Pioneer DVR-420H Operating Instructions Manual

Pioneer DVR-420H Operating Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1 DVD Recorder DVR-420H DVR-520H Register Your Product on Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2 The lightning flash with arrowhead, 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 shock to persons. IMPORTANT NOTICE –...
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS READ INSTRUCTIONS — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated. RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS — The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference. HEED WARNINGS — All warnings on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
  • Page 4 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...
  • Page 5 Selecting fine audio equipment such as the unit you’ve just purchased is only the start of your musical enjoyment. Now it’s time to consider how you can maximize the fun and excitement your equipment offers. This manufacturer and the Electronic Industries Association’s Consumer Electronics Group want you to get the most out of your equipment by playing it at a safe level.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Contents 01 Before you start Features ........8 What’s in the box .
  • Page 7 11 The Disc Setup menu Basic settings ......89 Initialize settings ......90 HDD Initialize .
  • Page 8: Before You Start

    Before you start Chapter 1 Before you start Features • HDD recording You can record up to 102 hours of video (in EP mode) on the internal 80GB (gigabyte) hard disk (HDD). With both recordable DVD and a high-capacity HDD in the same recorder, you have the flexibility to keep recordings on the HDD for quick access anytime, or record to DVD for archiving or playing on other DVD...
  • Page 9 ‘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...
  • Page 10: What's In The Box

    • Use within the operating range and angle, as shown. 23ft • You can control this recorder using the remote sensor of another Pioneer component using the CONTROL IN jack on the rear panel. See Rear panel connections on page 14 for more information.
  • Page 11: Disc / Content Format Playback Compatibility

    DVD-RW Ver. 1.2 / 4x discs. To share DVD-RW discs between this recorder and an older recorder/writer, we recommend using Ver. 1.1 discs. The following table shows older Pioneer DVD recorder compatibility with DVD-RW Ver. 1.2 / 4x discs Model...
  • Page 12 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...
  • Page 13: About The Internal Hard Disk Drive

    Before you start • Do I need two DVD recorders for editing? What kind of editing can I do? Unlike editing video tape, you only need one DVD recorder to edit discs. With DVD, you edit by making a ‘Play List’ of what to play and when to play it. On playback, the recorder plays the disc according to the Play List.
  • Page 14: Connecting Up

    CONTROL IN Use to control this recorder from the remote sensor of another Pioneer component with a CONTROL OUT terminal and bearing the Pioneer CONTROL OUT of the other component to the CONTROL IN of this recorder using a mini-plug cord.
  • Page 15: Easy Connections

    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.
  • Page 16: Using Other Types Of Video Output

    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.
  • Page 17: Connecting To A Cable Box Or Satellite Receiver (1)

    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: •...
  • Page 18: Connecting To A Cable Box Or Satellite Receiver (2)

    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. •...
  • Page 19: Connecting To An Av Amplifier Or Receiver

    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 optical output. In addition to the digital connection, we recommend also connecting using the stereo analog connection.
  • Page 20: Connecting Other Av Sources

    Connecting up Connecting other AV sources Connecting a VCR or analog camcorder AUDIO/VIDEO OUTPUT Analog camcorder AUDIO/VIDEO INPUT 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.
  • Page 21: Controls And Displays

    Controls and displays Chapter 3 Controls and displays Front panel 2 3 4 STANDBY/ON PULL-OPEN STANDBY/ON Press to switch the recorder on/into standby. Press to switch to the hard disk drive (HDD) for recording and playback. The button lights when HDD is selected. Press to switch to DVD for recording and playback.
  • Page 22: Display

    Controls and displays Display Arrows indicate the copy direction between the HDD ) and DVD ( PLAY / REC indicators Lights during playback / recording; blinks when playback / recording is paused. (page 27) The ‘ ’ and ‘ ’ indicators light to indicate that the HDD or DVD is selected for recording/playback.
  • Page 23: Remote Control

    DISPLAY INPUT CHANNEL VOLUME SELECT DVD RECORDER ONE TOUCH COPY (page 59) Press to start One Touch Copy of the currently playing title to DVD or the HDD. See also the Note on copying on page 9. Remote control indicator...
  • Page 24 Controls and displays 18 Playback controls (page 29) REV SCAN / FWD SCAN Press to start reverse or forward scanning. Press again to change the speed. PLAY Press to start playback. PAUSE Press to pause playback or recording. STOP Press to stop playback. CM BACK (commercial back) Press repeatedly to skip progressively backward through the audio or video playing.
  • Page 25: Getting Started

    If you’re using the recorder for the first time, we strongly recommend you use the Setup Navigator before starting to use the recorder. STANDBY/ON ENTER DVD RECORDER Switch on your TV and set the video input to this recorder. Press the STANDBY/ON button on the remote control or the front panel to switch on.
  • Page 26: Auto Clock Setting

    Getting started After selecting Antenna or Cable the recorder starts automatic tuning. This takes a couple of minutes to complete. Tuning Cancel Select ‘Auto’ for automatic time setting, then press ENTER. Initial Setup Basic Clock Setting Clock Set Tuner On Screen Display Video Out Front Panel Display Audio In...
  • Page 27: Selecting The Hard Disk Or Dvd For Playback And Recording

    Other settings you can make After setting up using the Setup Navigator, you should be ready to start enjoying your DVD recorder. It’s possible, however, that you may want to make a couple of additional settings, depending on how the recorder is set up for TV broadcasts.
  • Page 28: Making Your First Recording

    Getting started Making your first recording This quick guide shows you how to make a basic recording of a TV program on either the HDD, or to a recordable DVD. Recording is covered in much more detail in chapter 6 (Recording).
  • Page 29: Basic Playback

    Getting started 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. AUDIO • Press AUDIO to change the TV audio. The current audio channel is displayed on-screen. Mono Stereo •...
  • Page 30 Getting started Playing DVD discs The table below shows the basic playback controls for DVD-Video, and recordable DVD discs. Press to start playback. PLAY If RESUME is displayed on-screen, play- back starts from the place last stopped. Press to stop playback. STOP You can resume playback from the same point by pressing...
  • Page 31 Getting started Playing CDs and WMA/MP3 discs The table below shows the basic playback controls for audio CDs, and WMA/MP3 files. Press to start playback. PLAY Press to stop playback. STOP Pauses playback, or restarts playback PAUSE when paused. CD and MP3 only: Press to start scanning. REV SCAN FWD SCAN Press again to increase the scanning...
  • Page 32: Using The Home Menu

    The example displays below are a guide only; actual displays vary according to the disc loaded, etc. DISPLAY DVD RECORDER Press DISPLAY repeatedly to display/change the (DVD, etc.) activity together. Press again to show the status of just the currently selected playback/ recording device (HDD or removable disc).
  • Page 33 Getting started HDD and removable disc activity display Press DISPLAY once to see the HDD and removable disc (DVD, etc.) activity. Use the HDD and DVD buttons to switch between the two kinds of display. The example displays below show high-speed copying from HDD to DVD, and HDD chase playback.
  • Page 34 Getting started Total running time of title Angle indicator Lights during multi-angle scenes. Play display 2 Play 3–2 0. 00. 15 DVD-R Video Chapter Time Chapter Total Hi-Speed Copy Title Name 11/21 soccer game Chase playback, simultaneous record/playback, copy, disc back-up Indicates that recording, copying or back-up is in progress.
  • Page 35: Playback

    Playback Chapter 5 Playback Introduction Most of the features described in this chapter make use of on-screen displays. Navigate these using the (cursor buttons) and ENTER. To go back one level from any screen, use the RETURN button. Remember also that the button guide at the bottom of every screen shows which buttons do what.
  • Page 36: Changing The Thumbnail Picture For A Title

    Playback Depending on the type of disc you have loaded, the Disc Navigator looks slightly different. The screen for DVD discs shows the titles on the left and the chapters on the right. Select a title, or a chapter within a title. Disc Navigator Title (1-10) Title 01...
  • Page 37: Navigating Discs And The Hdd

    Playback Press NAVI MARK anywhere in the title to make the displayed picture the thumbnail for that title. • For greater control over the exact frame you want to use, you can use the PAUSE and/or slow-motion/ frame advance/reverse controls ( Navigating discs and the HDD During playback you can easily jump to another title, chapter or track on a disc using the number buttons on...
  • Page 38: Playing In Slow Motion

    Playback • No subtitles are displayed while scanning DVD-Video discs. • Analog and digital sound is output when scanning DVDs with Dolby Digital or Linear PCM sound on forward SCAN 1. (Linear PCM is output from the optical digital output.*) No sound is output when using other scan speeds.
  • Page 39: The Play Mode Menu

    Playback The Play Mode menu The Play Mode menu gives you access to search functions, repeat and program 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.
  • Page 40: Program Play

    Playback During playback, select ‘A-B Repeat’ from the Play Mode menu. With ‘A (Loop Start)’ highlighted, press ENTER at the point you want the loop to start. Play Mode Search Mode A (Loop Start) A-B Repeat B (Loop End) Repeat Program After setting the loop start point, the highlight will automatically move down to B(Loop End).
  • Page 41 Playback On the left side is the program list, then to the right is a list of titles (DVD), folders (WMA/MP3), or tracks (CD, Video CDs). On the far right is a list of chapters (DVD) or tracks (WMA/MP3). Select a title, chapter, folder or track for the current step in the program list.
  • Page 42: Displaying And Switching Subtitles

    Playback Displaying and switching subtitles DVD-Video Some DVD discs have subtitles in one or more languages; the disc box will usually tell you which subtitle languages are available. You can switch subtitle language during playback. Check the disc packaging for details of the subtitle options.
  • Page 43: Switching Audio Channels

    Playback Switching audio channels VR mode Video CD WMA/MP3 For VR mode content that has both a main and a SAP (Secondary Audio Program) audio channel, you can switch between main (L), SAP (R), or both (L+R). When playing Video CDs and audio CDs you can switch between stereo, just the left channel or just the right channel.
  • Page 44: Recording

    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.
  • Page 45: Restrictions On Video Recording

    Recording When setting a timer recording there is a further option, AUTO, which maximizes the recording quality for the space available on the disc loaded at the time of recording. (If recording to the HDD, the recording quality is maximized to fit on to a DVD disc.) In all except the FINE/MN32 modes, sound is recorded in two channel Dolby Digital format.
  • Page 46: Basic Recording From The Tv

    AUDIO PAUSE STOP REC DVD RECORDER Press HDD or DVD to record to the hard disk drive or a recordable DVD respectively. • If you’re recording to DVD, load a recordable disc (if you load a new blank DVD-RW disc, the recorder takes a short while to initialize the disc).
  • Page 47: Setting A Timer Recording

    Easy Timer Recording As the name suggests, Easy Timer Recording makes setting up a timer recording as simple as possible. CHANNEL ENTER HOME MENU RETURN REC MODE EASY TIMER DVD RECORDER...
  • Page 48: Standard Timer Recording

    Recording Press EASY TIMER. Alternatively, you can also access from the Home Menu (press HOME MENU and select Timer Recording then Easy Timer Recording). Easy Timer Recording 12/13 12/14 12/15 12/13 CHANNEL + / – REC MODE Set the TV channel and recording quality. •...
  • Page 49 Recording This screen shows all the timer programs currently set. Timer Recording Date Start Stop Mode Rec to Confirm 12/13 MON 7:00 PM 8:00 PM FINE 12/14 TUE 9:00 PM 10:00 PM FINE New Input HDD Remain 10h20m(FINE) DVD Remain 0h43m(FINE) •...
  • Page 50: Programming System

    Recording • For a DVD timer recording, if Optimized Rec (see Optimized Rec on page 101) is set to On, the recorder will adjust the recording quality to try and fit the recording on the disc. If the recording will not fit onto the disc even on MN1 recording quality then the Recovery Recording feature will automatically make the recording to the HDD instead.
  • Page 51 Recording VCR Plus+ programming with the power off You can enter a PlusCode number when the recorder is in standby. Note that the recording is always made to the HDD. If you want to record to a DVD disc, you’ll need to switch on the power and use the full VCR Plus+ program screen.
  • Page 52: Timer Recording Faq

    Recording Use the (cursor up) button to highlight the current timer recording (‘Recording’ is shown in the ‘Confirm’ column), then press ENTER. A screen showing details of the timer recording appears. From this screen, only the recording stop time can be changed.
  • Page 53: Simultaneous Recording And Playback

    Recording Simultaneous recording and playback VR mode A feature called Chase Play makes it possible to watch a recording in progress (DVD or HDD) from the start of the recording (as in, playback is ‘chasing’ the recording). For example, perhaps you have to miss the first 30 minutes of a movie on TV;...
  • Page 54: Automatic Recording From A Satellite Tuner

    Recording Set up the recorder. • Use REC MODE to set the recording quality. See Setting the picture quality/recording time on page 45 for detailed information. • Press HDD to record to the hard disk drive, or DVD to record to a DVD. Press REC when you’re ready to start recording.
  • Page 55: Recording From A Dv Camcorder (Dvr-520H Only)

    Recording Recording from a DV camcorder (DVR-520H only) VR mode Video mode You can record from a DV camcorder connected to the DV IN/OUT jack on the front panel of this recorder. Using the recorder’s remote, you can control both the camcorder and this recorder.
  • Page 56: Recording From The Dv Output (Dvr-520H Only)

    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.
  • Page 57: Initializing A Dvd-Rw Disc

    ‘top menu’ is selected on any DVD player. Finalize TITLE MENU • Discs recorded partially or fully on the Pioneer DVR-7000 DVD recorder do not support this feature. These discs will have only a text title menu when finalized on this recorder.
  • Page 58: Copying And Back-Up

    Copying and back-up Chapter 7 Copying and back-up Introduction Use the copying features of this recorder to: • Back up important recordings stored on the HDD to a DVD • Make a DVD copy of a recording on the HDD to play in another player.
  • Page 59: One Touch Copy* (Hdd To Dvd)

    Copying and back-up Real-time copying Real-time copying is also possible, with the advantage that you can manually set a different recording mode from the original. For example, you can record a title originally recorded in FINE mode in SP mode. When real-time copying from the HDD to a Video mode DVD, the chapter markers in the original material are not copied.
  • Page 60: One Touch Copy* (Dvd To Hdd)

    Copying and back-up One Touch Copy* (DVD to HDD) One Touch Copy from DVD to HDD copies a single title to the HDD in real time. You can copy the currently playing title or the currently selected title in the Disc Navigator. When you start copying, playback jumps back to the start of the title, then continues through to the end of the title, when recording automatically stops.
  • Page 61: Hdd To Dvd Copy List Menu Options

    Copying and back-up Important • The recorder can only store one Copy List at a time. • The Copy List is erased if the Frame Accurate setting is changed in the Initial Settings menu (see Frame Accurate on page 102). •...
  • Page 62: Recording The Copy List

    Copying and back-up • Chapter Edit (Chpt Edit) – Edit chapters within a Copy List title (see page 65): • Erase – Erase a chapter. • Divide – Divide a chapter into two. • Combine – Combine two chapters into one. •...
  • Page 63 Copying and back-up Erase Use this command to erase individual titles from the Copy List. Select ‘Erase’ from the Copy List menu options. Use the (cursor left/right) buttons to select a title from the Copy List to erase, then press ENTER. HDD to DVD Copy 10/07Wed 3:00PM 2ch LP...
  • Page 64 Copying and back-up Use the playback controls to find the place you want to divide the title. Divide Title 8/11Sun 4:00PM Title Recording Time Divide Back You can use all the usual playback controls, including PLAY, PAUSE, scan ( • Press RETURN or highlight Back and press ENTER to go back to the main Copy List screen, leaving the title intact.
  • Page 65: Erase All

    Copying and back-up Use the (cursor left/right) buttons to select a new position for the title, then press ENTER. The thumbnails in the Copy List reflect the new order. HDD to DVD Copy 10/07Wed 3:00PM 2ch LP Recording Time 0h20m10s Preview Move Erase All...
  • Page 66 Copying and back-up Chapter Edit: Divide You can divide a chapter into as many new chapters as necessary. Use the (cursor buttons) to select the chapter to divide, then press ENTER. Use the playback controls to find the place you want to divide the chapter.
  • Page 67 Copying and back-up Erase Section (Erase Sec) Using this command you can delete a part of a Copy List title, ideal for cutting out the commercial breaks in a recording made from the TV. Select ‘Erase Sec’ from the Copy List menu options.
  • Page 68: Copying From Dvd To Hdd

    – the recorder is reset to its factory settings (see Resetting the recorder on page 106). • It may not be possible to copy from a DVD disc that was recorded on a different DVD recorder or PC. Currently selected DVD title DVD to HDD Copy...
  • Page 69: Dvd To Hdd Copy List Menu Options

    Copying and back-up Select ‘DVD HDD’. The DVD to HDD Copy screen appears. DVD to HDD Copy Original Erase Move Preview Copy List Total 0h00m Erase All Conf List • Use the (cursor up/down) buttons to highlight the command you want from the menu options on the left, then press ENTER.
  • Page 70: Dvd To Hdd Copy List Commands

    Copying and back-up DVD to HDD Copy List commands Use this command to add titles to the Copy List. Select ‘Add’ from the Copy List menu options. Use the (cursor left/right) buttons to select a title from the DVD to add to the Copy List, then press ENTER.
  • Page 71: Using Disc Back-Up

    Copying and back-up Use the (cursor left/right) buttons to select the insertion point for the title, then press ENTER. DVD to HDD Copy Play List 10/07Wed 3:00PM 2ch LP Recording Time 0h20m10s Erase Move Preview Copy List Total 1h30m Erase All Conf List Title to move Copy List insertion point...
  • Page 72 Copying and back-up Press OPEN/CLOSE to open the disc tray and load the disc you want to make a back-up of, then close the disc tray. You can only make back-up copies of finalized Video mode discs. Disc Back-up No Disc. Please load a disc to be backed-up.
  • Page 73: Editing

    Editing Chapter 8 Editing Using the Disc Navigator you can edit video content on unfinalized Video mode and VR mode DVD discs, as well as video content on the internal hard disk drive (HDD). The editing features available in the Disc Navigator depend on whether you are editing video on a Video mode or VR mode DVD, or the HDD, and whether you’re editing Original content, or a Play List.
  • Page 74 HDD Disc Navigator Selected Group Disc Navigator menu options ONE TOUCH COPY DISC NAVIGATOR HOME MENU PREV NEXT DVD RECORDER Currently selected title Disc Navigator Group 1 Group 2 11/04Wed 12:30PM 2ch LP Recording Time 0h30m40s Play Erase Ttl Name...
  • Page 75: Disc Navigator Menu Options

    Editing • As you highlight different thumbnails, information about the title is shown in the central area of the screen. Press DISPLAY to change the information displayed. • If you are editing a VR mode disc, press PLAYLIST to switch between Original and Play List Disc Navigator screens.
  • Page 76: Editing Vr Mode Original, Video Mode And Hdd Content

    Editing VR mode (Play List) • Create – Make a new Play List title (page 84) • Chapter Edit (Chpt Edit) – Make detailed changes to chapters in a Play List title (page 82) • Move – Move the position of a title in the Play List (page 84) •...
  • Page 77 For other remote control key shortcuts, see Using the remote key shortcuts to input a name below. • For discs formatted on a different DVD recorder, you will see only a limited character set. Highlight ‘OK’ then press ENTER to enter the name and return to the main Disc Navigator screen.
  • Page 78 Editing Use the (cursor buttons) to select the title that contains the chapters you want to edit, then press ENTER. Chapter Edit Original Title 11/04Wed 12:30PM 2ch LP Erase Divide Combine Preview Undo Back After selecting a title, thumbnails of each chapter appear and you’ll see that the Disc Navigator menu items change to the chapter editing commands: •...
  • Page 79 Editing • When recording in Video mode, the recorder automatically puts chapter markers in at regular intervals. It is not possible to add extra chapter markers manually after recording (see also Auto Chapter (Video) on page 102). • The Play List and Original content on a disc can each contain up to 999 chapters.
  • Page 80: Editing Hdd Groups

    Editing Erase All VR mode Video mode This erases all unlocked titles from the disc (see also Lock / Unlock on page 79). Select ‘Erase All’ from the Disc Navigator menu options. Select ‘Yes’ to confirm, or ‘No’ to cancel, then press ENTER.
  • Page 81: Creating And Editing A Vr Mode Play List

    Editing Change Group (Chg Group) Use this command to assign titles to a particular group. Select ‘Chg Group’ from the Disc Navigator menu, then press ENTER. Select the title that you want to put into a different group, then press ENTER. Use the (cursor up/down) buttons to select a group for the title, then press ENTER.
  • Page 82 • Select CAPS or small to change to upper or lower- case, or use the CASE SELECTION buttons ( • You can also use the CLEAR button to delete • For discs formatted on a different DVD recorder, you DVD Remain 0h37m(FINE) and return to the main Disc Navigator screen.
  • Page 83 Editing • Divide – Divide a chapter into two or more parts: Select the chapter you want to divide. From the following screen use the playback controls ( , , , etc.) to find the point at which you want to divide the chapter.
  • Page 84 Editing Create VR mode Use this function to add an Original title to the Play List. When you do this, the whole title is put into the Play List (you can erase bits you don’t need later—see Chapter Edit (Chpt Edit) on page 82). The title appears in the Play List complete with the chapter markers that appear in the Original.
  • Page 85 Editing Press RETURN to go back to the Disc Navigator menu options, or select another title to move. Divide VR mode Use this command to split a title up into two new titles. Select ‘Divide’ from the Disc Navigator Play List menu options.
  • Page 86: Disc History

    Disc History Chapter 9 Disc History VR mode Video mode The Disc History screen lets you see how much recording space remains on the last 30 recordable DVD discs loaded. It also displays information such as disc name, the first three title names, number of titles recorded, recording mode and the lock status of the disc.
  • Page 87: The Photoviewer

    The PhotoViewer Chapter 10 The PhotoViewer From the PhotoViewer you can view JPEG photos and picture files stored on a CD-ROM/R/RW on your TV. PhotoViewer File Date/Time 01. 12/12 TUE Currently selected 02. 12/13 WED folder in folder list 03. 12/14 THU 04.
  • Page 88 The PhotoViewer Note • You can press HOME MENU to exit the PhotoViewer screen while the recorder is reloading images. (If you enter the PhotoViewer again, it will resume reloading.) Zooming the screen During a slideshow you can zoom in to enlarge a portion of the picture by a factor of two or four.
  • Page 89: The Disc Setup Menu

    For other remote control key shortcuts, see Using the remote key shortcuts to input a name on page 77. • For discs formatted on a different DVD recorder, you will see only a limited character set. Lock Disc VR mode •...
  • Page 90: Initialize Settings

    See Initializing a DVD-RW disc on page 57 for detailed instructions. HDD Initialize When your DVD recorder is working without a problem this option is not visible in the Disc Setup menu. However, if the HDD file system becomes corrupted for some reason, you initialize the HDD to fix the problem.
  • Page 91: The Video/Audio Adjust Menu

    The Video/Audio Adjust menu Chapter 12 The Video/Audio Adjust menu Using the Video/Audio Adjust menu you can set up the picture quality for the built-in tuner and external inputs, for disc playback, and for recording. Setting the picture quality for TV and external inputs Picture Creation lets you choose a set of picture quality settings for the built-in TV tuner and for each external...
  • Page 92: Setting The Picture Quality For Disc Playback

    The Video/Audio Adjust menu When you have all the settings as you want them, press HOME MENU to exit. You can now use the preset for any other input or the built-in TV tuner. • To see more of the picture as you adjust different settings, press ENTER after selecting the setting you want to adjust.
  • Page 93: Audio Drc

    The Video/Audio Adjust menu Use the (cursor left/right) buttons to adjust the currently selected picture quality setting. When you have all the settings as you want them, press HOME MENU to exit. • To see more of the picture as you adjust different settings, press ENTER after selecting the setting you want to adjust.
  • Page 94: The Initial Setup Menu

    The Initial Setup menu Chapter 13 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’. Timer Recording Disc Navigator Copy...
  • Page 95: Tuner Settings

    Auto Start Recording. Remote Control Set • Default setting: Recorder1 You only need to set this if you are using more than one Pioneer DVD recorder in the same room. Initial Setup Basic Clock Setting Recorder1...
  • Page 96: Video Out Settings

    The Initial Setup menu After automatic tuning, a summary channel mapping screen is displayed. Initial Setup Channel Mapping Antenna Skip Skip Press ENTER to return to the main menu screen. Note • If you want to cancel before tuning has finished, press ENTER.
  • Page 97: Audio In Settings

    ‘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-5030HD, PDP-4330HD, PDP-5040HD, PDP-...
  • Page 98: Audio Out Settings

    The Initial Setup menu Input Level (L1 / L2 / L3) • Default setting: 0dB Initial Setup Basic External Audio Tuner Dual Mono Recording Video Out DV Input Audio In Input Level (L1) Audio Out Input Level (L2) Language Input Level (L3) Recording Playback You can adjust the gain of the audio from each external...
  • Page 99: Language Settings

    The Initial Setup menu If your AV amp/receiver (or other connected component) is compatible with high sampling rate audio (88.2 / 96 kHz), set to 96kHz, otherwise set to 96kHz Check the manual that came with the connected component if you’re unsure whether it is compatible with high sampling rate audio.
  • Page 100: Subtitle Display

    The Initial Setup menu When set to On, the recorder selects the default audio language on a DVD disc (French dialog for a French movie, for example), and displays subtitles in your preferred subtitle language only if that is set to something different.
  • Page 101: Recording Settings

    The Initial Setup menu Recording settings Manual Recording • Default setting: Off Initial Setup Basic Manual Recording On (go to setup) Tuner Optimized Rec Video Out Navi Mark Audio In Auto Chapter (Video) Audio Out Frame Accurate Language DVD-RW Auto Init. Recording Playback On the default setting there are four different recording...
  • Page 102: Playback Settings

    The Initial Setup menu Auto Chapter (Video) • Default setting: 10 minutes Initial Setup Basic Manual Recording Tuner Optimized Rec Video Out Navi Mark Audio In Auto Chapter (Video) Audio Out Frame Accurate Language DVD-RW Auto Init. Recording Playback When recording in Video mode, a new chapter is started every 10 minutes on the default setting.
  • Page 103: Seamless Playback

    This gives you some control about what your children watch on your DVD recorder. Some discs also support the Country code feature. The recorder does not play certain scenes on these discs depending on the Country code you set.
  • Page 104 The Initial Setup menu Press ENTER. Enter a new password. Initial Setup Change Password Basic TV Screen Size Tuner Still Picture Video Out Seamless Playback Current Password Audio In Parental Lock Parental Lock Audio Out Angle Indicator New Password Language Recording Playback Press ENTER.
  • Page 105: Angle Indicator

    The Initial Setup menu Angle Indicator • Default setting: On Initial Setup Basic TV Screen Size Tuner Still Picture Video Out Seamless Playback Audio In Parental Lock Audio Out Angle Indicator Language Recording Playback On the default setting, when playing a DVD-Video disc that features multi-angle scenes, an icon appears on- screen during the parts of the disc where angle switching is available.
  • Page 106: Additional Information

    10, 23 Grandiente Hitachi 06, 24, 25, 32 Magnavox 12, 29 Mitsubishi Panasonic 08, 22, 41 Philips Pioneer 00, 35, 40, 44 01, 15, 16, 17, 18 Sanyo 14, 21 Sharp 02, 19, 27 Sony Toshiba 05, 26, 31, 43...
  • Page 107: Screen Sizes And Disc Formats

    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 16:9...
  • Page 108: Troubleshooting

    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...
  • Page 109 Reset the clock and other recorder settings to use the recorder again. To have the battery replaced, contact your dealer or a Pioneer Service Center. • The Child Lock is on; turn off in order to use the recorder (page 52).
  • Page 110: Frequently Asked Questions

    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. • How do I make a high-quality copy? We recommend that you use the high-speed copy mode.
  • Page 111: About Dv (Dvr-520H Only)

    Additional information • Can I copy a copy-once protected program from a subscription satellite or cable channel to a DVD from the HDD? Yes, you can use high-speed copy to copy to a VR mode DVD-RW disc. You can also divide the recording on the HDD into a number of smaller titles if the whole recording won’t fit on to one disc.
  • Page 112: Manual Recording Modes

    STB is tuned to. MN 2 345 mins. MN 3 330 mins. to send start/stop recording codes for a Pioneer VCR. MN 4 315 mins. See the manual that came with the STB for how to do MN 5 300 mins.
  • Page 113: Language Code List

    Additional information Language code list Language (Language code letter), Language code Japanese (ja), 1001 Bhutani (dz), 0426 English (en), 0514 Esperanto (eo), 0515 French (fr), 0618 Estonian (et), 0520 German (de), 0405 Basque (eu), 0521 Italian (it), 0920 Persian (fa), 0601 Spanish (es), 0519 Finnish (fi), 0609 Chinese (zh), 2608...
  • Page 114: On-Screen Displays And Recorder Displays

    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.
  • Page 115: Handling Discs

    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.
  • Page 116: Hints On Installation

    Additional information Hints on installation We want you to enjoy using this unit for years to come, so please bear in mind the following points when choosing a suitable location for it: Do... Use in a well-ventilated room. Place on a solid, flat, level surface, such as a table, shelf or stereo rack.
  • Page 117 Additional information DTS stands for Digital Theater System. DTS is a surround system different from Dolby Digital that has become a popular surround sound format for movies. “DTS” and “DTS Digital Out” are registered trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc. Dynamic range The difference between the quietest and loudest sounds possible in an audio signal (without distorting or getting...
  • Page 118 Additional information Sampling frequency The rate at which sound is measured to be turned into digital audio data. The higher the rate, the better the sound quality, but the more digital information is generated. Standard CD audio has a sampling frequency of 44.1kHz, which means 44,100 samples (measurements) per second.
  • Page 119: Specifications

    Power consumption DVR-420H ........45 W DVR-520H .
  • Page 120: Index

    Index – Adjusting the picture quality Audio DRC Audio language – Audio settings Auto language Camcorder - see DV camcorder Changing TV channels Chase play - see Simultaneous recording and play- back Component video – Copy List CPRM Disc and file formats Disc compatibility - see Disc and file formats Disc Navigator –...
  • Page 121 Should this product require service in the U.S.A. and you wish to locate the nearest Pioneer Authorized Independent Service Company, or if you wish to purchase replacement parts, operating instructions, service manuals, or accessories, please call the number shown below.

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