43).
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VideoSoap is not available with ALL-IN-WONDER VE
cards.
The Schedule feature lets you record TV programs on the dates
and times you specify (see Schedule on page 110).
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Because TV-On-Demand (see page 36) records to
your hard drive, you cannot use the Personal Video
Recorder in TV-On-Demand mode. Instead, use the
Export function (see page 38) when you are in
TV-on-Demand mode.
To start the Personal Video Recorder
When you record video from TV (see To record a clip of
video and audio on page 35), the Personal Video
Recorder opens automatically. If you want the Personal Video
Recorder to prompt you before recording, click the Prompt
before Recording checkbox in the Personal Video Recorder
tab of the TV Player Setup page (see Personal Video Recorder
settings on page 40).
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Personal Video Recorder
When you right-click the record button, the following options
are available (the available times depend upon your hard disk
space).
Record for
Sets the length of time to record.
Record until
Sets the time to stop recording.
Record until manually stopped
Record until you click the Record button again.
Recording preset
Lets you change the default recording preset.
One Touch Record Settings
Open the One Touch Record settings page.
Motion Triggered Recording
Opens the Motion Triggered Recording Wizard.
Time Lapse Recording
Opens the Time Lapse Recording Wizard.
Show Recording Panel
Shows/ Hides the Personal Video Recorder panel, which
shows the number of frames recorded and the time remaining
on your hard disk.
Recent Recording
Displays a list of the five most recently recorded files.
One Touch Record provides one-click recording for specific
times and durations. The default recording preset is used
(see Recording Preset in Personal Video Recorder settings on
page 40).
Personal Video Recorder settings
Use the Personal Video Recorder settings pages to specify
recording quality, duration, general options, and custom
settings. Several recording modes are available, including
advanced modes such as Time-Lapse and Motion-triggered.
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To set up the Personal Video Recorder
Click the Setup button in the TV control panel, then click
the Personal Video Recorder tab.
Selection
Function
Recording
Preset
Check DVD, Good, Longer, Video CD, or Custom.
(The higher the quality, the less video you will be able to
store on a disk.)
Note: The Video CD setting lets you create Video-CDcompliant files that can be played on most consumer
DVD players. To create a CD containing the Video CD
files, you need a writable CD drive and accompanying CD
creation software.
These settings
are dependent
upon your
system
configuration.
Each can be
customized.
For extremely fine control, click the Map Preset button to
open the Recording Presets, where you can create and
modify preset recording formats.
Click the Create New... button to create a new recording
preset. The Recording Wizard guides you through the
process.
Click the Edit... button to create a modified copy of an
existing recording preset, or to edit one of your own
custom settings. The Recording Wizard will guide you
through the process.
• Step 2 of the Recording Wizard
provides a deinterlacing option.
Select it to prevent horizontal streaks
(“combing”) in captured video.
The following, advanced recording settings are available
when you click the Map Preset button:
Time lapse recording
Record video-only, frame-by-frame and save it to an
MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 file. You can also manually trigger
recording from your keyboard, mouse, or other device.
You can use this feature to create stop-motion video (for
example, Claymation®-type video).
Click the Map Preset button, then click Time Lapse. To
edit the preset, click the Edit button, and follow the onscreen steps.
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Selection
Function
Motion-triggered recording
Record video and audio, triggered by motion in the video
frame. This feature could be used for security
applications or to record only material of interest over
time.
You can specify an optional “include” rectangle that
defines the area to watch for motion, and an “exclude”
rectangle that is excluded from motion detection. For
example, you could monitor a room, but exclude a fish
tank, which would falsely trigger recording.
You can simultaneously perform motion-triggered and
time-lapse recording, to record a minimum number of
frames over time, but include real-time video when
motion occurs.
Click the Set Custom button, then click Default Motion
Triggered. To edit the preset, click the Edit button, and
follow the on-screen steps.
Record in Windows Video Format
WMV recording lets you record WMV video to a file. Use
these settings to record a Windows Media file for
streaming over a 56K dial-up network connection or a
cable or DSL network connection.
Click the Map Preset button, then click 56K Modem or
Cable/DSL Modem. To edit the preset, click the Edit
button, and follow the on-screen steps.
Disk
Space
Allocates the amount of disk to store recorded video.
Always Record to Temporary Drive
Always use a temporary drive while recording, or only
when the specified recorded file is not on a local disk.
Temporary Drive
Select the drive to hold temporary recorded video.
Amount of disk space to leave free on temporary
drive
Use the slider to set the amount of space to leave on your
temporary drive. Use this to prevent the recording from
completely filling your drive.
Current
Settings
Displays the video format, size, frame rate, and audio
format for recorded video.
Personal Video Recorder
Selection
Function
Capture High
Resolution
Stills
Capture still images at high resolution.
One Touch
Record
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Custom duration configuration
Type the number of days, hours, and minutes you want to
record.
Folder for recorded files
Choose a location for your recorded files.
Recorded file name
Type a name for your recorded files.
File name style
Type a custom name or choose a preset from the list.
Using VideoSoap
1
In the Personal Video Recorder tab, click Map Preset, then
choose a recording preset.
2
Click the Edit VideoSoap button, choose a VideoSoap
type, then click the Next button.
The VideoSoap Configuration page opens. You can apply
up to four filters, each with its own noise reduction
algorithm. Use the sliders to control the strength of the
filters.
To preview the effect, choose a preview area, then click the
Preview button.
3
When you are satisfied with the results, click the Finish
button.
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VideoSoap is not available with ALL-IN-WONDER VE
cards.
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One Touch Record
One Touch Record provides one-click recording for specific
times and durations. The default recording quality is used (see
Recording Quality in Personal Video Recorder settings on
page 40.)
Right-click the Record button in the control panel, then
click the recording option that you want.
Selection
Function
Record for
30 minutes, 1 hour, 2hours
Record for these preset durations.
(xx days, yy hours, zz minutes)
Specify the recording time you want.
Record until
(Indicated times
are examples
only)
7:30
Record until the end of the half-hour (time shown
depends upon the current time).
8:00
Record until the end of the first hour (time shown
depends upon the current time).
9:00
Record until the end of the second hour (time shown
depends upon the current time).
The end of (show name)
Record until the end of the program.
Record until
manually stop
Record until you click the Stop button in the Personal
Video Recorder.
One Touch
Record
Settings
(See Personal Video Recorder settings on page 40.)
Motion
Triggered
Recording
Use motion triggered recording (see Personal Video
Recorder settings on page 40.)
Time Lapse
Recording
Use time lapse recording (See Personal Video Recorder
settings on page 40.)
Show
recording
panel
Show/hide the recording panel.
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Achieving the best results with MPEG video recording
To access MPEG properties
1
Click the setup button
in the Television control panel,
then click the Personal Video Recorder tab.
2
In Recording Quality, click the Map Preset... button.
3
Click DVD, then click the Edit... button.
Capture Wizard (Step 1) appears.
4
Enter a name and description (if desired) for the preset.
5
Click Next >. The MPEG-specific Recording Wizard
pages appear.
6
Select MPEG-1, MPEG-2, or ATI VCR, then click Next >.
To select I-frame-only MPEG recording
This uses less CPU, but requires 2 to 3 times the bit-rate, which
produces larger files.
1
Click the I Frames Only button.
2
Click Next> until you reach Finish, then click Finish.
To select I, B, P frame MPEG recording
This uses more CPU, but greatly reduces the bit-rate required
for a given level of video quality.
1
In the Recording Wizard, set Number of P Frames in
Group to 12.
2
Set Number of B Frames in Subgroup to 3.
(These are typical values; they can be adjusted.)
To record with a minimum number of dropped frames in
MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 format, the following settings are
recommended. Ranges are given, as some video compresses
better than others, depending on the amount of rapid motion and
the number of complex scenes.
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Video
Format
IBP
Frames
(Mbps)
Minimum
CPU
Required
I-Frame
Only
(Mbps)
Minimum
CPU
Required
160x120
1.0
P200-MMX
1.0
P200-MMX
352x240
1.5
PII-266
2.0
P200-MMX
320x480
3.0
PII-400
4.0
PII-266
640x480
4.0
Athlon 600
6.0
PIII-450
720x480
4.0
Athlon 700
6.0
PIII-450
Mbps = Megabits per second, or millions of bits per second.
1 Mbps is approximately 125Kbytes/second.
If your system is not capable of achieving smooth-looking video, try the
following:
• Record I frames only.
• Record using a smaller frame size.
ATI VCR is best suited for Personal Video Recorder use.
MPEG-1 decoders are widely used, so video encoded in MPEG-1 format
can be played on many PCs. However, MPEG-1 playback on a PC uses the
Microsoft MPEG-1 decoder, which may not provide the best performance.
MPEG-2 playback on a PC requires an MPEG-2 decoder. With ATI
graphics cards, MPEG-2 decoders use the ATI hardware IDCT and motion
compensation, which provides higher resolution video playback and less
CPU loading than the Microsoft MPEG-1 decoder.
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MulTView™
If you have an ATI ALL-IN-WONDER card and an ATI TV
WONDER PCI card installed, MulTView lets you watch a
different channel in a secondary video window. You can record
video from your ALL-IN-WONDER card while you watch
another channel on the TV WONDER. The secondary window
can be in the following locations:
Picture in Picture (PiP)
When the main video window is in full-screen, the MulTView
(PiP video window is embedded in the main window. It can be
positioned in the top/bottom left or top/bottom right of the main
window.
Picture outside Picture (PoP)
If you use only one monitor, the main and MulTView video
windows can be displayed in separate windows.
If you use dual monitors, you can drag the MulTView window
to the secondary monitor. MulTView can be displayed in a
window or full-screen in the secondary monitor.
• The first time you start TV, the MulTView Initialization
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Wizard will guide you through setting up the
MulTView window location and the MulTView tuner
audio connection.
• MulTView is not available with ALL-IN-WONDER VE
cards.
MulTView controls include channel up/down, Mute/unmute,
audio, swap channel, volume slider, and channel status. When
MulTView is in focus, you can also type a channel number or
name to change channels.
To enable MulTView
In the MulTView Initialization Wizard, click Enable
MulTView.
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MulTView™
To open and close MulTView
1
Right-click the control panel or the video panel.
2
In the Feature menu, click MulTView, then click Show.
To close MulTView click the Close button
.
• Or right-click the control panel or the video panel.
• In the Feature menu, click Show.
To change the location of the MulTView window
When the main video window is in full screen, right-click the
control panel or the video panel, click MulTView, click
Location, then click the position you want: Top-Left, TopRight, Bottom-Right, or Bottom-Left.
You can manually change the embedded window's size and
location when the MulTView borders are visible.
Autohiding MulTView window controls and borders
The MulTView window borders disappear after a few seconds
of mouse inactivity on the MulTView window. When you
move your mouse over the MulTView window, the border reappears.
Only one video window can be in control. When the embedded
MulTView window is in focus, its borders are red; when it is
not in focus, its borders are black. For example when the
borders are red, a REMOTE WONDER (see page 3) channelchange command will change the MulTView channel.
MulTView audio requirements
If you have one audio card or an integrated audio chip, you must
connect one audio path internally (CD-In, for example) and the
other externally (Line-In, for example).
If you have two audio cards or one audio card and an integrated
audio chip, you can connect both audio paths internally,
externally, or one internally and the other externally.
MulTView™
MulTView keyboard shortcuts
You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to control
MulTView.
Command
Key(s)
Toggle MulTView window on / off
Alt + H
Toggle MulTView focus
Alt + O
MulTView window in top-left of
main video window
Alt + Í
MulTView window in bottom-left of
main video window
Alt + Ï
MulTView window in bottom-right
of main video window
Alt + Ð
MulTView window in top-right of
main video window
Alt + Î
Cycle through MulTView window
positions
Alt + W
Toggle MulTView full screen /
windowed mode
Alt + W
Swap channels
=
Channel up
(numeric keypad) +
Channel down
(numeric keypad) -
Volume up
(numeric keypad) Ï
Volume down
(numeric keypad) Ð
Toggle mute
(numeric keypad) *
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Media Library
Media Library
The Media Library provides a
convenient way to manage
and play all your multimedia
files. When you record video
or audio, it is automatically
added to the Media Library.
You can scan directories for
multimedia content, filter by
file type and date, set up
playlists, and convert media files to ATI VCR or MPEG-2
format.
The upper window contains the multimedia content that the
Media Library finds in the specified directory. You can drag
files from the upper window into the lower window to create
playlists of various multimedia files.
For information about using Media Library controls, see the
online help and Tool Tips.
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Media Library does not track files on removable media,
such as CDs.
To start the Media Library
from LaunchPad
Click the Media
Library button in the
Launchpad. For information on LaunchPad, see page 2.
from Windows® taskbar
1
In the Windows taskbar, click Start, then point at
Programs .
2
Point at ATI Multimedia Center
, then select Library.
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To scan for content
1
Click the Scan for Content button
files in the directory you specify.
2
Select the content to scan for — All, Movie, Picture,
Document, or TV-On-Demand — and follow the on-screen
directions.
to scan for media
Media Library adds any of the following types of files that it
finds in the directory you specified.
• The Music category scans for .wav, .mp3, .mid, and .wma
audio files.
• The Movie category scans for .vcr, .avi, .asf, .mpg, .mpeg,
.mp2, .mov, and .wmv video files.
Filtering files
You can filter the media files in the Library to display only the
file types and time periods you want.
To filter by Type
Click the Type button in the upper left corner of the
Library to filter by media type:
All, Movie, Music, Picture, Document, or TV-On-Demand (see
TV-On-Demand™ on page 36).
To filter by date
Click the Date button in the upper left corner of the
Library to filter by date, protection status, and
unviewed:
All, Today, Yesterday, This week, Last week, Protected from
deletion, or Unviewed. (To protect files from deletion, select
one or more entries in the main view, right-click, and then click
Protect from deletion.)
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Converting media files
When you capture video from TV, setting the Recording
Quality to Good or Longer saves files in ATI VCR (Proprietary
ATI video format), which can only be played on the ATI File
Player.
To convert ATI VCR files to MPEG-2 format
1
Add the .VCR file to the Media Library by scanning for
content or by dragging it into the Media Library's content
(upper) window.
2
Right-click the file, then click Export to MPEG-2... in the
drop-down menu.
3
Save the file in the location of your choice (the default is
My Documents in your Windows desktop).
You can also convert TV-On-Demand files recorded from ATI
TV to MPEG-2 format (see TV-On-Demand™ on page 36).
Making Playlists
Select files from the Media Library's content (upper) window
and drag them into the playlist (lower) window to build a
playlist of files that will play in the sequence you specify. You
can set up a loop that plays your selections continuously, and
you can shuffle selections so that they play in random order.
You can export playlists into M3U (MP3 playlist format).
Right-click the playlist window, then select Export playlist to
M3U. You can store these files in your My Documents folder.
External Captions support
You can search for Closed Caption files created by Multimedia
Center TV (see External Captions support on page 29).
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Recommended content deletion
You can have the Media Library find and delete files that meet
the following criteria.
• Age
• Time since last viewed
• Size
• Type
• Protection status
1
Right-click in the content (upper) window, then click
Recommend Content Deletion.
The Content Deletion page opens.
2
Select the criteria for deletion, then click Next.
The Contents Recommended page opens.
3
To delete selected files, click the file(s) you want to delete,
then click Remove Selected. To remove all files, click
Remove All.
4
Click Finish.
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TV Listings
TV Listings
Gemstar’s GUIDE Plus+™ is an electronic television
programming guide for Microsoft Windows. It provides
advanced program information, such as station names and
numbers, as well as program names and details.
You can schedule recording and viewing sessions, search for
programs, and maintain a list of your favorite shows. For more
information, see the TV Listings Help.
• TV Listings is only available in selected countries.
• Before you use TV Listings for the first time, it is
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recommended that you complete the TV Initialization
Wizard (see Setting up TV on page 9).
• You need an internet connection to download the TV
listings to your computer.
• Running GUIDE Plus+ weekly will keep your TV
listings current.
To start TV Listings
Click the TV Listings
button in the TV
control panel, or click
the TV Listings icon in the LaunchPad.
To access TV Listings information from TV
• When you Autoscan, TV Listings provides station names
(see Autoscan in TV Tuner settings on page 18.)
• When you change channels, the current program name, and
the station name and number are displayed.
• When watching TV, right-click the TV Listings button to get
the following options:
TV Program Details If TV Listings has information about
this program, it displays a panel containing detailed
program information.
• Auto Update As time passes, or as you change channels,
the TV Program Details panel updates its program
information.
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• Copy Check this to copy the TV Program Details panel’s
information into your Windows clipboard.
• Right-clicking in the text area of the TV Program Details
panel also provides access to the Auto Update and Copy
features.
• When you use TV Listings, the TV Control panel is
i
hidden, and some features are unavailable.
• TV Listings is unavailable when you use Channel
Surf (see page 23) or video recording (see page 34).
Setting up TV Listings
Registration
The first time you launch the GUIDE Plus+ system, you will
need to register. This allows you to download the listings for
your area or cable service.
To download updated listings
1
In the File menu, click Download Weekly File ...
The Download Assistant opens.
2
Click the Download button to download the listings.
To make changes, click the Change Settings button.
To customize channels
The Edit menu contains two features related to the channel list:
• Station Lists ... lets you create and maintain a list of stations,
based on the master list for your area or cable service.
• Channel Number ... lets you assign and maintain channel
numbers for each station.
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Getting around
To navigate the various TV Listings views, click the tab for the
view you want, or select the appropriate view from the View
menu at the top of the screen.
Use the mouse or cursor keys to move within the current view.
Left-click to select an item and display its details in the details
window above the grid or log.
Right-click to open a pop-up menu with various options:
Watch
Adds the item to your Watch schedule (see
Schedules tab on page 61).
Record
Adds the item to your Record schedule (see
Schedules tab on page 61).
Favorite
Adds the item to your Favorites list (see
Favorite search on page 59.
Program
Details
Opens a window that includes a detailed
description of the program, as well as
additional air dates.
Go To
Tunes the PIP (Picture-In-Picture—the window
in the upper left corner of the guide where the
TV picture is displayed) to the selected station.
Recording
TV Listings works with your TV tuner to automatically record
shows. When you select a program to record, a pop-up window
appears, requesting a file name and location to save the file.
When you select a program for recording, the Record icon
appears next to the title in any view where that program is
displayed.
• To remove a program from the Record Schedule, simply
click the Record icon next to the program title.
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Viewing
TV Listings works with your TV tuner to automatically display
shows. When you select a program for viewing, the Watch icon
appears next to the title in any view where that program is
displayed.
• To remove a program from the Watch Schedule, simply click
the Watch icon next to the program title.
Views
There are two, main views for the guide: Grid and Log.
Grid view displays 24 hours of listings in a table (similar to
your newspaper or cable guide). Use the arrow keys to scroll
up, down, left, or right. You can also scroll using the horizontal
and vertical scroll bars.
• Scroll to a specific program to display its details in the area
above the grid.
• To display just the stations you want, use the Station Lists ...
option in the Edit menu (see To customize channels on
page 55.)
Log view displays the data in a list, in the following order:
Date/Station/Category and Title/Episode. Use the arrow keys to
scroll up, down, left, or right. You can also scroll using the
horizontal and vertical scroll bars.
• Scroll to a specific program to display its details in the area
above the log.
• To display just the stations you want, use the Station Lists ...
option in the Edit menu (see To customize channels on
page 55.)
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Filter options
Click the Filter icon to
open the Filter options
dialog, where you can
adjust the current view
and quickly locate
programs. Select the
boxes you want to apply
to the current view, and
click Close.
Select the Use Station
List checkbox to apply
the most recently customized station list.
Actors tab
The Actors tab displays all actors and actresses starring in all
the movies in the current listings. A list of actor names is
displayed on the left of the screen. Click the name of the actor
for whom you want to display all movies and show times.
• Use the arrow keys to scroll up and down in the Actors List.
• You can also type an actor’s partial or full name in the
textbox above the Actors List to quickly locate that actor.
• Scroll to a specific program to display its details in the area
above the list.
• To display just the stations you want, use the Station Lists ...
option in the Edit menu (see To customize channels on
page 55).
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Categories tab
The Categories tab displays all genre categories in the current
listings. A list of genre categories is displayed on the left of the
screen.
• Click the category you want to view, to display all titles for
that category on the right side of the screen.
• Double-clicking on categories with a + sign opens a list of
sub-categories on the right side of the screen.
• Use the arrow keys to scroll up and down in the Categories
List. You can also scroll using the horizontal and vertical
scroll bars.
• Scroll to a specific program to display its details in the area
above the log.
• To display just the stations you want, use the Station Lists
option in the Edit menu (see To customize channels on
page 55).
Searches
GUIDE Plus+ comes with a powerful search engine to help you
find the programs you want. You can save and maintain a list of
custom searches to run each week, as well as a Favorites search
that tracks your favorite shows and movies.
Favorite search
Access the Favorite search under the Searches tab. Favorites
are a special list of show titles that you keep and use to find
your favorite shows with a mouse click. You can add and
remove items from your favorites list from any view in the
guide.
• Favorites is always the first search displayed in the Searches
tab. It behaves like other searches, but it cannot be deleted.
• When one of your favorites appears in any view of the guide,
appears in front of the title.
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Typically, you use the favorites list to find your preferred shows
when your data file is updated. Select the Favorites search from
the list of searches, and the guide will look up and display all
your favorite items. You can then select any or all of these
items into your Schedule. You can set Favorites in two ways:
• In any view, select an event you want to place in your
Favorites list. Right-click to open the Event menu, then
select the Favorite option to toggle the item in or out of your
Favorites list.
• In any list of events, three checkboxes appear in front of the
event. The right checkbox is the Favorites indicator; click to
toggle it.
Movies tab
The Movies tab displays all movie sub-categories for all movies
in the current listings, on the left side of your screen.
• Click the category you want to view; all titles for that
category will be displayed on the right side of your screen.
• Use the arrow keys to scroll up and down in the Movies List.
You can also scroll using the horizontal and vertical scroll
bars.
• Scroll to a specific program to display its details in the area
above the log.
• To display just the stations you want, use the Station Lists ...
option in the Edit menu (see To customize channels on
page 55).
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Schedules tab
A schedule is a list of TV events that you have selected in any
view, including search results. The schedule is in the form of a
Log View (see page 57). There are three lists you can choose
from:
• Watch displays all events with at least the Watch indicator
set.
• Record displays all events with at least the Record indicator
set.
• All displays all events with either the Watch or Record
indicator set.
In any view, when an event has been scheduled, an icon appears
in front of the title, indicating whether the item is scheduled to
watch, record, or both. Scheduled items can be added and
removed in two ways:
1
In any view, select the event you want to place in your
schedule, right-click to open the Event menu, then select
Watch or Record to toggle the item in or out of your list of
scheduled items.
2
In any list of events, three checkboxes appear in front of the
event; the left checkbox is the Watch indicator, and the
center checkbox is the Record indicator. Click either one to
toggle it.
Searches tab
The Searches tab displays a list of saved searches, including a
list of personal Favorites (see Favorite search on page 59),
which is always the first search in the list. The Search title is
automatically updated when you click it.
• To create a new search, click the Search menu, then click
New Search. The Search dialog opens.
• To edit a saved search, double-click the search title, or launch
the Search dialog (as above), then click Load Search.
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Setting search parameters
To start a new search, in the Search menu, click New Search ...
to open the Search dialog, which you can use to set the
following options:
Stations
Select All or None using the appropriate
buttons at the bottom of the list. To use
selected stations, click the station names to
highlight them.
Program
Categories
Select All or None using the appropriate
buttons at the bottom of the list. To use
selected categories, click the category names
to highlight them.
Date/Time
Ranges
Use the pull-down items to select date ranges,
and the check boxes to select the hours you
wish to include in your search.
Rating
Highlight one or more entries in this list to
search for movies with specific quality ratings.
MPAA
Highlight one or more entries in this list to
search for movies with specific MPAA ratings.
Parental
Guidance
Highlight one or more entries in this list to
search for movies with specific ratings.
Text
Search
Enter names, titles, and/or keywords in the text
box. Check the Title, Desc, and/or
Performers boxes to search the appropriate
fields for the text.
Year of
Release
Use the pull-down items to search for movies
before, after, or within specific years.
Use the icons at the top of the Search dialog to:
• Create a new search
• Load an existing search
• Save the current search criteria
• Run the current search
• Exit the search dialog
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Sports tab
The Sports tab displays all sports sub-categories for all sporting
events in the current listings, on the left side of your screen.
Click the category on the left side of the screen for which you
want to display all titles. Titles will appear on the right side of
the screen.
• If you have the Use Station List checkbox in the Filter
options checked (see Filter options on page 58), only those
stations in the currently-selected station list are displayed.
• Use the arrow keys to scroll up, down, left, or right. You can
also scroll using the horizontal and vertical scroll bars.
• Scroll to a specific program to display its details in the area
above the log.
• To display just the stations you want, use the Station Lists ...
option in the Edit menu (see To customize channels on
page 55).
Stations tab
The Stations tab displays listings for each station, on the left
side of your screen. Click the station you want, or use the arrow
keys to move up or down the list. The listings for that station
are displayed on the right side of your screen.
There are two ways to view listings in the Stations tab. You
control how the listings are displayed via the Stations tab
Format option. Log view is the standard view. Each station is
shown in its own, rolling log. Grid view can be activated from
the Grid Mode option of the View menu (see Views on
page 57). Each station is shown as a 24-hour grid.
• Use the arrow keys to scroll up or down. You can also scroll
using the horizontal and vertical scroll bars.
• Scroll to a specific program to display its details in the area
above the list.
• To display just the stations you want, use the Station Lists
option in the Edit menu (see To customize channels on
page 55).
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Titles tab
The Titles tab displays all titles in the current listings, on the left
side of your screen. Click a title to display all show times for
that title, on the right side of your screen.
• Use the arrow keys to scroll up or down. You can also type a
partial or full Title name in the textbox above the Title list,
and quickly jump to a particular title.
• Scroll to a specific program to display its details in the area
above the log.
• To display just the stations you want, use the Station Lists ...
option in the Edit menu (see To customize channels on
page 55).
Days and dates
Each view contains listings for the current date. To change the
date, select the date you wish to view from the Dates menu at
the top of the screen.
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Stills Gallery
The still images you
capture from TV, Video
CD, or File Player are
saved in the Stills Gallery.
You can save images in a
variety of graphics
formats and sizes. The Stills Gallery controls let you delete
images, hide them, save them as wallpaper, and print them.
You can check multiple Capture options in the Stills Gallery
Setup page. Still images can be captured to the Stills Gallery,
numbered files, clipboard, and printer, all at the same time.
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If you close the Stills Gallery without saving, your
captured still images are deleted.
When you click the logo in the upper left corner of the Stills
Gallery, the “About...” notice appears. If you have more than
one Multimedia Center feature installed, a Task menu displays
available and active features.
For information about using the Stills Gallery controls, see the
online help and Tool Tips.
Stills Gallery settings
Use the Stills Gallery Setup page to define how the Stills
Gallery saves and prints captured images.
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To set up the Stills Gallery
Click the Setup button in the Stills Gallery, TV, File
Player, or Video CD control panel, then click the Stills
Gallery tab.
Selection
Function
Capture
Options
Capture to Gallery
Captures still images to the Stills Gallery.
Capture to numbered file
Stores captured images in numbered files (pic001.bmp,
pic002.bmp ...) on your hard disk.
Capture to clipboard
Places captured images on the Windows Clipboard.
Capture to printer
Send the captured image to the printer.
Use only 256 colors
Saves captured images as 256-color files, to save
memory.
Save
Options
Warn if closed without saving
Alerts you if you close Television or the Stills Gallery
without saving captured images.
Show paths of saved images
Displays the drive, folders, and subfolders that contain
saved images.
Tool
Tips
Show Tool Tips
Display tool tips for the Stills Gallery controls.
Show Short Cut
Display shortcut keys for the Stills Gallery controls.
Always
on top
Keep the Stills Gallery on top of other applications.
Print
Options
Center image
Print image in center of page.
Image size:
Maximize
Print in full-page format.
One to one Print same size as original.
Double
Print twice original size.
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CD Audio
Use CD Audio to play
standard audio CDs.
Advanced features such as
Random play, Intro play
(which plays the first ten
seconds of each track) and Loop play are available. The
Schedule feature lets you schedule CD playback on dates and
times you specify (see Schedule on page 110).
When you click the logo in the control panel, the “About...”
notice appears. If you have more than one feature installed, a
Task menu displays available and active features.
For information about using CD Audio controls, see the online
help and Tool Tips.
To start CD Audio
from LaunchPad
Click the CD Audio
button in the
Launchpad. For information on LaunchPad, see page 2.
from Windows® taskbar
1
In the Windows taskbar, click Start, then point at
Programs .
2
Point at ATI Multimedia Center
CD Audio.
, then select
You can also start CD Audio from other Multimedia
Center features. Click the ATI logo in the feature’s
control panel or display panel, then click CD Audio.
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CD Audio keyboard shortcuts
You can use the following keys to control CD Audio from your
keyboard.
Command
Key(s)
Pause
Ctrl + B
Play
Ctrl + X
Stop
Ctrl + Z
Toggle Play / Pause
Spacebar
Eject
Ctrl + E
Volume up / down
(numeric keypad)
-/+Í/Î
(alphanumeric keypad)
_ / =, - / +
Setup
Ctrl + S
Help
F1
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CD Audio settings
Use the CD Audio Settings page to set up playlists and shuffle
play, and to use an LCD panel for track number and playback
time.
To set up CD Audio
Click the Setup button in the CD Audio control panel,
then click the CD Player Settings tab.
Selection
Function
Play
List
Displays all tracks in the playlist (the list of your
selections).
Shuffle
Play
Shuffle all tracks
Play all tracks in random order.
Shuffle user playlist
Play playlist in random order.
Disc
Information
If the information is available, displays the name of the
disc and the artist. You can also type in the information.
Available
Tracks
Displays the tracks that you can add to the playlist. Use
the buttons to add or remove selected tracks or all tracks.
LCD
Display
Check to display track number and current playback time
on an LCD display.
Tool
Tips
Show Tool Tips
Display tool tips when you point at a control with your
mouse.
Show Shortcut
Display keyboard shortcuts when you point at a control
with your mouse.
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CD Audio preferences settings
The Preferences settings page lets you control Power
Management settings in CD Audio.
To open the Preferences settings page
Click the Setup button in the CD Audio control panel,
then click the Preferences tab.
Click the Help button on this settings page for more information
on Power Management.
CD Database
If you are connected to the Internet, you can use the CD
Database to display album title, artist, song names, and other
information on your computer as your CD plays.
When you put an audio CD in your CD-ROM drive, the CD
Audio program can query a global CDDB server for
information about the disk. If the database contains information
for your disk, CD Audio downloads and displays the data.
• Access to the CDDB service is free of charge to end-users.
To open the CD Audio CD Database page
Click the CD Database button in the control panel.
Or click the Setup button in the CD Audio control panel,
then click the CD Database tab.
Selection
Function
Server
Address of
CDDB server
(default:
cddb.cddb.com)
Port
Port to use with this CDDB server (default: 8880).
Protocol
CDDBP
Use direct TCP/IP connection.
Get Sites List from Server
Get sites list from server using current settings.
HTTP
Use the HTTP connection if you are behind a firewall. A
CGI script must be defined (default: /-cddb/cddb.cgi)
CD Audio
Selection
Function
Proxy Server
Access the
database using
a proxy server
Server
Address of proxy server (a proxy server is another
computer on your LAN that connects to the Internet
without compromising the security of your network).
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Port
Port to use with proxy server.
Requires Proxy Authentication
This proxy server requires authentication.
Dial-Up
Networking
Use dial-up
networking
when accessing
the server.
Disable
CD Database
Use this connection when making remote queries
When not connected, connect using this entry.
Only perform remote queries when connected
Access the database only when already connected.
No queries are performed when this box is checked.
CD Audio Schedule settings
You can schedule CD Audio to play on the dates and times you
specify. If you have the features installed, you can also
schedule events for TV Magazine, Personal Video Recorder,
File Player, and TV.
To open the CD Audio Schedule settings page
Click the Setup button in the CD Audio control panel,
then click the Schedule tab. The Schedule Wizard will
guide you through creating new scheduled events. See Schedule
on page 110 for details.
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Video CD
Video CD plays Video
CD 1.0 CDs, Video 2.0
Interactive CDs, and
Karaoke CDs.
When you click the logo
in the upper left corner of
the display panel, the
“About...” notice appears.
If you have more than one
feature installed, a Task
menu displays available
and active features.
For information about using Video CD controls, see the online
help and Tool Tips.
To start Video CD
from LaunchPad
Click the Video CD
button in the
Launchpad. For information on LaunchPad, see page 2.
From Windows® taskbar
1
In the Windows taskbar, click Start, then point at
Programs .
2
Point at ATI Multimedia Center
Video CD.
, then select
You can also start Video CD from other Multimedia
Center features. Click the ATI logo in the feature’s
control panel or display panel, then click Video CD.
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Video CD Feature menu
You can access Video CD functions by right-clicking on the
video viewing area or the control panel. This is very useful in
full-screen mode.
Selection
Function
Setup
Open the Video CD setup page.
Eject CD
Eject the video CD from the drive.
Play
Play the loaded Video CD.
Pause
Pause playback.
Stop
Stop playback.
Display Size
50%
Display video at 1/2 size.
75%
Display video at 3/4 size.
100%
Display video full size.
200%
Display video at double size.
Full Screen Display video in full screen, no borders.
Show
Controls
Audio
Channels
Display the Control panel.
Click to select audio tracks for dual-mode MPEG CDs:
Stereo
Stereo audio playback.
Both Channels Both audio channels active.
Movie Scale
Left Channel
Left channel audio only.
Right Channel
Right channel audio only.
Show Time
Display scale in time.
Show Frames
Display scale in frames.
Time Remaining Display time remaining in current CD.
Zoom
Total Time
Display total time of current CD.
Unzoom
Return to normal display.
Zoom 2x
Zoom to double size.
Zoom 4x
Zoom to 4 times size.
Zoom 8x
Zoom to 8 times size.
About...
Display the About... dialog.
Exit
Close the Video CD program.
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Video CD keyboard shortcuts
You can use the following keys to control Video CD from your
keyboard.
Command
Key(s)
Pause
Ctrl + B
Play
Ctrl + X
Toggle Play / Pause
Spacebar
Skip forwards / backwards
End / Home
Eject
Ctrl + E
Volume up / down
(numeric keypad)
-/+Í/Î
(alphanumeric keypad)
_ / =, - / +
Setup
Ctrl + S
Toggle closed captions
Ctrl + C
Still capture
Ctrl + Insert
Size presets
Ctrl + 1 — Ctrl + 4
Toggle full screen
Ctrl + F
Exit full screen
Esc
Cycle through Size up / down
Ctrl + Ï / Ctrl + Ð
Help
F1
Hide control panel
F2
Hide video panels and borders;
video panel snaps to edge
F3
Always on top
F4
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Capturing still frames from Video CDs
To capture still frames from Video CDs
Click the Capture button in the Video CD control panel.
The current frame is placed in the Stills Gallery (see
Stills Gallery on page 65).
Zooming and Panning
You can zoom in on the
video in the Display panel
to enlarge a selected
portion of the screen, and
return your display to
normal.
To zoom in
Click within the display
panel, then hold down the
mouse button and draw a
rectangle around the area you want to zoom.
Or right-click the 1:1 button in the control panel to open a
menu where you can set the zoom level — Zoom x2, Zoom x4,
or Zoom x8.
To pan in the zoomed area
Click and drag your mouse within the zoomed area to pan
horizontally or vertically.
To zoom in the zoomed area
Hold down the Shift key, and draw another rectangle in the
zoomed area.
To unzoom or use predefined zoom levels
Right-click in the display panel to open the Feature Menu (see
Video CD Feature menu on page 73), then click Zoom, and
select Unzoom, Zoom x2, Zoom x4, or Zoom x8.
Or click the 1:1 button to unzoom, or right-click the
button to open a menu where you can set the zoom level
— Zoom x2, Zoom x4, or Zoom x8.
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Video CD Display settings
Use the Video CD Display settings pages to set up video size
and general operation.
To open the Video CD Display settings page
Click the Setup button in the Video CD control panel,
then click the Display tab.
Selection
Function
Video
Size
Choose playback size: 50%, 75%, 100%, 200%, or
Fullscreen. If the current panel does not support resizing,
the values are greyed-out.
Tool Tips
Show Tool Tips
Show tool tips when you point at controls with your
mouse.
Show Shortcuts
Show keyboard shortcuts when you point at controls with
your mouse.
Always
on top
Keep Video CD on top of other applications.
Keep Aspect
Ratio
Maintain the width-to-height ratio when you resize or
zoom the display.
Autohide
Controls in
Full screen
Automatically hide Video CD controls when playing fullscreen.
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Video CD Closed Caption settings
The Closed Caption settings page lets you specify how closed
captioned text is displayed – over video or in a window – and
the preferred language, the font, and the font color for the
window.
Selection
Function
Video Window
Off
Do not display closed captioned text.
English
Display closed captioned text.
Hangul
Display Hangul text.
Font
Select the font for the video window and the background
style (solid or semi-transparent).
Second
Window
Off
Do not open the second window.
Single Language
English OnlyDisplay English text.
Hangul Only Display Hangul text.
Both Languages
Horizontally Display English and Hangul,
side-by-side, divided by the slider.
Vertically
Display “layered” view: English, Hangul,
English ...
Font
Select the font for the second window, and the foreground
and background color scheme.
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Video CD Preferences settings
Use the Video CD Preferences settings page to set up general
characteristics for your player.
To open the Video CD Preferences settings page
Click the Setup button in the Video CD control panel,
then click the Preferences tab.
Selection
Function
Movie
Scale
Show Time
Display scale in time.
Show Total Time
Display the total time of the playing video CD or file.
Show Time Remaining
Display the remaining time in the playing video CD or file.
General
Settings
Automatically play CD if present
Automatically play a loaded CD.
Power
Management
Select one of the following levels:
Always
Power management always enabled.
Disabled while playing
Power management is disabled while a CD is playing.
Allow display to turn off while paused
Only the display turns off when playback is paused.
Disabled
Power management is never enabled.
Video CD Stills Gallery settings
You can capture still images from Video CDs, and save them in
the Stills Gallery.
To open the Video CD Stills Gallery settings page
Click the Setup button in the Video CD control panel,
then click the Stills Gallery tab. For information on the
Stills Gallery, see Stills Gallery on page 65.
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DVD
DVD (Digital Versatile
Disc) is a high-density
format that provides as
much as 17 Gigabytes of
storage — 25 times more
than a CD-ROM. This
vastly increased capacity
lets you view a full-length
movie or play games that
used to require multiple
CDs.
When you click the logo
in the upper left corner of the display panel, the “About...”
notice appears. If you have more than one feature installed, a
Task menu displays available and active features.
For information about using the DVD controls, see the online
help and Tool Tips.
To start DVD
from LaunchPad
Click the DVD button
in the Launchpad.
For information on LaunchPad, see page 2.
from Windows® taskbar
1
In the Windows taskbar, click Start, then point at
Programs .
2
Point at ATI Multimedia Center
, then select DVD.
You can also start DVD from other Multimedia Center
features installed on your system. Click the ATI logo in
the feature’s control panel or display panel, then click DVD.
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What can I play on my DVD drive?
You can play all video discs, including encrypted (copyprotected) and interactive titles.
Sizing the Video Display panel
You can resize the video display panel by using your mouse to
drag an edge, and you can use the ALT or CTRL key to display
these preset screen sizes:
50% of original size
Alt / Ctrl+1
75% of original size
Alt / Ctrl+2
100% of original size
Alt / Ctrl+3
Alt / Ctrl+4 Full screen
Toggle full-screen
Ctrl+F
Toggle full screen
Esc
Exit full screen
Full-screen controls
When you play DVD discs in full-screen mode, the Player
controls appear at the bottom of your screen. You can use the
following keys to return to windowed video, and hide or show
the on-screen controls.
Alt / Ctrl + F
Toggle full-screen mode.
Esc
Exit full screen mode.
F2
Hide / Show the on-screen controls.
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DVD feature menu
You can access DVD functions by right-clicking on the video
viewing area or the control panel. This is very useful when you
play files in full-screen mode.
Selection
Function
Setup
Opens the Preferences page.
Hide controls
Hides the full-screen controls (see Full-screen
controls on page 80).
Eject
Opens/closes the DVD drive tray.
Resume
Continues play, after pausing
Play/Pause
Toggles between play and pause.
Stop playing
Stops play.
Play at
specific part
Search for a specific location on the disc (see
Searching DVD discs on page 87).
Restart program
Starts play at the beginning of the file.
Go Up
Goes up in a playlist.
Menu
Displays a “menu of menus” (see Using the menus
on page 86).
Subtitle
Displays a menu of subtitle language choices (see
Setting up subtitles on page 85).
Audio
Displays a menu of audio streams (see Selecting
audio channels on page 85).
Angle
Displays a menu of camera angles (see Selecting
viewing angle on page 87).
Parental
Control
Displays a menu of parental level settings.
Blended Window
The video window appears as a translucent layer on
top of any other windows, allowing you to work and
watch DVD movies at the same time.
Search
Search for any title or chapter.
Zoom
Zoom 2x, 4x, 8x, Unzoom.
About...
Displays the About... dialog.
Exit
Closes DVD.
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DVD keyboard shortcuts
You can use the following keys to control DVD from your
keyboard.
Command
Key(s)
Help
F1
Show / hide controls
F2
Play / Pause
Spacebar
Pause
Ctrl + B
Play
Ctrl + X
Stop playback
Ctrl + Z
Toggle Play / Pause
Spacebar
Skip forwards / backwards
End / Home
Volume up / down
(numeric keypad)
-/+
(alphanumeric keypad)
_ / =, - / +
Mute audio
(numeric keypad) *
Skip to previous chapter
Home
Scan backwards
Page Up
Scan forwards
Page Down
Skip to next chapter
End
Select menu option
Return
Resume playback
Backspace
0-9
Enter number 0 - 9
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Command
Key(s)
Move selection up
Ï
Move selection down
Ð
Move selection left
Í
Move selection right
Î
Display at 50%
Alt / Ctrl +1
Display at 75%
Alt / Ctrl +2
Display at 100%
Alt / Ctrl +3
Display at 200%
Alt / Ctrl +4
About
Alt + A
Setup
Alt + S
Exit
Alt / Ctrl + F4
Toggle Always On Top
Alt / Ctrl + T
Eject disk
Alt / Ctrl + E
Minimize
Alt / Ctrl + M
Increase display size
Alt / Ctrl + Ï
Decrease display size
Alt / Ctrl + Ð
Stereo
Ctrl + A
Go to Root menu
Ctrl + M
Open a dialog where you can play
a specific title, chapter, or time
Ctrl + P
Restart from beginning of chapter
Ctrl + R
Closed caption
Ctrl + S
In a menu, select Go Up program,
if available
Ctrl + U
Select viewing angle
Ctrl + V
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Playing DVD-Video Discs
All DVD players and drives will read audio CDs and
CD-ROMs, and play music from Enhanced CDs (CD Plus,
CD Extra).
To play DVD discs
Place a DVD disc in your DVD drive, then click the Play DVD
button in the File Open dialog. If you experience problems see
DVD problems on page 121.
It is the nature of the DVD format that some commands and
options are allowed at some times, and not allowed at others.
The way the disc was authored determines this, so it can vary
from one disc to another. The following examples illustrate
some of these situations.
Audio selection disabled. Some DVD discs that include
multiple languages forbid changing audio tracks during
playback, which disables the Audio channel button. In these
cases, the disc provides an audio language menu where you can
select the audio track. There may be similar situations for
Subtitle selection (see Setting up subtitles on page 85 or
Viewing angle selection (see Selecting viewing angle on
page 87).
1
Click the Menu button
in the control panel, then click
the Root menu (or the Language menu, if available).
2
From the Root menu's Languages option, select the
language.
Time search disabled. Some DVD discs disable searching by
time; searching randomly through the disc is prohibited, and
skip forward, skip back, and seek slider buttons are disabled.
Usually, the next program and previous program buttons
continue to function. The Play specific buttons will work, but
you can only select title and chapter (not time).
Stop disabled. The “FBI warning” often disables the Stop
button until the warning has played. The Skip forward and Next
program buttons have no effect until the warning is complete.
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Selecting audio channels
When you view a standard DVD-Video disc that has
multiple audio streams, clicking the audio channel button
displays a pop-up menu of available audio streams. The
currently-playing channel is checkmarked.
• DVD-Video Discs can support up to eight audio channels,
but not all discs provide them.
Setting up subtitles
Click the subtitle selection button in the DVD control
panel to display a menu of subtitle language choices.
Click the language you want for subtitles. The selected
language is checkmarked.
• DVD-Video Discs support up to thirty-two subtitle
languages.
External subtitles
The External Subtitles feature lets you view subtitles in
languages not provided on the DVD disc. The DVD Player
supports two of the most common subtitle formats: MicroDVD
Player and SubViewer 2.0. Using third-party conversion tools
available on the Internet, you can easily convert other subtitle
file formats into MicroDVD and SubViewer 2.0 format.
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MicroDVD requires a value for frames per second; if
the DVD movie does not indicate the frame rate, try
these standard values: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30.
You can display external subtitles over the video or in a
separate window. When you display subtitles in a separate
window, you can double-click the external subtitle text to jump
to that point in the movie.
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If the external subtitle text is not synchronized with the
video, incorrect time coding in the external subtitle file
is usually the cause. Third-party tools are available to
correct this.
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To set up external subtitles
Click the Closed Caption button in the DVD control
panel, then click the Set External Subtitle button, and
select your subtitle file.
You can add and remove DVDs from the External Subtitle list,
change the DVD’s title, and adjust the frame rate.
Using the menus
Click the Menus button in the DVD control panel. A
pop-up “menu of menus” opens, where you can select a
menu to jump to. Standard DVD-Video Discs provide up to six
menus:
• Title (usually, a whole movie or album)
• Root
• Audio
• Sub-picture (sub-pictures overlay the video, and are used for
subtitles, karaoke, menus, simple animation, etc.).
• Angle
• Chapter
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Searching DVD discs
DVD-Video Disc content consists of “titles” (movies or
albums), and “parts of titles” (chapters or songs). Use Search to
go to a specific location on the disc.
Click the Search button in the DVD control panel to open
the search dialog. You can search DVD discs for:
• Title (usually a whole movie or album)
• Title and Chapter (a Chapter is part of a Title).
• Time within the current Title and Chapter in HH:MM:SS:FF
format (HH=hour, MM=minute, SS=second, FF=frame).
You can also use the DVD Feature Menu to search for titles and
chapters (see DVD feature menu on page 81).
Selecting viewing angle
Click the Angle button in the DVD control panel to
display a menu of camera angles. The selected angle is
checkmarked.
• Even when a disc is encoded with multiple viewing angles,
there may be sections with only a single available angle.
Parental Control
Parental Control lets you restrict access to selected
material by requiring password access. Click the
Parental Lockout button in the DVD control panel to display a
menu of parental level choices. The selected level is
checkmarked.
• When a parental level is selected, a password dialog appears.
A password is required to change parental levels.
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Zooming and Panning
You can zoom in on the video in
the Display panel to enlarge a
selected portion of the screen, and
return your display to normal.
To zoom in
Click within the display panel,
then hold down the mouse button
and draw a rectangle around the
area you want to zoom.
Or right-click the 1:1 button to open a menu where you
can set the zoom level— Zoom x2, Zoom x4, or
Zoom x8.
To pan in the zoomed area
Click and drag your mouse within the zoomed area to pan
horizontally or vertically.
To zoom in the zoomed area
Hold down the Shift key, and draw another rectangle in the
zoomed area.
To unzoom or use predefined zoom levels
Right-click in the display panel to open the Feature Menu (see
DVD feature menu on page 81), then click Zoom, and select
Unzoom, Zoom x2, Zoom x4, or Zoom x8.
Or click the 1:1 button to unzoom, or right-click the
button to open a menu where you can set the zoom level
— Zoom x2, Zoom x4, or Zoom x8.
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THRUVIEW™
If your computer uses a RADEON or later video card,
THRUVIEW Desktop and THRUVIEW Window are available.
THRUVIEW Desktop. The current panel appears full-screen
as a translucent layer on top of all other windows when
minimized.
THRUVIEW Window. The current panel appears as a
translucent layer on top of any other windows, allowing you to
work and watch DVD movies at the same time.
When you select THRUVIEW Desktop or THRUVIEW
Window in the Display Settings page (see DVD Display settings
on page 92), minimizing DVD displays a blended desktop or
blended window.
A DVD icon appears in the “tray” on the right
side of the Windows taskbar. Click the DVD
icon to display the blend control panel, which
you can use to adjust the blend level and
control the volume.
You can also enable THRUVIEW Window when DVD is not
minimized: right-click the display panel or the control panel,
then in the Feature menu, click THRUVIEW Window.
To restore your desktop pattern and DVD, click the DVD button
in the Windows taskbar.
Bookmarks
When you first install your DVD Player, you can create
bookmarks, which you can use to mark sections of a DVD disc.
When you load a DVD, if the Player finds a current bookmark,
it starts playing from that point.
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Each time the Player creates a bookmark or exits the Setup
Wizard, it sorts bookmarks by creation date, and deletes
bookmarks older than the expiry date you specified. To ensure
that the maximum number of bookmarks is not exceeded, the
Player deletes bookmarks, starting with the oldest.
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The Power Management bookmark is never deleted
(see Power Management in DVD Preferences settings
on page 93).
Chapter Preview
When you eject a DVD disc before the movie is over, and then
restart playback, Chapter Preview displays an on-screen
message asking if you want to preview the previous chapters.
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You must enable Bookmarks in order to use Chapter
Preview.
When you click the Play button, the Player plays the first ten
seconds of each chapter, up to the point where you stopped.
If you do nothing, playback resumes from the point where you
stopped.
When you click Stop, Previous/Next Chapter, A/B Repeat,
or move the position slider, playback starts from the point
where you stopped.
When you click the Pause button, Chapter Preview pauses.
When you click Play, Chapter Preview plays another ten
seconds of the current chapter.
If you exit the Player or restart playback by changing settings in
the Audio Setup page (see DVD-Video audio settings on
page 97), Chapter Preview asks if you want to preview again.
If you jump to any menu (see Using the menus on page 86) or
change a Parental Control Setting (see Parental Control on
page 87), Chapter Preview stops.
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A/B Repeat
You can play a section of a DVD disc by setting a start point
(A) and an end point (B) in the disc, and play that section
continuously.
1
Click the A/B Repeat button once to set the start point.
Playback continues.
2
Click the A/B Repeat button again to set the end point.
Looped playback begins from the start point to the end
point.
Pressing the A/B Repeat button again cancels looped
playback, and playback continues from the current point.
After you set the start point, navigating or opening a menu
cancels creation of the loop; if the loop is already playing,
it will stop.
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DVD Display settings
The Display settings page lets you control how video is
displayed in DVD.
To open the Display settings page
Click the Setup button in the DVD control panel, then
click the Display tab.
Selection
Function
Display
Size
Display video at 50%, 75%, 100%, or full screen.
Options
Keep Aspect Ratio
Maintains the aspect ratio (width-to-height ratio) when
you resize the display.
Always on Top
Always displays the Player on top of other windows.
Auto Hide in Full Screen
Automatically hides controls in full-screen mode if no user
interaction occurs. Controls automatically re-appear if
you move the mouse.
When Minimized
Controls how DVD behaves when minimized:
Minimize
DVD
DVD becomes an icon on the taskbar.
THRUVIEW The DVD display window appears as
Window
a translucent layer on top of your
other applications.
THRUVIEW The DVD display appears full screen,
Desktop
as a translucent layer on top of all other
windows.
Tool
Tips
Show Tool Tips
Displays helpful aids for using DVD.
Show Shortcut
Displays shortcut keys.
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DVD Preferences settings
The Preferences settings page lets you control some of the DVD
default values.
To open the Preferences settings page
Click the Setup button in the DVD control panel, then
click the Preferences tab.
Selection
Function
Preferred
Language
Select a 1st choice and a 2nd choice for your preferred
language.
• DVD automatically selects the audio stream and
subtitles to match the 1st choice.
• If the 1st choice is not available, the 2nd choice is used.
• If neither 1st or 2nd choice is available, the Player uses
the first available audio and sub-picture stream.
• You can use the Subtitles button to change languages
during playback (see Setting up subtitles on page 85).
Power
Management
Select one of the following levels:
• Always (power management always enabled).
• While not playing
• Display to turn off while paused (only the display
turns off when playback is paused).
• Never
Enable
Subtitles
Always
Always display subtitles.
Show
Subtitles
When Muted
Display subtitles whenever the audio is muted.
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DVD Initialization Wizard
When you click the Initialization Wizard button, the second
page of the Wizard provides options for controlling bookmarks:
Selection
Function
Enable
Bookmarks
Bookmarks allow you to resume playback from where you
left off when last viewing the DVD.
Maximum number of bookmarks to keep
Enter the number of bookmarks that DVD should record.
Bookmarks expire after this many days
Enter the number of days to keep bookmarks.
DVD-Video settings
The Video Settings page lets you control how video is displayed
in DVD.
To open the DVD-Video settings page
Click the Setup button in the DVD control panel, then
click the Video tab.
Selection
Function
Brightness
Adjusts the intensity of light in your display.
Saturation
Adjusts the richness of color (determined by the amount
of grey in a color) in your display.
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DVD Closed Captioning
Display closed captioned text over
video, and/or in a separate window
beside the video. When you use the
separate window, you can use the scroll
bar to review the last few minutes of
text. You can set the background color,
the font, and the font color for the
window.
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The author must have specifically included closed
captioning In order for it to be available. Most movies
include subtitles, and not closed captions (see Setting
up subtitles on page 85.)
To display closed captioned text
Click the Closed Caption button in the DVD control
panel.
To close the Closed Captioning window, click the Exit
button.
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Closed Caption settings
The Closed Caption settings page lets you specify how closed
captioned text is displayed — over video or in a window — and
the background color, the font, and the font color for the
window.
To set up closed captioning
Click the Setup button in the DVD control panel, then
click the Closed Caption tab.
Selection
Function
Placement
External Window
Displays closed captioned text in its own window. Click
Font... to select the display font.
Video Window
Displays closed captioned text superimposed on the
video. Click Font... to select the display font.
Solid Background
Displays closed captioned text on a solid background.
Shaded Background
Displays closed captioned text on a shaded background.
Closed
Caption
On Mute
Display closed captioned text when the audio is muted.
DVD
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DVD-Video audio settings
the Audio settings page lets you control how DVD handles
audio.
i
The Multimedia Center supports standard DVD-Video,
which provides stereo and compressed, multi-channel
surround sound using Dolby® Digital or DTS®
encoding. DVD-Audio (DV-A) is a separate standard,
which requires a DVD-Audio player.
To open the Audio settings page
Click the Setup button in the DVD control panel, then
click the Audio tab.
Selection
Function
Multi-Channel
Audio options
Decode and down-mix to 2 channels
The audio decoder “passes-through” non-PCM
multichannel audio or 2-channel audio as LPCM
(normal).
Pass through to audio device
Some audio cards may incorrectly report several audio
devices that support non-PCM audio input
(Dolby® Digital, DTS, etc.). For correct operation, you
should specify the audio device you want to use.
• If only one audio device reports support for non-PCM
audio, the audio device selection is greyed-out and
displays the only choice.
• If no audio devices report support for non-PCM audio,
only the Decode and down-mix to 2 channels is
available.
Dolby Options
Stereo
Play audio in 2-channel stereo.
Dolby® Pro Logic®
Play audio using Dolby Pro Logic.
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DVD
S/PDIF
S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) allows transfer of
digital audio from one location to another without analog
conversion; it is the standard format for exchanging digital
audio signals between consumer audio components.
Connections can be coaxial or optical.
You can connect your ALL-IN-WONDER’s audio output
directly to an S/PDIF amplifier or speaker set; for details, see
the Installation and setup User’s Guide that came with your
ALL-IN-WONDER card.
• S/PDIF is not compatible with analog audio. You must have
a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel A/V receiver to use S/PDIF;
enabling S/PDIF with an analog receiver will not provide
audio.
• If you are using regular speakers on your PC, but do not hear
audio while playing a DVD, ensure that the Enable S/PDIF
output box is not checked.
• High quality audio cables can be used for short lengths; good
75-ohm cable and good 75-ohm connectors can provide
lengths up to 25 feet.
DVD Advanced Aspect Ratio settings
When you play a DVD in full screen mode, the Advanced
Aspect Ratio settings page lets you control the width-to-height
ratio of video displayed in DVD. This feature is useful for finetuning your display for wide-screen and projection TVs. Fullscreen, letterbox, and standard 4:3 aspect ratios are available.
To enable Advanced Aspect Ratio
Click the Setup button in the DVD control panel, click
the Advanced Aspect Ratio tab, then click Enable
Advanced Aspect Ratio, and select the aspect ratio.
• You can enter values in the Dynamic Aspect Ratio dialog
box, or drag the window margins using your mouse.
DVD
99
Some discs may not support the aspect ratio you select. For
example, selecting letterbox for a disc that contains only 4:3
data will not provide letterbox playback.
Selection
Function
Enable
Advanced
Aspect Ratio
This option lets you make selection in the controls listed
below.
Aspect Ratio
Sets the default aspect ratio for all DVD content using
DVD.
Fullscreen
The movie fills the entire screen, regardless of desktop or
movie resolution.
Letterbox
Shows a 16:9 movie on a desktop with 4:3 aspect ratio.
Black bars appear at the top and bottom of the screen to
fill the remaining space.
4:3
Shows a 4:3 movie on a desktop with 16:9 aspect ratio.
Black bars appear on either side of the screen to fill the
remaining space.
Known DVDs
By clicking the Add button while a DVD disc is inserted,
you can add this disc to a list, and set a custom aspect
ratio for this title only.
Click the Aspect Ratio button beside the desired title
entry in the list to select an aspect ratio from the pulldown menu.
• In the future, if possible, DVD will play this title using
the aspect ratio you selected.
To remove a title from the list, select it, then click
Remove.
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DVD Schedule settings
If you have the features installed, you can schedule events for
TV Magazine, Personal Video Recorder, File Player, and TV.
To open the DVD Schedule settings page
Click the Setup button in the DVD control panel, then
click the Schedule tab. The Schedule Wizard will guide
you through creating new scheduled events. See Schedule on
page 110 for details.
Region codes
There are six region codes, or “country codes”, which are used
to prevent playback of certain discs in certain geographical
regions. DVD players will not play discs that are not allowed in
the region.
If you insert a DVD disc whose region code is different from
the currently-set value, a dialog appears where you can change
the region code for your location.
You can only change Region Codes five times.
Region 1
The U.S., U.S. territories and Canada
Region 2
Europe, Japan, the Middle East,
Egypt, South Africa, Greenland
Region 3
Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines,
Indonesia, Hong Kong
Region 4
Mexico, South America, Central
America, Australia, New Zealand,
Pacific Islands, Caribbean
Region 5
Russia, Eastern Europe, India, most of
Africa, North Korea, Mongolia
Region 6
China
File Player
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File Player
Use the File Player to play
various multimedia file
formats. The types of file
you can play depends on
your system’s software.
For example, MPEG-2
file playback is available
if software such as ATI’s
DVD Player or other
MPEG-2 decoders is
installed.
You can play the following, multimedia files:
• AVI
• MPEG (,mpg, .mpeg)
• MP (.mp3, .mp2)
• MIDI (.mid)
• WAV (.wav)
• VCR (.vcr: proprietary ATI video format – Personal Video
Recorder files recorded from the Multimedia Center TV
feature)
i
When you play MP, MIDI, or WAV files, the video
panel does not appear.
For information about using File Player controls, see the online
help and Tool Tips
102 File Player
To start File Player
from LaunchPad
Click the File Player
button in the
Launchpad. For information on LaunchPad, see page 2.
from Windows® taskbar
1
In the Windows taskbar, click Start, then point at
Programs .
2
Point at ATI Multimedia Center
File Player.
, then select
File Player
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File Player Feature menu
You can access File Player functions by right-clicking on the
video viewing area or the control panel. This is very useful
when you play files in full-screen mode.
Selection
Function
Setup
Open the File Player Setup page.
Hide/Show
Controls
Hide the File Player Control panel.
Play
Play the current file.
Stop
Stop playing.
Time display
mode
Set time mode:
Elapsed Time
Remaining Time
Total Time
Zoom Mode
Set Zoom:
Unzoom, Zoom 2x,
Zoom 4x, Zoom 8x.
Video Size
Set playback size:
50%, 75%, 100%, 200%, Full Screen.
THRUVIEW™
If your computer uses a RADEON or later video
card, THRUVIEW Desktop and THRUVIEW Window
are available.
THRUVIEW Desktop: The current panel appears
full-screen as a translucent layer on top of all other
windows when minimized.
THRUVIEW Window: The current panel appears as
a translucent layer on top of any other windows,
allowing you to work and play files at the same time.
About...
Displays the “About” dialog.
Exit
Closes the File Player.
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File Player shortcut keys
You can use the following keys to control File Player from your
keyboard.
Command
Key(s)
Pause
Ctrl + B
Play
Ctrl + X
Toggle Play / Pause
Spacebar
Stop
Ctrl + Z
Skip forwards / backwards
End / Home
Next / previous track
Page Up / Page Down
Volume up / down
(numeric keypad)
-/+Í Î
(alphanumeric keypad)
_ / =, - / +
Toggle mute
(numeric keypad) *
Open file
Ctrl + O
Setup
Ctrl + S
Toggle closed captions
Ctrl + C
Unzoom
Alt + Z
Still capture
Ctrl + Insert
Size presets
Ctrl + 1 — Ctrl + 4
Toggle full screen
Ctrl + F
Exit full screen
Esc
Cycle through Size up / down
Ctrl + Ï / Ctrl + Ð
Help
F1
Hide control panel
F2
Toggle Always on top
F4
THRUVIEW Desktop (Blended
Desktop, regardless of setting in
Display Setup page)
F6
File Player
Command
Key(s)
Minimize (without THRUVIEW)
F7
Reverse play (increments to next
lower speed:
-2x, -4x, -8x, -16x)
F9
Normal play
F10
Forward play (increments to next
higher speed: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x)
F11
Loop
Ctrl + A
Exit File Player
Alt + F4
About
Alt + A
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THRUVIEW™
If your computer uses a RADEON™ or later video card,
THRUVIEW Desktop and THRUVIEW Window are available.
THRUVIEW Desktop. The current panel appears full-screen
as a translucent layer on top of all other windows when
minimized.
THRUVIEW Window. The current panel appears as a
translucent layer on top of any other windows, allowing you to
work and play files at the same time.
When you select THRUVIEW Desktop or THRUVIEW
Window in the Display Settings page (see File Player Display
settings on page 107), minimizing File Player displays a
blended desktop or blended window.
A File Player icon appears in the “tray” on the
right side of the Windows taskbar. Click the
File Player icon to display the blend control
panel, which you can use to adjust the blend
level and control the volume.
You can also enable THRUVIEW Window when File Player is
not minimized: right-click the video panel or the control panel,
then click THRUVIEW Window.
To restore your desktop pattern and File Player, Click the File
Player button in the Windows taskbar.
106 File Player
Zooming and Panning
You can zoom in on the video in
the Display panel to enlarge a
selected portion of the screen, and
return your display to normal.
To zoom in
Click within the display panel,
then hold down the mouse button
and draw a rectangle around the
area you want to zoom.
Or right-click the 1:1 button to open a menu where you
can set the zoom level— Zoom x2, Zoom x4, or Zoom x8.
To pan in the zoomed area
Move your mouse within the zoomed area.
To zoom in the zoomed area
Hold down the Shift key, and draw another rectangle in the
zoomed area.
To unzoom or use predefined zoom levels
Right-click in the display panel to open the Feature Menu (see
File Player Feature menu on page 103), then click Zoom, and
select Unzoom, Zoom x2, Zoom x4, or Zoom x8.
Or click the 1:1 button to unzoom, or right-click the
button to open a menu where you can set the zoom level —
Zoom x2, Zoom x4, or Zoom x8.
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File Player Display settings
The Display settings page lets you control how video is
displayed in the File Player.
To open the Display settings page
Click the Setup button in the File Player control panel,
then click the Display tab.
Selection
Function
Video
Size
Display video at 50%, 75%, 100%, 200%, or full screen.
Options
LCD Display
Display track number and current playback time on an
LCD display.
Always on Top
Always display File Player on top of other applications.
Auto Hide Controls when in Full Screen
Automatically hides controls in full-screen mode if no user
interaction occurs. Controls automatically re-appear if
you move the mouse.
Keep Aspect Ratio
Maintains the aspect ratio (width-to-height ratio) when
you resize the display.
Time
Mode
Set the time mode:
Elapsed Time, Remaining Time, or Total Time.
Tool
Tips
Show Tool Tips
Displays helpful aids for using the File Player.
Show Shortcut
Displays shortcut keys.
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File Player Preferences settings
The Preferences settings page lets you specify power
management settings.
Selection
Function
Power
Management
Select one of the following levels:
Always
Power management always enabled.
Disabled while playing
Power management is disabled while a CD is playing.
Allow display to turn off while paused
Only the display turns off when playback is paused.
Disabled
Power management is never enabled.
File Player Closed Caption settings
The File Player Closed Caption settings page lets you control
how closed captions are displayed in File Player.
• File Player Closed Captioning is only available for ATI VCR
files (ATI’s proprietary video format).
Click the Setup button in the File Player control panel,
then click the Closed Caption tab.
Selection
Function
Video Window
Displays closed captioned text superimposed on the
video. Click Font... to select the display font.
External
Window
Displays closed captioned text in its own window. You
set this option in the Closed Caption Settings in the setup
dialog.
Solid
Background
Displays closed captioned text over a solid background.
Shaded
Background
Displays closed captioned text over a shaded
background.
Closed
Caption On
Mute
Displays closed captioned text when the audio is muted.
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External Captions support
When you record video using TV-On-Demand (see page 36) or
the Personal Video Recorder (see page 39), the associated
closed caption information is added to the Media Library (see
page 50). File Player can display the searchable, printable
closed caption text in three ways:
• Over video in the video panel
• In the Closed Captioning Window
• Over video and in the Closed Captioning window
simultaneously
The Closed Caption window contains a vertical scroll bar for
navigating the closed caption text.
To enable External Captions support
Right-click the Closed Caption button on the control panel, then
click External Captions.
To go to a particular location in the file
Double-click a specific section of text.
To print the closed caption text
Click the Print button.
To search the closed caption text
Click the Search button, then type the word to find. You can
search from the current position or start from the beginning.
File Player Stills Gallery settings
You can capture still images from ATI VCR files, AVI files, and
MPEG-1 files running in the File Player.
To open the File Player Stills Gallery settings page
Click the Setup button in the File Player control panel,
then click the Stills Gallery tab. For information on
Stills Gallery, see Stills Gallery on page 65.
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To capture still frames from File Player
Click the Capture button in the File Player control panel.
The frame is captured to the Stills Gallery (see Stills
Gallery on page 65).
File Player Schedule settings
You can schedule the File Player to play media files on the dates
and times you specify. If you have the features installed, you
can also schedule events for CD Audio, TV Magazine, Personal
Video Recorder, and TV.
To set up scheduled events
Click the Setup button in the File Player control panel,
then click the Schedule tab. The Schedule Wizard will
guide you through creating new scheduled events. See Schedule
on page 110 for details.
Schedule
Use the Schedule feature to activate events on the dates and
times you want. You can schedule events for CD Audio, TV
Magazine, Personal Video Recorder, File Player, and TV.
To set up scheduled events
Click the Setup button in the DVD, TV, CD Audio, or
File Player control panel. Click the Schedule tab, and
then click the Create New button.
The Schedule Wizard will guide you through creating new
scheduled events. Step 4 of the Wizard asks if you want to set
up feature-specific settings (for example, if you are recording
video, you can specify quality and duration for particular
events). When you click the Finish button, your event is added
to the scheduled event list; checked items are active.
Schedule
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Schedule settings
Selection
Function
Name
The name of the event. Checked events are active.
Feature
The feature to schedule: CD Audio, File Player,
Television, TV Magazine, Video Recording, or Video CD.
When
When the event occurs.
Next Run
Time
The next time the event will run.
Modify
Click to change values for a scheduled event.
Delete
Remove a scheduled event.
Delete All
Remove all scheduled events.
• Events whose date (On Month & Day) has passed are not automatically
removed. To re-activate an event, set its Month & Day to today or later.
• If a settings page is open, or if the About Help... box is being displayed,
the Scheduler cannot process events. If an event occurs, a warning
dialog tells you that a particular event was not processed.
• When the Multimedia Center first runs, if there are any scheduled events
recorded, and the Scheduler program is not running, a warning dialog tells
you that the scheduled events will not be processed.
You can run the Scheduler immediately, and/or install it in your Windows
Startup file, so that it runs every time Windows is started. the warning
dialog is displayed whenever you click OK after adding an item to the
scheduled viewing list.
112 TV Out
TV Out
You can connect a television set as your computer’s display, and
use your Multimedia Center to view computer output directly
on your television in NTSC or PAL formats, connect using
Composite or S-Video output capabilities, and display images
on the TV and PC monitor simultaneously.
TV Out provides a big-screen experience for entertainment PCs
that is ideal for playing games, giving presentations, watching
movies, and browsing the Internet.
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You must attach a TV before enabling TV out. For
information on attaching a TV, see the User’s Guide for
your ATI card.
To enable the television display
1
In the Windows taskbar, click Start.
2
Point at Settings
3
Double-click Display.
4
Click the Settings tab.
5
Click Advanced...
6
Click Displays.
7
Click the TV button.
8
, then select Control Panel.
Click OK.
To cancel TV Out, click the TV button to clear it.
For more information about television display, click
Desktop Help.
Multi-Monitor Support
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Multi-Monitor Support
The DVI-I interface on ALL-IN-WONDER cards can be used to
attach a DVI display or an analog monitor, using the supplied
DVI-I-to-VGA adapter.
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• The ALL-IN-WONDER VE does not support DVI-I.
• Hydravision technology supports DVI or CRT monitor
and television.
Teletext
ATI’s new Teletext
application lets you get the
most out of working with
Teletext. ATI Teletext
eliminates all the familiar
disadvantages of
television’s teletext, and
allows you to surf in the
teletext data stream.
The ATI Teletext User’s Guide provides complete installation
and operating instructions.
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Teletext is only available in Europe.
114 Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
If you have problems with video or audio, try these suggestions.
Audio problems ...
Problem
Suggested solution
No Sound
If you have external speakers, ensure that they are
powered-on (POWER indicator light is on) and connected
to the LINE-OUT or SPEAKER OUT connectors on your sound
card.
Still no
sound?
1 Click Start, point at Settings, select Control Panel,
then double-click Sounds.
2 In the Events area, Click Asterisk, then click a .WAV
file in the Sound area.
3 Click the Play button
to preview the sound.
If you still do not hear any sound, open the Volume
Control:
Click Start, point at Programs, point at Accessories,
point at Entertainment, then select Volume Control.
Or, right-click the speaker icon
(usually in the lowerright corner of your screen), then click Open Volume
Controls.
If the speaker icon is not in your Taskbar, do the
following:
1 In the Windows Taskbar, click Start, point to Settings,
click Control Panel, then double-click Multimedia.
2 In the Audio tab, check Show volume control on the
Taskbar, and ensure that the Volume Control and the
Wave channel are not muted or set very low.
When you hear sound from your speakers, you know they
are working. If you still experience audio problems, check
the audio connections to your ALL-IN-WONDER card.
Troubleshooting
115
Problem
Suggested solution
No sound from
TV
Ensure that the audio connection between your
ALL-IN-WONDER card and your sound card is correct. For
complete installation instructions, refer to the appropriate
Installation and Setup User’s Guide:
• ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV / 8500 / 7500 / RADEON
• ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 Series
• ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO.
A/V IN
ALL-IN-WONDER
9700 Series
output
adapter
ALL-IN-WONDER
9000 PRO
CATV
A/V OUT
ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 8500
(128MB)
ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 7500
SOUND
CARD
ALL-IN-WONDER
LINE IN
must be
connected
LINE IN
ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 8500DV
(64MB)
To input adapter
SOUND
CARD
LINE OUT
LINE IN
must be
connected
LINE IN
ALL-IN-WONDER
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Problem
Suggested solution
No sound from
TV
Ensure that the audio connection between your
ALL-IN-WONDER card and your sound card is correct. For
complete installation instructions, refer to the appropriate
Installation and Setup User’s Guide:
• ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 Series
• ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO.
A/V IN
ALL-IN-WONDER
9700 Series
(128MB): HDTV
Connection
output
adapter
CATV
A/V OUT
SOUND
CARD
ALL-IN-WONDER
LINE OUT
LINE IN
LINE IN
Y
Pb
Pr
must be
connected
HDTV Video Inputs
To Dolby Digital
AC-3 Amplifier
Problem
Suggested solution
Can’t record
sound
Check the record mixer settings:
S/PDIF Connector
1 Click Start, point at Programs, point at Accessories,
point at Entertainment, then select Volume Control.
Or, right-click the speaker icon
(usually in the lowerright corner of your screen), then click Open Volume
Controls.
2 In the Volume Control menu, click Options, click
Properties, click Recording, then click OK. The
Recording Control opens.
3 Ensure that the Select box for Line-In (or the Audio
input you selected in the Sound Initialization Wizard —
see page 9) is checked, and that the Volume slider is
set to its mid-point. Click
to close the dialog.
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117
Problem
Suggested solution
Can’t record
sound when
recording from
a videotape
Left and right audio output from your VCR must be connected to
your ALL-IN-WONDER card (note that S-Video does not provide
an audio connection). For complete installation instructions,
refer to the ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV / 8500 / 7500 /
RADEON Installation and Setup User’s Guide.
ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 8500
(128MB)
COMP.
VIDEO
OUT
S-VIDEO
OUT
L. AUDIO
OUT
R. AUDIO
OUT
A/V IN
CATV
ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 7500
A/V OUT
OR
S
L
ALL-IN-WONDER
R
ATI Input Adapter
ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 8500DV
(64MB)
L. AUDIO
OUT
L
R. AUDIO
OUT
R
COMP.
VIDEO
OUT
S-VIDEO
OUT
S
DV
ATI Input / Output Adapter - Inputs
SOUND
CARD
LINE OUT
LINE IN
ALL-IN-WONDER
118 Troubleshooting
Problem
Suggested solution
No sound on
the videotape
when
outputting to a
VCR
Left and right audio output from your VCR must be connected to
your ALL-IN-WONDER card (note that S-Video does not provide
an audio connection). For complete installation instructions,
refer to the ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV / 8500 / 7500 /
RADEON Installation and Setup User’s Guide.
R. AUDIO
IN
ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 8500
(128MB)
L. AUDIO
IN
COMP.
VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
IN
OR
ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 7500
output
adapter
A/V IN
CATV
A/V OUT
SOUND
CARD
ALL-IN-WONDER
LINE OUT
LINE IN
S-VIDEO
IN
ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 8500DV
(64MB)
COMP.
VIDEO
IN
L. AUDIO
IN
R. AUDIO
IN
OR
S/PDIF
S
L
R
ATI Input / Output Adapter - Outputs
SOUND
CARD
LINE OUT
LINE IN
ALL-IN-WONDER
Troubleshooting
119
Video problems ...
Problem
Suggested solution
Video is
unstable or
only black and
white
Check that you are using the correct broadcast standard
format:
• See Broadcast Standard in TV video settings on
page 17. For proper operation, you must specify your
country in the TV Channels Initialization Wizard (see
page 9).
• Check the quality of your incoming TV signal on another
receiver; bad reception may be the cause.
• Try connecting your tuner directly to the cable TV or
antenna source. Too many splitters in the cable will
degrade the signal.
There is no
video or audio
• Ensure that your cable or antenna is connected.
• Ensure that the video connector is set to the correct
source (see Connector in TV video settings on
page 17).
• Check that the audio and video connectors are securely
plugged into the correct jacks.
• Check that your video card is securely seated in its slot.
Please refer to the user guide for the card location.
Video
recording
stops
unexpectedly
• Video files are typically very large; ensure that you have
sufficient disk space.
• Ensure that you are recording to the correct hard disk
— click the Disk Space Settings button in Personal
Video Recorder settings (see Personal Video Recorder
settings on page 40).
• Disable screen savers while recording.
• Disable Power management while recording.
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Problem
Suggested solution
Dropped
frames during
video
recording
Dropped frames during video recording indicates that
some part of the system is not fast enough to keep up
with the recording. Recording video is a very demanding
task for even the most powerful system. To achieve the
best results, you must dedicate the PC to recording, and
ensure that nothing else is active during recording.
MPEG recording requires a very fast CPU to encode
the video.
• Select I Frame Only in the Personal Video Recorder tab
in Setup.
• Reduce the frame size of the recording.
AVI recording creates very large files very quickly,
and requires a fast hard disk system.
Try a lower frame size, for example, 320x240. If you do
not drop frames using 320x240 frame size, but frame
drops do occur at larger frame sizes, your hard disk may
not be fast enough.
• Defragment your hard drive.
• A large, dedicated disk is recommended if you plan to
do much video recording.
• Ensure that DMA is enabled for your hard drive, to
•
•
•
•
•
•
improve disk access speed and free up the system
CPU.
Close all other running tasks, including those in the
System Tray — clock, popup reminders, virus
scanners, etc.
Close and exit from any Task Scheduler.
Do not log on to your network.
Do not connect USB devices while recording.
Do not open or close CD-ROM trays while recording.
Do not move the mouse while recording.
Troubleshooting
121
Problem
Suggested solution
Recorded
video has
horizontal
lines
(“combing”)
• If you are recording to AVI format, reduce the line count
in the Frame Size. For example, change the frame size
from 480x480 to 480x240.
In the Personal Video Recorder Settings page, click the
Set Custom... button, then click the Edit... button,
choose your AVI preset, then edit the frame size. (See
Personal Video Recorder settings on page 40.)
• If you are recording in MPEG format, ensure that
Deinterlacing is checked.
In the Personal Video Recorder Settings page, click the
Set Custom... button, then click the Edit... button,
choose your MPEG preset, then check Deinterlacing.
DVD problems
The following information applies to Windows® 98 and
Windows Me, but many of the suggestions may also apply to
Windows 2000. Before proceeding, ensure that your computer
meets these conditions:
• An ATI display adapter is installed
• A current ATI display driver is installed
• The ATI Multimedia Center is installed
• Your CPU supports MMX instructions (early Pentium and
Pentium PRO CPUs do not support MMX) PC Check tests
your CPU (see page 6).
• AGP support is enabled and functioning properly. If you are
using an AGP display card, and the DVD player hangs, AGP
support is probably not working properly.
Other things to consider
For older DVD drives, contact the DVD manufacturer for a
firmware upgrade.
If DVD movies appear bright and then dim when viewed on a
TV, do not patch the video through a VCR; connect the ATI TV
output directly to the TV, using the composite or S-Video
connections. This problem only occurs when a VCR is
connected between the TV output of the ATI display adapter
and the TV.
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ATI display adapters with TV OUTPUT capability will enable
copy protection during DVD movie playback. The copyprotected video will effectively prevent a VCR from recording a
watchable movie. If you videotape a copy-protected movie and
then play it back, you will typically see occasional glimpses of
the movie interspersed with 20 to 30 seconds of no picture or
possibly just a blue screen.
Even if you are not recording the movie, the VCR attempts to
compensate for the copy-protected signal and this generally
leads to the symptom described. (Bright and dim display on the
TV).
Remember that sound connections are completely independent
of the video connections; if you wish to hear the DVD movie
through the TV, you will also need to connect the audio output
of the PC to the TV.
If the DVD Player exhibits problems such as:
• DVD Player launches, but the ATI DVD splash screen is all you can see.
• DVD Player launches, but the display window is black.
• DVD image is jumpy, or appears to be dropping frames.
• DVD image looks blocky.
Try these suggested solutions:
Make sure you have a DVD movie disk in the DVD-ROM drive.
Try a different DVD movie disk. Before proceeding, make sure that a bad or
incompatible DVD is not the problem. Test two or three disks. Some
reasons that a DVD will not play include:
Improperly authored DVD content. If some DVDs play and others do not, try
using the DVD menus to access different chapters on the DVD.
Dirty DVD disk. DVDs with scratches, smudges, or fingerprints may not be
playable. Try cleaning the disk.
Wrong region code. If you are using a DVD intended for playback in a
different region, you should see an error message; however, always check
the DVD label to ensure that it matches your region.
Check your sound card. The DVD Player displays only the splash screen if
there is a problem with the WAV playback device on the sound card. Use
Windows Device Manager to ensure that “This device is working properly”.
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Close other programs. If a DVD movie is jumpy or drops frames, other
tasks may be causing the problem. Many programs display an icon on the
Windows taskbar. Right-click the icon, then click Exit or Close.
Ensure that a current version of DirectX is installed. Very generally,
DirectX is an interface between applications and games and the drivers
that run your graphics, sound and other hardware. PC Check tests DirectX
(see To access PC Check on page 6.)
(Windows 9x) Ensure that the Hardware Acceleration slider is set at Full.
1 Click Start, point at Settings, then click Control Panel.
2 Double-click System, then click the Performance tab.
3 In Advanced settings, click the Graphics... button, and ensure that the
Hardware acceleration slider is set to Full.
(Windows 9x) Use MSCONFIG to ensure that UDF (Universal Disk
Format) is enabled. Microsoft DVD playback software requires that UDF
be mounted on DVD disks.
1 Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, then click OK.
2 Click the Advanced... Button, then Un-check Disable UDF file system.
Check the Performance page of System Properties to see if you are using
DOS compatibility mode. If your file system is forced to run DOS
Compatibility mode, CD/DVD-ROM drives are not supported, and will not
appear in Device Manager.
1 Click Start, point at Settings, then click Control Panel.
2 Double-click System, then click the Device Manager tab.
3 Check Device Manager to ensure that your DVD-ROM drive is available
in Windows.
Make sure that the protected-mode driver is not damaged. For all ESDI
and IDE drives, Windows uses ESDI_506.PDR in the IOSUBSYS directory
to provide 32-bit disk access.
For SCSI controllers, Windows uses SCSIPORT.PDR and a “mini-port”
(.MPD) driver to provide 32-bit access.
Manually extract ESDI_506.PDR or SCSIPORT.PDR files from the
Windows disks or CD-ROM, or run Setup, and select the Verify option.
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Remove Real Mode (DOS) drivers for the DVD-ROM drive. Real mode CDROM drivers may interfere with proper DVD-ROM operation. Real mode
drivers for the CD-ROM are only required if you wish to access the CDROM from DOS. Look in the CONFIG.SYS file for CD-ROM drivers that may
be loaded.
Following are some examples of “DEVICE=” lines that load REAL MODE
CD-ROM drivers.
DEVICE=C:\SBCD\DRV\SBIDE.SYS /D:MSCD001 /P:170,15 /V
DEVICE=c:\bin\AOATAPI.SYS /D:MSCD003
Device=C:\DEV\AOATAPI.SYS /D:mscd000
To determine if the CD-ROM driver is the source of the problem, simply edit
the CONFIG.SYS file and add the letters “REM” to the beginning of the
“DEVICE=” line. (e.g. REM DEVICE=CR_ATAPI.SYS /D:MSCD0001). Save
the CONFIG.SYS file, reboot the system and see if the problem still occurs.
NOTE: the REAL MODE CD-ROM driver is not usually required for
Windows 98 to access the CD-ROM drive. The REAL MODE driver is only
required to access the CD-ROM when booting to DOS MODE.
Disable UDMA support in CMOS. Some motherboards do not function
properly when the built-in UDMA support is enabled. In some cases,
Windows DMA support will not appear in Device Manager when UDMA is
enabled in CMOS.
1 Turn on your PC, and press the Del key or the F2 key to enter the CMOS
setup screens. (Different BIOS makers may use a different key; check
the screen for a message that tells you which key to use.
2 Disable UDMA support for all IDE devices; for example, an Award BIOS
under Integrated Peripherals typically shows:
IDE primary Master UDMA AUTO <
(Change to Disable.)
IDE Primary Slave UDMA AUTO <
(Change to Disable.)
IDE Secondary Master UDMA AUTO <
(Change to Disable.)
IDE Secondary Slave UDMA AUTO <
(Change to Disable.)
Save the new settings, then exit CMOS setup.
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Enable DMA for the DVD drive in Windows. Windows DMA support for
DVD drives usually improves playback performance. PC Check tests your
DMA settings (see To access PC Check on page 6.)
Install the DVD drive on the second IDE channel as a Master device. DVD
drive performance is best when the DVD drive is installed as a Master
device on the second IDE channel.
Warning: If you are unfamiliar with the internals of your PC, do not remove
the cover. Contact your system vendor or a knowledgeable friend to assist
you.
Always turn off system power before removing the PC's cover.
Most systems come pre-configured with one IDE hard drive and one CDROM or DVD-ROM drive. The IDE hard drive is always connected to the
PRIMARY IDE controller as the MASTER device. Typically the CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM drive is connected as a SLAVE device on the PRIMARY IDE
controller. Most system builders use this approach because it only requires
one IDE ribbon cable.
If the DVD-ROM drive is connected to the same ribbon cable as the hard
drive then the DVD-ROM drive is configured for SLAVE operation on the
PRIMARY IDE controller.
In order to connect the DVD-ROM drive as a MASTER device on the
SECONDARY IDE controller you must;
• Obtain another IDE cable.
• Configure the DVD-ROM drive as a MASTER.
• Connect the DVD-ROM drive to the SECONDARY IDE controller.
• Ensure that the SECONDARY IDE controller is enabled.
Obtain another IDE cable
If you do not have another IDE cable handy you should be able to acquire
one from your system vendor and failing that any computer store will likely
have cables available for sale. IDE ribbon cables come in various lengths
and typically have three (40 pin female) connectors. Obviously you must
make sure you get a cable that will reach from the connector on your
system board to the connector on the back of the DVD-ROM drive, but try to
keep the overall IDE cable length under 18 inches (45 cm). (Longer cables
will degrade the signal quality and may cause problems with high speed
data transfer.)
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Configure the DVD-ROM drive as a MASTER.
DVD-ROM drives typically have jumpers used to select MASTER or SLAVE
operation. These jumpers are usually located on the rear of the DVD-ROM
drive. There should be a label on the drive that will indicate where the
jumper should be positioned to set the drive as a MASTER.
Connect the DVD-ROM drive to the SECONDARY IDE controller.
Now that you have a cable and you have set the DVD-ROM drive to be a
MASTER you are ready to make the connections.
1 Power off the system and remove the cover.
2 Disconnect the existing ribbon cable from the rear of the DVD-ROM
drive.
If the DVD-ROM drive was connected to the middle of the existing cable
you may proceed with the install.
If the DVD-ROM drive was connected to the end of the cable you should
disconnect the middle connector from the hard drive and reconnect the
end of the cable to the HARD DRIVE.
Any cable or BUS must be properly terminated at both ends of the cable.
Do not connect devices to the middle of a cable and leave a cable end
dangling.
3 Use the new IDE cable and connect one end to the SECONDARY IDE
connector on the system board. The PRIMARY and SECONDARY IDE
connectors are usually located close together on the system board. The
PRIMARY connector should already have a ribbon cable installed and
this ribbon cable should be the same cable you originally disconnected
from the DVD-ROM drive.
4 Connect the other end of the new IDE cable to the DVD-ROM drive.
Make sure that any cable you disturb is properly seated before applying
system power.
5 Replace the system cover and turn the system ON.
You may need to go into the system CMOS configuration and ensure that
the SECONDARY IDE controller is enabled and set to AUTO DETECT
the devices on the IDE bus.
During the system boot process you should see an indication on the main
monitor that the DVD-ROM drive has been detected as the
SECONDARY MASTER device. (The messages you see may differ
depending on the make and version of your system BIOS.)
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6 When Windows 9x loads, open WINDOWS EXPLORER and see if you
can find the DVD-ROM drive. In the example described here the DVDROM drive should appear as drive letter D:. (Because there is only one
hard disk (C:) and we are assuming that it is not partitioned); If your hard
disk has been partitioned or if you have multiple hard disks, the DVDROM drive will generally be the highest assigned drive letter.
You may wish to insert a regular CD-ROM disk into the DVD-ROM drive
and ensure that you can read it by browsing with WINDOWS
EXPLORER. (An ATI installation CD may be used for this step) If the CDROM auto launches then you know that the DVD-ROM drive is installed
properly and working.
If you continue to experience difficulties:
If you continue to experience difficulties using the DVD-ROM drive,
particularly when playing DVD movies, there are a few things, listed below,
to consider. Even if you don't understand the concepts described below,
you should do your best to investigate and document any information you
can before calling for technical support.
• Systems that have the port driver Mkeatapi.mpd v.2.01 installed for the
hard disk controller may experience problems. If your system has this
driver installed and you are experiencing difficulties, upgrade this driver.
• Real mode CD-ROM drivers may interfere with proper DVD-ROM
operation. Look in the CONFIG.SYS file for CD-ROM drivers that may be
loaded. Real mode drivers for the CD-ROM are only required if you wish
to access the CD-ROM from DOS. Your emergency boot diskette should
be configured with real mode CD-ROM drivers. But these drivers should
not usually be required for normal operation in Windows 9X.
• DVD-ROM drives that were originally connected to a special hardware
DVD decoder board may only work with that board and with special
drivers.
• Older DVD-ROM drives may experience performance issues and/or may
require a firmware revision (consult the DVD manufacturer) for correct
operation. A second generation or newer DVD-ROM drive is
recommended for the best results.
• If you have installed more than one DVD movie solution it is possible that
they will interfere with each other. It is quite possible for multiple DVD
solutions to co-exist and even run simultaneously, however; if you are
having problems it is best to focus on only one application at a time and
also give that application the cleanest environment possible.
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If problems persist:
BEFORE you call Customer Support, please have the following information
ready:
• Detailed description of the problem
• Motherboard manufacturer
• System BIOS manufacturer
• Make and model of DVD drive
• DVD drive interface (IDE or SCSI)
• Drive letter assigned to the DVD drive by Windows
• DVD title(s) that are not working properly
• Operating system name and version
• ATI display adapter model or name
• ATI display driver version
• ATI DVD Player software version
• Sound card name and manufacturer — if integrated, provide chipset type.
To email your system information:
1 Click Start, click Run..., then type MSINFO32. This will gather information
about your computer's configuration.
2 In the Microsoft System Information box, click File, click Export..., and
save the report as a .TXT file, which you can email to Customer Support.
(This file can be large — you may want to use a ZIP-compatible
compression program to reduce its size.)
Index
Symbols
.mid 101
.mp2 101
.mp3 101
.mpeg 101
.mpg 101
.vcr 101
.wav 101
A
A/B Repeat 91
Advanced Aspect Ratio 98
ATI TV Bar 22
controls 22
Autoscan 18
AVI 101
B
Bookmarks
DVD 89
C
Cable standard 18
CD Audio 67
CD Database 70
keyboard shortcuts 68
preferences settings 70
Schedule settings 71
settings 69
CD Database 70
Channel Lockout
passwords 32
Wizard 32
Channel name 18
Channel Property Details 19
Channel Surfing 23
Chapter Preview 90
Closed Captioning
settings 24, 95
Closed-captioned text
transcribing 27
Configuration Tool 4
DVD audio settings 5
file types 5
PC Check 6
Skins 6
TV settings 5
Converting media files 52
File Player 52
D
Dual monitor display 9
DVD 79
A/B Repeat 91
Advanced Aspect Ratio settings 98
Audio settings 97
bookmarks 89
Chapter Preview 90
Closed-Captioning settings 95
display settings 92
Feature menu 81
full-screen controls 80
Initialization Wizard 94
keyboard shortcuts 82
Parental Control 87
Preferences settings 93
region codes 100
Schedule settings 100
searching DVD disks 87
selecting audio channels 85
selecting viewing angle 87
setting up external subtitles 85
setting up subtitles 85
THRUVIEW Desktop,
THRUVIEW Window 89
using the menus 86
Video settings 94
zooming and panning 88
DVD menus
using 86
129
DVD-Audio, DVD-A 5, 97
E
Exporting recorded video 38
External Captions support
File Player 52, 109
Media Library 52
TV 29
F
Feature menu
DVD 81
File Player 103
TV 11
Video CD 73
File Player 101
Closed Caption settings 108
Display settings 107
External Captions support 109
Feature menu 103
keyboard shortcuts 104
Preferences 108
Schedule Settings 110
Schedule Wizard 110
Stills Gallery 65
Stills Gallery Settings 109
THRUVIEW 105
zooming and panning 106
H
Help
features, context-sensitive, Tool
Tips, desktop 3
HotWords
setting up 26
Wizard 26
HotWords Wizard 26
HydraVision 113
I
I, B, P frames 45
I-frames 45
Initialization Wizard
TV 9
K
Karaoke CDs 72
Keyboard shortcuts
CD Audio 68
DVD 82
File Player 104
MulTView 49
TV 13
Video CD 74
L
LaunchPad
starting Multimedia Center from 2
M
Media Library 50
Converting media files 52
External captions support 52
filtering files 51
making playlists 52
MPEG
achieving best results with video
recording 45
Multimedia Center
starting 2
using 1
Multi-monitor support 113
MulTView 9, 47
audio requirements 48
keyboard shortcuts 49
Picture in Picture, Picture outside
Picture 47
TV WONDER 47
O
One Touch Record 44
P
Parental Control 33
DVD 87
password 9
Wizard 9
PC Check 6
Personal Video Recorder
achieving best results with MPEG
45
130
One Touch Record 44
setting up 39
settings 40
VideoSoap 39
Picture in Picture 9, 47
Picture outside Picture 47
R
Recommended content deletion 53
Recording Format Initialization
Wizard 10
Recording video and still images 34
Region codes 100
REMOTE WONDER 3
Resource conflict 2
S
S/PDIF 98
SAP 30
Schedule
settings 111
Wizard 110
Schedule Wizard
CD Audio 71
DVD 100
File Player 110
TV 21
Secondary Audio Program 30
Settings
CD Audio 69
Closed Captioning 24, 95
DVD Advanced Aspect Ratio 98
DVD display 92
DVD Preferences 93
DVD-Video 94
DVD-Video audio 97
File Player 107
File Player Closed Caption 108
File Player Preferences 108
File Player Schedule 110
File Player Stills Gallery 109
HotWords 26
Personal Video Recorder 40
Schedule 111
Stills Gallery 65
TV display 15
TV Stills Gallery 21
TV Tuner 18
TV tuner settings 18
TV Video 17
Video CD 76
Video CD Stills Gallery 78
Sizing TV display 10
Skins 6
Sound Initialization Wizard 9
Starting Multimedia Center 2
Still image capture 34
Stills Gallery 65
settings 65
Subtitles
DVD 85
Surfing
channels 23
T
Teletext 113
THRUVIEW
DVD 89
File Player 105
TV 31
Tool Tips 3
Transcribing closed-captioned text
27
Troubleshooting
audio problems 114
DVD problems 121
video problems 119
Tuner settings
TV 18
TV 7
Channel Lockout 32
Channel Property Details 19
Channel surfing 23
Closed-Captioning settings 24
External Captions support 29
Feature menu 11
HotWords 26
Initialization Wizard 9
keyboard shortcuts 13
MulTView 47
131
One Touch Record 44
Parental Control 33
Personal Video Recorder 39
recording a clip of video and audio
from TV 35
recording video and still images 34
Schedule settings 21
Secondary Audio Program 30
setting up 9
Stills Gallery 65
Stills Gallery settings 21
TTHRUVIEW Desktop,
THRUVIEW Window 31
tuner settings 18
TV Bar 22
TV Listings 54
TV Magazine 27
TV-on-Demand 36
video settings 17
zoom and pan 30
TV Bar 22
TV Channels Initialization Wizard 9
TV display
settings 15
sizing 10
TV Listings 54
accessing information from TV 54
Actors tab 58
Categories tab 59
days and dates 64
favorites search 59
filter options 58
getting around 56
movies tab 60
recording shows 56
Schedules tab 61
searches 59
Searches tab 61
setting search parameters 62
setting up, registering, downloading
updated listings, customizing
channels, updating listings 55
Sports tab 63
starting 54
Stations tab 63
Titles tab 64
viewing shows 57
views, Grid, Log 57
TV Magazine
setting up 27
starting 27
Wizard 25, 27
TV Magazine Wizard 25
TV Out 112
TV WONDER 47
TV-on-Demand 10, 36
changing playback speed 37
exporting recorded video 38
history 38
Initialization Wizard 10
moving within recorded video, Jog
Shuttle 38
pausing recorded video 37
playing recorded video 37
skipping backwards and forwards in
recorded video 37
starting 36
V
Video CD
capturing still frames 75
closed caption settings 77
display settings 76
Feature menu 73
keyboard shortcuts 74
preferences settings 78
Stills Gallery 65
Stills Gallery settings 78
Video CD 1.0, Karaoke CDs 72
zooming and panning 75
Video CD 1.0 72
Video recording 34
achieving best results with MPEG
45
Video settings
TV 17
Video-In 8
VideoSoap 39
using 43
132
W
Wizard 40, 110
Channel Lockout 32
HotWords 26
Recording Format Initialization 10
Schedule 110
Sound Initialization 9
TV Channels Initialization 9
TV Magazine 25, 27
TV Parental Control 9
TV-on-Demand 10
Z
Zoom and pan 30
Zooming and panning
DVD 88
File Player 106
Video CD 75
133
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