Sony RDR-GX120 User manual

Sony RDR-GX120 User manual
2-672-061-11(3)
DVD Recorder
Operating Instructions
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RDR-GX120
© 2006 Sony Corporation
WARNING
To reduce the risk of fire or electric
shock, do not expose this apparatus
to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not
open the cabinet. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel only.
The mains lead must be changed
only at a qualified service shop.
This appliance is classified as a
CLASS 1 LASER product. The
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
MARKING is located on the laser
protective housing inside the
enclosure.
CAUTION
The use of optical instruments with
this product will increase eye
hazard. As the laser beam used in
this DVD recorder is harmful to
eyes, do not attempt to disassemble
the cabinet.
Refer servicing to qualified
personnel only.
Notice for customers in the
United Kingdom and
Republic of Ireland
A molded plug complying with
BS1363 is fitted to this equipment
for your safety and convenience.
Should the fuse in the plug
supplied need to be replaced, a 5
AMP fuse approved by ASTA or
BSI to BS1362, (i.e., marked with
or
mark) must be used.
If the plug supplied with this
equipment has a detachable fuse
cover, be sure to attach the fuse
cover after you change the fuse.
Never use the plug without the fuse
cover. If you should lose the fuse
cover, please contact your nearest
Sony service station.
Precautions
• This unit operates on 220 –
240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Check that
the unit’s operating voltage is
identical with your local power
supply.
• To prevent fire or shock hazard,
do not place objects filled with
liquids, such as vases, on the
apparatus.
• Install this system so that the
mains lead can be unplugged
from the wall socket
immediately in the event of
trouble.
VIDEO Plus+ and PlusCode are
registered trademarks of Gemstar
Development Corporation.
The VIDEO Plus+ system is
manufactured under license from
Gemstar Development
Corporation.
This label is located on the laser
protective housing inside the
enclosure.
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Disposal of Old Electrical
& Electronic Equipment
(Applicable in the
European Union and
other European countries
with separate collection
systems)
This symbol on the product or on
its packaging indicates that this
product shall not be treated as
household waste. Instead it shall be
handed over to the applicable
collection point for the recycling of
electrical and electronic
equipment. By ensuring this
product is disposed of correctly,
you will help prevent potential
negative consequences for the
environment and human health,
which could otherwise be caused
by inappropriate waste handling of
this product. The recycling of
materials will help to conserve
natural resources. For more
detailed information about
recycling of this product, please
contact your local Civic Office,
your household waste disposal
service or the shop where you
purchased the product.
On recording
Precautions
Make trial recordings before
making the actual recording.
This equipment has been tested
and found to comply with the
limits set out in the EMC
Directive using a connection
cable shorter than 3 metres.
On compensation for lost
recordings
On safety
Should any solid object or liquid
fall into the cabinet, unplug the
recorder and have it checked by
qualified personnel before
operating it any further.
On power sources
• The recorder is not
disconnected from the AC
power source (mains) as long
as it is connected to the wall
outlet, even if the recorder
itself has been turned off.
• If you are not going to use the
recorder for a long time, be
sure to disconnect the recorder
from the wall outlet. To
disconnect the AC power cord
(mains lead), grasp the plug
itself; never pull the cord.
On placement
• Place the recorder in a location
with adequate ventilation to
prevent heat build-up in the
recorder.
• Do not place the recorder on a
soft surface such as a rug that
might block the ventilation
holes.
• Do not place the recorder in a
confined space such as a
bookshelf or similar unit.
• Do not place the recorder in a
location near heat sources, or
in a place subject to direct
sunlight, excessive dust, or
mechanical shock.
• Do not place the recorder in an
inclined position. It is
designed to be operated in a
horizontal position only.
• Keep the recorder and discs
away from equipment with
strong magnets, such as
microwave ovens, or large
loudspeakers.
• Do not place heavy objects on
the recorder.
Sony is not liable and will not
compensate for any lost
recordings or relevant losses,
including when recordings are
not made due to reasons
including recorder failure, or
when the contents of a recording
are lost or damaged as a result of
recorder failure or repair
undertaken to the recorder. Sony
will not restore, recover, or
replicate the recorded contents
under any circumstances.
Copyrights
• Television programmes, films,
video tapes, discs, and other
materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of
such material may be contrary
to the provisions of the
copyright laws. Also, use of
this recorder with cable
television transmission may
require authorization from the
cable television transmitter
and/or programme owner.
• This product incorporates
copyright protection
technology that is protected by
U.S. patents and other
intellectual property rights.
Use of this copyright
protection technology must be
authorized by Macrovision,
and is intended for home and
other limited viewing uses
only unless otherwise
authorized by Macrovision.
Reverse engineering or
disassembly is prohibited.
Copy guard function
Since the recorder has a copy
guard function, programmes
received through an external
tuner (not supplied) may contain
copy protection signals (copy
guard function) and as such may
not be recordable, depending on
the type of signal.
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Caution: This recorder is
capable of holding a still
video image or on-screen
display image on your
television screen
indefinitely. If you leave the
still video image or onscreen display image
displayed on your TV for an
extended period of time you
risk permanent damage to
your television screen.
Plasma display panels and
projection televisions are
especially susceptible to this.
If you have any questions or
problems concerning your
recorder, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
About this manual
• In this manual, “disc” is used
as a general reference for the
DVDs or CDs unless
otherwise specified by the text
or illustrations.
• Icons, such as DVD , listed
at the top of each explanation
indicate what kind of media
can be used with the function
being explained.
• Instructions in this manual
describe the controls on the
remote. You can also use the
controls on the recorder if they
have the same or similar
names as those on the remote.
• The on-screen display
illustrations used in this
manual may not match the
graphics displayed on your TV
screen.
• The explanations regarding
DVDs in this manual refer to
DVDs created on this recorder.
The explanations do not apply
to DVDs that are created on
other recorders and played
back on this recorder.
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Table of Contents
WARNING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Quick Guide to Disc Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Recordable and playable discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Playable discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Hookups and Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Hooking Up the Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Step 1: Connecting the Aerial Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Step 2: Connecting the Video Cords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
About the SMARTLINK features (for SCART connections only). . . . . . . 12
Step 3: Connecting the Audio Cords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Step 4: Connecting the Mains Lead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Step 5: Preparing the Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Controlling TVs with the remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
If you have a Sony DVD player or more than one Sony
DVD recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Changing programme positions of the recorder using the remote . . . . . 17
Step 6: Easy Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Connecting a VCR or Similar Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Connecting to the LINE 3/DECODER jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Connecting to the LINE 2 IN jacks on the front panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Connecting to a Satellite or Digital Tuner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Connecting a PAY-TV/Canal Plus Analogue Decoder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Connecting a decoder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Setting PAY-TV/Canal Plus analogue programme positions . . . . . . . . . 24
Eight Basic Operations — Getting to Know Your DVD Recorder
1. Inserting a Disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
2. Recording a Programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Checking the disc status while recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
3. Playing the Recorded Programme (Title List) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
4. Displaying the Playing/Remaining Time and Play Information . . . . . . . . . 30
Checking the playing/remaining time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Checking the remaining disc space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
5. Changing the Name of a Recorded Programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
6. Labelling a Disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
7. Playing the Disc on Other DVD Equipment (Finalise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Finalising the disc using Z (open/close) button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Finalising the disc using “Disc Information” display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
8. Reformatting a disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
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Timer Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
Before Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Recording mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Recording stereo and bilingual programmes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Unrecordable pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Timer Recording (Standard/VIDEO Plus+) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Setting the timer manually (Standard) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Recording TV programmes using the VIDEO Plus+ system . . . . . . . . . . 40
Using the Quick Timer function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Adjusting the recording picture quality and size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Creating chapters in a title. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Checking/Changing/Cancelling Timer Settings (Timer List) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Recording From Connected Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Recording from connected equipment with a timer (Synchro Rec) . . . . . 44
Recording from connected equipment without a timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Playing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Playback options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Adjusting the picture quality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Adjusting the delay between the picture and sound (AV SYNC). . . . . . . 50
Searching for a Title/Chapter/Track, etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Playing MP3 Audio Tracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
About MP3 audio tracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
MP3 audio tracks that the recorder can play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
About playback order of albums and tracks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Erasing and Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Before Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Erasing and Editing a Title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Erasing multiple titles (Erase Titles) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Erasing a section of a title (A-B Erase) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Settings and Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Aerial Reception and Language Settings (Basic) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Channel Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Channel Sort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Auto Programme Title Labelling (TV Guide Page) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
OSD (On-Screen Display) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Video Settings (Video) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Audio Settings (Audio) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Recording Settings (Recording) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Disc Settings (DVD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Remote Control Settings/Factory Settings (Others) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Easy Setup (Resetting the Recorder) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
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Additional Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Self-diagnosis Function (When letters/numbers appear in the display) . . . . 76
Notes About This Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Guide to Parts and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Language Code List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Area Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
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Quick Guide to Disc Types
Recordable and playable discs
Type
Disc Logo
Icon used in
this manual
DVD+RW
Formatting
(new discs)
Compatibility with other
DVD players (finalising)
+RW
Automatically
formatted in
+VR mode
(DVD+RW
VIDEO)
Playable on DVD+RW
compatible players
(automatically finalised)
+R
Automatically
formatted in
+VR mode
(DVD+R
VIDEO)
Playable on most DVD
players (finalisation
necessary) (page 34)
DVD+R
DVD+R DL
Usable disc versions (as of March 2006)
• 8x-speed or slower DVD+RWs
• 16x-speed or slower DVD+Rs
• 8x-speed or slower DVD+R DL (Double
Layer) discs
“DVD+RW,” “DVD+R,” and “DVD+R DL” are
trademarks.
Discs that cannot be recorded on
• 8 cm discs
• DVD-R DL (Dual Layer) discs
• DVD-RWs/DVD-Rs
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Playable discs
Type
Disc Logo
Icon used in
this manual
DVD VIDEO
DVD
Characteristics
Discs such as movies that can be
purchased or rented
This recorder also recognizes DVD-R
Dual Layer (Video mode) discs as DVD
Video compatible discs.
-RWVR
-RWVideo
DVD-RW/DVD-R
-RVR
DVD-RW/DVD-R discs that were
recorded and finalised on other
equipment
-RVideo
VIDEO CD
VCD
CD
DATA CD
8 cm DVD+RW/
DVD-RW/DVD-R
CD
—
—
“DVD VIDEO,” “CD,” “DVD-RW,” and
“DVD-R” are trademarks.
Discs that cannot be played
• PHOTO CDs
• CD-ROMs/CD-Rs/CD-RWs that are
recorded in a format different from the
formats mentioned in the table above.
• Data part of CD-Extras
• DVD-ROMs/DVD+RWs/DVD-RWs/
DVD+Rs/DVD-Rs that do not contain
DVD Video.
• DVD Audio discs
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DATA CD
—
VIDEO CDs or CD-Rs/CD-RWs in
VIDEO CD/Super VIDEO CD format
Music CDs or CD-Rs/CD-RWs in
music CD format
CD-ROMs/CD-Rs/CD-RWs
containing MP3 audio tracks
8 cm DVD+RW, DVD-RW, and
DVD-R recorded with a DVD video
camera
(Still images recorded with a DVD
video camera cannot be played.)
• DVD-RAMs
• HD layer on Super Audio CDs
• DVD VIDEOs with a different region code
(page 9).
• DVDs that were recorded on a different
recorder and not correctly finalised.
Maximum recordable number of titles
Disc
Number of titles*
DVD+RW/DVD+R
49
DVD+R DL
49
* The maximum length for one title is eight hours.
Note on playback operations of DVD
VIDEOs/VIDEO CDs
Some playback operations of DVD VIDEOs/
VIDEO CDs may be intentionally set by
software producers. Since this recorder plays
DVD VIDEOs/VIDEO CDs according to the
disc contents the software producers
designed, some playback features may not be
available. See the instructions supplied with
the DVD VIDEOs/VIDEO CDs.
Region code (DVD VIDEO only)
Your recorder has a region code printed on
the rear of the unit and will only play DVD
VIDEOs (playback only) labelled with
identical region codes. This system is used to
protect copyrights.
DVD VIDEOs labelled ALL will also play
on this recorder.
If you try to play any other DVD VIDEO, the
message “Playback prohibited by region
code.” will appear on the TV screen.
Depending on the DVD VIDEO, no region
code indication may be labelled even though
playing the DVD VIDEO is prohibited by
area restrictions.
Note on DualDiscs
A DualDisc is a two sided disc product which
mates DVD recorded material on one side
with digital audio material on the other side.
However, since the audio material side does
not conform to the Compact Disc (CD)
standard, playback on this product is not
guaranteed.
b Notes
• Some DVD+RWs/DVD+Rs, DVD-RWs/DVDRs, or CD-RWs/CD-Rs cannot be played on this
recorder due to the recording quality or physical
condition of the disc, or the characteristics of the
recording device and authoring software. The
disc will not play if it has not been correctly
finalised. For more information, see the operating
instructions for the recording device.
• You cannot shorten the time required for
recording even with high-speed discs.
• It is recommended that you use discs with “For
Video” printed on their packaging.
• You cannot add new recordings to DVD+Rs that
contain recordings made on other DVD
equipment.
• In some cases, you may not be able to add new
recordings to DVD+RWs that contain recordings
made on other DVD equipment. If you do add a
new recording, note that this recorder will rewrite
the DVD menu.
• You cannot edit recordings on DVD+RWs or
DVD+Rs that are made on other DVD
equipment.
• If the disc contains PC data unrecognizable by
this recorder, the data may be erased.
• You may not be able to record on some
recordable discs, depending on the disc.
Region code
Music discs encoded with copyright
protection technologies
This product is designed to play back discs
that conform to the Compact Disc (CD)
standard.
Recently, various music discs encoded with
copyright protection technologies are being
marketed by some record companies. Please
be aware that among those discs, there are
some that do not conform to the CD standard
and may not be playable by this product.
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Hookups and Settings
Hooking Up the Recorder
Follow steps 1 through 6 to hook up and adjust the settings of the recorder. Do not connect the
mains lead until you reach “Step 4: Connecting the Mains Lead” on page 14.
b Notes
•
•
•
•
•
See “Specifications” (page 78) for a list of supplied accessories.
Plug in cords securely to prevent unwanted noise.
Refer to the instructions supplied with the components to be connected.
You cannot connect this recorder to a TV that does not have a SCART or video input jack.
Be sure to disconnect the mains lead of each component before connecting.
Step 1: Connecting the Aerial Cable
Connect the aerial cable by following the steps below.
to AERIAL IN
DVD recorder
TV
to AERIAL OUT
Aerial cable (supplied)
: Signal flow
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1
Disconnect the aerial cable from your TV, and connect it to AERIAL IN on the rear
panel of the recorder.
2
Connect AERIAL OUT of the recorder to the aerial input of your TV using the supplied
aerial cable.
Step 2: Connecting the Video Cords
Select one of the following patterns, A through D, according to the input jack on your TV
monitor, projector, or AV amplifier (receiver). This will enable you to view pictures.
INPUT
Audio/video cord
(not supplied)
VIDEO
A
SCART cord
(not supplied)
L
AUDIO
(yellow)
R
TV, projector, or AV
amplifier (receiver)
TV
Hookups and Settings
B
to i LINE 1 – TV
to LINE 2 OUT (VIDEO)
DVD recorder
(green)
D
(green)
(blue)
(red)
(blue)
(red)
to COMPONENT
VIDEO OUT
to LINE 2 OUT (S VIDEO)
S-video cord
(not supplied)
COMPONENT
VIDEO IN
Y
INPUT
S VIDEO
PB/CB
C
PR/CR
TV, projector, or AV
amplifier (receiver)
Component video
cord (not supplied)
TV, projector, or AV
amplifier (receiver)
: Signal flow
A SCART input jack
When you set “Easy Setup - Line1 Output” to
“S Video” or “RGB” (page 18), use a
SCART cord that conforms to the selected
signal.
B Video input jack
You will enjoy standard quality images.
C S VIDEO input jack
You will enjoy high quality images.
D Component video input jacks (Y, PB/CB,
PR/CR)
You will enjoy accurate colour reproduction
and high quality images.
If your TV accepts progressive 525p/625p
format signals, you must use this connection
and set “Component Out” in the “Video”
setup to “On” (page 62). Then set
“Progressive Output” to “On” in the “Video”
setup to send progressive video signals. For
details, see “Progressive Output” on page 62.
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When playing “wide screen” images
Some recorded images may not fit your TV
screen. To change the picture size, see
page 61.
If you are connecting to a VCR
Connect your VCR to the LINE 3/
DECODER jack on the recorder (page 19).
b Notes
• Do not connect more than one type of video cord
between the recorder and your TV at the same
time.
• When you connect the recorder to your TV via the
SCART jacks, the TV’s input source is set to the
recorder automatically when you start playback.
If necessary, press TV t to return the input to
the TV.
• For correct SMARTLINK connection, you will
need a SCART cord that has the full 21 pins.
Refer to your TV’s instruction manual as well for
this connection.
• If you connect this recorder to a TV with
SMARTLINK, set “Easy Setup - Line1 Output”
to “Video.”
• One Touch Menu
You can turn on the recorder and TV, set the
TV to the recorder’s programme position,
and display the Title List menu with one
touch of the TITLE LIST button (page 47).
• One Touch Timer
You can turn on the recorder and TV, set the
TV to the recorder’s programme position,
and display the timer programming menu
with one touch of the TIMER button
(page 39).
• Automatic Power Off
The recorder will turn off automatically if
the recorder is not used after you turn off
the TV.
• NexTView Download
You can easily set the timer by using the
NexTView Download function on your TV.
See your TV’s instruction manual.
*1
*2
*3
About the SMARTLINK
features (for SCART
connections only)
If the connected TV (or other connected
equipment such as a set top box) complies
with SMARTLINK, NexTView Link*3,
MEGALOGIC*1, EASYLINK*2,
CINEMALINK*2, Q-Link*3, EURO VIEW
LINK*4, or T-V LINK*5, you can enjoy the
following SMARTLINK features.
• Preset Download
You can download the tuner preset data
from your TV to this recorder, and tune the
recorder according to that data in “Easy
Setup.” This greatly simplifies the “Easy
Setup” procedure. Be careful not to
disconnect the cables or exit the “Easy
Setup” function during this procedure
(page 18).
• TV Direct Rec
You can easily record what you are
watching on your TV (page 27).
• One Touch Play
You can turn on the recorder and TV, set the
TV’s input to the recorder, and start
playback with one touch of the H (play)
button (page 47).
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*4
*5
“MEGALOGIC” is a registered trademark of
Grundig Corporation.
“EASYLINK” and “CINEMALINK” are
trademarks of Philips Corporation.
“Q-Link” and “NexTView Link” are trademarks
of Panasonic Corporation.
“EURO VIEW LINK” is a trademark of Toshiba
Corporation.
“T-V LINK” is a trademark of JVC Corporation.
z Hint
SMARTLINK also works with TVs or other
equipment having EPG Timer Control, EPG Title
Download, and Now Recording functions. For
details, refer to the operating instructions supplied
with your TV or other equipment.
b Notes
• The SMARTLINK features are available only
when “Video” is selected in “Line1 Output.”
• The SMARTLINK features are not available
while the power is off when “Power save
standby” is set to “On” (page 69).
• Not all TVs respond to the functions above.
Step 3: Connecting the Audio Cords
Select one of the following patterns, A or B, according to the input jack on your TV monitor,
projector, or AV amplifier (receiver). This will enable you to listen to sound.
[Speakers]
Rear (R)
AV amplifier (receiver)
with a decoder
Front (L)
A
Front (R)
Centre
Subwoofer
Hookups and Settings
[Speakers]
Rear (L)
to coaxial digital input
Coaxial digital cord (not supplied)
to DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL)
DVD recorder
to LINE 2 OUT (R-AUDIO-L)
B
INPUT
Audio/video cord
(not supplied)
(white)
VIDEO
(yellow)
L
(red)
(white)
AUDIO
R
(yellow)*
(red)
TV, projector, or AV
amplifier (receiver)
: Signal flow
* The yellow plug is used for video signals (page 11).
A Digital audio input jack
B Audio L/R (left/right) input jacks
If your AV amplifier (receiver) has a Dolby*1
Digital, DTS*2, or MPEG audio decoder and
a digital input jack, use this connection. You
can enjoy Dolby Digital (5.1ch), DTS
(5.1ch), and MPEG audio (5.1ch) surround
effects.
This connection will use your TV’s or stereo
amplifier’s (receiver’s) two speakers for
sound.
z Hint
For correct speaker location, see the operating
instructions supplied with the connected
components.
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b Notes
• Do not connect your TV’s audio output jacks to
the LINE IN (R-AUDIO-L) jacks at the same
time. This will cause unwanted noise to come
from your TV’s speakers.
• With connection B, do not connect the LINE IN
(R-AUDIO-L) and LINE 2 OUT (R-AUDIO-L)
jacks to your TV’s audio output jacks at the same
time. This will cause unwanted noise to come
from your TV’s speakers.
• With connection A, after you have completed the
connection, make the appropriate settings under
“Easy Setup - Audio Connection” (page 18).
Otherwise, no sound or a loud noise will come
from your speakers.
*1 Manufactured
under license from Dolby
Laboratories.
“Dolby” and the double-D symbol are
trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
*2 “DTS” and “DTS Digital Out” are trademarks of
Digital Theater Systems, Inc.
Step 4: Connecting the
Mains Lead
Connect the supplied mains lead to the AC IN
terminal of the recorder. Then plug the
recorder and TV mains leads (power cords)
into the mains. After you connect the mains
lead, you must wait for a short while
before operating the recorder. You can
operate the recorder once the front panel
display lights up and the recorder enters
standby mode.
If you connect additional equipment to this
recorder (page 19), be sure to connect the
mains lead after all connections are complete.
~ AC IN
1
to AC IN
2
to mains
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Step 5: Preparing the
Remote
You can adjust the remote’s signal to control
your TV.
b Notes
• Depending on the connected unit, you may not be
able to control your TV with some or all of the
buttons below.
• If you enter a new code number, the code number
previously entered will be erased.
Hookups and Settings
You can control the recorder using the
supplied remote. Insert two R6 (size AA)
batteries by matching the 3 and # ends on
the batteries to the markings inside the
battery compartment. When using the
remote, point it at the remote sensor
on the
recorder.
Controlling TVs with the
remote
Number
buttons
TV/DVD
b Notes
• If the supplied remote interferes your other Sony
DVD recorder or player, change the command
mode number for this recorder (page 16).
• Use the batteries correctly to avoid possible
leakage and corrosion. Should leakage occur, do
not touch the liquid with bare hands. Observe the
following:
– Do not use a new battery with an old battery, or
batteries of different manufacturers.
– Do not attempt to recharge the batteries.
– If you do not intend to use the remote for an
extended period of time, remove the batteries.
– If battery leakage occurs, wipe out any liquid
inside the battery compartment, and insert new
batteries.
• Do not expose the remote sensor (marked
on
the front panel) to strong light, such as direct
sunlight or a lighting apparatus. The recorder may
not respond to the remote.
• When you replace the batteries of the remote, the
code number and Command Mode may be reset
to the default setting. Set the appropriate code
number and Command Mode again.
TV 2 +/–
TV [/1
TV t
TV PROG
+/–
1
Hold down the TV [/1 button located
at the bottom of the remote.
Do not press the [/1 button at the top of
the remote.
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2
With the TV [/1 button pressed down,
enter the TV’s manufacturer code
using the number buttons.
For instance, to enter “09,” press “0” then
“9.” After you enter the last number,
release the TV [/1 button.
Code numbers of controllable TVs
If more than one code number is listed,
try entering them one at a time until you
find the one that works with your TV.
Manufacturer
Code number
Sony
01 (default)
Hitachi
24
JVC
33
Panasonic
17, 49
Philips
06, 08
Samsung
71
Sanyo
25
Thomson
43
Toshiba
38
If you have a Sony DVD player
or more than one Sony DVD
recorder
If the supplied remote interferes with your
other Sony DVD recorder or player, set the
command mode number for this recorder and
the supplied remote to one that differs from
the other Sony DVD recorder or player after
you have completed “Step 6: Easy Setup.”
The default command mode setting for this
recorder and the supplied remote is DVD3.
Number
buttons
SYSTEM
MENU
M/m,
ENTER
The remote performs the following:
Buttons
Operations
TV [/1
Turns your TV on or
off
TV 2 (volume)
+/–
Adjusts the volume
of your TV
TV PROG +/–
TV t
1
Selects the
programme position
on your TV
Check that “Easy Setup” (page 18)
has been finished. If “Easy Setup” has
not been finished, first perform “Easy
Setup.”
2
Press SYSTEM MENU.
Switches your TV’s
input source
3
To operate the TV/DVD button
(for SCART connections only)
The TV/DVD button switches between the
recorder and the last input source selected on
the TV. Point your remote at the recorder
when using this button.
When you connect the recorder to the TV via
the SCART jacks, the input source for the TV
is set to the recorder automatically when you
start playback. To watch another source,
press the TV/DVD button to switch the TV’s
input source.
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The System Menu appears.
Select “SETUP,” and press ENTER.
4
Select “Command Mode,” and press
ENTER.
If the Command Mode for the recorder has
not been changed, set the Command Mode
for the remote to the default setting of
DVD3. If the Command Mode for the
remote is changed to DVD1 or DVD2, you
will be unable to operate this recorder.
Changing programme positions
of the recorder using the
remote
You can change programme positions of the
recorder using the number buttons.
Hookups and Settings
5
Select “Others,” and press ENTER.
Number
buttons,
SET
6
Select a Command Mode (DVD1,
DVD2, or DVD3), and press ENTER.
7
Set the Command Mode for the remote
so it matches the Command Mode for
the recorder you set above.
Follow the steps below to set the
Command Mode on the remote.
1 Hold down ENTER.
2 While holding down ENTER, enter
the Command Mode code number
using the number buttons.
Example: for channel 50
Press “5,” “0,” then press SET.
Command Mode Code number
DVD1
number button 1
DVD2
number button 2
DVD3
number button 3
3 Hold down both the number and
ENTER buttons at the same time for
more than three seconds.
To check the Command Mode for the
recorder
Press x on the recorder when the recorder is
turned off. The Command Mode for the
recorder appears in the front panel display.
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Easy Setup - Clock
The recorder will automatically search
for a clock signal. If a clock signal cannot
be found, set the clock manually using
</M/m/,, and press ENTER.
Step 6: Easy Setup
Make the basic adjustments by following the
on-screen instructions in “Easy Setup.”
Easy Setup - TV Type (page 61)
If you have a wide-screen TV, select
“16:9.” If you have a standard TV, select
either “4:3 Letter Box” (shrink to fit) or
“4:3 Pan Scan” (stretch to fit). This will
determine how “wide-screen” images are
displayed on your TV.
[/1
Easy Setup - Component Out
If you are using the COMPONENT
VIDEO OUT jack, select “On.”
</M/m/,,
ENTER
Easy Setup - Line3 Input
If you plan to connect a decoder such as
a PAY-TV/Canal Plus analogue decoder
to the LINE 3/DECODER jack, select
“Yes.”
O RETURN
Easy Setup - Line1 Output
To output video signals, select “Video.”
To output S video signals, select “S
Video.”
To output RGB signals, select “RGB.”
Select “Video” to enjoy the
SMARTLINK features.
• If you set “Easy Setup - Component
Out” to “On,” you cannot select
“RGB.”
• If you set “Easy Setup - Line3 Input” to
“Yes,” you cannot select “S Video.”
TV [/1
1
Turn on the recorder and your TV.
Then switch the input selector on your
TV so that the signal from the recorder
appears on your TV screen.
The initial settings message appears.
• If this message does not appear, select
“Easy Setup” from “SETUP” in the
System Menu (“Settings and
Adjustments” on page 57).
2
Press ENTER.
Follow the on-screen instructions to
make the following settings.
Easy Setup - OSD
Select a language for the on-screen
displays.
Easy Setup - Tuner System
Select your country/region or language.
The programme position order will be set
according to the country/region you set.
To set the programme positions
manually, see page 57.
• If you live in a French speaking country
that is not listed on the display, select
“ELSE - English.”
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Easy Setup - Audio Connection
If you connected an AV amplifier
(receiver) using a coaxial cord, select
“Yes : DIGITAL OUT” and set the
digital output signal (page 64).
3
Press ENTER when “Finish” appears.
“Easy Setup” is finished.
To return to the previous step
Press O RETURN.
z Hints
• If your AV amplifier (receiver) has an MPEG
audio decoder, set “MPEG” to “MPEG”
(page 64).
• If you want to run “Easy Setup” again, select
“Easy Setup” from “SETUP” in the System Menu
(page 70).
Connecting a VCR or Similar Device
Connecting to the LINE 3/DECODER jack
Connect a VCR or similar recording device to the LINE 3/DECODER jack of this recorder.
Hookups and Settings
After disconnecting the recorder’s mains lead from the mains, connect a VCR or similar
recording device to the LINE IN jacks of this recorder.
For details, refer to the instruction manual supplied with the connected equipment.
To record on this recorder, see “Recording from connected equipment without a timer” on
page 45.
TV
VCR
SCART cord (not supplied)
to SCART input
to i LINE 1 – TV
to i LINE 3/DECODER
DVD recorder
b Notes
• Pictures containing copy protection signals that prohibit any copying cannot be recorded.
• If you pass the recorder signals through a VCR, you may not receive a clear image on your TV screen.
DVD recorder
VCR
TV
Be sure to connect your VCR to the DVD recorder and to your TV in the order shown below. To watch
video tapes, watch the tapes through a second line input on your TV.
Line input 1
VCR
DVD recorder
TV
Line input 2
• The SMARTLINK features are not available for devices connected via the DVD recorder’s LINE 3/
DECODER jack.
• When you record to a VCR from this DVD recorder, do not switch the input source to TV by pressing the
TV/DVD button on the remote.
• If you disconnect the recorder’s mains lead, you will not be able to view the signals from the connected
VCR.
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Connecting to the LINE 2 IN jacks on the front panel
Connect a VCR or similar recording device to the LINE 2 IN jacks of this recorder. If the
equipment has an S-video jack, you can use an S-video cord instead of an audio/video cord.
VCR, etc.
OUTPUT
S VIDEO
VIDEO
AUDIO
L
S-video cord
(not supplied)
R
Audio/video cord
(not supplied)
to LINE 2 IN
DVD recorder
: Signal flow
z Hint
When the connected equipment outputs only monaural sound, connect to just the L(MONO) and VIDEO
input jacks on the front of the recorder. Do not connect the R input jack.
b Notes
• Do not connect the yellow LINE IN (VIDEO) jack when using an S-video cord.
• Do not connect the output jack of this recorder to another equipment’s input jack with the other
equipment’s output jack connected to the input jack of this recorder. This may cause noise (feedback).
• Do not connect more than one type of video cord between the recorder and your TV at the same time.
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Connecting to a Satellite or Digital Tuner
TV
Hookups and Settings
Connect a satellite or digital tuner to this recorder using the LINE 3/DECODER jack.
Disconnect the recorder’s mains lead from the mains when connecting the tuner.
To use the Synchro-Rec function, see below. Do NOT set “Line3 Input” of the “Scart Setting”
to “Decoder” in the “Video” setup when making this connection.
to SCART input
Satellite tuner,
CanalSat, etc.
SCART cord
(not supplied)
to i LINE 1 – TV
to i LINE 3/DECODER
DVD recorder
If the satellite tuner can output RGB
signals
If you want to use the Synchro Rec
function
RGB signal images can be displayed on the
TV screen, but cannot be recorded. If the
satellite tuner can output RGB signals,
connect the TV SCART connector on the
satellite tuner to the LINE 3/DECODER jack,
and set “Line3 Input” of “Scart Setting” to
“Video/RGB” in the “Video” setup
(page 62). Note that this connection and
setup disable the SMARTLINK function. If
you want to use the SMARTLINK function
with a compatible set top box, see the
instructions supplied with the set top box.
This connection is necessary to use the
Synchro-Recording function. See
“Recording from connected equipment with a
timer (Synchro Rec)” on page 44.
Set “Line3 Input” of “Scart Setting” in the
“Video” setup (page 62) according to the
specifications of your satellite tuner. See your
satellite tuner’s instructions for more
information.
If you are using a B Sky B tuner, be sure to
connect the tuner’s VCR SCART jack to the
LINE 3/DECODER jack. Then set “Line3
Input” of “Scart Setting” according to the
specifications of the VCR SCART jack on
your satellite tuner.
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b Notes
• Synchro-Recording does not work with some
tuners. For details, see the tuner’s operating
instructions.
• If you disconnect the recorder’s mains lead, you
will not be able to view the signals from the
connected tuner.
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Connecting a PAY-TV/Canal Plus Analogue Decoder
Connecting a decoder
TV
Aerial cable
(supplied)
Hookups and Settings
You can watch or record PAY-TV/Canal Plus analogue decoder programmes if you connect a
decoder (not supplied) to the recorder. Disconnect the recorder’s mains lead from the mains
when connecting the decoder. Note that when you set “Line3 Input” to “Decoder” in step 5 of
“Setting PAY-TV/Canal Plus analogue programme positions” (page 24), you will not be able
to select “L3” because Line 3 will become a dedicated line for the decoder.
to AERIAL IN
to SCART input
SCART cord
(not supplied)
to i LINE 1 – TV
to AERIAL
OUT
PAY-TV/Canal Plus
analogue decoder
SCART cord (not supplied)
to i LINE 3/DECODER
DVD recorder
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Setting PAY-TV/Canal Plus
analogue programme positions
To watch or record PAY-TV/Canal Plus
analogue programmes, set your recorder to
receive the programme positions using the
on-screen display.
In order to set the programme positions
correctly, be sure to follow all of the steps
below.
Number
buttons
4
Select “Scart Setting,” and press
ENTER.
5
Press M/m to select “Video” or “RGB”
for “Line1 Output,” “Decoder” for
“Line3 Input,” and “Video” for “Line3
Output,” and press ENTER.
The “Video” setup display appears again.
SYSTEM
MENU
6
Press O RETURN to return the cursor
to the left column.
7
Select “Basic,” and press ENTER.
8
Select “Channel Setting,” and press
ENTER.
9
Press M/m to select the desired
programme position, and press
ENTER.
</M/m/,,
ENTER
O RETURN
1
Press SYSTEM MENU.
The System Menu appears.
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2
Select “SETUP,” and press ENTER.
3
Select “Video,” and press ENTER.
10 Select “System” using </,.
system, BG, DK or I.
12 Select “Channel” using </,.
Hookups and Settings
11 Press M/m to select an available TV
13 Select the PAY-TV/Canal Plus
analogue programme position using
M/m or number buttons.
14 Select “PAY-TV/ CANAL+” using </
,.
15 Select “On” using M/m, and press
ENTER.
To return to the previous step
Press O RETURN.
b Note
If you disconnect the recorder’s mains lead, you
will not be able to view the signals from the
connected decoder.
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Eight Basic Operations
— Getting to Know Your DVD Recorder
1. Inserting a Disc
+RW
-RVideo
-RWVR -RWVideo
DVD
VCD
2. Recording a
Programme
+RW
+R
-RVR
CD
DATA CD
+R
This section introduces the basic operation to
record a current TV programme to a disc
(DVD). For an explanation of how to make
timer recordings, see page 36.
Z (open/
close)
PROG +/–
TV/DVD
1
Press Z (open/close), and place a
disc on the disc tray.
DISPLAY
z REC
x REC
STOP
Recording/playing side facing down
2
Press Z (open/close) to close the disc
tray.
Wait until “LOAD” disappears from the
front panel display.
Unused DVDs are formatted
automatically.
If the disc is recordable on this recorder,
you can manually re-format the disc to
make a blank disc (page 35).
REC MODE
TV t
1
2
Insert a recordable DVD.
3
Press REC MODE repeatedly to select
the recording mode.
Press PROG +/– to select the
programme position or input source
you want to record.
Each time you press the button, the
display on the TV screen changes as
follows:
For more details about the recording
mode, see page 36.
4
Press z REC.
Recording starts.
Recording stops automatically after 8
hours of continuous recording or when
the DVD is full.
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b Notes
Press x REC STOP.
Note that it may take a few seconds for
recorder to stop recording.
• After pressing z REC, it may take a short while
to start recording.
• You cannot change the recording mode while
recording.
• If there is a power failure, the programme you are
recording may be erased.
• You cannot watch a PAY-TV/Canal Plus
programme while recording another PAY-TV/
Canal Plus programme.
• To use the TV Direct Rec function, you must first
correctly set the recorder’s clock.
To watch another TV programme while
recording
If your TV is connected to the i LINE 1 –
TV jack, set your TV to the TV input using
the TV/DVD button and select the
programme you want to watch. If your TV is
connected to the LINE 2 OUT or
COMPONENT VIDEO OUT jacks, set the
TV to TV input using the TV t button
(page 15).
TV Direct Rec
If you are using the SMARTLINK
connection, you can easily record what you
are watching on your TV.
When the TV is turned on, press z REC. The
recorder automatically turns on and starts
recording what you are watching on the TV.
b Note
If “TV” appears in the front panel display, you
cannot turn off the TV or change the programme
position during TV Direct Rec. To turn off the
function, set “TV Direct Rec” to “Off” in the
“Recording” setup (page 66).
Checking the disc status while
recording
You can check the recording information
such as recording time or disc type.
Press DISPLAY during recording.
The recording information appears.
A Disc type/format
B Recording status
Eight Basic Operations — Getting to Know Your DVD Recorder
To stop recording
C Recording mode
About the Teletext function
Some broadcast systems ensure a Teletext
service* in which the complete programmes
and their data (title, date, programme
position, recording start time etc.) are stored
day by day. When recording a programme,
the recorder automatically takes the
programme name from the Teletext pages
and stores it as the title name. For details, see
“Auto Programme Title Labelling (TV Guide
Page)” on page 59.
Note that the Teletext information will not
appear on your TV screen. To view the
Teletext information on your TV screen,
press TV/DVD on the remote to switch the
input source to your TV (page 15).
D Recording time
Press DISPLAY to turn off the display.
* not available in some areas
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3. Playing the Recorded
Programme (Title List)
+RW
-RWVR -RWVideo
+R
Title List with Thumbnail Images
(Example: DVD+RW)
-RVR
-RVideo
To play a recorded title, select the title from
the Title List.
m
Extended Title List
TITLE LIST
</M/m/,,
ENTER
OPTIONS
/
A Title type:
x
Displays the title type (Original or
Playlist) for DVD-RWs/DVD-Rs (VR
mode).
B Disc space (remainder/total)
1
C Title information:
Insert a DVD.
See “1. Inserting a Disc” on page 26.
Playback starts automatically depending
on the disc.
2
Press TITLE LIST.
To show the extended Title List, press
OPTIONS to select “Display List,” and
press ENTER.
Displays the title number, title name, and
recording date. Title size is shown in the
Thumbnail title list.
z (red): Indicates that the title is
currently being recorded.
: Indicates the protected title.
D Scroll bar:
Appears when all of the titles do not fit
on the list. To view the hidden titles,
press M/m.
E Title’s thumbnail picture
The still images for each title are
displayed.
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3
Select a title, and press ENTER.
To change the title order (Sort)
The sub-menu appears.
The sub-menu displays options
applicable only to the selected item. The
displayed options differ depending upon
the model, situation, and disc type.
While the Title List menu is turned on, press
OPTIONS to select “Sort Titles.” Press M/m
to select the item, and press ENTER.
Sorted
By Date
In order of when the titles
were recorded. The title that is
recorded most recently is
listed at the top.
By Title
In alphabetical order.
By Number
In order of recorded title
number.
To turn off the Title List
Sub-menu
4
Select “Play,” and press ENTER.
Playback starts from the selected title.
To stop playback
Press x (stop).
To scroll the list display by page (Page
mode)
Press
/
while the list display is turned
on. Each time you press
/
, the entire
Title List changes to the next/previous page
of titles.
About the Title List for DVD-RWs/DVD-Rs
(VR mode)
Press TITLE LIST.
z Hints
• After recording, the first scene of the recording
(the title) is automatically set as the thumbnail
picture.
• You can select “TITLE LIST” from the System
Menu.
b Notes
• RDR-GX120 cannot record to DVD-R/DVD-RW
discs, but can play DVD-R/DVD-RW discs
recorded on other recorders.
• The title names may not appear for DVDs created
on other DVD recorders.
• It may take a few seconds for the thumbnail
pictures to be displayed.
• After editing, the title thumbnail picture may
change to the first scene of the recording (title).
Eight Basic Operations — Getting to Know Your DVD Recorder
Order
You can switch the Title List to show
Original or Playlist titles.
While the Title List menu is turned on, press
</,.
Note that RDR-GX120 cannot record to
DVD-RW/DVD-R discs.
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4. Displaying the
Playing/Remaining Time
and Play Information
+RW
-RVideo
-RWVR -RWVideo
DVD
VCD
+R
-RVR
CD
DATA CD
You can check the playing time and
remaining time of the current title, chapter,
track, or disc. Also, you can check the disc
name recorded on the DVD/CD.
C The current selected function or audio
setting (appears only temporarily)
Example: Dolby Digital 5.1 ch
Rear (L/R)
Front (L/R) +
Centre
LFE (Low Frequency
Effect)
D The current selected angle
E Disc type*1/format (page 7)
F Title type (only appears for Playlists)
G Play mode
H Recording mode (page 36)
I Playing status bar*2
DISPLAY
ENTER
OPTIONS
TIME/TEXT
Press DISPLAY.
The displays differ depending on the disc
type or playing status.
J Title number (chapter number*3)
(page 50)
(Shows either track number, scene
number, or album number*3 for CDs,
VIDEO CDs, or DATA CDs.)
K Album name appears for DATA CDs.
For CDs with CD text, press TIME/
TEXT.
L Playing time (remaining time*3)
*1
Displays Super VIDEO CDs as “SVCD” and
DATA CDs as “CD.”
*2 Does not appear with VIDEO CDs and DATA
CDs.
*3 Displayed when you press TIME/TEXT
repeatedly.
A Title number/name
(Shows either track number, track
name, or scene number for CDs,
VIDEO CDs, or DATA CDs.)
B Available functions for DVD VIDEOs
(
angle/
audio/
subtitle,
etc.), or playback data for DATA CDs
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z Hints
• If “DTS” of “Audio Connection” is set to “Off” in
the “Audio” setup, the DTS track selection option
will not appear on the screen even if the disc
contains DTS tracks (page 64).
• When “Auto Display” is set to “On” (default) in
the “Video” setup (page 63), information
automatically appears on the screen when the
recorder is operated.
b Note
Playing time of MP3 audio tracks may not be
displayed correctly.
Example: When playing an MP3 audio track
Playing time and number of the current track
m
Current album number
Checking the playing/
remaining time
• The recorder can only display the first level of a
CD’s text, such as the disc name.
• Playing time of MP3 audio tracks may not be
displayed correctly.
Press TIME/TEXT repeatedly.
The displays differ depending on the disc
type or playing status.
Example: When playing a DVD
Playing time and number of the
current title
Checking the remaining disc
space
You can check the remaining disc space
using the “Disc Information” display.
1
Insert a disc.
See “1. Inserting a Disc” on page 26.
Remaining time of the current title
Playing time and number of the
current chapter
2
Press OPTIONS to select “Disc
Information,” and press ENTER.
The “Disc Information” display appears.
Available settings differ depending on
the disc type.
Example: When a DVD+RW is inserted.
Eight Basic Operations — Getting to Know Your DVD Recorder
You can view the playing or time information
displayed on the front panel display.
b Notes
Remaining time of the current chapter
Example: When playing a VIDEO CD
Playing time and number of the current
scene or track
Example: When playing a CD
Track playing time and the current track/index
number
m
“Remainder” (approximate)
• The remaining recording time in each
of the recording modes
• Disc space bar
• Remaining disc space/total disc space
z Hint
To increase disc space, see “To open up disc space”
(page 54).
Remaining time of the current track
m
Playing time of the disc
m
Remaining time of the disc
m
CD text (when available)
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Example: Input Title Name
5. Changing the Name of
a Recorded Programme
+RW
+R
You can label a DVD, title, or programme by
entering characters. You can enter up to 64
characters for a title or disc name, but the
actual number of characters displayed in the
menus such as the Title List will vary. The
steps below explain how to change the name
of the recorded programme.
Number
buttons,
SET
INPUT
SELECT
The type of characters will change
according to the language you select in
“Easy Setup.” Some languages allow you
to enter an accent mark.
To enter a letter with an accent mark,
select an accent followed by the letter.
Example: Select “ ` ” and then “a” to
enter “à.”
To insert a space, select “Space.”
6
Repeat steps 4 and 5 to enter the
remaining characters.
Input row
TITLE LIST
</M/m/,,
ENTER
1
2
To erase a character, move the cursor to
the right of the character at the input row.
Select “Back” and press ENTER.
To insert a character, move the cursor to
the right of the point where you want to
insert the character. Select the character
and press ENTER.
To erase all of the characters, select
“Clear All” and press ENTER.
Press TITLE LIST.
Select a title, and press ENTER.
The sub-menu appears.
3
Select “Title Name,” and press
ENTER.
The display for entering characters
appears.
4
Press </M/m/, to move the cursor
to the right of the display and select
“A” (upper-case), “a” (lower-case),
or “Symbol,” and press ENTER.
The characters for the selected type are
displayed.
5
Press </M/m/, to select the
character you want to enter, and press
ENTER.
The selected character appears at the top
of the display.
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7
Select “Finish,” and press ENTER.
To cancel the setting, select “Cancel.”
To use the number buttons
You can also use the number buttons to enter
characters. Refer to the number next to each
row of letters on your TV screen.
1
2
Press ENTER or SET and select the next
character.
3
Select “Finish” and press ENTER.
+RW
+R
You can execute options effective for the
entire disc using the “Disc Information”
display.
z Hint
You can switch between “A” (upper-case), “a”
(lower-case), or “Symbol” by pressing INPUT
SELECT.
</M/m/,,
ENTER
OPTIONS
1
Insert a disc.
See “1. Inserting a Disc” on page 26.
2
Press OPTIONS to select “Disc
Information,” and press ENTER.
Eight Basic Operations — Getting to Know Your DVD Recorder
In step 5 above, press a number button
repeatedly to select a character.
Example:
Press the number 3 button once to enter
“D.”
Press the number 3 button three times to
enter “F.”
6. Labelling a Disc
The “Disc Information” display appears.
Available settings differ depending on
the disc type.
Example: When the inserted disc is a
DVD+RW.
3
Select “Disc Name,” and press
ENTER.
Enter the disc name in the “Input Disc
Name” display (page 32).
b Note
You can enter up to 64 characters for a DVD’s disc
name. The disc name may not appear when the disc
is played on other DVD equipment.
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7. Playing the Disc on
Other DVD Equipment
(Finalise)
+RW
+R
Finalising the disc using Z
(open/close) button
1
See “2. Recording a Programme” on
page 26.
2
Finalising is necessary when you play discs
recorded with this recorder on other DVD
equipment.
When you finalise a DVD+RW or DVD+R, a
DVD menu will be automatically created,
which can be displayed on other DVD
equipment.
Before finalising, check the differences
between the disc types in the table below.
+R
Discs are automatically finalised
when removed from the recorder.
However, you may need to finalise
the disc for certain DVD
equipment, or if the recording time
is short. You can edit or record on
the disc even after finalising.
Finalising is necessary when
playing on any equipment other
than this recorder.
After finalising, you cannot edit or
record on the disc.
Press Z (open/close).
The display shows the approximate time
required for finalising and asks for
confirmation.
For DVD+RWs, the recorder
automatically starts finalising the disc.
After finalising, the disc will be ejected
automatically.
3
Select “OK,” and press ENTER.
The recorder starts finalising the disc.
After finalising, the disc will be ejected
automatically.
Differences between the disc types
+RW
Make a recording.
Finalising the disc using “Disc
Information” display
1
Insert a disc.
See “1. Inserting a Disc” on page 26.
2
Press OPTIONS to select “Disc
Information,” and press ENTER.
The “Disc Information” display appears.
3
Select “Finalise,” and press ENTER.
The display shows the approximate time
required for finalising and asks for
confirmation.
(Example: DVD+RW)
Z (open/
close)
</M/m/,,
ENTER
OPTIONS
4
Select “OK,” and press ENTER.
The recorder starts finalising the disc.
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z Hint
You can check whether the disc has been finalised
or not. If you cannot select “Finalise” in step 3
above, the disc has already been finalised.
8. Reformatting a disc
+RW
b Notes
New discs are automatically formatted when
inserted. If necessary, you can manually reformat a DVD+RW disc to make a blank
disc.
</M/m/,,
ENTER
OPTIONS
1
Insert a disc.
See “1. Inserting a Disc” on page 26.
2
Press OPTIONS to select “Disc
Information,” and press ENTER.
Eight Basic Operations — Getting to Know Your DVD Recorder
• Depending on the condition of the disc,
recording, or the DVD equipment, discs may not
play even if the discs are finalised.
• The recorder may not be able to finalise the disc
if it was recorded on another recorder.
Example: When a DVD+RW is inserted.
3
4
Select “Format,” and press ENTER.
Select “OK,” and press ENTER.
All contents on the disc are erased.
b Note
On this model, 1 GB (read “gigabyte”) is equivalent
to 1 billion bytes. The larger the number, the larger
the disc space.
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Timer Recording
Before Recording
Before you start recording…
• Check that the disc has enough available
space for the recording (page 31). For
DVD+RWs, you can free up disc space by
erasing titles (page 54).
• Adjust the recording picture quality and
picture size if necessary (page 41).
z Hint
Timer recordings will be made regardless whether
or not the recorder is turned on. You can turn off the
recorder without affecting the recording even after
recording starts.
Press REC MODE repeatedly to switch the
recording modes.
Recording mode
HQ (High quality)
HSP
R
SP (Standard mode)
Approx. recording
time (hours)
DVD
DVD+R
DL
1
1 hr.
48 min.
1 hr.
30 min.
2 hr.
42 min.
2
3 hr.
37 min.
LSP
r
2 hr.
30 min.
4 hr.
31 min.
ESP
r
3
5 hr.
25 min.
LP
r
4
7 hr.
14 min.
EP
r
6
10 hr.
51 min.
SLP (Long duration) 8
14 hr.
28 min.
b Note
To play a recorded disc on other DVD equipment,
finalise the disc (page 34).
Recording mode
Like the standard ×3 recording modes of
video tapes, you can select the desired
recording mode using the REC MODE
button.
Recording modes with higher quality provide
a more beautiful recording, but the large data
volume also results in a shorter recording
time.
Conversely, a longer duration provides a
longer recording time, but the lower data
volume results in a coarser picture quality.
b Notes
• The maximum continuous recording time for a
single title is eight hours.
• Situations below may cause slight inaccuracies
with the recording time.
– Recording a programme with poor reception, or
a programme or video source of low picture
quality
– Recording on a disc that has already been edited
– Recording only a still picture or just sound
Recording stereo and bilingual
programmes
The recorder automatically receives and
records stereo and bilingual programmes
based on the ZWEITON system or the
NICAM system.
A DVD+RW or DVD+R can record only one
sound track (main or sub) at a time. Select the
sound track using the Setup Display before
recording starts. Set “Bilingual Recording”
of the “DVD Rec. Settings” to “Main”
(default) or “Sub” in the “Recording” setup
(page 66).
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ZWEITON (German stereo) system
When a stereo based programme is received,
“Stereo” appears.
When a bilingual ZWEITON based
programme is received, “Main,” “Sub,” or
“Main/Sub” appears.
Timer Recording
(Standard/VIDEO Plus+)
NICAM system
You can set the timer for a total of 40
programmes (8 programmes when using the
PDC/VPS function), up to 30 days in
advance.
There are two methods to set the timer: the
standard method and VIDEO Plus+ method.
• Standard: Set the date, time, and
programme position of the programme
manually.
• VIDEO Plus+: Enter the PlusCode
programming number designated for each
TV programme (page 40).
z Hint
You can select the audio (main or sub) while
recording bilingual programmes using the AUDIO
button. This does not affect the recorded sound.
+R
Timer Recording
When a stereo or bilingual NICAM based
programme is received, “NICAM” appears in
the front panel display.
To record a NICAM programme, be sure to
set “Audio” of “Channel Setting” in the
“Basic” setup to “NICAM” (default). If the
sound is not clear when listening to NICAM
broadcasts, set “Audio” to “Standard” (see
“Channel Setting” on page 57).
+RW
Setting the timer manually
(Standard)
Unrecordable pictures
Pictures with copy protection cannot be
recorded on this recorder.
When the recorder receives a copy guard
signal, the recorder continues to record but
only a blank, grey coloured screen will be
recorded.
TIMER
Copy control Recordable discs
signals
Copy-Free
</M/m/,,
ENTER
+RW
OPTIONS
+R
Copy-Once
None (a blank screen is
recorded)
Copy-Never
None (a blank screen is
recorded)
x REC
STOP
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1
Press TIMER.
4
Select “OK,” and press ENTER.
The “TIMER LIST” display (page 42)
appears. The TIMER REC indicator
lights up on the front panel and the
recorder is ready to start recording.
Unlike a VCR, there is no need to turn off
the recorder before the timer recording
starts.
2
Press M/m to select the “Day and
Time,” “Mode,” or PlusCode row.
Then press ENTER.
3
Select an item using </, and
adjust using M/m. Then press ENTER.
To make additional changes to items in
different rows, return to step 2. The
adjustable items are listed below.
“Day and Time”:
Sets the date, start time, and stop time,
and selects the programme position or
input source.
The date item changes as follows:
Today y …… y Sat 28.10 (30 days
later) y Sun (every Sunday) y ……
y Sat (every Saturday) y Mon - Fri
(Monday to Friday) y Mon - Sat
(Monday to Saturday) y Daily y
Today
“Mode”:
Selects the recording mode (page 36).
“PDC/VPS”:
Sets the PDC/VPS function. See “About
the PDC/VPS function” below.
“Extend Time”:
Sets the duration in increments of 10
minutes, for a maximum of 60 minutes
when a timer recording is in progress. If
the programme set to be recorded daily or
weekly is extended, the manually
extended time set here will be added to
the subsequent timer recording times.
Note that when “PDC/VPS” is set to
“On,” you cannot make the “Extend
Time” setting.
• If you make a mistake, select the item
and change the setting.
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To stop recording during timer recording
Press x REC STOP.
Note that it may take a few seconds for the
recorder to stop recording.
About the PDC/VPS function
PDC/VPS signals are transmitted with TV
programmes in some broadcast systems.
These signals ensure that timer recordings are
made regardless of any broadcast delays,
early starts, or broadcast interruptions.
To use the PDC/VPS function
Set “PDC/VPS” to “On” in step 2 above.
When you turn on this function, the recorder
starts scanning the channels before the timer
recording starts. If you are watching TV
when scanning starts, a message will appear
on the TV screen. If you want to watch TV,
switch to your TV’s tuner or turn off the
PDC/VPS channel scan function.
Note that if you turn off the PDC/VPS
channel scan function, the timer recording
will not start.
To temporarily turn off PDC/VPS channel
scan
Press OPTIONS and select “PDC/VPS Scan
Off.”
To ensure that the PDC/VPS function works
properly, turn off the recorder before the
timer recording starts. This will
automatically turn on the PDC/VPS channel
scan function while the recorder remains off.
Rec Mode Adjust
If there is not enough available disc space for
the recording, the recorder automatically
adjusts the recording mode to enable the
entire programme to be recorded. Set “Rec
Mode Adjust” of the “Timer Settings” to
“On” in the “Recording” setup (page 66).
If the timer settings overlap
One Touch Timer
Overlapped timer settings are shown as
follows.
If you use the SMARTLINK connection, you
can easily display the timer programming
menu.
When the TV is turned on or in standby
mode, press TIMER. The recorder
automatically turns on and the TV’s input is
switched to the recorder. The Timer
programming menu appears.
To confirm, change, or cancel a timer
recording
See “Checking/Changing/Cancelling Timer
Settings (Timer List)” on page 42.
To extend the recording duration time
while recording
1
Press OPTIONS during recording to
select “Extend Rec,” and press ENTER.
2
Press M/m to select the duration time.
You can set the duration in increments of
10 minutes, for a maximum of 60
minutes.
3
Select “OK” and press ENTER.
• If a message indicating that the disc is full appears
on the screen, change the disc, or make available
space for the recording (DVD+RW only)
(page 55).
• Check that the clock is correctly set before setting
the timer recording. If not, the timer recording
cannot be made.
To record a satellite programme, turn on the
satellite tuner and select the satellite programme
you want to record. Leave the satellite tuner
turned on until the recorder finishes recording. If
you connect equipment with a timer function, you
can use the Synchro Rec function (page 44).
• Even if the timer is set for the same daily or
weekly programme, the timer recording cannot be
made if it overlaps with a programme that has
priority. “
” will appear next to the overlapped
setting in the Timer List. Check the priority order
of the settings.
• Even if the timer is set, timer recordings cannot be
made while recording a programme that has
priority.
• The Rec Mode Adjust function only works with a
timer recording and the PDC/VPS function set to
off. It does not function with Quick Timer or
Synchro Rec.
• The beginning of some recordings may not be
made when using the PDC/VPS function.
• You cannot extend the recording duration time
when “PDC/VPS” is set to “On.”
,continued
Timer Recording
b Notes
To store the setting as shown, select “OK.”
The programme that does not have a
mark next to it has priority and the
overlapped programmes start recording only
after the first programme has finished.
To cancel the overlapped setting, select
“Cancel.”
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Recording TV programmes
using the VIDEO Plus+ system
3
The date, start and stop times,
programme position, recording mode,
etc. setting (page 38) appear.
• If you make a mistake before pressing
ENTER, press </, and re-enter the
correct number.
The VIDEO Plus+ system is a feature that
simplifies setting the timer. Just enter the
PlusCode programming number listed in the
TV programme guide. The date, time, and
programme position of that programme are
set automatically.
Check that the programme positions are
correctly set in “Channel Setting” in the
“Basic” setup (page 57).
Number
buttons
• If you want to change the setting, press
</, to select the item and press M/m
to change the setting.
• If you want to re-enter the PlusCode
programming number, select
“PlusCode No.,” and press ENTER.
Then re-enter the PlusCode
programming number.
TIMER
</M/m/,,
ENTER
4
z REC
x REC
STOP
Press the number buttons to enter the
PlusCode programming number, and
press ENTER.
Select “OK,” and press ENTER.
The TIMER REC indicator lights up on
the front panel, and the recorder is ready
to start recording.
To stop recording during timer recording
1
Press TIMER.
Press x REC STOP.
Note that it may take a few seconds for the
recorder to stop recording.
If the timer settings overlap
See page 39.
To extend the recording duration time
while recording
See page 39.
2
Select “PlusCode No.” using M/m,
and press ENTER.
To confirm, change, or cancel a timer
recording
See “Checking/Changing/Cancelling Timer
Settings (Timer List)” on page 42.
z Hint
The Rec Mode Adjust function also works with this
timer method (page 38).
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Using the Quick Timer function
You can set the recorder to record in 30
minute increments.
Press z REC repeatedly to set the
duration.
Adjusting the recording picture
quality and size
You can adjust the recording picture quality
and picture size.
Timer Recording
Each press advances the time in 30 minute
increments. The maximum duration is six
hours.
(normal recording)
The time counter decreases minute by minute
to 0:00, then the recorder stops recording (the
power does not turn off). Even if you turn off
the recorder during recording, the recorder
continues to record until the time counter
runs out.
Note that the Quick Timer function does not
work if “TV Direct Rec” is set to “On” in the
“Recording” setup (page 66).
</M/m/,,
ENTER
OPTIONS
1
Before recording starts, press
OPTIONS to select “Rec Settings,”
and press ENTER.
2
Select the item you want to adjust,
and press ENTER.
To cancel the Quick Timer
Press z REC repeatedly until the counter
appears in the front panel display. The
recorder returns to normal recording mode.
The adjustment display appears.
Example: Rec NR
“Rec Mode”:
Selects the recording mode for the
desired recording time and picture
quality. For more information, see
“Recording mode” on page 36.
,continued
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“Rec NR” (noise reduction): Reduces
noise contained in the video signal.
“Rec Video Equalizer”: Adjusts the
picture in greater detail.
Press M/m to select the item you want to
adjust, then press ENTER.
• Contrast: Changes the contrast.
• Brightness: Changes the overall
brightness.
• Colour: Makes the colours deeper or
lighter.
3
Checking/Changing/
Cancelling Timer
Settings (Timer List)
+RW
+R
You can check, change, or cancel timer
settings using the Timer List.
Adjust the setting using </M/m/,,
and press ENTER.
The default setting is underlined.
“Rec NR”: (weak) Off 1 ~ 2 ~ 3
(strong)
“Rec Video Equalizer”:
• Contrast: (weak) –3 ~ 0 ~ 3 (strong)
• Brightness: (dark) –3 ~ 0 ~ 3 (bright)
• Colour: (light) –3 ~ 0 ~ 3 (deep)
Repeat steps 2 and 3 to adjust any other
items.
TIMER LIST
</M/m/,,
ENTER
O RETURN
/
b Notes
• The recorded picture size is fixed at 4:3.
• Remnants of images may appear on your screen
when using “Rec NR.”
• “Rec Video Equalizer” does not work with RGB
signals.
1
Press TIMER LIST.
The Timer List appears.
Creating chapters in a title
The recorder can automatically divide a
recording (a title) into chapters by inserting
chapter marks at approximately 6 minute
intervals during recording. To disable this
function, set “Auto Chapter” in the
“Recording” setup to “Off” (page 66).
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Timer information displays the recording
date, time, recording mode, etc.
:
Indicates that the setting is overlapped by
another setting.
z (red):
Indicates the setting is currently being
recorded.
:
Indicates that the timer recording cannot
be recorded as set, such as for a timer
recording that cannot be recorded in the
selected Rec mode.
When all of the timer settings do not fit
on the list, the scroll bar appears.
To view the hidden timer settings, press
M/m.
2
Select the timer setting you want to
check/change/cancel, and press
ENTER.
When the timer settings overlap
The programme that starts first has priority
and the second programme starts recording
only after the first programme has finished.
will be cut off
The sub-menu appears.
Select one of the options, and press
ENTER.
“Modify”:
Changes the timer setting.
Select an item using </, and adjust
using M/m. Select “OK,” and press
ENTER.
When the recordings start at the same time
The programme that is set last has priority. In
this example, timer setting B is set after A, so
the first part of timer setting A will not be
recorded.
Timer Recording
3
When the end time of one recording and
the start time of another are the same
After finishing the previous recording, the
other recording may be delayed.
“Erase”:
Erases the timer setting. Select “OK,”
and press ENTER.
To scroll the list display by page (Page
mode)
Press
/
while the list display is turned
on. Each time you press
/
, the entire
Timer List changes to the next/previous page
of timer settings.
To turn off the Timer List
Press TIMER LIST or O RETURN.
“Check Overlap”:
Checks for overlapped settings.
The timer setting without the
mark
has priority over the other settings.
z Hint
While recording, you cannot modify the timer
setting for the current recording, but you can extend
the duration of the recording time (page 39).
b Notes
Select “Close” to return to the Timer List.
To change or cancel the setting, repeat
steps 2 and 3 above.
• When “PDC/VPS” is set to “On” for one or more
timer recordings, the start times may change in
the event of a broadcast delay or early start.
• Even if the timer is set, timer recordings cannot be
made while recording a programme that has
priority.
• Even if the timer is set for the same daily or
weekly programme, the timer recording cannot be
made if it overlaps with a programme that has
priority. “
” will appear next to the overlapped
setting in the Timer List. Check the priority order
of the settings.
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Recording From
Connected Equipment
+RW
+R
INPUT
SELECT
4
Set the timer on the connected
equipment to the time of the
programme you want to record, and
turn it off.
5
Press c z SYNCHRO REC.
The SYNCHRO REC indicator lights up
on the front panel. The recorder is ready
to start Synchro-Recording.
The recorder automatically starts
recording when it receives an input
signal from the connected equipment.
The recorder stops recording when the
connected equipment turns off.
To stop recording
Press x REC STOP or c z SYNCHRO
REC.
To cancel Synchro Rec
z REC
x REC
STOP
REC MODE
cz
SYNCHRO
REC
Recording from connected
equipment with a timer
(Synchro Rec)
You can set the recorder to automatically
record programmes from connected
equipment that has a timer function (such as
a satellite tuner). Connect the equipment to
the LINE 3/DECODER jack of the recorder
(page 21).
When the connected equipment turns on, the
recorder starts recording a programme from
the LINE 3/DECODER jack.
1
Insert a recordable DVD.
See “1. Inserting a Disc” on page 26.
2
Press INPUT SELECT repeatedly to
select “L3.”
3
Press REC MODE repeatedly to select
the recording mode.
For details about the recording mode, see
page 36.
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Press c z SYNCHRO REC.
The SYNCHRO REC indicator on the
recorder turns off.
b Notes
• The recorder starts recording only after detecting
a video signal from the connected equipment. The
beginning of the programme may not be recorded
regardless of whether or not the recorder’s power
is on or off.
• During Synchro-Recording, other operations,
such as normal recording, cannot be performed.
• To use the connected equipment while the
recorder is standing by for Synchro-Recording,
cancel Synchro-Recording by pressing c z
SYNCHRO REC. Be sure to turn off the
connected equipment and press c z SYNCHRO
REC to reset Synchro-Recording before the timer
recording starts.
• The Synchro Rec function does not work when
“Line3 Input” of “Scart Setting” is set to
“Decoder” in the “Video” setup (page 63).
• The Synchro Rec function does not work with
some tuners. For details, see the tuner’s operating
instructions.
• While the recorder is standing by for SynchroRecording, the Auto Clock Set function (page 60)
does not work.
• To use the Synchro Rec function, you must first
set the recorder’s clock correctly.
If the timer settings of a SynchroRecording and another timer recording
overlap
Regardless of whether or not the programme
is a Synchro Rec programme, the programme
that starts first has priority and the second
programme starts recording only after the
first programme has finished.
Press the pause (or play) button on the
connected equipment to cancel the
playback pause status.
The connected equipment starts playback
and the playback image is recorded by
this recorder.
To stop recording, press x REC STOP
on this recorder.
z Hint
You can adjust the settings for the recording picture
before recording. See “Adjusting the recording
picture quality and size” on page 41.
Second
programme
will be cut off
Timer Recording
First
programme
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b Notes
Recording from connected
equipment without a timer
You can record from a connected VCR or
similar device. To connect a VCR or similar
device, see “Connecting a VCR or Similar
Device” on page 19.
1
• When recording a video game image, the screen
may not be clear.
• Any programme that contains a Copy-Never copy
guard signal cannot be recorded. The recorder
continues to record, but a blank screen will be
recorded.
Insert a recordable DVD.
See “1. Inserting a Disc” on page 26.
2
Press INPUT SELECT to select an input
source according to the connection
you made.
The front panel display changes as
follows:
programme
position
3
Press REC MODE repeatedly to select
the recording mode.
For details about the recording mode, see
page 36.
4
Insert the source tape into the
connected equipment and set to
playback pause.
5
Press z REC.
This recorder starts recording.
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3
The sub-menu appears.
Playback
4
-RWVR -RWVideo
-RVideo
DVD
Select “Play,” and press ENTER.
Playback starts from the selected title.
Playing
+RW
Select the title, and press ENTER.
VCD
+R
-RVR
CD
DATA CD
Z
Number
buttons
AUDIO
TOP MENU
MENU
TITLE LIST
.
H
X
When you play a DVD VIDEO, or a finalised
DVD+RW, DVD-RW (Video mode),
DVD+R, or DVD-R (Video mode), you can
display the disc’s menu by pressing TOP
MENU or MENU.
To play VIDEO CDs with PBC functions
ANGLE
SUBTITLE
</M/m/,,
ENTER
OPTIONS
/
To use the DVD’s Menu
>
x
PBC (Playback Control) allows you to play
VIDEO CDs interactively using the menu on
your TV screen.
When you start playing a VIDEO CD with
PBC functions, the menu appears.
Select an item using the number buttons and
press ENTER. Then, follow the instructions
in the menu (press H when “Press
SELECT” appears).
The PBC function of Super VIDEO CDs does
not work with this recorder. Super VIDEO
CDs are played in continuous play mode
only.
To change the angles
1
2
• See “1. Inserting a Disc” on page 26.
• If you insert a DVD VIDEO, VIDEO
CD, or CD, press H. Playback starts.
If various angles (multi-angles) for a scene
are recorded on the disc, “
” appears in
the front panel display. Press OPTIONS
during playback to select “Change Angle,”
and press ENTER.
Press TITLE LIST.
To stop playback
Insert a disc.
For details about the Title List, see “3.
Playing the Recorded Programme (Title
List)” on page 28.
Example: DVD+RW
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Press x.
To resume playback from the point where
you stopped (Resume Play)
When you press H again after you stop
playback, the recorder resumes playback
from the point where you pressed x.
To start from the beginning, press OPTIONS
to select “Play Beginning,” and press
ENTER. Playback starts from the beginning
of the title/track/scene.
To play restricted DVDs (Parental Control)
If you play a restricted DVD, the message
“Do you want to temporarily change the
Parental Control level to * ?” appears on your
TV screen.
1
Select “OK” and press ENTER.
The display for entering your password
appears.
2
Enter your four-digit password using the
number buttons.
3
Press ENTER to select “OK.”
The recorder starts playback.
You can lock the disc tray to prevent children
from ejecting the disc.
When the recorder is turned on, hold down x
until “LOCKED” appears in the front panel
display. The Z (open/close) button does not
work while the Child Lock is set.
To unlock the disc tray, hold down x until
“UNLOCKED” appears in the front panel
display when the recorder is turned on.
One Touch Play
If you use the SMARTLINK connection, you
can easily start playing.
Press H. The recorder and your TV
automatically turn on and the TV’s input is
switched to the recorder. Playback starts
automatically.
Playback
The point where you stopped playing is
cleared when:
– you open the disc tray.
– you play another title.
– you switch the Title List menu to Original
or Playlist (DVD-RWs/DVD-Rs in VR
mode only).
– you edit the title after stopping playback.
– you change the settings on the recorder.
– you turn off the recorder (VIDEO CD/CD/
DATA CD only).
– you make a recording.
– you disconnect the mains lead.
To lock the disc tray (Child Lock)
One Touch Menu
If you use the SMARTLINK connection, you
can easily display the Title List.
Press TITLE LIST. The recorder and your
TV automatically turn on and the TV’s input
is switched to the recorder. The Title List
appears.
z Hints
• You can also use the H button in step 3
(page 46) to start playback.
• Even if you select “Factory Setup” in the
“Others” setup (page 69), the Child Lock remains
set.
To register or change the password, see
“Parental Control (DVD VIDEO only)” on
page 67.
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Playback options
To check the position of the buttons below, see the illustration on page 46.
For MP3 operations, see “Playing MP3 Audio Tracks” on page 51.
Buttons
Operations
AUDIO
-RWVR
-RVR
VCD
CD
DVD
SUBTITLE
Selects one of the audio tracks recorded on the disc when pressed
repeatedly in normal playback mode.
DVD : Selects the language.
-RWVR
-RVR : Selects the main or sub sound.
VCD
CD
: Selects stereo or monaural audio tracks.
Selects a subtitle language when pressed repeatedly.
DVD
ANGLE
Selects an angle when pressed repeatedly in normal playback
mode.
If various angles (multi-angles) for a scene are recorded on the
disc, “
” appears in the front panel display.
DVD
/
(instant replay/
instant advance)
+RW
+R
Replays the scene/briefly fast forwards the scene.
-RWVR -RWVideo
-RVR
-RVideo
DVD
. (previous)/> (next)
(fast reverse/fast forward)
Goes to the beginning of the previous/next title/chapter/scene/
track.
Fast reverses/fast forwards the disc when pressed during
playback.
Search speed changes as follows:
fast reverse fast forward
m1 T t 1M
m2 T T t t 2M
m3* T T T t t t 3M*
When you press and hold the button, fast forward/fast reverse
continues at the selected speed until you release the button.
*
(slow, freeze frame)
+RW
-RWVR
-RWVideo
+R
-RVR
-RVideo
DVD
m3 and 3M are only available for DVDs.
Plays in slow motion when pressed for more than one second in
pause mode.
Plays one frame at a time when pressed briefly in pause mode.
VCD *
* Playback direction only
X (pause)
Pauses playback.
To resume normal playback, press H.
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b Notes
• Angles and subtitles cannot be changed with titles
recorded on this recorder.
• Slideshows made with a DVD camcorder can
only be played. Other play functions, such as fast
forward, cannot be used.
2
• When playing DTS-encoded CDs, excessive
noise will be heard from the analogue stereo
jacks. To avoid possible damage to the audio
system, the consumer should take proper
precautions when the analogue stereo jacks of the
recorder are connected to an amplification
system. To enjoy DTS Digital Surround™
playback, an external DTS decoder must be
connected to the DIGITAL OUT jack of the
recorder.
• Set the sound to “Stereo” using the AUDIO
button when you play DTS sound tracks on a CD
(page 48).
Notes on playing DVDs with a DTS sound
track
DTS audio signals are output only through the
DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) jack.
When you play a DVD with DTS sound tracks, set
“DTS” to “On” in the “Audio” setup (page 64).
3
+RW
-RVideo
1
-RWVR -RWVideo
DVD
+R
-RVR
VCD
Press OPTIONS during playback to
select “Video Settings,” and press
ENTER.
Playback
The adjustment display appears.
“FNR” (frame noise reduction):
Reduces noise contained in the
luminance element of the video signal.
“BNR” (block noise reduction):
Reduces “block noise” or mosaic like
patterns in the picture.
“MNR” (mosquito noise reduction):
Reduces the faint noise appearing around
the outlines of the images. The noise
reduction effects are automatically
adjusted within each setting range
according to the video bit rate and other
factors.
“Sharpness”:
Sharpens the outlines of the images.
“PB Video Equalizer” (Playback video
equalizer):
Adjusts the picture in greater detail.
Select an item and press ENTER.
• Contrast: changes the contrast.
• Brightness: changes the overall
brightness.
• Colour: makes the colours deeper or
lighter.
• Hue: changes the colour balance.
Notes on playing DTS sound tracks on a
CD
Adjusting the picture quality
Select an item, and press ENTER.
Press </, to adjust the setting, and
press ENTER.
The default settings are underlined.
“FNR”: (weak) Off 1
2 3 (strong)
“BNR”: (weak) Off 1
2 3 (strong)
“MNR”: (weak) Off 1 2 3 (strong)
“Sharpness”*: (weak) Off 1
2 3
(strong)
“PB Video Equalizer”:
• Contrast: (weak) –3 ~ 0 ~ 3 (strong)
• Brightness: (dark) –3 ~ 0 ~ 3 (bright)
• Colour: (light) –3 ~ 0 ~ 3 (deep)
• Hue: (red) –3 ~ 0 ~ 3 (green)
Repeat steps 2 and 3 to adjust any other
items.
* “1” softens the outlines of the images. “2”
enhances the outlines and “3” enhances them
more than “2.”
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b Notes
• If the outlines of the images on your screen
become blurred, set “BNR” and/or “MNR” to
“Off.”
• Depending on the disc or the scene being played,
the above BNR, MNR, or FNR effects may be
hard to discern. And, these functions may not
work with some screen sizes.
• When using the “Sharpness” function, noise
found in the title may become more apparent. In
this case, it is recommended that you use the BNR
function with the “Sharpness” function. If the
condition still does not improve, set the
“Sharpness” level to “Off.”
Searching for a Title/
Chapter/Track, etc.
+RW
-RVideo
-RVideo
1
2
-RWVR -RWVideo
DVD
+R
VCD
+R
-RVR
CD
DATA CD
Number
buttons,
SET
-RVR
VCD
Press OPTIONS during playback to
select “Audio Settings,” and press
ENTER.
ENTER
OPTIONS
Select “AV SYNC”, and press ENTER.
“AV SYNC”:
When the video is delayed, this function
delays the audio for synchronization with
the video (0 to 120 milliseconds). Larger
numbers indicate a longer audio delay for
synchronization with the video. When
dubbing to a VCR or other video
recording equipment, be sure to return
this setting to 0 ms (default).
3
DVD
You can search a disc by title, chapter, scene
or track. As titles and tracks are assigned
individual numbers, select the title or track by
entering its number. You can also search for
a scene using the time code.
Adjusting the delay between
the picture and sound (AV
SYNC)
+RW
-RWVR -RWVideo
Press </, to adjust the setting, and
press ENTER.
1
Press OPTIONS during playback to
select a search method, and press
ENTER.
“Title Search” (for DVDs)
“Chapter Search” (for DVDs)
“Track Search” (for CDs/DATA CDs)
“Search” (for VIDEO CDs)
“Album Search” (for DATA CDs)
“Time Search” (for DVDs): Searches for
a starting point by entering the time code.
The display for entering the number
appears.
Example: Title Search
The number in parentheses indicates the
total number of titles, tracks, etc.
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2
Press the number buttons to select the
number of the title, chapter, track,
time code, etc., you want.
For example: Time Search
To find a scene at 2 hours, 10 minutes,
and 20 seconds, enter “21020.”
If you make a mistake, select another
number.
3
Press ENTER or SET.
Playing MP3 Audio
Tracks
DATA CD
You can play MP3 audio tracks on DATA
CDs (CD-ROMs/CD-Rs/CD-RWs).
The recorder starts playback from the
selected number.
Playback
AUDIO
M/m,
ENTER
OPTIONS
/
.
m
H
1
>
M
x
Insert a disc.
See “1. Inserting a Disc” on page 26.
2
Press H.
Playback starts from the first MP3 audio
track on the disc.
To stop playback
Press x.
To play the beginning of the track
Press OPTIONS to select “Play Beginning,”
and press ENTER.
To fast forward or review a track
Press m/M during playback.
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To go to the next or previous MP3 audio
track
Press . or > during playback. If you
repeatedly press . or >, you will go to
the next or previous album.
To go to the next or previous album
Press
/
during playback.
z Hint
Press the AUDIO button to switch between stereo
or monaural audio tracks.
About MP3 audio tracks
MP3 is an audio compression technology that
satisfies certain ISO/MPEG regulations.
You can play MP3 (MPEG1 Audio Layer 3)
format audio tracks on DATA CDs (CDROMs/CD-Rs/CD-RWs).
DATA CDs must be recorded according to
ISO9660 Level 1, Level 2 or Joliet format for
the recorder to recognize the MP3 tracks.
You can also play discs recorded in
MultiSession.
See the instructions supplied with the disc
drives and the recording software (not
supplied) for details on the recording format.
Note on MultiSession discs
If audio tracks and images in Music CD
format or Video CD format are recorded in
the first session, only the first session will be
played back.
b Note
The recorder may not be able to play some DATA
CDs created in the Packet Write format.
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MP3 audio tracks that the
recorder can play
The recorder can play the following tracks
and files:
– MP3 audio tracks with the extension
“.mp3.”
b Notes
• The recorder will play any data with the extension
“.mp3” even if they are not in MP3 format.
Playing these data may generate a loud noise
which could damage your speaker system.
• The recorder does not conform to audio tracks in
mp3PRO format.
• Some files cannot be played.
z Hints
• If you add numbers (01, 02, 03, etc.) to the front
of the track names when you store the tracks in a
disc, the tracks will be played in that order.
• Since a disc with many trees takes longer to start
playback, it is recommended that you create
albums with no more than two trees.
About playback order of
albums and tracks
Albums play in the following order:
Structure of disc contents
Tree 1
Tree 2
Tree 3
Tree 4
Tree 5
ROOT
• Depending on the software you use to create the
DATA CD, the playback order may differ from
the above illustration.
• No more than a total of 999 individual folders can
be played. (Folders that do not contain MP3 files
are counted as well.)
• No more than a total of 999 folders and 9999 files
can be played. (Files other than MP3 files, and
folders that do not contain MP3 files are counted
as well.)
• No more than 999 folders and files can be
recognized in a single folder. (Folders that do not
contain MP3 files are counted as well.)
• Proceeding to the next or another album may take
some time.
• This recorder supports MP3 audio bit rates up to
320 kbps.
Playback
Album
b Notes
MP3 audio track
When you insert a DATA CD and press H,
the numbered tracks are played sequentially,
from 1 through 7. Any sub-albums/tracks
contained within a currently selected album
take priority over the next album in the same
tree. (Example: C contains D so 4 is
played before 5.)
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Erasing and Editing a
Title
Erasing and Editing
Before Editing
+RW
This recorder offers various edit options for
various disc types.
+R
This section explains the basic edit functions.
Note that editing is irreversible.
b Notes
• You may lose the edited contents if you remove
the disc or a timer recording starts while editing.
• DVD discs created by DVD video cameras
cannot be edited on this recorder.
• If a message appears and indicates that the disc’s
control information is full, erase or edit
unnecessary titles.
• When editing a DVD+R, finish all editing before
finalising the disc. You cannot edit a finalised
disc.
Edit features
O RETURN
+RW
+R
Erase (page 54)
Yes
Yes
Protect (page 54)
Yes
Yes
Title Name
(page 54)
Yes
Yes
A-B Erase
(page 55)
Yes
No
Erase Titles
(page 55)
Yes
Yes
To open up disc space
To open up disc space on a DVD+RW, erase
the title with the largest number in the title
list.
Largest title number
For DVD+Rs, the available disc space does
not increase even if you erase titles.
See “Erasing and Editing a Title” on page 54
or “Erasing multiple titles (Erase Titles)” on
page 55.
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TITLE LIST
</M/m/,,
ENTER
OPTIONS
.
mc
CM
X
1
2
Press TITLE LIST.
Select a title, and press ENTER.
The sub-menu appears.
3
Select an option, and press ENTER.
You can make the following edits to the
title.
“Erase”: Erases the selected title. Select
“OK” when asked for confirmation.
“Protect”: Protects the title. “ ” appears
next to the protected title.
“Title Name”: Allows you to enter or reenter a title name (page 32).
“A-B Erase”: Erases a section of the title
(page 55).
z Hints
• You can erase multiple titles at one time
(page 55).
• You can label or re-label DVDs (page 33).
Erasing multiple titles
(Erase Titles)
Erasing a section of a
title (A-B Erase)
+RW
+RW
+R
You can select and erase more than one title
at one time using the OPTIONS menu.
1
2
Press TITLE LIST.
Press OPTIONS to select “Erase
Titles,” and press ENTER.
You can select a section (scene) in a title and
erase it. Note that erasing scenes in a title
cannot be undone.
1
The display for selecting titles to be
erased appears.
Select a title, and press ENTER.
A check mark appears in the check box
next to the selected title.
• To clear the check mark, press ENTER
again.
• To clear all of check marks, select
“Reset.”
4
5
Repeat step 3 to select all of the titles
you want to erase.
Playback point
2
Select “OK” and press ENTER.
The titles are erased.
Select point A using m/M, and
press ENTER.
Playback pauses.
3
When you finish selecting titles,
select “OK,” and press ENTER.
The list of the titles to be erased appears
for confirmation.
• To change the selection, select
“Change,” and repeat from step 3.
6
The display for setting point A appears.
The title starts to play.
• To return to the beginning of the title,
press X and then press ..
Erasing and Editing
3
After step 2 of “Erasing and Editing a
Title,” select “A-B Erase” and press
ENTER.
Press ENTER if point A is correct.
If point A is incorrect, select point A
using c/C, and press ENTER. The
display for setting point B appears.
4
Select point B using m/M, and
press ENTER.
Playback pauses.
5
Press ENTER if point B is correct.
If point B is incorrect, select point B
using c/C, and press ENTER. The
display asks for confirmation.
• To reset point A, press M and
O RETURN, and go to step 2.
• To reset point B, press M and repeat
step 4.
To erase all titles on the disc
You can reformat a DVD+RW to make the
disc blank.
See “8. Reformatting a disc” on page 35.
6
Select “OK,” and press ENTER.
The scene is erased. The display for
setting point A appears.
• To continue, go to step 2.
• To finish, select “Quit.”
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z Hint
A chapter mark is inserted after the scene was
erased. The chapter mark divides the title into
separate chapters on either side of the mark.
b Notes
• Images or sound may be momentarily interrupted
at the point where you erase a section of a title.
• Sections shorter than five seconds may not be
erased.
• The erased section may be slightly different from
the points you selected.
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1
Select “Channel Setting” in “Basic,” and
press ENTER.
2
Press M/m to select the programme
position, and press ENTER.
3
Select the item you want to change using
</,, and change the settings using M/
m and press ENTER.
4
To preset another programme position,
repeat from step 2.
Settings and Adjustments
Aerial Reception and
Language Settings
(Basic)
The “Basic” setup helps you to make tuner,
clock, and programme position settings for
the recorder.
Press SYSTEM MENU while the
recorder is in stop mode.
2
3
Select “SETUP,” and press ENTER.
Select “Basic,” and press ENTER.
The options for “Basic” appear. The
default settings are underlined.
To turn off the display, press SYSTEM
MENU repeatedly.
Channel Setting
Presets programme positions manually.
If some programme positions could not be set
using the “Easy Setup” function, you can set
them manually.
If there is no sound or if the picture is
distorted, the wrong tuner system may have
been preset during “Easy Setup.” Set the
correct tuner system manually in the steps
below.
Settings and Adjustments
1
System
Select an available TV system (page 58).
BG
Select this when in West
European countries, except
those listed in “Receivable
channels” on page 58.
DK
Select this when in East
European countries.
I
Select this when in Great
Britain/Ireland.
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Channel
AFT
Press M/m repeatedly until the programme
position you want is displayed.
The programme positions are scanned in the
order shown in the table below.
• If you know the number of the programme
position you want, press the number
buttons. For example, for programme
position 5, first press “0” and then press
“5.”
• To disable a programme position, enter
“00.” The disabled programme positions
will be skipped when you press PROG +/–.
• To select a cable or satellite programme
position, press M/m until the programme
position you want is displayed.
Select “On” to turn on AFT.
On
Turns on the Auto Fine
Tuning function.
Normally, select this.
Off
Allows you to adjust the
pictures manually.
• If the Auto Fine Tuning function does not
work effectively, select “Off” and press ,.
Press M/m to obtain a clearer picture, and
press <.
Receivable channels
TV system
Name
Changes or enters a new station name (up to
5 characters). The recorder must receive
programme position information (for
instance, SMARTLINK information) for
station names to appear automatically.
Channel coverage
BG (West European E2 – E12 VHF
Countries, except
Italia A – H VHF
those listed below)
E21 – E69 UHF
S1 – S20 CATV
S21 – S41 HYPER
S01 – S05 CATV
DK (East European
Countries)
R1 – R12 VHF
R21 – R69 UHF
S1 – S20 CATV
S21 – S41 HYPER
To enter characters, see page 32.
PAY-TV/ CANAL+
Sets the PAY-TV/Canal Plus channels.
For details, see page 24.
Audio
I (Great Britain/
Ireland)
Ireland A – J VHF
South Africa 4 – 13
VHF
B21 – B69 UHF
S1 – S20 CATV
Select “NICAM” or “Standard.”
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S01 – S05 CATV
NICAM
Normally, select this.
Standard
Select this if the sound from
NICAM broadcasts is not
clear.
S21 – S41 HYPER
S01 – S05 CATV
Channel Sort
After the programme positions have been set,
you can change the order of each programme
position in the display list.
Select “Channel Sort” in “Basic,” and
press ENTER.
2
Press M/m to select the row containing
the programme position you want to
move, and press ENTER.
• To display other pages for programme
positions 4 to 99, press M/m repeatedly.
3
4
5
Press M/m until the selected programme
position row moves to the desired
programme position.
The selected programme position is
inserted at the new programme position.
Some broadcast systems provide a Teletext
service* in which complete programmes and
their data (title, date, programme position,
recording start time, etc.) are stored day by
day. A TV guide page corresponds to each
day of the week. When recording a
programme, the recorder automatically takes
the programme name from the Teletext pages
and stores it as the title name. The TV guide
page numbers depend entirely on the
broadcast itself and may be subject to change.
If so, you may have to set those TV guide
page numbers manually in the TV Guide
Page menu.
* Not available in some areas.
1
Select “TV Guide Page” in “Basic,” and
press ENTER.
The TV Guide Page menu appears.
2
Select the programme position for which
you want to set or change the TV guide
page using PROG +/– or number buttons.
• The TV guide page numbers (Example:
P301) appear automatically when the
recorder detects them.
Settings and Adjustments
1
Auto Programme Title Labelling
(TV Guide Page)
Press ENTER to confirm the setting.
To change the programme position of
another station, repeat from step 2.
• If no page numbers are detected (P000),
you have to set the appropriate TV
guide page number manually.
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3
Select the TV guide page number you
want to modify, and press ENTER.
Clock
Auto Adjust
Turns on the Auto Clock Set function when a
programme position in your local area
broadcasts a time signal.
4
5
Press the number buttons or </M/m/,
to enter the TV guide page number, and
press ENTER to confirm the setting.
• If you make a mistake, re-enter the
correct number.
• To return to the original settings, press
O RETURN.
To set or change another TV guide page
number, repeat steps 3 and 4 above.
z Hint
To view Teletext information on your TV screen
during a broadcast, switch to your TV’s tuner by
pressing TV/DVD.
b Notes
• In step 4 above, enter “000” if you do not want to
use the TV guide page number for automatic
labelling. The recorder will instead store a default
title name (programme position, start time - stop
time).
• Refer to the Teletext information on your TV
screen to obtain the TV guide page number with
programme titles and their start times.
• If the Teletext TV guide has a page which always
shows the programmes for the current day, this
page should be input for all days.
• If you start recording more than three minutes
before the programme is scheduled to start, the
correct label information may not be transferred.
• Note that this function may not work correctly
with programmes broadcast from some stations.
• If the broadcast system updates the Teletext
information at the moment recording starts, the
title label may not correspond to the recorded
programme. In this case, you may have to
manually enter the correct title (page 32).
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1
Select “Clock” in “Basic,” and press
ENTER.
2
Select “Auto Adjust,” and press ENTER.
3
4
Select “On,” and press ,.
Press M/m repeatedly until the
programme position of the station that
carries a time signal appears, and press
ENTER.
• If the recorder does not receive a time
signal from any station, “Auto Adjust”
returns to “Off” automatically and the
menu for setting the clock manually
appears on the screen.
z Hint
If you set “Auto Adjust” to “On,” the Auto Clock
Set function is activated whenever the recorder is
turned off.
b Note
The Auto Clock Set function does not work while
the recorder is standing by for Synchro-Recording.
To set the clock manually
If the Auto Clock Set function did not set the
clock correctly for your local area, try another
station for the Auto Clock Set function or set
the clock manually.
1
Select “Clock” in “Basic,” and press
ENTER.
2
Select “Auto Adjust,” and press ENTER.
3
4
Select “Present Time,” and press
ENTER.
Press M/m to set the day, and press ,.
Set the month, year, hour, and minutes in
sequence. Press </, to select the item
to be set, then press M/m to set the
numbers. The day of the week is set
automatically.
To change the numbers, press < to
return to the item to be changed, and
press M/m.
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Press ENTER to start the clock.
OSD (On-Screen Display)
Video settings will adjust items related to the
image, such as size and colour.
Choose the settings according to the type of
TV, tuner, or decoder connected to the DVD
recorder.
1
Press SYSTEM MENU while the
recorder is in stop mode.
2
3
Select “SETUP,” and press ENTER.
Select “Video,” and press ENTER.
The “Video” setup appears with the
following options. The default settings
are underlined.
Settings and Adjustments
5
Select “Off,” and press ENTER.
Video Settings (Video)
Video Output
TV Type
Sets the picture size when playing back a title
recorded from 16:9 size video (page 41) or a
16:9 size commercial DVD video.
Select the playback picture size according to
the type of connected TV (wide-screen/wide
mode TV or conventional 4:3 screen TV).
16:9
Select this when connecting
to a wide-screen TV or TV
with a wide mode function.
4:3 Letter
Box
Select this when connecting
to a 4:3 screen TV. Displays a
wide picture with bands on
the upper and lower portions
of the screen.
4:3 Pan
Scan
Select this when connecting
to a 4:3 screen TV.
Automatically displays a
wide picture on the entire
screen and cuts off the
portions that do not fit.
Switches the display language on the screen.
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16:9
4:3 Letter Box
4:3 Pan Scan
b Note
Depending on the disc, “4:3 Letter Box” may be
selected automatically instead of “4:3 Pan Scan” or
vice versa.
Component Out
Selects whether or not to output video signals
from the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT jacks.
On
Outputs the component video
signals. Select this when you
want to view progressive
signals.
Off
Outputs no signals.
b Notes
• When you set “Line1 Output” to “RGB,” you
cannot set “Component Out” to “On.”
• When you connect the recorder to a monitor or
projector via only the COMPONENT VIDEO
OUT jacks, do not select “Off.” If you select
“Off” in this case, the picture may not appear.
Progressive Output
If your TV accepts progressive (525p/625p)
format signals, set “Progressive Output” to
“On.” You will enjoy accurate colour
reproduction and high quality images.
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1
Select “Progressive Output,” and press
ENTER.
2
Select “On,” and press ENTER.
The display asks for confirmation.
3
Select “Start,” and press ENTER.
The video switches to a progressive
signal for 5 seconds.
4
If video signal appears OK, select “Yes,”
and press ENTER.
If picture is distorted, select “No,” and
press ENTER.
Progressive Mode
DVD software can be divided into two types:
film based software and video based
software. Video based software is derived
from TV and displays images at 25 frames/50
fields (30 frames/60 fields) per second. Film
based software is derived from film and
displays images at 24 frames per second.
Some DVD software contains both Video
and Film.
In order for these images to appear natural on
your screen when output in progressive mode
(50 or 60 frames per second), the progressive
video signal needs to be converted to match
the type of DVD software that you are
watching.
You can fine-tune the progressive 525p/625p
video signal that is output when you set
“Progressive Output” to “On.”
Note that you must connect to a progressive
format TV using the COMPONENT VIDEO
OUT jacks (page 11).
Auto
Automatically detects the
software type (Film-based or
Video-based) and selects the
appropriate conversion mode.
Normally select this position.
Video
Fixes the conversion mode to
the mode for Video-based
software.
b Note
When picture noise appears after you set the
recorder to progressive format, hold down x, and
press PROGRAM – (minus) on the unit.
Scart Setting
Sets the method of inputting/outputting
signals from the SCART jacks on the rear
panel of the recorder. Select an option for
each of the items below according to the
combination of jacks and methods that you
are going to use.
Line1 Output
Selects a method of outputting video signals
for the LINE 1 – TV jack.
RGB
Outputs RGB signals.
Video
Outputs video signals.
S Video
Outputs S-video signals.
b Notes
• If your TV does not accept S-video or RGB
signals, no picture appears on the TV screen even
if you select “S Video” or “RGB.” See the
instructions supplied with your TV.
• You cannot select “RGB” when “Component
Out” above is set to “On.”
• SMARTLINK is available only when “Video” is
selected.
Line3 Input
Selects a method of inputting video signals
for the LINE 3/DECODER jack. The picture
will not be clear if this setting does not match
the type of video input signal.
Inputs video signals or RGB
signals.
Decoder
Select this when connecting
to a PAY-TV/Canal Plus
analogue decoder. If you
connect to a cable box/
satellite receiver such as
CanalSat, do not select this
option.
S Video
Inputs S-video signals.
b Note
RGB signals cannot be recorded when “Video/
RGB” is selected.
Line3 Output
Selects a method of outputting video signals
for the LINE 3/DECODER jack.
Video
Outputs video signals.
S Video
Outputs S-video signals.
Selects the colour system when playing
VIDEO CDs (including Super VIDEO CDs).
PAL
Plays a disc in PAL colour
system.
NTSC
Plays a disc in NTSC colour
system.
Auto Display
On
Automatically displays
information on the screen
when the recorder is turned
on, etc.
Off
Displays information only
when DISPLAY is pressed.
Screen Saver
The screen saver image appears when you do
not use the recorder for more than 10 minutes
while an on-screen display, such as the
System Menu, is displayed on your TV
screen. The screen saver image helps prevent
your display device from becoming damaged
(ghosting).
On
Turns on the screen saver
function.
Off
Turns off the function.
Settings and Adjustments
Video/
RGB
Colour System
Pause Mode (DVDs only)
Selects the picture quality in pause mode.
Auto
The picture, including
subjects that move
dynamically, is output with
no jitter. Normally select this
position.
Frame
The picture, including
subjects that do not move
dynamically, is output in high
resolution.
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Audio Connection
Audio Settings (Audio)
The “Audio” setup allows you to adjust the
sound according to the playback and
connection conditions.
1
Press SYSTEM MENU while the
recorder is in stop mode.
2
3
Select “SETUP,” and press ENTER.
Select “Audio,” and press ENTER.
The “Audio” setup appears with the
following options. The default settings
are underlined.
Audio ATT (attenuation)
If the playback sound is distorted, set this
item to “On.” The recorder reduces the audio
output level.
This function affects the output of the
following jacks:
– LINE 2 OUT R-AUDIO-L jacks
– LINE 1 – TV jack
– LINE 3/DECODER jack
On
Off
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Select this when the playback
sound from the speakers is
distorted.
Normally select this position.
The following setup items switch the method
of outputting audio signals when you connect
a component such as an amplifier (receiver)
with a digital input jack.
For connection details, see “Step 3:
Connecting the Audio Cords” on page 13.
Select “Dolby Digital,” “MPEG,” “DTS,”
and “48kHz/96kHz PCM” after setting
“Digital Out” to “On.”
If you connect a component that does not
accept the selected audio signal, a loud noise
(or no sound) will come out from the
speakers, and may affect your ears or cause
speaker damage.
1
Select “Audio Connection” in “Audio,”
and press ENTER.
2
Select “Digital Out,” and press ENTER.
3
4
On
Normally select this
position.
Off
The influence of the
digital circuit upon the
analogue circuit is
minimal.
Select “On,” and press ENTER.
Set the digital output signal.
• Dolby Digital (DVDs only)
Selects the type of Dolby Digital signal.
D-PCM
Select this when the recorder
is connected to an audio
component lacking a built-in
Dolby Digital decoder. The
surround effects of output
signals are determined by the
“Downmix” setting item in
the “Audio” setup.
Dolby
Digital
Select this when the recorder
is connected to an audio
component with a built-in
Dolby Digital decoder.
• MPEG (DVD VIDEOs only)
Selects the type of MPEG audio signal.
PCM
Select this when the recorder
is connected to an audio
component without a built-in
MPEG decoder. If you play
MPEG audio sound tracks,
the recorder outputs stereo
signals via the DIGITAL
OUT (COAXIAL) jack.
MPEG
Select this when the recorder
is connected to an audio
component with a built-in
MPEG decoder.
• DTS (DVD VIDEOs only)
Selects whether or not to output DTS signals.
Select this when the recorder
is connected to an audio
component with a built-in
DTS decoder.
Off
Select this when the recorder
is connected to an audio
component without a built-in
DTS decoder.
• 48kHz/96kHz PCM (DVD VIDEOs only)
Selects the sampling frequency of the audio
signal.
48kHz/
16bit
The audio signals of DVD
VIDEOs are converted to
48 kHz/16 bit and output.
96kHz/
24bit
All signals containing
96 kHz/24 bit are output
without conversion.
However, the signals are
output at 48 kHz/16 bit if
copyright-protected signals
are contained.
b Note
“48kHz/96kHz PCM” setting has no effect when
audio signals are output from the LINE 2 OUT (RAUDIO-L) jacks or LINE 1 – TV/LINE 3/
DECODER jack. If the sampling frequency is
96kHz, signals are simply converted to analogue
signals and output.
Selects the dynamic range (difference
between soft and loud sounds) setting when
playing a DVD that conforms to Audio DRC.
This affects the output from the following
jacks:
– LINE 2 OUT R-AUDIO-L jacks
– LINE 1 – TV jack
– LINE 3/DECODER jack
– DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) jack only
when “Dolby Digital” is set to “D-PCM”
(page 64).
Standard
Normally select this position.
TV Mode
Makes low sounds clear even
if you turn the volume down.
Wide
Range
Gives you the feeling of
being at a live performance.
Downmix (DVDs only)
Switches the method for mixing down to two
channels when you play a DVD which has
rear sound elements (channels) or is recorded
in Dolby Digital format. For details on the
rear signal components, see “4. Displaying
the Playing/Remaining Time and Play
Information” on page 30. This function
affects the output of the following jacks:
– LINE 2 OUT R-AUDIO-L jacks
– LINE 1 – TV jack
– LINE 3/DECODER jack
– DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) jack when
“Dolby Digital” is set to “D-PCM”
(page 64).
Dolby
Surround
Normally select this position.
Multi-channel audio signals
are output to two channels for
enjoying surround sounds.
Normal
Multi-channel audio signals
are downmixed to two
channels for use with your
stereo.
Settings and Adjustments
On
Audio DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
(DVDs only)
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TV Direct Rec (DVD+RW/DVD+R only)
Recording Settings
(Recording)
The “Recording” setup allows you to adjust
recording settings.
1
Press SYSTEM MENU while the
recorder is in stop mode.
2
3
Select “SETUP,” and press ENTER.
Select “Recording,” and press
ENTER.
The “Recording” setup appears with the
following options. The default settings
are underlined.
On
Allows you to easily record
what you are watching on the
TV using SMARTLINK.
Off
Turns off the TV Direct Rec
function.
Auto Chapter
Selects whether to automatically divide a
recording (a title) into chapters during
recording.
On
Inserts chapter marks at
approximately 6 minute
intervals.
Off
No chapter mark is inserted.
b Note
The actual chapter mark interval may vary
depending on the amount of information contained
in the video to be recorded.
DVD Rec. Settings
Bilingual Recording
Selects the sound to be recorded on the
recordable disc.
Main
Records the main sound for
the bilingual programme.
Sub
Records the sub sound for the
bilingual programme.
Timer Settings
Rec Mode Adjust
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On
Automatically adjusts the
recording mode to enable the
entire programme to be
recorded (page 38).
Off
Turns off the function.
• When you have already registered a
password, the display for entering the
password appears.
Disc Settings (DVD)
The “DVD” setup allows you to adjust
parental control and language settings.
1
Press SYSTEM MENU while the
recorder is in stop mode.
2
3
Select “SETUP,” and press ENTER.
Select “DVD,” and press ENTER.
Enter your four-digit password using the
number buttons, then select “OK” and
press ENTER.
3
Select “Standard,” and press ENTER.
The selection items for “Standard” are
displayed.
4
Select a geographic area as the playback
limitation level, and press ENTER.
The area is selected.
• When you select “Others,” press the
number buttons to select and enter an
area code in the table (page 82). Then
select “OK” and press ENTER.
The “DVD” setup appears with the
following options. The default settings
are underlined.
Settings and Adjustments
2
Parental Control (DVD VIDEO only)
Playback of some DVD VIDEOs can be
limited according to a predetermined level,
such as the age of the users. Scenes may be
blocked or replaced with different scenes.
1
Select “Parental Control” in “DVD,” and
press ENTER.
• If you have not entered a password, the
display for registering a new password
appears.
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5
Select “Level,” and press ENTER.
The selection items for “Level” are
displayed.
z Hint
If you select “Others” in “DVD Menu,” “Subtitle,”
or “Audio,” select and enter a language code from
“Language Code List” on page 82 using the number
buttons.
b Note
If you select a language in “DVD Menu,”
“Subtitle,” or “Audio” that is not recorded on the
DVD VIDEO, one of the recorded languages will
be automatically selected.
The lower the value, the stricter the
limitation.
Discs rated higher than the selected level
will be restricted.
6
Select the level, and press ENTER.
The Parental Control setting is complete.
To cancel the Parental Control setting for
the disc, set “Level” to “Off” in step 6.
To change the password, select
“Password” in step 3, and press ENTER.
When the display for registering a
password appears, enter a new four-digit
password using the number buttons, then
select “OK” and press ENTER.
b Notes
• If you forget your password, you will have to
reset it by selecting “Parental Control” of
“Factory Setup” in the “Others” setup (page 69).
• When you play discs which do not have the
Parental Control function, playback cannot be
limited on this recorder.
• Depending on the disc, you may be asked to
change the Parental Control level while playing
the disc. In this case, enter your password, then
change the level.
Language (DVD VIDEO only)
DVD Menu
Switches the language for the DVD menu.
Audio
Switches the language of the sound track.
When you select “Original,” the language
given priority in the disc is selected.
Subtitle
Switches the language of the subtitles
recorded on the disc.
When you select “Audio Follow,” the subtitle
language changes according to the language
you selected for the sound track.
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b Notes
Remote Control Settings/
Factory Settings (Others)
The “Others” setup allows you to set up other
operational settings.
1
Press SYSTEM MENU while the
recorder is in stop mode.
2
3
Select “SETUP,” and press ENTER.
Select “Others,” and press ENTER.
The “Others” setup appears with the
following options. The default settings
are underlined.
• Power Save mode does not function when there is
a timer setting with “PDC/VPS” set to “On” in the
Timer List, even if “Power save standby” is set to
“On.”
• The SMARTLINK features are not available
while the power is off when “Power save
standby” is set to “On.”
• To reduce the number of times that the fan turns
on automatically, set “Power save standby” to
“On.”
Command Mode
Changes the Command Mode of the recorder
if other DVD equipment is assigned the same
Command Mode. For details, see “If you
have a Sony DVD player or more than one
Sony DVD recorder” on page 16.
Allows you to select the setup settings by
group, and return them to their default
settings. Note that all of your previous
settings will be lost.
Dimmer
1
Select “Factory Setup” in “Others,” and
press , or ENTER.
The display for selecting a group of
settings appears.
2
Select the group of settings you want to
return to default from “Basic,” “Video,”
“Audio,” “Recording,” “DVD,”
“Others,” “Parental Control,” and “All,”
and press , or ENTER.
3
Select “Start,” and press ENTER.
The selected settings return to their
default settings.
4
Press ENTER when “Finish” appears.
Adjusts the lighting of the front panel display.
Normal
Bright lighting.
Save
Power
Low lighting. Turns off the
lighting when the power is
off.
Power save standby
Settings and Adjustments
Factory Setup
Selects whether this recorder is in power save
mode when the power is off (standby).
On
Sets to power save mode.
Normally, select this.
Off
Does not set to power save
mode.
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Easy Setup
(Resetting the Recorder)
Select this to run the “Easy Setup”
programme.
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1
Press SYSTEM MENU while the
recorder is in stop mode.
2
3
Select “SETUP,” and press ENTER.
4
5
Select “Start.”
Select “Easy Setup,” and press
ENTER.
Follow the instructions for “Easy
Setup” (page 18) from step 2.
Picture noise appears.
Additional Information
Troubleshooting
If you experience any of the following
difficulties while using the recorder, use this
troubleshooting guide to help remedy the
problem before requesting repairs. Should
any problem persist, consult your nearest
Sony dealer.
Power
The power does not turn on.
, Check that the mains lead is connected
securely.
There is no picture.
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
,
Re-connect all connecting cords securely.
The connecting cords are damaged.
Check the connection to your TV (page 10).
Switch the input selector on your TV (such
as to “VCR”) so that the signal from the
recorder appears on the TV screen.
Check that “Scart Setting” in the “Video”
setup is set to the appropriate item that
conforms to your system (page 62).
If you connect the recorder to your TV via
only the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT
jacks, set “Component Out” in the “Video”
setup to “On” (page 62).
This recorder cannot record NTSC signals.
When playing a double-layer DVD, the
video and audio may be momentarily
interrupted at the point where the layers
switch.
Additional Information
Picture
, If the picture output signal from your
recorder passes through your VCR to get to
your TV, or if you are connected to a
combination TV/VIDEO player, the copyprotection signal applied to some DVD
programmes could affect picture quality. If
you still experience this problem even when
you connect your recorder directly to your
TV, try connecting your recorder to your
TV’s S VIDEO input.
, You have set the recorder to progressive
format even though your TV cannot accept
the progressive signal. In this case, hold
down x, and press PROGRAM – (minus)
on the unit.
, Even if your TV is compatible with
progressive format (525p/625p) signals, the
image may be affected when you set the
recorder to progressive format. In this case,
hold down x, and press PROGRAM –
(minus) on the unit and the recorder is set to
normal (interlace) format.
, You are playing a DVD recorded in a colour
system that is different from your TV.
, When playing a double-layer DVD, the
video and audio may be momentarily
interrupted at the point where the layers
switch.
TV programme reception does not fill the
screen.
, Set the channel manually in “Channel
Setting” in the “Basic” setup (page 57).
, Select the correct source using the INPUT
SELECT button, or select a channel of any
TV programme using the PROG +/–
buttons.
TV programme pictures are distorted.
, Reorient the TV aerial.
, Adjust the picture (see the TV’s instruction
manual).
, Place the recorder and TV farther apart.
, Place the TV and any bunched aerial cables
farther apart.
, The aerial cable is connected to the
AERIAL OUT jack on the recorder.
Connect the cable to the AERIAL IN jack.
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TV channels cannot be changed.
, The channel is disabled (page 58).
, A timer recording started, which changed
the channels.
The picture from equipment connected to
the recorder’s input jack does not appear
on the screen.
, If the equipment is connected to the LINE 1
– TV jack, select “L1” in the front panel
display by pressing PROG +/– or INPUT
SELECT.
If the equipment is connected to the LINE 2
IN jacks, select “L2” in the front panel
display by pressing PROG +/– or INPUT
SELECT.
If the equipment is connected to the LINE
3/DECODER jack, select “L3” in the front
panel display by pressing PROG +/– or
INPUT SELECT.
The playback picture or TV programme
from the equipment connected through the
recorder is distorted.
, If the playback picture output from a DVD
player, VCR, or tuner goes through your
recorder before reaching your TV, the copyprotection signal applied to some
programmes could affect picture quality.
Disconnect the playback equipment in
question and connect it directly to your TV.
The picture does not fill the screen.
, Set “TV Type” of the “Video Output” in the
“Video” setup in accordance with the
screen size of your TV (page 61).
The picture does not fill the screen, even
though the picture size is set in “TV Type”
of the “Video Output” in the “Video”
setup.
, The picture size of the title is fixed.
The picture is black and white.
, Check that “Line1 Output” of the “Scart
Setting” in the “Video” setup is set to the
appropriate item that conforms to your
system (page 62).
, If you are using a SCART cord, be sure to
use one that is fully wired (21 pins).
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Sound
There is no sound.
, Re-connect all connections securely.
, The connecting cord is damaged.
, The input source setting on the amplifier or
the connection to the amplifier is incorrect.
, The recorder is in reverse play, fastforward, slow motion, or pause mode.
, If the audio signal does not come through
the DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) jack,
check the “Audio Connection” settings in
the “Audio” setup (page 64).
Sound distortion occurs.
, Set “Audio ATT” in the “Audio” setup to
“On” (page 64).
Sound is noisy.
, When playing a CD with DTS sound tracks,
noise will come from the LINE 2 OUT RAUDIO-L jacks, LINE 1 – TV jack, or
LINE 3/DECODER jack (page 49).
The sound volume is low.
, The sound volume is low on some DVDs.
The sound volume may improve if you set
“Audio DRC” in the “Audio” setup to “TV
Mode” (page 65).
, Set “Audio ATT” in the “Audio” setup to
“Off” (page 64).
An alternate audio track cannot be
recorded or played.
, When recording from connected
equipment, set “Line Audio Input” in
OPTIONS menu to “Bilingual” (page 45).
, Multilingual tracks (main and sub) cannot
be recorded on DVD+RWs or DVD+Rs. To
record the language, set “Bilingual
Recording” of the “DVD Rec. Settings” in
the “Recording” setup to “Main” or “Sub”
before recording (page 66).
, Any discs cannot be used for recording both
main and sub sounds.
, If you have connected an AV amplifier to
the DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) jack and
want to change the audio track for DVDRWs/DVD-Rs (VR mode) during playback,
set “Dolby Digital” of the “Audio
Connection” in the “Audio” setup to “DPCM” (page 64).
Playback
The recorder does not play any type of
disc.
, The disc is upside down. Insert the disc with
the labelled side facing up.
, The disc is not correctly inserted.
, Moisture has condensed inside the recorder.
In this case, if the recorder is on, leave it on
(if it is off, leave it off) for about an hour
until the moisture evaporates.
, If the disc was recorded on another recorder
and was not finalised (page 34), the
recorder cannot play the disc.
The recorder does not start playback from
the beginning.
The recorder starts playing automatically.
, The DVD VIDEO features an auto
playback function.
, Multilingual subtitles are not recorded on
the DVD VIDEO.
, The DVD VIDEO prohibits changing of the
subtitles.
, Try changing the subtitle using the DVD
VIDEO’s menu.
, The subtitles cannot be changed for the
titles recorded on this recorder.
The angles cannot be changed.
, Multi-angles are not recorded on the DVD
VIDEO being played.
, You are trying to change the angles when
“
” does not appear on the TV screen
(page 46).
, The DVD VIDEO prohibits changing
angles.
, Try changing the angle using the DVD
VIDEO’s menu.
, The angles cannot be changed for the titles
recorded on this recorder.
, The angles cannot be changed during slow
motion playback or when playback is
paused.
Additional Information
, Resume play was activated (page 47).
, You have inserted a DVD whose Title menu
or DVD menu automatically appears on the
TV screen when it is first inserted. Use the
menu to start playback.
The subtitle language cannot be changed
or turned off.
The MP3 audio tracks do not play.
Playback stops automatically.
, If the DVD has an auto pause signal, the
recorder stops playback at the auto pause
signal.
Some functions such as Stop, Search, or
Slow-motion Play cannot be performed.
, The MP3 audio tracks are not recorded in a
format that the recorder can play (page 51).
Recording/Timer recording/
Editing
, Depending on the DVD, you may not be
able to do some of the operations above. See
the instruction manual supplied with the
disc.
The programme position cannot be
changed from the programme position you
are recording.
The language for the sound track cannot
be changed.
Recording does not start immediately
after you press z REC.
, Multilingual tracks are not recorded on the
DVD being played.
, The DVD VIDEO prohibits the changing of
the language for the sound track.
, Try changing the language using the DVD
VIDEO’s menu.
, Operate the recorder only after “LOAD,”
“FORMAT,” or “INFOWRITE” disappears
from the front panel display.
, Set the TV’s input source to “TV.”
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Nothing was recorded even though you set
the timer setting correctly.
, There was a power failure during recording.
, The recorder’s internal clock stopped due to
a power failure that lasted for more than 1
hour. Reset the clock (page 60).
, The channel was disabled after the timer
recording was set. See “Channel Setting”
on page 57.
, Disconnect the mains lead from the mains,
and connect it again.
, “PDC/VPS Scan Off” was selected in the
OPTIONS menu (page 38).
, The programme contains copy protection
signals that restrict copying.
, Other timer setting overlapped the timer
setting (page 43).
, There is no DVD inside the recorder.
, There is not enough disc space for the
recording.
Recording does not stop immediately
after you press x REC STOP.
, It will take a few seconds for the recorder to
input disc data before recording can stop.
Recording does not stop after you press
x.
, Press x REC STOP.
Timer recording is not complete or did not
start from the beginning.
, There was a power failure during recording.
If the power recovers when there is a timer
recording, the recorder resumes recording.
Should the power failure continue for more
than 1 hour, reset the clock (page 60).
, Other timer setting overlapped the timer
setting (page 43).
, Disc space was not enough.
, The PDC/VPS function is working.
Contents previously recorded were
erased.
, Data that is not playable on this recorder but
was recorded on a DVD with a PC will be
erased from the disc when the disc is
inserted.
The PDC/VPS function does not operate.
, Check that the clock and date are set
correctly.
, Check that the PDC/VPS time you set is the
correct one (there might be a mistake in the
TV programme guide). If the broadcast you
wanted to record did not send the good
PDC/VPS information, the recorder will not
start recording.
, If the reception is poor, the PDC/VPS signal
might be altered and the recorder might not
start recording.
, “PDC/VPS Scan Off” is selected (page 38).
Recording/editing is not possible.
, DVD-RWs and DVD-Rs cannot be
recorded (page 7) or edited (page 54).
Recording from the equipment
with a timer
Nothing was recorded even though you set
the Synchro-Rec setting correctly.
, You forgot to turn off the connected
equipment. Turn off the connected
equipment and set the recorder to SynchroRec standby mode (page 44).
, The recorder was not set to the SynchroRecording standby mode. Press
c z SYNCHRO REC to have the recorder
stand by for recording. Make sure the
SYNCHRO REC indicator lights up on the
front panel (page 44).
, The equipment is not connected to the LINE
3/DECODER jack of the recorder.
, The recorder is connected to the TV output
jack of the connected equipment.
Synchro-Recording does not complete.
, The timer setting for the connected
equipment overlapped the recorder’s timer
setting (page 45).
, There was a power failure during the
recording.
The recorder automatically starts
recording when the satellite receiver is
turned on.
, The Synchro-Rec function was activated.
Turn off the satellite receiver and cancel the
Synchro-Rec function (page 44).
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Display
Others
The clock has stopped.
The recorder does not operate properly.
, Set the clock again (page 60).
, The clock stopped due to a power failure
that lasted for more than 1 hour. Reset the
clock (page 60).
, Restart the recorder. Press down [/1 on the
recorder for more than ten seconds until
“WELCOME” appears in the front panel
display.
, When static electricity, etc., causes the
recorder to operate abnormally, turn off the
recorder and wait until the clock appears in
the front panel display. Then, unplug the
recorder and after leaving it off for a while,
plug it in again.
The TIMER REC indicator is flashing.
, The disc does not have enough space.
, Insert a recordable disc inside the recorder.
The recording mode indication is
incorrect.
The clock does not appear in the front
panel display when the recorder is turned
off.
, “Dimmer” in the “Others” setup is set to
“Save Power” (page 69).
Remote control
The remote does not function.
, Batteries are weak.
, The remote is too far from the recorder.
, The remote’s manufacturer code returned to
the default setting when you replaced the
batteries. Reset the code (page 15).
, The remote is not pointed at the remote
sensor on the recorder.
, Different command modes are set for the
recorder and remote. Set the same
command mode (page 16). The default
command mode setting for this recorder and
the supplied remote is DVD3.
, Press x (stop) on the unit while the
recorder is turned off to check the current
command mode.
Five numbers or letters are displayed in
the front panel display.
, The self-diagnosis function was activated
(see the table on page 76).
The disc tray does not open after you press
Z (open/close).
, It may take a few seconds for the disc tray
to open after you have recorded or edited a
DVD. This is because the recorder is adding
disc data to the disc.
Additional Information
, When the recording is less than ten minutes,
or if a picture with little movement is
displayed for more than ten minutes, the
recording mode indication may be
displayed incorrectly. Note that the actual
recording itself was correctly made in the
selected recording mode.
, After playing titles recorded in EP and SLP
mode, the recording mode indication may
change depending on the recorded
programme.
The disc tray does not open and
“LOCKED” appears in the front panel
display.
, The disc tray is locked. Cancel the Child
Lock (page 47).
The disc tray does not open and “TRAY
LOCKED” appears in the front panel
display.
, Contact your Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service facility.
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The disc tray does not open and you
cannot remove the disc after you press Z
(open/close).
, Turn off the recorder. Once the clock
appears in the front panel display,
disconnect the mains lead. (If the recorder
does not turn off or if the clock does not
appear in the front panel display, disconnect
the mains lead anyway.) Connect the mains
lead again while pressing down A on the
recorder, and release the button when the
disc tray opens. Then, keep [/1 on the
recorder pressed for about ten seconds until
“WELCOME” appears in the front panel
display.
“RECOVERY” appears in the front panel
display.
, The recorder’s recovery function was
activated when the recorder was turned on
because the power was turned off or failed
during recording. Leave the recorder on
until “RECOVERY” disappears from the
front panel display.
“FAN ERROR” appears in the front panel
display.
, Check that the vent on the rear of the
recorder is not blocked. Then, immediately
disconnect the mains lead. Leave the
recorder off for a while, then re-connect the
mains lead, and press [/1 on the recorder.
Mechanical sound is heard when the
recorder is off.
, While the recorder is adjusting the clock for
the Auto Clock Set function or scanning the
programme positions for the PDC/VPS
function, operational noises (such as the
internal fan) may be heard, even when the
power is off. This is not a malfunction.
, To reduce the number of times that the fan
turns on automatically, set “Power save
standby” to “On” in the “Others” setup
(page 69).
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Self-diagnosis Function
(When letters/numbers
appear in the display)
When the self-diagnosis function is activated
to prevent the recorder from malfunctioning,
a five-character service number (e.g., C 13
00) with a combination of a letter and four
numbers appears in the front panel display. In
this case, check the following table.
First three
Cause and/or corrective
characters of action
the service
number
C 13
The DVD is dirty.
, Clean the disc with a soft
cloth.
C 31
The DVD/CD is not inserted
correctly.
, Re-insert the disc
correctly.
E XX
To prevent a malfunction, the
(xx is a number) recorder has performed the
self-diagnosis function.
, Contact your nearest
Sony dealer or local
authorized Sony service
facility and give the fivecharacter service number.
Example: E 61 10
Notes about the discs
Notes About This
Recorder
• To keep the disc clean, handle the disc by its
edge. Do not touch the surface. Dust,
fingerprints, or scratches on the disc may
cause it to malfunction.
On operation
• If the recorder is brought directly from a
cold to a warm location, or is placed in a
very damp room, moisture may condense
on the lenses inside the recorder. Should
this occur, the recorder may not operate
properly. In this case, if the recorder is on,
leave it on (if it is off, leave it off) for about
an hour until the moisture evaporates.
• When you move the recorder, take out any
discs. If you don’t, the disc may be
damaged.
• Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight or
heat sources such as hot air ducts, or leave
it in a car parked in direct sunlight as the
temperature may rise considerably inside
the car.
• After playing, store the disc in its case.
• Clean the disc with a cleaning cloth. Wipe
the disc from the centre out.
On adjusting volume
On cleaning
Clean the cabinet, panel, and controls with a
soft cloth slightly moistened with a mild
detergent solution. Do not use any type of
abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent
such as alcohol or benzine.
On cleaning discs, disc/lens cleaners
Do not use a commercially available
cleaning disc or disc/lens cleaner (wet or
spray type). These may cause the recorder
to malfunction.
• Do not use solvents such as benzine,
thinner, commercially available cleaners, or
anti-static spray intended for vinyl LPs.
• Do not use the following discs.
– A disc that has a non-standard shape (e.g.,
card, heart).
– A disc with a label or sticker on it.
– A disc that has cellophane tape or sticker
adhesive on it.
Additional Information
Do not turn up the volume while listening to
a section with very low level inputs or no
audio signals. If you do, the speakers may be
damaged when a peak level section is played.
On replacement of parts
In the event that this unit is repaired, repaired
parts may be collected for reuse or recycling
purposes.
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Specifications
System
Laser: Semiconductor laser
Channel coverage:
PAL (B/G, D/K, I)
VHF: E2 to E12, R1 to R12, Italian A
to H, Ireland A to J, South Africa 4 to
13
UHF: E21 to E69, R21 to R69, B21 to
B69
CATV: S01 to S05, S1 to S20
HYPER: S21 to S41
The above channel coverage merely ensures
the channel reception within these ranges. It
does not guarantee the ability to receive
signals in all circumstances. For details, see
“Receivable channels” (page 58).
Video reception: Frequency synthesizer
system
Audio reception: Split carrier system
Aerial out: 75-ohm asymmetrical aerial
socket
Timer: Clock: Quartz locked/Timer
indication: 24-hour cycle (digital)/
Power back-up duration: 1 hour
Video recording format: MPEG-2,
MPEG-1
Audio recording format/applicable
bit rate: Dolby Digital 2 ch
256 kbps/128 kbps (in EP and SLP
mode)
Inputs and outputs
LINE 2 OUT
(AUDIO): Phono jack/2 Vrms/10 kilohms
(VIDEO): Phono jack/1.0 Vp-p
(S VIDEO): 4-pin mini DIN/Y:1.0 Vp-p,
C: 0.3 Vp-p (PAL)
LINE 2 IN
(AUDIO): Phono jack/2 Vrms/more than
22 kilohms
(VIDEO): Phono jack/1.0 Vp-p
(S VIDEO): 4-pin mini DIN/Y:1.0 Vp-p,
C: 0.3 Vp-p (PAL)
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LINE 1 – TV: 21-pin
CVBS IN/OUT
S-Video/RGB OUT (upstream)
LINE 3/DECODER: 21-pin
CVBS IN/OUT
S-Video/RGB IN
(RGB signals cannot be recorded)
S-Video OUT (downstream)
Decoder
DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL): Phono jack/
0.5 Vp-p/75 ohms
COMPONENT VIDEO OUT
(Y, PB/CB, PR/CR):
Phono jack/Y: 1.0 Vp-p,
PB/CB: 0.7 Vp-p,
PR/CR: 0.7 Vp-p
General
Power requirements: 220-240 V AC,
50/60 Hz
Power consumption: 20 W
Dimensions (approx.):
430 × 58 × 291 mm (width/height/
depth) incl. projecting parts
Mass (approx.): 3.1 kg
Operating temperature: 5ºC to 35ºC
Operating humidity: 25% to 80%
Supplied accessories:
Mains lead (1)
Aerial cable (1)
Remote commander (remote) (1)
R6 (size AA) batteries (2)
Specifications and design are subject to
change without notice.
Compatible colour systems
This recorder is designed to record using the
PAL colour system and play back using the
PAL or NTSC colour systems.
Guide to Parts and Controls
For more information, see the pages in parentheses.
Remote
J TV/DVD button (15)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
K SYSTEM MENU button (57)
TITLE LIST button (28, 46, 54)
TIMER button (37, 40)
L SUBTITLE button (48)
ANGLE button (48)
M DISPLAY button (30)
N TIMER LIST button (42)
O O RETURN button (42)
Q
(instant replay)/
(instant
advance) buttons (28, 51)
R OPTIONS button (35)
S ./> (previous/next) buttons
(48)
Additional Information
P </M/m/,/ENTER button (18)
T mc / CM (search/slow/
freeze frame) buttons (48)
U TIME/TEXT button (30)
V H (play) button (46)
X (pause) button (48)
x (stop) button (46)
The H button has a tactile dot*.
A Z (open/close) button (26)
B [/1 (on/standby) button (18)
C Number buttons (40, 50)
The number 5 button has a tactile dot*.
W z REC button (26)
x REC STOP button (26)
c z SYNCHRO REC button (44)
REC MODE button (26)
X TV [/1 (TV on/standby) button (15)
D PROG (programme) +/– buttons (26)
The + button has a tactile dot*.
Y TV 2 (volume) +/– buttons (15)
E AUDIO button (48)
Z TV t button (15)
The AUDIO button has a tactile dot*.
F INPUT SELECT button (45)
G MENU button (46)
H SET button (17)
I TOP MENU button (46)
wj TV PROG (TV programme) +/–
buttons (15)
The + button has a tactile dot*.
* Use the tactile dot as a reference when operating
the recorder.
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Front panel
A [/1 (on/standby) button (18)
G x (stop) button (46)
B Disc tray (26)
H
C Front panel display (31, 80)
I z REC button (26)
D TIMER REC indicator (37)
SYNCHRO REC indicator (44)
J x REC STOP button (26)
E A (open/close) button (26)
F H (play) button (46)
(remote sensor) (15)
K LINE 2 IN (S VIDEO/VIDEO/
L(MONO) AUDIO R) jacks (20)
L PROGRAM +/– buttons (26)
The + button has a tactile dot*.
* Use the tactile dot as a reference when operating
the recorder.
Front panel display
SMARTLINK
DVD NICAM
VCD TV
A Playing/recording status
• Programme position
• TV Direct Rec indication (26): “TV”
appears in the right most two digits.
B SMARTLINK indicator (12)
C Displays the following (31):
• Playing time/remaining time
• Current title/chapter/track/index
number
• Recording time/recording mode
• Clock
D NICAM indicator (36)
E TV indicator (26)
F Disc type*
G
(angle) indicator (48)
* Displays DATA CDs as “CD.”
z Hint
You can turn off the front panel display when the recorder is turned off by setting “Dimmer” to “Save
Power” in the “Others” setup (page 69).
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Rear panel
A AERIAL IN/OUT jacks (10)
E LINE 3/DECODER jack (19)
B DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) jack (13)
F AC IN terminal (14)
C LINE 2 OUT (R-AUDIO-L/VIDEO)
jacks (11, 13)
G LINE 2 OUT (S VIDEO) jack (11)
D LINE 1 – TV jack (11)
H COMPONENT VIDEO OUT (Y, PB/
CB, PR/CR) jacks (11)
Additional Information
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Language Code List
For details, see page 68.
The language spellings conform to the ISO 639: 1988 (E/F) standard.
Code Language
Code Language
Code Language
Code Language
1027
1028
1032
1039
1044
1045
1051
1052
1053
1057
1059
1060
1061
1066
1183
1186
1194
1196
1203
1209
1217
1226
1229
1233
1235
1239
1245
1248
1253
1254
1257
1261
1269
1283
1287
1297
1298
1299
1300
1301
1305
1307
1311
1313
1326
1327
1332
1334
Irish
Scots Gaelic
Galician
Guarani
Gujarati
Hausa
Hindi
Croatian
Hungarian
Armenian
Interlingua
Interlingue
Inupiak
Indonesian
Icelandic
Italian
Hebrew
Japanese
Yiddish
Javanese
Georgian
Kazakh
Greenlandic
Cambodian
Kannada
Korean
Kashmiri
Kurdish
Kirghiz
Latin
Lingala
Laothian
Lithuanian
Latvian;
Lettish
1345 Malagasy
1347
1349
1350
1352
1353
1356
1357
1358
1363
1365
1369
1376
1379
1393
1403
1408
1417
1428
1435
1507
1508
1509
1511
1512
1513
1514
1515
1516
1517
1521
1525
1527
1528
1529
1531
1532
1534
1535
1538
1539
1540
1543
1557
1564
1572
1581
1587
1613
1632
1665
1684
1697
Code Area
Code Area
Code Area
Code Area
2044
2047
2046
2057
2070
2079
2090
2092
2115
2165
2174
2109
2248
2238
2254
2276
2304
2363
2362
2376
2390
2379
2427
2424
2436
2489
2501
2149
2499
2086
2528
2184
1067
1070
1079
1093
1097
1103
1105
1109
1130
1142
1144
1145
1149
1150
1151
1157
1165
1166
1171
1174
1181
Afar
Abkhazian
Afrikaans
Amharic
Arabic
Assamese
Aymara
Azerbaijani
Bashkir
Byelorussian
Bulgarian
Bihari
Bislama
Bengali;
Bangla
Tibetan
Breton
Catalan
Corsican
Czech
Welsh
Danish
German
Bhutani
Greek
English
Esperanto
Spanish
Estonian
Basque
Persian
Finnish
Fiji
Faroese
French
Frisian
1436
1463
1481
1482
1483
1489
1491
1495
1498
1501
1502
1503
1505
1506
Maori
Macedonian
Malayalam
Mongolian
Moldavian
Marathi
Malay
Maltese
Burmese
Nauru
Nepali
Dutch
Norwegian
Occitan
(Afan)Oromo
Oriya
Punjabi
Polish
Pashto;
Pushto
Portuguese
Quechua
RhaetoRomance
Kirundi
Romanian
Russian
Kinyarwanda
Sanskrit
Sindhi
Sangho
SerboCroatian
Singhalese
Slovak
Slovenian
Samoan
Shona
Somali
Albanian
Serbian
Siswati
Sesotho
Sundanese
Swedish
Swahili
Tamil
Telugu
Tajik
Thai
Tigrinya
Turkmen
Tagalog
Setswana
Tonga
Turkish
Tsonga
Tatar
Twi
Ukrainian
Urdu
Uzbek
Vietnamese
Volap k
Wolof
Xhosa
Yoruba
Chinese
Zulu
1703 Not specified
Area Code
For details, see page 67.
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Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
India
Indonesia
Italy
Japan
Korea
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Pakistan
Philippines
Portugal
Russia
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
United
Kingdom
Index
Words in quotations appear
in the on-screen displays.
Numerics
16:9 18, 61
4:3 Letter Box 18, 61
4:3 Pan Scan 18, 61
“48kHz/96kHz PCM” 65
A
“A-B Erase” 55
Adjusting
playback picture 49
playback sound 50
recording picture 41
Aerial 10
“AFT” 58
Album 30, 53
Album number 30
“Album Search” 50
ANGLE 48
Angle 46
Area code 82
AUDIO 48
“Audio” 64, 68
“Audio ATT” 64
“Audio Connection” 18,
64
Audio cord 13
“Audio DRC” 65
“Audio Settings” 50
“Auto Adjust” 60
“Auto Chapter” 66
Auto Clock Set 60
“Auto Display” 63
“AV SYNC” 50
B
D
“Basic” 57
Batteries 15
“Bilingual Recording” 66
Bilingual recording 36
“BNR” 49
“Brightness” 42, 49
DATA CD 8
“Decoder” 24
“Digital Out” 64
“Dimmer” 69
“Disc Information” 31,
33, 35
Disc Settings 33, 35, 67
Disc space 31, 54
Disc types 7, 54
Dolby Digital 13, 64
“Downmix” 65
DTS 65
“DVD” 67
“DVD Menu” 68
“DVD Rec. Settings” 66
DVD VIDEO 8
DVD+R 7, 54
DVD+RW 7, 54
C
Canal Plus 23
CD 8
“Change Angle” 46
“Channel” 58
“Channel Setting” 57
“Channel Sort” 59
Chapter 30, 42
Chapter number 30
“Chapter Search” 50
“Check Overlap” 43
Checking/changing/
cancelling timer settings
(Timer List) 42
Child Lock 47
Clock 18, 60
“Colour” 42, 49
“Colour System” 63
Colour systems 78
“Command Mode” 17, 69
Component Out 18, 62
COMPONENT VIDEO
OUT 11
Connecting
the aerial cable 10
the audio cords 13
the video cords 11
“Contrast” 42, 49
Controlling TVs with the
remote 15
Copy control signals 37
Copy-Free 37
Copy-Never 37
Copy-Once 37
E
Easy Setup 18, 70
Editing 54
Enter characters 32
“Erase” 43, 54
Erase all titles 55
“Erase Titles” 55
“Extend Rec” 39
F
“Factory Setup” 69
“Finalise” 34
Finalising 34
“FNR” 49
“Format” 35
Formatting 35
Freeze Frame 48
Front panel 80
Front panel display 31, 80
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G
P
R
GB 35
Page mode 29, 43
Parental Control 47, 67
Parts and controls 79
“Pause Mode” 63
PAY-TV 23
“PAY-TV/CANAL+” 58
“PB Video Equalizer” 49
PBC 46
PDC 38
Picture quality 41, 49
Picture size 41
“Play Beginning” 47, 51
Play mode 30
Playable discs 8
Playback 8, 46
fast forward 48
fast reverse 48
freeze frame 48
instant advance 48
instant replay 48
MP3 audio tracks 51
resume play 47
slow-motion play 48
Playing status bar 30
Playlist 29
“Power save standby” 69
“Present Time” 61
“Progressive Mode” 62
“Progressive Output” 62
“Protect” 54
Protection
title 54
Rear panel 81
REC 26
“Rec Mode” 41
“Rec Mode Adjust” 38, 66
“Rec NR” 42
“Rec Settings” 41
REC STOP 27
“Rec Video Equalizer” 42
Recordable discs 7
“Recording” 66
Recording 36
picture adjustment 41
recording format 7
recording mode 27,
36
recording time 27, 36
while watching
another
programme 27
Recording time 36
Region code 9
Remaining time 30
Remote 15, 79
Resetting the recorder 70
Resume Play 47
“RGB” 18, 62
H
Handling discs 77
“Hue” 49
I
INPUT SELECT 45
L
Labelling 33
“Language” 68
LINE 2 IN 20
LINE 3/DECODER 19
“Line1 Output” 62
“Line3 Input” 63
“Line3 Output” 63
M
Main sound 36, 48, 66
Mains Lead 14
Manual Clock Set 61
MENU 46
Menu
DVD’s Menu 46
Top menu 46
“MNR” 49
“Modify” 43
MP3 audio tracks 51
MPEG 65
N
“Name” 58
NICAM 37, 58
Number buttons 33, 40
O
One Touch Menu 47
One Touch Play 47
One Touch Timer 39
Original 29
“OSD” 18, 61
“Others” 69
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Q
Quick guide to disc types 7
Quick Timer 41
S
T
U
S VIDEO 11
“S Video” 18, 62
Satellite receiver 21
“Scart Setting” 62
“Screen Saver” 63
“Search” 50
Searching
fast reverse/fast
forward 48
locating the beginning
of the title/
chapter/track 48
search mode 50
SET 17, 33, 50
“Sharpness” 49
Slow-motion play 48
SMARTLINK 12
Sort 29
Sound quality 50
Sub sound 36, 48, 66
SUBTITLE 48
“Subtitle” 68
Super VIDEO CD 8
Synchro Rec 44
“System” 57
Teletext 27, 59
“Time Search” 50
TIME/TEXT 31
TIMER 38
Timer List 42
Timer recording
check/change/cancel
42
manual setting 37
“Rec Mode Adjust”
38
Synchro Rec 44
VIDEO Plus+ 40
“Timer Settings” 66
Title 30
TITLE LIST 46
Title List 28, 46
Sort 29
“Title Name” 54
Title number 30
“Title Search” 50
TOP MENU 46
“Track Search” 50
Troubleshooting 71
Tuner System 18
“TV Direct Rec” 27, 66
“TV Guide Page” 59
TV system 57
TV t 15, 27
“TV Type” 18, 61
TV/DVD 16, 27
Usable discs 7, 8
V
“Video” 18, 61, 62
VIDEO CD 8
Video cord 11
Video input 11
“Video Output” 61
VIDEO Plus+ 40
“Video Settings” 49
VPS 38
Z
ZWEITON 37
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