DVD Recorder DVR-231- DVR-231- DVR-233- Register Your Product on www.pioneerelectronics.com www.pioneerelectronics.ca Operating Instructions (US) (Canada)
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Check the power cord once in a while. When you find it damaged, ask your nearest PIONEER authorized service center or your dealer for a replacement. This product is for general household purposes. Any...
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*2 ‘DVD-Video format’ recording: The use of the DVD- Video format for recording on DVD-R and DVD-RW discs is referred to as recording in ‘Video mode’ on Pioneer’s DVD recorders. Supporting playback of DVD-R / DVD- RW discs is optional for manufacturers of DVD...
Before you start Putting the batteries in the remote control Open the battery compartment cover on the back of the remote control. Insert two AA/R6P batteries into the battery compartment following the indications ( , ) inside the compartment. Close the cover. Note Incorrect use of batteries can result in hazards such as leakage and bursting.
* ‘DVD-Video format’ recording: The use of the DVD- Video format for recording on DVD-R and DVD-RW discs is referred to as recording in ‘Video mode’ on Pioneer’s DVD recorders. Supporting playback of DVD-R / DVD- RW discs is optional for manufacturers of DVD...
Connecting up Chapter 2 Connecting up Rear panel connections AC IN AC IN Connect to a power outlet using the supplied power cable only. COMPONENT VIDEO OUT A high-quality video output for connecting to a TV or monitor with a component video input. COAXIAL DIGITAL OUT A digital audio output for connecting to an AV amp/ receiver, Dolby Digital/DTS decoder or other equipment...
Connecting up Easy connections The setup described here is a basic configuration that allows you to record TV programs on both this recorder and your VCR. When watching recordings from this recorder, set your TV to input 1; switch to input 2 to watch a video playing in the VCR.
Connecting up Using other types of video output This recorder has standard (composite), S-video and component video outputs. The main difference between them is the quality of the picture. S-video delivers a better picture than composite video, while component video gives better picture quality still.
Connecting up Connecting to a cable box or satellite receiver (1) If you are using a cable box or satellite receiver with only a few scrambled channels, follow the setup on this page. If many or all the channels are scrambled, we recommend using the setup on the following page. Using the setup on this page you can: •...
Connecting up Connecting to a cable box or satellite receiver (2) If many or all the channels you receive by cable or satellite are scrambled, we recommend using this setup. Using the setup on this page you can: • Record any channel by selecting it on the cable box/satellite tuner. Important •...
Connecting up Connecting to an AV amplifier or receiver To enjoy multichannel surround sound you need to connect this recorder to an AV amp/receiver using the digital coaxial output. In addition to the digital connection, we recommend also connecting using the stereo analog connection.
Connecting up Connecting other AV sources Connecting a VCR or analog camcorder STANDBY/ON VIDEO L(MONO) AUDIO R INPUT 2 AUDIO/VIDEO INPUT Analog camcorder AUDIO/VIDEO OUTPUT Connect a set of audio and video outputs of your VCR or camcorder to a set of inputs on this recorder. This enables you to record tapes from your VCR or camcorder.
Controls and displays Chapter 3 Controls and displays Front panel STANDBY/ON VIDEO L(MONO) AUDIO R INPUT 2 STANDBY/ON Press to switch the recorder on/into standby. Front panel inputs (page 10) Audio/video inputs, convenient for connecting a video camera. Front panel display See below for details.
Controls and displays 11 2 3 (page 48) Shows the remote control mode (if nothing is displayed, the remote control mode is 1). 12 PM Lights to indicate PM (after midday) for the clock display. Remote control STANDBY/ON AUDIO SUBTITLE DISC NAVIGATOR MENU ENTER...
Controls and displays TIMER REC Press to set a timer recording from the standard Timer Recording screen. CM SKIP Press repeatedly to skip progressively forward through the audio or video playing.
Getting started Chapter 4 Getting started Switching on and setting up When you switch the recorder on for the first time, you can make several basic settings using the Setup Navigator. This takes you through setting the clock and the internal TV tuner settings. If you’re using the recorder for the first time, we strongly recommend you use the Setup Navigator before starting to use the recorder.
Getting started Use the (cursor up/down) buttons to select ‘Auto’ or ‘Manual’ clock setting, then press ENTER. Clock Auto Date Manual Time Clock Set CH • Auto clock setting Some TV channels broadcast time signals together with the program. This recorder can use these signals to set the clock automatically.
Getting started Making your first recording This quick guide shows you how to make a basic recording of a TV program to a recordable DVD. Recording is covered in much more detail in chapter 6 (Recording). STANDBY/ON DVD RECORDER If they aren’t already on, switch on your TV and this recorder.
Getting started Note • Antenna channels are numbered 2 through 69. Cable channels are numbered 1 through 125. Changing audio channels Some TV programs are broadcast with both a main and a Second Audio Program (SAP). You can change the TV audio using the AUDIO button.
Getting started STANDBY/ON to switch the recorder into • Press standby. Playing DVD discs The table below shows the basic playback controls for DVD-Video, and recordable DVD discs. Press to start or restart playback. If RESUME is back starts from the place last stoppe Press to pause playback;...
Getting started • uring playback, press to start scan- ning. Press repeate ly to increase the scanning spee • Press an while paused to start slow-motion playback. Press repeate change the playback spee tion only). • While pause , press to a frame (forwar irection only).
Getting started Lock Disc On or Off Number of titles/tracks on disc Play display 1 Play DVD-R Video 01 - 002 Original Disc type and mode Shows the disc type (DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, No Disk etc.), and the disc mode for recordable DVD, if applicable (VR or Video).
Digital Audio specification, it may or may not be played with this product. – If you need further information about playability of DualDisc, please see ‘Service & Support’ on the Pioneer web site (www.pioneerelectronics.com) Using the Disc Navigator to browse the contents of a disc VR mode...
Playback Note • The Disc Navigator is only accessible when there is a disc loaded. • Another way to find a particular place on a disc is to use the time search mode. See Search Mode on page 30. Navigating discs During playback you can easily jump to another title, chapter or track on a disc using the number buttons on the remote.
Playback • When scanning DVDs with Dolby Digital or Linear PCM sound on forward Scan1, Linear PCM is output from the coaxial digital output. No sound is output when using other scan speeds. • Depending on the disc, normal playback may automatically resume when a new chapter is reached on a DVD disc.
Playback The Play Mode menu The Play Mode menu gives you access to search and repeat play functions. Important • You can’t use the Play Mode features with Video CDs playing in PBC mode, or while a DVD disc menu is being displayed.
Playback Note • When using time search, playback may occasionally start slightly before or after the time you input. Repeat play There are various repeat play options, depending on the kind of disc loaded. Select ‘Repeat’ from the Play Mode menu. Play Mode Search Mode Repeat...
Playback • Press AUDIO repeatedly to select an audio soundtrack. Audio 1/2 English Dolby Digital 3/2CH Note • The sound may drop out momentarily when switching soundtracks. • Some discs only allow you to change audio language from the disc menu. Press TOP MENU to access. •...
Please take proper care of your discs. Note • Some DVD players, such as some Pioneer models, are compatible with VR mode DVD-RW discs. Check the operating instructions for your player for VR mode compatibility information.
Recording Restrictions on video recording • You cannot record copy-protected video using this recorder. Copy-protected video includes DVD-Video discs and some satellite broadcasts. If copy- protected material is encountered during a recording, recording will pause automatically and an error message will be displayed on-screen. •...
Recording Basic recording from the TV VR mode Video mode Follow the instructions below to record a TV program. Recording starts immediately and continues until the disc is full or you stop the recording. AUDIO ENTER CH– REC REC MODE DVD RECORDER Load a recordable disc.
Recording • Timer recording will not start if: – The recorder is already recording. – A disc is being initialized, finalized or unfinalized. • Except when finalizing Video mode discs, timer recording will start when the operation preventing timer recording has finished. •...
Recording To exit the timer recording screen, press HOME MENU. • If you change the Auto Channel Setting (from cable to antenna or the other way around), existing timer programs will be erased. Timer recording using the VCR Plus+ programming system This system makes programming timer recordings very simple.
Recording Press REC repeatedly to extend recording in 30 minute increments. Programming a new end time During timer recording, press TIMER REC to display the Timer Recording screen. You can also access the Timer Recording screen from the Home Menu (press HOME MENU, select Timer Recording, then Timer Rec (View)).
Most regular DVD players can play finalized discs recorded in Video mode. A number of players (including many Pioneer models) can also play DVD-RW discs recorded in VR mode, finalized or not. Check the manual that came with the player to check what kinds of discs it will play.
Recording Select ‘Finalize’. Disc Basic Lock Disc Disc Initialize Video Finalize Audio Recording Playback Select Finalize ‘Start’. Finalize Finalize Start Undo Finalize Start Video mode only: All the titles on the disc are displayed. Title Menu 06/29 TUE 06/30 WED 11:00PM 11:00PM 07/02 FRI...
Editing Chapter 7 Editing Using this recorder you can edit video content on unfinalized Video mode and VR mode DVD discs. More detailed editing is possible on VR mode discs, which can be edited at the chapter level. Video mode discs can only be edited at the title level.
Editing Title Name VR mode Video mode You can give titles names up to 64 characters long for VR mode recordings and 32 characters for Video mode recordings. Select ‘Title Name’ from the Title Edit menu options. Use the buttons to select the title you want to name, then press ENTER to go to the name input screen.
Editing Lock VR mode You can lock a title so that it can’t be edited or erased accidently. If you do need to edit it, you can always unlock it later. Select ‘Lock’ from the Title Edit menu options. Use the buttons to select the title you want to lock (or unlock), then press ENTER.
Editing Divide VR mode Use this command to divide a chapter into two new ones. Select ‘Divide’ from the Chapter Edit menu options. Use the buttons to select the title containing the chapter you want to divide, then press ENTER. Use the (cursor buttons) to select the chapter, then press ENTER.
The Initial Setup menu Chapter 8 The Initial Setup menu Using the Initial Setup menu The Initial Setup menu is where you can set various recorder options for sound, picture, language and so on. • Press HOME MENU and select ‘Initial Setup’. HOME MENU Disc Navigator Editing...
The Initial Setup menu Select ‘Manual’. Clock Auto Date Manual Time Time Zone D.S.T. Use the buttons to set your time zone, then press ENTER. Manual Auto Date Manual Time Time Zone D.S.T. Press then use the daylight saving time (D.S.T.) On or Off, then press ENTER.
The Initial Setup menu Note • If you want to cancel before tuning has finished, press ENTER. • You can manually tune and skip blank channels using the Manual CH Setting, below. Manual CH Setup • Default setting: n/a Tuner Auto CH Setup Channel Manual CH Setup...
Display OSD Screen Front Panel Remote Control • Default setting: Recorder1 You only need to set this if you are using more than one Pioneer DVD recorder in the same room. Basic Basic Clock Disc Tuner Video...
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. See Playing your recordings on other DVD players on page 39 for detailed instructions.
‘standard definition’ output (Interlace). If there are questions regarding our TV set compatibility with this model, please contact our customer service center. This recorder is compatible with the following Pioneer displays and monitors Plasma display • PDP-505HD, PDP-502MX, PDP-5030HD, PDP-4330HD, Pro-...
The Initial Setup menu From the Audio Adjust screen, use the adjust the Audio DRC setting On or Off. (Off leaves the dynamic range untouched; On ‘squashes’ the dynamic range, making it good for lower-level listening.) Audio Adjust Audio DRC Press ENTER to confirm and exit the screen.
The Initial Setup menu Recording settings Optimized Rec • Default setting: Off Recording Basic Optimized Rec Disc Auto Chapter Video DVD-RW Auto Init Audio Recording Playback On the default setting, if a timer program (Standard or VCR Plus+ programming system) is set but there isn’t enough space on the disc at the recording quality set, the recording will start, but it will be cut off when the disc is full.
The Initial Setup menu Note • Not all discs that you may consider inappropriate for your children use the Parental Lock feature. These discs will always play without requiring the password first. • If you forget the password, you can reset the recorder to its factory settings (see Resetting the recorder on page 63), then set a new password.
The Initial Setup menu Press ENTER to set the new Parental Lock level. Country/Area • Default Country/Area code: us (2119) Select ‘Country / Area Parental Look Change Password Password Change Level Code Country / Area Number Use number buttons to enter your password, then press ENTER.
The Initial Setup menu • You can switch between the audio and subtitle languages recorded on a DVD disc any time during playback using the AUDIO and SUBTITLE buttons. (This does not affect these settings.) Selecting ‘Other’ languages Select ‘Other’ from the language list. This option appears in the settings for DVD Menu Language, Audio Language, and Subtitle Language.
Additional information Chapter 9 Additional information Screen sizes and disc formats When viewing on a standard TV or monitor Screen format of disc Setting 16:9 4:3 (Letter Box) 4:3 (Pan & Scan) 16:9 4:3 (Letter Box) 4:3 (Pan & Scan) When viewing on a widescreen TV or monitor Screen format of disc Setting 16:9...
Sometimes the trouble may lie in another component. Investigate the other components and electrical appliances being used. If the trouble cannot be rectified even after checking the points below, ask your nearest Pioneer authorized service center or your dealer to carry out repair work. General...
Additional information Problem Screen is stretched vertically or hori- zontally Can’t play a disc recorded using this recorder on another player During playback the picture is dark or distorted Can’t record or does not record suc- cessfully Timer program doesn’t record suc- cessfully After brieﬂy unplugging or after a power failure the front panel dis-...
Additional information Frequently asked questions In this section you can find answers to frequently asked questions on how to use your DVD recorder and what it can do. • What kind of discs can I use for recording? You can use DVD-R and DVD-RW discs for recording. DVD-RAM, CD-R and CD-RW discs are not recordable using this recorder.
Additional information Language code list Language (Language code letter), Language code Japanese (ja), 1001 English (en), 0514 French (fr), 0618 German ( e), 0405 Italian (it), 0920 Spanish (es), 0519 Chinese (zh), 2608 Dutch (nl), 1412 Portuguese (pt), 1620 Swedish (sv), 1922 Russian (ru), 1821 Korean (ko), 1115 Greek (el), 0512...
Erase titles/ chapters or combine chapters. The disc was finalized on a non-Pioneer DVD recorder. Undo the finalization in order to recording/editing. The disc may be dirty or damaged. Take out the disc, clean it and retry.
The DVD recorder’s lens should not become dirty in normal use, but if for some reason it should malfunction due to dust or dirt, consult your nearest Pioneer- authorized service center. Although lens cleaners for CD players are commercially available, we do not recommend using them since some may damage the lens.
TV and select this recorder as the video input. You should see whatever the STB is tuned to. Program the IR controller supplied with your STB to send start/stop recording codes for a Pioneer VCR. See the manual that came with the STB for how to do this.
Additional information Dolby Digital Dolby® Digital Recording enables consumers to record high-quality video with stereo sound on recordable DVD discs. The technology, when utilized instead of PCM recording, also saves recordable disc space, allowing for higher video resolution or extended recording time on each DVD.
Additional information Specifications General System ..... . . DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, Power requirements ..... . 120 V, 60 Hz Power Consumption.
Index Audio digital output settings input settings setting preferences for audio language setting which channel to record switching on playback switching TV audio CD Audio compatibility playback controls for Dolby Digital adjusting the dynamic range dual mono sources and explained output setting CD audio encoded with explained...
Video CD compatibility playback control (PBC) playback controls for –...
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