NEC NDH-81 NDH-161 Owner's Manual

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  • Page 1 RH1657.1658W_NA2ANN_ENG HDD/DVD RECORDER OWNER’S MANUAL MODEL: NDH-81 NDH-161 Before connecting, operating or adjusting this product, please read this instruction booklet carefully and completely.
  • Page 2 CAUTION RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT OPEN CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK) NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL This lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction ......4-9 Symbol Used in this Manual ....4 Notes on Discs .
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Introduction To ensure proper use of this product, please read this owner’s manual carefully and retain for future reference. This manual provides information on the operation and maintenance of your recorder. Should the unit require service, contact an authorized service location. About the Symbol Display “...
  • Page 5: Recordable And Playable Discs

    Verbatim (8x) Note: If a DVD-RW/DVD+RW discs is recorded using a personal computer or other DVD recorder, you cannot format the disc using this recorder. So if you want to use the disc on this recorder, you must format the disc using the original recorder.
  • Page 6: Playable Discs

    Playable Discs DVD (8 cm / 12 cm disc) Discs such as movies that can be purchased or rented Video CD (VCD) (8 cm / 12 cm disc) VIDEO CDs or CD-Rs/CD-RWs in VIDEO CD/Super VIDEO CD format Audio CD (8 cm / 12 cm disc) Music CDs or CD-Rs/CD-RWs in music CD format that can be purchased CD-R/CD-RW (8 cm / 12 cm disc) CD-R/CD-RW discs that contain audio titles, DivX, MP3, WMA, or JPEG files.
  • Page 7: About The Internal Hard Disk Drive

    About the internal hard disk drive The internal hard disk drive (HDD) is a fragile piece of equipment. Please use the recorder following the guidelines below to protect against possible HDD failure. We recommend that you back up your important recordings onto DVD discs in order to protect against accidental loss.
  • Page 8: Front Panel

    Front Panel a OPERATE button Switches the recorder ON or OFF. b Disc Tray Insert a disc here. c Display window Shows the current status of the recorder. T/S: Indicates the timeshifting mode. REC: The recorder is recording. HDD: The recorder is HDD mode. DVD: The recorder is DVD mode.
  • Page 9: Remote Control

    Remote Control AV/INPUT: Changes the input to use for recording (Tuner, AV1-2, or DV IN). 0-9 numerical buttons: Selects numbered options in a menu. DUBBING: Copies DVD to HDD (or HDD to DVD). AUDIO ( language or audio channel. SUBTITLE ( ): Selects a subtitle language.
  • Page 10: Hookup And Settings

    Hookup and Settings Rear Panel a AERIAL Connect the aerial to this terminal. b AV OUT (VIDEO / AUDIO OUT (Left/Right)) Connect to a TV with video/audio inputs. c AV IN 1 (VIDEO IN/AUDIO IN (Left/Right)) Connect the audio/video output of an external source (Audio system, TV/ Monitor, VCR, Camcorder, etc.).
  • Page 11: Connections To Your Tv

    Connections to Your TV Make one of the following connections, depending on the capabilities of your existing equipment. Tips Depending on your TV and other equipment you wish to connect, there are various ways you could connect the recorder. Use only one of the connections described below.
  • Page 12: Connecting To An Amplifier

    Connecting to an Amplifier Connecting to an amplifier equipped with two channel analog stereo or Dolby Pro Logic ll/ Pro Logic Connect the Left and Right AUDIO OUT jacks on the recorder to the audio left and right in jacks on your amplifier, receiver, or stereo system, using the audio cables (A).
  • Page 13: Accessory Audio/Video (A/V) Connections

    Accessory Audio/Video (A/V) Connections Connecting to the AV IN 1 or AV IN 2 Jacks Connect the input jacks (AV IN 1, AV IN 2) on the recorder to the audio/video out jacks on your accessory component, using audio/video cables. Note: If you use the S-VIDEO IN jack on the front panel, the VIDEO IN jack on the front panel is not available.
  • Page 14: Using The Home Menu

    Using the Home Menu From the Home Menu screen you can access all the Media for playback and recording of the recorder. 1. Press HOME to display the Home Menu screen. 2. Use the b / B buttons to select a main option you want.
  • Page 15: Program Edit

    General Settings (Continued) Program Edit You can edit a channel manually (add, delete, name, move, etc.). 1. Select [Program Edit] option then press B. 2. Press ENTER while [Edit] is selected. The Program List menu appears. 3. Use v / V to select a PR number then press ENTER.
  • Page 16: General Settings

    General Settings (Continued) Manual Clock Set 1. Select [Clock set] option then press B. 2. Enter the necessary information for date and time. b / B (left/right): Moves the cursor to the previous or next column. v / V (up/down): Changes the setting at the current cursor position.
  • Page 17: Language Settings

    Language Settings Display Menu Select a language for the Setup menu and on-screen display. Disc Menu/Audio/Subtitle [Original]Refers to the original language in which the disc was recorded. [Other] To select another language, press number buttons then ENTER to enter the corresponding 4-digit number according to the language code list in the reference chapter (see page 52).
  • Page 18: Lock (Parental Control) Settings

    Lock (Parental Control) Settings Rating Blocks playback of rated DVDs based on their content. Not all discs are rated. 1. Select [Rating] option then press B. 2. To access the Rating, Password and Area Code features, you must input the 4-digit security code you created.
  • Page 19: Recording Settings

    Recording Settings Record Mode Set You can set the picture quality for recording; XP (High Quality), SP (Standard Quality), LP (Low Quality), EP (Extend Quality). Record Aspect When DVD recording, you can set the recording aspect ratio to suit the material you’re recording (16:9 or 4:3).
  • Page 20: Finalize / Disc Label

    Disc Settings (Continued) Finalize Finalizing ‘fixes’ the recordings in place so that the disc can be played on a regular DVD player or computer equipped with a suitable DVD-ROM drive. Finalizing a Video mode disc creates a menu screen for navigating the disc. This is accessed by pressing MENU/LIST or TITLE.
  • Page 21: General Explanation Of On-Screen Display

    General Explanation of On-Screen Display This manual gives basic instructions for operating the recorder. Some DVDs require specific operation or allow only limited operation during playback. When this occurs, the symbol appears on the TV screen, indicating that the operation is not permitted by the recorder or is not available on the disc.
  • Page 22: Playback

    Playback General Playback Features 1. Load your chosen disc in the tray, with the playback side down. 2. Starts playback using HOME menu (see page 14). To play a movie, select “MOVIE”, then select the media where the movie is located. 3.
  • Page 23 General Playback Features (Continued) Buttons Operations REPEAT During playback, press REPEAT repeatedly to select a desired repeat mode. HDD (Title/Off), DVD (Chapter/Title/Off) VR mode DVD-RW (Chapter/Title/All/Off) Video CD, Audio CD (Track/All/Off) MP3/WMA (Track/Folder/Off) Notes: On a Video CD with PBC, you must set PBC to [OFF] in the Setup menu to use the Repeat function.
  • Page 24 If a menu screen is displayed The menu screen may be displayed first after loading a DVD or Video CD which contains a menu. Use the b / B / v / V buttons to select the title/chapter you want to view, then press ENTER to start playback.
  • Page 25 3D Surround Video DivX This unit can produce a 3D Surround effect, which simulates multi-channel audio playback from two conventional stereo speakers, instead of the five or more speakers normally required to listen to multi- channel audio from a home theater system. 1.
  • Page 26: Playing A Divx Movie File

    Playing a DivX Movie File The recorder can play DivX files. Before playing DivX files, read “DivX file requirement” on right. 1. Press HOME then select [MOVIE] option. 2. Select a media that contains DivX file(s) then press ENTER. The [Movie List] menu appears on the TV screen. 3.
  • Page 27: Playing An Audio Cd Or Mp3/Wma File

    Playing an Audio CD or MP3/WMA file The recorder can play audio CDs and MP3/WMA files. Before playing MP3/WMA files, read “MP3/WMA audio file requirement” on right. 1. Press HOME. The HOME menu appears. 2. Select [MUSIC] option. 3. Select a media that contains MP3/WMA or audio title then press ENTER.
  • Page 28: Program Playback With Audio Cd And Mp3/Wma File

    Program Playback with Audio CD and MP3/WMA file Program Playback enables you to make custom playlists of Audio CD or MP3/WMA tracks. Programs can contain up to 99 Audio CD tracks or 256 MP3/WMA files. 1. Use v / V to select a track/file (or folder) on the Audio CD or Music menu.
  • Page 29: Viewing A Jpeg File

    Viewing a JPEG File The recorder can play JPEG files. Before playing JPEG recordings, read “Photo file requirement” on right. 1. Press HOME. The HOME menu appears. 2. Select [PHOTO] option. 3. Select a media that contains JPEG file then press ENTER.
  • Page 30 Skip Images While viewing a picture, press SKIP (.or >) once to advance to the next file or return to the previous file. Rotate Images Use v / V while viewing a picture to flip the picture clockwise or counterclockwise. View Slide Shows 1.
  • Page 31: Editing A Mp3/Wma, Jpeg, Divx File

    Editing a MP3/WMA, JPEG, DivX file These descriptions are MP3 file’s operation for example, other kind’s files are operated same way. Erasing a file(s)/folder(s) from the HDD You can erase MP3/WMA, JPEG or DivX file(s)/ folder(s) on the HDD. 1. Select a file you wish to erase on the menu. You can select all files and folders on the menu by pressing CLEAR button.
  • Page 32 Copying a file(s) to another media or folder You can copy a file(s)/folder(s) to another media or folder. 1. Select a file you wish to copy on the menu. You can select all files and folders on the menu by pressing CLEAR button.
  • Page 33: Recording

    Recording About DVD recording Notes: This recorder cannot make recordings on CD-R or CD-RW discs. Our company takes no responsibility for recording failure due to power outages, defective discs, or damage to the Recorder. Fingerprints and small scratches on a disc can affect playback and/or recording performance.
  • Page 34: Timeshift

    Timeshift Do not miss a scene from a live broadcast. If the telephone rings while you are watching your favorite live broadcast, just press “TIMESHIFT” and “PAUSE” before answering the phone. The timeshift function will be activated and the broadcast is then recorded for later viewing.
  • Page 35: Basic Recording From A Tv

    Basic Recording from a TV Follow the instructions below to record a TV program. Recording starts immediately and continues until the disc is full or you stop the recording. Note: You must load a recordable disc for DVD recording. 1. Press HOME. The HOME menu appears.
  • Page 36: Timer Recording

    Timer Recording This recorder can be programmed to record up to 16 programs within a period of 1 month. For unattended recording, the timer needs to know the channels to be recorded, the starting and ending time. Note: If you use a completely blank disc for timer recording, you must format the disc before starting timer recording.
  • Page 37: Checking Timer Recording Details

    Checking Timer Recording Details Programming can be checked whenever the recorder is turned on. Press TIMER REC twice. Use v / V to select a timer recording. Press ENTER to edit the selected program. Timer Record menu appears. Press CLEAR to delete the selected program from the Timer Record List.
  • Page 38: Recording From Dv Input

    Recording from DV Input Before DV dubbing You can connect a DV-equipped camcorder to this recorder using a single DV cable for input and output of audio, video, data and control signals. This recorder is only compatible with DV-format (DVC-SD, DV25) camcorders. Digital satellite tuners and Digital VHS video recorders are not compatible.
  • Page 39: Simultaneous Recording And Playback

    Simultaneous recording and playback Playback another title during recording Playback and recording for both DVD and built in hard disk drive (HDD) are completely independent. For example, you can record to either the DVD or HDD source and play back video from the other source at the same time.
  • Page 40: Editing

    Editing Title List and Chapter List Menu Overview Using the Title List menu you can edit video content. The editing features available in the Title List menu depend on whether you are editing video on DVD, or the HDD, and whether you’re editing Original content, or a Playlist.
  • Page 41: Hdd, Vr Mode: Original And Playlist Editing

    HDD, VR Mode: Original and Playlist Editing Titles, Chapters and Parts Titles in the disc’s original content contain one or more chapters. When you insert a disc’s title into the Playlist, all the chapters within that title also appear. In other words, chapters in the Playlist behave exactly as chapters on a DVD-Video disc do.
  • Page 42: Making A New Playlist

    Making a New Playlist Use this function to add an Original title or chapter to the Playlist. When you do this, the whole title is put into the Playlist (you can delete bits you don’t need later — see Deleting an Original or Playlist title/chapter on page 43).
  • Page 43: Deleting An Original Or Playlist Title/Chapter

    Deleting an Original or Playlist Title/Chapter When you erase a title or chapter from the Playlist menu, you only remove it from the Playlist; the title/chapter remains in the Original menu. If you choose to delete a title or chapter from the Original (title/chapter) menu, the title or chapter is actually deleted from the disc and the remaining time available for recording increases.
  • Page 44: Naming A Title

    Naming a Title You can name Original and Playlist titles independently. Names can be up to 32 characters long. 1. Choose the title you want to name on the Title List menu, then press ENTER. The menu options appears on the left side of the menu.
  • Page 45: Sort

    Sort This function allows you to access show listings organized by Date, Title, or Category on the Title List- HDD menu. So you can find title you want to watch easily. 1. Choose any title on the Title List-HDD menu, then press ENTER.
  • Page 46: Divide One Titles Into Two

    Divide One Titles Into Two Use this command to split a title up into two new titles. 1. On the Title List menu, select a title you want to divide then press ENTER. The menu options appears on the left side of the screen.
  • Page 47: Moving A Playlist Chapter

    Moving a Playlist Chapter Use this function to re-arrange the playing order of Playlist chapters on the Title List-Playlist menu. Note: This function is not available if there is only one chapter. 1. Select a chapter on the Chapter List-Playlist menu. 2.
  • Page 48: Dubbing

    THAT THE USER SWITCH THE CONNECTION TO THE ‘STANDARD DEFINITION’ OUTPUT. IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS REGARDING OUR TV SET COMPATIBILITY WITH THIS MODEL 625p HDD/DVD RECORDER, PLEASE CONTACT OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER. Fast copying (Maximum 12x) Copying between DVD and HDD is a completely digital process and therefore involves no loss of quality in the audio or video.
  • Page 49: Dubbing From Hdd To Dvd

    Dubbing from HDD to DVD 1. On the Title List-HDD menu, select a title you want to dub then press ENTER. The menu options appears on the left side of the screen. 2. Use v / V to select [Dubbing] option then press ENTER.
  • Page 50: Dubbing

    One Touch Copy (HDD to DVD) The One Touch Copy feature copies the currently playing title from the HDD to DVD. The whole title is copied, regardless of where in the title you start copying. The recorder copies at the maximum speed possible.
  • Page 51: Reference

    Reference Additional Information Overwriting Recording To overwrite a new video recording on a previously recorded title, follow these steps. This feature is not available for DVD+Rs, that always record at the end of the Disc. 1. Select input source you want to record (TV channel, AV1-2, DV).
  • Page 52: Language Codes

    Language Codes Use this list to input your desired language for the following initial settings: Disc Audio, Disc Subtitle, Disc Menu. Language Code Language Abkhazian 6566 Fiji Afar 6565 Finnish Afrikaans 6570 French Albanian 8381 Frisian Ameharic 6577 Galician Arabic 6582 Georgian Armenian...
  • Page 53: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Check the following guide for the possible cause of a problem before contacting service. Symptom The power cord is disconnected. No power. No picture. The TV is not set to receive recorder signal output. The video cable is not connected securely.
  • Page 54 Symptom The disc was recorded in Video mode. Cannot play a disc recorded using this Some players will not play even a recorder on another finalized disc recorded in Video mode. player. The disc was recorded in VR mode, Discs recorded with copy-once material cannot be played on other players.
  • Page 55: Specifications

    Specifications General Power requirements AC 200-240V, 50/60 Hz Power consumption Dimensions (approx.) 430 X 54 X 275 mm (w x h x d) without foot Mass (approx.) 4.2 kg Operating temperature 5˚C to 35˚C Operating humidity 5 % to 90 % Television system PAL B/G color system Recording format...
  • Page 56 • Western Australia Perth 45 Sarich Court, Osborne Park 6017 For Service in outer areas, please contact your NEC retailer for the address of the nearest Authorised NEC Service Centre NEC Australia Pty. Ltd. Home Electronics Group 244 Beecroft Road EPPING 2121...
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