Media Center Software Guide

Media Center Software Guide

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Table of Contents

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

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

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

Archiving files using Media Center ....................................... 11

Finding Additional Media Center Information ........................ 12

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

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

Playing Music Files ..................................... 17

My Music .......................................................................... 17

Using My Music with Media Center...................................... 17

Adding Music to My Music Library ....................................... 18

Adding music files from your hard disk drive.......................... 18

Adding music files from a CD .............................................. 19

Deleting music files from the My Music library........................ 19

Using supported music file types .......................................... 20

Playing Music Files in My Music........................................... 20

Playing an album in My Music ............................................. 21

Playing a song in My Music................................................. 21

Creating a Queue List in My Music....................................... 22

Finding and Playing an Album in My Music........................... 22

Creating a Playlist in My Music ............................................ 23

Copying Music Files to CD in My Music ................................ 24

Working with Pictures ................................ 25

HP Photosmart ....................................................................25

My Pictures ........................................................................25

Working with Digital Images................................................26

Using HP Photosmart in Media Center ...................................26

Creating your picture catalog in HP Photosmart Premier ..........26

Creating albums .................................................................28

Modifying a date assigned to your pictures............................28

Assigning a keyword to your pictures ....................................29

Assigning a place to your pictures ........................................29

Searching for pictures in Media Center .................................30

Viewing Pictures in HP Photosmart ........................................30

Viewing a slideshow in HP Photosmart ..................................30

Viewing a slideshow with music in HP Photosmart...................31

Editing Pictures in HP Photosmart Premier...............................31

Editing pictures in HP Photosmart Premier from the desktop ......31

Editing pictures in HP Photosmart in Media Center..................32

Sharing Pictures in HP Photosmart Premier .............................32

Using supported file types with HP Photosmart Premier ............34

Printing Pictures in HP Photosmart .........................................35

Creating a Backup Disc of Your Pictures ................................35

Using My Pictures in Media Center .......................................36

Adding Pictures to My Pictures .............................................37

Adding picture files from your hard disk drive ........................37

Viewing Pictures in My Pictures.............................................38

Viewing pictures as a slideshow ...........................................38

Viewing a slideshow with music in My Pictures.......................39

Using supported picture file types in My Pictures.....................39

Editing Pictures in My Pictures ..............................................40

Fixing red eye or contrast ....................................................40

Cropping pictures in My Pictures ..........................................40

Rotating pictures .................................................................41

Printing Pictures in My Pictures .............................................41

Copying Pictures to CDs and DVDs .......................................42

Playing Videos........................................... 43

Playing Digital Videos in Media Center .................................43

Using Supported Video File Types.........................................44

Transferring and Recording Video Files .................................44

Recording an analog video file.............................................44

Recording a digital video file ...............................................44

Creating a CD/DVD from Video Files....................................45

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Playing DVDs ............................................. 47

Playing DVD Movies in Media Center ...................................47

Changing the DVD Movie Language .....................................48

Changing DVD Audio Settings .............................................48

Creating Movies Using muvee autoProducer .............................. 49

Basic Steps to Make a Movie ...............................................49

Locating the two versions of muvee autoProducer....................50

Using muvee autoProducer on the Desktop.............................51

Getting started on the desktop ..............................................51

Capturing video from a DV camcorder ..................................52

Adding videos....................................................................53

Adding pictures ..................................................................54

Adding music.....................................................................55

Selecting the style ...............................................................55

Changing the settings..........................................................55

Adding an opening title and closing credits ...........................56

Making the movie ...............................................................57

Previewing the movie ..........................................................57

Modifying the movie ...........................................................58

Saving the movie project .....................................................59

Recording the movie project to disc.......................................60

Using muvee autoProducer unPlugged in Media Center ...........61

Selecting videos .................................................................62

Selecting pictures................................................................62

Selecting music...................................................................63

Setting the style ..................................................................64

Adjusting audio and video settings .......................................64

Making the movie ...............................................................65

Upgrading muvee autoProducer ...........................................66

Index......................................................... 67

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Welcome

Experience the Fun of Media Center

Microsoft

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Windows

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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.

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.

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.

With Media Center, you can:

Play back your digital videos.

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

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.

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

Record CD tracks to your media library.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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The Television

Program Guide

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 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.

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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*Some of the features and programs listed are for select models only.

Media Center Start menu items

Play DVD — Watch DVD movies. See page 47.

*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 43.

My Pictures — View digital pictures, play a

slideshow, or print photos. See page 36.

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

page 17.

More Programs — Find utilities and programs for

communicating with instant messaging (see page 9)

and backing up files (see page 11).

Settings — Change program settings. See

page 10.

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

page 25.

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.

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.

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

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Optimization setting closes and then opens

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

Pictures to set slideshow settings.

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.

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

Archiving files using Media Center

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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Information and guides are associated with specific PC model numbers.

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

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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(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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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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DVD MENU TV

RADIO MUSIC PICTURES VIDEOS

RECORD PLAY STOP

REW

REPLAY

PAUSE

FWD

SKIP

BACK MORE

VOLUME

MUTE

LIVE TV GUIDE RECORDED TV

PRINT

CH/PG

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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.

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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 17.

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.

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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 26.

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 36.

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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

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.

9

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.

6

Click Start Backup.

7

Follow any onscreen instructions.

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.

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

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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.

7

Select Finish.

Adding Picture Files

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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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6

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

8

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.

7

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.

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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 Digital Media

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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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 51.

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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 61.

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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 52.

“Adding videos” on page 53.

“Adding pictures” on page 54.

“Adding music” on page 55.

“Changing the settings” on page 55.

“Adding an opening title and closing credits” on page 56.

“Making the movie” on page 57.

“Saving the movie project” on

page 59. “Recording the movie project to disc” on page 60.

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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 52.

Or

Recorded (known as VCR mode) using a recorded tape in your DV camcorder. See

“Capturing recorded video from a DV camcorder” on page 53.

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 53 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

Allows you to

Browse folders and add existing video files, image files, and audio files to your video production.

See

“Selecting videos” on page 62.

“Selecting pictures” on page 62. “Selecting music” on

page 63.

“Setting the style” on page 64.

Settings

Make muvee

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.

“Adjusting audio and video settings” on page 64.

“Making the movie” on page 65.

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 51.

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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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5

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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A

adding

CD tracks to the music library 19

music files to the music library

from the hard disk drive 18

Away mode

enabling 6

power setting 2

using 6

B

buttons

remote control 14

C

camcorder capture 52

CDs

creating a music CD in My Music 24

playing in My Music 21

Computer Playback 59

D

desktop

switching from Media Center 4

DV camcorder capture 52

DVD movies changing

audio settings 48 language 48

playing

in Media Center 47

E

editing

pictures 40

error messages

Image cannot be displayed 34, 39

Index

F

file type

.aac 49

.asf 49

.avi 49

.bmp 49

.cda 20

.dv 49

.gif 49

.jpg 49

.m4a 49

.mov 49

.mp3 49

.mpeg-1 49

.mpeg-2 49

.mpeg-4 49

.wav 49

.wma 49

.wmv 49

MPEG-4 66

TIFF 66

FireWire 52, 53

H

HP Photosmart Premier 26

assigning a keyword to your pictures 29 assigning a place to your pictures 29

creating a backup disc 35

creating albums 28

creating your picture catalog 26

modifying a date assigned to your picture 28

printing pictures 35

supported file types 34

viewing a slideshow with music 31

Index

67

M

magicSpot 54

Media Center

navigating 5

playing DVDs 47

resizing window 4

Start menu 8

toolbars 4

using muvee autoProducer unPlugged 61

using with another program open 4

viewing your pictures 38

what you can do

in My Music 17

in My Pictures 25

in My Videos 43

memory card reader 26

music library

adding CD tracks 19

creating 18

muvee autoProducer

adding a title and credits 51 adding music 51 adding pictures 51, 54

adding still image files 62

adding video 51, 53

adjusting audio and video settings 64 adjusting production settings 64

allowing music to repeat 55 allowing video and pictures to repeat 55

basic steps to create a movie 49

changing settings 55

copying a movie to disc 60

getting started 51 getting video from a camera 51

keeping video and pictures in sequence 64

making a movie 57, 65

opening the desktop version 50 opening the Media Center version 50

previewing a movie 51, 57, 65

rotating images clockwise 54

selecting style 55 setting the duration of video 55, 65

setting the style 64

upgrading 66

using muvee in Media Center 61

using settings 64

using the magicMoments feature 53

My Music 17, 63

copying music to CD 24

creating a queue list 22

deleting music from the My Music library 19

finding and playing an album 22

playing a song 21 playing an album 21, 22

playing music 20 supported file types 20

My Pictures 25, 62

editing pictures 40 printing pictures 40

rotating pictures 41

turning captions on or off 38

types of files it can display 39 viewing a slideshow with music 39

viewing pictures 38 viewing pictures as a slideshow 38

My Videos 43 organizing and storing videos 43 playing digital videos 43

sorting videos 44, 45

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O

Optimization setting 2, 10

P

pictures

copying pictures to CD 42

editing 40

image not displayed in My Pictures 39

printing 40

rotating 41

troubleshooting

image not displayed in My Pictures 34

playing

digital music files 20

digital videos 43

DVDs in Media Center 47

music CDs in Media Center 20

songs in My Music 21

playing songs

Buy Music option 22

Visualize option 22

playlist

creating in My Music 23

production settings, muvee 64

Q

queue list

creating in My Music 22

R

remote control

buttons 14

rotating pictures 41

S

settings

for sound 10 general 10

Internet connections 10

Shared Video folder 43

slideshow

displaying information about pictures 38

HP Photosmart 30

viewing pictures 38 viewing with music 38

Start menu

Media Center 3

SVCD 60

T

tweak muvee 58

V

VCD 60

video capture

live 52 recorded video 52

video editing

getting started with muvee autoProducer 51

video movies

sorting 44, 45

W

Web Streaming 59

Windows Media Player

setting as default player 20 types of files 20

Index

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