Sony VRD-VC30 User Guide Manual Operating Instruction Pdf

Sony VRD-VC30 User Guide Manual Operating Instruction Pdf
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Recording videos
from HDD camcorders ...........................
Recording videos
from DVD camcorders............................
Recording videos
from DV camcorders ..............................
Recording videos
from miscellaneous video devices .........
Video Recordable
DVD Drive
Operating Instructions
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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 reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do
not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the
cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel
only.
CAUTION:
As the laser beam in the VRD-VC30 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-VC30 is classified as a CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT.
The CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT notice is
located on the enclosure.
Bei diesem VRD-VC30 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
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,
visit the user support web site listed in
“Support Overview” on page 58. The
telephone number below is not for customer
service but only for official purposes.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
SONY
Model No.:
VRD-VC30
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address:
16530 Via Esprillo,
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.
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CE Sicherheitsbestimmungen
Diese Ausrüstung erfüllt die Europäischen
EMC-Bestimmungen für die Verwendung in
folgender/folgenden Umgebung(en):
• Wohngegenden
• Gewerbegebiete
• Leichtindustriegebiete (Diese Ausrüstung
erfüllt die Bestimmungen der Norm
EN55022, Klasse B.)
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
zugänlich sein soll.
Compliance
Statements
Disposal of Old Electrical &
Electronic Equipment (Applicable in
the European Union and other
European countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the product or
on its packaging indicates that
this product shall not be treated
as household waste. Instead it
shall be handed over to the
applicable collection point for
the recycling of electrical and
electronic equipment. By ensuring this
product is disposed of correctly, you will
help prevent potential negative
consequences for the environment and
human health, which could otherwise be
caused by inappropriate waste handling of
this product. The recycling of materials will
help to conserve natural resources. For more
detailed information about recycling of this
product, please contact your local Civic
Office, your household waste disposal
service or the shop where you purchased the
product.
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Table of Contents
Safety Regulations .......................... 2
Compliance Statements .................. 3
Setup
Using the Setup Mode ...................42
Introducing DVDirect
Introduction .................................... 7
Features ........................................... 8
Package Contents ............................ 9
Parts and Controls ......................... 10
Turning the Power On/Off ............ 13
Rec Quality ...............................43
Stop Timer ................................43
Auto Chapter .............................44
Finalize .......................................44
Erase ...........................................47
System Info .................................48
Color System ..............................48
Viewing the Display Window ...... 14
Inserting a Disc ............................. 15
Creating a Video DVD
Creating a Video DVD ................. 17
Types of Recording .................... 17
Supported Camcorders/Video
Devices and Recording Modes ... 20
Writable Discs That Can Be Used
for Creating Video DVDs .......... 22
About Created Video DVDs ...... 23
One Touch Recording Through
HDD Camcorder Control
(DVD BURN) .............................. 25
One Touch Recording
(Full Recording) ........................ 28
Using the DVDirect With a
Computer
System Requirements ....................49
Setting Up the Computer ..............50
Installing the Software ................50
Connecting the DVDirect to a
Computer ....................................50
Disconnection .............................51
Using the Bundled Software .........52
Launching “Nero StartSmart” .....52
Notes on Using Other Software
With the DVDirect ......................52
Additional Information
Incremental Recording ................ 32
About Discs ...................................53
Consolidation Recording ............. 35
Compatible Writable Discs .........53
Recommended Writable Discs ...54
Writable Discs and
Compatibility ..............................54
Precautions on Writing/Playing
Discs ...........................................55
Normal Video Recording ........... 38
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Precautions ....................................57
Support Overview .........................58
User Support Web Site ...............58
System Software Updates ...........58
Technical Support .......................58
Specifications ................................59
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• 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.
• Memory Stick and the memory stick logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
❑ 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 DVDirect. 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.
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B Introducing DVDirect
Introduction
Burning video DVDs
❑ You can burn the entire contents of your
HDD, DVD, or DV camcorder onto a
DVD with one touch of the record
button.
Computer-controlled operation
The DVDirect can be used as a high speed DVD/CD drive with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0compatible) interface when connected to a computer via USB cable.
The DVDirect supports high speed recording to the latest format discs such as DVD+R
double layer and DVD-R dual layer discs.
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Introducing DVDirect
❑ You can record videos from connected
video cameras and AV devices directly
onto DVDs without using a computer.
Features
Depending on the type of device that is connected, you can perform the following
operations with the DVDirect.
In this manual, different icons for each operation appear in section headings and page
corners to make sections that relate to the operations you intend to perform easier to find.
Recording videos from HDD camcorders
Create a DVD using video taken with an HDD camcorder*(connected via a USB cable).
Available functions:
One Touch Recording Through HDD Camcorder Control (DVD BURN) 1 page 25
One Touch Recording (Full Recording)
1 page 28
Incremental Recording
1 page 32
Recording videos from DVD camcorders
Create a DVD using video taken with a DVD camcorder*(connected via a USB
cable) and stored on an 8-cm disc.
Available functions:
One Touch Recording (Full Recording)
Consolidation Recording
1 page 28
1 page 35
Recording videos from DV camcorders
Create a DVD using video taken with a DV camcorder.
Available functions:
One Touch Recording (Full Recording)
1 page 28
Recording videos from miscellaneous video devices
Create a DVD using video taken with an HDD, DVD, DV, or D8 camcorder, or using
video from any other video device equipped with a video output connector. To connect a
device, use the AV cable supplied with your camera or standard video or S-video cables.
Available functions:
Normal Video Recording
1 page 38
* In this manual, “HDD camcorder” refers to the Sony HDD Handycam® and “DVD camcorder” refers to
the Sony DVD Handycam®. The functions available when a camera is connected via USB cable as
described in this manual apply only when the Sony HDD Handycam® or Sony DVD Handycam® is used.
For details, see page 20.
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Package Contents
Please confirm that the package contains the following items. If any of these
items are missing or damaged, please contact your dealer.
• DVDirect
• Hi-Speed USB cable (for PC
connection)
Introducing DVDirect
• AC adaptor
•
•
•
•
•
AC power cord
Quick Start Guide
Operating Instructions (this document)
Software disc
Warranty card
Note
Make sure that you back up the supplied software disc on another disc as the software disc is
not sold separately.
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Parts and Controls
Front and rear
1
2
3
4
5
6
A 1 (Power) button
Turns the DVDirect on or off.
B Emergency eject hole
If you cannot open the disc tray with the
(Eject) button, turn off your computer, and
then insert a thin, elongated object into this hole to eject the disc tray manually.
C Top panel
The buttons and display for operating the DVDirect are located here (page 11).
D Disc tray
Insert a disc here with the label side up (page 15).
E
(Eject) button
Opens and closes the disc tray.
F DC IN connector
Connect the supplied AC adaptor here (page 13).
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Top panel
1
2
Introducing DVDirect
3
4
5
A Display window
Displays input sources, input status, and other information.
B Mm<,cursor /
(Select) button
Selects a function.
C SET UP button
Switches between the recording mode and Setup mode screens.
D
(Stop) button
Stops recording.
E
(Record) button
Starts recording.
Lights red during recording.
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Left side panel
1
2
A USB connector (Type B)
Connect the supplied USB cable here
when connecting the DVDirect to a
computer.
B USB connector (Type A)
Connect the USB cable here when
connecting a HDD or DVD camcorder.
Note
3
4 5 6
E S VIDEO IN connector
Connect an S-video cable (not supplied)
here when connecting the DVDirect to a
video device with an S-video connector,
such as a video camera or VCR.
F DV IN connector (4-pin)
Connect a DV (i.LINK) cable (not
supplied) here when connecting the
DVDirect to a digital video camera.
Only Sony HDD or DVD camcorder input is
supported.
C AUDIO IN L/R connectors
Connect the audio plugs of an AV cable
(not supplied) here when connecting the
DVDirect to a video device, such as a
video camera or VCR.
D VIDEO IN connector
Connect the video plug of an AV cable
(not supplied) here when connecting the
DVDirect to a video device, such as a
video camera or VCR.
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B
Introducing DVDirect
Turning the Power On/Off
1
Connect the supplied AC power cord to the AC adaptor.
2
Insert the power plug of the AC adaptor into the DVDirect’s DC
IN connector.
3
Insert the power plug of the AC power cord into a power outlet.
Introducing DVDirect
Notes
• Be sure to use the supplied AC power cord.
• Do not use damaged cables, such as cables with deformed connectors.
4
Press the 1 (Power) button.
After the display window lights and the DVDirect logo appears, a different
screen appears depending on the DVDirect’s current status.
,
To turn power off
Press the 1 (Power) button again.
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Viewing the Display Window
A Input source
Displays the input source. The DVDirect automatically selects the input
source (USB, VIDEO, S-VIDEO, or DV) by detecting the signal coming
from the connected camcorder or video device through the input
connectors.
The DVDirect selects the input source once the appropriate USB
connection settings on a connected HDD or DVD camcorder are
configured, or once you start video playback to search for a scene to record
from a connected DV camcorder or video device.
Hints
• The selected input source is underlined and a cursor appears in front of it.
• If the correct input source is not selected, you can also manually select it by pressing
M or m while [MODE] appears on the left of the display window (recording mode).
B Recording mode indicator
Appears when the DVDirect is in recording mode.
C Message display area
Displays various messages and setting items.
The , , , and icons indicate that the corresponding M, m, <, and
, cursor buttons can be pressed to scroll through or select items.
D Video device status
Displays the current status of the connected video device and DVDirect.
No Signal: Appears when a video signal is not detected from the selected
input source.
Recording: Appears when the
(Record) button is lit and recording is
in progress.
Ready:
Appears when the DVDirect is ready to record and the
(Record) button can be pressed to start recording onto a disc.
E Setup mode indicator
Appears when the DVDirect is in Setup mode.
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Inserting a Disc
To insert a disc, perform the following while the DVDirect is turned on.
Press the
(Eject) button.
The disc tray ejects.
2
Place the disc in the disc tray with its label facing up, and press
the
(Eject) button again.
Introducing DVDirect
1
Notes
• Do not touch the recording side of the disc.
• When inserting the disc, make sure it rests flat under the four tabs on the disc tray.
When the
(Eject) button is pressed again, the disc tray closes and the DVDirect starts
reading the inserted disc.
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When a new disc is inserted
When a new disc is inserted, the disc will be formatted automatically. If the
new disc inserted is a DVD+R disc, a message prompting you to select an input
source appears.
To continue with operations, press M or m to select an input source to record
from, and press the
(Select) button.
Note
If a disc that cannot be recorded on is inserted, an indication message appears. If this occurs,
confirm all the compatible discs and replace the disc.
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B Creating a Video DVD
Creating a Video DVD
You can use the DVDirect as a stand-alone DVD recorder to burn videos
directly onto DVDs from a connected HDD, DVD, or DV camcorder or video
device such as a VCR or DVR.
You can play the created video DVD on other DVD devices or the DVD drives
of computers.
Types of Recording
DVD BURN (One Touch Recording Through HDD Camcorder
Control) (page 25)
This mode allows you to record video from an HDD camcorder onto a disc by
simply pressing the DVD BURN button on the camera or Handycam Station
(or touching the [DVD BURN] button in the camera’s LCD screen).
The actual recording process is the same as that of Incremental Recording (see
below), and you can record additional video onto a disc that has been
previously recorded on.
Full Recording (One touch recording) (page 28)
This mode allows you to record video from a digital video camera connected
to the DVDirect with a single touch of the
(Record) button onto a DVD.
The video is recorded as follows:
HDD camcorder
The entire video content of the camera is recorded onto a disc. (Several discs
may be required depending on the length of the video.)
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Creating a Video DVD
Five types of recording are available for creating video DVDs: DVD BURN,
Full Recording, Incremental Recording, Consolidation Recording, and Normal
Video Recording.
DVD camcorder
The entire video content of the camera’s 8-cm disc is recorded onto a 12-cm
disc.
DV camcorder
The entire content of the videotape is recorded onto a single disc.
The DVDirect controls the camera during the entire process, and completes
creation of the video DVD. The completed DVD is automatically finalized,
allowing immediate playback on DVD players.
Incremental Recording (page 32)
This mode allows you to record the content of an HDD camcorder connected
via a USB cable onto a disc. Using this mode, you can record only the newly
taken contents of a camera whose previous contents have already been
recorded onto a disc.
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Consolidation Recording (page 35)
This mode allows you to record the contents of multiple 8-cm discs from a
DVD camcorder onto the corresponding number of 12-cm discs.
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Creating a Video DVD
Normal Video Recording (page 38)
This mode allows you to create a video DVD using the
(Record) and
(Stop) buttons on the DVDirect and the play, pause, and stop buttons on the
device connected to the DVDirect. You can record from any video device with
a video output connector.
Supported Camcorders/Video Devices and Recording Modes
The recording methods available differ as follows, depending on the type of
camera or device connected to the DVDirect.
Type of Device Interface
Sony HDD
camcorder1)
USB
Sony DVD
camcorder1)
USB
DV
camcorder2)
DV IN
D8
camcorder2)
DV IN
HDV
camcorder2)3)
DV IN
MICROMV
camcorder
DVD
BURN
Full
Recording
Consolida Normal
Incremental
Video
-tion
Recording
Recording Recording
S VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
IN
HDD or DVD
camcorders
from other
manufacturers
S VIDEO
IN
All camcorders
and video
devices
(analog input)
S VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
IN
1) Camcorders
equipped with HD (AVCHD) format are not supported.
compatibility is confirmed with Sony DV, D8, and HDV camcorders only.
3)
Only tapes recorded in DV format are supported.
2) Operation
Notes on presetting camcorders
• The “USB SPEED” setting on HDD and DVD camcorders must be set to
“AUTO.” (“AUTO” is the default setting.)
• The “A/V c DV OUT” setting on DV camcorders must be set to “OFF.”
(“OFF” is the default setting.)
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Notes on time required for recording
When recording from an HDD or DVD camcorder connected via USB cable,
the length of time required depends on the REC mode (HQ, SP, or LP) used to
shoot the video and the number of scenes the video contains. In general, videos
shot in higher image quality modes take longer to be recorded onto a disc. The
following provides a general estimate* of the time required to record a 1-hour
video containing one scene onto a disc.
When recording from an HDD camcorder
HQ mode: about 30 min (1/2 of the video playback length)
SP mode: about 20 min (1/3 of the video playback length)
LP mode: about 10 min (1/6 of the video playback length)
* Depending on circumstances, the length of time required to record may be equal to or more
than the video playback length.
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Creating a Video DVD
When recording from a DVD camcorder
HQ mode: about 60 min (almost equal to the video playback length)
SP mode: about 40 min (2/3 of the video playback length)
LP mode: about 20 min (1/3 of the video playback length)
Writable Discs That Can Be Used for Creating Video DVDs
Compatible disc types for recording differ as follows, depending on the type
of video device and connection interface you are using.
Type of Device
Interface DVD-R
Sony HDD
camcorder
USB
Sony DVD
camcorder
USB
DV camcorder
DV IN
D8 camcorder
DV IN
HDV
camcorder*
DV IN
MICROMV
camcorder
HDD or DVD
camcorders
from other
manufacturers
DVD-R
DL
DVD-RW DVD+R
DVD+R
DVD+RW
DL
S VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
IN
S VIDEO
IN
VIDEO
IN
All camcorders S VIDEO
IN
and video
devices (analog VIDEO
input)
IN
Notes on creating video DVDs
• You cannot record videos with copy-protected signals (commercial DVDs,
VHS software, some programs from satellite or CATV receivers, etc.).
• You cannot make incremental recordings on discs that have been created
using a computer or other DVD recorder.
• When adding video to a video DVD created using a DVD+R disc, you must use
the same interface used during the previous recording to connect the video
device and the DVDirect. For example, you cannot add video from a DVD
camcorder connected via an S-video or video input cable onto a DVD+R disc
with video dubbed from a DVD camcorder that was connected via a USB cable.
• When recording video from an HDD camcorder onto a disc, only the video
images stored in the camera are available for recording. You cannot record still
images stored in the camera onto a disc.
• When using a DVD camcorder, recording is not possible when the disc
inside the DVD camcorder is a DVD-RW disc with video recorded in DVDVR format.
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About Created Video DVDs
Titles and chapters
The contents of a DVD consist of sections, called titles, and smaller subsections, called chapters. When you create a video DVD with the DVDirect,
titles and chapters are created as follows:
For discs created through normal video recording or recording
from DV camcorders connected via DV (i.LINK) cable
Titles are created between the points where you start and stop a recording on
the DVDirect.
Chapters are created according to the [Auto Chapter] setting configured in the
Setup mode (page 44).
Stop/Start
Stop Rec.
Title 1
Title 2
Chapters
Chapters
Chapter marks
Creating a Video DVD
Start Rec.
Chapter marks
For discs created through recording from HDD or DVD
camcorders connected via USB cable
Titles are created at points in the video where the date recorded, REC mode
(from HQ or SP to LP or vice versa), and aspect ratio (from 4:3 to 16:9 or vice
versa) change.
Chapters are created for each scene taken with the HDD or DVD camcorder.
(Scenes are created each time recording is started and then stopped.)
Note
Up to 49 titles per disc and 99 chapters per title can be created. This number may decrease
depending on the quality of the videos.
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DVD menus
A DVD menu is displayed each time a DVD is inserted into a DVD player and
serves as a title page or table of contents for the video DVD.
You can create DVDs that display thumbnail images of titles in their menu
screens.
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One Touch Recording Through HDD
Camcorder Control (DVD BURN)
You can create video DVDs from your HDD camcorder simply by pressing the
camera’s [DVD BURN] button.
1
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 15).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Turn on the HDD camcorder.
4
Connect the camera to the DVDirect.
Connect the camera’s USB connector (Type mini B) to the DVDirect’s
USB connector (Type A) using a USB cable (not supplied).
USB cable (not supplied)
Note
The USB cable supplied with the DVDirect cannot be used to connect to an HDD or
DVD camcorder as the shape of the camera’s connector is different.
After connecting the USB cable, the USB SELECT screen appears in the
camera’s LCD screen.
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Creating a Video DVD
Hint
When a new DVD+R disc is inserted, a message prompting you to select an input source
to record from appears. You do not need to make a selection here as this message will
disappear and recording will start automatically when you press the DVD BURN button
in step 5.
5
Touch [DVD BURN] on the camera’s LCD screen, or press the
DVD BURN button on the camera or Handycam Station.
60min
USB SELECT
DVD
BURN
END
HDD
PictBridge
PRINT
Recording starts, and the progress appears in the display window.
Current disc / Number of required discs
When all of the content of the HDD camcorder is recorded, recording
automatically stops and the
(Record) button dims.
Note
When the contents of the HDD camcorder do not fit on a single disc, the disc will be
finalized once it becomes full, and a message will appear in the display window. Remove
the completed disc, and insert a blank disc. Recording will resume automatically.
6
Press the
(Eject) button.
A message asking whether to finalize the disc just recorded on appears.
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Select whether to finalize the disc.
For details on finalizing discs, see “What is ‘finalize disc’?” (page 46).
To finalize the disc:
Select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button. A confirmation message will
appear, so select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button again. Disc
finalization will begin, and the process may take a few minutes.
When finalization is finished, the disc is ejected and the video DVD is
completed. You can now play the disc on DVD players or the DVD drives
of computers.
Hint
If you eject a disc without finalizing after videos have been recorded, you can add videos
onto the same disc later.
To stop recording
You cannot stop while recording is in progress. You can only stop recording
by pressing the
(Stop) button after a disc becomes full.
Note on recording with the DVD BURN button
This function is only available when the DVDirect is in the following states:
• no button on the DVDirect is pressed after the power is turned on
• the recording mode screen appears in the display window
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To not finalize the disc:
Select [No] and press the
(Select) button. The disc will be ejected
without finalization. This disc is not completed yet, and it cannot be played
with other DVD players or DVD drives of computers.
One Touch Recording (Full Recording)
When an HDD, DVD, or DV camcorder is connected to the DVDirect, you can
use Full Recording to record the video contents of the camera onto a disc with
a single touch of a button.
1
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 15).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Turn on the camera, and set it to playback mode.
For most cameras, switch the power/mode button to the playback, PLAY/
EDIT, or VTR mode to play the video or perform recording. For details,
refer to the operating instructions for your camera.
4
Connect the camera to the DVDirect.
When using an HDD or DVD camcorder
Connect the camera’s USB connector (Type mini B) to the DVDirect’s
USB connector (Type A) using a USB cable (not supplied).
USB cable (not supplied)
Note
The USB cable supplied with the DVDirect cannot be used to connect to an HDD or
DVD camcorder as the shape of the camera’s connector is different.
After connecting the USB cable, the USB SELECT screen appears in the
camera’s LCD screen. Move on to the next step.
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When using a DV camcorder
Connect the camera’s DV connector to the DVDirect’s DV IN connector
using a DV (i.LINK) cable (not supplied).
DV (i.LINK) cable (not supplied)
5
Touch [HDD] (for an HDD camcorder) or [ COMPUTER] (for a
DVD camcorder) on the camera’s LCD screen.
HDD camcorder
DVD camcorder
60min
60min
USB SELECT
DVD
BURN
USB SELECT
END
END
HDD
PictBridge
PRINT
Once you touch the button on the camera’s LCD screen, the DVDirect
detects the connected camera and selects USB as the input source
automatically. [Ready] appears in the display window, indicating that the
DVDirect is ready to record.
Note
Depending on the DVD camcorder you are using, the above USB SELECT screen may
not appear automatically and settings configuration for USB connection may be required
beforehand. Refer to the section on connecting to computers in the operating instructions
for your camcorder when configuring settings on the camcorder.
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After connecting the camera, skip to step 6.
6
Press < or , to switch the recording mode.
Pressing < or , switches the recording mode displayed in the message
display area of the display window. For Full Recording, press < or ,
until [FULL DUBBING] displays.
The following appears in the DVDirect’s display window
DV camcorder
HDD or DVD camcorder
Type of input
REC quality
Recording mode
7
Press the
Remaining time
Number of required discs
(Record) button to start recording.
The DVDirect starts recording at the same time the camera starts playback
or file transfer. [Recording] appears in the display window, and the
(Record) button lights up during recording.
DV camcorder
Recording time
HDD or DVD camcorder
Current disc / Number of required discs
Hint
When using a DV camcorder and the video tape is not at its beginning, the tape is
automatically rewound and played back from the beginning before the DVDirect starts
recording.
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When using an HDD camcorder
When the contents of the HDD camcorder do not fit onto a single disc, a
disc will be finalized once it becomes full, and a message will appear in the
display window. Remove the completed disc, and insert a blank disc.
Recording will resume automatically.
When recording is complete, the disc is automatically ejected. The video
DVD is completed, and you can now play it on DVD players or the DVD
drives of computers.
To stop recording
When using an HDD camcorder
You cannot stop while recording is in progress. You can only stop recording
by pressing the
(Stop) button after a disc becomes full.
When using a DVD camcorder
You cannot stop while recording is in progress.
When using a DV camcorder
Press the
(Stop) button. Playback on the DV camcorder will also stop
automatically.
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When using a DV camcorder.
When a blank portion of the DV tape is reached, recording automatically
stops and the
(Record) button dims.
Incremental Recording
After the video contents of an HDD camcorder are recorded onto a disc,
additional video taken with the same HDD camcorder can be recorded onto a
disc without recording the previous contents again.
1
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 15).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Turn on the HDD camcorder, and set it to PLAY/EDIT mode.
4
Connect the camera to the DVDirect.
Connect the camera’s USB connector (Type mini B) to the DVDirect’s
USB connector (Type A) using a USB cable (not supplied).
USB cable (not supplied)
Note
The USB cable supplied with the DVDirect cannot be used to connect to an HDD or
DVD camcorder as the shape of the camera’s connector is different.
After connecting the USB cable, the USB SELECT screen appears in the
camera’s LCD screen.
5
Touch [HDD] on the camera’s LCD screen.
60min
USB SELECT
DVD
BURN
END
HDD
PictBridge
PRINT
Once you touch the button on the camera’s LCD screen, the DVDirect
detects the connected camera and selects USB as the input source
automatically. [Ready] appears in the display window, indicating that the
DVDirect is ready to record.
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Press < or , to switch the recording mode.
Pressing < or , switches the recording mode displayed in the message
display area of the display window. For Incremental Recording, press <
or , until [INCREMENTAL] displays.
Recording mode
Number of required discs
Press the
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(Record) button to start recording.
Recording begins for the portion of the camera’s video content recorded
after the previous burning to disc.
During recording, the progress appears in the display window.
Current disc / Number of required discs
When all of the new content of the HDD camcorder is recorded, recording
automatically stops and the
(Record) button dims.
Notes
• If the HDD camcorder does not contain new video (all of the video contents have
already been recorded onto a DVD), Incremental Recording is not available. In such a
case, only Full Recording is available.
• When the contents of the HDD camcorder do not fit on a single disc, the disc will be
finalized once it becomes full, and a message will appear in the display window.
Remove the completed disc, and insert a blank disc. Recording will resume
automatically.
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Press the
(Eject) button.
A message asking whether to finalize the disc just recorded on appears.
9
Select whether to finalize the disc.
For details on finalizing discs, see “What is ‘finalize disc’?” (page 46).
To finalize the disc:
Select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button. A confirmation message will
appear, so select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button again. Disc
finalization will begin, and the process may take a few minutes.
When finalization is finished, the disc is ejected and the video DVD is
completed. You can now play the disc on DVD players or the DVD drives
of computers.
To not finalize the disc:
Select [No] and press the
(Select) button. The disc will be ejected
without finalization. This disc is not completed yet, and it cannot be played
with other DVD players or DVD drives of computers.
Hint
If you eject a disc without finalizing after videos have been recorded, you can add videos
onto the same disc later.
To stop recording
You cannot stop while recording is in progress. You can only stop recording
by pressing the
(Stop) button after a disc becomes full.
Note on Incremental Recording
Always use the 1 (Power) button to turn off the DVDirect after Incremental
Recording is finished. If you turn off the power by pulling out the AC power
cord, the DVDirect will not be able to detect newly taken video properly, and
Incremental Recording will not be possible the next time you attempt to
perform it.
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Consolidation Recording
When you have multiple 8-cm discs containing video taken with a DVD
camcorder, you can consolidate and record the video onto the corresponding
number of 12-cm discs.
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 15).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Turn on the camera, and set it to playback mode.
For most cameras, switch the power/mode button to the playback or
PLAY/EDIT mode to perform recording. For details, refer to the operating
instructions for your camera.
4
Connect the DVD camcorder to the DVDirect.
Connect the camera’s USB connector (Type mini B) to the DVDirect’s
USB connector (Type A) using a USB cable (not supplied).
USB cable (not supplied)
Note
The USB cable supplied with the DVDirect cannot be used to connect to an HDD or
DVD camcorder as the shape of the camera’s connector is different.
After connecting the USB cable, the USB SELECT screen appears in the
camera’s LCD screen.
5
Touch [
COMPUTER] on the camera’s LCD screen.
60min
USB SELECT
END
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1
Once you touch the button on the camera’s LCD screen, the DVDirect
detects the connected camera and selects USB as the input source
automatically. [Ready] appears in the display window, indicating that the
DVDirect is ready to record.
Note
Depending on the DVD camcorder you are using, the above USB SELECT screen may
not appear automatically and settings configuration for USB connection may be required
beforehand. Refer to the section on connecting to computers in the operating instructions
for your camcorder when configuring settings on the camcorder.
6
Press < or , to switch the recording mode.
Pressing < or , switches the recording mode displayed in the message
display area of the display window. For Consolidation Recording, press
< or , until [CONSOLIDATE] displays.
Recording mode
Number of required discs
7
Press the
(Record) button to start recording.
During recording, the progress appears in the display window.
Recording automatically stops and the
(Record) button dims.
Hint
To consolidate the video contents of another 8-cm disc onto the current disc, replace the
8-cm disc in the DVD camcorder with the other 8-cm disc, and rpress the
(Record)
button on the DVDirect.
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Press the
(Eject) button.
A message asking whether to finalize the disc just recorded on appears.
9
Select whether to finalize the disc.
For details on finalizing discs, see “What is ‘finalize disc’?” (page 46).
To finalize the disc:
Select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button. A confirmation message will
appear, so select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button again. Disc
finalization will begin, and the process may take a few minutes.
When finalization is finished, the disc is ejected and the video DVD is
completed. You can now play the disc on DVD players or the DVD drives
of computers.
To not finalize the disc:
Select [No] and press the
(Select) button. The disc will be ejected
without finalization. This disc is not completed yet, and it cannot be played
with other DVD players or DVD drives of computers.
Hint
If you eject a disc without finalizing after videos have been recorded, you can consolidate
videos recorded on other 8-cm DVDs onto the same disc later.
Note
You cannot stop while recording is in progress. Wait until it stops automatically.
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Normal Video Recording
To burn video from a video device such as a VCR or DVR onto a disc, connect
the device to the DVDirect via an S-video or AV cable. Operate the video
device to play back the portion you want to record, and use the
(Record)
and
(Stop) buttons on the DVDirect to record. You can use the same
operation to record from a DV camcorder connected to the DVDirect via a DV
(i.LINK) cable.
1
Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
A message prompting you to insert a disc appears in the display window.
2
Insert a disc (page 15).
The DVDirect starts reading the inserted disc.
3
Turn on the camera or video device, and set it to playback mode.
For most cameras, switch the power/mode button to the playback, PLAY/
EDIT, or VTR mode to play the tape or perform recording. For details,
refer to the operating instructions for your camera.
4
Connect the camera or video device to the DVDirect.
When connecting a DV camcorder using a DV (i.LINK) cable
Connect the camera’s DV connector to the DVDirect's DV IN connector
using a DV (i.LINK) cable (not supplied).
DV (i.LINK) cable (not supplied)
When connecting a video device using an AV or S-video cable
Use an AV or S-video cable (both not supplied) when connecting a video
device such as a VCR or DVR to the DVDirect.
Note
Regardless of which of the two cables is used, recording is always performed with
normal video recording.
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For AV cables:
Connect the video device’s audio/video output connectors to the
DVDirect’s AUDIO IN/VIDEO IN connectors using the AV cable (not
supplied).
To audio/video output
or
Hint
The connectors on a video device differ depending on the device. Refer to the operating
instructions for your device, and use the appropriate AV cable.
For S-video cables:
Connect the video device’s S-video out connector to the DVDirect’s S
VIDEO IN connector using the S-video cable (not supplied). You must
also connect an audio cable for audio input.
To audio/S-video output
Audio cable
(not supplied)
S-video cable (not supplied)
Hint
If your video device has an S-video connector, use an S-video cable for improved picture
quality (compared to video cable quality).
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AV cable (not supplied)
5
Operate the camera or video device to start playback of video.
The following appears in the DVDirect’s display window.
REC quality
Remaining time
Hint
The DVDirect detects and selects video input signals automatically when you play back
video from the connected video device. If the correct input source is not selected, press
M or m to select the correct input manually (page 14).
6
Press the
(Record) button to start recording.
Recording of video from the camera or video device starts. During
recording, the progress appears in the display window.
Recording time
Note
If you stop playback on the camera or video device during recording (or the video signal
is interrupted), the DVDirect pauses recording and the
(Record) button flashes
slowly. To resume recording, restart playback on the video device. If no video signal is
detected for 2 minutes, recording stops.
7
Press the
(Stop) button to stop recording.
Wait a moment until the display window changes.
8
To record additional video, repeat steps 5 to 7.
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When you are finished recording, press the
(Eject) button.
A message asking whether to finalize the disc just recorded on appears.
Hint
10
Select whether to finalize the disc.
For details on finalizing discs, see “What is ‘finalize disc’?” (page 46).
To finalize the disc:
Select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button. A confirmation message will
appear, so select [Yes] and press the
(Select) button again. Disc
finalization will begin, and the process may take a few minutes.
When finalization is finished, the disc is ejected and the video DVD is
completed. You can now play the disc on DVD players or the DVD drives
of computers.
To not finalize the disc:
Select [No] and press the
(Select) button. The disc will be ejected
without finalization. This disc is not completed yet, and it cannot be played
on other DVD players or the DVD drives of computers.
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This message will not appear when using a DVD+RW disc. (DVD+RW discs are
automatically finalized and ejected.)
B Setup
Using the Setup Mode
You can change the various settings for creating discs in the Setup mode.
The following explains how to use the Setup mode.
1
Turn on the DVDirect.
The display window turns on.
2
Press the SET UP button.
Setting items appear in the display window one at a time.
3
Press M or m to scroll through the setting items.
4
Press < or , to change a setting, and press the
button.
5
Press the SET UP button when you are finished changing the
settings.
The recording mode screen reappears in the display window.
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(Select)
Rec Quality
Select the recording quality to use when creating a video DVD. This setting
only applies to Full Recording (DV camcorder) and Normal Video Recording
modes.
Rec Quality
Default
setting
Picture
quality
Recording time (approx.)
Single layer
disc
Double layer
disc
High
1 hour
2 hours
HSP
R
1.5 hours
3 hours
SP
Standard
2 hours
4 hours
LP
R
3 hours
6 hours
SLP
Low
6 hours
12 hours
Setup
HQ
Stop Timer
Select the preset time used to stop recording automatically when creating a
video DVD. This setting only applies to Normal Video Recording mode. This
setting only applies to Full Recording (DV camcorder) and Normal Video
Recording modes.
Setting
Default setting
Feature
none
30min to 8h
Recording automatically stops when the
preset time has passed after recording starts.
30 min, 60 min, 90 min, 2h, 3h, 4h, 6h, 8h are
available.
Note
The [Stop Timer] setting is cancelled when the recording is completed, the
is pressed during recording, or the power is turned off.
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Auto Chapter
Specify a time interval at which to create chapter marks automatically on a
video DVD. This setting only applies to Full Recording (DV camcorder) and
Normal Video Recording modes.
Setting
Default setting
none
5 minutes
10 minutes
15 minutes
Finalize
Finalize a disc that was not finalized when ejected (page 46).
Hint
When using a DVD+RW disc, you do not need to finalize it.
1
Insert a disc to finalize, press m to select [Finalize], and press the
(Select) button.
The following message appears.
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Press < or , to select [Yes], and press the
The following message appears.
(Select) button.
3
Press < or , to select [Yes], and press the
The DVDirect starts finalization.
The following message appears.
(Select) button.
Setup
2
Note
It takes a few minutes to complete finalizing for a video DVD.
When finalization is finished, the following screen appears.
4
Press the SET UP button.
The recording mode screen reappears in the display window.
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What is “finalize disc”?
To finalize the disc means to make the created disc playable on other DVD
devices.
When ejecting a disc immediately after recording, the DVDirect asks you if
you want to finalize the disc or not.
You can select to finalize the disc or not depending on your purpose.
(You can also finalize the disc from the Setup mode (page 42)).
Generally, you complete the disc by finalizing.
The finalized disc can be used like DVD-Video or DVD-ROM discs on a DVD
device.
See the following to check if finalizing is necessary for your intended
purposes.
Finalize the disc
• to create a disc playable on standard DVD players.
• to create a disc readable on standard DVD drives of computers.
• to create a disc to be distributed to others.
• to create a 100% complete disc (you do not intend to add videos later).
Do not finalize the disc
• when you want to add videos to the same disc with the DVDirect later.
• when you are not finished creating the disc (not yet playable on other DVD
devices).
The following shows the differences between a finalized disc and an
unfinalized disc.
Finalized disc
Unfinalized disc
Playing on standard DVD
players
—
Reading on DVD drives of
computers
—
Adding videos on the same disc
later
—
Note
When using a DVD+RW disc, finalizing is unnecessary; no message prompting finalization
appears when ejecting the disc, and there is no need to finalize from the Setup mode.
You can always add videos on a DVD+RW disc with the DVDirect, and the disc can always
be played with a DVD player or the DVD drive of a computer.
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Erase
Erase all data recorded on a DVD+RW or DVD-RW disc. The erased disc is
reusable as a blank disc.
Notes
• Be aware that this operation erases all data.
• You cannot erase individual titles or chapters.
1
Insert a disc to erase, press m to select [Erase], and press the
(Select) button.
Setup
The following message appears.
2
Press < or , to select [Yes], and press the
The following message appears.
(Select) button.
Sure?
[No] Yes
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3
Press < or , to select [Yes], and press the
The DVDirect starts erasing.
The following message appears.
(Select) button.
When erasing is finished, the following message appears.
4
Press the SET UP button.
The recording mode screen reappears in the display window.
System Info
You can check the system software version of the DVDirect.
Press m to select [System Info], and press the
(Select) button to display the
software version in the display window.
Hint
The system software is the built-in software that makes the DVDirect work.
Color System
Displays the color system used to create discs with the DVDirect. A created
disc cannot be played if there is a difference between the color system of the
disc and that of the DVD player.
Note
The appropriate color system is preset or the setting may not be selectable depending on the
country or region of use.
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B Using the DVDirect With a Computer
System Requirements
When using the DVDirect with your computer (PC Mode), the computer
system should meet the following requirements.*
*
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.
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Using the DVDirect With a Computer
❑ CPU: Pentium III, 800 MHz or higher (Pentium 4, 2 GHz or higher
recommended)
❑ RAM: 256 MB (512 MB or more recommended)
❑ 1 GB (10 GB for DVD creation) free hard disk space or more recommended
❑ Operating system:
Windows 2000 SP4 or Windows XP Home/Professional SP2
❑ Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant) port
Setting Up the Computer
Installing the Software
1
Insert the supplied software disc into a drive on the computer.
The installer will start automatically.
Note
If the “Language Selection” screen appears, click a language button, and then click
“Application Install” to continue installation.
2
Click [Nero 7 Essentials] to install the software.
Click [Nero 7 Essentials]
3
After installation is completed, continue to install other options,
or click [EXIT] to finish installation.
Connecting the DVDirect to a Computer
1
Connect the DVDirect to a power source using the AC adaptor
(page 13).
2
Connect the supplied USB cable to the DVDirect.
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Press the 1 (Power) button to turn on the DVDirect.
4
Turn on your computer.
5
Connect the other end of the USB cable to your computer.
[PC Mode] appears in the display window.
Note
Please connect the DVDirect directly to a USB connector on the computer.
Using the DVDirect With a Computer
Computer
Click [My computer] and make sure the DVDirect icon has been added.
You can now use the DVDirect with your computer.
Disconnection
The disconnection procedure varies depending on your OS.
When your computer detects the DVDirect successfully,
appears on the
Windows task bar. If you want to disconnect the DVDirect, you must first stop
it by clicking this icon.
1
Click
on the task bar, and select to disconnect the DVDirect
in the shortcut menu.
2
Follow the messages that appear, 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 Bundled Software
Use the bundled software to create or play back CDs and DVDs on your
computer with the DVDirect.
Launching “Nero StartSmart”
Using “Nero StartSmart,” your central starting point for all your audio, video,
data, backup, and recording tasks, you can choose a task from several
categories, launch Nero applications, use tools, and view manuals. (Refer to
the manuals or the online help for each application for details on their
operation.)
To launch “Nero StartSmart,” double-click the “Nero StartSmart”
icon, or
start [Nero StartSmart] from the program menu.
Task icons
Applications
Tools
Manuals
Move the cursor onto each icon or application to display a summary in a popup window. Click any of the icons or applications that you intend to use.
Notes on Using Other Software With the DVDirect
• Using software other than the bundled software (such as commercially
available software, shareware, or freeware) to write data to disc with the
DVDirect is not under warranty, and Sony provides no customer service for
such use.
• Make sure that the bundled writing software and other writing software do
not coexist on your computer. In particular, if another packet writing
software* exists in your computer, the software and/or computer may operate
erratically.
*
Such as Drag-to-Disc (ROXIO), Direct CD (ROXIO), B’s CLIP (BHA), or DLA (Sonic).
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B Additional Information
About Discs
Compatible Writable Discs
The following writable discs are compatible with the DVDirect.
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Using without
computer
Using with computer
Write
Read/
Playback
DVD+R
DVD+R DL
(Double layer)
DVD+RW
*
DVD+RW
High speed
*
DVD-R
DVD-R DL
(Dual layer)
DVD-RW
CD-R
CD-RW
CD-RW
High speed
CD-RW
ultra speed
CD-RW
ultra speed plus
**
* Except when recording from HDD or DVD camcorder with USB interface.
**Maximum ×16 speed
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Additional Information
Disc type
Disc diameters
DVD
CD
Read
Write
12 cm
8 cm
—
12 cm
8 cm
Note
Only round discs should be used with the DVDirect. Never use odd-shaped discs (stars,
hearts, card shape, etc.), as they may damage the DVDirect
Recommended Writable Discs
We strongly 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 the DVDirect has been guaranteed on the user support web site. See
page 58 for details.
Note
You can safely use most disc formats that comply with conventional standards with the
DVDirect. However, bear in mind that some commercially available discs do not comply
with the quality or performance standards necessary for use with the DVDirect. If you use
such discs, the DVDirect may automatically adjust the writing speed, or it may not be able to
write at all. Even if discs are successfully written on, they may cause errors when read.
Writable Discs and Compatibility
CD-R discs
Data can be written on this type of disc only once, and once it has been written,
it cannot be erased. Music CDs created on this media can be played on standard
CD players.
CD-RW discs
Data can be written on 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 this media cannot be played on a CD player unless it is
CD-RW compatible.
DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+R DL, and DVD-R DL discs
Data can be written on this type of disc only once, and once it has been written,
it cannot be erased.
DVD+R DL (double layer) and DVD-R DL (dual layer) discs have two layers
on one side of the disc and have double the capacity conventional one-layer
discs.
DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs
Data can be written on or erased from this type of disc repeatedly. Typically,
a new DVD+RW or DVD-RW disc can be rewritten about 1,000 times.
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*Playback compatibility is not under warranty.
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 with your writing software. For details on configuring
the setting, refer to your writing software documentation.
• Writing speed may be adjusted automatically depending on the quality of the
disc used. In addition, writing speed may be limited by the transfer rate of
the computer, or the DVDirect may limit writing speed to preserve a good
reading quality.
DVD region codes
The playback of DVD-Video (DVD discs) is protected and controlled by a
region code setting. To use the DVDirect to play back DVD-Video on your
computer, the region code on the DVD, DVDirect, and DVD-Video playback
software must be identical.
The region code on the DVDirect can be changed up to five times, including
the initial assignment (RPC phase 2* standard). After changing the region code
five times, the setting becomes permanent and can no longer be changed. From
that point on, you can only play back DVD-Video whose region code matches
the one set at the fifth time.
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Additional Information
About playback/reading compatibility
CD-R and CD-RW discs created with the DVDirect can be read on most CDROM drives. However, some older CD-ROM drives cannot read CD-RW
discs.
In addition, CD-R music discs created and finalized with the DVDirect can be
played on most CD players, but there are some CD players and automobile CD
players that do not support or guarantee playback of CD-R discs.
Because of the differences in quality and characteristics between various CDROM drive, CD player, CD-R disc, and CD-RW disc manufacturers, playback
may not be possible depending on the combination.*
DVD-Video discs created and finalized with the DVDirect can be played back
on most standard DVD players. In addition, DVD-ROM discs created and
finalized with the DVDirect can be played back on almost all DVD drives.
However, depending on the combination of the type of player/drive and the
disc, playback/reading may not be supported or possible. For example, some
drives do not support multi-session/multi-border DVD-ROM discs. In such
cases, the drive may only read the first session/border of the disc.
Further, because of the differences in quality and characteristics between
various DVD drive, DVD player, and disc manufacturers, playback/reading
may not be possible depending on the combination.
* Region Playback Control (RPC) standard.
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 DVDirect from it’s properties dialog box which is
accessible from the Device Manager.
• DVDs created in stand-alone operation have the region code “All.”
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.
About copy controlled CDs
The DVDirect 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 DVDirect. When using the DVDirect 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 for your
audio CD.
Note on DualDiscs
A DualDisc is a two sided disc 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 the DVDirect is not guaranteed.
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Precautions
Operation and storage conditions
Avoid using or storing the DVDirect in hot
or humid locations, or places where it might
be subject to severe vibration or direct
sunlight.
Transportation
• Please repack the DVDirect in its original
carton when shipping by itself.
• If the DVDirect is to be shipped, remove
any disc beforehand.
• Do not store discs in dusty 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
Do not expose the DVDirect to sudden
temperature changes. Do not use the
DVDirect immediately after moving it from
a cold to warm location or raising the room
temperature suddenly, as condensation may
have formed within the DVDirect. If the
temperature changes suddenly while using
the DVDirect, keep the power on, but stop
using it 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 DVDirect
• Latest system software (firmware)
• Frequently asked questions
• Troubleshooting guide
• Compatible discs
• Supported camcorders
• Operating instructions
• Others
Accessing the user support web
site
Sony Storage Support web sites
(As of August, 2006)
http://sony.storagesupport.com/
*
Information in English only.
About the Bundled Software
Detailed information about the supplied
software is available on the web site of the
software manufacturer.
http://www.nero.com
System Software Updates
We recommend using the DVDirect with the
latest system software (also referred to as
firmware) as some problems encountered
when using the DVDirect can be solved
simply by updating the system software. The
system software updates are available on the
user support web site. Access the site, make
sure that there is an update for your
DVDirect, and follow the instructions on the
screen to proceed with download and
installation.
Please visit the web sites on this page for
technical support and other information on
the DVDirect and the supplied software.
When asking questions by telephone or
e-mail, please have the following
information available:
•
•
•
•
•
Model number: VRD-VC30
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 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.
Sony Global Sites Information
(As of June, 2006)
Product purchased in the USA:*
http://sony.storagesupport.com/
Product purchased in Canada:
http://www.sony.ca/
Product purchased in Australia or New
Zealand:
http://www.sony.com.au/
Product purchased in Europe:*
http://www.sonyisstorage.com/
Product purchased in Hong Kong:*
http://www.sony.com.hk/Electronics/cp
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Product purchased in China:*
http://www.sony.com.cn/ed/cp
Specifications
Product purchased in Singapore:
http://www.sony-asia.com/storage/
Stand-alone operation
Product purchased in Taiwan:*
http://www.sony.com.tw/ds/
Product purchased in Korea:*
http://www.sony.co.kr/cp
Product purchased in Brazil:
http://www.sony.com.br/eletronicos
Product purchased in the Middle East:
http://www.sony-mea.com/
* Local Web sites for computer peripheral
products
Recordable discs
DVD+R
DVD+R DL
DVD+RW
DVD-R
DVD-RW
Video encoding
MPEG-2
Audio encoding
Dolby Digital (2ch)
DVD/CD rewritable drive
Maximum write speed*/Recordable discs
DVD+R DL 8x, DVD+R 16x,
DVD+RW 8x, DVD-R DL 8x, DVD-R
16x, DVD-RW 6x, CD-R 40x, CD-RW
24x
Maximum read speed
DVD-ROM 16x, DVD-Video 6x,
CD-ROM 40x, CD-DA 8x
Buffer capacity
2 MB
* Use discs appropriate to each writing speed.
Interface
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
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USB port
Type A 2), type B
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant)
1)
For DV input from DV or Digital8 camcorder
only.
You cannot record video from MICROMV or
HDV camcorders (HDV format) and other
digital video devices having the i.LINK
connector. You cannot use the DVDirect by
connecting it to a computer with an i.LINK
connector.
2)
For Sony HDD or DVD camcorder (excluding
camcorders supporting AVCHD format)
connection only.
General
Power
DC 12 V (supplied from the DC IN jack)
Consumption
Max. 2.5 A
AC adaptor*
Type: MPA-AC1
Input: 100 V - 240 V
Output: DC 12 V/3 A
* Use an AC power cord appropriate to the
region or country of use.
Size
Approx. 204 × 65 × 222 mm (W×H×D)
Weight
Approx. 1.75 kg
Operating temperature
5 ºC to 35 ºC
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
Screen displays in this manual may not be
the same as those of the product.
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