Video Recordable DVD Drive

Video Recordable DVD Drive
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2-514-544-12 (1)
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Video Recordable
DVD Drive
Operating Instructions
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VRD-VC20
© 2004 Sony Corporation
Safety
Regulations
WARNING
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
this equipment.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose
the unit to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the
cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel
only.
CAUTION:
As the laser beam in the VRD-VC20 is harmful
to the eyes, do not attempt to disassemble the
cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel
only.
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard.
The use of controls or adjustments or
performance of procedures other than those
specified herein may result in hazardous
radiation exposure.
The VRD-VC20 is classified as a CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT.
The CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT label is
located on the enclosure.
Bei diesem VRD-VC20 handelt es sich um ein
Laser-Produkt der Klasse 1.
Das Etikett mit der Aufschrift LASER
KLASSE 1 PRODUKT befindet sich auf dem
Gehäuse.
CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT
LASER KLASSE 1
PRODUKT
LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE
KLASS 1 LASER APPARAT
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FCC Compliance:
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used
in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning
the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/
TV technician for help.
The shielded interface cable recommended in
this manual must be used with this equipment
in order to comply with the limits for a digital
device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC
Rules.
Notes:
If you have any questions about this product,
you may call the telephone number listed on
the “Support overview” on page 50. The
telephone number below is not for customer
service but only for official purpose.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
SONY
Model No.:
VRD-VC20
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address:
16450 W.Bernardo Dr.,
San Diego, CA 92127
U.S.A.
Telephone No.:
858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
(2) This device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
CAUTION
The mains plug on this equipment must be used to disconnect mains power.
Please ensure that the socket outlet is installed near the equipment and shall be easily
Accessible.
Achtung
Zur Trennung vom Netz ist der Netzsecker aus der Steckdose zu ziehen, welche sich in der
Nähe des Gerätes befinden muß und leicht zugänglich sein soll.
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Table of Contents
Safety Regulations .......................... 2
Stop timer recording ................29
Auto source selection ..............30
Introduction
Features ........................................... 7
Stand-alone operation ............... 7
Computer-controlled
operation ................................... 7
Others ........................................ 7
Unpacking ....................................... 8
Parts and controls ........................... 9
System requirements .................... 11
Stand-alone Operation
- Using the Drive as a DVD
Recorder
Creating DVDs ............................. 12
Discs that can be used ............. 12
Recording procedure ............... 12
Recording mode ...................... 13
Recording methods ................. 13
About titles and chapters on
a disc ....................................... 14
Synchronized recording
— i.LINK (DV) cable connection 15
Synchronized recording
— AV cable connection ............... 18
Manual recording .......................... 22
Additional operations ................... 25
Selecting a recording mode ..... 25
Selecting a chapter interval ..... 25
Creating titles manually .......... 25
Selecting automatic playback
mode ........................................ 26
Finalizing a Disc ..................... 27
Erasing a Disc ......................... 28
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Using the Drive as an
External DVD Drive
Connecting the drive to
a computer .....................................31
Procedure for using the drive
as an external drive ..................31
Connecting the drive to
a computer ...............................32
Installing the USB driver .........33
Disconnection ..........................37
Installing the software .............37
About software ..............................38
Notes on using other software
with the drive ...........................39
Maximizing performance .............40
Reaching the highest possible
data transfer rate ......................40
Updating the firmware ............40
Using 48x read/write speed
for CDs ....................................40
Discs
Compatible discs ...........................41
Recommended discs ................43
Features of writable discs ..............44
Precautions on writing/playing
discs ...............................................47
Additional Information
Precautions ....................................49
Support overview ..........................50
User support web site ..............50
Update the drive firmware ......50
Technical support ....................50
Specifications ................................51
Troubleshooting ............................53
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•
is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
• Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
• Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
• Other system and product names used herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of their
respective manufacturers, although the ™ and ® marks are not used in the text.
• Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
❑ Our product warranty is valid only when the supplied accessories (including software)
are used in the specified or recommended system environment, in accordance with the
documentation, and applies only to this drive. Our customer service and user support
apply only under these product warranty conditions.
❑ Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for failure of the computer or other
devices, incompatibility with special hardware, operating problems caused by improper
installation of software, loss of data, discs or other accidental or incidental damage that
might occur when using this product.
❑ The guarantee and user support for this product are valid only within the countries or
sales regions specified on the warranty card.
❑ Copyright laws prohibit the copying in part or in full of the supplied software and
documentation, or loaning the software, without obtaining permission of the copyright
holder.
❑ We cannot accept responsibility for any direct or indirect financial damage or loss of
profit that might occur when using the supplied software.
❑ The supplied software can only be used with this product.
❑ Specifications of the supplied software may be changed without notice in the interest of
product improvement.
Please Record Responsibly
Before copying anything onto a disc, please be sure that you are not violating copyright
laws. Most software companies allow you to make a backup or archive copy of software.
Check your software’s license agreement for details.
Copyrights
• Television programs, films, video tapes, discs, and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such material may be contrary to the provisions of the
copyright laws. Also, use of this product with cable television transmission may require
authorization from the cable television transmitter and/or program owner.
• This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by U.S.
patents and other intellectual property rights. Use of this copyright protection
technology must be authorized by Macrovision, and is intended for home and other
limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision. Reverse
engineering or disassembly is prohibited.
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B Introduction
Features
Stand-alone operation
You can use this drive as a stand-alone DVD
recorder to record videos on Recordable/
Rewritable DVDs directly from connected
video cameras and AV devices.
❑ Synchronized recording allows the drive
to record videos automatically.
• DV connection allows the digital
camera operates automatically,
synchronized with the operations
carried out on this drive.
• AV connection allows the drive to
record videos automatically,
synchronized with the operations
carried out on the connected video
device.
❑ You can create titles or chapters either
automatically or manually.
Introduction
This drive offers the following features.
Computer-controlled
operation
❑ A video recordable DVD drive with
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0-compliant)
interfaces for computers, DV and analog
audio/video input terminals for video
devices.
❑ The drive can write to seven types of
disc, including a DVD+R Double Layer
disc.
❑ The drive can write at a maximum speed
of 16x when using high speed DVD+R
or DVD-R discs.
❑ Adopts the
technology to prevent buffer underrun
errors.
Others
❑ Hardware MPEG encoder captures
video signals.
❑ The drive can be placed vertically or
horizontally.
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Unpacking
Please confirm that the package contains the
following items. If any of these items appear
to be missing and/or damaged, please
contact your dealer.
• Power cord
• Drive
• AC adaptor (MPA-AC1)
• Hi-Speed USB cable × 1
• Quick Start Guide
• Operating instructions
(this document)
• Nero Quick Start Guide
• Software disc
• Warranty card
Note
Make sure that you back up the supplied software
disc on another disc because the software disc is
not distributed separately.
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Parts and controls
The blue LCD backlight goes out
automaticaly when:
• 5 minutes have passed without any
operation during the stand-alone
operation.
• 1 minute has passed after the cable
connection during the computercontrolled operation.
Note
The LCD backlight turns on again when any key
is pressed in stand-alone operation, however, it
remains off in the computer-controlled operation.
The LCD backlight turns on when the USB cable
is disconnected (stand-alone operation mode).
D TIME button
Displays time passed or time remaining.
E SYNC (synchronize) button
A Disc tray
Activates the synchronized recording.
Insert discs here, label side to the left.
Hint
F INPUT SELECT button
Selects an input signal to be recorded.
When you insert a disc into the drive, make
sure that you set the disc inside the two lower
pins. When using the drive horizontally,
make sure that it is under the four pins.
G REC MODE button
Selects a recording mode.
H SELECT button
Selects the mode of the function.
I Busy indicator
Pins
Pins
B Eject button
Opens and closes the disc tray.
Indicates the drive status.
Lit (green)
• The power is on.
Blinking (greenish orange)
• The drive is accessing the disc, such as
reading, playing or writing.
Off
• The power is off.
J FUNCTION/ENTER button
Selects a function to be operated.
K REC (record) button
Starts recording videos.
. Continued
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Introduction
C Display window
Front Panel
L PAUSE button
Rear Panel
Pauses recording.
M STOP button
Stops recording.
Display Window
The display window works only when the
drive is used as the stand-alone DVD
recorder (p. 12), and indicates the following:
A Power switch
Turns the drive on or off.
B USB connector
A Input signal (
p. 15, 18, 22)
C DV IN connector (4-pin)
B Video signal indicator
(
p. 15, 18, 22)
C Recording mode (
Connect a USB cable when connecting
the drive to a computer.
p. 25)
D Time display (time passed or
time remaining)
(
p. 17, 21, 24)
E Status and warning messages
(
p. 53)
F Synchronized recording
(
p. 15, 18)
Connect an i.LINK cable (not supplied)
when connecting a digital video
camera* to the drive.
* For DV/Digital8 camcorder input only.
D S VIDEO IN connector
Connect an S VIDEO cable (not
supplied) when connecting the drive to a
video device such as a video camera or
VCR.
E VIDEO IN connector
Connect a video plug of AV cable (not
supplied) when connecting the drive to a
video device such as a video camera or
VCR.
F AUDIO IN L/R connectors
Connect audio plugs of AV cable (not
supplied) when connecting the drive to a
video device such as a video camera or
VCR.
G DC IN jack
Connect the supplied AC power adaptor.
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System requirements
❑ CPU: Pentium III, 800 MHz or higher
(with NeroVision Express: Pentium 4,
1.6 GHz recommended)
❑ RAM: 256 MB or higher
❑ 1 GB (with NeroVision Express:
10 GB) free hard disk space
❑ Operating system:
Windows 2000 Professional
(referred to as Windows 2000),
Windows XP Home Edition or
Windows XP Professional
(referred to as Windows XP)
❑ Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0) port
1)
The above requirements are the minimum
necessary requirements to write to disc
normally. Under actual operating conditions,
the requirements imposed by your software
must also be met. For details, refer to your
software documentation.
Notes
• You must use discs that are compatible with the
write speed you have selected.
• Writing speed may automatically be adjusted
depending on the disc, specified disc speed, or
disc conditions such as weight imbalance and
eccentricity.
• System should meet following requirements in
order to use USB 2.0 operation with this device.
− Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0-compliant)
interface cable (included).
− System equipped with a Hi-Speed USB
(USB 2.0-compliant) connector or PCI
adaptor card, and running the USB 2.0 EHCI
device driver1).
• When connected to a product that does not
support Hi-Speed USB, the maximum transfer
rate is limited to 12 Mbps (equivalent to a
USB 1.1 transfer rate).
1)
The USB 2.0 EHCI driver software is
supplied with currently available PCI
adaptor cards that conform to USB 2.0.
You can also use the USB 2.0 EHCI driver
software supplied with Windows 2000 SP4
and Windows XP SP1.
For details, contact your USB 2.0 adaptor
dealer or consult the Microsoft
Corporation Web site.
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Introduction
When connected to a computer, the drive
should be used with a system that meets the
following requirements1).
B Stand-alone Operation - Using the Drive as a DVD Recorder
Creating DVDs
You can use this drive as a stand-alone DVD recorder to record videos on
Recordable/Rewritable DVDs directly from a connected video cameras or
video devices such as VCRs.
Note
Stand-alone operation of the drive is not available when the drive is connected to a computer
with the USB cable and the computer is turned on.
Discs that can be used
In stand-alone operation, you can use only DVD+R (single layer disc),
DVD+R DL (double layer disc), DVD-R (single layer disc), DVD+RW, and
DVD-RW discs.
Note
You cannot make additional recording on discs that have been created using computers or
other DVD recorders by the stand-alone operation.
Recording procedure
You can record videos from video cameras or VCRs to a DVD using the
following procedure.
Connect a playback device to the drive.
m
Turn on and set up the connected device.
m
Turn on the drive, and insert a disc.
m
Start recording.
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Recording methods
The drive features synchronized recording mode and manual recording mode.
Recording method
Operation
The digital video camera will start/stop playback
automatically, synchronized with the operations carried
out on the drive.
Synchronized
recording −AV cable
connection
page 18
The drive will start/stop recording automatically when it
detects signals from the connected playback device.
Manual recording
page 22
You can start/pause/stop recording manually by
operating the drive and the connected device
respectively.
Recording mode
Three recording modes are available. Select a recording mode according to
your priority - picture quality or recording duration (
page 25).
Mode
HQ (default)
Picture
quality
High
Recording time
Single layer disc
Approx. 1 hour
Double layer disc
Approx. 2 hours
SP
Standard
Approx. 2 hours
Approx. 4 hours
SLP
Low
Approx. 6 hours
Approx. 12 hours
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Synchronized
recording −DV/
i.LINK cable
connection
page 15
About titles and chapters on a disc
What are titles and chapters?
DVD contents consist of sections, called titles, and smaller sub-sections, called
chapters. On this drive, a title is created between the points where you start and
stop a recording. Chapters are created automatically at specified intervals
(default: 5 minutes), or they can be created manually (
page 25).
Start Rec.
Stop Rec.
Stop/Start
Title 1
Title 2
Chapters
Chapters
Chapter marks
Chapter marks
Maximum number of titles on a disc
No additional titles can be created after title 49.
Recording will not be initiated on a disc on which 49 titles have already been
recorded.
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Synchronized recording
— i.LINK (DV) cable connection
* DV/Digital8 camcorder input only. MICROMV camcorder not supported.
1
Connect the digital video camera.
Refer also to the manual supplied with the device to be connected.
i.LINK cable
Signal flow
2
Turn on and set up the digital video camera.
3
Turn on the drive.
The busy indicator lights up in green.
Make sure "SYNC" is displayed on the display window.
Busy indicator
. Continued
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Stand-alone Operation - Using the Drive as a DVD Recorder
You can record pictures on Recordable/Rewritable DVDs while playing them
back on your digital video camera*.
Connect the DV jack on the digital video camera and that on the drive using an
i.LINK cable (not supplied), and the digital video camera will play/pause/stop
automatically following operations carried out with the REC/PAUSE/STOP
buttons on the drive.
Hint
The drive switches the input automatically when detecting the video signal (Auto Source
Selection function
page 30).
Once you play back the video on the connected video camera (video signal is output), for
example, to search a scene to be recorded, the drive switches the input to “DV” automatically.
Make sure “DV” is displayed on the display window before recording, or display “DV” by
pressing INPUT SELECT manually.
4
Press the eject button, and insert a disc.
A new blank disc is formatted automatically. Wait until [Format] on the display
window changes to [Ready].
Eject button
Recording side
5
Press REC to start recording.
The drive starts recording at the same time the video camera starts playback.
[Recording] appears on the display window, and the REC button lights up
during recording.
[SIG] on the display window indicates that the drive is receiving signals from
the digital video camera.
REC
Hint
Recording stops automatically when playback of the digital video camera ends.
6
Press STOP to stop recording.
[STOP] appears on the display window.
The digital video camera stops playback automatically.
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7
Press the eject button to eject the disc.
Note
When using DVD+R, DVD-R, or DVD-RW disc and ejecting the disc, the following message
appears.
To pause recording
Press PAUSE. [Pause] appears on the display window.
The digital video camera pauses playback automatically.
To resume recording, press REC or PAUSE again.
To check the time passed or remaining
Press TIME.
Each time you press TIME, the time passed within the current title or the time
remaining within the disc appears in turn.
Note
Recording will pause if you press the following buttons on the digital video camera:
• Fast forward
• Rewind
• Pause
• Stop (If you do not operate the digital video camera for about 10 minutes, recording will
stop.)
To resume recording, press the Play button on the digital video camera.
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To play these discs on DVD devices, you need to finalize the disc after
recording (
page 27).
Synchronized recording
— AV cable connection
You can record videos on Recordable/Rewritable DVDs while playing them
back on your video device.
Connect the video device to the drive using an AV cable, and the drive will
start/stop recording automatically when you start/stop playback on the video
device. In synchronized recording with an AV cable connection, the drive
starts/stops recording when it detects signals from the video device.
Note
Synchronized recording may not operate properly or entirely in the following cases:
• The video device continues to output signals even after playback has stopped. For example,
standard VCRs output signals from the built-in tuner after they stop playback of tapes,
therefore, the drive keeps detecting signals and does not stop recording. To avoid this, set
the VCR so that it does not output signals when it is not playing back tape, by switching
the input selection to line-in, etc. This symptom will occur with some video cameras that
output a video signal to make blue or plain back-screen. In this case, disable the signal for
back-screen on your video cameras.
• The drive has detected a copy protection signal. Recording stops.
• Videos may not be recorded for a moment when recording has just started.
1
Connect a video device.
Refer also to the manual supplied with the device to be connected.
S video cable*
Yellow
Yellow
White
White
Red
Red
AV cable
Signal flow
* When the video camera or VCR has the S VIDEO jack.
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2
Turn on the drive.
The busy indicator lights up in green.
Make sure "SYNC" is displayed on the display window.
Hint
The drive switches the input automatically when detecting the video signal (Auto Source
Selection function
page 30).
Once you play back the video on the connected video device (video signal is output), for
example, to search a scene to be recorded, the drive switches the input to “VIDEO”*
automatically. Make sure “VIDEO”* is displayed on the display window before recording,
or display “VIDEO”* by pressing INPUT SELECT manually.
* “S-VIDEO” when S-Video cable used
3
Press the eject button, and insert a disc.
A new blank disc is formatted automatically. Wait until [Format] on the display
window changes to [Ready].
Eject button
Recording side
. Continued
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Busy indicator
4
Press REC on the drive.
The drive comes in standby for recording.
REC
5
Start playback on the video device.
[Recording] appears on the display window and the REC button lights up
during recording.
[SIG] on the display window indicates that the drive is receiving signals from
the video device.
When the video signal is interrupted, the drive pauses. If the drive detects no
video signals after 2 minutes, it stops.
6
Press STOP to stop recording.
[STOP] appears on the display window. Wait for a moment until [Ready]
appears.
7
Press the eject button to eject the disc.
Note
When using DVD+R, DVD-R, or DVD-RW disc and ejecting the disc, the following message
appears.
To play these discs on DVD devices, you need to finalize the disc after
recording (
page 27).
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To pause recording
Press PAUSE. [Pause] appears on the display window.
To resume recording, press REC or PAUSE again.
Recording pauses also when you stop playback on the video device. To resume
recording, restart playback.
To check the time passed or remaining
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Press TIME.
Each time you press TIME, the time passed within the current title or the time
remaining within the disc appears in turn.
Manual recording
You can start/pause/stop recording manually by operating the drive and the
connected device respectively.
1
Connect a video device.
See “Synchronized recording — i.LINK (DV) cable connection” on page 15 or
“Synchronized recording — AV cable connection” on page 18.
2
Turn on the drive.
The busy indicator lights up in green.
Busy indicator
3
Press the eject button, and insert a disc.
A new blank disc is formatted automatically. Wait until [Format] on the display
window changes to [Ready].
Eject button
Recording side
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4
Select the recording conditions.
Display a desired signal by pressing INPUT
SELECT.
Each time you press the button, [VIDEO],
[S-VIDEO], or [DV] appears in sequence.
If you have connected an S video cable, display
[S-VIDEO].
If you have connected an i.LINK cable, display
[DV].
SYNC
INPUT SELECT
To select a recording mode, see “Selecting a recording mode” on page 25.
To select a chapter interval, see “Selecting a chapter interval” on page 25.
To select how to start playback, see “Selecting automatic playback mode” on
page 26.
5
On the video device, search the start point you want to record
and set it in the playback pause mode.
6
Press REC on the drive, and start playback on the connected
device.
[Recording] appears on the display window and the REC button lights up
during recording.
[SIG] on the display window indicates that the drive is receiving signals from
the connected device.
REC
. Continued
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Turn off [SYNC] by pressing SYNC.
7
Press STOP to stop recording.
[STOP] appears on the display window, and stop playback on the video device.
Wait for a moment until [Ready] appears.
8
Press the eject button to eject the disc.
Note
When using DVD+R, DVD-R, or DVD-RW disc and ejecting the disc, the following message
appears.
To play these discs on DVD devices, you need to finalize the disc after
recording (
page 27).
To pause recording
Press PAUSE. [Pause] appears on the display window.
To resume recording, press REC or PAUSE again.
To check the time passed or remaining
Press TIME.
Each time you press TIME, the time passed within the current title or the time
remaining within the disc appears in turn.
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Additional operations
Selecting a recording mode
Press REC MODE.
Each time you press the button, [HQ], [SP], or [SLP] appears in sequence.
See page 13 for details on the recording mode.
Selecting a chapter interval
See page 14 for details on chapters.
1
Display [Auto Chp] by pressing FUNCTION/ENTER.
Each time you press the button, [Finalize?], [Erase All?], [Auto Play?],
[Auto Chp], or [Stop Timer] appears in sequence.
2
Press SELECT to select the interval and press FUNCTION/
ENTER to preset.
Each time you press the button, [5 minutes], [10 minutes], [15 minutes], or
[None] appears in sequence.
Note
You cannot do this operation during recording
To create chapters manually
Select [None] for [Auto Chp].
The videos are recorded as one chapter until you pause recording.
Pressing REC during recording also writes a chapter mark.
Creating titles manually
Stop recording. The videos are recorded as one title until you stop recording.
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Stand-alone Operation - Using the Drive as a DVD Recorder
Note
You cannot do this operation during recording.
Selecting automatic playback mode
You can set automatic playback mode on the disc before recording. In the
default setting ([No]), the disc is to start playback with displaying the menu
screen of the title recorded.
1
Display [AutoPlay?] by pressing FUNCTION/ENTER.
Each time you press the button, [Finalize?], [Erase All?], [Auto Play?],
[Auto Chp], or [Stop Timer] appears in sequence.
2
Press SELECT to select [Yes] or [No], and press FUNCTION/
ENTER.
When you select [Yes] (automatic playback mode is on), the disc starts
playback on a DVD player with the first title recorded.
DVD player
When you select [No] (automatic playback mode is off), the disc starts
playback on a DVD player with displaying the menu screen of the titles
recorded.
DVD player
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Finalizing a Disc
What is “Finalize”?
To finalize the disc means to make the created disc compatible with other DVD
devices, so that the disc can be played back on them.
When using DVD+R, DVD-R, and DVD-RW disc, after recording is complete
you need to finalize the disc to play them back on other DVD devices. You
cannot record incrementally on them after finalizing.
1
Turn on the drive and insert the non-finalized disc.
2
Press FUNCTION/ENTER to display [Finalize?] on the display
window.
Each time you press the button, [Finalize?], [Erase All?], [Auto Play?], [Auto
Chp], or [Stop Timer] appears in sequence.
Hint
When you eject the DVD+R, DVD-R, or DVD-RW disc after recording, [Finalize?] is
displayed as well.
3
Press SELECT to select [Yes].
If you do not finalize the disc, select [No].
4
Press FUNCTION/ENTER.
[Reconfirm?] appears on the display window.
5
Press SELECT to select [Yes].
If you do not finalize the disc, select [No].
. Continued
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Stand-alone Operation - Using the Drive as a DVD Recorder
DVD+RW disc is finalized automatically after recording. You can record
videos incrementally on the disc even after finalizing.
6
Press FUNCTION/ENTER.
Finalizing of the disc starts.
When finalizing is complete, [Finalize Complete] appears.
7
Eject the disc.
Notes
• Depending on the disc condition, recording condition, or DVD device, discs may not play
even if the discs are finalized.
• The drive can finalize only the discs recorded on this drive.
• It may take about five minutes or more to finalize a disc. Please wait until [Finalize
Complete] is displayed.
Erasing a Disc
You can erase the contents of DVD+RW and DVD-RW disc recorded on this
drive. This operation erases all of the contents in the disc at once.
1
Turn on the drive and insert the disc.
2
Press FUNCTION/ENTER repeatedly to display [Erase All?] on
the display window.
Each time you press the button, [Finalize?], [Erase All?], [Auto Play?], [Auto
Chp], or [Stop Timer] appears in sequence.
3
Press SELECT to select [Yes].
If you do not erase the disc, select [No].
4
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Press FUNCTION/ENTER.
[Reconfirm?] appears on the display window.
5
Press SELECT to select [Yes].
6
Stand-alone Operation - Using the Drive as a DVD Recorder
If you do not erase the disc, select [No].
Press FUNCTION/ENTER.
Erasing of the disc starts.
When erasing is complete, [Ready] appears.
7
Eject the disc.
Note
You cannot erase title by title, or chapter by chapter.
Stop timer recording
Recording will stop automatically after the preset time.
1
Display [Stop Timer] by pressing FUNCTION/ENTER.
Each time you press the button, [Finalize?], [Erase All?], [Auto Play?], [Auto
Chp], or [Stop Timer] appears in sequence.
2
Press SELECT repeatedly to display the desired time.
30m, 1h, 1h30m, 2h, 3h, 4h, 6h, and 8h are available.
3
Press ENTER to set the desired time.
[Ready] appears on the display window.
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4
Press REC to start recording.
Recording will stop after the preset time.
Notes
• The stop timer setting is cancelled when the operation is completed, or the power is turned
off.
• If you press TIME repeatedly during the stop timer recording, recorded time, remaining
recording time, and remaining disc time are displayed in turn.
• If you press PAUSE, recording pauses. To resume recording, press it again.
Auto source selection
The drive selects the type of input signal (DV, S-VIDEO, or VIDEO)
automatically by detecting the video signal from the connected device (Auto
Source Selection function). Once you play back the video on the connected
video device (video signal is output), for example, to search a scene to be
recorded, the drive automatically selects the input connector connected to the
video device.
However, this function may not work correctly when plural jacks are
connected at the same time, or depending on the connected device. If this
happens, select the input signal manually by pressing INPUT SELECT
(
page 9).
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B Using the Drive as an External DVD Drive
Connecting the drive to a computer
Connect the drive to a computer using the supplied USB cable to use the drive
as an external DVD drive. When connecting the drive to your computer for the
first time, you need to install the driver software.
Note
When the drive is connected to a computer, you cannot use the drive as a DVD recorder in
stand-alone operation. The buttons and display window of the drive do not function.
Procedure for using the drive as an external drive
Turn on the computer
page 32
m
Turn on the drive
page 32
m
Connect the drive to the computer
page 32
m
Installing the drivers and software
• Install the USB Driver.
• Install the software.
page 33
m
You can use the drive as the DVD drive.
When you install the supplied driver and software in various driver and
software, follow the above procedure.
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Using the Drive as an External DVD
In order to use this unit as a DVD drive, you need to install the supplied driver
and software.
Connecting the drive to a computer
1
Connect the supplied USB cable, the power cord, and the AC
adaptor to the drive.
USB Cable
Power cord
2
AC adaptor
Turn on the drive.
Power switch
3
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Turn on your computer.
4
Connect the other end of the USB cable to your computer.
Note
Please connect the drive directly to a USB connector on the computer.
Computer
Install the drive on the computer.
On Windows XP, see below.
On Windows 2000, see page 35.
Installing the USB driver
On Windows XP
1
Insert the supplied software disc into a drive on the computer.
When connecting the USB cable to the computer, the following screen is
displayed.
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Using the Drive as an External DVD
5
2
Check [Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)] (1),
then click [Next] (2).
The following screen will appear.
3
Check [Search for the best driver in these locations.] (1),
[Include this location in the search:] (2), click [Browse] (3),
browse for the drive you insert the software disc, then click [Next]
(4).
The following screen will appear.
If “The software you are installing for this hardware: Sony VRD-VC20 [Video
Capture] has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify its compatibility with
Windows XP.” is displayed, click [Continue Anyway].
4
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Click [Finish], and continue to install the writing software in the
supplied software disc following the instructions on the screen.
On Windows 2000
1
Insert the supplied software disc into a drive on the computer.
When connecting the USB cable to the computer, the following screen is
displayed.
Using the Drive as an External DVD
2
Click [Next].
The following screen will appear.
3
Check [Search for a suitable driver for my device
(recommended)] (1), then click [Next] (2).
The following screen will appear.
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4
Check [Specify a location] (1), then click [Next] (2).
The following screen will appear.
5
Click [Browse] (1), browse for the drive you insert the software
disc (2), then click [OK] (3).
The following screen will appear.
6
Make sure that “VRD-VC20 [Video Capture]” is displayed, then
click [Next].
The following screen will appear.
If “Digital Signature Not Found” is displayed, click [Yes].
7
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Click [Finish], and continue to install the writing software in the
supplied software disc following the instructions on the screen.
Installing the software
1
Click [INSTALL SUITE] button to install the software.
Click [INSTALL SUITE].
After installation is complete, continue to install other options or
click [EXIT] to finish installation.
Disconnection
The disconnection procedure varies depending on your OS.
When your computer detects the drive successfully,
appears on the
Windows task bar. When you want to disconnect the drive, you must first stop
it using this icon.
1
Click
on the task bar, and click the drive to be disconnected
on the shortcut menu.
2
Operate following the message displayed, if any.
3
Disconnect the USB cable.
Note
If you disconnect the USB cable without performing the procedure above, your computer
may operate erratically or data may be damaged. Be sure to perform the procedure above
before disconnecting the USB cable.
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Using the Drive as an External DVD
2
About software
Use the supplied software to create discs and play back DVDs.
The supplied software disc contains the following software.
(Refer to the PDF or online documentation of each software for details about
their operation.)
Nero StartSmart
Serves as the command center to quickly start all the software of the Nero
suite.
Nero Burning ROM SE
Writes data on CDs and DVDs.
Nero Express
A light version of the Nero Burning ROM software. Makes it easier to create
CDs and DVDs.
NeroVision Express
Authoring software to create DVD-Videos and video CDs.
Nero Recode
Compresses your videos to burn and fit them all onto one disc.
Nero ShowTime
Plays back DVD-Videos and video CDs.
Nero BackItUp
Allows to back up the data from a hard disk to DVDs and CDs.
InCD
Packet writing software that supports DVD±RW and CD-RW.
Nero MediaHome
Share media files on a Local Area Network (LAN).
Nero PhotoSnap / Nero PhotoSnap Viewer
Allows photo editing and viewing.
Nero Wave Editor
Audio processing software that allows editing audio files.
Nero Media Player
Audio processing software specialized in playing back music.
Nero Cover Designer
Creates CD and DVD covers and labels.
Nero Toolkit
Utility software consists of Nero CD-DVD Speed, Nero DriveSpeed, and Nero
InfoTool.
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Notes on using other software with the drive
• Using software other than the supplied software (such as commercially
available software, shareware, or freeware) to write data to disc with this
drive is not under warranty and Sony provides no customer service.
• Make sure that the supplied writing software and other writing software do
not coexist on your computer. Especially if other packet writing software 1)
exists in your computer, the software and/or computer may operate
erratically.
• If the commercially available software you are using does not detect the
drive correctly, visit the web site of the software manufacturer and update the
software, as this may solve the problem.
Such as Drag-to-Disc (ROXIO), Direct CD (ROXIO), B’s CLIP (BHA), and DLA (Sonic).
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Using the Drive as an External DVD
1)
Maximizing performance
Reaching the highest possible data transfer rate
Make sure that you use high-speed certified discs for which this operation has
been guaranteed by Sony. For the latest information about these discs, visit the
user support web site. When using discs other than those mentioned above, the
drive may limit writing speed to preserve a good reading quality.
Updating the firmware
We recommend using the drive with the latest firmware as some problems
encountered when using the drive can be solved simply by updating the drive
firmware. Firmware updates are available on the user support web site. See
page 50 for details.
Hint
The firmware is the built-in software that makes the drive work.
Using 48x read/write speed for CDs
The default read/write speed for CDs of this drive is 40× speed. With a single
touch, you can make the read/write speed 48× speed.
Notes
• On rare occasions, some discs may not be able to tolerate 48× speed, causing them to break.
We recommend that you do not use deeply scratched, brittle, or other discs that may break
at 48× speed.
• This function does not guarantee a 48× write speed. Depending on the condition of the disc
you are using, the speed may be lower.
• This function does not increase read/write speed with CD-RW discs.
1
Insert a disc into the drive.
The read/write speed when you insert a disc is normally 40× speed.
2
Press the Eject button for five seconds.
The busy indicator blinks twice and the read/write speed switches to 48× speed.
Hint
When you open the disc tray, the read/write speed reverts to its default of 40× speed.
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B Discs
Compatible discs
The following discs are compatible with the drive.
DVD
Disc types
Logo
Read
Write
Write
(Standalone)
Write speed*
Max. 16×
DVD+R DL
(Double layer)
Max. 4×
DVD+RW
Max. 8×
DVD-R
Max. 16×
DVD-RW
Max. 6×
DVD-ROM
—
—
—
DVD-Video
—
—
—
Discs
DVD+R
* Maximum speed when using a disc for the specified writing speed. Depending on your
system and disc, this speed may vary.
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CD
Disc types
Logo
Read
Write speed*
Write
CD-R
Max. 48×
CD-RW
Max. 4×
CD-RW
(High Speed)
Max. 10×
CD-RW
(Ultra Speed)
Max. 24×
CD-ROM
CD-DA
(audio only)
CD Extra
Video CD
CD TEXT
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
* Maximum speed when using a disc for the specified writing speed. Depending on your
system and disc, this speed may vary.
Disc diameters
DVD
CD
Read
Write
12 cm
8 cm
—
12 cm
8 cm
Notes
• Only round discs should be used with this drive. Never use odd-shaped discs (stars, hearts,
card shape, etc.), otherwise the drive may be damaged.
• It is not guaranteed to write to or play back 99-minute discs.
• With 8 cm discs, you must place the drive horizontally.
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Recommended discs
We recommend that you only use discs for which operation has been
guaranteed. You can obtain the latest list of writable discs for which operation
with this drive has been guaranteed at the user support web site (see page 50
for details).
Note
You can safely use most disc formats that comply with the appropriate standards with this
drive. However, bear in mind that some commercially available discs do not comply with the
quality or performance standards that are necessary to use with this drive. If you use such
discs, the drive may automatically adjust the writing speed, may not be able to write at all,
etc. Even if the discs are successfully written, they may cause errors at the time of reading.
Discs
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Features of writable discs
You can use various discs with the drive to write data. Refer to the table below
to find the type of disc that matches what you want to do.
To
DVD+R
DVD+R DL
DVD+RW
DVD-R
DVD-RW
CD-R
CD-RW
create DVD-Video that
can be played back by
most drives and/or
players
create DVDs that you
can edit
create DVDs to which
you can add to later.
create video CDs that
can be played back
with most computers
use DVDs like video
tapes (allowing
multiple rewrites)
distribute 700 MB of
data or more
(create DVD-ROM
discs)
distribute data that can
be used on most
computers (create
CD-ROM discs)
create audio CDs that
can be played back on
most CD players
back up your hard disk
store data without
deleting it
use discs in the same
way as floppy discs
Note
You can access/play back the data written to the discs above with most drives/players that
support their formats. However, some combinations of drives/players and discs (depending
on their quality and/or characteristics) may make access/playback impossible. For details,
refer to your drive/player documentation.
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Writable CDs and compatibility
The drive can write to CD-R and CD-RW discs, when used with writing
software. To play back (read) these CD-R and CD-RW discs on other CDROM drives, make settings on the writing software according to the purpose
of the data.
CD-R discs
Data can be written to this type of disc only once, and once it has been written,
it cannot be erased. Music CDs created on CD-R disc media can be played on
standard CD players.
CD-RW discs
Data can be written to and erased from this type of disc repeatedly. Typically,
a new CD-RW disc can be rewritten about 1,000 times.
Music CDs created on CD-RW disc media cannot be played on a CD player
unless it is designed to be CD-RW compatible.
Note
Drives that do not have the High Speed CD-RW logo cannot be used to write to High Speed
CD-RW discs. When writing or adding to such discs with a drive other than this one, make
sure that the drive has the High Speed CD-RW logo. Also, always set the writing speed to
that specified for the particular High Speed CD-RW disc media being used.
Ultra speed CD-RW discs
The drive can write to High Speed CD-RW and Ultra Speed CD-RW disc
media. Data written to these discs can be read by standard CD-ROM drives.
Note
Drives that do not have the Ultra Speed CD-RW logo cannot be used to write to Ultra Speed
CD-RW discs. When writing or adding to such discs with a drive other than this one, make
sure that the drive has the Ultra Speed CD-RW logo. Also, always set the writing speed to
that specified for the particular Ultra Speed CD-RW disc media being used.
Writing speed
When writing to CD-R and CD-RW discs, set the writing speed to that
specified on the disc. Change the writing speed on the writing software.
About playback/reading compatibility in CDs
CD-R and CD-RW discs created with the drive can be read on most CD-ROM
drives. However, some older CD-ROM drives cannot read CD-RW discs.
In addition, CD-R music discs created and finalized with the drive can be
played on most CD players, however, there are some CD players and
automobile CD players that do not guarantee playback of CD-R discs.
Also, CD-R music discs created with the drive can be played back on many
standard CD players. However, depending on the type of your player, playback
of CD-R and CD-RW discs may not be supported.
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Discs
High speed CD-RW discs
The drive can write to High Speed CD-RW disc media. Data written on High
Speed CD-RW discs can be read by standard CD-ROM drives.
Further, because of the differences in quality and characteristics between
various CD-ROM drive, CD player, CD-R disc, and CD-RW disc
manufacturers, playback may not be possible depending on the combination.
Writable DVDs and compatibility
The drive can write to DVD+R DL, DVD+R and DVD-R discs, as well as to
DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs, when used with writing software. The
playback (read) compatibility of data written by this drive depends on the
capabilities of the DVD-ROM drives or the DVD players and on the logical
format selected when the disc is recorded (written).
DVD+R DL/DVD+R/DVD-R discs
Data can be written to this type of disc only once. Once it has been written, it
cannot be erased. Playback (read) compatibility of DVD+R and DVD-R discs
depends on the capability of the DVD-ROM drive and the DVD player and on
the logical format selected when it is recorded (written).
DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs
Data can be repeatedly written to or erased from this type of disc. Typically, a
new DVD+RW or DVD-RW disc can be rewritten about 1,000 times.
Playback (read) compatibility of DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs depends on
the capability of the DVD-ROM drive and the DVD player and on the logical
format selected when it is recorded (written).
About playback/reading compatibility in DVDs
DVD+R DL/DVD+R/DVD-R discs, as well as DVD+RW and DVD-RW
discs created and finalized with the drive can be played back on almost all
DVD-ROM drives. However depending on the type of your drive, playback of
DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, and DVD-RW discs may not be supported.
In addition, some drives do not support multi-session (DVD+R DL/DVD+R/
DVD+RW) or multi-border (DVD-R/DVD-RW). In these cases, you can only
play back the disc in single-session (DVD+R DL/DVD+R/DVD+RW) or
single-border (DVD-R/DVD-RW).
Also, DVD-Video discs created with the drive can be played back on many
standard DVD players. However depending on the type of your player,
playback of DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs may not be supported.
Further, because of the differences in quality and characteristics between
various DVD-ROM drive, DVD player, DVD+R DL disc, DVD+R disc,
DVD+RW disc, DVD-R disc, and DVD-RW disc manufacturers, playback
may not be possible depending on the combination. (Playback compatibility is
not under warranty.)
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Precautions on writing/playing discs
Write speed and compatible discs
• When writing data to disc at high speeds, you must use the appropriate type
of disc.
• Set the writing speed on your writing software. For details about the setting
procedures, refer to your writing software documentation.
• Writing speed may be adjusted automatically according to the quality of the
disc used. Also, writing speed may be limited by the transfer rate of the
computer.
DVD region codes
The playback of DVD-Video (DVD discs) is protected and controlled by a
region code setting. For the drive to play back DVD-Video, the region code on
the DVD disc, the drive, and the DVD-Video playback software must be
identical.
Do not attempt to make unauthorized changes to the region code. Any
problems resulting from doing so are not covered by the warranty.
Hint
• You can change the region code of the drive on it's properties dialog box that is accessible
from the Device Manager.
• The DVDs created in stand-alone operation have the region code “All”.
1) Region Playback Control (RPC) standard.
Playing back DVD-Video
DVD-Video disc playback conditions are sometimes determined by software
manufacturers. Because the drive plays back discs as determined by software
manufacturers, some drive functions may not always perform as expected.
When playing back DVD-Video, refer to the documentation accompanying
each disc.
About copy protected DVDs
Most DVD-Video discs on the market are protected against unauthorized
copy. Attempting to copy protected discs violates copyright laws.
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Discs
With this drive, the region code can be set up to five times, including the initial
assignment (RPC phase 21) standard). After setting the region code five times,
the setting becomes permanent and can no longer be changed. From this point
on, you are only able to play back DVD-Video whose region code matches the
one set at the fifth time.
About copy controlled CDs
This product is designed to play back discs conforming to the compact disc
(CD) standard. Audio CDs encoded with copyright protection technology are
now marketed by various record companies. Be aware that some of these discs
do not conform to the CD standard and you may not be able to play them back
with the drive. When using the drive as an audio CD player, only use audio
CDs with the following mark. Some of these discs are encoded in such a way
as to prevent sampling and/or copy, while others can only be played back
under certain conditions. For details, refer to the documentation of your audio
CD.
Note on DualDiscs
A DualDisc is a two sided disc product which mates DVD recorded material
on one side with digital audio material on the other side.
However, since the audio material side does not conform to the Compact Disc
(CD) standard, playback on this product is not guaranteed.
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B Additional Information
Precautions
Operation and storage conditions
Avoid using or storing the drive in a hot or
humid location, or where it might be subject
to severe vibration or direct sunlight.
Transportation
• Please repack the drive in its original
carton when shipping by itself.
• If the drive is to be shipped while installed
in a computer, remove any disc
beforehand.
• Do not store discs in dusty, dirty or humid
locations, in direct sunlight, or near heatgenerating devices.
• To protect important data, always keep
discs in their cases.
• Do not wipe writable discs using a disc
cleaner before recording data. Instead, use
a blower to remove any dust.
• Data may not be recorded properly if there
are scratches or dust on the unrecorded
area of writable discs. Handle discs very
carefully.
Moisture condensation
Additional Information
Do not expose the drive to sudden
temperature changes. Do not use the drive
immediately after moving it from a cold to a
warm location, or raising the room
temperature suddenly, as condensation may
form within the drive. If the temperature
changes suddenly while using the drive, stop
using it, but keep the power on for at least an
hour.
Handling discs
• Handle discs only by the edges. Never
touch the recording surface.
• Do not affix labels on discs.
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Technical support
Support overview
User support web site
You can find the following information on
this web site. The information is periodically
updated, so we recommend that you visit
regularly.
• Information about the drive
• Information about the software supplied
with the drive
• Latest firmware
• Frequently asked questions
• Troubleshooting guide
• Guaranteed compatible computers
• Guaranteed compatible discs
• Operating instructions
• Others
Accessing the user support web
site
Sony Storage Support web sites
(As of March, 2005)
http://sony.storagesupport.com/
About the Bundled Software
Detailed information about the supplied
software is available on the web sites of the
software manufacturer.
http://www.nero.com
Update the drive firmware
Some problems encountered when using the
drive can be solved simply by updating the
drive firmware. Firmware updates are
available on the user support Web site.
Access the site, make sure that there is an
update for your firmware, and follow the
instructions on the screen to proceed with
download and installation.
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Please visit the above web sites that provide
technical support and other information on
the drive and the supplied software. When
asking questions using telephone or e-mail,
please have the following information
available:
•
•
•
•
•
Model number: VRD-VC20
Serial number
Date and place of purchase
Computer maker and model number
Computer specifications (CPU speed,
memory size, OS version, etc.)
• Writing software used (version, etc.)
Local technical support is only
available in the specified sales
regions. The customers in these
regions should be provided with a
warranty card for this product. For
contact information, refer to the
warranty card.
Note that technical support
conditions may vary according to
the locality, and that charges and/
or limited service may apply in
some regions.
Specifications
Recording (stand-alone)
Video signal format
NTSC color
Video encoding format
MEPG-2
Audio encoding format
Dolby Digital 2 ch
Recordable disc
DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-R,
DVD+RW, DVD-RW
DVD recording format
- DVD+VR format
(DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW)
- DVD-Video format
(DVD-R, DVD-RW)
DVD/CD drive
Laser
CD
Type: DL-7140-211RA
Wavelength: 783 nm
Output power:
260 mW (pulse)
90 mW (CW)
Compatible discs
Read
(max.)
Write
(max.)
2.4×
DVD+R
8× -CAV
DVD+R (4× )
8× -CAV
4×
DVD+R (8× )
8× -CAV
8× -PCAV
8× -CAV
16× -CAV
DVD+R (16× )
2.4×
DVD+R Double Layer
6× -CAV
DVD+R Double Layer (4× ) 6× -CAV
4×
DVD+RW
8× -CAV
2.4×
DVD+RW (4× )
8× -CAV
4×
DVD+RW (High Speed) 8× -CAV
8× -ZCLV
1×
DVD-R
8× -CAV
DVD-R (4× )
8× -CAV
4×
DVD-R (8× )
8× -CAV
8× -PCAV
8× -CAV
16× -CAV
DVD-R (16× )
1×
DVD-RW
8× -CAV
DVD-RW (2× )
8× -CAV
2×
DVD-RW (4× )
8× -CAV
4×
DVD-RW (6× )
8× -CAV
6×
DVD-ROM
16× -CAV
—
—
DVD-Video
6× -CAV
1)
48× -CAV1)
CD-R
48× -CAV
CD-RW
32× -CAV
4×
CD-RW (High Speed)
32× -CAV
10×
CD-RW (Ultra Speed)
32× -CAV 24× -ZCLV
—
CD-ROM
48× -CAV1)
—
CD-DA
10× -CAV
—
CD-DA (DAE)
48× -CAV1)
Disc diameters
DVD
CD
12 cm
8 cm2)
12 cm
8 cm2)
—
1)
The default setting is 40× . You must use the
speed acceleration function to achieve 48×
speed.
2)
With 8 cm discs, you must place the drive
horizontally.
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Additional Information
Writing systems
DVD:
Random write
Sequential write
CD:
Track-at-once
Disc-at-once
Session-at-once
Packet writing
Access time (average/random stroke)
DVD: Approx. 135 ms
CD: Approx. 140 ms
Buffer capacity
2 MB
Inquiry strings
SONY DVD RW DRU-720A
DVD
Type: M L 101 J 25-23
Wavelength: 658 nm
Output power:
250 mW (pulse)
100 mW (CW)
Interface
USB port
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0-compliant)
DV IN1)
4-pin i.LINK (IEEE1394), S100
DVC-SD input
VIDEO input
1 Vp-p/75 ohms
S VIDEO input
Y: 1 Vp-p/75 ohms
C: 0.286 Vp-p/75 ohms
AUDIO input
2 Vrms, Impedance more than
47 kilohms
1)
DV camcorder/Digital8 camcorder input only.
You cannot record video from MICROMV
camcorder and other digital video devices
having the i.LINK connector. You cannot use
the drive as an DVD drive by connecting it to a
computer with an i.LINK connector.
General
Power
DC 12 V (supplied from the DC IN jack)
Consumption
Max. 3.0 A
AC adaptor
AC 100 - 240 V
Use a power cord appropriate to the
region or country of use.
Size
Approx. 66 × 164 × 234 mm (W× H× D)
(excluding the projecting parts)
Weight
Approx. 1.85 kg (drive only)
Operating temperature
5 to 35 ºC
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
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Troubleshooting
If you experience any of the following difficulties while using the drive, use
this troubleshooting guide to held remedy the problem before requesting
repairs. Should any problem persist, consult your dealer.
Symptom
Cause/remedy
See
A recorded disc cannot be
played back.
c If the disc is a DVD+R, DVD-R, or DVDRW disc, it may not have been finalized.
Finalize the disc.
c The disc you are using may not be of a certified
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p. 43
brand by Sony. Try to use a disc of a brand of
which operation has been certified by Sony.
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p. 46
c The playback device you are using may have an
issue on playback compatibility.
No recording can be done.
c You can use only DVD±R or DVD±RW disc on
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stand-alone recording. You cannot use other
discs for this operation.
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c Auto source selection function did not detect a
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input signal correctly. Select the input
manually.
c There are 49 titles in the disc.
c You cannot add anything to a finalized DVD±R
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p. 27
disc.
Display
Cause/remedy
See
Disc
Error
c The drive cannot read or write the disc due to
—
an issue related to the disc, such as scratches,
being dirty, low-quality, etc. Try with other
disc.
c If errors occur frequently with any type of new
discs, the drive may have a hardware problem.
Contact an authorized service center.
Insert +/–
R/RW DISC
c The inserted disc may be unsupported type
of discs for stand-alone operation. Use a
DVD±R or DVD±RW disc.
Format
Error
c The drive cannot format the disc because of the —
Invalid Operation
c You tried to finalize or erase a disc when there
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disc error.
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is no disc in the drive.
c You tried to erase a DVD+R or DVD-R disc.
c You tried to finalize a DVD+RW disc.
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Additional Information
No additional recording can
be made.
Display
Cause/remedy
Recording Prohibited
c Copyright protection signal (CGMS or
See
p. 6
Macrovision) was detected. You cannot record
the source.
No Disc
c Tray has no disc. Insert a disc.
Insert
Blank Disc
c The disc may have been already recorded on
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—
other recordable device that is not compatible
with this drive. Use a blank disc.
c This will appear also when you insert a
finalized DVD±R or DVD-RW disc.
Erase All
[No]/Yes
c The DVD±RW disc may have been recorded on
Finalize/
Error
c The disc may have been recorded on other
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other recordable device. If you want to erase
the disc, select [Yes].
—
recordable device. Try with other disc.
c The disc may not be a DVD±R or DVD-RW
disc.
c The disc may be damaged for any reason.
No Signal
c Video input signal is not detected. Check if the —
AV cable is properly connected with the output
terminal on the playback device, or check if the
connectors are firmly mated.
c When connecting a digital video camera using
an i.LINK cable and the i.LINK cable is
disconnected during recording, the drive can no
longer detect the signal from the video camera
depending on the model. Turn on the digital
video camera again.
c Check if input is correctly selected.
Disc Full
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c The disc came to full and recording stopped.
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