HP Z560 User manual

HP Z560 User manual
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Software Guide
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Welcome...........................................1
Experience the Entertainment Fun ............................. 1
Watch and record live TV.................................. 1
The right music for the moment ........................... 1
Share your digital memories .............................. 1
Transform your living space into a theater............ 1
Using Media Center Features ................................... 2
Using Media Center...........................3
Setting Up Media Center ......................................... 3
Opening Media Center using a trackball............. 3
Opening Media Center using the
remote control .................................................. 4
Media Center menu bars ................................... 5
Navigating Media Center.................................. 5
Media Center control menu................................ 6
Using Media Center Quick Resume mode ............ 7
Completing the setup wizard steps...................... 8
Media Center Start Menu ........................................ 9
Online Spotlight ............................................. 10
Using Instant Messaging in Media Center................ 10
Logging in to your messenger account............... 11
Changing Media Center Settings............................ 11
Media Center Settings Categories..................... 12
Contacting HP Support in Media Center.................. 13
Finding Additional Media Center Information........... 13
Using the Remote Control................15
Remote Control Buttons Overview ........................... 16
Watching and Recording
TV Programs .................................. 19
Navigating My TV ................................................19
Watching TV........................................................20
Watching Live TV............................................21
Controlling TV playback ..................................22
Using the remote control in My TV ....................23
Using the Television Program Guide........................24
Using Media Center without a Guide ................25
Television Program Guide Errors .......................25
Viewing the Television Program Guide ..............26
Setting up how Media Center downloads
the Guide ......................................................27
Manually downloading the Guide.....................28
Adding a postal code to receive the
correct Guide .................................................28
Adding missing channels to the Guide...............29
Editing channels in the Guide ...........................29
Removing channels from the Guide ...................30
Searching for TV Programs ....................................30
Searching for TV programs using categories ......32
Recording TV Programs .........................................33
Recording TV from the Guide ...........................34
Recording programs manually with or
without a Guide..............................................34
Recording quality and hard disk drive
storage space.................................................36
Copying recorded TV programs to
DVD or CD ....................................................37
Media Copy Protection....................................38
Playing Recorded TV Programs...............................38
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Playing Music Files ......................... 39
Playing Videos................................59
My Music ............................................................ 39
Using My Music with Media Center ........................ 40
Adding Music to the My Music Library .................... 41
Adding music files from your hard disk drive...... 41
Adding music files from a CD........................... 42
Deleting music files from the My Music
library ........................................................... 42
Using supported music file types ...................... 43
Playing Music Files in My Music ............................. 44
Playing an album in My Music ......................... 45
Playing a song in My Music............................. 45
Creating a Queue List in My Music ......................... 46
Finding and Playing an Album in My Music............. 46
Creating a Playlist in My Music .............................. 47
Copying Music Files to CD in My Music .................. 48
Playing Digital Videos in Media Center ...................60
Using Supported Video File Types...........................61
Transferring and Recording Video Files ...................61
Creating a CD/DVD from Video Files......................62
Working with Pictures .................... 49
My Pictures .......................................................... 49
Working with Digital Images ................................. 49
Using My Pictures in Media Center ......................... 50
Adding Pictures to My Pictures ............................... 51
Adding picture files from your hard disk drive .... 51
Viewing Pictures in My Pictures .............................. 52
Viewing pictures as a slideshow ....................... 53
Viewing a slideshow with music in
My Pictures .................................................... 53
Using supported picture file types in
My Pictures ................................................... 54
Editing Pictures in My Pictures ................................ 55
Fixing red eye or contrast ................................ 55
Cropping pictures in My Pictures ...................... 56
Rotating pictures ............................................. 56
Printing Pictures in My Pictures ............................... 57
Copying Pictures to CDs and DVDs......................... 58
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Playing DVDs ..................................63
Playing DVD Movies in Media Center .....................63
Changing the DVD Movie Language .......................64
Changing DVD Audio Settings ...............................64
Listening to FM Radio ......................65
Playing FM Radio Stations .....................................66
Organizing Preset Radio Stations............................67
Using the FM Radio and the TV Signal at the
Same Time.......................................................67
Creating Audio and
Data Discs.......................................69
Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording ..............70
Working with Audio CDs.......................................71
Verifying an audio disc recorded
without errors .................................................72
Audio CD tips ................................................72
Creating audio CDs ........................................73
Creating jukebox discs ....................................74
Working with Data DVDs and CDs .........................75
Verifying a data disc recorded without errors .....75
Creating data discs.........................................77
Copying a DVD or CD ..........................................78
Archiving Files on a CD or DVD .............................79
Working with image files.................................79
Creating an image file.....................................80
Burning from an image file...............................80
Creating Video Discs
and Movies.....................................89
Before You Begin Capturing Video ......................... 89
Sonic MyDVD Video Projects ................................. 90
Creating a video project.................................. 90
Adding files to a video project ......................... 91
Capturing video to a video project ................... 91
Adding slideshows to a video project................ 92
Adding submenus to a video project ................. 92
Editing the style of a video project .................... 93
Editing movie files........................................... 93
Burning a video project to disc ......................... 94
Creating a Video Project with the
Direct-to-Disc Wizard ........................................ 95
Video Quality and Disc Size .................................. 96
DVD Recording Time............................................. 97
Creating Movies Using
muvee autoProducer.......................99
Basic Steps to Make a Movie ................................. 99
Locating the two versions of
muvee autoProducer...................................... 100
Using muvee autoProducer on the Desktop.............101
Getting started on the desktop ........................101
Capturing video from a DV camcorder ............102
Adding videos ..............................................104
Adding pictures ............................................105
Adding music ...............................................105
Selecting the style .........................................106
Changing the settings ....................................106
Adding an opening title and closing
credits .........................................................107
Making the movie .........................................107
Saving the movie project................................108
Recording the movie project to disc.................108
Using muvee autoProducer unPlugged
in Media Center .............................................109
Selecting videos............................................110
Selecting pictures ..........................................110
Selecting music.............................................111
Setting the style.............................................111
Adjusting audio and video settings..................112
Making the movie .........................................112
Upgrading muvee autoProducer ...........................113
Using an HP Personal
Media Drive ................................. 115
Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to
Work with Media Center .................................116
Locating the Drive After Installation .......................116
Assigning a Drive Letter to the
HP Personal Media Drive .................................117
Viewing and Storing Files ....................................117
Playing Media Files.............................................118
Playing Music Files .............................................118
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Disc Labeling with LightScribe ................................ 81
LightScribe requirements .................................. 81
Burning a LightScribe label with
Sonic Express Labeler...................................... 82
Using adhesive disc labels ............................... 82
Compatibility Information ...................................... 83
Disc Features and Compatibility Table..................... 84
Optical Drive Quick Reference Table ...................... 85
Software Quick Reference Table............................. 86
Viewing Picture Files ........................................... 118
Playing Video Files ............................................. 119
About Recording TV to Your HP Personal
Media Drive .................................................. 119
Watching TV Programs Stored on the
HP Personal Media Drive................................. 120
Recording TV programs to Your HP
Personal Media Drive.................................... 121
Changing the TV recording path to the
HP Personal Media Drive............................... 121
Changing the TV recording path to the
local hard disk drive ..................................... 122
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Disconnecting the HP Personal Media
Drive Safely ................................................... 122
Changing Disk Allocation .................................... 123
Updating Recorded TV List After Removing
Your HP Personal Media Drive ......................... 123
System Requirements to View Recorded
TV Programs on Other PCs............................... 124
Index............................................125
Welcome
Experience the Entertainment Fun
®
®
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with
Update Rollup 2 lets you do amazing things with your
HP Digital Entertainment Center. With a full range of
digital entertainment features, you can experience TV,
movies, music, and photos like never before.
Media Center is simple and easy to use. You can easily
find and choose your media. You can play movies, listen
to music, view photos, and watch TV with a single remote
control. Combine the powerful features of your HP Digital
Entertainment Center with a home theater receiver to
enjoy an even more dynamic entertainment experience.
With Media Center, you can pause, advance frame by
frame, skip ahead, or use instant replay to catch every
moment of live TV. Use fast-forward to bypass unwanted
content. When you are not able to watch your favorite
show, you can use Media Center to record it.
Record TV with ease by using the Television (Electronic)
Program Guide to select the shows you want to record.
You can record one show or an entire series and watch it
when it is convenient for you. You will never miss a
moment of your favorite shows.
The right music for the
moment
Share your digital memories
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.
Create personalized slideshows with music for viewing
on your TV. Easily edit and create 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.
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Welcome
Watch and record live TV
Using Media Center Features
You can control the Media Center functions and navigate
Media Center windows by using the remote control, the
keyboard, or the trackball. You can easily switch back
and forth between them by moving the trackball or by
pressing a button on the remote control or the keyboard.
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Your HP Digital Entertainment Center comes
with a rewritable DVD drive. This drive is
able to read and record to both DVD+R/-RW
and DVD-R/-RW media.
You can run Media Center side-by-side with other
Windows software programs. It’s possible to browse
through your pictures, watch videos, play music, and
even record TV while using other Windows programs.
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Some of the Media Center features listed are
for select models only.
Some of the components listed in the
HP Digital Entertainment Center
documentation, such as speakers, are
optional or sold separately.
When using the Media Center program, you can:
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Watch, record, and play back television programs.
■
Pause, rewind, and fast-forward TV programs.
■
Watch an instant replay.
■
Play back your digital videos.
■
View your digital pictures or play them as a
slideshow with music. Easily print your photos.
■
Browse, select, and play music CD files with
full-screen visualizations.
■
Record CD tracks to your media library.
■
Play DVD movies. Resume playing your DVDs where
you left off.
■
Listen to FM radio stations.
■
Access streaming music and video subscription
services. Some music and video subscription services
may not be available in all countries/regions.
■
Record your TV shows automatically while you are
doing something else.
■
Open specific windows in Media Center by using
the shortcut buttons on the remote control.
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Communicate with your friends and family by using
instant messaging. Instant messaging 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 the Quick Resume 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.
Using Media Center
Setting Up Media Center
n
For more information about setting up your
HP Digital Entertainment Center, refer to the
Start Here guide.
The first time you start your HP Digital Entertainment
Center, a Media Center setup wizard opens. It is
recommended to complete each step in the Media Center
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 8.
Opening Media Center using a trackball
You can use either your remote control or your trackball to
open and to navigate within Media Center.
To use your trackball:
1 Click Start
on the taskbar, and then click
Media Center.
2 Move your trackball over the Media Center Start
Using Media Center
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 trackball 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 trackball 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
Media Center Help.
5 Click the Media Center Start icon
to return to
the Media Center Start menu.
Using Media Center
3
Opening Media Center using the remote control
You can use either your remote control or your trackball 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 Media Center Help.
6 Press the Media Center Start button
to return
to the Media Center Start menu.
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Media Center menu bars
When you move the trackball, the Media Center menu
bars appear. These menu bars allow you to access media
controls, Media Center Help, the back screen arrow,
window control icons, and the Media Center icon that
takes you to the main Media Center menu. When you use
the remote control, or when you stop using the trackball
(after 5 seconds), the menu bars disappear.
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You can use the Minimize and Resize buttons
to switch to the desktop or to run Media
Center side-by-side with another program.
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 trackball.
To select items in Media Center by using the remote
control, use the arrow buttons on the remote control, and
then use the OK button to enter your selection.
Using Media Center
If you have media playing, such as music or television, 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 full-screen mode, use the arrows on the
remote control to select it, and then press OK.
Using Media Center
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Media Center control menu
To access the control menu in Media Center,
move the trackball 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 HP Digital
Entertainment Center
Restart the HP Digital
Entertainment Center
Put the HP Digital Entertainment
Center in a reduced power
state — standby mode
n
If you are recording a TV program and then
put the HP Digital Entertainment Center into
standby, the recording stops.
If the HP Digital Entertainment Center is in
standby and a recording is about to begin,
the HP Digital Entertainment Center returns to
full-power mode and records the program.
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Using Media Center Quick Resume mode
When your computer is in Quick Resume mode it appears
off, but you can actually still perform tasks such as record
TV programs or music files. Quick Resume mode turns off
the display and mutes the audio.
After you have enabled Quick Resume 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 trackball, or by pressing
any button on the remote control if you select the Return
the computer from Quick Resume mode on
mouse or keyboard activity option in the Power
Options Properties window. See the following procedure.
To enable your HP Digital Entertainment Center for Quick
Resume mode:
1 Click Start
on the taskbar, and then click
Control Panel.
2 Click Performance and Maintenance.
3 Click Power Options.
4 Select the Quick Resume tab.
5 Place a check mark in the Enable Quick
Resume mode check box.
Under Options you can select to:
Return the computer from Quick Resume
mode on mouse or keyboard activity.
Or
Using Media Center
Prompt for password when the computer
returns from Quick Resume mode.
6 Click OK.
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The audio and video of TV recordings are not
affected when the HP Digital Entertainment
Center is in Quick Resume mode.
Using Media Center
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Completing the setup wizard steps
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control or, with your trackball, click
Start
on the taskbar, and then click
Media Center.
2 Select Settings. You may need to use the arrow
buttons on the remote control to scroll down to see
all the menu items.
3 Select General, Media Center Setup, and then
select Run Media Center Setup Again. Follow
the onscreen instructions to complete the wizard.
Following are some of the items included in the setup
wizard:
■
Check for your Internet connection. An
Internet connection allows Media Center to
download and update your Television Program
Guide and display information about your music
CDs, DVDs, and other media.
n
You must subscribe with an Internet Service
Provider (ISP) to have an Internet connection.
■
8
Configure your TV tuner, TV signal source,
and Television Program Guide. You need to
provide information about your TV signal source and
your TV signal equipment (set-top box, cable, and
so on). This step makes sure your HP Digital
Entertainment Center receives the correct TV signal
and Television Program Guide information. If you
have a cable box or satellite receiver, the setup
wizard programs your Media Center remote control
to work with them.
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You must select analog or digital TV signals in
the setup wizard for your TV tuner to work
properly (select models only).
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Optimize how Media Center looks on your
display. You can change display settings such as
brightness, contrast, color, and centering.
■
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.
■
Set up your speakers. Select how many
speakers you have and test them. Speakers are sold
separately.
Media Center Start Menu
C
D E
FG
H
A
B
A
Access a menu to exit Media Center, to shut down or
to restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center, to log
off to end your Media Center session, to put the
HP Digital Entertainment Center into standby mode,
or to switch users. See page 6.
My Pictures — View digital pictures, play a slideshow,
and print photos. See page 49.
My Music — Play music files or music CDs, create and
edit playlists, and record music files to CD. See page 39.
More Programs — Find utilities and programs for
communicating with instant messaging (see page 11),
editing videos (see page 93), backing up files (see
page 79), and creating CDs/DVDs (see page 48).
B
Use media playback controls: Play, Stop, Pause,
Skip, Fast-Forward, Replay, Rewind, Record, Volume
Up/Down, Mute, and Channel Up/Down. See
page 23.
C
Open the Media Center Start menu. See page 4.
D
Go back one screen.
My TV — Watch, record, and play back TV shows. See
page 19.
E
Open Media Center Help.
Radio — Play FM radio stations. See page 66.
F
Minimize the Media Center window.
G
Resize the Media Center window.
H
Close the Media Center window.
Play DVD — Watch DVD movies. See page 63.
Using Media Center
Media Center Start menu items
Settings — Change program settings. See page 11.
n
Some of the features listed are for select
models only.
Online Spotlight — Go to the Media Center Web site
for the latest Media Center information. See page 10.
My Videos — Watch your home videos. See page 59.
Using Media Center
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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 some countries/regions.
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center 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.
Media Center supports instant messaging 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.
You can use your remote control to log in and type
messages. You can even have multiple conversations.
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n
From most areas in Media Center, you can
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.
Logging in to your messenger account
1 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.
5 Enter your .NET passport information, and then
select Sign In.
2 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control or, with your trackball, click
Start
on the taskbar, and then click
Media Center to open Media Center.
3 Select More Programs, and then
select the Messenger icon.
4 Select Sign In.
Changing Media Center Settings
To change your Media Center settings:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control or, with your trackball, 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
buttons to select an option or follow the onscreen
instructions.
5 Select Save to save your changes.
Using Media Center
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Using Media Center
In the Media Center Settings window, you can change
settings for watching television, for viewing your pictures
and slideshows, and for controlling sound and the display
of all the Media Center windows.
Media Center Settings Categories
Media Center includes various settings categories listed
below.
■
TV to set up TV signal, audio, and closed captioning
(not all channels support closed captioning). You can
download or edit the Television Program Guide, view
or clear recording history, set hard disk drive
recorder storage space, configure your display, and
set recording defaults.
■
Radio to organize or delete preset radio stations.
■
General to set:
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Some settings, such as parental control
and caption display settings for TV and DVDs,
are included with select models only. Not all
channels support closed captioning.
■
Pictures to set slide-show settings.
■
Music to select visualizations or song information to
display when playing a song.
■
DVDs 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. Speakers
are sold separately.
■
12
Messenger to allow instant messages within Media
Center and set notifications for caller ID. Instant
messaging may not be supported in all countries/
regions.
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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 HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
■
Media Center Setup to configure your Internet
connection, TV signal, speakers (sold separately),
TV, or monitor; access Windows updates; run
Media Center setup again; set up remote
desktop; and reset Start Page defaults.
■
Parental controls to block unwanted TV
channels and block unwanted TV and movie
ratings, change an access code, and reset
parental controls.
■
Automatic Downloads Options to get
media information about CDs, DVDs, and movies
from the Internet.
■
Optimization to keep your computer running
smoothly by performing various tasks on a
regularly scheduled basis. The Optimization
setting restarts your computer at a specific time
each day that you determine.
Help to find help about using Media Center and
your hardware.
Contacting HP Support in Media Center
You can access HP Support in Media Center by using
your remote control. At HP Support you can:
■
Register your product with HP.
■
Test your hardware with interactive diagnostic
software.
■
Connect to online technical support or access a
telephone number to talk with a technical support
agent.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select More Programs, HP Settings, and then
select HP Support.
3 Select an option, and then follow the onscreen
instructions. You need to use your trackball and
keyboard in this Web site.
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HP Support is available 24 hours per day,
7 days per week, 365 days per year.
Finding Additional Media Center
Information
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
HP Digital Entertainment Center using the Internet to
access a Support Web site.
To view information for your HP Digital Entertainment
Center, go to the Support Web address listed in the
Warranty and Support Guide, and search for your
model’s name and number. The model number is on the
lower front of the HP Digital Entertainment Center chassis.
To find the online documentation for your model, search
for your model number, and then click Manuals.
Using Media Center
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Using Media Center
To learn more about using Media Center, refer
to the online and other Help files located in
Media Center. Using your trackball, click the
? icon in the Media Center toolbar and then
click Help.
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The remote control is designed to work with Media Center.
You can use your remote control with Media Center to play
CDs and DVDs, to view pictures, and to watch and record
television programs.
This remote control helps you navigate the Media Center
windows on your HP Digital Entertainment Center 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.
DVD MENU
RADIO
RECORD
TV
MUSIC PICTURES VIDEOS
PLAY
■
Navigate and control all Media Center windows.
■
Control the video or live TV display.
■
Place the HP Digital Entertainment Center in and out of
standby mode.
■
Shut down or restart the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
■
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 HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
■
Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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The remote control operates up to 7.9 meters
(26 feet) away from the remote sensor.
STOP
FWD
REW
The remote control can:
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Using the Remote Control
PAUSE
REPLAY
SKIP
BACK
MORE
VOLUME
CH/PG
MUTE
LIVE TV
GUIDE
RECORDED TV
PRINT
Make sure there is nothing blocking the
pathway between your remote control and
the remote sensor.
Using the Remote Control
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Remote Control Buttons Overview
Features and location may vary
1
2
3
4
5
Standby — Puts the HP Digital Entertainment Center
into and out of a power-reduced standby state. It
does not turn the HP Digital Entertainment Center off.
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RECORD
MUSIC PICTURES VIDEOS
PLAY
STOP
5
Replay — Moves media backward 7 seconds, or to
the beginning of a music track or a DVD chapter.
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PAUSE
REPLAY
SKIP
7
8
9
23
24
BACK
MORE
Pause — Pauses audio and video tracks and live or
recorded TV programs.
Arrows — Move the cursor to navigate and select
actions within all Media Center windows.
11
Start — Opens the Media Center main menu.
12
Volume — Increases (+) and decreases (–) volume.
13
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.
14
Guide — Opens the Television Program Guide.
15
Clear — Deletes the last character entered.
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VOLUME
CH/PG
12
26
MUTE
Back — Returns to the previous window within
Media Center.
10
25
10
11
19
20
21
FWD
REW
Record — Records a selected television program
and stores it on the hard disk drive.
7
16
17
18
RADIO
Music — Opens the My Music window in Media
Center.
Rew — Moves the media backward at three speeds.
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TV
2
3
4
6
8
DVD MENU
DVD Menu — Opens the Play DVD window in
Media Center or opens the main menu of a DVD
movie, if available.
Radio — Opens the FM Radio window in Media
Center.
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1
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LIVE TV
GUIDE
13
14
RECORDED TV
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29
15
PRINT
30
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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.
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TV — Opens the My TV window in Media Center.
18
Pictures — Opens the My Pictures window in Media Center.
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Videos — Opens the My Videos window in Media Center.
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Play — Plays the selected media.
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Stop — Stops the media currently playing.
22
Fwd — Moves media forward at three speeds.
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Skip — Moves media forward 30 seconds in videos and live TV, one music
track, or one DVD chapter.
24
i (More information) — Displays available information about a selected
media file and displays other menus.
25
OK — Selects the desired action or window option and acts as the
Enter key.
26
CH/PG up (+) and down (–) — Change the TV channels or move pages
up and down, depending on available options. Move to the next DVD
chapter.
27
Mute — Turns computer sound off. The word Mute is displayed when Mute
is turned on.
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Recorded TV — Opens the Recorded TV window where recorded TV
programs are listed.
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0 to 9, #, * — 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.
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Enter — Selects the desired action, menu, or window option.
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Print — Prints your pictures that you select from the My Pictures window of
Media Center.
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Using the Remote Control
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If you turn off (shut down) your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, Media Center will not
record a scheduled TV program. The
HP Digital Entertainment Center must be
turned on, in Standby mode, or in Quick
Resume mode to record TV programs.
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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 don’t want to be disturbed.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center will not
automatically go into standby mode if Media
Center is open.
Watching and Recording TV
Programs
Watch live TV or record your favorite shows for later
playback. Use the Television Program Guide to find the
show you want to watch or record. You can also record a
show while watching another prerecorded show.
Navigating My TV
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Live TV: Watch, pause, fast-forward, or
rewind your favorite TV shows. You can watch
recorded TV shows while recording another show.
Use the i (More information) button on the remote
control to display TV show information.
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Recorded TV: View a list of recorded programs by
date or title, view a list of programs scheduled to be
recorded, play a recorded program, find out why a
program wasn’t recorded, or add a TV recording
manually.
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Search: Quickly find a TV program or a series to
watch or record by entering a descriptive word,
program title, or program category.
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Guide: (Not available in all countries/regions.)
Scroll through the Television Program Guide to find
programs to watch and record. You can record
specific TV shows or a whole series to your hard disk
drive or an HP Personal Media Drive.
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Movies: Go online to find movies to watch now or
later. Get the latest information about movies on TV:
read reviews, see cast lists, find other times the movie
is broadcast, view the DVD cover, browse for related
movies, and find other movies with the same cast
members.
Watching and Recording
TV Programs
From the My TV window you can search for and play
your favorite TV shows. Use the following menu items to
help you locate what you want to do:
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The Movies online information feature is
available for some countries/regions.
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Watching TV
Before you can watch TV by using Media Center,
make sure:
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The computer is set up correctly for your TV signal
source. Refer to the setup poster or the Start Here
guide and the HP Digital Entertainment Center User’s
Guide for more information.
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You have completed the Media Center setup wizard.
If you have not completed the setup wizard, refer to
“Opening Media Center using the remote control”
on page 4.
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You can change the channel by using the
remote control while in full-screen mode or
when the inset window is selected.
You can go to live TV from anywhere in
Windows Media Center by pressing Live TV
on the remote control.
While in the Guide, you can select a channel
to see upcoming programs for that channel
by pressing the arrow buttons on the remote
control.
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Watching Live TV
1 Press the TV button on the remote control or select
My TV from the main start menu. Use the arrow
buttons on the remote control to select Live TV, and
then press OK. The last channel selected or the first
channel available begins playing.
2 Select a channel by using the CH/PG (+) or (–)
buttons or the numeric keypad on the remote control,
and then press OK. The channel number and
program information are displayed in the window.
3 Press the i (More information) button to open
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Access to Messenger and Settings windows.
■
Program information such as channel number
and station, title and time period of program,
actual time, and a brief summary of the program
and TV rating, if available. Recording options
are also shown.
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TV Programs
another menu with the following options and
information:
4 To exit full-screen mode and return to the previous
window, press Back on the remote control.
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Controlling TV playback
The digital video recorder functionality lets you record
single shows or capture entire series for later viewing.
You can return to the live broadcast by pressing the Live
TV button on the remote control.
When you open the My TV window and begin watching
live TV, Media Center automatically begins recording and
playing back the selected program in the background.
This allows you to review a program for up to 30 minutes.
To replay a program longer than the 30 minutes, you
must select to record the program.
When you change the channel, Media Center deletes the
previously recorded portion and begins recording again
after a short delay.
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You cannot pause a live TV program and then
rewind to the beginning of the pause buffer
and then begin recording. You can record a
TV program only from live TV.
The 30-minute pause buffer applies
only when pausing, rewinding, and
fast-forwarding live TV. Media Center
allows you to record a program for
longer than 30 minutes when you select to
record the program.
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Using the remote control in My TV
Button
Action
To freeze the live TV image, press Pause. While paused, My TV continues to record a pause
buffer for up to 30 minutes. To resume watching TV where you left off, press Play.
To stop live TV or a recorded program, press Stop once. To resume watching the program,
press Play.
To play a recorded TV program or to resume watching a program after pressing the Pause,
Fast-Forward, Rewind, Replay, or Skip buttons, press Play.
To advance in live TV or in a recorded program by 30 seconds, press Skip once. You can
repeatedly skip forward, but only to the end of the pause buffer or the recorded program.
Allows you to skip 12 hours in the Guide.
To move backward in live TV or a recorded program, press Rewind (Rew). To speed up
rewinding, press Rew two or three times. To resume watching the program, press Play. Allows
you to move back 3 hours in the Guide.
To move backward in live TV by 7 seconds, press Replay. You can repeatedly rewind with the
instant replay option, but only to the beginning of the pause buffer or recorded program.
Allows you to move back 12 hours in the Guide.
LIVE TV
To maximize the TV viewing window to full-screen mode, press Live TV. Also, to advance to the
end of the pause buffer and resume watching the live TV broadcast, press Live TV.
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Watching and Recording
TV Programs
To move forward in a live TV program that has been paused, or in a recorded program, press
Fast-Forward (Fwd). To speed up the fast-forwarding, press Fwd two or three times. Fwd allows
you to skip 3 hours in the Television Program Guide.
Button
Action
i (More
information)
To see the channel number, station identifier, title of program, time slot, and category of
program, press the i (More information) button while in full-screen mode. If you select a
recorded show and then press the i (More information) button, you can access more
information about a program, stop or delete a program, change a recording setting, change
the Keep Until setting, access the instant messaging dialog box, and access TV settings.
CH/PG
To move to the next channel or page in the Television Program Guide, press the CH/PG (+)
and (–) buttons.
Guide
To open the Television Program Guide, press Guide. When in the Guide window, press Guide
again to view a program categories menu. To filter your Guide to display only programs in a
category, you can select a category, such as Movies.
GUIDE
Using the Television Program Guide
The Television Program Guide (Internet service required)
is a free service from Microsoft that provides TV listings
information, such as channel, network, program title,
program summary, and scheduled broadcast times. This
service is currently not available in some countries/
regions. You can go to http://www.microsoft.com
to find out if the Guide is available in your country/
region and to find the terms and conditions of the
Television Program Guide service.
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Your HP Digital Entertainment Center requires
a connection to the Internet to access the
Guide.
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In countries/regions where the Guide is not available,
refer to “Using Media Center without a Guide” on
page 25 and see “Recording programs manually with or
without a Guide” on page 34 for more information about
recording TV programs.
Using the Guide, you can scroll through a list of the
current and upcoming television programs and channels
available from your television service provider. The Guide
displays the channel and network, as well as the program
title, scheduled time block, and a brief description of the
program. The number of days displayed depends on your
television service provider; most providers display up to
14 days. By selecting a program title, a detailed
description of the program appears at the bottom of the
window.
Using Media Center without a Guide
If you have already completed the setup wizard, but want
to change your settings or scan for TV channels again:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, General, Media Center Setup,
and then select Run Media Center Setup Again.
3 Follow the onscreen instructions to scan for your
The Television Program Guide data may not be available
in your country/region. You can still record TV programs
without a Guide; see “Recording programs manually with
or without a Guide” on page 34.
channels.
Watching and Recording
TV Programs
Before using Media Center, it is important to complete the
Media Center setup wizard. This takes you through steps
to identify your TV signal source and scan for channels
you are able to receive from your TV provider. By
scanning for channels, you can manually select TV
programs to watch and record, even if your country/
region is unable to download the TV listings information
of the Guide listed above.
Television Program Guide Errors
If there is no Guide data available when you try to
download or search for Guide information, the
following messages may appear:
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Download Incomplete: We were unable to locate
any Television Program Guide information for the
following reason: Guide data is not available for
the country or region setting you selected in the
Control Panel Settings.
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Search in My TV is unavailable because there is no
Guide information.
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The current lineup and/or location selected for the
Guide is not supported.
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The Guide information is either missing or corrupt.
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No data available.
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Channel information is currently not available.
If you receive any of these messages, then the Guide data
is not available in your country/region, and you cannot
use Television Program Guide features. Check back
periodically to see if Guide data has been provided.
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The Television Program Guide is not available
in all countries/regions.
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Viewing the Television Program Guide
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My TV, and then select Guide.
If you press the Guide shortcut button on the remote
control while you are already in the Guide, you can
select one of the Guide filter categories, such as Movies,
to search for a movie.
3 Use the arrow buttons to select a channel, and then
use the arrow buttons to scroll through up to two
weeks of programming for that channel.
4 Select a program, and then press OK to watch it.
Press the Record button on the remote control to
record the program.
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Make sure the HP Digital Entertainment
Center is connected to the Internet and Media
Center is properly set up before you try to
change the Guide settings.
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When you select a channel and then press OK
on the remote control, you can view up to
two weeks of programming information. Use
the scroll arrows at the bottom of the
window.
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The Television Program Guide is not available
in all countries/regions.
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Press the i (More information) button on the remote
control to access another menu for more options of
searching the Guide.
Setting up how Media Center downloads the Guide
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center must have a
connection to the Internet and you must select a TV listings
provider in the Media Center setup wizard before you
can use and download the Guide information. You can
set up Media Center to download the Guide information
when you connect to the Internet, or you can select to
manually download the Guide.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, General, Automatic
Download Options, and then select:
Download when connected: Connect to the
Internet and Media Center automatically
downloads the Guide.
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TV Programs
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Or
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Manual download: Connect to the Internet
and then manually download the Guide in
Media Center TV Settings menu.
3 Follow the onscreen instructions. When the Television
Program Guide starts downloading from the Internet,
it can take between 1 and 30 minutes, depending on
the amount of data to download and the speed of
your Internet connection.
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No data available appears next to each
channel if the Guide has not been
downloaded. This can occur if the HP Digital
Entertainment Center does not have an
Internet connection or if there is no service
available in your country/region.
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If your HP Digital Entertainment Center has a
broadband connection, your HP Digital
Entertainment Center is always connected.
The Guide is downloaded at a specified time
every few days. The download interval
varies, depending on the ISP.
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Manually downloading the Guide
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then select Get
Latest Guide Listings.
3 Follow the onscreen instructions. The Guide can take
up to 30 minutes to download, depending on the
amount of data to download and the speed of your
Internet connection.
4 Select Yes.
Adding a postal code to receive the correct Guide
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then select Set
Up Guide Listings.
6 Enter your postal code, and then select Next for
Media Center to determine which TV/Program
Guide listings are available for your country/region.
7 Select Next.
3 Click Next.
8 Select a TV signal provider and then Next.
4 Select Yes and then Next.
9 Select Next and then Finish.
5 Select I agree and then Next.
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Adding missing channels to the Guide
Some program channels may not appear in the Guide. To
add the names and numbers of the channels that are
missing or to change the association between channel
numbers and lineups:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then select Add
Missing Channels to add the names and numbers
of the channels you are missing.
3 Click Add Channel.
4 Use the numeric keypad on your keyboard to
enter the number of the missing channel, and then
select Next.
5 Enter the correct channel number, and then
select Add.
6 Repeat steps 3 through 5 to add additional channels.
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Editing channels in the Guide
Some program channels may not appear correctly in the
Guide information. To edit the channel numbers that are
incorrect for your TV provider information:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then select Edit
Channels to edit the channel numbers currently
assigned by Media Center.
3 Select Edit Numbers.
4 Use the numeric keypad on your keyboard to enter
the number of the correct channel, and then select
OK on the remote control.
5 Select Assign channel to assign a new channel
number.
Or
Select Share channel to share the channel with
another channel.
6 Click Save when you have edited all the channels.
7 If you need to go back to the channel numbers
automatically assigned by Media Center, select
Restore Default.
8 Select Yes.
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TV Programs
7 Click Done when you have added all the channels.
Removing channels from the Guide
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then select Edit
Channels to remove the channels you do not want
to appear in the Guide.
3 Select a check next to a channel you want to remove,
and then press OK on the remote control to remove
the channel from the lineup.
4 Select Save when you have selected all the channels
to be removed from the Guide.
Searching for TV Programs
To find a TV program, you can enter a title or keyword or
select a category in your Guide by using your remote
control.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, and then select
Search.
2 Select Title. Use the numeric keypad on your
remote control or your keyboard to enter a program
title word, and then press OK on the remote control.
Or
Select Keyword. Use the numeric keypad on your
remote control or your keyboard to enter a
descriptive word that would appear in a program
title or program description, and then press OK on
the remote control.
3 To scroll through search results, use the arrow
buttons to select a program, and then press OK. If
multiple times for the program are displayed, select
a time and press OK.
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4 To begin watching the program in full-screen mode,
select the program, and then press OK. If the
program is not currently playing, select Record or
Record Series, and then press OK.
Using Categories to search can help you
find, for example, all football games. A title
or keyword search displays every program
that has “football” in the title or
description.
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The TV search results do not include
previously recorded TV programs.
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TV Programs
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Guide filtering features, such as searching by
keyword or category, are available for select
models only.
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Searching for TV programs using categories
You can search the Guide to find a TV program by
selecting a category using your remote control. Some
categories are not available in all countries/regions.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, and then select
Search.
2 Select Categories.
3 Select a category of program types, such as
Movies.
4 Select an option, such as Genres or Top Rated.
5 Select a sorting option, such as By movie title.
6 Use the arrow buttons to scroll through
search results and to select a program. Press OK on
the remote control.
7 Select an option to find out more about the
program, to watch it, to schedule a recording, or to
view other showings of your program.
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Recording TV Programs
If a recording error occurs, the program will not be
recorded unless the conflict is resolved. If you try to
schedule a recording and another is already scheduled
for the same time, a conflict window appears and gives
you the option to record the new program or record the
previously scheduled program.
To make sure your program is being recorded, select
My TV, Recorded TV, and then Scheduled.
The Record icon also appears next to the program in
the Guide while you are recording. The Record icon
disappears when the recording is complete.
Recording icons
The Record icon appears in the Television
Program Guide next to the program
scheduled to record.
The Record Series icon appears in the
Television Program Guide next to each
occurrence of a program in a series that is
scheduled to be recorded.
The Record Conflict/Error icon appears in
the Television Program Guide and the
taskbar if another program is scheduled to
be recorded at the same time.
Record Series means that you select to record each
episode of that program from one channel. Media Center
won’t record duplicate episodes. Media Center also looks
for alternative times to record an episode if a recording
conflict arises.
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If you turn off (shut down) your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, Media Center will not
record a scheduled program. The HP Digital
Entertainment Center must be turned on, in
Quick Resume mode, or in Standby mode
to record a TV program. The HP Digital
Entertainment Center will not automatically
go into standby mode if Media Center
is open.
Make sure you turn off the monitor and turn
down or mute the volume if, for example,
you have a scheduled recording in the middle
of the night and do not want to be disturbed.
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For more information about recording to your
HP Personal Media Drive, see “About
Recording TV to Your HP Personal Media
Drive” on page 119.
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Watching and Recording
TV Programs
Media Center allows you to record TV programs so that
you can watch them when it is convenient. You can
record the program you are watching, or you can record
a future program or series from the Guide, the Search,
or the Recorded TV window in My TV. You can record
two programs at the same time if your HP Digital
Entertainment Center has two TV tuners that have the
same type of TV signal input (select models only).
Recording TV from the Guide
To record a current or future program or series from the
Guide:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV and then select
Guide.
2 To find the program you want to record, use the
4 To return to the previous window, press Back on the
remote control or press the Backspace key on the
keyboard.
5 If there is a recording conflict, Media Center displays
arrow buttons on the remote control, and then select
the program. You can also use the numeric keypad
on the remote control to enter a channel number.
Press the right arrow button in the Guide to select a
program that will be broadcast in the future.
a message and allows you to select which program
you want to record.
3 Press the Record button on the remote control.
The Record icon
appears next to the program in
the Guide. Press Record twice to record a series.
The Record Series icon
is displayed to
indicate a series. Press Record again to cancel the
recording.
Recording programs manually with or without a Guide
You do not need the Television Program Guide to record
TV. You can record a TV program by pressing the Record
button on the remote control while watching live TV, or
you can select a specific date, channel, and recording
time period in Media Center.
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Recorded TV programs that have been
copied to a DVD can be played on your
HP Digital Entertainment Center and on
some DVD players.
■
Recorded TV programs can be backed up as
part of a full system backup and restored
to the same HP Digital Entertainment
Center, but not to other PCs.
For some programs, you may want to begin recording
before the scheduled beginning and after the scheduled
ending of the program.
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To record a program without a Guide:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, press the Live TV button, and then
press Record to begin recording your program.
Or
Click Start, and then click Media Center, or press
the Media Center Start button on the remote control,
select My TV, Recorded TV, and then select Add
Recording.
5 To set the recording and return to the Recorded TV
window, select Record in the window, and then
press Enter on the keyboard, or OK on the remote
control.
6 To return to the previous window, press the back
arrow on the keyboard, or press Back on the remote
control.
2 Select Channel and Time.
3 Select the channel number box and enter the channel
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TV Programs
number using the numeric keypad on the keyboard
or remote control.
4 Select the (+) or (–) buttons, and then press Enter on
the keyboard or OK on the remote control to scroll
through choices and enter the recording frequency,
date, start and stop times, and storage and quality
options.
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Recording quality and hard disk drive storage space
The space available for recording TV programs depends
on your hard disk drive size, the percentage of hard disk
drive space allocated to recorded TV, the recording
quality setting, and if the recording is Standard Definition
or High Definition.
To get the maximum recording time, change the recording
quality to Fair instead of the default setting of Best.
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Refer to Media Center Help for more
information about recording errors,
advanced recording features, and My TV
settings.
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Quality of
recording
Hard disk drive space
used with Standard
Definition recordings
Best
2.7 GB/hour
Better
2.1 GB/hour
Good
1.4 GB/hour
Fair
1.2 GB/hour
This table shows approximate sizes of recorded TV program files.
Some files may be smaller or larger.
1 GB = 1 billion bytes when referring to hard disk drive
capacity. Actual formatted capacity is less.
Copying recorded TV programs to DVD or CD
The HP Digital Entertainment Center includes several
other recording software programs for you to create CDs
and DVDs. You can use Sonic MyDVD to record the
recorded TV program to a format that can be played from
an HP Digital Entertainment Center and from some set-top
DVD players. See “Sonic MyDVD Video Projects” on
page 90.
For more detailed information about recording CDs and
DVDs, refer to information on the HP Support Web site at:
http://www.hp.com/support
To copy a recorded TV program to CD or DVD:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select More Programs.
3 Insert a blank disc.
4 Select Create CD/DVD, and then select Data.
5 Enter a title for your DVD by using the numeric
buttons on the remote control, and then select OK.
6 Select Recorded TV.
7 Select the recorded TV programs you want to copy to
CD or DVD.
8 Select View DVD or View CD.
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TV programs that have been encrypted
(protected) by the broadcaster cannot be
copied and played back on any player other
than the HP Digital Entertainment Center that
recorded the program.
9 Select Create DVD or Create CD.
10 Select Yes.
11 Follow the onscreen instructions to complete burning
your TV show to disc.
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Refer to Media Center Help for more
information about recording errors,
advanced recording features, and My TV
settings.
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Watching and Recording
TV Programs
You can record TV programs to DVD in Media Center to
create a backup copy or to save space on your hard disk
drive by using the following procedure. These DVDs can
be played from an HP Digital Entertainment Center and
from some set-top DVD players.
Media Copy Protection
Media content, such as DVDs or TV programs, may place
restrictions on rights to distribute or copy the content,
depending on what is permitted by the copyright owner.
Such restrictions protect copyrighted media files from
being illegally copied and used. If you try to record a
program that contains such restrictions, the following
message is displayed: Recording Canceled. Manual
Recording cannot be recorded. Restrictions set by the
broadcaster and/or originator of the content prohibit
recording of this program. When you record certain
music or video files, they may retain copy protection that
will prevent copying or distribution, including technology
that encrypts media content and/or limits access to
people who have a license to play the content.
Playing Recorded TV Programs
Recorded TV is the storage place for all your recorded
programs. In the Recorded TV window, you can sort your
programs by name, date, or category. You can also
delete a recorded program or series of programs and
check for any recording errors.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, select My TV, and then select
Recorded TV.
2 To organize all of your previously recorded
programs, select Sort by Date or Sort by Title.
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3 To begin watching the program, select the recorded
program you want to watch, and then press OK on
the remote control.
Media Center places recorded TV programs in the
Recorded TV folder that is located in your Shared
Documents folder on your hard disk drive.
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 Library. For more information about using
My Music, see “Using My Music with Media Center” on
page 40.
Playing Music Files
My Music is designed to work with Windows
Media Player
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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 Library and are then accessible from within
Media Center.
In My Music you can:
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Play CDs or selected music tracks from your created
Windows Media Player Library that you access in
Media Center.
■
Select and edit a personalized queue list of songs
from your library.
■
Delete songs from a music library or queue list.
■
Burn your favorite songs to CDs.
■
Back up your music tracks to a DVD or to an
HP Personal Media Drive.
My Music menu in Media Center
n
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 Library for Media
Center to be able to find and play them.
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Adding Music to the 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, and then select My Music.
2 Press the i (More information) button
on the
remote control, and select Add Music.
3 Select Add folders, and then select Next.
4 Select Add folders on this computer, and then
select Next.
5 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to
select a location. Press OK 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 then select Next and then select
Finish.
Playing Music Files
6 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, and then select My Music.
2 Insert a CD into the CD drive.
3 Select Albums.
4 Select the Album CD you want to add to your music
library.
5 Select Copy CD. The first time you copy a music
CD you must select your copy-protection option,
and then follow any onscreen instructions.
6 Select Yes to begin copying tracks to your music
library. This process may take several minutes,
depending on the length of your music tracks.
7 Click OK.
Deleting music files from the My Music library
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select My Music.
2 Select Songs.
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3 Use the arrow buttons on your remote control to scroll
through your songs. Select the song you want to
delete, and then press OK on the remote control.
4 Select Delete, and then select Yes.
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
File type
.cda
CD audio file
.au, .snd
Audio file
.aif, .aifc, .aiff
AIFF audio file
.wav
Windows audio file
.mp3, .m3u
MP3 file
.wax, .wma
Windows Media Audio file
.asf, .asx, .wm,
.wma, .wmv, .wmp,
.wmx, .wpl, .wm,
.wmd, .wmz
Windows Media files
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For more information about music file
formats, use Windows Media Player Help
and Media Center Help.
Playing Music Files
Only supported audio file types are
displayed in the My Music window.
Unsupported files won’t play.
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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 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 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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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 Library for
Media Center to be able to find and
play them.
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Playing an album in My Music
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
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:
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Music.
3 Select Songs. The list displays all the songs in your
library.
4 Use the arrow buttons to select a song, and then
n
You can select Visualize in the Now Playing
window to see a visualization while you play
a music track.
press OK on the remote control to play it.
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Playing Music Files
1 Press the Media Center Start button
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
■
2 Use the Back button on the remote control to go back
to the Songs, Albums, or Playlists menu if you want to
select more songs to add to your queue list. Repeat
step 1.
3 After you add the last song for your queue list, select
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.
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.
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Repeat to play the album again.
■
Copy CD to copy an album into your Media
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.
■
Visualize to view a 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.
2 Use the arrow buttons to select an album, and then
press OK on the remote control. You can also press
Play on the remote control to play the album. The
Now Playing window opens, and the album starts
playing.
3 In the Play window, you can also select:
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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.
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Shuffle to rearrange the play order.
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4 To return to the previous window, press Back on the
remote control or the Backspace key on the
keyboard.
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 slide show.
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 to navigate to the music you
want to add to your playlist.
6 On the Queue screen, select Edit Queue, and then
select Save As Playlist.
7 Use the numeric keypad to enter a name for the
playlist, and then select Save.
3 Press OK to select a song.
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.
n
If your HP Digital Entertainment Center is
connected to the Internet, the CD track titles
and cover art may appear in Media Center.
Playing Music Files
4 Select Add To Queue. A confirmation displays that
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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.
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.
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11 Select Create CD.
12 Select Yes.
13 Select OK.
14 Follow the onscreen instructions.
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encourage the use of our products for
purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
Working with Pictures
Working with Pictures
Use the My Pictures area in Media Center to view, edit,
print, and share your pictures.
My Pictures
With My Pictures, you can view and print 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 50.
Working with Digital Images
You can connect a digital image source, such as a digital
photo camera or a digital video camera, directly to the
HP Digital Entertainment Center 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 memory cards used
by digital cameras and other digital imaging devices by
using the memory card reader (select models only).
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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
trackball.
It provides all the tools you need for viewing, organizing,
editing, printing, sharing, and protecting your digital
images.
My Pictures in Media Center
My Pictures folder in Windows Explorer
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Working with Pictures
Adding Pictures to My Pictures
Adding picture files from your hard disk drive
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and then select My Pictures.
2 Press the i (More information) button on the remote
control, and select Add Pictures.
3 Select Add folders, and then select Next.
4 Select Add folders on this computer, and then
select Next.
5 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to
select a location. Press OK 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.
6 Select Finish.
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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.
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 buttons on the remote control to
move through your picture files and folder files, and
select a picture.
4 Press OK to select a picture or folder to view. The
selected picture opens in full-screen mode.
5 Press OK again to zoom in 150 percent; press OK
again to zoom in 225 percent. Press the arrow
buttons to pan across a picture. To return the picture
to the original size, press OK a third time.
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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.
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1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Pictures.
3 Select the folder of pictures you want to view as a
slideshow, and then press OK.
4 Select Play Slide Show, and then press OK.
5 Press the i (More information) button on the
6 Press the Back button to go to a previous picture. Use
the arrow buttons 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.
remote control, and then select Picture
Details. The picture name, location, last
modification date, and resolution appear, if
available.
Viewing a slideshow with music in My Pictures
1 Select My Music on the Media Center Start menu.
2 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.
3 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control to go back to the Media Center
Start menu.
4 Select My Pictures.
5 Select the folder of pictures, and then press OK.
6 Select Play Slide Show, and then press OK.
When Media Center switches to full-screen mode,
the inset window disappears, but the music continues
to play.
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Working with Pictures
Viewing pictures as a slideshow
Using supported picture file types in My Pictures
You can view the following types of image files in
Media Center.
File extension
File type
.jpg, .jpeg
Joint Photographic Experts
Group
.tif, .tiff
Tagged Image File Format
.gif
Graphics Interchange Format
.bmp
Bitmap
.wmf
Windows MetaFile
.png
Portable Network Graphics
■
Only supported image file types are displayed in
My Pictures. Unsupported files are skipped in a
slide show.
■
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.
n
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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Working with Pictures
Editing Pictures in My Pictures
Fixing red eye or contrast
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Pictures.
3 Select the picture you want to edit.
4 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.
7 After you select the options you want to fix, select
Save. The picture is displayed with the new
settings.
8 Select Yes to save changes and replace the
original picture file.
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Cropping pictures in My Pictures
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, and select My Pictures.
2 Select the picture you want to edit.
3 Right-click the picture or press the i (More
information) button on the remote control, and then
select Picture Details.
4 Select Touch up, and then select Crop.
5 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.
6 After you select the options you want to fix, select
Save or Save As. If you select Save, you cannot
revert to the original picture.
7 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.
2 Select My Pictures.
3 Select the picture you want to rotate.
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4 Press the i (More information) button
on the
remote control, and then select Picture Details.
5 Select Rotate, and then press OK on the remote
control.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
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Printing Pictures in My Pictures
on the
remote control.
2 Select My Pictures.
3 Select the picture you want to print.
4 Press the i (More information) button
on the
remote control, and then select Picture Details.
5 Select Print, and then select Print again.
6 Follow any onscreen instructions.
You need to set up your printer before you can print from
Media Center.
n
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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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 HP Digital
Entertainment Center User’s Guide and the other
documentation that came with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Select More Programs.
3 Insert writable media (CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R/-R, or
DVD+RW/-RW) into the drive.
4 Select Create CD/DVD.
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 when
your disc has been created.
5 Select the Untitled area, enter the name of your disc
by using the numeric keys on the remote control, and
then select OK. Use the Clear button 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.
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In Media Center, all pictures are copied to CDs
as .jpg files.
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.
■
Display your video details, such as the name and
date your video file was modified.
■
Create a CD or DVD of your video files.
■
View small image (thumbnail) and title of video file.
■
View your videos in full-screen mode or from an inset
window in Media Center.
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.
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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 trackball, 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 full-screen
mode. Use the trackball 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, and then
press OK to replay the video, or select Done to
close the file and return to the My Videos window.
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■
Use the trackball 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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Using Supported Video File Types
File extension
File type
.avi
Video file
.dvr-ms
Digital Video Recording —
Microsoft (TV file format)
.mpeg, .mpg,
.mpe, .m1v,
.mp2, .mpv2
Movie file
.wm, .asf
Windows Media file
.wmv
Windows Media AV file
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For more information about supported video
file types, refer to Media Center Help menu.
Playing Videos
You can view the following types of video files in Media
Center. Other file types are supported if your HP Digital
Entertainment Center has the correct software installed.
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
Recording a digital video file
Refer to the HP Digital Entertainment Center User’s Guide
and the other documentation that came with your
HP Digital Entertainment Center for more information
about capturing and recording videos files from an
analog video camera.
Refer to the HP Digital Entertainment Center User’s Guide
for more information about recording videos files from a
digital video camera.
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Creating a CD/DVD from Video Files
To create a CD/DVD from your videos:
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, or, with your trackball, click Start
on the taskbar, and then click Media
Center.
2 Select More Programs.
3 Insert 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.
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6 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to 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.
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 trackball, 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 Yes or No. If you don’t select
an option, the DVD plays automatically in fullscreen mode after a few seconds.
Or
If the DVD is already in the drive, select Play DVD
from the main start menu. The DVD movie begins
playing in full-screen mode.
3 If a DVD menu appears, use the remote control or
the trackball 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 trackball to display the media
controls, and then click the Stop button.
Playing DVDs
5 To change the window size while the DVD movie is
playing, move the trackball for the Resize icon to
appear.
6 Click the Resize icon on the taskbar to
adjust the window size.
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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 trackball, 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 trackball, click Start
on the taskbar, and then click Media
Center.
2 Select Settings.
3 Select DVD.
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4 Select Audio. The Audio Properties window opens.
5 Select Audio, and then select your speaker and
sound options. Select your speaker output and your
channel mode, if applicable.
6 Press the Back button on the remote control or the
Backspace key on the keyboard to return to the
previous window.
If your HP Digital Entertainment Center is equipped with a
radio tuner input (FM Tuner In), Media Center can play
FM radio. The Radio window in Media Center makes it
easy to play FM radio stations using your remote control.
In Radio you can:
■
Listen to FM radio stations.
■
Set up presets of your favorite radio stations.
■
Delete or organize your radio station presets.
■
Use the time-shifting features: pause, rewind, and
fast-forward up to 30 minutes of radio programs.
n
Make sure you connect the FM radio antenna
to the back of the HP Digital Entertainment
Center before selecting an FM radio station.
This antenna is for select models only.
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Listening to FM Radio
Listening to FM Radio
Playing FM Radio Stations
1 Connect the FM radio antenna to the back of the
HP Digital Entertainment Center, to the connector
labeled FM Antenna In.
2 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, or, with your trackball, click Start
on the taskbar, and then click Media
Center.
3 Select Radio.
4 Enter a radio station number by using the numeric
keypad on the remote control or your keyboard.
Or
Select the Seek (–) or (+) buttons for Media Center
to find the next playable station.
Or
Select the Tune (–) or (+) buttons to manually find a
station.
5 If you want, select Save to save it as one of your
nine preset stations.
6 Select Start FM to begin playing that station.
7 Use the playback controls on the remote control, such
as Pause, Rewind, and Fast-Forward to control radio
playback. If you press the Pause button, Media
Center continues to record the program for up to
30 minutes. Press Play to resume listening to the
program where you left off.
8 Select Back to return to the previous window.
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Listening to FM Radio
Organizing Preset Radio Stations
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, or, with your trackball, click Start
on the taskbar, and then click Media
Center.
2 Select Settings.
3 Select Radio.
4 Select the up arrows and down arrows next
to each preset station to move it to a different
position.
Or
Select the Delete icon (X) to delete a preset
station.
Or
Select Auto Sort to sort your preset stations in
numerical ascending or descending order.
5 Select Save to save your changes.
6 Select Back to return to the previous window.
Using the FM Radio and the TV Signal at the
Same Time
The FM radio signal and My TV input signal share a
single tuner card. This means that you are unable to
watch or record TV and listen to FM radio at the same
time unless you have two TV tuners. When Media Center
is scheduled to start a recording, a warning appears that
says FM radio stops when the TV recording starts. If you
do not select Cancel recording, then Media Center
automatically stops radio and begins recording TV.
Listening to FM Radio
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Data Discs
(Select models only)
For information about recording video files to DVDs, see
“Sonic MyDVD Video Projects” on page 90.
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center may include one or
more CD, DVD, or combination optical drives capable of
recording. Additionally, your HP Digital Entertainment
Center may include the following software programs for
recording to CDs or DVDs:
■
Windows Media Player
■
Sonic MyDVD Plus (select models only)
■
Sonic DigitalMedia Home
■
Windows XP
These programs include features that enable you to copy,
archive, and manage music and data files and then
record the files to CDs or DVDs. You can also use
Windows Media Player to download and copy music
files to a portable device or memory card.
!
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of
technology and does not endorse or
encourage the use of our products for
purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
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Creating Audio and Data
Discs
This chapter contains the procedures you must perform to
record (or burn) music and data files to recordable CD
and DVD discs. It also includes information about
labeling your discs using the LightScribe labeling
technology included on select models.
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Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording
Previously recorded files on rewritable discs must be
erased before recording new files. CD-R, DVD+R, and
DVD-R discs cannot be erased.
To erase a rewritable disc in Sonic DigitalMedia Home:
1 Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Home program by
clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
DigitalMedia Home.
2 Click Tools and then Erase Disc.
3 Insert the rewritable disc you want to erase.
4 Click the Quick Erase or Full Erase option, and
then Erase Disc.
CD-R discs are compatible with more players than
CD-RW discs.
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n
Burn is an industry term used to describe the
recording of information onto a DVD or CD.
Optical recording uses a laser beam to place
information onto the disc, thus the term
burning.
Working with Audio CDs
Sonic DigitalMedia Home enables you to create
audio CDs that play in your car or home CD player, and
on PCs. You can create two main types of music CDs:
■
Uncompressed — Typical CD format like you
would purchase on a commercial CD. This type of
CD will hold 10 to 20 songs depending on their
length.
Uncompressed files can be burned on CD-Rs (which
play in most home and car stereos, DVD players,
and computers) or CD-RWs (which play only in some
stereos, DVD players, and computers).
!
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of
technology and does not endorse or
encourage the use of our products for
purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
■
Creating Audio and Data
Discs
The procedure for creating this type of CD is
described in “Creating audio CDs” on page 73.
Compressed — Files are burned to a disc using a
compressed file format (.mp3, .wma, or .m4a). The
smaller file format enables you to fit approximately
ten times as many songs onto the disc (depending on
length and format).
Compressed files can be burned to CD-Rs, CD-RWs,
DVD+Rs, DVD+RWs, DVD-Rs and DVD-RWs (select
models only). Compressed files can only be played
on computers, CD players, or DVD players that
support the file format you use to create the disc
(.mp3 is most commonly supported). For file format
compatibility, check the documentation for the device
where you intend to play the disc. You may hear a
slight loss of sound quality using compressed audio
files.
The procedure for creating this type of CD is
described in “Creating jukebox discs” on page 74.
For more compatibility information, see “Disc Features
and Compatibility Table” on page 84.
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Verifying an audio disc recorded without errors
When copying or burning audio files to CD, it is
recommended that you use Sonic DigitalMedia Home
because it includes a feature that confirms that your disc
has been created without errors.
This write verification feature is enabled by default.
To check the status of the write verification feature in
DigitalMedia Home:
1 Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Home program by
clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
DigitalMedia Home.
2 Click Tools and then Options.
3 In the Options window, click Copy.
4 Ensure that the Verify copied data discs box is
checked.
5 Click OK.
Audio CD tips
When recording music files, it is important to note that:
■
To play your music CD in a home or car stereo, it
needs to be recorded as a music CD in CD audio
(.cda) format, not as a data CD.
■
As you add music files in the recording session,
DigitalMedia Home calculates and displays the
amount of recording time available to record
additional music files.
■
You can’t record song names unless you make an
exact copy of a music CD in your collection.
■
If your recording fails, manually select a slower
recording speed, if available, each time you make a
recording. Refer to the Help menu in your selected
software program for more information about
selecting a slower recording speed.
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■
If you try to record more than a standard CD can
hold, a message displays warning you that all the
tracks may not fit on your disc.
!
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of
technology and does not endorse or
encourage the use of our products for
purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
Creating audio CDs
To create uncompressed audio CDs using Sonic
DigitalMedia Home:
clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
DigitalMedia Home.
2 Click the Audio tab and then Audio CD.
3 Do one or more of the following:
■
Click Add Music and navigate to music stored
on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
In the Quick Find panel, click Scan to
automatically search your HP Digital
Entertainment Center for songs.
■
Insert a CD and add songs from it.
4 Select the songs you want to record, and then
click Add.
5 Click the Burn icon when you have
added all the audio files to your music CD
project.
6 When prompted, insert a blank CD-R or
CD-RW disc. If you want to play your music CD in
your home or car stereo, use a CD-R disc. CD-RW
discs may not play in some stereos.
7 Click OK.
You can get detailed online help by clicking the Help
menu and then selecting Help.
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Creating Audio and Data
Discs
1 Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Home program by
Creating jukebox discs
DVD discs can store significantly more music files than a
CD. Jukebox discs can only be played on computers, CD
players, or DVD players that support the file format you
use to create the disc (.mp3 is most commonly supported).
To create compressed (jukebox) music CDs or DVDs using
Sonic DigitalMedia Home:
1 Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Home program by
clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
DigitalMedia Home.
2 Click the Audio tab and then Jukebox CD/DVD.
3 Do one or more of the following:
4 Select the songs you want to record, and then
click Add.
5 Click the Burn icon when you have
added all the audio files to your music CD
project.
6 When prompted, insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc.
■
Click Add Music and navigate to music stored
on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
In the Quick Find panel, click Scan to
automatically search your HP Digital
Entertainment Center for songs.
7 Click OK.
Insert a CD and add songs from it.
8 You can get detailed online help by clicking the
■
If you want to play your music CD in your home or
car stereo, use a CD-R disc. CD-RW discs may not
play in some stereos.
Help menu, and then selecting Help.
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Working with Data DVDs and CDs
Unlike audio CDs and jukebox DVDs, data DVDs and
CDs can be recorded in multiple sessions.
Verifying a data disc recorded without errors
When copying or burning data files to DVD or CD, it is
recommended that you use Sonic DigitalMedia Home
because it includes a feature that confirms that your disc
has been created without errors.
To check the status of the write verification feature in
Sonic DigitalMedia Home:
1 Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Home program by
clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
DigitalMedia Home.
2 Click Tools and then Options.
3 In the Options window, click Data.
4 Ensure that the Verify data written to the disc
after burning box is checked.
5 Click OK.
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This data verification feature is enabled by default.
Data disc tips
When storing data files on a disc, it is important to
note that:
■
You can add new data files to a CD-R,
DVD-R, or a DVD+R in a later recording
session, until the disc is full. With DVD+R
or DVD-R discs, insert your partially
recorded DVD, click the Wrench icon to display
the Options window, click Data, select the first
Write-Once DVD Compatibility option, and
then click OK.
■
When you record files that have the same name
as previously recorded files, Sonic DigitalMedia
Home updates the file and the previous version is
overwritten.
■
Sonic DigitalMedia Home allows you to change the
names of files you want to record and the files that
were previously recorded.
■
As you select data files to record to your disc,
Sonic DigitalMedia Home calculates and displays
the amount of recording space used on your disc.
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■
If your recording fails, manually select a slower
recording speed, if available, each time you make a
recording. Refer to the Help menu in your selected
software program for more information about
selecting a slower recording speed.
n
An appendable disc can have additional files
added to it, if there is disc space available.
Recorded audio CDs are closed-session discs
that are not appendable.
Creating data discs
To create data CDs or DVDs using
Sonic DigitalMedia Plus:
clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
DigitalMedia Home.
2 Click the Data tab, and then click Data Disc.
3 Do one or more of the following:
■
Click Add Data and navigate to files stored
on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
In the Quick Scan panel, select a type of file to
search for, and then click Scan to automatically
search your HP Digital Entertainment Center for
the selected file type.
■
Insert a CD or DVD that contains the file you
want to add.
5 To name your disc, click Volume Label, and
then type a name over it. Sonic DigitalMedia Home
assigns a name based on the recording date if you
do not type a name.
6 Click the Burn icon when you have
added all the files to your data project.
7 When prompted, insert a blank or
appendable disc (select models only).
DVD discs can store significantly more files than a CD.
8 Click OK.
You can get detailed online help by clicking the Help
menu and then selecting Help.
4 Select the files you want to record, and then
click Add.
n
You can rename your files in the file selection
window by selecting and typing over the
current name. This does not affect the original
files on your hard disk drive.
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Creating Audio and Data
Discs
1 Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Home program by
Copying a DVD or CD
Sonic DigitalMedia Home enables you to make copies of
an existing music or data disc. You can configure Sonic
DigitalMedia Home to verify that:
■
Data files have been copied without errors by
performing the procedure described in “Verifying a
data disc recorded without errors” on page 75.
!
IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of
technology and does not endorse or
encourage the use of our products for
purposes other than those permitted by
copyright law.
■
Music files have been copied without errors by
performing the procedure described in “Verifying an
audio disc recorded without errors” on page 72.
n
Your DVD Writer or CD Writer drive will not
copy commercially available DVD movies.
Most commercial DVDs are encoded to
prevent unauthorized duplication.
To make a copy of an existing music or data disc using
Sonic DigitalMedia Home:
1 Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Home program by
3 Insert the CD or DVD you want to copy.
clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
DigitalMedia Home.
4 Insert a blank DVD or CD into the drive.
2 Click the Copy tab, and then click Disc Copy.
5 Click the Copy icon.
6 Click Done when the recording is complete.
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Archiving Files on a CD or DVD
To make an archive file copy of files stored on
your HP Digital Entertainment Center using
Sonic DigitalMedia Home:
clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
DigitalMedia Home.
2 Click the Data tab and then Easy Archive.
3 Select the path to the files that you want to archive
(or click Browse to navigate to them).
4 Select the type of files you want to add to the
archive, or select All Files in the Selected Path.
5 Place a check mark in the Only Archive Files
Changed Since box, and select a date to limit the
scan to files that have been changed since that date.
6 Click Save, enter a name for your archive, and
then click OK.
7 Click the Burn icon.
8 When prompted, insert a recordable disc,
and then click OK.
9 If the files do not fit on one disc, you are prompted
for additional discs.
10 Click Done when recording is complete.
For additional information about saving archives on your
hard disk drive, or scheduling automatic archives, see the
online Help.
Working with image files
The Sonic recording programs can convert all the files
from a CD or DVD and convert them into a single image
file (.iso) or a series of Global-Image files (.gi), none
exceeding 2 GB. You can use the image file to reproduce
the original disc. Image files are typically used when you
need to make multiple copies of the same disc.
An image file is not a traditional picture file. An image
file can be used to reproduce an original disc. Image files
are typically used when you need to make multiple copies
of the same disc.
n
Your DVD Writer or CD Writer drive will not
copy commercially available DVD movies.
Most commercial DVDs are encoded to
prevent unauthorized duplication.
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Discs
1 Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Home program by
Creating an image file
To make an image file using Sonic DigitalMedia Home:
1 Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Home program by
clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
DigitalMedia Home.
2 Click Copy, select .iso or .gi (if prompted for file
type), and then click Save Image.
3 Insert the CD or DVD from which you want to make a
image file.
4 Click Browse to select the location where the image
file will be created.
5 Click the Save Image icon to create the image file.
Burning from an image file
The image file remains on your hard disk drive until you
delete it. Since an image file is typically large, it is
recommended that you delete it if you do not intend to
burn additional discs.
To burn a CD or DVD from an image file using
Sonic DigitalMedia Home:
1 Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Home program by
clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
DigitalMedia Home.
2 Click Copy and then Burn Image.
3 Click Browse to select the image file.
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4 Insert a recordable CD or DVD into the drive.
5 Click the Burn Image icon.
6 Click Done when recording is complete.
Disc Labeling with LightScribe
A LightScribe-enabled CD or DVD disc drive uses the
optical laser in the drive to record a label onto a thin dye
coating on the label side of the disc. There is no ink to
smear or paper to curl, and there are no adhesives to
loosen.
LightScribe media is identified by the LightScribe logo
on the retail packaging and on the inner hub area of
the disc itself. Your HP Digital Entertainment Center may
come ready to work with many versions of LightScribe
media (select models only); however, as new media
versions are introduced you will need to update the driver
software for your LightScribe-enabled CD or DVD drive.
Get driver updates from the HP Support Web site:
http://www.hp.com/support
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Discs
LightScribe (select models only) is a direct
disc-labeling technology providing you a
simple way to burn precise, silk screenquality labels. It combines the CD or DVD drive of your
HP Digital Entertainment Center with specially coated
discs (sold separately) and enhanced disc-labeling
software.
n
LightScribe creates a grayscale image similar
to a black-and-white photograph.
LightScribe requirements
Burning a label with LightScribe requires three things:
■
A LightScribe-enabled DVD drive (select models only)
■
Labeling software that supports LightScribe
■
LightScribe discs (sold separately)
n
You can open Express Labeler from within
Sonic DigitalMedia Home by clicking Tools
and then Label Disc.
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Burning a LightScribe label with Sonic Express Labeler
1 Click Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then click
Express Labeler.
2 In the Step1: Select Project area, make sure that
Disc Label is selected.
3 In the Step 2: Edit area:
a Click Disc Titles to display the Edit Disc Title
window. Enter text for the title and subtitle.
b Click Tracks to display the Edit Track window.
Click New to display the Track window. Enter
text to identify the first track or file (you can
optionally enter artist and date, or length), and
then click OK.
c
Repeat the previous step for each track or file on
the disc.
d Click the left or right arrows next to Layout and
Background to select design elements for the
disc. The selections you make are previewed in
the disc window.
Using adhesive disc labels
w
When labeling your DVDs, do not use sticky
labels. They can cause the DVD to play
erratically. Instead, write on the DVD with a
felt-tip pen to label it.
Or, you can create a LightScribe label for your
disc if you have a LightScribe optical drive
and you use LightScribe media discs.
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Compatibility Information
An important feature of a DVD Writer/CD Writer drive is
its high level of compatibility with other optical drives and
CD and DVD players:
■
The CDs that you create will play in most home and
car stereos and in most computer DVD-ROM and
CD-ROM drives.
■
The DVDs that you create are compatible with some
DVD video players and with most computer
DVD-ROM drives.
■
CD-R discs are more compatible with home and car
stereos than CD-RW discs are.
Creating Audio and Data
Discs
Your DVD Writer/CD Writer drive is able to read from
and record to almost every type of optical disc. Writing
speed rates for the DVD Writer/CD Writer drive are fast,
allowing quick recording times.
n
CD-R discs are more compatible with home
and car stereos than CD-RW discs.
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Disc Features and Compatibility Table
Disc
CD-ROM
CD-R
CD-RW
DVD-ROM
DVD+R and
DVD-R
Double-layer
DVD+R/
DVD-R
DVD+RW and
DVD-RW
VCD
File type
Can be recorded onto
Plays in PC
Plays in home
or car stereo
Plays in home
DVD player
Data
No
Yes
No
No
Music
No
Yes
Yes
Varies by model
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
Music
Yes
Yes
Varies by model
Varies by model
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
Music
Yes
Yes
Varies by model
Varies by model
Data
No
Yes
No
No
DVD movie
No
Yes
No
Yes
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
DVD movie
Yes
Yes
No
Varies by model
Data
Yes
Varies by model
No
Varies by model
DVD movie
Yes
Varies by model
No
Varies by model
Data
Yes
Yes
No
No
DVD movie
Yes
Yes
No
Varies by model
DVD movie
No
Yes
No
Varies by model
NOTE: Some HP Digital Entertainment Centers come with the
double-layer DVD Writer. It supports single-layer and double-layer DVD
media. Double-layer technology gives you greater capacity and allows
you to store up to 8 GB* of data on double-layer DVD+R or DVD-R
media.
Double-layer is a new technology. Double-layer media compatibility will
vary widely with some home DVD players and DVD-ROM drives.
n
Double-layer DVD technology is supported by
select models only.
*1 GB is defined as 1 billion bytes when referring to hard disk drive
capacity. Actual formatted capacity is less.
For the latest disc compatibility information for your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, go to the HP Support Web site at:
http://www.hp.com/support
n
The Sonic recording programs support the
double-layer technology.
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Optical Drive Quick Reference Table
CD-ROM
CD-RW
DVD-ROM
DVD+RW/+R
DVD-RW/-R
Double-Layer DVD
Combo
CD-RW/DVD
Read CDs, CD-Rs, and
CD-RWs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Read DVDs
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Read data on a CD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Play music
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Record data or music to
disc for storage or
backup
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
View DVD movies
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Record DVD movies
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Play games
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Creating Audio and Data
Discs
Optical drive can:
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Software Quick Reference Table
(Select models only)
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center includes a number
of software programs that:
■
Record and play CDs.
■
Record data CDs.
■
Import and edit video files.
■
Record video CDs and DVDs.
■
Organize digital media files.
The following table describes the functionality specific to
each of these programs. Use it to determine which
program to use to perform a task.
Note that some programs listed may not be included with
your model, and that this is not a complete list of all
included software.
To open any of these programs, click Start on the
taskbar, choose All Programs, select the program
folder (for example, Sonic ), and then click the program
name to open the software.
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You can:
HP DVD Play
■
Play DVD movies and video CDs (VCDs).
Sonic DigitalMedia Home
■
Record data and music files.
Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
Create customized music CDs from CDs in your collection, or from .wav, .mp3, or
.wma files. These CDs can be played in your home or car stereo.
Copy and share data files.
Create archive CDs or DVDs from files on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Capture (copy) video files.
Verify that the disc has been created without errors.
■
■
■
■
■
■
Sonic MyDVD Plus
(Select models only)
■
■
■
■
Windows Movie Maker 2.0
■
■
■
■
■
■
■
Record data and movie files.
Record a copy of an existing DVD to use on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Copy and share video files.
Capture (copy) video files.
Import audio, video, and other media files from a videotape, an audiotape, a Web
camera, or a television broadcast.
Record audio and video files to create a video project that becomes a Windows
Media source file with a .wmv extension.
Edit and preview files.
Send a movie in an e-mail or upload it to a Web server.
Add music files (.mp3).
Import audio files such as .mp3, .asf, or .wma; video files such as .wmv, .asf, .avi,
or .mpg; or image files such as .jpg or .gif.
Create .avi and .wmv (Windows Media Video) files.
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With this program:
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Creating Video Discs
and Movies
(Select models only)
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center may come with the
following movie making programs:
■
Sonic MyDVD
■
Windows Movie Maker
■
Sonic DigitalMedia Home (which includes MyDVD)
■
muvee autoProducer
Before You Begin Capturing Video
You can capture (copy) video files to your hard disk drive
by using the Sonic MyDVD program. Among the devices
supported by Sonic MyDVD are analog video devices,
digital camcorders, and Web cameras. Use your video
inputs (input connectors vary by model) to capture video
from a VCR or an analog video camera.
To capture video files, you need to:
device’s instructions.
2 Turn your device on and set it to playback mode.
3 Make sure Sonic MyDVD can detect your digital or
analog device.
4 If your HP Digital Entertainment Center has multiple
video devices connected, they all appear on the
Capture screen. You must select the video source you
would like to use.
For more information, click Start, All Programs,
Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home. When the
program displays, click Help and then Help.
Creating Video Discs and
Movies
1 Connect your video source device according to the
Creating Video Discs and Movies
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Sonic MyDVD Video Projects
A Sonic MyDVD video project is a way to group,
organize, store, play, and burn related video and still
digital files. For example, if you went on a family
vacation, you might have digital still and video images,
and prints from a film camera. You can transfer all these
images onto your HP Digital Entertainment Center and
organize them into a project. (A scanner is required to
transfer printed photos and is not included.)
Sonic MyDVD enables you to create video projects using
the following interfaces:
Projects can remain on your HP Digital Entertainment
Center for playback and as an archive, and they can be
burned to a DVD or VCD disc.
Note that the Direct-to-Disc wizard does not include the
editing features that are available from the standard
interface. You can edit a project created with a wizard
before burning it to a disc as described in:
■
Standard program interface (described beginning in
“Creating a video project” on page 90).
■
Direct-to-Disc wizard (described beginning in
“Creating a Video Project with the Direct-to-Disc
Wizard” on page 95).
■
“Editing the style of a video project” on page 93.
■
“Editing movie files” on page 93.
Creating a video project
To create a video project:
1 Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic, and
4 Click File and then Save to change the name of
then DigitalMedia Home.
your project from Untitled to a more descriptive
name. After renaming your project, click Save.
2 Click the Video tab to display the Video Guide.
3 Click Create Project, and then DVD or VCD
depending on the type of project you want to create.
A project named Untitled DVD-Video or Untitled
VCD-Video is created and displayed in the MyDVD
project window.
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Continue your project by performing the procedure
described in one or more of the following sections:
■
“Adding files to a video project” on page 91.
■
“Capturing video to a video project” on page 91.
■
“Adding slideshows to a video project” on page 92.
■
“Adding submenus to a video project” on page 92.
Adding files to a video project
You can add files to your DVD or VCD video project from:
■
An existing DVD or VCD.
■
Video files already stored on your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
■
Video capture from a digital video camera (as
described in the next section).
To add files from a DVD, VCD, or from your hard disk
drive:
1 Click File, Open, and then select a video project
that you created as described in “Creating a video
project” on page 90.
2 Click Add Files.
3 Navigate to the folder that contains the video files
you want to add or to the media drive that contains
the DVD or VCD.
4 Select the files you want to add, and then click
Open. The files are added to the current project and
displayed in the project window.
Capturing video to a video project
To add a video capture to a video project:
5 Optionally, set a capture length, chapter
points, or scene detection. Click the
corresponding Help icon to display the
online Help for each of these features.
6 Click one of the following:
■
Grab Frame — The image currently displayed
in the Capture window is stored as a picture file
(.jpg, .bmp, .gif, .tif, or .png format).
■
Start Capture — Starts a video capture (.mpg
format). Click Stop Capture to manually stop
the capture if you did not set a capture length
(step 5).
1 Click File, Open, and then select a video project
that you created as described in “Creating a video
project” on page 90.
2 Connect your digital video camera to the USB port.
3 Click Capture Video to display the Capture
screen.
Sonic MyDVD displays the name of the capture
device (your camera), the default capture type
(audio and video), and the default quality setting
(High Quality).
4 Click Record Settings to edit any of these default
settings.
7 In the Save As dialog box, name the captured file
and select the file format and the folder where you
want to save it. Click Save.
8 Click OK to return to the project window.
The file is stored on your hard disk drive and added
to the current project.
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You can capture live video or still images by connecting a
Web camera or digital video camera to the USB
connector on the HP Digital Entertainment Center. The
video capture is added to your video project and stored
in a file on your hard disk drive.
Adding slideshows to a video project
You can create a slideshow (a series of still images
displayed automatically) by adding existing still photos to
your project or by capturing them with a connected
digital video source.
To add a slideshow to a video project:
1 Click File, Open, and then select a video project
that you created as described in “Creating a video
project” on page 90.
2 Do one or more of the following:
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Add existing picture files as described in
“Adding files to a video project” on page 91.
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Capture still images as described in “Capturing
video to a video project” on page 91.
3 Click New Slideshow to add a slideshow to the
video project.
4 Click Options to set the slide duration or to add a
background audio track. Online help is available for
these features by clicking the Help icon.
5 Click OK to add the slideshow to the video project.
Adding submenus to a video project
Each project element (video file, still picture file, and
slideshow) that you add to the video project is
represented in the main project window.
Each menu displays six items before a new menu
is automatically created and linked to the previous
menu by a Next button.
You can manually add submenus to a project and use
them to organize topics associated with the theme of your
project. For example, if the project is your child’s soccer
game, the video files of the game could be the main
menu elements, and you could insert a submenu that
contains interviews with your son and his teammates.
To add a submenu to a video project:
1 Click File, Open, and then select a video project
that you created as described in “Creating a video
project” on page 90.
2 Click New Sub-Menu. A submenu called Untitled
Menu 1 is added to the first menu that has less than
six project elements.
3 Click the submenu name Untitled Menu 1, and
type an appropriate name for the menu (for
example, Interviews using the previous example).
4 Double-click the new submenu, and do one or more
of the following:
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Add existing picture files as described in
“Adding files to a video project” on page 91.
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Capture still images as described in “Capturing
video to a video project” on page 91.
Editing the style of a video project
You can change the style of a number of elements within
your video project. The elements include:
■
Background color and graphics on the menus and
submenus.
■
Button styles.
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Background music.
■
Text format (font, color, and size).
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Import custom styles.
To edit the look of a video project:
1 Click File, Open, and then select a video project
that you created as described in “Creating a video
project” on page 90.
2 Click Edit Style.
3 In the Edit Style dialog box, change any
of the previously mentioned elements, and
then click Apply To All Menus or Apply
To This Menu.
Editing movie files
After you capture or import video files, you can edit them
using Sonic MyDVD to:
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Add additional files.
■
Add transition effects between scenes.
■
Add background music.
■
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Search for specific scenes.
Superimpose colors, themes, and effects over video
scenes.
■
Delete scenes.
■
Superimpose text effects over video scenes.
1 If your project is already open, click Edit
Movie and skip to step 4.
2 Click Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then
6 Click one of the four tabs (Fades and dissolves,
Filters, Text, or Themes and backgrounds)
next to the preview screen.
DigitalMedia Home.
3 Click the Video tab, and then File, New Project
or Open Existing Project.
4 If you have already captured video files for this
project, they appear along the bottom as a
storyboard. If you have video files on your hard disk
drive you would like to add to this project, click Add
Files.
5 In the Sonic MyDVD window, click Edit Movie.
7 Drag and drop any of the effects over scenes (or
between them for transitions) in the storyboard.
8 Click OK to save the edits.
For more information about any of the editing features,
click Help and then Sonic MyDVD Help from within
the Edit window.
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To edit your video files:
Burning a video project to disc
After you are satisfied with the contents and style of your
video project, you can burn it to a DVD or VCD disc as
follows:
1 Click File, Open, and then select a video project
4 Insert the selected type of disc into the
that you created as described in “Creating a video
project” on page 90.
2 Save the file if you have made changes.
3 In the Quality areas, set the recording quality and
the DVD or VCD type:
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The quality settings range from HQ (the highest
quality, but uses the most disc space), to EP
(lowest quality, but you can fit more files).
As you select different quality settings, the disc
space remaining indicator displays how much
blank space there is on the disc for this mode.
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The DVD formats include 2xDVD (8.5GB)
(double layer), DVD (4.7GB) (the default
setting), DVD-RAM (2.6GB), and
DVD (1.4GB).
Some of these formats may not be supported by
your model of HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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appropriate drive tray, close it, and
click Burn.
For detailed information about DVD and VCD recording
quality and time, see:
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“Video Quality and Disc Size” on page 96.
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“DVD Recording Time” on page 97.
Creating a Video Project with the
Direct-to-Disc Wizard
Sonic MyDVD includes a Direct-to-Disc wizard that guides
you through the steps you must complete to create a DVD
or VCD video project. A video project is a way to group,
organize, store, play, and burn related video and still
digital files.
8 Click Next. The Capture screen displays.
your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Make sure the output from your digital camcorder
appears in the Preview window. If it does not,
double-check your connections and make sure your
camera is in playback mode.
2 Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic, and
then DigitalMedia Home.
3 Click the Video tab and then Direct-to-Disc.
4 Click DVD or VCD depending on the type of
project you want to create. The Direct-to-VCD or
Direct-to-DVD wizard displays.
9 Click Record Settings to edit any of the default
settings.
10 Optionally, set a capture length, chapter
points, or scene detection. Click the
corresponding Help icon to display the
online help for each of these features.
5 Click Edit Style, and edit any of the following
elements:
■
Background color and graphics on the menus
and submenus.
■
Button styles.
■
Background music.
■
Text format (font, color, and size).
■
Custom styles.
Alternately, you can click No Menus if you do not
want to be able to select from multiple files in the
project.
11 Click one of the following:
■
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Record to DVD (or Record to VCD if you are
creating a VCD project) — Select the device,
number of copies, and write speed.
Record to hard disk — The video capture is
stored by default in the My DVDs folder. Click
Location if you want to select a different folder.
Grab Frame — The image currently displayed
in the Capture window is stored as a picture file
(.jpg, .bmp, .gif, .tif, or .png format).
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Start Capture — Starts a video capture (.mpg
format). Click Stop Capturing to manually stop
the capture if you did not set a capture length
(step 10).
12 A confirmation message displays, stating the disc or
file was created successfully. Click OK.
6 Type a name for your project in the project name field.
7 Click one of the following:
■
Note that the Direct-to-Disc wizard does not include the
editing features that are available from the standard
interface. You can edit a project created with a wizard
before burning it to a disc as described in:
■
“Editing the style of a video project” on page 93.
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“Editing movie files” on page 93.
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1 Connect your digital camcorder or Web camera to
Video Quality and Disc Size
Sonic MyDVD includes four DVD video quality (bit rate)
settings, and a Fit-to-DVD option that can be applied to
a video project or to individual movie files. The DVD
quality settings are:
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HQ (High Quality) — Best audio and video quality,
but requires the most disc space per second of video.
Good choice for video files that contain high-speed
action (for example, motor sports).
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SP (Standard Play) — Good audio and video quality
with most video sources.
■
LP (Long Play) — Fits approximately twice as much
video onto a DVD as HQ. Not recommended when
the original video is low quality or noisy.
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EP (Extended Play) — Fits the most video onto a
DVD, but video quality is low. Not recommended
unless the original video is very good quality.
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Fit-to-DVD — As you add more content to the
project, MyDVD reduces the project quality
automatically to fit the selected disc size. Fit-to-DVD is
the default setting for new projects.
DVD Recording Time
The following table lists the approximate DVD-Video
recording time for different disc sizes at different video
quality settings (your DVD recorder may not support all
these disc sizes).
Estimated time per disc size
Video quality
Audio format
HQ
Dolby Digital
130 min.
70 min.
40 min.
20 min.
PCM
110 min.
60 min.
30 min.
15 min.
Dolby Digital
210 min.
120 min.
65 min.
35 min.
PCM
160 min.
95 min.
50 min.
25 min.
Dolby Digital
310 min.
180 min.
100 min.
50 min.
PCM
215 min.
125 min.
65 min.
35 min.
Dolby Digital
415 min.
240 min.
130 min.
70 min.
PCM
265 min.
150 min.
85 min.
45 min.
LP
EP
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The video quality depends on your HP Digital
Entertainment Center’s speed and graphics
processing abilities. Some PCs may be unable to
capture video at the HQ setting.
n
Dolby Digital encoding is available only with
the Deluxe version of Sonic MyDVD.
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4.7 GB
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2.6 GB
1.4 GB
Your version of MyDVD may not support Dolby
Digital audio. See the online Help for details.
n
VCDs have a fixed bit rate that delivers one
quality level. You can fit approximately one
hour of video on a VCD (the recording time is
reduced if you use animated menu buttons or
backgrounds).
These are estimated recording times. The maximum
duration is reduced if you use animated menu
buttons or backgrounds.
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(Select models only)
Creating personalized and professional-looking video movies is simple with muvee autoProducer, a software
program on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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 (only from the
desktop muvee autoProducer version).
2 Add videos and pictures: Select video and
picture files from your HP Digital Entertainment
Center 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 HP Digital
Entertainment Center to add to your movie
soundtrack.
You can use these music file types in your movie
project:
File extension
File type
.aac
Advanced audio coding
.mp3
MPEG Layer 3
.m4a
MPEG-4 audio layer
.wav
Windows audio
.wma
Windows Media audio
File extension
File type
.dv
Digital video
.avi
Audio Video Interleaved
.mpeg-1
Motion Picture Experts Group
video playback
.mpeg-2
Motion Picture Experts Group DVD
video playback
5 Add captions: Personalize your movie with
.mpeg-4
High-quality video format (for Web
streaming, wireless devices, etc.)
6 Make the movie: Automatically analyze the
.mov
QuickTime movie
.wmv
Windows Movie Video (only in the
desktop version of muvee
autoProducer)
.asf
Advanced Streaming Format
.jpg, .jpeg
Joint Photographic Experts Group,
still image
.gif
Graphics Interchange Format, still
image
.bmp
Bitmap, still image
4 Select a style: Apply a movie style editing
template for different effects and picture transitions in
your movie.
opening titles and closing credits.
videos, pictures, music, movie style, and captions
you added to your movie and save your movie to
your hard disk drive, a CD, or a DVD.
7 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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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 then
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 101.
Or
Media Center
Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control, or, with your trackball, 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 109.
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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,
4 Open a project by selecting, from the File menu,
either New Project or Open Project.
5 Select one of the button options:
muvee autoProducer, and then muvee
autoProducer to open muvee autoProducer.
Button
Allows you to
See
Get Video from
Camera
Open the muvee Video Capture window to capture
(copy) live video or recorded video.
“Capturing video from a DV
camcorder” on page 102.
Add Video
Open the Add Video window to add existing video files
to your project.
“Adding videos” on page 104.
Add Pictures
Open the Add Pictures window to add existing still image
files to your project.
“Adding pictures” on page 105.
Add Music
Open the Add Music window to add existing music files
to your project.
“Adding music” on page 105.
Select Style
Open the Select Style window to select an editing
template for your movie.
“Selecting the style” on
page 106.
Change Settings
Open the muvee Settings window to adjust audio and
video production settings for your movie.
“Changing the settings” on
page 106.
Title/Credits
Open the muvee Title and Credits window to type an
opening title and closing credits for your movie.
“Adding an opening title and
closing credits” on page 107.
Make
muvee
Open the Make muvee window to automatically create
and preview the movie.
“Making the movie” on
page 107.
Save muvee
Open the Save muvee window to save the finished movie
to the hard disk drive in WMV or MPEG formats.
“Saving the movie project” on
page 108.
Burn to Disc
Open the muvee Burner window to record the finished
movie in DVD, VCD, or SVCD formats.
“Recording the movie project to
disc” on page 108.
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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 103.
Or
■
Recorded (known as VCR mode) using a recorded
tape in your DV camcorder. See “Capturing
recorded video from a DV camcorder” on
page 103.
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 the 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.
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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 HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
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.
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 (copy) camcorder recorded video to your hard
disk drive:
1 Connect your DV camcorder to the FireWire
(IEEE 1394) port on your HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
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
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.
video footage you want to use in your movie project.
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Capturing live video from a DV camcorder
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.
c
Use the magicMoment controls to mark video
scenes to include and exclude:
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.
■
Click and hold down the green thumbsup button to mark scenes that must be
included in the movie.
■
Click and hold down the red thumbsdown 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.
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.
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.
d Click OK when you finish marking scenes. The
window closes. Note that the video clip is
marked on the lower-left side.
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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:
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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.
Adding music
To add music files to your movie production sound track
on the desktop:
1 Select the Add Music button in the music
area. The Add Music window opens.
2 Browse the folders, as required.
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.
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.
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Adding pictures
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 widescreen 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
■
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.
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.
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.
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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 sound track.
5 Click OK when you are finished adjusting the
settings for your movie project.
Or
Click Cancel to not change any settings.
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.
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 professional-looking 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.
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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.
You can save the movie to a file on your hard disk drive
or create a VCD or DVD disc.
1 Click the Save muvee button. The Save
muvee window opens.
2 Choose the movie file type to save to your hard disk
drive:
3 Click the Save button.
4 Enter a name for the output movie. Select a folder on
your hard disk drive, as required. The movie is
saved.
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Computer Playback
5 You can watch the preview as it saves.
■
E-mail
6 Click the Save button.
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DV (camcorder)
■
DVD
■
VCD (video CD)
■
SVCD
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Web Streaming
7 Click Yes to preview the movie file in Windows
Media Player.
Click the Change Settings button to change the
video and audio settings of the movie file type as
required (advanced users only).
Recording the movie project to disc
To create a DVD, VCD, or SVCD disc:
1 Click the Burn to Disc button. The muvee
Burner window opens.
2 Type the disc title.
3 Select the video(s) to burn to the disc.
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Select the order of the chapters.
■
Add or delete videos, as required.
4 Select the disc menu theme from the drop-down list.
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5 Select the CD or DVD recording drive.
6 Select type of disc you want to burn: DVD, VCD,
or SVCD.
7 Click Burn Now to begin burning your movie to
disc. To save the current settings for future, click
Burn Later.
8 Click OK when the recording is complete. Close the
muvee Burner window.
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 will reload 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
Allows you to
See
Select Video
Browse video folders and add existing video files to
your video production.
“Selecting videos” on page 110.
Select Pictures
Browse picture folders and add existing image files
to your video production.
“Selecting pictures” on page 110.
Select Music
Browse music folders and add existing audio files
to your video production soundtrack.
“Selecting music” on page 111.
Select Style
Browse the style list and select an editing template
for your movie production.
“Setting the style” on page 111.
Settings
Adjust audio and production settings for your movie
production.
“Adjusting audio and video
settings” on page 112.
Make muvee
Begin media analysis and construct your movie
production.
“Making the movie” on page 112.
4 When you have completed a task:
■
Select Next to open the next 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 101.
Or
■
Select Back to Main to open another button
option.
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in Media Center
Selecting videos
To add video files to your movie production:
1 Select the Select Video button to browse through
video folders on your HP Digital Entertainment
Center for video files to use in your movie
production.
2 Select a folder with pictures in it, using the arrow
buttons on the remote control:
■
Select the My Videos button to access the My
Videos folder and subfolders.
Or
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3 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.
4 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.
5 Click Next to confirm your video selection and
Select the Shared Video button to access the
Shared videos folder and subfolders.
proceed to the next step.
Or
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Select the folder with the green up arrow to
browse folders.
Selecting pictures
To add still image files to your movie production:
1 Select the Select Pictures button to browse through
picture folders on your HP Digital Entertainment
Center for video files to use in your movie
production.
2 Select a folder with pictures in it using the arrow
buttons on the remote control:
■
Select the My Pictures button to access the My
Pictures folder and subfolders.
Or
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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.
4 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.
5 Click Next to confirm your picture selection and
Select the Shared Pictures button to access the
Shared Pictures folder and subfolders.
Or
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3 Navigate using the arrow buttons, and press OK on
Select the folder with the green up arrow to
browse folders.
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proceed to the next step.
To add music to your movie sound track:
1 Select the Select Music button to browse through
folders on your HP Digital Entertainment Center for
music files to use in your movie production.
2 Select a folder with music in it, using the arrow
buttons on the remote control:
■
Select the My Music button to access the
My Music folder and subfolders.
Or
■
Select the Shared Music button to access the
Shared music folder and subfolders.
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.
Or
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Select the folder with the green up arrow to
browse folders.
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 list, based on the description
of the style displayed.
3 Click Next to confirm your style selection and
proceed to the next step.
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Selecting music
Adjusting audio and video settings
You can adjust audio and video production settings for
your movie:
1 Select the Settings button.
2 Select Audio to adjust the sound mix level of the
music and original sound track and check music clip
preferences.
3 Select Production to check production preference
settings:
■
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 be
repeated 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 be repeated
check box to repeat music for the duration of the
video clips.
■
Place a check in the Keep video and
pictures in sequence check box to maintain
the selected sequence.
4 Click Next to confirm your settings and proceed to
the next step.
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.
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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.
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.
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: .mpeg-2 or Windows
Media Format (.wmf).
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.
You can revise and preview the movie as often as
you want to experiment with different styles and the
content of the movie.
Upgrading muvee autoProducer
You can purchase an upgraded version of muvee
autoProducer with the following enhancements:
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MPEG-4 and DivX video format support
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TIFF audio format support
■
Ability to include up to 75 video and audio clips
in your movie production
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Using an HP Personal
Media Drive
Your HP Personal Media Drive is included with some
HP Digital Entertainment Center models, and it is sold
separately. It can be used as an internal or external USB
hard disk drive designed to quickly and easily increase
your storage capacity and to transfer media files such
as digital photos, music, videos, and other important
files from one PC to another. You can also use the
HP Personal Media Drive to back up other drives on
your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Your HP Personal Media drive is designed to:
Work with the HP Digital Entertainment Center and
other PCs that have a USB port.
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Store large media files and personal files.
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Transfer files between PCs.
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Play media files.
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Back up your files.
n
Your HP Personal Media Drive is included
with some HP Digital Entertainment Center
models and it is sold separately.
For more information about using your HP Personal
Media Drive with Media Center, refer to the
documentation on the HP Support Web site at:
http://www.hp.com/support
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Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive
to Work with Media Center
When you complete this setup procedure, you are able to
easily access content — such as music, photos, videos,
and recorded TV programs — from customized folders on
your HP Personal Media Drive.
Once you complete the HP PMD (Personal Media Drive)
setup wizard, you can drag and drop your music, video,
pictures, and recorded TV files from your primary hard
disk drive to personalized folders in your HP Personal
Media Drive for backup or storage. You can also use
your remote control to access these files from within
Media Center.
1 Press the Media Center Start button
on the
remote control.
2 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select
More Programs, and then press OK on the remote
control.
3 Select HP Settings.
4 Select HP Media Drive, and then press OK on the
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The HP PMD setup wizard in More Programs
allows you to set up folders so that you can
more easily access your media files with
Media Center.
remote control.
5 Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the setup
wizard.
6 Restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Locating the Drive After Installation
After you install your HP Personal Media Drive into the
HP Digital Entertainment Center, you can find the drive in
My Computer. The HP Digital Entertainment Center
automatically assigns a drive letter which may change
unless you assign a drive letter. See “Assigning a Drive
Letter to the HP Personal Media Drive” on page 117.
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1 Click Start on the taskbar.
2 Click My Computer.
3 Select your drive under Hard Disk Drives. The default
name is HP Personal Media Drive.
Assigning a Drive Letter to the
HP Personal Media Drive
You can permanently assign a drive letter to avoid the
letter changing when you connect and disconnect this
drive and other devices. Also, it is easier for a software
program to locate files on your HP Personal Media Drive
if a drive letter is assigned. Some programs may not be
able to find files if the drive changes letters every time you
connect it.
To assign a drive letter:
2 Right-click My Computer.
6 Click Change and select a letter, and then apply the
changes by clicking OK.
3 Select Manage, and then click Disk
Management.
4 Right-click HP Personal Media Drive.
5 Select Change Drive Letter and Paths.
HP recommends that you pick the drive letter Z.
n
To avoid multiple hard disk drives using the
same drive letter when connecting and
removing the drives, assign the letter Z.
Viewing and Storing Files
The recommended way to transfer files to your
HP Personal Media Drive is to drag them from your local
hard disk drive to your HP Personal Media Drive.
If you want the files that are stored on your HP Personal
Media Drive to appear in Media Center, you must drag
them to the correct media folders, such as My Personal
Videos and My Personal Pictures on your HP Personal
Media Drive. These media folders appear after you
complete the PMD setup wizard. See “Setting Up the
HP Personal Media Drive to Work with Media Center”
on page 116.
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1 Click Start.
Playing Media Files
You can play all kinds of media from an HP Personal
Media Drive:
1 Click Start on the taskbar.
2 Click My Computer.
3 Double-click the HP Personal Media Drive icon
to locate your media file.
4 Double-click the file. Most media files open in
Windows Media Player.
Playing Music Files
You can play all kinds of music stored on the HP Personal
Media Drive. If you want the music files that are stored on
your HP Personal Media Drive to appear in the Media
Center My Music window, you must complete the PMD
wizard in the More Programs area of Media Center. See
“Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to Work with
Media Center” on page 116.
Viewing Picture Files
You can view your pictures stored on an HP Personal
Media Drive. If you want the picture files that are stored
on your HP Personal Media Drive to appear in the Media
Center My Pictures window, you must complete the PMD
wizard in the More Programs area of Media Center.
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When you disconnect the drive, your music files may still
appear in the Windows Media Player Library and Media
Center My Music window. To refresh your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, open and close Windows Media
Player or Media Center. If that doesn’t work, restart the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Playing Video Files
You can view your videos stored on an HP Personal
Media Drive. If you want the video files that are stored on
your HP Personal Media Drive to appear in the Media
Center My Videos window, you must complete the PMD
wizard in the More Programs area of Media Center. See
“Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to Work with
Media Center” on page 116.
About Recording TV to Your HP Personal
Media Drive
The HP Digital Entertainment Center was set up to record
TV shows to your local hard disk drive when using Media
Center. It is possible to change the recording pathway to
an HP Personal Media Drive, but several errors can occur
if the drive is unexpectedly or improperly removed.
It is recommended that you record TV shows to your local
hard disk drive and then copy the files over to your
HP Personal Media Drive.
If you decide to change your recording path to the
HP Personal Media Drive, consider the following:
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The TV recording path does not default back to your
local hard disk drive after the HP Personal Media
drive is disconnected. This means scheduled
recordings may not be recorded. The recording error
Low Disk Space may occur, and then your program
will not be recorded. See “Changing Disk
Allocation” on page 123 for more information about
fixing this error.
■
When the drive is disconnected, the disk allocation
for Recorded TV shows reverts to 10%, and your
recorded programs can be lost if you have selected
the Keep until space is needed setting in My TV.
See “Changing Disk Allocation” on page 123 for
more information about changing the allocation.
■
If you disconnect the drive while live TV is active, a
video error can occur.
■
Recorded TV shows are not updated in Media Center
when the drive is removed.
■
The drive may be assigned a different drive letter
which prevents Media Center from recognizing the
recording path or the stored Recorded TV files.
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When you disconnect the drive, your video files may still
appear in the Media Center My Videos window. To
refresh your HP Digital Entertainment Center, open and
close Media Center.
When you set the TV recording pathway to your
HP Personal Media Drive, Media Center stores the
recording buffer data for pausing live TV on your drive.
This means that if live TV is playing, you won’t be able to
remove the drive safely.
■
To avoid this scenario, change the recording pathway
back to your local hard disk drive, and then restart the
HP Digital Entertainment Center before disconnecting the
HP Personal Media Drive.
HP recommends that you record TV
programs directly to your local hard disk
drive and then transfer the programs to the
HP Personal Media Drive.
■
If you have problems recording after you
have changed the recording pathway, close
Media Center and then open it, and then
restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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Watching TV Programs Stored on the
HP Personal Media Drive
To play back recorded TV files stored on your HP Personal
Media Drive, you must:
1 Connect your HP Personal Media Drive to the
HP Digital Entertainment Center with the power
turned off.
2 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center and
open Media Center.
3 Click Settings, TV, Recorder, Recorder
storage.
4 Under Record on drive select your HP Personal
Media Drive, select Save, and then select Yes.
A Recorded TV folder is created and placed in
your HP Personal Media Drive. Recorded TV shows
must be placed in this folder to access them with
Media Center.
5 Under Record on drive, select your local hard disk
drive, select Save, and then select Yes.
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6 Move or copy your recorded TV programs to the
Recorded TV folder on your HP Personal Media
Drive. Now you can view your stored TV programs
in Media Center, or you can double-click the file and
view the show in Windows Media Player.
7 Close Media Center before disconnecting the drive.
When you connect your drive, stored TV files appear a
few seconds after you open Media Center.
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You need to close Media Center before
removing or before connecting your
HP Personal Media Drive for the stored TV
files to update properly.
Recording TV programs to Your HP Personal Media Drive
Media Drive. See “Changing the TV recording path
to the HP Personal Media Drive” on page 121.
2 Open Media Center.
3 Record TV programs. See “Recording TV from the
Guide” on page 34. Your programs are recorded to
your HP Personal Media Drive.
4 Before disconnecting the drive:
■
Make sure there are no scheduled recordings or
recordings in progress to avoid losing data.
■
Change the recording pathway back to your
local hard disk drive. See “Changing the TV
recording path to the local hard disk drive” on
page 122.
5 Close Media Center.
6 Restart your HP Digital Entertainment Center. You
must perform this last step, or errors can result when
recording to your drive.
7 Disconnect your HP Personal Media Drive safely. See
“Disconnecting the HP Personal Media Drive Safely”
on page 122.
Using an HP Personal
Media Drive
1 Change your recording pathway to your HP Personal
Changing the TV recording path to the
HP Personal Media Drive
If you decide to change your recording path to record
directly to your HP Personal Media Drive, Media Center
creates a Recorded TV folder on your drive:
1 Assign a drive letter to your HP Personal Media
Drive. See “Assigning a Drive Letter to the
HP Personal Media Drive” on page 117.
2 Open Media Center.
3 Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then
6 Close Media Center.
7 Restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
To change the TV recording path back to your local hard
disk drive, follow this procedure and select your hard disk
drive in step 4.
Recorder storage.
4 Under Record on Drive, select (+) to select the
HP Personal Media Drive. You can also set the
disk allocation and recording quality settings in this
window.
HP recommends that you know the drive letter
assigned and the storage amount of your
HP Personal Media Drive.
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HP recommends that you record TV programs
directly to your local hard disk drive and then
transfer your recorded programs to the
HP Personal Media Drive, if desired.
5 Click Save, and then click Yes.
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Changing the TV recording path to the local hard disk drive
To change the Media Center TV recording path to your
local hard disk drive:
1 Open Media Center.
3 Select your local hard disk drive (C:).
2 Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then
4 Click Save, and then click Yes.
Recorder storage. You can also set the disk
allocation and recording quality settings in this
window.
5 Close Media Center.
6 Restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Disconnecting the HP Personal Media Drive
Safely
You can safely remove the drive when it is not active.
When the amber activity light is blinking, the drive is
active, saving or transferring data. Removing the drive
while the light is blinking may cause data loss or
damaged files.
To disconnect your HP Personal Drive safely:
1 Close Media Center and all other programs that may
be accessing your HP Personal Media Drive. Make
sure the activity LED is off.
2 Double-click the Safely Remove
Hardware icon in the system tray at the
bottom of the desktop. If this icon is hidden,
click the arrows on the taskbar to display it. The
Safely Remove Hardware window opens.
3 Double-click USB Mass Storage Device to locate
your HP Personal Media Drive. USB Mass Storage
Device may be listed twice. One may contain a
memory card reader or other mass storage drives.
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4 Select your device that is labeled HP Personal Media
Drive, and then click OK. The name of the drive may
appear as Generic Volume followed by the assigned
drive letter. A Safe to Remove Hardware message
appears in the system tray at the bottom of your
desktop letting you know that your drive is safe to
disconnect.
5 Click Close.
6 Disconnect the drive from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
Changing Disk Allocation
If you experience a Low Disk Space error message, and
you want to change the disk allocation to a higher
percentage for your HP Personal Media Drive:
1 Open Media Center.
2 Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then select
3 Change the disk allocation percentage setting by
selecting the (+) or (–) option.
Updating Recorded TV List After Removing
Your HP Personal Media Drive
If you want to update your Recorded TV list after
removing the drive:
1 Close Media Center.
2 Open Media Center.
3 If this does not update the files, restart the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
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Recorder storage.
System Requirements to View Recorded
TV Programs on Other PCs
To play back recorded TV files (.dvr-ms files) that were
recorded on your HP Digital Entertainment Center on
another Media Center PC, the PC must have the following
items installed:
■
Windows XP operating system
■
Windows XP Service Pack 1
■
Windows Media Player 9 or later
■
Software to play DVDs
■
The audio and video codec file allows Windows
Media Player to play recorded TV programs (.dvr-ms
files). You can find this file in Windows Update. Click
Start, choose All Programs, and then click
Windows Update. You can also go to the
Windows Web site and search for this code file
(Q810243).
If you want more information about this file you can go to
the Microsoft Web site at:
http://www.microsoft.com
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A
C
adding
CD tracks to the music library 42
music files to the music library
from the hard disk drive 41
appending discs 76
archive files 79
camcorder capture 102
capturing video
in video projects 91
requirements 89
CDs
archive files 79
burning tips
audio discs 72
data discs 76
compressed 74
copying 78
creating a music CD in My Music 48
data 77
erasing rewritable 70
image files 80
jukebox 74
playing in My Music 45
verifying data integrity 72, 75
compressed CDs 74
copying CDs and DVDs 78
copying pictures to CD 58
creating
CDs 70, 80
compressed CDs 74
data CDs and DVDs 77
DVDs 80, 94
image files 80
jukebox CDs 74
music CDs 74
Music Library 41
VCDs 94
B
bit rate
DVDs 96
burning
CDs
archive files 79
copying 78
data files 77
image files 80
jukebox 74
tips about 72
verifying no errors 72, 75
data discs 72, 75
DVDs
archive files 79
bit rate 96
Fit-to-DVD setting 96
image files 80
overview 94
quality settings 96
verifying no errors 72, 75
video quality 96
labels, LightScribe 81
multiple sessions
recording CDs and DVDs 75
tips, data discs 76
VCDs 94
video projects to disc 94
burning CDs and DVDs 70
buttons
remote control 16
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Index
Index
125
D
data
burning in multiple sessions 75
CDs and DVDs 77
files
archiving 79
burning tips 76
verifying integrity 76
data disc, creating 87
desktop
switching from Media Center 5
DigitalMedia Home
adding files, adding files, video projects 91
Direct-to-Disc wizard (MyDVD) 90, 95
disc labels 82
discs
drive compatibility 83
erasing rewritable 70
features and compatibility 84
driver updates, LightScribe 81
DV camcorder capture 102
DVD movies
changing
audio settings 64
language 64
creating 108
playing
in Media Center 63
DVD playback
HP DVD Play 87
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DVDs
archive files 79
burning to disc 94
copying 78
data 77
data discs, burning tips 76
erasing rewritable 70
image files 80
quality settings 94
recording time 97
supported formats 93
verifying data integrity 72, 75
E
editing
video files (MyDVD) 93
editing pictures 55
erasing rewritable discs 70
error message 10
Channel information is currently not available 25
Download Incomplete 25
Image cannot be displayed 54
Low Disk Space 119, 123
No data available 25
Search in My TV is unavailable because there is no
Guide information 25
The current lineup and/or location selected for the
Guide is not supported 25
The Guide information is either missing or corrupt 25
errors
reducing recording speed 72
verifying data integrity of data discs 72, 75
F
I
file type
.aac 99
.asf 99
.avi 99
.bmp 99
.dv 99
.gif 99
.jpg 99
.m4a 99
.mov 99
.mp3 99
.mpeg-1 99
.mpeg-2 99
.mpeg-4 99
.mpeg4 113
.svcd 108
.tiff 113
.wav 99
.wma 99
.wmv 99
files
adding to partially recorded discs 76
archive 79
image 80
verification of data 76
verify integrity of backups 76
FireWire 103
Fit-to-DVD setting (MyDVD) 96
image files 79, 80
Guide, see Television Program Guide
H
HP DVD Play, features 87
HP Personal Media Drive 115
jukebox CDs 74
L
labeling discs
with LightScribe 81
LightScribe
compatible media 81
disc labeling 81
driver updates 81
requirements 81
M
Media Center
navigating 5
playing DVDs 63
resizing window 5
Start menu 9
toolbars 5
using muvee autoProducer unPlugged 109
using with another program open 5
viewing your pictures 52
Media Center, what you can do
in My Music 39
in My Pictures 49
in My TV 19
in My Videos 59
memory card reader 49
movie discs, creating 87
movie-making programs 89
music
creating CD tips 72
music disc, creating 87
music library
adding CD tracks 42
creating 41
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Index
G
J
127
muvee autoProducer 99
adding a title and credits 101
adding music 101
adding pictures 101, 105
adding still image files 110
adding video 101, 104
adjusting audio and video settings 112
adjusting production settings 112
allowing music to repeat 106
allowing video and pictures to repeat 106
basic steps to create a movie 99
burning a movie to disc 101
changing settings 106
getting started 101
getting video from a camera 101
keeping video and pictures in sequence 112
making a movie 107, 112
opening the desktop version 100
opening the Media Center version 100
previewing a movie 101, 107, 113
rotating images clockwise 105
saving movie 101, 108
selecting style 101, 106
setting the duration of video 106, 113
setting the style 111
upgrading 113
using muvee in Media Center 109
using settings 112
using the magicMoments feature 104
My Music 39, 111
copying music to CD 48
creating a queue list 46
deleting music from the My Music library 42
finding and playing an album 46
playing a song 45
playing an album 45, 46
playing music 44
playing songs chosen randomly by Media Center 45
supported file types 43
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My Pictures 49, 110
editing pictures 55
printing pictures 55
rotating pictures 56
turning captions on or off 52
types of files it can display 54
viewing a slide show with music 53
viewing pictures 52
viewing pictures as a slide show 53
My TV 19
advanced recording options 34
icons 33
manually downloading the Guide 27, 28, 29, 30
play recorded TV programs 38
recording TV from the Guide 34
recording TV manually 34
recording TV programs 33
searching for TV programs 30
sorting shows 38
Television Program Guide errors 25
time shifting 22
using the remote control 22
watching TV programs 21
My Videos 59
organizing and storing videos 60
playing digital videos 60
sorting videos 61, 62
MyDVD see: Sonic MyDVD
O
online Help
Sonic recording programs 92
optical drive quick reference 85
P
pictures
copying to CDs and DVDs 58
editing 55
printing 55
rotating 56
Q
quality settings, recording DVDs 94
queue list
creating in My Music 46
Quick Resume mode
enabling 7
R
radio
organizing pre-set stations 67
Radio window
organizing pre-set radio stations 67
recording radio programs 67
recorded TV 38
recording
CDs, VCDs, and DVDs, see burning
DVDs 89, 99
options in My TV 34
radio programs 67
time
DVDs 97
for each disc size 97
TV shows 33
how to stop recording 33
recording TV from the Guide 34
recording TV shows
making sure a show is being recorded 33
manually 34
single shows or series, canceling 33
using the Guide 34
when two scheduled for same time 34
remote control
buttons 16
using in My TV 23
rewritable discs, erasing 70
rotating pictures 56
S
searching for programs 30
settings
background color 11
calibration settings 11
for phone call notification 11
for sound 11
general 11
Internet connections 11
parental controls 11
remote control and remote sensor 11
Shared Video folder 59
slide show
displaying information about pictures 53
viewing pictures 53
viewing with music 53
slideshows in MyDVD 92
software programs
HP Play DVD Player 87
movie making 89
muvee autoProducer 89
Sonic DigitalMedia Home 89
Sonic MyDVD 89
Windows Movie Maker 89
Windows Movie Maker 2.0 87
Sonic DigitalMedia Home features 87
Index
playing
digital music files 44
digital videos 60
DVDs in Media Center 63
music CDs in Media Center 44
songs in My Music 45
playing song
Buy Music option 46
Visualize option 46
playlist
creating in My Music 47
production settings, muvee 112
Program Guide, see Television Program Guide
Index
129
Sonic MyDVD 89
default verify data setting 72, 75
Direct-to-Disc wizard 90, 95
editing video files 93
erasing discs 70
online Help 92
verifying data feature 75
video
projects 90
quality 96
settings (quality) 97
Sonic MyDVD Plus features 87
sorting TV shows
by category 38
by date 38
by name 38
Start menu
Media Center 3
storing data files 76
submenus in video projects 92
supported
DVD formats 93
T
Television Program Guide
filter categories 26
no data available 25
recording TV programs 34
searching for TV programs 30
setting up a download method 27
using the More information button 26
viewing 26
130
HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide
troubleshooting
image not displayed in My Pictures 54
radio reception 66
unable to get correct Television Program Guide 10
TV
searching for shows by category 32
time shifting 22
using digital video recorder while watching 22
watching 20
TV shows
copying to CDs or DVDs 89, 99
U
updates, LightScribe drivers 81
user interfaces 90
V
verify copied data setting 76
video
capturing 89, 91, 95
DVD recording times 97
editing
files (MyDVD) 93
projects
background music 93
burning to disc 94
button styles 93
capture length 91
capturing video 91
chapter points 91
custom styles 93
Direct-to-Disc wizard 95
W
Windows Media Player
setting as default player 43
types of files 43
Windows Movie Maker 2.0, features 87
Index
editing 93
files (adding) 91
MyDVD 90
scene detection 91
searching for scenes 93
slideshows 92
submenus 92
text formatting 93
transition effects 93
user interfaces 90
quality settings (MyDVD) 97
supported DVD formats 93
video capture
live 102, 103
recorded video 102
video editing
getting started with muvee autoProducer 101
video movies
recording movie to disc 108
sorting 61, 62
Index
131
Part Number: 5991-6291
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