HP Media Center PC Software Guide

HP Media Center PC Software Guide

HP Media Center PC

Software Guide

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Table of Contents

Welcome ...................................................... 1

Experience the Fun of Media Center ....................................... 1

Watch and record live TV...................................................... 1

The right music for the moment............................................... 1

Share your digital memories .................................................. 1

Transform your living space into a theater ............................... 1

Using Media Center Features................................................. 2

Using Media Center ...................................... 3

Setting Up Media Center....................................................... 3

Opening Media Center using a mouse.................................... 3

Opening Media Center using the remote control ...................... 4

Media Center menu bars....................................................... 4

Navigating Media Center ..................................................... 5

Media Center control menu ................................................... 5

Using Media Center Away mode ........................................... 6

Completing the setup wizard steps ......................................... 7

Media Center Start Menu ...................................................... 8

Media Center Start menu items .............................................. 8

Online Spotlight ................................................................... 9

Using Instant Messaging in Media Center................................ 9

Logging in to your Messenger account .................................... 9

Changing Media Center Settings.......................................... 10

Media Center Settings categories ......................................... 10

Finding Additional Media Center Information ........................ 11

Using the Remote Control ........................... 13

Remote Control Buttons Overview ......................................... 14

Watching and Recording TV Programs........ 17

Navigating My TV .............................................................. 17

Watching TV ..................................................................... 18

Watching live TV................................................................ 18

Controlling TV playback ...................................................... 19

Using the remote control in My TV ........................................ 20

Using the Television Program Guide ..................................... 21

Using Media Center without the Guide ................................. 21

Television Program Guide errors........................................... 22

Viewing the Television Program Guide .................................. 22

Setting up how Media Center downloads the Guide ............... 23

Manually downloading the Guide ........................................ 24

Adding a postal code to receive the correct Guide ................. 24

Adding missing channels to the Guide .................................. 25

Editing channels in the Guide .............................................. 25

Removing channels from the Guide....................................... 26

Searching for TV Programs .................................................. 26

Searching for TV programs using categories .......................... 27

Recording TV Programs ....................................................... 28

Recording TV from the Guide ............................................... 29

Recording programs manually without using the Guide ...........30

Recording quality and hard disk drive storage space ..............31

Copying recorded TV programs to DVD or CD .......................31

Media Copy Protection........................................................32

Playing Recorded TV Programs.............................................32

Playing Music Files ..................................... 33

My Music ..........................................................................33

Using My Music with Media Center ......................................33

Adding Music to My Music Library .......................................34

Adding music files from your hard disk drive..........................34

Adding music files from a CD...............................................35

Deleting music files from the My Music library ........................35

Using supported music file types ..........................................36

Playing Music Files in My Music ...........................................36

Playing an album in My Music .............................................37

Playing a song in My Music .................................................37

Creating a Queue List in My Music .......................................38

Finding and Playing an Album in My Music ...........................38

Creating a Playlist in My Music ............................................39

Copying Music Files to CD in My Music ................................40

Working with Pictures ................................ 41

HP Photosmart ....................................................................41

My Pictures ........................................................................41

Working with Digital Images................................................42

Using HP Photosmart in Media Center ...................................42

Creating your picture catalog in HP Photosmart Premier ..........42

Creating albums .................................................................44

Modifying a date assigned to your pictures............................44

Assigning a keyword to your pictures ....................................45

Assigning a place to your pictures ........................................45

Searching for pictures in Media Center .................................46

Viewing Pictures in HP Photosmart ........................................46

Viewing a slideshow in HP Photosmart ..................................46

Viewing a slideshow with music in HP Photosmart...................47

Editing Pictures in HP Photosmart Premier...............................47

Editing pictures in HP Photosmart Premier from the desktop ......47

Editing pictures in HP Photosmart in Media Center..................48

Sharing Pictures in HP Photosmart Premier .............................48

Using supported file types with HP Photosmart Premier ............50

Printing Pictures in HP Photosmart .........................................51

Creating a Backup Disc of Your Pictures ................................51

Using My Pictures in Media Center .......................................52

Adding Pictures to My Pictures .............................................53

Adding picture files from your hard disk drive ........................53

Viewing Pictures in My Pictures.............................................54

Viewing pictures as a slideshow ...........................................54

Viewing a slideshow with music in My Pictures.......................55

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Using supported picture file types in My Pictures.....................55

Editing Pictures in My Pictures ..............................................56

Fixing red eye or contrast ....................................................56

Cropping pictures in My Pictures ..........................................56

Rotating pictures .................................................................57

Printing Pictures in My Pictures .............................................57

Copying Pictures to CDs and DVDs .......................................58

Playing Videos........................................... 59

Playing Digital Videos in Media Center .................................59

Using Supported Video File Types.........................................60

Transferring and Recording Video Files .................................60

Recording an analog video file.............................................60

Recording a digital video file ...............................................60

Creating a CD/DVD from Video Files....................................61

Playing DVDs ............................................. 63

Playing DVD Movies in Media Center ...................................63

Changing the DVD Movie Language .....................................64

Changing DVD Audio Settings .............................................64

Listening to FM Radio ................................. 65

Playing FM Radio Stations ...................................................65

Organizing Radio Station Presets..........................................66

Using the FM Radio and the TV Signal at the Same Time .........66

Creating Audio and Data Discs ................... 67

Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording ............................67

Working with Audio CDs.....................................................68

Verifying audio disc recorded without errors ..........................69

Audio CD tips ....................................................................69

Creating audio CDs ............................................................70

Creating jukebox discs ........................................................70

Working with Data DVDs and CDs .......................................71

Verifying data disc recorded without errors............................71

Data disc tips .....................................................................71

Creating data discs.............................................................72

Copying a DVD or CD ........................................................72

Archiving Files on a CD or DVD ...........................................73

Archiving files using Media Center .......................................73

Working with Image Files ....................................................74

Creating an image file ........................................................74

Burning from an image file...................................................74

Disc Labeling with LightScribe ..............................................75

LightScribe requirements ......................................................75

Burning a LightScribe label with Sonic Express Labeler ............75

Using adhesive disc labels ...................................................76

Compatibility Information.....................................................76

Disc Features and Compatibility Table...................................77

Optical Drive Quick Reference Table.....................................78

Software Quick Reference Table ...........................................79

Creating Video Discs and Movies.................81

Before You Begin Capturing Video....................................... 81

Sonic MyDVD Video Projects............................................... 82

Creating a Video Project..................................................... 82

Adding files to a video project............................................. 83

Capturing video to a video project....................................... 83

Adding slideshows to a video project ................................... 84

Adding submenus to a video project .................................... 84

Editing the style of a video project........................................ 85

Editing movie files .............................................................. 85

Burning a video project to disc ............................................ 86

Creating a Video Project with Direct-to-Disc Wizard ............... 87

Video Quality and Disc Size ............................................... 88

DVD Recording Time .......................................................... 89

Creating Movies Using muvee autoProducer ...............................91

Basic Steps to Make a Movie .............................................. 91

Locating the two versions of muvee autoProducer ................... 92

Using muvee autoProducer on the Desktop ............................ 93

Getting started on the desktop ............................................. 93

Capturing video from a DV camcorder ................................. 94

Adding videos ................................................................... 95

Adding pictures ................................................................. 96

Adding music .................................................................... 97

Selecting the style .............................................................. 97

Changing the settings ......................................................... 97

Adding an opening title and closing credits........................... 98

Making the movie .............................................................. 99

Previewing the movie.......................................................... 99

Modifying the movie......................................................... 100

Saving the movie project................................................... 101

Recording the movie project to disc .................................... 102

Using muvee autoProducer unPlugged in Media Center ........ 103

Selecting videos............................................................... 104

Selecting pictures ............................................................. 104

Selecting music ................................................................ 105

Setting the style................................................................ 106

Adjusting audio and video settings..................................... 106

Making the movie ............................................................ 107

Upgrading muvee autoProducer......................................... 108

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Using an HP Personal Media Drive ........... 109

Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to Work with

Media Center.............................................................. 109

Locating the Drive After Installation ..................................... 110

Assigning a Drive Letter to the HP Personal Media Drive........ 110

Viewing and Storing Files.................................................. 110

Playing Media Files .......................................................... 111

Playing Music Files ........................................................... 111

Viewing Picture Files ......................................................... 111

Playing Video Files ........................................................... 112

Watching TV Programs Stored on the

HP Personal Media Drive .............................................. 112

About Recording TV to the HP Personal Media Drive .............113

Recording TV programs to the HP Personal Media Drive ........114

Changing the TV recording path to the

HP Personal Media Drive ..............................................114

Changing the TV recording path to the local hard disk drive...........................................................................115

Disconnecting the HP Personal Media Drive Safely ...............115

Changing Disk Allocation ..................................................116

Updating Recorded TV List After Removing the

HP Personal Media Drive ..............................................116

System Requirements to View Recorded TV Programs on

Other PCs ...................................................................116

Index ....................................................... 117

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Experience the Fun of Media Center

Microsoft

®

Windows

®

XP Media Center Edition

2005 with Update Rollup 2 lets you do amazing things with your PC. With a full range of easy-to-use digital entertainment features, you can experience movies, music, and photos like never before.

Media Center is simple and convenient to use. You can easily find and choose your media. You can play movies, listen to music, and view photos with a single remote control (select models only). Combine the powerful features of your PC with a home theater receiver to enjoy an even more dynamic entertainment experience.

Watch and record live TV

With Media Center you can pause, advance frame by frame, skip ahead, or use instant replay to catch every moment of live TV. Use fast-forward to bypass unwanted content. When you are not able to watch your favorite show, you can use Media Center to record it.

Record TV with ease by using the Television

(Electronic) Program Guide (Internet service required) to select the shows you want to record.

You can record one show or an entire series and watch it when it is convenient for you. You will never miss a moment of your favorite shows.

The right music for the moment

Browse your entire music library by artist, genre, and song. Select a playlist or a single album, or do a random shuffle from your music collection. You can even play songs from your Windows Media

Player music library.

Share your digital memories

Create personalized slideshows with music for viewing on your PC. View professional-looking home videos from the comfort of your couch with the remote control.

Transform your living space into a theater

Whether you are watching a DVD movie or your own home videos, Media Center delivers a rich viewing experience with a high-quality digital sound system. Sit back and enjoy the show.

Welcome

Welcome

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If your PC came with a rewritable DVD drive, the drive is able to read and record to DVD+/-R/

-RW media.

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Some of the Media

Center features listed are for select models only. Some of the components listed in the PC documentation, such as speakers and TV tuners are optional or sold separately.

Using Media Center Features

You can control the Media Center functions and navigate Media Center windows by using the remote control (select models only), the keyboard, or the mouse. You can easily switch back and forth between them by moving the mouse or by pressing a button on the remote control or the keyboard.

You can run Media Center side-by-side with other

Windows software programs. It is possible to browse through your pictures, watch videos, and play music while using other Windows programs.

With Media Center, you can:

Watch, record, and play back television programs.

Pause, rewind, and fast-forward TV programs.

Watch an instant replay.

Play back your digital videos.

View your digital pictures or play them as a slideshow with music. Easily print your photos.

Browse, select, and play music CD files with full-screen visualizations.

Record CD tracks to your media library.

Play DVD movies. Resume playing your DVDs where you left off.

Listen to FM radio stations.

Access streaming music and video subscription services. Some music and video subscription services may not be available in all countries/regions.

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The Television

Program Guide

(Internet service required) is not available in all countries/regions.

Record your TV shows automatically while you are doing something else.

Open specific windows in Media Center by using the shortcut buttons on the remote control.

Communicate with your friends and family by using instant messaging. Instant messaging

(Internet service required) may not be supported in all countries/regions.

Easily back up your media files to CD, DVD, or another hard disk drive such as the

HP Personal Media Drive (sold separately).

Use the Optimization setting to keep your computer running smoothly.

Use Away mode to save power when the computer is not in use, and then you can display the computer desktop instantly by touching a keyboard key or a remote control button.

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Setting Up Media Center

The first time you start Media Center on your PC, a

Media Center setup wizard opens. It is recommended to complete each step in the setup wizard to be able to use all the features in Media

Center. The Media Center setup wizard may take several minutes to complete. If there are steps you still need to complete, you can go to the Settings

menu to do so. See “Completing the setup wizard steps” on page 7.

Opening Media Center using a mouse

You can use either your remote control or your mouse to open and navigate Media Center.

To use your mouse:

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Move your mouse over the Media Center

Start menu items, and click an item to open it. Select an option by clicking it. To scroll the list of Start menu items, move the mouse pointer over the list until an item is selected, then continue moving the pointer down the list to see the items that are not displayed.

3

Move the mouse to display the

Media Center toolbar, and then click the

back arrow at the top of the window to go to a previous window.

4

Click the ? icon at the top of the window to open the Media Center Help.

5

Click the Media Center Start icon at the top of the Media Center window to return to the Media Center Start menu.

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For more information about setting up your

PC, refer to the setup poster or the Start

Here guide.

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Opening Media Center using the remote control

You can use either your remote control or your mouse to open and navigate within Media Center.

To use your remote control:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control.

2

Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select a Media Center menu.

3

Press the OK button to enter your selection and open that window. To scroll the list of

Start menu items, use the arrow buttons until the item is highlighted, and then continue moving the arrow buttons down the list to see the items that are not displayed.

4

Press the Back button on the remote control to go to a previous window.

5

Use the arrow buttons to select the ? icon at the top of the window to open the Media

Center Help.

6

Press the Media Center Start button to return to the Media Center Start menu.

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You can use the

Minimize and Resize buttons to switch to the desktop or to run

Media Center side-byside with another program.

Media Center menu bars

When you move the mouse, the Media Center menu bars appear. These menu bars allow you to access media controls, Media Center Help, the back arrow, window control icons, and the Media Center icon that takes you to the main Media Center menu. If you use the remote control, or if you stop using the mouse (after 5 seconds), the Media Center menu bars become hidden.

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Navigating Media Center

In the Media Center windows, a selected item such as a folder, file, or menu item is outlined with a green border.

You can control the Media Center functions and navigate Media Center windows by using the remote control, the keyboard, or a mouse.

To select items in Media Center, use the arrow keys on the keyboard or use the arrow buttons on the remote control, and then press the Enter key on the keyboard or the OK button on the remote control to enter your selection.

If you have media playing, such as music or a slideshow, it appears in an inset window in the lower-left corner. To switch from watching your media in the inset window to watching it in fullscreen mode, use the arrow buttons on the remote control or use the arrow keys on the keyboard to select it, and then press OK on the remote control or the Enter key on the keyboard.

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Media Center control menu

To access the control menu in

Media Center, move the mouse to display the menu bars. Select the Shut Down icon on the main Media Center window.

From this control menu, you can select icons to perform various actions.

Icon Action

Log off and end your Media

Center session and switch users

Shut down the PC

Restart the PC

Put the PC in a power-reduced state — standby mode

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If you are recording a TV program and then put the PC into standby, the recording will stop.

If the PC is in standby and a recording is about to begin, the PC wakes from standby and records the program.

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The audio or video of

TV recordings is not affected when the PC is in Away mode.

Using Media Center Away mode

When your computer is in Away mode it appears off, but you can actually still perform tasks such as recording TV programs or music files. Away mode turns off the display and mutes the audio.

After you have enabled Away mode in the Control Panel, you can activate it by pressing the sleep button on your computer, keyboard, or remote control.

You can return to your desktop almost instantly by pressing any sleep button again, by pressing any key on the keyboard, by moving the mouse, or by pressing any button on the remote control if you select the Return the computer from Away

mode on mouse or keyboard activity option in the Power Options Properties window. See the following procedure.

To enable your PC for Away mode:

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Control Panel.

2

Click Performance and Maintenance.

3

Click Power Options.

4

Select the Away tab.

5

Place a check mark in the Enable Away

mode check box.

6

Under Options you can select to:

Return the computer from Away mode on mouse or keyboard activity

Or

Prompt for password when the computer returns from Away mode

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Click OK.

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Completing the setup wizard steps

If you did not complete the Media Center setup wizard steps the first time through, you can complete or change your selections by using the following procedure. You need to complete all of the required setup steps to access all of the Media

Center features.

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select Settings. You may need to use the arrow keys on the keyboard or the arrow buttons on the remote control to scroll down to see all the menu items.

3

Select General, Media Center Setup, and then Run Media Center Setup

Again. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the wizard.

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You must select either analog or digital TV signals in the setup wizard for your TV tuner to work properly (select models only).

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You can change your

Media Center settings in the Settings menu.

Following are some of the items included in the setup wizard:

Check for your Internet connection. An

Internet connection allows Media Center to display information about your music CDs,

DVDs, and other media.

Optimize how Media Center looks on

your display. You can change display settings such as brightness, contrast, color, and centering.

Set up your speakers. Select how many speakers you have and test them. Speakers are sold separately for some models.

Configure your TV tuner, TV signal source, and Television Program

Guide. You need to provide information about your TV signal source and your TV signal equipment (set-top box, cable, and so on). This step makes sure your HP Media

Center PC receives the correct TV signal and

Television Program Guide information. If you have a cable box or satellite receiver, the setup wizard programs your Media Center remote control to work with them.

Display Calibration. You can test and adjust the display settings of your monitor, TV, or other display. You can use the Media

Center video to help you change onscreen centering, sizing, aspect ratio (shape), brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness of the display with your TV remote control or your monitor controls.

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You must subscribe with an Internet service provider (ISP) to have an Internet connection.

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Media Center Start Menu

C D E

A

F G

H

B

A Access a menu to exit Media Center, to shut down or to restart the PC, to log off to end your Media Center session, to put the PC into standby mode, or to

switch users. See page 5.

B Use media playback controls: Play,

Stop, Pause, Skip, Fast-Forward,

Replay, Rewind, Record, Volume Up/

Down, Mute, and Channel Up/Down.

See page 14.

C Open the Media Center Start menu. See

page 3.

D Go back one screen.

E Open the Media Center Help.

F Minimize the Media Center window.

G Resize the Media Center window.

H Close the Media Center window.

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Media Center Start menu items

Play DVD — Watch DVD movies. See page 63.

*Online Spotlight — Go to the Media Center

Web site for the latest Media Center information.

See page 9.

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My Videos — Watch your home videos. See

page 59.

My Pictures — View digital pictures, play a

slideshow, or print photos. See page 52.

My Music — Play music files or music CDs, create and edit playlists, and record music files to CD. See

page 33.

More Programs — Find utilities and programs for communicating with instant messaging (see

page 9), editing videos (see page 91), backing up

files (see page 73), and creating CDs/DVDs (see

page 61).

Settings — Change program settings. See

page 10.

My TV — Watch, record, and play back TV shows.

See page 17.

Radio — Play FM radio stations. See page 65.

*HP Photosmart — View, edit, share, and print digital pictures, and play a slideshow. See

page 41.

Online Spotlight

Online Spotlight is a link to the Microsoft Web site, where you can find the latest Media Center information and media offers and services. This site is periodically updated by Microsoft. Some of the services listed may not be available in certain countries/regions.

Your PC must be connected to the Internet to access the Online Spotlight Web site.

Using Instant Messaging in Media Center

Instant messaging may not be supported in all countries/regions.

You can use your remote control to log in and type messages. You can even have multiple conversations.

Media Center supports instant messaging (Internet service required) so you can communicate with your friends and family while you are doing something in

Media Center. You always have the option to turn this feature on or off.

Logging in to your Messenger account

1

First, you must go to

http://www.msn.com to set up your

Messenger account. You will need a .NET passport to log in to Messenger. A .NET passport is an e-mail address, a login name, and a password. Make sure you verify the account with MSN before you try to log in from Media Center.

2

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

3

Select More Programs, and then select the Messenger icon.

4

Select Sign In.

5

Enter your .NET passport information, and then select Sign In.

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From most areas in

Media Center, you can select a media file and then press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or select a media file and press the i (More information) button on the remote control to access the

Messenger login screen.

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Changing Media Center Settings

In the Media Center Settings window, you can change settings for viewing your pictures and slideshows, and for controlling sound and the display of all the Media Center windows.

To change your Media Center settings:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select Settings.

3

Select a category.

4

Select one of the settings listed. Then, use the arrow keys on the keyboard or the arrow buttons on the remote control to select an option or follow the onscreen instructions.

5

Select Save to save your changes.

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The parental controls, captions display, radio, and TV settings listed in Media Center do not apply to PC models that do not include a TV tuner.

Media Center Settings categories

General

Startup and Window behavior.

Visual and Sound Effects to set transition animations and sounds when navigating in Media Center.

More Programs Options to change settings for other programs on the PC.

Media Center Setup to configure your

Internet connection and speakers, access

Windows updates, run Media Center setup again, set up remote desktop, and reset

Start Page defaults.

Parental Controls to block unwanted TV channels and block unwanted TV and movie ratings, change access code, and reset parental controls.

Automatic Downloads Options to get media information about CDs, DVDs, and movies from the Internet.

Optimization to keep your computer running smoothly by performing various tasks on a regularly scheduled basis. The

Optimization setting closes and then opens

Media Center at a specific time each day that you determine.

TV to set up TV signal, audio, and closed captioning (not all channels support closed captioning). You can download or edit the

Television Program Guide, view or clear recording history, set hard disk drive recorder storage space, configure your display, and set recording defaults.

Pictures to set slideshow settings.

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Music to select visualizations or song information to display when playing a song.

DVD to select a language for subtitles, audio tracks, and menus of your DVDs, program the

Skip and Replay buttons on the remote control for your DVDs, and select closed captioning.

You can also access audio settings for your speakers.

Messenger to allow instant messages within

Media Center. Instant messaging may not be supported in all countries/regions.

Radio to organize or delete preset radio stations.

Help to find help about using Media Center and your hardware.

Finding Additional Media Center Information

To learn more about using Media

Center, refer to the online and other Help files located in Media Center. Using your mouse, click the Help icon in the Media

Center toolbar.

You can select Online Spotlight from the main

Media Center menu to go online for the latest Media

Center tips and other information. Online Spotlight may not be available in all countries/regions.

You can also find guides and information for your

PC using the Internet to access a Support Web site.

To view information for your PC, go to the Support

Web address listed in the Warranty and Support

Guide, and search for your model’s name and number. The product model is on the lower front of the PC chassis.

To find the online documentation for your product, search for your model number, and then click

Manuals.

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Information and guides are associated with specific PC model numbers.

Some models do not have guides or manuals available on the Web site.

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(Select models only)

The remote control is designed to work with Media

Center. You can use your remote control with Media

Center to play CDs and DVDs, view pictures, and much more.

This remote control helps you navigate the Media

Center windows on your computer just as a TV remote control helps you navigate cable TV options or control the playback of a movie in a VCR or

DVD player.

The remote control can:

Navigate and control all Media Center windows.

Control the video display.

Place the computer in and out of standby mode.

Shut down or restart the PC.

Log off from Media Center or switch users.

The remote control cannot:

Navigate the Windows desktop or control other computer programs outside of Media

Center.

Be used as a VCR, DVD player, or stereo remote control.

Turn on or off a TV that is connected to your

PC (select models only).

Turn on the PC.

Using the Remote Control

DVD MENU TV

RADIO

MUSIC PICTURES VIDEOS

RECORD PLAY STOP

REW

REPLAY

PAUSE

FWD

SKIP

BACK MORE

VOLUME

CH/PG

MUTE

LIVE TV GUIDE RECORDED TV

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The remote control is included with select models only.

Features and location may vary.

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The remote control requires two AA batteries.

The remote control operates up to

7.9 meters (26 feet) away from the remote sensor.

Make sure there is nothing blocking the pathway between your remote control and the remote sensor.

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Make sure you turn off the monitor and turn down or mute the volume, for example, if you have a scheduled recording in the middle of the night and do not want to be disturbed.

The PC does not automatically go into standby mode if

Media Center is open.

It is recommended that you close Media

Center before you manually place the

PC in standby mode.

Remote Control

Buttons Overview

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10

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Standby — Puts the PC into and out of a power-reduced standby state. It does not turn the PC off.

DVD Menu — Opens the Play DVD window in Media Center or opens the main menu of a DVD movie, if available.

Music — Opens the My Music window in Media Center.

Radio — Opens the FM Radio window in Media Center.

Record — Records a selected television program and stores it on the hard disk drive.

Rew — Moves the media backward for three speeds.

Replay — Moves media backward

7 seconds, or to the beginning of a music track or a DVD chapter.

Pause — Pauses audio and video tracks and live or recorded TV programs.

Back — Returns to the previous window within Media Center.

Arrows — Move the cursor to navigate and select actions within all Media Center windows.

Start — Opens the Media Center main menu.

Volume — Increases (+) and decreases

() volume.

Live TV Is a shortcut to the full-screen view of live TV. Moves a TV program forward to the end of the pause buffer and resumes playing live TV.

Guide — Opens the Television Program

Guide.

Clear — Deletes the last character entered.

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LED — Activity indicator light. The LED tells you that the remote control is emitting a signal when you press a button.

TV — Opens the My TV window in Media Center.

Pictures — Opens the My Pictures window in Media

Center.

Videos — Opens the My Videos window in Media

Center.

Play — Plays the selected media.

Stop — Stops the media currently playing.

Fwd — Moves media forward at three speeds.

Skip — Moves media forward 30 seconds in videos and live TV, one music track, or one DVD chapter.

i (More information) — Displays available information about a selected media file and displays other menus.

OK — Selects the desired action or window option and acts as the Enter key.

CH/PG up (+) and down (–) — Changes the TV channels or moves pages up and down, depending on available options. Moves to the next DVD chapter.

Mute — Turns computer sound off. The word Mute is displayed when Mute is turned on.

Recorded TV Opens the Recorded TV window where recorded TV programs are listed.

0 to 9, #, * — Use numeric keypad buttons to change channels or enter text into a Media Center search or text box. Each time you press a number button, a different character appears. Press the Enter button to select a character.

Enter — Selects the desired action, menu, or window option.

Print — Prints your pictures that you select in the My

Pictures window of Media Center.

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The PC will not automatically go into standby mode if

Media Center is open.

It is recommended that you close Media

Center before you manually place the

PC in standby mode.

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If the PC model does not include a TV tuner, some remote control buttons are inactive.

Using the Remote Control

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Watching and Recording TV Programs

Watch live TV or record your favorite shows for later playback. Use the Television Program Guide to find the show you want to watch or record. You can also record a show while watching another prerecorded show.

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Digital video recording features and the Television

Program Guide are for select models only.

Navigating My TV

From the My TV window you can search for and play your favorite TV shows. Use the following menu items to help you locate what you want to do:

Live TV: Watch, pause, fast-forward, or rewind your favorite TV shows. You can watch recorded TV shows while recording another show. Use the i (More information) button on the remote control to display TV show information.

Recorded TV: View a list of recorded programs by date or title, view a list of programs scheduled to be recorded, play a recorded program, find out why a program wasn’t recorded, or add a TV recording manually.

Search: Quickly find a TV program or a series to watch or record by entering a descriptive word, program title, or program category.

Guide: (Not available in all countries/ regions.) Scroll through the Television Program

Guide (Internet service required) to find programs to watch and record. You can record specific TV shows or a whole series to your hard disk drive or an HP Personal

Media Drive.

Movies: Go online to find movies to watch now or later. Get the latest information about movies on TV: read reviews, see cast lists, find other times the movie is broadcast, view the

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You can change the channel by using the remote control while in full-screen mode or when the inset window is selected.

You can go to live TV from anywhere in

Windows Media

Center by pressing the Live TV button on the remote control.

While in the Guide, you can select a channel to see upcoming programs for that channel by pressing the arrow buttons on the remote control.

Watching TV

Before you can watch TV by using Media Center, make sure:

The computer is set up correctly for your TV signal source. Refer to the setup poster and the HP Media Center PC Getting Started

Guide for more information.

You have completed the Media Center setup wizard. If you have not completed the setup

wizard, refer to “Completing the setup wizard steps” on page 7.

Watching live TV

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Press the TV button on the remote control or select My TV from the main start menu. Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select Live TV, and then press OK. The last channel selected or the first channel available begins playing.

2

Select a channel by using the CH/PG (+) or

() buttons or the numeric keypad on the remote control, and then press OK on the remote control. The channel number and program information are displayed in the window.

3

Press the i (More information) button to open another menu with the following options and information:

Access to Messenger and Settings windows.

Program information such as channel number and station, title and time period of program, actual time, and a brief summary of the program and TV rating, if available.

Recording options are also shown.

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To exit full-screen mode and return to the previous window, press Back on the remote control.

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Controlling TV playback

The digital video recording functionality lets you record single shows or capture entire series for later viewing.

When you open the My TV window and begin watching live TV, Media Center automatically begins recording and playing back the selected program in the background. This allows you to pause or review a live TV program for up to 30 minutes. To replay a program longer than the

30 minutes, you must select to record the program.

You can return to the live broadcast by pressing the

Live TV button on the remote control.

When you change the channel, Media Center deletes the previously recorded portion and begins recording again after a short delay.

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The 30-minute pause buffer applies only when pausing, rewinding, and fastforwarding live TV.

Media Center allows you to record a program for longer than 30 minutes when you select to record the program.

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You cannot pause a live TV program and then rewind to the beginning of the pause buffer, and then begin recording.

You can record a TV program only from live TV.

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The digital video recording features are for select models only.

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Using the remote control in My TV

Button

Live TV (TV)

i (More information)

CH/PG

Action

To freeze the live TV image, press Pause. While paused, My TV continues to record a pause buffer for up to 30 minutes. To resume watching TV where you left off, press Play.

To stop live TV or a recorded program, press Stop once. To resume watching the program, press Play.

To move forward in a live TV program that has been paused, or in a recorded program, press Fast-forward (Fwd). To speed up the fast-forwarding, press

Fast-forward two or three times. Fast-forward allows you to skip 3 hours in the

Television Program Guide.

To play a recorded TV program or to resume watching a program after pressing the Pause, Fast-forward, Rewind, Replay, or Skip buttons, press Play.

To advance in live TV or in a recorded program by 30 seconds, press Skip once.

You can repeatedly skip forward, but only to the end of the pause buffer or the recorded program. Allows you to skip 12 hours in the Guide.

To move backward in live TV or a recorded program, press Rewind (Rew). To speed up rewinding, press Rewind three times. To resume watching the program, press Play. Rewind allows you to move back 3 hours in the Guide.

To move backward in live TV by 7 seconds, press Replay. You can repeatedly rewind with the instant replay option, but only to the beginning of the pause buffer or recorded program. Allows you to move back 12 hours in the Guide.

To maximize the TV viewing window to full-screen mode, press Live TV. Also, to advance to the end of the pause buffer and resume watching the live TV broadcast, press Live TV.

To see the channel number, station identifier, title of program, time slot, and category of program, press the i (More information) button while in full-screen mode. If you select a recorded show and then press the i (More information) button, you can access more information about a program, stop or delete a program, change a recording setting, change the “Keep Until” setting, access the instant messaging dialog box, and access TV settings.

To move to the next channel or page in the Television Program Guide, press the

CH/PG (+) and () buttons.

Guide

To open the Television Program Guide, press Guide. When in the Guide window, press Guide again to view a program categories menu. To filter your Guide to display only programs in a category, you can select a category, such as Movies.

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Using the Television Program Guide

The Television Program Guide (Internet service required) is a free service from Microsoft that provides TV listings information, such as channel, network, program title, program summary, and scheduled broadcast times. This service is currently not available in some countries/regions. You can go to http://www.microsoft.com to find out if the

Guide is available in your country/region and for the terms and conditions of the Television Program

Guide service.

Using the Guide, you can scroll through a list of the current and upcoming television programs and channels available from your television service provider. The Guide displays the channel and network, as well as the program title, scheduled time block, and a brief description of the program. The number of days displayed depends on your television service provider; most providers display up to 14 days. By selecting a program title, a detailed description of the program appears at the bottom of the window.

In countries/regions where the Guide is not

available, refer to “Using Media Center without the

Guide” on page 21, and see “Recording programs

manually without using the Guide” on page 30 for

more information about recording TV programs.

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Your HP Media Center

PC requires a connection to the

Internet to access the

Guide.

Using Media Center without the Guide

Before using Media Center, it is important to complete the Media Center setup wizard. This takes you through steps to identify your TV signal source and scan for channels you are able to receive from your TV provider. By scanning for channels, you can manually select TV programs to watch and record, even if your country/region is unable to download the TV listings information of the Guide listed above.

The Television Program Guide data may not be available in your country/region. You can still record TV programs without a Guide; see

“Recording programs manually without using the

Guide” on page 30.

If you have already completed the setup wizard, but want to change your settings or scan for TV channels again:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

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Select Settings, General, Media Center

Setup, and then Run Media Center

Setup Again.

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Follow the onscreen instructions to scan for your channels.

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The Television

Program Guide

(Internet service required) is not available in all countries/regions.

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Make sure the

HP Media Center PC is connected to the

Internet and Media

Center is properly set up before you try to change the Guide settings.

Television Program Guide errors

If there is no Guide data available when you try to download or search for Guide information, the following messages may appear:

Download Incomplete: We were unable to locate any Television Program Guide information for the following reason: Guide data is not available for the country/region setting you selected in the Control Panel

Settings.

Search in My TV is unavailable because there is no Guide information.

The current lineup and/or location selected for the Guide is not supported.

The Guide information is either missing or corrupt.

No data available.

Channel information is currently not available.

If you receive any of these messages, then the Guide data is not available in your country/region, and you cannot use Television Program Guide features.

Check back periodically to see if Guide data has been provided.

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When you select a channel and then press OK on the remote control, you can view up to two weeks of programming information. Use the scroll arrows at the bottom of the window.

Viewing the Television Program Guide

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Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

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Select My TV, and then select Guide.

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Use the arrow buttons to select a channel, and then use the arrow buttons to scroll through up to two weeks of programming for that channel.

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Select a program, and then press OK to watch it. Press the Record button on the remote control to record the program.

If you press the Guide shortcut button on the remote control while you are already in the Guide, you can select one of the Guide filter categories, such as

Movies, to search for a movie.

Press the i (More information) button on the remote control to access another menu for more options of searching the Guide.

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Setting up how Media Center downloads the Guide

Your HP Media Center PC must have a connection to the Internet and you must select a TV listings provider in the Media Center setup wizard before you can use and download the Guide information.

You can set up Media Center to download the

Guide information when you connect to the Internet, or you can select to manually download the Guide.

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

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Select Settings, General, Automatic

Download Options, and then:

Download when connected:

Connect to the Internet, and Media

Center automatically downloads the

Guide.

Or

Manual download: Connect to the

Internet, and then manually download the

Guide in Media Center TV Settings menu.

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Follow the onscreen instructions. When the

Television Program Guide starts downloading from the Internet, it can take between 1 and

30 minutes, depending on the amount of data to download and the speed of your Internet connection.

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If your HP Media

Center PC has a digital subscriber line

(DSL) connection, your

HP Media Center PC is always connected.

The Guide is downloaded at a specified time every few days. The download interval varies, depending on the ISP.

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No data available

appears next to each channel if the Guide has not been downloaded. This can occur if the HP Media

Center PC does not have an Internet connection or if there is no service available in your country/region.

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Manually downloading the Guide

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

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Select Settings, TV, Guide, and Get

Latest Guide Listings.

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Follow the onscreen instructions. The Guide can take between 1 and 30 minutes to download, depending on the amount of data to download and the speed of your Internet connection.

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Select Yes.

Adding a postal code to receive the correct Guide

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Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

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Select Settings, TV, Guide, and Set Up

Guide Listings.

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Click Next.

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Select Yes and then Next.

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Select I agree and then select Next.

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Enter your postal code, and then select Next for Media Center to determine which

TV/Program Guide listings are available for your country/region.

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Select Next.

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Select TV signal provider and then Next.

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Select Next and then Finish.

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Adding missing channels to the Guide

Some program channels may not appear in the

Guide. To add the names and numbers of the channels that are missing or to change the association between channel numbers and lineups:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then Add

Missing Channels to add the names and numbers of the channels you are missing.

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Click Add Channel.

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Use the numeric keypad on your remote control or your keyboard to enter the name of the missing channel, and select Next.

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Enter the correct channel number, and select Add.

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Select Assign channel to assign a new channel number.

Or

Select Share channel to share the channel with another channel.

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Click Save to add the channel.

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Repeat steps 3 through 7 to add additional channels.

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Click Done when you have added all the channels.

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Editing channels in the Guide

Some program channels may not appear correctly in the Guide information. To edit the channel numbers that are incorrect for your TV provider information:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then Edit

Channels to edit the channel numbers currently assigned by Media Center.

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Select Edit Numbers.

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Use the numeric keypad on your remote control or keyboard to enter the number of the correct channel, and then press OK on the remote control or press the Enter key on the keyboard.

5

Select Assign channel to assign a new channel number.

Or

Select Share channel to share the channel with another channel.

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Click Save when you have edited all the channels.

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If you need to go back to the channel numbers automatically assigned by Media Center, select Restore Default and then select Yes.

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Removing channels from the Guide

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then Edit

Channels to remove the channels you do not want to appear in the Guide.

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Select the check next to a channel you want to remove, and then press the OK button on the remote control or the Enter key on the keyboard to remove the channel from the lineup.

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Select Save when you have selected all the channels to be removed from the Guide.

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Using categories to search can help you find, for example, all football games. A title or keyword search displays every program that has

“football” in the title or description.

The TV search results do not include previously recorded

TV programs.

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Guide filtering features, such as searching by keyword or category, are available for select models only.

Searching for TV Programs

To find a TV program, you can enter a title or keyword or select a category in your Guide by using your remote control or your keyboard and mouse.

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Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

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Select My TV, and then select Search.

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Select Title. Use the numeric keypad on your remote control or your keyboard to enter a program title word, and then press OK on the remote control or press the Enter key on your keyboard.

Or

Select Keyword. Use the numeric keypad on your remote control or your keyboard to enter a descriptive word that would appear in a program title or program description, and then press OK on the remote control or press the Enter key on the keyboard.

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To scroll through search results, use the arrow buttons to select a program, and then press

OK. If multiple times for the program are displayed, select a time and press OK.

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To begin watching the program in full-screen mode, select the program, and then press OK.

If the program is not currently playing, select

Record or Record Series, and then press OK.

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Searching for TV programs using categories

You can search the Guide to find a TV program by selecting a category. Some categories are not available in all countries/regions.

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select My TV, and then select Search.

3

Select Categories.

4

Select a category of program types, such as Movies.

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Select an option such as Genres or Top

Rated.

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Select a sorting option, such as By

movie title.

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Use the arrow buttons to scroll through search results and to find a program.

Then press OK on the remote control or the Enter key on the keyboard to select the program.

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Select an option to find out more about the program, to watch it, to schedule a recording, or to view other showings of your program.

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If you turn off

(shut down) your

HP Media Center PC,

Media Center will not record a scheduled program. The

HP Media Center PC must be turned on or in standby mode to record a TV program.

The HP Media Center

PC will not automatically go into standby mode if

Media Center is open.

Make sure you turn off the monitor and turn down or mute the volume if, for example, you have a scheduled recording in the middle of the night and do not want to be disturbed.

Recording TV Programs

Media Center allows you to record TV programs so that you can watch them when it is convenient. You can record the program you are watching, or you can record a future program or series from the

Guide, the Search, or the Recorded TV window in

My TV. You can record two programs at the same time if your HP Media Center PC has two TV tuners that have the same type of TV signal input (select models only).

If a recording error occurs, the program will not be recorded unless the conflict is resolved. If you try to schedule a recording and another is already scheduled for the same time, a conflict window appears and gives you the option to record the new program or record the previously scheduled program.

To make sure your program is being recorded, select My TV, Recorded TV, and then

Scheduled. The Record icon also appears next to the program in the Guide while you are recording.

The Record icon disappears when the recording is complete.

Recording icons

The Record icon appears in the

Television Program Guide next to the program scheduled to record.

The Record Series icon appears in the Television Program Guide next to each occurrence of a program in a series that is scheduled to be recorded.

The Record Conflict/Error icon appears in the Television Program

Guide and the taskbar if another program is scheduled to be recorded at the same time.

Record Series means that you select to record each episode of that program from one channel. Media

Center won’t record duplicate episodes. Media

Center also looks for alternative times to record an episode if a recording conflict arises.

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For more information about recording to your HP Personal

Media Drive, see

“About Recording TV to the HP Personal

Media Drive” on page 113.

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Recording TV from the Guide

To record a current or future program or series from the Guide:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select My TV, and then Guide.

3

To find the program you want to record, use the arrow buttons on the remote control, and then select the program. You can also use the numeric keypad on the remote control or the keyboard to enter a channel number. Press the right arrow button in the Guide to select a program that will be broadcast in the future.

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Press the Record button on the remote control.

5

To return to the previous window, press Back on the remote control or the Backspace key on the keyboard.

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If there is a recording conflict, Media Center displays a message and allows you to select which program you want to record.

The Record icon appears next to the program in the Guide. Press Record twice to record a series.

The Record Series icon is displayed to indicate a series. Press Record again to cancel the recording.

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Recorded TV programs that have been copied to a DVD can be played on your HP Media Center

PC and on some DVD players.

Recorded TV programs can be backed up as part of a full system backup and restored to the same HP Media

Center PC, but not to other PCs.

Recording programs manually without using the Guide

You do not need the Television Program Guide to record TV. You can record a TV program by pressing the Record button on the remote control while watching live TV, or you can select a specific date, channel, and recording time period in Media

Center.

For some programs, you may want to begin recording before the scheduled beginning and after the scheduled ending of the program.

To record a program manually:

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Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, press the Live TV button, and then press Record to begin recording your program.

Or

Click Start and then Media Center, or press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, select My TV, Recorded TV, and then select Add Recording.

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Select Channel and Time.

3

Select the channel number box, and enter the channel number using the numeric keypad on the remote control or the keyboard.

4

Select the (+) or () buttons, and then press

Enter on the keyboard or OK on the remote control to scroll through choices and enter the recording frequency, date, start and stop times, and storage and quality options.

5

To set the recording and return to the

Recorded TV window, select Record in the window, and then press OK on the remote control or press Enter on the keyboard.

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To return to the previous window, press the

Back button on the remote control or press the

Backspace key on the keyboard.

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Recording quality and hard disk drive storage space

The space available for recording TV programs depends on your hard disk drive size, the percentage of hard disk drive space allocated to recorded TV, and the recording quality setting.

To get the maximum recording time, change the recording quality to Fair instead of the default setting of Best.

Quality of recording

Best to optimal

Better

Good

Fair

*This table shows approximate sizes of recorded TV program files. Some files may be smaller or larger.

Hard disk drive space used*

2.7 GB/hour

2.1 GB/hour

1.4 GB/hour

1.2 GB/hour

1 GB = 1 billion bytes when referring to hard disk drive capacity. Actual formatted capacity is less.

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Refer to Media Center

Help for more information about recording errors, advanced recording features, and My TV settings.

Copying recorded TV programs to DVD or CD

You can record TV programs to DVD in Media

Center to create a backup copy or to save space on your hard disk drive by using the following procedure. These DVDs can be played from an

HP Media Center PC and from some set-top DVD players.

The HP Media Center PC includes several other recording software programs for you to create CDs and DVDs. You can use Sonic MyDVD to record the recorded TV program to a format that can be played from an HP Media Center PC and from some

set-top DVD players. See “Sonic MyDVD Video

Projects” on page 82.

For more detailed information about recording CDs and DVDs, refer to information on the HP Support

Web site at:

http://www.hp.com/support

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TV programs that have been encrypted

(protected) by the broadcaster cannot be copied and played back on any player other than the

HP Media Center PC that recorded the program.

To copy a recorded TV program to CD or DVD:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select More Programs.

3

Insert a blank disc.

4

Select Create CD/DVD, and then select

Data.

5

Enter a title for your DVD by using the numeric buttons on the remote control or the numeric keypad on the keyboard, and then select OK.

6

Select Recorded TV.

7

Select the Recorded TV programs you want to copy to CD or DVD.

8

Select View DVD or View CD.

9

Select Create DVD or Create CD.

10

Select Yes.

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Follow the onscreen instructions to complete burning your TV show to disc.

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Media Copy Protection

Media content, such as DVDs or TV programs, may place restrictions on rights to distribute or copy the content, depending on what is permitted by the copyright owner. Such restrictions protect copyrighted media files from being illegally copied and used. If you try to record a program that contains such restrictions, the following message is displayed: Recording Canceled. Manual Recording

cannot be recorded. Restrictions set by the broadcaster and/or originator of the content prohibit recording of this program. When you record certain music or video files, they may retain copy protection that will prevent copying or distribution, including technology that encrypts media content and/or limits access to people who have a license to play the content.

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Refer to Media Center

Help for more information about recording errors, advanced recording features, and My TV settings.

Playing Recorded TV Programs

Recorded TV is the storage place for all your recorded programs. In the Recorded TV window, you can sort your programs by name, date, or category. You can also delete a recorded program or series of programs and check for any recording errors.

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select My TV, and then select Recorded TV.

3

To organize all of your previously recorded programs, select Sort by Date or Sort by

Title.

4

To begin watching the program, select the recorded program you want to watch, and then press OK on the remote control or the

Enter key on the keyboard.

Media Center places recorded TV programs in the

Recorded TV folder that is located in your Shared

Documents folder on your hard disk drive.

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Playing Music Files

The My Music area in Media Center is a great way to play, organize, and back up your music files. My

Music is designed to work with the Windows Media

Player program.

My Music

With My Music, you can find and play your favorite music files and CDs you have added to the

Windows Media Player music library. For more

information about using My Music, see “Using My

Music with Media Center” on page 33.

My Music is designed to work with

Windows Media Player

Using My Music with Media Center

You can copy digital music files and organize a music library by using My Music in Media Center or by using the Windows Media Player program.

Music files that are added from within My Music in

Media Center are copied into the Windows

Media Player music library and are then accessible from within Media Center.

In My Music you can:

Play CDs or selected music tracks from your created Windows Media Player music library that you access in Media Center.

My Music menu in Media Center

Select and edit a personalized list of songs from your library.

Delete songs from a music library or a queue list.

Burn your favorite songs to CDs.

Back up your music tracks to a DVD or to an

HP Personal Media Drive.

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You can store your music files in the My

Music folder or in other folders on your hard disk drive, but you need to add those files to the

Windows Media

Player music library for Media Center to be able to find and play them.

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Adding Music to My Music Library

When you add music files to your My Music library, they are placed into the music library in Windows

Media Player. The added music files can immediately be found and played back by using My

Music in Media Center.

You can also add music files to your music library from within the Windows Media Player program.

For more information about adding and deleting music files to the library, use the Windows Media

Player Help menu.

Adding music files from your hard disk drive

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select My Music.

3

Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or press the i (More information) button on the remote control, and select Add Music.

4

Select Add folders, and then select Next.

5

Select Add folders on this computer, and then select Next.

6

Use the arrow buttons on the keyboard or the remote control to select a location. Press the

Enter key on the keyboard or press the OK button to expand a folder. When you find the folder that contains your music folder, select it by making sure an arrow appears next to the folder. Repeat this step to add additional folders, and select Next and then Finish.

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Select OK.

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Adding music files from a CD

To add the CD tracks to your Media Center music library:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select My Music.

3

Insert a CD into the CD drive.

4

Select Albums.

5

Select the Album CD you want to add to your music library.

6

Select Copy CD. The first time you copy a music CD you must select your copyprotection option and then follow any onscreen instructions.

7

Select Yes to begin copying tracks to your music library. This process may take several minutes, depending on the length of your music tracks.

8

Click OK.

Deleting music files from the My Music library

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select My Music.

3

Select Songs.

4

Use the arrow buttons on your remote control or the keyboard to scroll through your songs.

Select the song you want to delete.

5

Select Delete, and then select Yes.

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Each time you add music files outside of

Windows Media

Player, you must add these music files to your Windows Media

Player music library for Media Center to find them. Select the

Tools menu, and then select Search for

Media Files to add new music files to your library.

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For more information about music file formats, use

Windows Media

Player Help and

Media Center Help.

Only supported audio file types are displayed in the My

Music window.

Unsupported files won’t play.

Using supported music file types

You can play the following types of digital audio files in My Music. Refer to Windows Media Player

Help for more information about supported file types.

File extension

.cda

.au, .snd

.aif, .aifc, .aiff

.wav

.mp3, .m3u

.wax, .wma

.asf, .asx, .wm,

.wma, .wmv,

.wmp, .wmx,

.wpl, .wm, .wmd,

.wmz

File type

CD audio file

Audio file

AIFF audio file

Windows audio file

MP3 file

Windows Media

Audio file

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You can place all your music files into the

My Music folder or into other folders on your hard disk drive, but you need to add those files to the

Windows Media

Player music library for Media Center to be able to find and play them.

Playing Music Files in My Music

When you first open Media Center and open the

My Music window, you may not find any music files listed unless there is a music CD in your CD drive or unless you have already added audio files to your

Windows Media Player music library.

When you copy music files using Windows Media

Player and your computer is connected to the

Internet, the CD information is copied and displayed in Media Center and in the Windows Media Player music library.

If you insert a music CD when Media Center is not open, a message appears asking what you want to do. You can select Windows Media Player as your default audio player. If you have another program set as the default audio player, Windows opens the program and begins playing the CD.

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Playing an album in My Music

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select My Music.

3

Insert a music CD into the CD drive.

4

Select Albums.

5

Select the album you want to play.

6

Select Play.

Playing a song in My Music

You can play a song from anywhere in My Music.

You can select it from the View Song list, or from the

Album, Artist, and Genre lists. You can also play a single song from a playlist:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select My Music.

3

Select Songs. The list displays all the songs in your library.

4

Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the keyboard to select a song, and then press OK on the remote control or the Enter key on the keyboard to play it.

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You can select

Visualize in the Now

Playing window to see a visualization while you play a music track.

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Creating a Queue List in My Music

A queue list is a temporary list of songs that is created in My Music as you select songs, albums, or playlists to play. You can continue to add songs or you can delete songs from your queue list.

You can create a queue list and save it as a playlist that you can access in Media Center.

1

From the My Music window:

Select Songs, use the arrow keys to select a song you want, and then select Add to

Queue.

Or

Select Albums or Playlists, select an album or a playlist, and then select Add

to Queue to add the entire album or playlist to the queue.

2

Select OK.

3

Use the Back button on the remote control or the Backspace key on the keyboard to go back to the Songs, Albums, or Playlists menus if you want to select more songs to add to your queue list. Repeat step 1.

4

After you add the last song for your queue list, select Play. All songs in your queue list are played in the order you have selected them.

Finding and Playing an Album in My Music

1

In the Media Center Start menu, select My

Music, and then select Albums.

2

Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the keyboard to select an album, and then press OK on the remote control or press the Enter key on the keyboard. Select Play to play the album. The

Now Playing window opens, and the album starts playing.

3

In the Play window, you can also select:

View Cover to view cover art and play one track.

View Queue to view an ordered list of all tracks that will be played on the album.

Shuffle to rearrange the play order.

Copy CD to copy an album into your

Windows Media Player music library and your My Music library.

Buy Music to connect to the Internet, find

CD information, and buy music CDs. To go back to Media Center, press Start on the remote control, or click Start on the taskbar and click Media Center.

Visualize to view a moving picture while listening to a song.

Edit Queue to save your queue list as a playlist, create a CD/DVD, or clear all the songs in the queue list.

4

To return to the previous window, press Back on the remote control or the Backspace key on the keyboard.

Repeat to play the album again.

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Creating a Playlist in My Music

A playlist is a customized list of songs you can keep to play later or record to CD. Using playlists, you can group various digital music files together and determine the order in which you want the files to play.

You can create a playlist that includes several tracks from various CDs or even a playlist that contains background music for a slideshow.

You can create playlists in Windows Media Player or from within Media Center.

To create a playlist:

1

Select My Music, and then select either

Albums, Artists, Playlists, Songs, or

Genres.

2

Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the keyboard to navigate to the music you want to add to your playlist.

3

Press OK on the remote control or press the

Enter key on the keyboard to select a song.

4

Select Add To Queue. A confirmation displays that the music was added to the list of music in the queue.

5

Select the inset window in the lower-left corner to go to the queue.

6

On the Queue screen, select Edit Queue, and then select Save As Playlist.

7

Use the alphanumeric keypad to enter a name for the playlist, and then select Save.

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If your PC is connected to the

Internet, the CD track titles and cover art appear in Media

Center.

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For more information about writable media, refer to the other documentation that came with your PC.

Copying Music Files to CD in My Music

To copy your music files to CD:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select More Programs.

3

Insert a blank CD-R disc.

4

Select Create CD/DVD.

5

Select a disc format: Audio CD or Data CD, and then select OK.

6

Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the keyboard to select the

Untitled text box.

7

Use the alphanumeric keypad buttons on the remote control or the keyboard to enter a name for your CD, and then select OK.

8

Select Music.

9

Select the music files to record. A check mark appears next to the song when it is selected.

Use the Back button on the remote control or the Backspace key on the keyboard to select more songs from different menus.

10

When you are finished adding songs, select

View CD to see the songs you have selected.

If you want to delete songs, use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select the X next to the song you want to delete. Press OK on the remote control or press the Enter key on the keyboard to delete the song from your list of songs to be recorded to CD. This does not delete the song from your music library.

11

Select Create CD.

12

Select Yes.

13

Select OK.

14

Follow the onscreen instructions.

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Use the HP Photosmart and My Pictures areas in

Media Center to view, edit, print, and share your pictures.

HP Photosmart

HP Photosmart Premier is a software program located in your All Programs menu that works together with the HP Photosmart area in Media

Center. Both programs work together to organize, search for, display, print, and share your digital images. It is designed to organize your photos, scanned images, and video clips by date, keyword, or place. For more information about using

HP Photosmart Premier, see “Using HP Photosmart in

Media Center” on page 42.

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The HP Photosmart

Premier program is included with select models only.

My Pictures

With My Pictures, you can view, sort, edit, print, and create a CD or DVD of your pictures from the folders you create in the My Pictures directory in

Windows Explorer. For more information about

using My Pictures, see “Using My Pictures in Media

Center” on page 52.

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When transferring pictures from a digital photo camera to the

PC in HP Photosmart

Premier, set the camera’s USB setting to disk drive instead of digital camera.

Working with Digital Images

You can connect a digital image source, such as a digital photo or video camera, directly to the PC or through a docking station. Most digital picture files you copy or download from the device appear in the My Pictures folder.

Windows XP and Media Center detect your external device and display a message asking if you want to view your images. You can display them from the desktop or from within Media Center.

You can copy digital picture files from the memory cards used by digital cameras and other digital imaging devices by using the memory card reader

(select models only).

Using HP Photosmart in Media Center

Most tasks, such as viewing a slideshow, sharing your pictures online, cropping, rotating, and printing your pictures, you can do in both the

HP Photosmart Premier program on your desktop, and from within Media Center. There are a few things, for example, like some editing functions and the Help files, that are only available in the

HP Photosmart Premier program on the desktop.

HP Photosmart menu in Media Center

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Media Center displays a message allowing you to add pictures to your My

Pictures folder whenever Media

Center detects any new pictures.

Creating your picture catalog in HP Photosmart Premier

The first time you open the HP Photosmart Premier program, a message appears asking if you want to create a catalog by indexing images in the My

Pictures folder and its subfolders. This catalog allows you to search for your pictures by date, keyword, or place, by using HP Photosmart Premier.

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click HP Photosmart Premier.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar, choose All

Programs, HP, and then click

HP Photosmart Premier. The

HP Photosmart Premier window opens.

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2

When the catalog message appears, click

OK to index the images and place them in the

HP Photosmart Premier catalog.

3

At the top of the gallery window, click the

View tab, click the Browse tab, and then click the Image Catalog icon it to see all of the images in the catalog. You can also select the Search tab to browse for images.

4

Click Help at the top of the window for more information about creating your picture catalog in HP Photosmart Premier.

A

B

E

F

G

C

D

H

HP Photosmart Premier Window

A The Mode tabs allow you to create an image project, view, edit, print, share and back up your images.

B The menu items and display options allow you to view images or perform various tasks.

C Various items, depending on the tab you select. The View tab includes a map of the folders on your hard disk drive.

D The Tips window displays helpful hints about using HP Photosmart Premier.

E The Preferences button allows you to customize HP Photosmart Premier. The

Help menu gives you troubleshooting tips, instructional videos, and other information.

F The Image display icons let you view images in a group, one at a time, in full screen, or as a slideshow.

G Gallery of images.

H The Selection tray displays images that you have selected.

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After you create your picture albums in the

HP Photosmart

Premier program, you can view them in

Media Center.

Creating albums

You can organize your pictures into albums by using the HP Photosmart Premier program. HP Photosmart

Premier links your photos together into albums.

HP Photosmart Premier does not move or create copies of your picture files. After you create your picture albums in HP Photosmart Premier, you can then view them in Media Center.

To create an album:

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click HP Photosmart Premier.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar, choose All

Programs, HP, and then click

HP Photosmart Premier. The

HP Photosmart Premier window opens.

2

Click the View tab.

3

Select the Image Catalog icon.

4

Select the pictures that you want to place into an album by placing a check in the check box under the image. The selected images appear in the My Selections area at the bottom of the window.

5

Select the Albums icon, and then select

Create a new album.

6

Type a title using your keyboard, and then click OK. You can now view your albums in

Media Center when you open Media Center, select HP Photosmart, and then select

Albums.

Modifying a date assigned to your pictures

Digital cameras and scanners assign a creation date to digital images. HP Photosmart Premier automatically recognizes this creation date and organizes your pictures by date. The most recent images are listed first in your Image Catalog.

To change a date:

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click HP Photosmart Premier.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar, choose All

Programs, HP, and then click

HP Photosmart Premier. The

HP Photosmart Premier window opens.

2

Click the View tab, and then click Image

Catalog under the Browse tab. The most recent images are listed first in your Image

Catalog.

3

Select a picture or pictures to assign a new date.

4

Right-click one of the images, and then select

Set Image Date and Time.

5

Select a date and time, and then click OK.

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Assigning a keyword to your pictures

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click HP Photosmart Premier.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar, choose All

Programs, HP, and then click

HP Photosmart Premier. The

HP Photosmart Premier window opens.

2

Click the View tab, and then click Image

Catalog under the Browse tab. The most recent images are listed first in your Image

Catalog.

3

Select a picture or pictures to assign a keyword.

4

Right-click one of the images, and then select

Keywords, Assign, and then select a previously created keyword or (New

Keyword).

5

Type the new keyword, and then click OK.

6

Click OK again.

Assigning a place to your pictures

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click HP Photosmart Premier.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar, choose All

Programs, HP, and then click

HP Photosmart Premier. The

HP Photosmart Premier window opens.

2

Click the View tab, and then click Image

Catalog under the Browse tab. The most recent images are listed first in your Image

Catalog.

3

Select a picture or pictures to assign a place.

4

Select the Search tab, and then select

By Place.

5

Under By Place, select Assign.

6

Click the map to find your location. Each time you click the map, it zooms in closer. Use the arrow buttons surrounding the map to move around on the map.

7

When your location is in the center of the cross symbol, click Assign.

8

Click Assign again.

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Click Close.

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There are two ways to move around the

HP Photosmart

Premier map: you can click and drag or point and click the small globe.

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You must open the

HP Photosmart

Premier program from the desktop to assign dates, keywords, and places to your pictures.

Searching for pictures in Media Center

You can search for pictures by date, keyword, and place by using your remote control or mouse in

Media Center. HP Photosmart Premier automatically organizes your pictures by date, based on the date assigned by the camera when the picture was taken or the date the picture was scanned.

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select HP Photosmart.

3

Select the Search tab.

4

Select By Date. Select the Year, Month, and Day boxes and then use the number keypad on the remote or the numbers on the keyboard to enter the start and end date range. The date range of the pictures you selected is displayed in this window.

Or

HP Photosmart Search

Select By Place. Select the arrow buttons under the globe to rotate the globe. Select the

magnifying glass icon to zoom in and out.

Select a location. Locations that have pictures assigned to them will have a colored dot on the map.

Or

Select By Keyword. Select a keyword.

5

Select Search.

Viewing Pictures in HP Photosmart

Viewing a slideshow in HP Photosmart

When viewing images, you can view a slideshow of all your images, individual albums, or pictures selected from a search.

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select HP Photosmart.

3

Navigate to the group of pictures you want to view as a slideshow.

4

Select Slide Show. If you do not select the pictures you want to view as a slideshow,

Media Center displays all pictures.

5

Use the media playback keys on the remote control, or move the mouse to display the media controls to control the playback of your slideshow.

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Viewing a slideshow with music in HP Photosmart

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select My Music.

3

Select the music you want, and then press OK on the remote control. If the music doesn’t start automatically, press the Play button on the remote control.

4

To go back to the Media Center Start menu, press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

5

Select HP Photosmart.

6

Select the pictures.

7

Select Slide Show. When Media Center switches to full-screen mode, the inset window disappears, but the music continues to play.

Editing Pictures in HP Photosmart Premier

Editing pictures in HP Photosmart Premier from the desktop

You can make changes to your pictures in

HP Photosmart Premier from Media Center. Some of the editing features include removing red eye, cropping or resizing images, rotating and flipping images, and adjusting the color, brightness, and sharpness of your images.

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click HP Photosmart Premier.

2

Click the Help drop-down list at the top of the window, and then select Edit Tab Help for more information about editing your images.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar, choose All

Programs, HP, and then click

HP Photosmart Premier. The

HP Photosmart Premier window opens.

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You may need to refresh the window to view your edited picture in your

HP Photosmart

Premier folders.

Editing pictures in HP Photosmart in Media Center

You can make changes to your pictures in

HP Photosmart Premier from the desktop. Some of the editing features include removing red eye, cropping, resizing, and rotating images.

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select HP Photosmart.

3

Select the picture you want to edit. The edit window appears when you select a picture file.

4

Select an editing option such as Crop.

5

Select the arrow buttons under the picture to crop your picture.

6

Select Save As when you are finished editing the picture.

7

Select OK to save your edited picture.

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For more information about the HP Share tools, refer to the

Help menu in the

HP Photosmart

Premier program.

Sharing Pictures in HP Photosmart Premier

You can quickly share your photos with friends and family by first creating e-mail shortcuts and then sending thumbnails of your photos. The recipient then clicks on a link in the e-mail message to view the full-size photo on a secure Web page without downloading any attachments. The Web page is automatically displayed in a language based on the recipient’s Web browser settings. The photos can be viewed, printed, and saved to a computer.

Before you can share photos in Media Center, you must agree to the license agreement in the desktop version of HP Photosmart Premier. See the following procedure.

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To agree to the license agreement in HP Photosmart

Premier:

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click HP Photosmart Premier.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar, choose All

Programs, HP, and then click

HP Photosmart Premier. The

HP Photosmart Premier window opens.

2

Select the HP Share tab.

3

Select E-mail.

4

Select your country/region from the dropdown menu under Select your country/region.

5

Select the I Agree check box, and then select Next.

To share photos in Media Center:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select HP Photosmart.

3

Select the group of pictures you want to share and then select Share.

4

Select the pictures you want to share by placing a check mark on each picture, and then select Next.

5

Select an e-mail shortcut.

Or

Use the remote control keypad or the keyboard to type an e-mail address into the text box. If you want to save this e-mail address, select Save e-mail as a shortcut by placing a check in the check box next to it.

Enter a shortcut name for the address.

6

Select Next.

HP Photosmart Share in Media Center

7

Select Original or Compressed image size.

8

Use the remote control keypad or the keyboard to type an e-mail subject in the text box, and then select Send.

9

Select OK to have HP Share send your e-mail.

10

To view the status of the e-mail, select

Outbox in HP Photosmart Premier.

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If the message Image

cannot be displayed appears, the file may be corrupted, or it may be an unsupported file type. You may need to edit your image with a photo editor and save it in a supported file format.

Using supported file types with HP Photosmart Premier

HP Photosmart Premier supports the following types of image, video, and audio files.

File extension

.jpg, .jpeg

Only supported image file types are displayed in My Pictures. Unsupported files are skipped in a slideshow.

.tif, .tiff

.gif

.mov, .qt

.mpeg-1

.m1v

.mpg

.avi

.bmp

.dcx

.fpx

.pcx

.png

File type

Joint Photographic Experts

Group

Tagged Image File Format

Graphics Interchange

Format

QuickTime Movie file

Movie file

Movie file

Movie file, .mpeg animation

Audio Video Interleaved

Bitmap

Multipage .pcx file

FlashPix Bitmap

Bitmap Graphics

Portable Network Graphics

Corrupted and unsupported image file types display a generic image icon but cannot be displayed in Media Center.

Some file types are supported only if appropriate filters and software are installed.

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Printing Pictures in HP Photosmart

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select HP Photosmart.

3

Select Albums, Months, or Folders and then select the album, month, or folder where your picture is located.

4

Select Print.

5

Select the picture you want to print by placing a check mark on the picture, and then select Next.

6

Select the (+) or () to choose a printer, and then select Print.

7

Follow any onscreen instructions.

HP Photosmart Print in Media Center

Creating a Backup Disc of Your Pictures

To create a backup disc of images you have put into

HP Photosmart Premier:

1

Click Start on the taskbar, and then click HP Photosmart Premier.

Or

Click Start on the taskbar, choose All

Programs, HP, and then click

HP Photosmart Premier. The

HP Photosmart Premier window opens.

2

Select the Backup tab, and then click Back

Up Images on the left side of the window.

3

Select your backup settings, and then click Next.

4

Insert a blank disc.

5

Select the drive and media type, and then click Next.

6

Click Start Backup.

7

Follow any onscreen instructions.

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You need to set up your printer before you can print from

Media Cente r.

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Using My Pictures in Media Center

My Pictures is a folder on your hard disk drive in the

My Documents folder, and it is a Media Center menu item that allows you to view and search for your digital images by using the remote control or the keyboard and mouse.

It provides all the tools you need for viewing, organizing, editing, printing, sharing, and protecting your digital images.

My Pictures folder in Windows Explorer

My Pictures in Media Center

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Adding Pictures to My Pictures

Adding picture files from your hard disk drive

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select My Pictures.

3

Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or press the i (More information) button on the remote control, and then select Add

Pictures.

4

Select Add folders, and then select Next.

5

Select Add folders on this computer, and then select Next.

6

Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the keyboard to select a location. Press the OK button on the remote control or press the Enter key on the keyboard to expand a folder. When you find the folder that contains your picture folder, select it by making sure an arrow appears next to the folder. Repeat this step to add additional folders, and then select Next.

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Select Finish.

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From the My Pictures menu, you can select

Settings to:

Select a slide transition, a slide time delay, and a background color.

Include picture folders you have created.

Show captions.

Display your pictures randomly.

Show song information during a slideshow.

Viewing Pictures in My Pictures

After you organize your pictures in the My Pictures folder in Windows Explorer, open Media Center to view your pictures:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select My Pictures. The right side of the window shows a small picture image

(thumbnail) and, if you’ve organized your pictures into folders, folder icons. The pictures are displayed just as you organized them in the My Pictures folder in Windows

Explorer.

3

Use the arrow keys on the keyboard or the arrow buttons on the remote control to move through your picture files and folder files, and select a picture.

4

Press the Enter key on the keyboard or press the OK button on the remote control to select a picture or folder to view. The selected picture opens in full-screen mode.

Viewing Pictures

5

Press the Enter key on the keyboard or the OK button on the remote control again to zoom in

150 percent; press it again to zoom in

225 percent. Use the arrow keys or buttons to pan across a picture. To return the picture to the original size, press Enter or OK a third time.

Viewing pictures as a slideshow

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select My Pictures.

3

Select the folder of pictures you want to view as a slideshow, and then press OK on the remote control or Enter on the keyboard.

4

Select Play Slide Show, and then press OK.

5

Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or press the i (More information) button on the remote control, and then select

Picture Details. The picture name, location, last modification date, and resolution appears, if available.

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Press the Backspace key on the keyboard or the Back button on the remote control to go to a previous screen. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard or arrow buttons on the remote control to display the next or previous pictures.

If you do not select the pictures you want to view as a slideshow, Media Center uses the first folder listed. If you have picture files that are not stored in folders you created, Media Center plays all files stored in the My Pictures folder.

Viewing a slideshow with music in My Pictures

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select My Music.

3

Select the music you want, and then press

Enter on the keyboard or press OK on the remote control. If the music doesn’t start automatically, move the mouse to display the media control toolbar, and then select the

Play button, or press the Play button on the remote control.

4

Press the Back button on the remote control or the Backspace key on the keyboard until you are back to the Media Center Start menu.

5

Select My Pictures.

6

Select the folder of pictures, and then press

Enter on the keyboard or OK on the remote control.

7

Select Play Slide Show, and then press the

Enter key on the keyboard or the OK button on the remote control. When Media Center switches to full-screen mode, the inset window disappears but the music continues to play.

Using supported picture file types in My Pictures

You can view the following types of image files in

Media Center.

Only supported image file types are displayed in My Pictures. Unsupported files are skipped in a slideshow.

File extension

.jpg, .jpeg

.tif, .tiff

.gif

.bmp

.wmf

.png

File type

Joint Photographic Experts

Group

Tagged Image File Format

Graphics Interchange

Format

Bitmap

Windows MetaFile

Portable Network Graphics

Folder icons appear even if the images inside them cannot be displayed.

Corrupted and unsupported image file types display a generic image icon but cannot be displayed in Media Center.

Some file types are supported only if appropriate filters and software are installed.

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If the message Image

cannot be displayed appears, the file may be corrupted or it may be an unsupported file type. You may need to edit your image with a photo editor and save it in a supported file format.

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Editing Pictures in My Pictures

Fixing red eye or contrast

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select My Pictures.

3

Select the picture you want to edit.

4

Right-click the picture or press the

i (More information) button on the remote control, and then select

Picture Details.

5

Select Touch Up.

6

Select Red Eye or Contrast, and then press OK on the remote control or press the

Enter key on the keyboard.

7

After you select the options you want to fix, select Save. The picture is displayed with the new settings.

Editing Pictures

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Select Yes to save changes and replace the original picture file.

Cropping pictures in My Pictures

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select My Pictures.

3

Select the picture you want to edit.

4

Right-click the picture or press the

i (More information) button on the remote control, and then select

Picture Details.

5

Select Touch up, and then select Crop.

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For this step, you must use the mouse and keyboard. Select the arrows under the picture to move the picture side to side or up or down. Select the magnifying glass to move the cropping tool in or out. Select the rotate tool to move the cropping tool to a vertical or horizontal position.

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After you select the options you want to fix, select Save or Save As. Once saved, you cannot revert to the original picture.

8

Select Yes to save changes and replace the original picture file if you selected Save in the previous step.

Or

Select Yes to create a different version of the original file if you selected Save As in the previous step.

Rotating pictures

If your picture appears horizontally or vertically and you want to change the orientation, you can change it in Media Center:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select My Pictures.

3

Select the picture you want to rotate.

4

Right-click the picture or press the

i (More information) button on the remote control, and then select

Picture Details.

5

Select Rotate, and then press the Enter key on the keyboard or press the OK button on the remote control. Rotation occurs in 90° increments.

Printing Pictures in My Pictures

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select My Pictures.

3

Select the picture you want to print.

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You need to set up your printer before you can print from

Media Center; otherwise the file is saved to the My

Documents folder by default when you select to print the picture.

Printing Pictures

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4

Press the Print button on the remote control.

Or

Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or press the i (More information) button on the remote control, and then select Picture

Details. Select Print, and then select Print again.

5

Follow any onscreen instructions.

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In Media Center, all pictures are copied to

CDs as .jpg files.

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For more information about writable media, refer to the electronic and printed documentation that came with your PC.

Copying Pictures to CDs and DVDs

You can copy your pictures to CDs and DVDs in

Media Center or by using the Sonic DigitalMedia

Projects program. You can also create a LightScribe label for your CD or DVD if you have a LightScribe optical drive and you use LightScribe media discs.

Refer to the other documentation that came with your PC.

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select More Programs.

3

Insert writable media (CD-R, CD-RW,

DVD+/-R, or DVD+/-RW) into the drive.

4

Select Create CD/DVD.

5

Select the Untitled area, and enter the name of your disc by using the numeric keys on the keyboard or the remote control, and then select OK. Use the Backspace key on the keyboard or the Clear button on the remote control to delete letters.

6

Select Pictures.

7

Select the pictures you want to copy. A check mark appears next to a picture when you select it.

8

Select View CD/View DVD. From here you can delete a picture, add more pictures, or change the name of your disc.

9

After you have selected all of your pictures, select Create CD/Create DVD.

10

Select Yes. Media Center displays a message if you need to insert an additional disc to complete your recording. Media Center displays a message when your disc has been created.

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Playing Videos

The My Videos window in Media Center makes it easy to play home video files you created or video files you downloaded from the Internet.

In My Videos you can:

Play videos that are stored anywhere on your hard disk drive.

Create a CD or DVD of your video files.

View your videos in full-screen mode or from an inset window in Media Center.

View small image (thumbnail) and title of video file.

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Each user has a separate My Videos folder that can be opened only by that person. You can share videos with others by storing them in the Shared

Video folder.

Playing Digital Videos in Media Center

After you organize your videos in the My Videos or

Shared Video folder in Windows Explorer, open

Media Center to watch your videos.

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select My Videos.

3

Select the video folder you want. The video folder opens, displaying a list of video files.

You may need to use the scroll arrows at the bottom of the window to display all videos.

4

Select the video file. The video plays in fullscreen mode. Use the mouse to resize the window if you want to watch your video while doing something else on your desktop.

5

To exit full-screen mode and return to the previous window, press Back on the remote control or the Backspace key on the keyboard.

Your video continues to play in the inset window.

6

When the video is finished, select Restart to replay the video, or select Done to close the file and return to the My Videos window.

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Use the mouse to select the up arrows and down arrows at the bottom of the window, to scroll to other pages of video files and folders.

You can maximize the media playing in the inset window by using the arrow buttons to select the inset window and then pressing OK on the remote control.

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For more information about supported video file types, refer to Media Center

Help menu.

Using Supported Video File Types

You can view the following types of video files in

Media Center. Other file types are supported if your

PC has the correct software installed.

File extension

.avi

.dvr-ms

.mpeg, .mpg,

.mpe, .m1v,

.mp2, .mpv2

.wm, .asf

.wmv

File type

Video file

Digital Video Recording —

Microsoft (TV file format)

Movie file

Windows Media file

Windows Media AV file

Transferring and Recording Video Files

Once you capture your video by using video capture and editing software, you can use Media

Center to find it and add it to your My Videos area.

Recording an analog video file

Refer to the Getting Started Guide and the other documentation that came with your PC for more information about capturing and recording video files from an analog video camera.

Recording a digital video file

Refer to the Getting Started Guide for more information about recording video files from a digital video camera.

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Creating a CD/DVD from Video Files

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select More Programs.

3

Insert a writable disc, and then select OK.

4

Select Create CD/DVD.

5

Select the Untitled area, enter the name of your disc by using the numeric keys on the remote control or the keyboard, and then select OK. Use the Clear button on the remote control or the Backspace key on the keyboard to delete letters.

6

Select Video, and then select OK.

7

Select the video file you want to copy, and then select View CD/View DVD.

8

Select Add More if you want to add additional video files to your disc.

9

Select View CD/View DVD to check the contents of your disc before recording them.

10

Select Create CD/Create DVD to begin recording the disc, and then select Yes.

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Playing DVDs

Watching DVDs in Media Center allows you to control the playback with your remote control. If you play your DVD in another program outside of Media

Center, you will not be able to use the remote control.

Playing DVD Movies in Media Center

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Insert the DVD into the drive. If you have other media playing, Media Center asks if you want to play the DVD. Select Play

DVD. If you don’t select an option, the DVD automatically plays in full-screen mode after a few seconds.

Or

If the DVD is already in the drive, select

Play DVD from the Start menu. The DVD movie begins playing in full-screen mode.

3

If a DVD menu appears, use the remote control or the mouse to select the DVD menu items and control the DVD movie playback.

4

To stop playing the DVD, press Stop on the remote control or move the mouse to display the media controls, and then click the Stop button.

5

To change the window size while the DVD movie is playing, move the mouse for the

Resize icon to appear.

6

Click the Resize icon on the taskbar to adjust the window size.

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To view more information about a

DVD that you are watching, such as the

DVD title, chapter title, genre, parental rating, length, and current position, press the i (More information) button on the remote control.

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Changing the DVD Movie Language

To select DVD language settings for subtitles, closed captioning, and viewing the DVD:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select Settings.

3

In the Settings window, select DVD.

4

In the DVD Settings window, select DVD

Language.

5

Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the keyboard to select

(+) or (). Press OK on the remote control or press the Enter key on the keyboard to scroll through the languages available.

6

When you find the one you want, select

Save, and then press OK on the remote control or the Enter key on the keyboard.

7

To return to the main Settings window, press the Backspace key on the keyboard or press the Back button on the remote control.

Changing DVD Audio Settings

To select DVD audio settings for viewing the DVD:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select Settings.

3

Select DVD.

4

Select Audio. The Audio Properties window opens.

5

Select Configuration, and then select your speaker and sound options. Select your speaker output and your channel mode, if applicable. Select Save.

6

Select OK.

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If your HP Media Center PC is equipped with a radio tuner input (FM Tuner In), Media Center can play FM radio. The Radio window in Media Center makes it easy to play FM radio stations using your remote control.

In Radio you can:

Listen to FM radio stations.

Set up presets of your favorite radio stations.

Delete or organize your radio station presets.

Use the time-shifting features: pause, rewind, and fast-forward up to 30 minutes of radio programs.

Playing FM Radio Stations

1

Connect the FM radio antenna to the back of the HP Media Center PC, to the connector labeled FM Antenna In.

2

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

3

Select Radio.

4

Enter a radio station number by using the numeric keypad on the remote control or your keyboard.

Or

Select the Seek () or (+) buttons for Media

Center to find the next playable station.

Or

Select the Tune () or (+) buttons to manually find a station.

Listening to FM Radio

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Make sure you connect the FM radio antenna to the back of the HP Media

Center PC before selecting an FM radio station. This antenna is for select models only.

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You must go through the TV tuner setup wizard before you can play your radio stations.

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5

If you want, select Save to save it as one of your nine preset stations.

6

Select Start FM to begin playing that station.

7

Use the playback controls on the remote control, such as Pause, Rewind, and

Fast-Forward to control radio playback. If you press the Pause button, Media Center continues to record the program for up to

30 minutes. Press Play to resume listening to the program where you left off.

8

Select Back to return to the previous window.

Organizing Radio Station Presets

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center.

2

Select Settings.

3

Select Radio.

4

Select the up arrows and down arrows next to each preset station to move it to a different position.

Or

Select the Delete icon (X) to delete a preset station.

Or

Select Auto Sort to sort your preset stations in numeric ascending or descending order.

5

Select Save to save your changes.

6

Select Back to return to the previous window.

Using the FM Radio and the TV Signal at the Same Time

The FM radio signal and My TV input signal share a single tuner card. This means that you are unable to watch or record TV and listen to FM radio at the same time unless you have two TV tuners. When

Media Center is scheduled to start a recording, a warning appears that says FM radio stops when the

TV recording starts. If you do not select Cancel

recording, then Media Center automatically stops radio and begins recording TV.

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Creating Audio and Data Discs

(Select models only)

This chapter contains the procedures you must perform to record (or burn) music and data files to recordable CD and DVD discs. It also includes information about labeling your discs using the

LightScribe labeling technology included on select models.

For information about recording video files to DVDs,

see “Sonic MyDVD Video Projects” on page 82.

Your HP Media Center PC may include one or more

CD, DVD, or combination optical drives capable of recording. Additionally, your HP Media Center PC may include the following software programs for recording to CDs or DVDs:

Real Rhapsody (select models only)

Windows Media Player

Sonic MyDVD Plus (select models only)

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus

Windows XP

These programs include features that enable you to copy, archive, and manage music and data files and then record the files to CDs or DVDs. You can also use Windows Media Player to download and copy music files to a portable device or memory card.

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IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of technology and does not endorse or encourage the use of our products for purposes other than those permitted by copyright law.

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Burn is an industry term used to describe the recording of information onto a

DVD or CD. Optical recording uses a laser beam to place information onto the disc, thus the term

burning.

Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording

Previously recorded files on rewritable discs must be erased before recording new files. Non-rewritable discs (CD-R, DVD+R, and DVD-R) cannot be erased.

To erase a rewritable disc in Sonic DigitalMedia Plus:

1

Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click Tools and then Erase Disc.

3

Insert the rewritable disc you want to erase.

4

Click the Quick Erase or Full

Erase option, and then click the

Erase Disc icon.

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Working with Audio CDs

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus enables you to create audio CDs that play in your car or home CD player, and on PCs. You can create two main types of music CDs:

Uncompressed — Typical CD format like you would purchase on a commercial CD.

This type of CD will hold 10 to 20 songs depending on their length.

Uncompressed files can be burned on CD-Rs

(which play in most home and car stereos, DVD players, and computers) or CD-RWs (which play only in some stereos, DVD players, and computers).

The procedure for creating this type of CD is

described in “Creating audio CDs” on page 70.

Compressed — Files are burned to a disc using a compressed file format (MP3, WMA, or M4A). The smaller file format enables you to fit approximately ten times as many songs onto the disc (depending on length and format).

Compressed files can be burned to CD-Rs,

CD-RWs, DVD+Rs, DVD+RWs, DVD-Rs and

DVD-RWs (select models only). Compressed files can only be played on computers, CD players, or DVD players that support the file format you use to create the disc (MP3 is most commonly supported). For file format compatibility, check the documentation for the device where you intend to play the disc. You may hear a slight loss of sound quality using compressed audio files.

The procedure for creating this type of CD is

described in “Creating jukebox discs” on page 70.

For more compatibility information, see “Disc

Features and Compatibility Table” on page 77.

Both Sonic programs create closed-session music

CDs, which means you must record all music files on one CD in one recording session. Music files can be recorded repeatedly on a rewritable CD-RW disc, but all previously recorded files must be erased first.

CD-R discs cannot be erased.

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Verifying audio disc recorded without errors

When copying or burning audio files to CD, it is recommended that you use Sonic DigitalMedia Plus because it includes a feature that confirms that your disc has been created without errors.

This write verification feature is enabled by default.

To check the status of the write verification feature in

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus:

1

Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click Tools, and then Options.

3

In the Options window, click Copy.

4

Ensure that the Verify copied data discs

(slower) box is checked.

5

Click OK.

Audio CD tips

When recording music files, it is important to note that:

To play your music CD in a home or car stereo, it needs to be recorded as a music CD in CD audio (CDA) format, not as a data CD.

As you add music files in the recording session, Sonic DigitalMedia Plus calculates and displays the amount of recording time available to record additional music files.

You can’t record song titles unless you make an exact copy of a music CD in your collection.

If your recording fails, manually select a slower recording speed, if available, each time you make a recording. Refer to the Help menu in your selected software program for more information about selecting a slower recording speed.

If you try to record more than a standard CD can hold, a message displays warning you that all the tracks may not fit on your disc.

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Creating audio CDs

To create uncompressed audio CDs using Sonic DigitalMedia Plus:

1

Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click the Audio tab and then Audio CD.

3

Do one or more of the following:

Click Add Music and navigate to music stored on your HP Media Center PC.

In the Quick Find panel, click Scan to automatically search your HP Media

Center PC for songs.

4

Select the songs you want to record, and then click Add.

5

Click the Burn icon when you have added all the audio files to your music CD project.

6

When prompted, insert a blank CD-R or

CD-RW disc. If you want to play your music

CD in your home or car stereo, use a CD-R disc. CD-RW discs may not play in some stereos.

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Click OK.

Insert a CD and add songs from it.

You can get detailed online help by clicking the

Help menu and then selecting Help.

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DVD discs can store significantly more music files than a CD.

Jukebox discs can only be played on

PCs, CD players, or

DVD players that support the file

format you use to create the disc (.mp3 is most commonly supported).

Creating jukebox discs

To create compressed (jukebox) music CDs or DVDs using Sonic DigitalMedia Plus:

1

Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click the Audio tab, and then Jukebox

CD/DVD.

3

Do one or more of the following:

Click Add Music and navigate to music stored on your HP Media Center PC.

In the Quick Find panel, click Scan to automatically search your HP Media

Center PC for songs.

4

Select the songs you want to record, and then click Add.

5

Click the Burn icon when you have added all the audio files to your music CD project.

6

When prompted, insert a blank CD-R or

CD-RW disc. If you want to play your music

CD in your home or car stereo, use a CD-R disc. CD-RW discs may not play in some stereos.

7

Click OK.

Insert a CD and add songs from it.

You can get detailed online help by clicking the

Help menu, and then selecting Help.

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Working with Data DVDs and CDs

Unlike audio CDs and jukebox DVDs, data DVDs and CDs can be recorded in multiple sessions.

Verifying data disc recorded without errors

When copying or burning data files to DVD or CD, it is recommended that you use Sonic DigitalMedia

Plus because it includes a feature that confirms that your disc has been created without errors.

This write verification feature is enabled by default.

To check the status of the write verification feature in

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus:

1

Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click Tools and then Options.

3

In the Options window, click Data.

4

Ensure the Verify data written to the

disc after burning box is checked.

5

Click OK.

Data disc tips

When storing data files on a disc, it is important to note that:

You can add new data files to a

CD-R, DVD-R, or a DVD+R in a later recording session, until the disc is full. With DVD+R or DVD-R discs, insert your partially recorded DVD, click the

Wrench icon to display the Options window, click Data, select the first Write-Once DVD

Compatibility option, and then click OK.

When you record files that have the same name as previously recorded files, Sonic

DigitalMedia Plus updates the file and the previous version is overwritten.

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus allows you to change the names of files you want to record and the files that were previously recorded.

As you select data files to record to your disc,

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus calculates and displays the amount of recording space used on your disc.

If your recording fails, manually select a slower recording speed, if available, each time you make a recording. Refer to the Help menu in your selected software program for more information about selecting a slower recording speed.

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An appendable disc can have additional files added to it, if there is disc space available. Recorded audio CDs are closedsession discs that are not appendable.

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You can rename your files in the file selection window by selecting and typing over the current name. This does not affect the original files on your hard disk drive.

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DVD discs can store significantly more files than a CD.

Creating data discs

To create data CDs or DVDs using Sonic

DigitalMedia Plus:

1

Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click the Data tab, and then click

Data Disc.

3

Do one or more of the following:

Click Add Data and navigate to files stored on your HP Media Center PC.

In the Quick Scan panel, select a type of file to search for, and then click Scan to automatically search your HP Media

Center PC for the selected file type.

Insert a CD or DVD that contains the file you want to add.

4

Select the files you want to record, and then click Add.

5

To name your disc, click Volume Label, and then type a name over it. Sonic DigitalMedia

Plus assigns a name based on the recording date if you do not type a name.

6

Click the Burn icon when you have added all the files to your data project.

7

When prompted, insert a blank or appendable disc (select models only).

DVD discs can store significantly more files than a CD.

8

Click OK.

You can get detailed online help by clicking the

Help menu and then selecting Help.

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Your DVD Writer or

CD Writer drive will not copy commercially available DVD movies. Most commercial DVDs are encoded to prevent unauthorized duplication.

Copying a DVD or CD

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus enables you to make copies of an existing music or data disc. You can configure

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus to verify that:

Data files have been copied without errors by performing the procedure described in

“Verifying data disc recorded without errors” on page 71.

Music files have been copied without errors by performing the procedure described in

“Verifying audio disc recorded without errors” on page 69.

To make a copy of an existing music or data disc using Sonic DigitalMedia Plus:

1

Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click the Copy tab, and then click

Disc Copy.

3

Insert the CD or DVD you want to copy.

4

Insert a blank DVD or CD into the drive.

5

Click the Copy icon.

6

Click Done when the recording is complete.

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Archiving Files on a CD or DVD

To make an archive file copy of files stored on your

HP Media Center PC using Sonic DigitalMedia Plus:

1

Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click the Data tab and then Easy Archive.

3

Select the path to the files that you want to archive (or click Browse to navigate to them).

4

Select the type of files you want to add to the archive, or select All Files in the

Selected Path.

5

Optional step: place a check mark in the

Only Archive Files Changed Since box, and select a date to limit the scan to files that have been changed since that date.

6

Click Save, enter a name for your archive, and then click OK.

7

Click the Burn icon.

8

When prompted, insert a recordable disc and then click OK.

If the files do not fit on one disc, you are prompted for additional discs.

9

Click Done when recording is complete.

For additional information about saving archives on your hard disk drive, or scheduling automatic archives, see the online help.

Archiving files using Media Center

The Sonic DigitalMedia Archive software is included with select models only.

To archive your hard disk drive files:

1

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

2

Select More Programs.

3

Select Media Archive.

4

Select the drive where your files are located by selecting (+) or ().

5

Select the type of files to archive, by placing a check next to Music, Pictures, Video, and Recorded TV.

6

Select the drive where you want to archive your files by selecting (+) or ().

7

Select Archive. Follow any onscreen instructions.

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Your DVD Writer or

CD Writer drive will not copy commercially available DVD movies. Most commercial DVDs are encoded to prevent unauthorized duplication.

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Working with Image Files

The Sonic recording programs can convert all the files from a CD or DVD into a single image file (.iso) file, or a series of Global-Image files (.gi) (none exceeding 2 GB). You can use the image file to reproduce the original disc. Image files are typically used when you need to make multiple copies of the same disc.

An image file is not a traditional picture file. An image file can be used to reproduce an original disc.

An .iso or .gi file is not like a graphic or a photograph file. Instead, the term image is like a master file from which duplicates can be reproduced. This type of image file is used to group several data files under one single file. Such image files are typically used to burn multiple CD or DVD discs with identical content.

Creating an image file

To make an image file using Sonic DigitalMedia

Plus:

1

Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click Copy, select .iso or .gi (if prompted for file type), and then click Save Image.

3

Insert the CD or DVD from which you want to make a image file.

4

Click Browse to select the location where the image file will be created.

5

Click the Save Image icon to create the image file.

6

Click Done after the image file has been created.

Burning from an image file

The image file remains on your hard disk drive until you delete it. Since an image file is typically large, it is recommended that you delete it if you do not intend to burn additional discs.

To burn a CD or DVD from an image file using Sonic

DigitalMedia Plus:

1

Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click Copy and then Burn Image.

3

Click Browse to select the image file.

4

Insert a recordable CD or DVD into the drive.

5

Click the Burn Image icon.

6

Click Done when recording is complete.

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Disc Labeling with LightScribe

LightScribe (select models only) is a direct disc-labeling technology providing you a simple way to burn precise, silk screen-quality labels. It combines the CD or DVD drive of your HP Media

Center PC with specially coated discs (sold separately) and enhanced disc-labeling software.

A LightScribe-enabled CD or DVD disc drive uses the optical laser in the drive to record a label onto a thin dye coating on the label side of the disc. There is no ink to smear or paper to curl, and there are no adhesives to loosen.

LightScribe media is identified by the LightScribe logo on the retail packaging and on the inner hub area of the disc itself. Your HP Media Center PC may come ready to work with many versions of

LightScribe media (select models only); however, as new media versions are introduced you will need to update the driver software for your

LightScribe-enabled CD or DVD drive. Get driver updates from the HP Support Web site:

http://www.hp.com/support

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LightScribe creates a grayscale

(monochrome) image similar to a black-and-white photograph.

LightScribe requirements

Burning a label with LightScribe requires three things:

LightScribe-enabled DVD drive (select models only)

Labeling software that supports LightScribe

LightScribe discs (sold separately)

Burning a LightScribe label with Sonic Express Labeler

1

Click Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then click Express Labeler.

2

In the Step1: Select Project area, make sure that Disc Label is selected.

3

In the Step 2: Edit area:

a

Click Disc Titles to display the Edit Disc

Title window. Enter text for the title and subtitle, and then click OK.

b

Click Tracks to display the Edit Track window. Click New to display the Track window. Enter text to identify the first track or file (you can optionally enter artist and date, or length), and then click OK.

d

Click the left or right arrows next to

Layout and Background to select design elements for the disc. The selections you make are previewed in the disc window.

4

When you are satisfied with the appearance of your label, insert the LightScribe media disc

(label side down) into the disc drive tray, and then click Print.

5

From the Disc Label menu, select LightScribe

12cm disc.

6

Click OK to begin burning the label.

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Repeat the previous step for each track or file on the disc.

The estimated time to complete the label displays, along with a progress bar to show you the time remaining. You can continue to work on your

HP Media Center PC while LightScribe is burning the label.

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You can open Express

Labeler from within

Sonic DigitalMedia

Plus by clicking Tools, and then Label Disc.

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LightScribe creates a grayscale

(monochrome) image similar to a blackand-white photograph.

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Using adhesive disc labels

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WARNING: When labeling your CDs and

DVDs, do not use sticky labels. They can cause the disc to play erratically. Instead, write on the disc with a felt-tip pen to label it.

Or, you can create a LightScribe label for your disc if you have a LightScribe optical drive and you use LightScribe media discs.

Refer to “Disc Labeling with LightScribe” on page 75.

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CD-R discs are more compatible with home and car stereos than CD-RW discs.

Compatibility Information

An important feature of a DVD Writer/CD Writer drive is its high level of compatibility with other optical drives and CD and DVD players:

The CDs that you create play in most home and car stereos and in most computer

DVD-ROM and CD-ROM drives.

The DVDs that you create are compatible with some DVD video players and with most computer DVD-ROM drives.

CD-R discs are compatible with more home and car stereos than CD-RW discs are.

Your DVD Writer/CD Writer drive is able to read from and record to almost every type of optical disc.

Writing speed rates for the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive are fast, allowing quick recording times.

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Disc Features and Compatibility Table

Disc

CD-ROM

CD-R

CD-RW

DVD-ROM

DVD-RAM

DVD+R and

DVD-R

Double-layer

DVD+R/DVD-R

DVD+RW and

DVD-RW

VCD

File type

Data

Music

Data

Music

Data

Music

Data

DVD movie

Data

DVD movie

Data

DVD movie

Data

DVD movie

Data

DVD movie

DVD movie

NOTE: Some HP Media Center PCs come with the

Double-layer DVD Writer. It supports single-layer and Double-layer DVD media. Double-layer technology gives you greater capacity and allows you to store up to 8 GB* of data on Double-layer

DVD+R or DVD-R media.

Double-layer is a new technology. Double-layer media compatibility will vary widely with some home DVD players and DVD-ROM drives.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Can be recorded onto

Plays in PC

Plays in home or car stereo

Plays in home DVD player

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes No

Varies by model No

Varies by model No

Yes No

Yes No

No

Yes

No

No

Varies by model

No

Varies by model Varies by model

No No

Varies by model Varies by model

No No

Yes

No

Varies by model

No

Varies by model

Varies by model No

Varies by model No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Varies by model

Varies by model

No

Varies by model

Varies by model

*1 GB is defined as 1 billion bytes when referring to hard disk drive capacity. Actual formatted capacity is less.

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Double-layer DVD technology is supported by select models only.

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Optical Drive Quick Reference Table

Optical drive can:

Read CDs,

CD-Rs, and

CD-RWs

Read DVDs

Read data on a CD

Play music

Record data or music to disc for storage or backup

View DVD movies

Record DVD movies

Play games

Create

LightScribe label

CD-ROM

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

CD-RW

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

DVD-ROM

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

DVD+RW/+R

DVD-RW/-R

Yes

Doublelayer DVD

Yes

Combo

CD-RW

/DVD

Yes

LightScribe

DVD+RW/+R

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Software Quick Reference Table

(Select models only)

Your HP Media Center PC includes a number of software programs that:

Record and play CDs.

Record data CDs.

Import and edit video files.

Record video CDs and DVDs.

Organize digital media files.

The following table describes the functionality specific to each of these programs. Use it to determine which program to use to perform a task.

Note that some programs listed may not be included with your model, and that this is not a complete list of all included software.

To open any of these programs, click Start on the taskbar, choose All Programs, select the program folder (for example, Sonic ), and then click the program name to open the software.

With this program:

DVD Play

You can:

Play DVD movies and video CDs (VCDs).

Real Rhapsody

(select models only) muvee autoProducer

(Select models only)

Play music CDs, MP3s, and other audio files.

Record music files.

Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the PC.

Organize digital files into a library for recording or listening.

Add your own style to your movies with music, pictures, titles, scene transitions, and captions.

Edit your home movies.

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With this program:

RealPlayer

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus

Sonic MyDVD Plus

(Select models only)

Windows Movie

Maker 2.0

You can:

Play music CDs, MP3s, and other audio files.

Play DVD movies. (RealPlayer can play DVDs only if another DVD player program, such as

InterVideo WinDVD, is installed.)

Play video CDs.

Record music files.

Organize digital files into a library for recording or listening.

Record data and music files.

Record a copy of an existing music CD, data CD, VCD, or DVD to use on the HP Media Center PC.

Create customized music CDs from CDs in your collection, or from .wav, .mp3, or .wma files. These

CDs can be played in your home or car stereo.

Copy and share data files.

Create archive CDs or DVDs from files on your HP Media Center PC.

Verify that the disc has been created without errors.

Record movie files.

Capture video files from a TV tuner card on your PC, a digital video camera, or a USB Web camera.

Edit video files by adding audio, titles, transitions, and creating chapters.

Create VCD and DVDs that you can play on some DVD players.

Import audio, video, and other media files from a videotape, an audiotape, a Web camera, or a television broadcast.

Record audio and video files to create a video project that becomes a Windows Media source file with a .wmv extension.

Edit and preview files.

Send a movie in an e-mail or upload it to a Web server.

Add music files (.mp3).

Import audio files such as .mp3, .asf, or .wma; video files such as .wmv, .asf, .avi, or .mpg; or image files such as .jpg or .gif.

Create .avi and .wmv (Windows Media Video) files.

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Creating Video Discs and Movies

(Select models only)

Your HP Media Center PC may come with the following movie making programs:

Sonic MyDVD

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus (which includes

MyDVD)

Windows Movie Maker

■ muvee autoProducer

These programs all capture, edit, and manage your home video files while allowing you to add your own personal touch to your home movies. They come installed on your PC and can be started by clicking Start, choosing All Programs, and then clicking the program name.

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Before You Begin Capturing Video

You can capture (copy) video files to your hard disk drive by using the Sonic MyDVD program. Among the devices supported by Sonic MyDVD are analog video devices, digital camcorders, and Web cameras. Use your composite or S-video inputs

(input connectors vary by model) to capture video from a VCR or an analog video camera.

To capture video files, you need to:

1

Connect your video source device according to the device’s instructions.

2

Turn your device on and set it to playback mode.

3

Make sure Sonic MyDVD can detect your digital or analog device.

4

If your HP Media Center PC has multiple video devices connected, they all appear on the Capture screen. You must select the video source you would like to use.

For more information about MyDVD, click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic, and then click

MyDVD Plus. Click Create Project, and then click DVD to open the Sonic MyDVD program.

When the Sonic MyDVD window opens, click Help and then click Sonic MyDVD Help.

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You may need to turn your digital video device off and on again for the program to detect it.

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Sonic MyDVD Video Projects

A Sonic MyDVD video project is a way to group, organize, store, play, and burn related video and still digital files. For example, if you went on a family vacation, you might have digital still and video images, and prints from a film camera. You can transfer all these images onto your PC and organize them into a project. (A scanner is required to transfer printed photos and is not included.)

A project can remain on your PC for playback and as an archive, and a project can be burned to a

DVD or VCD disc.

Sonic MyDVD enables you to create video projects using the following interfaces:

Standard program interface (described

beginning in “Creating a Video Project” on page 82).

Direct-to-Disc Wizard (described beginning in

“Creating a Video Project with Direct-to-Disc

Wizard” on page 87).

Note that the Direct-to-Disc Wizard does not include the editing features that are available from the standard interface. You can edit a project created with a wizard before burning it to a disc as described in:

“Editing the style of a video project” on page 85.

“Editing movie files” on page 85.

Creating a Video Project

To create a video project:

1

Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

2

Click the Video tab to display the Video

Guide.

3

Click Create Project, and then DVD or

VCD depending on the type of project you want to create.

A project named Untitled DVD-Video or

Untitled VCD-Video is created and displayed in the MyDVD project window.

4

Click File and then Save As to change the name of your project from Untitled to a more descriptive name. After renaming your project, click Save.

Continue your project by performing the procedure described in one or more of the following sections:

“Adding files to a video project” on page 83.

“Capturing video to a video project” on page 83.

“Adding slideshows to a video project” on page 84.

“Adding submenus to a video project” on page 84.

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Adding files to a video project

You can add files to your DVD or VCD video project from:

An existing DVD or VCD.

Video files already stored on your PC.

Video capture from a digital video camera (as described in the next section).

To add files from a DVD, VCD, or from your hard disk drive:

1

Click File, Open Project, and then select a video project that you created as described in

“Creating a Video Project” on page 82.

2

Click Add Files.

3

Navigate to the folder that contains the video files you want to add, or to the media drive that contains the DVD or VCD.

4

Select the files you want to add, and then click

Open. The files are added to the current project and displayed in the project window.

Capturing video to a video project

You can capture live video or still images by connecting a Web camera or digital video camera to your PC’s front-panel USB connector (select models only). The video capture is added to your video project and stored in a file on your hard disk drive.

To add a video capture to a video project:

1

Click File, Open Project, and then select a video project that you created as described in

“Creating a Video Project” on page 82.

2

Connect your digital video camera to the

USB port.

3

Click Capture Video to display the Capture screen.

Sonic MyDVD displays the name of the capture device (your camera), the default capture type (audio and video), and the default Quality setting (DV format).

4

Click Record Settings to edit any of these default settings.

5

Optionally, set a capture length, chapter points, or scene detection.

Click the corresponding Help icon to display the online help for each of these features.

6

Click one of the following:

Grab Frame — The image currently displayed in the Capture window is stored as a picture file (.jpg, .bmp, .gif, .tif, or

.png format).

Start Capturing — Starts a video capture (.mpg format).

7

Click Stop Capturing to manually stop the capture if you did not set a capture length

(step 5).

8

In the Save As dialog box, name the captured file and select the file format and the folder where you want to save it. Click Save.

9

Click OK to return to the project window.

The file is stored on your hard disk drive and added to the current project.

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Adding slideshows to a video project

You can create a slideshow (a series of still images displayed automatically) by adding existing still photos to your project or by capturing them with a connected digital video source.

To add a slideshow to a video project:

1

Click File, Open Project, and then select a video project that you created as described in

“Creating a Video Project” on page 82.

2

Click New Slideshow to open the Create

Slideshow window.

3

Do one or more of the following:

Click Add Files to add existing picture files to the slideshow.

Click Capture Pictures to capture still images from your camera.

4

Click Options to set the slide duration, or to add a background audio track. Online help is available for these features by clicking the

Help icon in the MyDVD window.

5

Click OK to add the slideshow to the video project.

Adding submenus to a video project

Each project element (video file, still picture file, and slideshow) that you add to the video project is represented in the main project window.

Each menu displays six items before a new menu is automatically created and linked to the previous menu by a Next button.

You can manually add submenus to a project and use them to organize topics associated with the theme of your project. For example, if the project is your child’s soccer game, the video files of the game could be the main menu elements, and you could insert a submenu that contains interviews with your son and his teammates.

To add a submenu to a video project:

1

Click File, Open Project, and then select a video project that you created as described in

“Creating a Video Project” on page 82.

2

Click New Sub-Menu. A submenu called

Untitled Menu 1 is added to the first menu that has less than six project elements.

3

Click the submenu name Untitled Menu 1, and type an appropriate name for the menu

(for example, Interviews, using the previous example).

4

Double-click the new submenu, and do one or more of the following:

Add existing picture files as described in

“Adding files to a video project” on page 83.

Capture still images as described in

“Capturing video to a video project” on page 83.

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Editing the style of a video project

You can change the style of a number of elements within your video project. The elements include:

Background color and graphics on the menus and submenus.

Button styles.

Background music.

Text format (font, color, and size).

Import custom styles.

To edit the look of a video project:

1

Click File, Open Project, and then select a video project that you created as described in

“Creating a Video Project” on page 82.

2

Click Edit Style.

3

In the Edit Style dialog box, change any of the previously mentioned elements, and then click Apply To All

Menus or Apply To This Menu.

Editing movie files

After you capture or import video files, you can edit them using Sonic MyDVD to:

Add additional files.

Add background music.

Search for specific scenes.

Delete scenes.

Add transition effects between scenes.

Superimpose colors, themes, and effects over video scenes.

Superimpose text effects over video scenes.

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To edit your video files:

1

Click File, Open Project, and then select a video project that you created as described in

“Creating a Video Project” on page 82.

2

Click Edit Movie and skip to step 3.

3

If you have already captured video files for this project, they appear along the bottom as a storyboard. If you have video files on your hard disk drive you would like to add to this project, click Add Files.

4

Click one of the four tabs (Fades and

dissolves, Filters, Text, or Themes and

backgrounds) next to the preview screen.

5

Drag and drop any of the effects over scenes

(or between them for transitions) in the storyboard.

6

Click OK to save the edits.

For more information about any of the editing features, click Help and then Sonic MyDVD Help from within the Edit window.

Burning a video project to disc

After you are satisfied with the contents and style of your video project, you can burn it to a DVD or VCD disc as follows:

1

Click File, Open Project, and then select a video project that you created as described in

“Creating a Video Project” on page 82.

2

In the Quality area, set the recording quality and the DVD or VCD type:

The quality settings range from HQ (the highest quality, but uses the most disc space), to EP (lowest quality, but you can fit more files).

As you select different quality settings, the disc space remaining indicator displays how much blank space there is on the disc for this mode.

The DVD formats include

2xDVD (8.5GB) (Double-layer),

DVD (4.7GB) (the default setting),

DVD-RAM (2.6GB), and

DVD (1.4GB).

Some of these formats may not be supported by your model of PC.

3

Insert the selected type of disc into the appropriate drive tray, close it, and click Burn.

For detailed information about DVD and VCD recording quality and time, see:

“Video Quality and Disc Size” on page 88.

“DVD Recording Time” on page 89.

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Creating a Video Project with Direct-to-Disc Wizard

Sonic MyDVD includes a Direct-to-Disc Wizard that helps you create a DVD or VCD video project. A video project is a way to group, organize, store, play, and burn related video and still digital files.

1

Connect your digital camcorder or Web camera to your HP Media Center PC.

2

Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.

3

Click the Video tab and then

Direct-to-Disc.

4

Click DVD or VCD depending on the type of project you want to create. The Direct-to-VCD or Direct-to-DVD Wizard displays.

5

Click Edit Style, and edit any of the following elements:

Background color and graphics on the menus and submenus.

8

Click Next. The Capture screen displays.

Make sure the output from your digital camcorder appears in the Preview window. If it does not, double-check your connections and make sure your camera is in playback mode.

9

Click Record Settings to edit any of the default settings.

10

Optionally, set a capture length, chapter points, or scene detection.

Click the corresponding Help icon to display the online help for each of these features.

11

Click one of the following:

Button styles.

Background music.

Grab Frame — The image currently displayed in the Capture window is stored as a picture file (.jpg, .bmp, .gif, .tif, or

.png format).

Text format (font, color, and size).

Custom styles.

Alternately, you can click No Menus if you do not want to be able to select from multiple files in the project.

6

Type a name for your project in the project name field.

7

Click one of the following:

Start Capturing — Starts a video capture (.mpg format).

12

Click Stop Capturing to manually stop the capture if you did not set a capture length

(step 10).

13

A confirmation message displays stating the disc or file was created successfully.

Click OK.

Record to DVD (or Record to VCD if you are creating a VCD project) Select the device, number of copies, and write speed.

The Direct-to-Disc Wizard does not include the editing features that are available from the standard interface. You can edit a project created with a wizard before burning it to a disc as described in:

Record to hard disk — The video capture is stored by default in the My DVDs folder. Click Location if you want to select a different folder.

“Editing the style of a video project” on page 85.

“Editing movie files” on page 85.

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You can record the same file on a disc at each of the different speeds to compare the results.

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VCDs have a fixed bit rate that delivers one quality level. You can fit approximately one hour of video on a

VCD (the recording time is reduced if you use animated menu buttons or backgrounds).

Video Quality and Disc Size

Sonic MyDVD includes four DVD video quality (bit rate) settings, and a Fit-to-DVD option that can be applied to a video project or to individual movie files. Fit-to-DVD is available with the deluxe version of Sonic MyDVD .

The DVD quality settings are:

HQ (High Quality)Best audio and video quality, but requires the most disc space per second of video. Good choice for video files that contain high-speed action (for example, motor sports).

SP (Standard Play)Good audio and video quality with most video sources.

LP (Long Play) Fits approximately twice as much video onto a DVD as HQ. Not recommended when the original video is low-quality or noisy.

EP (Extended Play)Fits the most video onto a DVD, but video quality is low. Not recommended unless the original video is very good quality.

Fit-to-DVD (available with the deluxe version of Sonic MyDVD) As you add more content to the project, MyDVD reduces the project quality automatically to fit the selected disc size. Fit-to-DVD is the default setting for new projects.

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DVD Recording Time

The following table lists the approximate DVD-Video recording time for different disc sizes at different video quality settings (your DVD recorder may not support all these disc sizes).

.

Video quality

HQ

SP

LP

EP

Audio format

Dolby Digital

PCM

Dolby Digital

PCM

Dolby Digital

PCM

Dolby Digital

PCM

The video quality depends on your PC’s speed and graphics processing abilities. Some PCs may be unable to capture video at the HQ setting.

These are estimated recording times. The maximum duration is reduced if you use animated menu buttons or backgrounds.

To change the audio format, see the online Help.

Your version of MyDVD may not support

Dolby Digital audio. See the online Help for details.

8.5 GB

Estimated Time per disc size

4.7 GB 2.6 GB 1.4 GB

130 min.

110 min.

70 min.

60 min.

40 min.

30 min.

20 min.

15 min.

210 min.

160 min.

310 min.

215 min.

415 min.

265 min.

120 min.

95 min.

180 min.

125 min.

240 min.

150 min.

65 min.

50 min.

100 min.

65 min.

130 min.

85 min.

35 min.

25 min.

50 min.

35 min.

70 min.

45 min.

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Dolby Digital encoding is available only with the deluxe version of Sonic

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Creating Movies Using muvee autoProducer

(Select models only)

Creating personalized and professional-looking video movies is simple with muvee autoProducer, a software program on your PC.

Basic Steps to Make a Movie

The basic steps to produce a movie with muvee autoProducer are:

1

Capture digital video: Capture live or recorded video to your hard disk drive directly from a compatible digital video camcorder

(muvee autoProducer desktop version only).

2

Add videos and pictures: Select video and picture files from your PC folders. You can easily add videos and still images to your movie production. You can use these video and still image file types in your movie project:

3

Add music: Select music files on your PC to add to your movie soundtrack.

You can use these music file types in your movie project:

File extension

.aac

.mp3

.m4a

.wav

.wma

File type

Advanced Audio Coding

MPEG Layer 3

MPEG-4 Audio layer

Windows Audio

Windows Media Audio

File extension

.dv

.avi

.mpeg-1

.mpeg-2

.mpeg-4

.mov

.wmv

.asf

.jpg, .jpeg

.gif

.bmp

File type

Digital Video

Audio Video Interleaved

Motion Picture Experts

Group video playback

Motion Picture Experts

Group DVD video playback

High-quality video format

(for Web streaming, wireless devices, etc.)

QuickTime movie

Windows Movie Video

(only in the desktop version of muvee autoProducer)

Advanced Streaming

Format

Joint Photographic Experts

Group, still image

Graphics Interchange

Format, still image

Bitmap, still image

4

Select a style: Apply a movie style editing template for different effects and picture transitions in your movie.

5

Add captions: Personalize your movie with opening titles and closing credits.

6

Make the movie: Automatically analyze the videos, pictures, music, movie style, and captions you added to your movie and save your movie to your PC hard disk drive, CD, or DVD.

7

Modify the movie: Make final changes before saving.

8

Burn to disc: You can burn a video to DVD,

VCD, or SVCD only from the desktop muvee autoProducer version.

The following sections contain detailed instructions.

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To view Help files, press the F1 function key on the keyboard.

Locating the two versions of muvee autoProducer

You can access two versions of muvee autoProducer

(select models only):

Desktop

Click Start on the taskbar, and select All Programs, muvee

Technologies, muvee autoProducer, and then muvee autoProducer to open muvee autoProducer. This version of muvee autoProducer has more features, such as video capture and disc recording.

See “Using muvee autoProducer on the

Desktop” on page 93.

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To view Help files, select the ? and then press OK on the remote control.

Or

Media Center

Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click

Start on the taskbar, and then click

Media Center. Select More Programs and then Make muvee to open the muvee autoProducer unPlugged program. Use your remote control from within Media Center to personalize your video files.

See “Using muvee autoProducer unPlugged in

Media Center” on page 103.

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Using muvee autoProducer on the Desktop

Getting started on the desktop

To open muvee autoProducer (select models only):

1

Close or minimize Media Center.

2

Click Start on the taskbar.

3

Select All Programs, muvee

Technologies, muvee autoProducer, and then muvee autoProducer to open muvee autoProducer.

4

Open a project by selecting, from

5

the File menu, either New Project or

Open Project.

Select one of the button options:

Button

Get Video from

Camera

Add Video

Add Pictures

Add Music

Change Settings

Title/Credits make muvee

Save/Burn

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You can also launch the muvee autoProducer program from within

Sonic DigitalMedia

Plus: under the

Video tab, select

muvee autoProducer.

Allows you to

Open the muvee Video Capture window to capture (copy) live video or recorded video.

Open the Add Video window to add existing video files to your project.

Open the Add Pictures window to add existing still image files to your project.

Open the Add Music window to add existing music files to your project.

Open the muvee Settings window to adjust audio and video production settings for your movie.

Open the muvee Title and Credits window to type an opening title and closing credits for your movie.

Open the make muvee window to automatically create and preview the movie.

Open the Listed muvee Files window to save the finished movie on your PC hard disk drive, or to record the finished movie to a disc.

See

“Capturing video from a DV camcorder” on page 94.

“Adding videos” on page 95.

“Adding pictures” on page 96.

“Adding music” on page 97.

“Changing the settings” on page 97.

“Adding an opening title and closing credits” on page 98.

“Making the movie” on page 99.

“Saving the movie project” on

page 101. “Recording the movie project to disc” on page 102.

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Capturing video from a DV camcorder

You can capture (copy) digital video files to your hard disk drive by using muvee autoProducer either:

Live (known as camera mode) using a

compatible DV camcorder. See “Capturing live video from a DV camcorder” on page 94.

Or

Recorded (known as VCR mode) using a recorded tape in your DV camcorder. See

“Capturing recorded video from a DV camcorder” on page 95.

Captured video files are automatically added to your movie project. To remove the file from your movie project, select the video file in the list of

Captured Video Files, and then click the trash

can icon.

When capturing video, it is important to be aware of the amount of free space available on your PC hard disk drive. Capturing video can use a large amount of disk space. The amount of free disk space displays on the Capture Video window in muvee autoProducer while you are capturing video.

Capturing live video from a DV camcorder

Capturing live video in camera mode allows you to create a video file without even having a tape in the camcorder.

To capture (copy) live video to your hard disk drive using muvee autoProducer:

1

Connect your DV camcorder to the FireWire

®

(IEEE 1394) port on your PC.

2

Turn on the camcorder and set it to VCR mode. Refer to the instructions in the manufacturer’s documentation.

3

Click the Get Video from Camera button.

4

Click the Start Capture button to begin capturing the live image directly to your hard disk drive.

5

Click the Stop Capture button to stop capturing.

6

Click Capture Folder to specify a folder for the captured video file.

7

Click Filename to specify a file name for the captured video file.

8

Click the Done button to automatically add captured video files to your movie project.

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Capturing recorded video from a DV camcorder

For best results with muvee autoProducer, capture only video footage that you are most interested in using in your movie project.

To capture camcorder (copy) recorded video to your hard disk drive:

1

Connect your DV camcorder to the FireWire

(IEEE 1394) port on your PC.

2

Turn on the camcorder and set it to VCR mode. Refer to the instructions in the manufacturer’s documentation.

3

Click the Get Video from Camera button.

4

Click the Play button on the screen to begin viewing the video.

5

Click Start Capture when you see the start of the video footage you want to use in your movie project.

6

Click Stop Capture to stop capturing.

7

Repeat steps 5 and 6 to capture additional sections of video footage.

8

Click Capture Folder to specify a folder for the captured video file.

9

Click Filename to specify a file name for the captured video file.

10

Click the Done button to automatically add captured video files to your movie project.

Adding videos

To add video files to your movie production:

1

Select the Add Video button in the video/pictures area. The Add Pictures window opens.

2

Browse the folders on your hard disk drive to select existing video files for your movie:

Add up to three video files.

Select multiple video files by pressing and holding Ctrl on your keyboard while selecting the files.

3

Adjust the order of the video files by selecting and then dragging and dropping the file.

Select the clip, and click the trash can icon to remove a video clip from the production.

4

You can mark specific scenes in a video clip to include or leave out of your final movie with the magicMoments feature in muvee autoProducer.

To select video scenes with magicMoments:

a

Select a video file in the Select

Video/Pictures window, and then click the magicMoments button.

The magicMoments window opens.

b

Click the Play button to start viewing the video.

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Use the magicMoment controls to mark video scenes to include and exclude:

Click and hold down the green

thumbs-up button to mark scenes that must be included in the movie.

Click and hold down the red thumbs-

down button to mark scenes that must be left out of the movie.

Click or hold down the gray thumb button to undo 1 second of a selected scene. Press the Shift key on the keyboard, and then click the scene to undo scenes that were marked with the thumbs-up or thumbs-down buttons.

Click or hold down the arrow buttons to navigate backward and forward through the video footage.

Video footage left unmarked is still analyzed when you make the movie and may be included in the final version of the movie.

For best results with the production of your movie:

Keep each magicMoment to less than

10 seconds.

Keep the total duration of magicMoments to less than 50 percent of the duration of your movie. It is recommended to select only a few scenes.

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Click OK when you finish marking scenes.

The window closes. Note that the video clip is marked on the lower-left side.

Adding pictures

To add still image files to your movie production:

1

Select the Add Pictures button in the

Video/Pictures area. The Add Pictures window opens.

2

Browse the folders on your hard disk drive to select existing still image files for your movie:

Add up to 50 .jpg, .gif, or .bmp picture files.

Select multiple picture files by pressing and holding Ctrl on your keyboard while selecting the files.

3

Adjust the order of the picture files by selecting and then dragging and dropping the picture file. Select the picture, and click the

trash can icon to remove a picture from the production.

4

Select the Rotate Image

Clockwise button to rotate still images.

5

Use magicSpot to control the motion that is applied to your picture:

Select the magicSpot button to open the magicSpot window.

Click the Manual button to display two overlapping frames over your picture.

Move the frames around to set the start and end points for motion. The arrow in the frames shows the direction of motion.

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Adding music

To add music files to your movie production soundtrack on the desktop:

1

Select the Add Music button in the music area. The Add Music window opens.

2

Browse the folders, as required.

3

Select existing music files on your hard disk drive, if desired for your movie:

Add up to three .mp3, .m4a, .wav, or

.wma files.

Select multiple music files by pressing and holding Ctrl on your keyboard while selecting the files.

4

Adjust the order of the music files by selecting and then dragging and dropping the file.

Select the music, and click the trash can icon to remove a music clip from the production.

Selecting the style

The muvee autoProducer program comes with a set of style templates for setting the pace, scene transition effects, and caption fonts. The style you use also affects how muvee autoProducer combines the video, picture, and music files in your movie project to produce the final movie.

For example, using the Cinema style results in a movie that is moderately paced, color enhanced, and in a wide-screen format.

To select a style, just click a style from the list. A sample of the style displays in the Preview window.

Changing the settings

You can adjust audio and video production settings for your movie:

1

Select the Change Settings button.

The muvee Settings window opens.

2

Select the Duration tab to set the length of your video production and preferences. Click one of the following duration settings:

Fit to music. The produced version may reuse or drop some video and pictures.

Best fit for videos and pictures. The produced version may repeat or trim music.

User Defined. Select the duration in minutes and seconds:

If the duration of your music is longer than the duration of video and pictures, place a check in the Allow video

and pictures to repeat check box to repeat video clips and pictures for the full duration of your music files.

If the total duration of your video and picture files is longer than the duration of your music, place a check in the

Allow music to repeat check box to repeat music for the duration of the video clips.

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3

Select the Video tab to set the video and still image preferences. Click one of the following settings:

Style default. Select this style to sequence still images and video clips.

Keep shots in sequence. Select this style to use the sequence of still images and video clips in the Add Video/Pictures window.

Shuffle shots. Select this style to move the slider bar to determine the frequency of sequencing still images and video clips.

Place a check in the Interleave pictures check box to blend pictures with video at intervals.

4

Select the Audio tab to set the sound preferences. Click one of the following settings:

Use all music. Select this style to use the sequence of sound files in the Add Music window.

smartJoin

multiple music files.

Select this style to automatically remove silence between music tracks.

Normalize music. Select this style to automatically adjust audio playback volume to the same level.

Move the slider bar to adjust the sound mix level of the music and original soundtrack.

5

Click OK when you are finished adjusting the settings for your movie project.

Or

Click Cancel to not change any settings.

Adding an opening title and closing credits

You can personalize your movie project by adding an opening title and closing credits:

1

Click the Title/Credits button. The muvee Title and Credits window opens.

2

Click the Title tab:

a

Select a title effect from the drop-down window.

b

Type the text you want to appear at the start of your movie in the Enter your title

here box.

c

Click the Use font button to select the font, style, size, color, and effects from the

Font window.

d

Select a background image for the title.

3

Click the Credits tab:

a

Select a credits effect from the drop-down window.

b

Type the text you want to appear at the end of your movie in the Enter your credits

here box.

c

Click the Use font button to select the font, style, size, color, and effects from the

Font window.

d

Select a background image for the ending credits.

4

Click Apply.

5

Click OK to close the muvee Title and Credits window.

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Making the movie

After you have added at least one video or picture file to your movie project, you can have muvee autoProducer make the movie.

The muvee autoProducer program makes a movie by combining the video, picture, and music files you have selected, along with the style of movie, and puts together all of these pieces into a professionallooking movie with just a few steps.

To make a movie:

1

Click the make muvee button. Click OK as required.

2

After making a movie, you can preview the movie in the muvee autoProducer Preview window. Use the controls in the Preview window to play, pause, and stop the movie preview:

Each time you make a change to a movie project, you need to click the make

muvee button again to add that change to your movie.

You can revise and preview the movie as often as you want to experiment with different styles and the content of the movie.

Previewing the movie

After you have made the movie, you can preview how the movie looks and sounds and take snapshots of frames in the movie.

To preview a movie:

1

Click the Start Playback button.

The movie begins playing.

2

Use the Stop and Previous Frame/Next

Frame buttons to navigate through the movie.

3

Click the Take Snapshot button to save the current frame as a picture file (.jpeg, .bmp, or .gif).

4

Click the Locate Shot button to open the MagicMoments window.

See “Adding videos” on page 95 for

more information on using MagicMoments.

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In the Tweak muvee window, you can only replace a video segment with another video segment and pictures with other pictures from the original footage. You cannot expand the duration of the chosen or replacement clip.

Modifying the movie

After you have created the movie, muvee autoProducer allows you make some quick final changes to your project before saving. muvee autoProducer can automatically replace shots with other similar or contrasting ones. Alternatively, you can manually choose your replacement shots.

To modify a movie:

1

Click the Tweak muvee button.

The Tweak muvee window opens.

2

Click the Start Playback button.

The movie begins playing. Click the

Pause Playback button to stop the movie at any time. You can also click on the seek bar or drag the slider to move to a particular point in the movie.

3

Use the controls in the Tweak muvee window to modify the movie project:

Click the Auto-replace with similar button to automatically replace a picture or video segment with another similar picture or video segment.

Click the Auto-replace with different button to automatically replace a picture or video segment with a completely different picture or video segment.

Click the Manually replace button to replace a picture or video segment with a picture or video segment of your choice.

Click the Undo or Redo buttons as needed.

4

When you are done modifying the movie project, click OK to save your changes and close the Tweak muvee window.

Alternatively, click Cancel to exit the Tweak muvee window without saving your changes.

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Saving the movie project

Once you are satisfied with the look of your movie project, you are ready to save it. To save the movie as a file on your hard disk drive:

1

Click the Save/Burn button.

The Listed muvee Files window opens with all your muvee Files listed.

2

Remove the check mark next to any muvee files you do not want to save.

3

Edit the muvee files before saving:

Click the Rename button to change the name of the selected muvee file.

Click the Move up or Move down button to change the order of the muvee files in the list.

Press the Select all or Deselect all button to save all muvee files or to save none of the muvee files.

Highlight a muvee file and click the trash

can icon to delete the file.

4

The TV System area shows the current TV format (NTSC or PAL). To change the format, click the name of the current format and select the correct format in the window that opens.

5

Click Save Now.

The Save muvee window opens.

6

Choose where you want to play the movie

(PC, TV, or Mobile Devices) and the file format. The following table lists the format types available in each category:

PC

Computer playback

E-mail

Web streaming

AVI

TV

DV camera

DVD

VCD

SVCD

Mobile Devices

Mobile phone

Pocket PC

7

Click the Change Settings button to change the video and audio settings of the movie file type as required (advanced users only).

8

Click Browse to choose a location on the hard disk drive to save the movie.

9

Click the Save button. You can watch the preview as it saves.

10

When saving is complete, you can click Play

muvees to watch the files you saved or

Open output folder to view the folder where you saved the files.

11

Click Close when you are done.

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Recording the movie project to disc

To create a DVD, VCD, or SVCD disc:

1

Click the Save/Burn button.

The Listed muvee files window opens with all your muvee files listed.

2

Remove the check mark next to any muvee files you do not want to save.

3

Edit the muvee files before saving:

Click the Rename button to change the name of the selected muvee file.

Click the Move up or Move down button to change the order of the muvee files in the list.

Press the Select all or Deselect all button to save all muvee files or to save none of the muvee files.

Highlight a muvee file and click the trash

can icon to delete the file.

4

Select the check box next to Burn source

files to disc to create copies of all of the picture and video files used to create the muvee file.

5

The TV System area shows the current TV format (NTSC or PAL). To change the format, click the name of the current format and select the correct format in the window that opens.

6

Click Burn Now. The muvee Burner window opens.

7

Enter a title for your disc under Disc title.

8

Select the disc menu theme from the dropdown list. You can preview the different themes in the window.

9

Select the CD or DVD burner drive.

10

Select the type of video disc to create: DVD,

VCD, or SVCD.

The window shows the disc capacity, disc capacity used, and available disc space.

11

If you wish to create more than one disc using the same muvee file, use these steps:

Click Options and then click Number of

copies.

Select the number of copies to burn and click OK.

12

Click Burn Now to begin burning your movie to disc.

To save the current settings for future use, click

Burn Later.

13

Click OK when the recording is complete.

Close the muvee Burner window.

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Using muvee autoProducer unPlugged in Media Center

To open muvee autoProducer unPlugged in

Media Center:

1

Click Start on the taskbar, select

Media Center to open Media Center, or press the Media Center Start button on the remote control to open Media Center.

If you were working in muvee and closed the program, muvee reloads your previous session settings. Select a button to continue with the previous session, or select New

Session to start a fresh session.

2

Select More Programs, and then select the

Make muvee icon. The main window displays with video production information on the current project.

3

Select a button option to produce your video, and follow the onscreen instructions:

Button

Select Media

Select Style

Settings

Make muvee

Allows you to

Browse folders and add existing video files, image files, and audio files to your video production.

Browse the style list and select an editing template for your movie production.

Adjust audio and production settings for your movie production.

Begin media analysis and construct your movie production.

See

“Selecting videos” on page 104. “Selecting pictures” on page 104. “Selecting

music” on page 105.

“Setting the style” on page 106.

“Adjusting audio and video settings” on page 106.

“Making the movie” on page 107.

4

When you have completed a task:

Select Next to open the next button option

Or

Select Back to Main to open another button option.

If you want to capture (copy) video from a digital

video camcorder or burn a disc, see “Using muvee autoProducer on the Desktop” on page 93.

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Click Select All to choose all video files in a folder. Click Clear

All to remove all video files from the

Selected Videos column.

Selecting videos

To add video files to your movie production:

1

Select the Select Media button to browse through video folders on your PC for video files to use in your movie production.

2

Select the Video/Pictures button.

3

Select a folder with videos in it, using the arrow buttons on the remote control:

Select the Go to My Videos button to access the My Videos folder and subfolders.

Or

Select the Go to Shared Video button to access the Shared videos folder and subfolders.

Or

Select the folder with the green up arrow to browse folders.

4

Navigate using the arrow buttons, and press

OK on the remote control to add a video file to the Selected Videos list. You may select up to three video files in any .dv, .avi, .mpeg-1, or .mpeg-2 file format combination.

5

Select View Selections and then select

Video/Pictures.

6

Adjust the order of the video clips by selecting and then using the Move Up and Move

Down buttons. Select the Delete button to remove a video clip from the production.

7

Select Clear All to remove all files from your production or select the Select More button to return to the previous screen and select more video clips or pictures.

8

Click Next to confirm your video selection and proceed to the style selection page.

If you are ready to create the movie now without selecting a style, select the Make

muvee button.

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Click Select All to choose all picture files in a folder. Click Clear

All to remove all picture files from the

Selected Pictures column.

Selecting pictures

To add still image files to your movie production:

1

Select the Select Media button.

2

Click the Video/Pictures button.

3

Select a folder with pictures in it using the arrow buttons on the remote control:

Select the Go to My Pictures button to access the My pictures folder and subfolders.

Or

Select the Go to Shared Pictures button to access the Shared Pictures folder and subfolders.

Or

Select the folder with the green up arrow to browse folders

4

Navigate using the arrow buttons, and press

OK on the remote control to add a picture file to the Selected Pictures list. You may select up to 50 still image files in any .jpg, .gif, or .bmp file format combination.

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Select View Selections and then select

Video/Pictures.

6

Adjust the order of the pictures by selecting and then using the Move Up and Move

Down buttons. Select the Delete button to remove a picture from the production.

7

Select Clear All to remove all files from your production or select the Select More button to return to the previous screen and select more video clips or pictures.

8

Click Next to confirm your video selection and proceed to the style selection page.

If you are ready to create the movie now without selecting a style, select the Make

muvee button.

Selecting music

To add music to your movie soundtrack:

1

Select the Select Media button.

2

Select a folder with music in it, using the arrow buttons on the remote control:

Select the Go to My Music button to access the My Music folder and subfolders.

Or

Select the Go to Shared Music button to access the Shared music folder and subfolders.

Or

Select the folder with the green up arrow to browse folders.

3

Navigate using the arrow buttons on the remote control, and press OK to add a music file to the Selected Music list. You may select up to three music files in any .mp3, .wma, or

.wav file format combination.

4

Adjust the order of the music clips by selecting and then using the Move Up and Move

Down buttons. Select the Delete button to remove a music clip from the production.

5

Click Next to confirm your music selection and proceed to the next step.

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Click Select All to choose all music files in a folder. Click Clear

All to remove all music files from the

Selected music column.

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Setting the style

The muvee autoProducer program comes with a set of style templates for setting the pace, scene transition effects, and caption fonts. The style you use also affects how muvee autoProducer combines the video, picture, and music files in your movie project to produce the final movie.

For example, using the Cinema style results in a movie that is moderately paced, color enhanced, and in a wide-screen format.

To select a style:

1

Select the Select Style button.

2

Select a style from the style list, based on the description of the style displayed.

3

Click Next to confirm your style selection and proceed to the next step.

Adjusting audio and video settings

You can adjust audio and video production settings for your movie:

1

Select the Settings button.

2

Select Production to check production preference settings:

Select Weave pictures into video to place the picture files throughout the video files.

Place a check in the Keep video and

pictures in sequence check box to maintain the selected sequence.

3

Select Audio to adjust the sound mix level of the music and original soundtrack and check music clip preferences.

4

Select Duration to set the length of the movie production:

Select Fit to music to create a movie as long as the music you have selected.

Select Best fit for video/pictures to automatically set the length of the production based on the number of pictures and length of videos in the movie.

Select User Defined to choose a specific length for the movie.

5

Click Next to confirm your settings and proceed to the next step.

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Making the movie

After you have added at least one video or picture file to your movie production, muvee autoProducer can make the movie.

Each time you make a change to a movie project, you need to click the make muvee button again to add that change to your movie.

The muvee autoProducer program makes a movie by combining the video, picture, and music files you have selected along with the style of movie, and constructs a professional-looking movie with just a few steps.

To make a movie:

1

Click the make muvee button.

2

Select the duration for your movie by clicking:

Automatic to allow muvee autoProducer to set the movie duration.

Or

Manual to allow you to set the duration of the movie in minutes and seconds.

3

Click Next to start the process of creating your movie. Muvee analyzes your video and music.

4

After making a movie, you can preview the movie in the muvee autoProducer Preview window. Use the controls in the Preview window to rewind, play, stop, and forward the movie.

You can revise and preview the movie as often as you want to experiment with different styles and the content of the movie.

5

Click the Save button if you have completed all changes and if you are satisfied with the look of your movie project:

a

Select a file type.

b

Type the movie file name using your remote control or your keyboard.

c

Click the Continue button to save the movie to your hard disk drive. The movie is saved on your hard disk drive.

To create a CD or DVD disc in muvee autoProducer unPlugged, copy the saved file using the Windows desktop.

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Upgrading muvee autoProducer

You can purchase an upgraded version of muvee autoProducer with the following enhancements:

MPEG-4 and DivX video format support.

TIFF audio format support.

Ability to include up to 75 video and audio clips in your movie production.

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Using an HP Personal Media Drive

The HP Personal Media Drive is sold separately. It can be used as an internal or external USB hard disk drive designed to quickly and easily increase your storage capacity and to transfer media files such as digital photos, music, videos, and other important files from one PC to another. You can also use the HP Personal Media Drive to back up other drives on your HP Media Center PC.

The HP Personal Media drive is designed to:

Work with the HP Media Center PC and other

PCs that have a USB port.

Store large media files and personal files.

Transfer files between PCs.

Play media files.

Back up your files.

For more information about using your HP Personal

Media Drive with Media Center, refer to the documentation on the HP Support Web site at:

http://www.hp.com/support

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The HP Personal

Media Drive is sold separately.

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The HP Personal

Media Drive bay is included with select models only.

Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to Work with

Media Center

When you complete this setup procedure, you are able to easily access content — such as music, photos, videos, and recorded TV programs from customized folders — on your HP Personal

Media Drive.

2

Click Start, My Computer, and then double-click the HP Personal Media

Drive icon.

3

Open the PMD folder.

Once you complete the setup wizard, you can drag and drop your music, video, pictures, and recorded

TV files from your primary hard disk drive to personalized folders in the HP Personal Media Drive for backup or storage. You can also use your remote control to access these files from within Media

Center.

4

Double-click HPDI.exe.

5

When the menu of installation options appears, select the items you want to install by placing a check in the check box next to the choices. Make sure you place a check next to

HP Media Center Setup Utility, and then click

Install.

1

Insert your HP Personal Media Drive into the drive bay or connect it to a USB port, and then click Continue.

6

Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the setup wizard, and then restart the PC.

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Locating the Drive After Installation

After you install the HP Personal Media Drive into the HP Media Center PC, you can find the drive in

My Computer. The HP Media Center PC automatically assigns a drive letter which may change unless you assign a drive letter. See

“Assigning a Drive Letter to the HP Personal Media

Drive” on page 110.

1

Click Start on the taskbar.

2

3

Click My Computer.

Select your drive under Hard Disk Drives. The default name is HP Personal Media Drive.

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To avoid multiple hard disk drives using the same drive letter when connecting and removing the drives, assign the letter Z.

Assigning a Drive Letter to the HP Personal Media Drive

You can permanently assign a drive letter to avoid the letter changing when you connect and disconnect this drive and other devices. Also, it is easier for a software program to locate files on the

HP Personal Media Drive if a drive letter is assigned. Some programs may not be able to find files if the drive changes letters every time you connect it.

To assign a drive letter:

1

Click Start.

2

Right-click My Computer.

3

Select Manage, and then click Disk

Management.

4

Right-click HP Personal Media Drive.

5

Select Change Drive Letter and Paths.

HP recommends that you pick the drive letter Z.

6

Click Change and select a letter, and then apply the changes by clicking OK.

Viewing and Storing Files

The recommended way to transfer files to the

HP Personal Media Drive is to drag them from your local hard disk drive to your HP Personal Media

Drive.

If you want the files that are stored on your

HP Personal Media Drive to appear in Media

Center, you must drag them to the correct media folders, such as My Personal Videos and My

Personal Pictures on your HP Personal Media Drive.

These media folders appear after you complete the

procedure, “Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to Work with Media Center” on page 109.

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Playing Media Files

You can play all kinds of media from an HP Personal

Media Drive:

1

Click Start on the taskbar.

2

Click My Computer.

3

Double-click the HP Personal Media

Drive icon to locate your media file.

4

Double-click the file. Most media files open in

Windows Media Player.

Playing Music Files

You can play all kinds of music stored on the

HP Personal Media Drive. If you want the music files that are stored on your HP Personal Media Drive to appear in the Media Center My Music window, you

must complete the procedure “Setting Up the

HP Personal Media Drive to Work with

Media Center” on page 109.

When you disconnect the drive, your music files may still appear in the Windows Media Player

Library and Media Center My Music window. To refresh your HP Media Center PC, open and close

Windows Media Player or Media Center. If that doesn’t work, restart the HP Media Center PC.

Viewing Picture Files

You can view your pictures stored on an

HP Personal Media Drive. If you want the picture files that are stored on your HP Personal Media

Drive to appear in the Media Center My Pictures

window, you must complete the procedure “Setting

Up the HP Personal Media Drive to Work with

Media Center” on page 109.

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Playing Video Files

You can view your videos stored on an HP Personal

Media Drive. If you want the video files that are stored on your HP Personal Media Drive to appear in the Media Center My Videos window, you must

complete the procedure “Setting Up the HP Personal

Media Drive to Work with Media Center” on page 109.

When you disconnect the drive, your video files may still appear in the Media Center My Videos window.

To refresh your HP Media Center PC, open and close Media Center.

n

You need to close

Media Center before removing or before connecting your

HP Personal Media

Drive for the stored

TV files to update properly.

Watching TV Programs Stored on the HP Personal Media Drive

To play back recorded TV files stored on your

HP Personal Media Drive, you must:

1

Connect your HP Personal Media Drive to the HP Media Center PC with the power turned off.

2

Turn on the HP Media Center PC and open

Media Center.

3

Click Settings, TV, Recorder, Recorder

storage.

4

Under Record on drive select the

HP Personal Media Drive, select Save, and then select Yes. A Recorded TV folder is created and placed in your HP Personal

Media Drive. Recorded TV shows must be placed in this folder to access them with

Media Center.

5

Under Record on drive, select your local hard disk drive, select Save, and then select Yes.

6

Move or copy your recorded TV programs to the Recorded TV folder on your HP Personal

Media Drive. Now you can view your stored

TV programs in Media Center, or you can double-click the file and view the show in

Windows Media Player.

7

Close Media Center before disconnecting the drive.

When you connect your drive, stored TV files appear a few seconds after you open

Media Center.

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About Recording TV to the HP Personal Media Drive

The HP Media Center PC was set up to record TV shows to your local hard disk drive when using

Media Center. It is possible to change the recording pathway to an HP Personal Media Drive, but several errors can occur if the drive is unexpectedly or improperly removed.

It is recommended that you record TV shows to your local hard disk drive and then copy the files over to your HP Personal Media Drive.

If you decide to change your recording path to the

HP Personal Media Drive, consider the following:

The TV recording path does not default back to your local hard disk drive after the

HP Personal Media drive is disconnected.

This means scheduled recordings may not be recorded. The recording error Low Disk Space may occur, and then your program will not be

recorded. See “Changing Disk Allocation” on page 116 for more information about fixing

this error.

When the drive is disconnected, the disk allocation for Recorded TV shows reverts to

10%, and your recorded programs can be lost if you have selected the Keep until

space is needed setting in My TV. See

“Changing Disk Allocation” on page 116 for

more information about changing the allocation.

If you disconnect the drive while live TV is active, a video error can occur.

Recorded TV shows are not updated in Media

Center when the drive is removed.

The drive may be assigned a different drive letter which prevents Media Center from recognizing the recording path or the stored

Recorded TV files.

When you set the TV recording pathway to your

HP Personal Media Drive, Media Center stores the recording buffer data for pausing live TV on your drive. This means that if live TV is playing, you won’t be able to remove the drive safely.

To avoid this scenario, change the recording pathway back to your local hard disk drive, and then restart the HP Media Center PC before disconnecting the HP Personal Media Drive.

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Recording TV programs to the HP Personal Media Drive

1

Change your recording pathway to your

HP Personal Media Drive. See “Changing the

TV recording path to the HP Personal Media

Drive” on page 114.

2

Open Media Center.

3

Record TV programs. See “Recording TV from the Guide” on page 29. Your programs are

recorded to the HP Personal Media Drive.

4

Before disconnecting the drive:

5

Close Media Center.

6

Restart your HP Media Center PC. You must perform this last step, or errors can result when recording to your drive.

7

Disconnect your HP Personal Media Drive

safely. See “Disconnecting the HP Personal

Media Drive Safely” on page 115.

Make sure there are no scheduled recordings or recordings in progress to avoid losing data.

Change the recording pathway back to

your local hard disk drive. See “Changing the TV recording path to the local hard disk drive” on page 115.

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HP recommends that you record TV programs directly to your local hard disk drive and then transfer your recorded programs to the HP Personal

Media Drive, if desired.

Changing the TV recording path to the HP Personal Media Drive

If you decide to change your recording path to record directly to your HP Personal Media Drive,

Media Center creates a Recorded TV folder on your drive:

1

Assign a drive letter to your HP Personal

Media Drive. See “Assigning a Drive Letter to the HP Personal Media Drive” on page 110.

2

Open Media Center.

3

Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then

Recorder storage.

4

Under Record on Drive, select (+) to select the

HP Personal Media Drive. You can also set the disk allocation and recording quality settings in this window.

5

Click Save, and then click Yes.

6

Close Media Center.

7

Restart the HP Media Center PC.

To change the TV recording path back to your local hard disk drive, follow this procedure and select your hard disk drive in step 4.

HP recommends that you know the drive letter assigned and the storage amount of your

HP Personal Media Drive.

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Changing the TV recording path to the local hard disk drive

To change the Media Center TV recording path to your local hard disk drive:

1

Open Media Center.

2

Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then

Recorder storage. You can also set the disk allocation and recording quality settings in this window.

3

Select your local hard disk drive (C:).

4

Click Save, and then click Yes.

5

Close Media Center.

6

Restart the HP Media Center PC.

Disconnecting the HP Personal Media Drive Safely

You can safely remove the drive when it is not active. When the amber activity light is blinking, the drive is active, saving or transferring data.

Removing the drive while the light is blinking may cause data loss or damaged files.

To disconnect your HP Personal Drive safely:

1

Close Media Center and all other programs that may be accessing your HP Personal

Media Drive. Make sure the activity LED is off.

2

Double-click the Safely Remove

Hardware icon in the system tray at the bottom of the desktop. If this icon is hidden, click the arrows on the taskbar to display it. The Safely Remove Hardware window opens.

3

Double-click USB Mass Storage Device to locate your HP Personal Media Drive. USB

Mass Storage Device may be listed twice.

One may contain a memory card reader or other mass storage drives.

4

Select your device that is labeled HP Personal

Media Drive, and then click OK. This name of the drive may appear as Generic Volume followed by the assigned drive letter. A Safe

to Remove Hardware message appears in the system tray at the bottom of your desktop, letting you know that your drive is safe to disconnect.

5

Click Close.

6

Disconnect the drive from the HP Media

Center PC.

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Changing Disk Allocation

If you experience a Low Disk Space error message, and you want to change the disk allocation to a higher percentage for your HP Personal

Media Drive:

1

Open Media Center.

2

Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then select Recorder storage.

3

Change the disk allocation percentage setting by selecting (+) or ().

Updating Recorded TV List After Removing the

HP Personal Media Drive

If you want to update your Recorded TV list after removing the drive:

1

Close Media Center.

2

Open Media Center.

3

If this does not update the files, restart the

HP Media Center PC.

System Requirements to View Recorded TV Programs on Other PCs

To play back recorded TV files (.dvr-ms files) that were recorded on your HP Media Center PC on another non-Media Center PC, the PC must have the following items installed:

Windows XP operating system

Windows XP Service Pack 1

Windows Media Player 9 or later

Software to play DVDs

The audio and video codec file allows

Windows Media Player to play recorded TV programs (.dvr-ms files). You can find this file in Windows Update. Click Start, choose

All Programs, and then click Windows

Update. You can also go to the Windows

Web site and search for this code file

(Q810243).

If you want more information about this file you can go to the Microsoft Web site at:

http://www.microsoft.com

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A

adding

CD tracks to the music library 35

music files to the music library

from the hard disk drive 34

adhesive disc labels 76

appending discs 71

archive files 73

Away mode

enabling 6

power setting 2

using 6

B

bit rate

DVDs 88

VCDs 88

burning

audio and data files 67

CDs

archive files 73

closed-session 68

copying 72 data files 72

image files 74

jukebox 70

tips about 69 verifying no errors 69, 71 data discs 69, 71

DVDs

archive files 73

bit rate 88

Fit-to-DVD setting 88

image files 74

overview 86

quality settings 88

verifying no errors 69, 71

video quality 88

labels, LightScribe 75

multiple sessions

recording CDs and DVDs 71 tips, data discs 71

VCDs 86 video projects to disc 86

buttons

remote control 14

C

camcorder capture 94

capturing video

in video projects 83

requirements 81

CDs

archive files 73

burning tips

audio discs 69

data discs 71

closed-session 68

compressed 70

copying 72

creating a music CD in My Music 40

data 72

erasing rewritable 67

image files 74

jukebox 70

playing in My Music 37

verifying data integrity 69, 71

closed-session burning 68

compressed CDs 70

Computer Playback 101

copying CDs and DVDs 72

creating

CDs 67, 74

compressed CDs 70

data CDs and DVDs 72

DVDs 74, 86 image files 74

jukebox CDs 70 music CDs 70

VCDs 86

Index

Index

117

D

data

burning in multiple sessions 71

CDs and DVDs 72

files

archiving 73

burning tips 71 verifying integrity 71

desktop

switching from Media Center 4

DigitalMedia Home

adding files, video projects 83

Direct-to-Disc Wizard (MyDVD) 82, 87

discs

drive compatibility 76

erasing rewritable 67

features and compatibility 77

labeling

adhesive 76

driver updates, LightScribe 75

DV camcorder capture 94

DVD movies changing

audio settings 64 language 64

playing

in Media Center 63

DVDs

archive files 73

burning to disc 86

copying 72 data 72

data discs, burning tips 71

erasing rewritable 67

image files 74

quality settings 86

recording time 89

supported formats 85

verifying data integrity 69, 71

E

editing

pictures 56

video files (MyDVD) 85

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erasing rewritable discs 67

error messages

Channel information is currently not available 22

common recording errors 32

Download Incomplete 22

Image cannot be displayed 50, 55

Low Disk Space 113, 116

No data available 22

Search in My TV is unavailable because there is no Guide information 22

The current lineup and/or location selected for the Guide is not supported 22

The Guide information is either missing or corrupt 22

errors

reducing recording speed 69 verifying data integrity of data discs 69, 71

F

file format

compressed audio 68

video 83

file type

.aac 91

.asf 91

.avi 91

.bmp 91

.cda 36

.dv 91

.gif 91

.jpg 91

.m4a 91

.mov 91

.mp3 91

.mpeg-1 91

.mpeg-2 91

.mpeg-4 91

.wav 91

.wma 91

.wmv 91

M4A 68

MP3 68

MPEG-4 108

TIFF 108

WMA 68

files

adding to partially recorded discs 71

archive 73

image 74

supported video formats 83

verification of data 71 verify integrity of backups 71

FireWire 94, 95

Fit-to-DVD setting (MyDVD) 88

FM radio, see radio

G

Guide, see Television Program Guide

H

HP Personal Media Drive 109

HP Photosmart Premier 42

assigning a keyword to your pictures 45 assigning a place to your pictures 45

creating a backup disc 51

creating albums 44

creating your picture catalog 42

modifying a date assigned to your picture 44

printing pictures 51

supported file types 50

viewing a slideshow with music 47

I

image files 74

J

jukebox CDs 70

L

labeling discs

adhesive labels 76

with LightScribe 75

LightScribe

compatible media 75 disc labeling 75 driver updates 75 requirements 75

M

magicSpot 96

Media Center

navigating 5

playing DVDs 63

resizing window 4

Start menu 8

toolbars 4

using muvee autoProducer unPlugged 103

using with another program open 4

viewing your pictures 54

what you can do

in My Music 33

in My Pictures 41

in My TV 17

in My Videos 59

in Radio 65

memory card reader 42

movie making programs 81

music

creating CD tips 69

music library

adding CD tracks 35

creating 34

muvee autoProducer

adding a title and credits 93 adding music 93 adding pictures 93, 96

adding still image files 104

adding video 93, 95

adjusting audio and video settings 106 adjusting production settings 106

allowing music to repeat 97 allowing video and pictures to repeat 97

basic steps to create a movie 91

changing settings 97

copying a movie to disc 102

features 79

getting started 93 getting video from a camera 93

keeping video and pictures in sequence 106

making a movie 99, 107

opening the desktop version 92 opening the Media Center version 92

Index

119

previewing a movie 93, 99, 107

rotating images clockwise 96

selecting style 97 setting the duration of video 97, 107

setting the style 106

upgrading 108

using muvee in Media Center 103

using settings 106

using the magicMoments feature 95

My Music 33, 105

copying music to CD 40

creating a queue list 38

deleting music from the My Music library 35

finding and playing an album 38

playing a song 37 playing an album 37, 38

playing music 36 supported file types 36

My Pictures 41, 104

editing pictures 56 printing pictures 56

rotating pictures 57

turning captions on or off 54

types of files it can display 55 viewing a slideshow with music 55

viewing pictures 54 viewing pictures as a slideshow 54

My TV 17

advanced recording options 29

icons 28

manually downloading the Guide 23–26

play recorded TV programs 32

recording TV from the Guide 29

recording TV manually 30

recording TV programs 28

searching for TV programs 26

sorting shows 32

Television Program Guide errors 22

time shifting 19 using the remote control 19

watching TV programs 18

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My Videos 59 organizing and storing videos 59 playing digital videos 59

sorting videos 60, 61

MyDVD see Sonic MyDVD

O

online Help

Sonic recording programs 84

Optimization setting 2, 10

P

pictures

copying pictures to CD 58

editing 56

image not displayed in My Pictures 55

printing 56

rotating 57

troubleshooting

image not displayed in My Pictures 50

playing

digital music files 36

digital videos 59

DVDs in Media Center 63

music CDs in Media Center 36

songs in My Music 37

playing songs

Buy Music option 38

Visualize option 38

playlist

creating in My Music 39

production settings, muvee 106

Program Guide, see Television Program Guide

Q

quality settings, recording DVDs 86

queue list

creating in My Music 38

R

radio

connecting antenna to PC 65 getting reception 65

organizing radio station presets 66

Radio window 65

organizing pre-set radio stations 66

playing FM stations 65 playing radio in Media Center 65

recording radio programs 66

Real Rhapsody, features 79

RealPlayer, features 80

recorded TV 32

recording

CDs, VCDs, and DVDs see: burning

options in My TV 29

radio programs 66

time

DVDs 89 for each disc size 89

VCDs 88

TV shows 28 how to stop recording 28

recording TV

standby mode 5

recording TV shows

making sure a show is being recorded 28

manually 30

single shows or series, canceling 28

using the Guide 29 when two are scheduled for the same time 29

remote control

buttons 14

using in My TV 20

rewritable discs, erasing 67

rotating pictures 57

S

searching for programs 26

settings

for sound 10 general 10

Internet connections 10

Shared Video folder 59

slideshow

displaying information about pictures 54

HP Photosmart 46

viewing pictures 54 viewing with music 54

slideshows in MyDVD 84

software programs

movie making 81

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus 81

Windows Movie Maker 2.0 80

WinDVD Player 79

Sonic DigitalMedia Plus see: Sonic MyDVD

Sonic MyDVD

default verify data setting 69, 71

Direct-to-Disc Wizard 82, 87

editing video files 85

erasing discs 67

online Help 84

verifying data feature 71

video

projects 82

quality 88

settings (quality) 89

sorting TV shows

by category 32 by date 32 by name 32

Start menu

Media Center 3

storing data files 71

submenus in video projects 84

supported

DVD formats 85

video file formats 83

SVCD 102

Index

121

T

Television Program Guide

filter categories 22 no data available 22

recording TV programs 29

searching for TV programs 26

setting up a download method 23

using the More information button 22 viewing 22

troubleshooting

radio reception 65

TV

playing recorded TV shows 32

searching for shows by category 27

time shifting 19 using digital video recorder while watching 19

watching 18

tweak muvee 100

U

updates, LightScribe drivers 75

V

VCD 102

VCDs

bit rate 88 burning 88 recording time 88

verify copied data setting 71

video

capturing 81, 83, 87

DVD recording times 89

editing

files (MyDVD) 85

projects

background music 85

burning to disc 86

button styles 85

capture length 83 capturing video 83 chapter points 83

custom styles 85

Direct-to-Disc Wizard 87

editing 85

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files (adding) 83

MyDVD 82

scene detection 83

searching for scenes 85

slideshows 84 submenus 84

supported file formats 83

text formatting 85 transition effects 85

user interfaces 82

quality settings (MyDVD) 89

supported DVD formats 85

video capture

live 94 recorded video 94

video editing

getting started with muvee autoProducer 93

video movies

sorting 60, 61

W

Web Streaming 101

Windows Media Player

setting as default player 36 types of files 36

Windows Movie Maker 2.0, features 80

WinDVD Player, features 79

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