Pioneer DVR-433H-K Operating Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1 DVD Recorder DVR-433H-S DVR-433H-K ® Operating Instructions...
  • Page 2 Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Please read through these operating instructions so you will know how to operate your model properly. After you have finished reading the instructions, put them away in a safe place for future reference.
  • Page 3: Operating Environment

    A damaged power cord can cause a fire or give you an electrical shock. 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. D3-4-2-2-1a_A_En...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents 01 Before you start Features ........6 What’s in the box .
  • Page 5 11 The Disc Setup menu Introduction ....... 87 Basic settings ......87 Initialize settings .
  • Page 6: Before You Start

    Before you start Chapter 1 Before you start Features • HDD recording Record up to 227 hours of video (in MN1 mode) on the internal 80 GB (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 players.
  • Page 7 * ‘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 playback equipment, and there is DVD playback equipment that does not play DVD-R or DVD-RW discs recorded in the DVD-Video format.
  • Page 8: What's In The Box

    • 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 12 for more information.
  • Page 9: Disc / Content Format Playback Compatibility

    If you want 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 recorders’ limited compatibility with DVD-RW Ver. 1.2 discs. Model...
  • Page 10 DVD-RW discs recorded in VR mode (Video Recording format). However, for discs recorded with a record-only-once encrypted program, playback can only be achieved using a CPRM compatible device. Note that Pioneer cannot guarantee that discs recorded using this recorder will play on other players.
  • Page 11: About The Internal Hard Disk Drive

    ‘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 12: Connecting Up

    AC IN – Power inlet 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 13: Extra Features For Use With Compatible Tvs

    Connecting up Extra features for use with compatible TVs When this recorder is connected to a TV that features i/o Link. A, AV Link, T-V Link, EasyLink, MegaLogic, SMARTLINK, Q-Link, DATA LOGIC or NexTView Link using a fully-wired 21-pin SCART cable (not supplied), the following functions are available: •...
  • Page 14: Easy Connections

    Connecting up Easy connections The setup described below is a basic setup that allows you to watch and record TV programs, and play discs. Other types of connections are explained starting on the following page. Important • These connections use SCART cables (not supplied). If your TV (or VCR) does not have a SCART connection, see the following page for connecting up using the supplied audio/video cable.
  • Page 15: Using Other Types Of Audio/Video Output

    Connecting up Using other types of audio/video output If you can’t use the SCART AV connector to connect your TV to this recorder, there are standard audio/video output jacks, as well as an S-video and component video output. Using the supplied audio/video cable AUDIO INPUT VIDEO...
  • Page 16: Connecting To A Cable Box, Satellite Receiver Or Digital Terrestrial Receiver

    Connecting up Connecting to a cable box, satellite receiver or digital terrestrial receiver If you have a cable, satellite or digital terrestrial receiver with a built-in decoder, connect it to this recorder and your TV as shown on this page. If you are using a separate decoder box for your cable/satellite TV, set up following the instructions on the next page.
  • Page 17: Connecting An External Decoder Box (1)

    Connecting up Connecting an external decoder box (1) If you have an external, dedicated decoder box for your satellite or cable TV system, use the setup described on this page. Important • Do not connect your decoder box directly to this recorder. •...
  • Page 18: Connecting An External Decoder Box (2)

    Connecting up Connecting an external decoder box (2) If you only have a decoder, connect it to this recorder and your TV as shown on this page. Using the setup on this page you can: • Record scrambled channels received using the recorder’s built-in TV tuner. Important •...
  • Page 19: Connecting To An Av Amplifier/Receiver

    Connecting up Connecting to an AV amplifier/receiver To enjoy multichannel surround sound you need to connect this recorder to an AV amplifier/receiver using the digital optical output. In addition to a digital connection, we recommend also connecting using the stereo analog connection for compatibility with all discs and sources.
  • Page 20: Connecting Other Av Sources

    Connecting up Connecting other AV sources Connecting a VCR or analog camcorder OPEN/CLOSE TOP MENU HOME STANDBY/ON MENU AUDIO/VIDEO OUTPUT Analog camcorder AUDIO/VIDEO INPUT Connect a set of audio and video inputs of your VCR or camcorder to a set of outputs on this recorder.
  • Page 21: Controls And Displays

    Controls and displays Chapter 3 Controls and displays Front panel STANDBY/ON STANDBY/ON Press to switch the recorder on/into standby. Disc tray DISC NAVIGATOR/TOP MENU Press to display the Disc Navigator screen, or the top menu if a DVD-Video disc is loaded. OPEN/CLOSE Press to open/close the disc tray.
  • Page 22: Remote Control

    ENTER HOME MENU REC MODE ONE TOUCH SHIFT COPY DVD RECORDER STANDBY/ON Press to switch the recorder on/into standby. HDD/DVD (page 27) Press to select the hard disk (HDD) or DVD for recording or playback. HELP Press for help on how to use the current GUI screen.
  • Page 23 Controls and displays REC MODE (SHIFT + ) (page 39) Press repeatedly to change the recording mode (picture quality). Press to skip to the previous or next title/chapter/ track/folder; or to display the previous or next menu page. CM BACK (SHIFT + ) (commercial back) Press repeatedly to skip progressively backward through the audio or video playing.
  • Page 24: Display

    Controls and displays Display Lights during playback; blinks when playback is paused. Lights when copying. Lights during recording; blinks when recording is paused. (page 41) Lights when a timer recording has been set. (Indicator blinks if the timer has been set to DVD but there isn’t a recordable disc loaded, or the timer has been set to HDD but the HDD is not recordable.) NTSC...
  • Page 25: Getting Started

    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 feature. This takes you through setting the clock, the internal TV tuner and the video output 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.
  • Page 26: Manual Clock Setting

    Getting started • Use the buttons to choose your country, then press ENTER. Initial Setup Initial Setup Basic Basic Clock Setting Clock Setting Country Selection Basic Basic Tuner Tuner Input Line System Input Line System Video In/Out Video Out Power Save Power Save Country 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 terrestrial TV broadcasts.
  • Page 28: Making Your First Recording

    MENU REC MODE ONE TOUCH SHIFT COPY DVD RECORDER If they aren’t already on, switch on your TV and this recorder. STANDBY/ON to switch on. Press • Make sure that the video input on your TV is set to this recorder.
  • Page 29: Using The Built-In Tv Tuner

    Getting started Using the built-in TV tuner Changing TV channels There are three different ways to select TV channels. Note that you can’t change the TV channel during playback, recording or during recording standby. DISPLAY TV/DVD HELP INPUT SELECT CLEAR AUDIO SUBTITLE ANGLE CHANNEL...
  • Page 30 Getting started Switching between TV and DVD When the recorder is stopped or recording you can choose whether to have the audio/video from the built-in TV tuner (or external input) play on your TV (‘DVD mode’), or watch the channel that the TV is currently set to (‘TV mode’).
  • Page 31: Basic Playback

    Getting started Basic playback This section shows you how to use your recorder for playback of discs (DVD, CD, etc.), and for playback of video from the HDD. More playback features, such as repeat and program play, are covered in Playback on page 53.
  • Page 32 Getting started Playing DVD discs The table below shows the basic playback controls for DVD-Video, and recordable DVD discs. Press to start playback. If RESUME is displayed on-screen, play- back starts from the place last stopped. Press to stop playback. You can resume playback from the same point by pressing cancel the resume function.)
  • Page 33 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. Press to stop playback. Pauses playback, or restarts playback when paused. Press to start scanning. Press again to increase the scanning speed.
  • Page 34: Using The Home Menu

  • Page 35 Getting started HDD and removable disc activity display Press DISPLAY (SHIFT + HELP) once to see the HDD and removable disc (DVD, etc.) activity. Use the HDD/DVD button 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 36 Getting started Play display 1 Play 3–2 0. 00. 15 DVD-R Video Chapters 15 Title Total 0. 11. 52 Number of chapters in title Current title and chapter number (For CD/Video CD/Super VCD, shows current track; for WMA/MP3, shows current folder and track; for JPEG disc, shows current folder and file.) Elapsed title time (For CD, WMA, MP3, Super VCD, shows elapsed track...
  • Page 37: Recording

    Additional information about the TV system settings on page 99. Note 1.Some DVD players, such as some Pioneer models, are compatible with VR mode discs. Check the operating instructions for your player for VR mode compatibility information. About HDD recording Recording to the internal hard disk drive (HDD) is very flexible;...
  • Page 38: Recording Time And Picture Quality

    Recording Recording time and picture quality There are six preset recording quality modes • XP – High quality setting, gives about one hour of recording time on a DVD disc. • SP (Standard Play) – Default quality, used for most applications, gives about two hours of recording time on a DVD.
  • Page 39: Setting The Picture Quality/Recording Time

    Recording Setting the picture quality/recording time VR mode Video mode Before starting a recording, you will usually want to set the picture quality/recording time. There are six standard settings available, which allow you to choose a balance between picture quality and recording time. When Manual Recording is set to On (see Manual Recording on page 97), a further option will be available (MN1–32, LPCM or XP+, depending on what you set).
  • Page 41: Setting A Timer Recording

    Recording Setting a timer recording VR mode Video mode Using the timer recording features you can program up to 32 timer recordings up to a month in advance. Timer recording programs can be set to record just once, every day, or every week. There are three ways to program a timer recording;...
  • Page 42: Easy Timer Recording

    Recording Easy Timer Recording As the name suggests, Easy Timer Recording makes setting up a timer recording as simple as possible. STANDBY/ON DISPLAY TV/DVD HELP INPUT SELECT AUDIO SUBTITLE ANGLE DISC NAVIGATOR MENU ENTER HOME MENU REC MODE ONE TOUCH SHIFT COPY Press HOME MENU, select ‘Timer Recording’,...
  • Page 43: Programming System

    ONE TOUCH ST0P REC SHIFT COPY TV DRECT REC DVD RECORDER Press ‘VIDEO Plus+ (SHIFT + MENU)’ to display the VIDEO Plus+ program screen. You can also access this screen from the Home Menu (press HOME MENU, select Timer Recording, then VIDEO Plus+).
  • Page 44 Recording VIDEO Plus+ programming with the power You can enter a PlusCode programming 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 VIDEO Plus+ program screen.
  • Page 45 Recording Select ‘New Input’ to set a new timer program, then press ENTER. Timer Program Set Manhattan Open Tennis Date Start Stop Extend Pr 10 SAT 26/3 18:00 21:00 30 min Detailed Settings Enter Details Record To Recording Mode Auto Replace Rec. Genre No Category Bilingual Recording...
  • Page 46 Recording • If the HDD is being used for playback or high-speed copying when an Auto Replace Recording is due to start, the new timer recording will not replace the old one. However, the next time the timer recording starts, both of the older two programs will be erased. Editing a timer program You can change any of the settings in a timer program before the recording is due to start.
  • Page 47: Timer Recording Faq

    ONE TOUCH SHIFT ST0P REC COPY TV DRECT REC DVD RECORDER During timer recording, press and hold three seconds. Only the program is canceled (the timer indicator disappears); recording continues so that you can manually stop recording whenever you like.
  • Page 48: Simultaneous Recording And Playback

  • Page 49: Automatic Recording From A Satellite Tuner

    Recording Check that the Audio In settings for External Audio, Bilingual Recording and DV Input are as you want them (see Audio In Settings on page 94). • If the aspect ratio is distorted (squashed or stretched), adjust on the source component or your TV before recording.
  • Page 50: Recording From A Dv Camcorder

    MENU REC MODE ONE TOUCH SHIFT COPY DVD RECORDER • The source signal must be DVC-SD format • Some camcorders cannot be controlled using this recorder’s remote. • If you connect a second recorder using a DV cable, you cannot control the second unit from this one.
  • Page 51: Playing Your Recordings On Other Dvd Players

    Video mode 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 Stop recorded in VR mode, finalized or not. Most players will Start Rec...
  • Page 52: Initializing A Recordable Dvd Disc

    Video mode can take up to 20 minutes. Note 1.If a disc was previously finalized on an older DVD recorder, you may not be able to re-initialize and/or initialize it for Video mode recording. Initializing a recordable DVD disc When you first load a blank disc, the recorder will initialize it automatically for recording.
  • Page 53: Playback

    Playback Chapter 6 Playback Introduction Most of the features described in this chapter make use of on-screen displays. Navigate these using the 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 54: Using The Disc Navigator To Browse The Contents Of A Disc

    Playback Video CD Super VCD During playback, use the number buttons to input a track number. For example, for track 6, press 6; for track 24, press 2, then 4. • To clear and start again, press CLEAR. Optionally: Press ENTER. •...
  • Page 55 Playback • Sort Order – Sort by date (most recent first), unwatched first, title name or recording date (oldest first) Disc Navigator (HDD) 23:00 FRI 3/12 11/29 MON 7:00PM Style 23:00 Fri 3/12 Pr 4 SP Recent first 11/29Mon 7:00PM 4 Titles New first 2h00m(1.0G)
  • Page 56: Scanning Discs

    Playback Scanning discs You can fast scan discs at various speeds, forwards or backward. MENU REC MODE ONE TOUCH During playback, press reverse or forward scanning. • The scanning speed is shown on-screen. Press the same button repeatedly to increase the scanning speed.
  • Page 57: Frame Advance/Frame Reverse

    Playback Frame advance/frame reverse Video CD Super VCD You can advance or back up video on a DVD disc or the HDD frame-by-frame. With Video CD/Super VCDs, you can only use frame advance. RETURN MENU REC MODE BACK CM SKIP ONE TOUCH ST0P REC SHIFT...
  • Page 58: Repeat Play

    Playback A-B Repeat Video CD The A-B Repeat function allows you to specify two points (A and B) within a track or title that form a loop which is played over and over. During playback, select ‘A-B Repeat’ from the Play Mode menu.
  • Page 59: Program Play

    Playback Program play DVD-Video Video CD This feature lets you program the play order of titles/ chapters /folders/tracks on a disc or the HDD. Select ‘Program’ from the Play Mode menu. Select ‘Input/Edit Program’ from the list of program options. Play Mode Search Mode Input/Edit Program...
  • Page 60: Displaying And Switching Subtitles

    Playback • To save your program list and exit the program edit screen without starting playback, press HOME MENU. • You can change the program list by selecting Input/ Edit Program from the Play Mode Program menu. • During program play, press program step.
  • Page 61: Switching Dvd Soundtracks

    Playback Switching DVD soundtracks DVD-Video When playing a DVD disc recorded with two or more soundtracks (often in different languages), you can switch the soundtrack during playback. Check the disc packaging for details of the soundtrack options. DISPLAY TV/DVD HELP INPUT SELECT CLEAR AUDIO...
  • Page 62: Switching Camera Angles

    Playback Super VCD • 1 Stereo – Soundtrack 1 / Stereo (default) • 1 L – Soundtrack 1 / Left channel • 1 R – Soundtrack 1 / Right channel • 2 Stereo – Soundtrack 2 / Stereo • 2 L – Soundtrack 2 / Left channel •...
  • Page 63: Copying And Back-Up

    ONE TOUCH ST0P REC SHIFT COPY TV DRECT REC DVD RECORDER If you’re copying from DVD to the HDD, use the REC MODE (SHIFT + ) button to select a recording mode. Note that selecting a recording mode higher than the title playing will not result in a better quality recording.
  • Page 64: Using Copy Lists

    Copying and back-up Canceling One Touch Copy You can cancel a One Touch Copy once it’s started. • Press and hold ONE TOUCH COPY for more than a second. Copying is canceled and the video already copied is erased. • If you cancel a HDD to DVD-R copy, the space available for recording does not return to the pre- copy figure.
  • Page 65 Copying and back-up Select ‘HDD DVD’. If this is the first time to create a Copy List, skip to step 4 below. Copy HDD DVD DVD/CD HDD Disc Back-up DV Record If there is already a Copy List stored in the recorder, choose whether to ‘Create New Copy List’...
  • Page 66 Copying and back-up Select ‘Next’ to move on to the Title Edit screen. Copy HDD DVD (Video mode) Edit Title 1 19:00 Mon 29/11 Pr 2 SP 19:00 Mon 29/11 Pr 2 SP 19:00 Mon 29/11 Pr 2 SP 19:00 Mon 29/11 Pr 2 SP 19:00 Mon 29/11 Pr 2 SP Copy List Total Current DVD Remain...
  • Page 67 – the recorder is reset to its factory settings (see Resetting the recorder on page 111). • It may not be possible to copy from a DVD disc that was recorded on a different DVD recorder or a PC. Press HOME MENU and select ‘Copy’. Select ‘DVD/CD HDD’.
  • Page 68 Using the remote key shortcuts to input a name on page 76. • 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 Copy List.
  • Page 69 Copy List. Highlight the title you want to divide. Select ‘Divide’ from the command menu panel. Select the type of edit. DVD RECORDER Please select the type of editing. Video Mode Compatible Editing is recommended for compatibility with high-speed copying.
  • Page 70: Recording Mode

    Copying and back-up • Video Mode Compatible Editing – Edit points cannot be set with absolute precision, but high- speed copying to Video mode DVD will be possible. • Frame Accurate Editing – Exact edit points are preserved, but high-speed copying to Video mode DVD will not be possible.
  • Page 71: Using Disc Back-Up

    Copying and back-up When you change the recording mode setting, you can see how much disc space it will require. If this is more than is available, it shows up in red and you won’t be able to start copying. In this case, either change the recording quality, or press RETURN to go back to the Copy List screen and erase one or more titles from the Copy List.
  • Page 72 Copying and back-up Select ‘Start’ to start writing the backed-up data to the blank disc. Disc Back-up Write back-up data from Hard Disk Drive. The disc contents will be overwritten. OK to start? Start • To see the progress of the back-up, press DISPLAY (SHIFT + HELP).
  • Page 73: Editing

    Editing Chapter 8 Editing The Disc Navigator screen The Disc Navigator screen is where 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. Important •...
  • Page 74: Command Menu Panel Options

    Editing Command menu panel options The table below shows which commands you can use with which video type. Create (page 75) Play (page 75) Erase (page 75) Edit > Title Name (page 75) Edit > Set Thumbnail (page 76) Edit > Erase Section (page 77) Edit >...
  • Page 75 Editing Create Play List only VR mode Use this function to create a Play List and add titles to it. Before you can use this command, make sure that the Play List Pis switched on in the view options panel on the left.
  • Page 76 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 77 Highlight the title containing the section you want to erase. Select ‘Edit’ > ‘Erase Section’ from the command menu panel. HDD only: Select the type of edit. DVD RECORDER Please select the type of editing. Video Mode Compatible Editing is recommended for compatibility with high-speed copying.
  • Page 78: Chapter Edit

    ENTER. • Combine one: Highlight the bar divider between two adjacent chapters and press ENTER. DVD RECORDER Select ‘Exit’ to get back to the main Disc Navigator screen. , etc.) to find the Chapter Edit (DVD VR mode Play List) 19:00 Mon 29/11 Pr 2 SP Rec.
  • Page 79 Editing Set Genre Use this command to assign a genre to a title. Highlight the title you want to assign a genre to. Select ‘Edit’ > ‘Set Genre’ from the command menu panel. Disc Navigator (HDD) 23:00 FRI 3/12 11/29 MON 7:00PM Play 23:00 Fri 3/12 Pr 4 SP 11/29Mon 7:00PM...
  • Page 80 Editing Combine Play List only VR mode Use this function to combine two Play List titles into one. Highlight the title you want to combine. This title will remain in the same place after combining with another title. Select ‘Edit’ > ‘Combine’ from the command menu panel.
  • Page 81 Editing Select ‘Next’ from the command menu panel. Disc Navigator (HDD) Multi-Mode 23:00 FRI 3/12 23:00 Fri 3/12 Pr 4 SP 2h00m(1.0G) 4 Titles 20:00 FRI 3/12 20:00 Fri 3/12 Pr 9 SP Next Recent First 2h00m(1.0G) 22:00 THU 2/12 22:00 Thu 2/12 Pr 7 SP All Genres 1h00m(1.0G)
  • Page 82: Using The Jukebox

    ONE TOUCH SHIFT ST0P REC COPY DVD RECORDER Press HDD/DVD and select DVD. Load the CD you want to copy to the HDD. If you want to copy the CD with a different track order, set the program play mode here.
  • Page 83: Playing Music From The Jukebox

    Using the Jukebox Playing music from the Jukebox You can select albums or individual tracks from the Jukebox to play. Press Home Menu and select ‘Jukebox’. The album list is displayed. Disc Navigator Disc Setup Timer Recording Initial Setup Play Mode Video/Audio Adjust Copy Photo Viewer...
  • Page 84 Using the Jukebox Changing the album view From the album list, press options menu panel. Select the view option you want, then press ENTER. Jukebox 12/1 Album1 Display order New first Album2 New First New First Most Listened Album3 Album Name Genre Album4 Recording Date...
  • Page 85: 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 PhotoViewer File Date/Time 01. 12/12 TUE Currently selected 02. 12/13 WED folder in folder list 03. 12/14 THU 04. 12/15 FRI 05.
  • Page 86 The PhotoViewer Reloading files from a disc If you have a disc with a large number of files and/or folders, you can still view all the images using the reload function. Use the button to navigate to the last entry in the folder list (‘Read next: ...’).
  • Page 87: The Disc Setup Menu

    • You can also use the CLEAR button to delete characters directly (press and hold for two seconds to delete the whole name). • For discs formatted on a different DVD recorder, you will see only a limited character set. Lock Disc VR mode •...
  • Page 88: Finalize Settings

    A progress bar indicates how long there is left to go. Initialize HDD 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 89: 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 90: Setting The Picture Quality For Disc Playback

    The Video/Audio Adjust menu • White AGC – Turn on for automatic white level adjustment. • White Level – Adjusts the intensity of white. • Black Level – Adjusts the intensity of black. • Black Setup – Corrects the standard reference black level (NTSC video input only).
  • Page 91: Audio Drc

    The Video/Audio Adjust menu • Black Level – Adjusts the intensity of black. • Black Setup – Corrects the standard reference black level (NTSC video playback only). • Gamma Correction – Adjusts the brightness of darker images. • Hue – Adjusts overall balance between red and green.
  • Page 92: 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. Some settings can only be changed when the recorder is stopped. During playback and recording these settings are grayed out in the Initial Setup menu.
  • Page 93 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Tuner Settings Auto Channel Setting Auto Scan Download from TV Manual CH Setting Next Screen Channel Swapping Next Screen Set VIDEO Plus+ CH Next Screen Video In/Out Settings Input Colour System Next Screen See also About the input colour system on page 99 for more information on this setting. Explanation Select your country and then wait for the recorder to auto tune into channels in your area.
  • Page 94 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Component Video Out Interlace • Progressive For Component Video Out to be effective, the AV1 Out setting (see below) must be set to something other than RGB. AV1 Out Video • S-Video If you choose a setting that is incompatible with your TV you may not be able to see any picture at all. In this case either switch off and reconnect using the supplied video cable, or reset the recorder (see Resetting the recorder on page 111).
  • Page 95 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Bilingual Recording A/L • When recording bilingual audio to DVD in VR mode (except in LPCM mode), or to HDD with HDD Recording Format set to Video Mode Off (except in LPCM mode), both audio channels are recorded and you can switch to the one you want on playback. DV Input Stereo 1 •...
  • Page 96 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Language Settings OSD Language English • available languages Audio Language English • available languages Other Discs do not necessarily have audio in your selected language. Also, some discs override the Audio Language preference. Subtitle Language English •...
  • Page 97 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Recording Settings Manual Recording On (go to setup) Off • See also Manual recording modes on page 107 for detailed information on manual recording levels. Optimized Rec Off • Optimized Rec will only compensate for the next scheduled timer recording if more than one is set. It cannot be used together with VPS/PDC. Set Thumbnail 0 seconds •...
  • Page 98 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Still Picture Field Frame Auto • Seamless Playback Off • Parental Lock Set Password Change Password Change Level Country/Area Code Only certain discs have parental lock and country code features. Check the disc packaging to see what features the disc has. If you forget your password you can reset it by resetting the recorder to its factory settings.
  • Page 99 ‘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-503HDE, PDP-433HDE, PDP-434HDE, PDP-504HDE, PDP-...
  • Page 100 The Initial Setup menu Selecting other languages for language options Select ‘Other’ from the language list. This option appears in the settings for DVD Menu Language, Audio Language, and Subtitle Language. Select the language you want. Initial Setup Basic DVD Menu Language Tuner Audio Language Language...
  • Page 101: Additional Information

    Additional information Chapter 14 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...
  • Page 102: Minimum Copying Times

    Additional information Minimum copying times The table below shows the minimum HDD to DVD copying time for one hour of video. Please note that not all discs are compatible with high-speed copying. compatibility. DVD-RW Ver. 1.0, 1.1 mode 6 mins. 7.5 mins.
  • Page 103: 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 104 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 47).
  • Page 105: 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 106: About Dv

    Additional information • Can I use high-speed copy to copy from DVD to HDD? You can only use high-speed copy from DVD to HDD when copying Original titles from a VR mode DVD-R or DVD-RW disc. See also Copying from DVD to HDD on page 67. •...
  • Page 107: Manual Recording Modes

    Additional information Manual recording modes The table below shows the approximate recording times for a VR mode and Video mode DVD in each manual recording mode, as well as the standard recording mode equivalents. Levels separated by a bold line show where there is a noticeable change in picture quality.
  • Page 108: Language Code List

    Additional information Language code list Language (Language code letter), Language code Japanese (ja), 1001 English (en), 0514 French (fr), 0618 German (de), 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...
  • Page 109: 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 110 Additional information Message • There is no DV input or the input signal is unre- cordable. • Cannot preview because there is no DV input or the input signal is unrecordable. • HDD optimization is recommended. This can be done using Disc Setup. •...
  • Page 111: Resetting The Recorder

    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 are commercially available, we do not recommend using them since some may damage the lens.
  • Page 112: 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 113: Glossary

    Additional information Glossary Analog audio An electrical signal that directly represents sound. Compare this to digital audio which can be an electrical signal, but is an indirect representation of sound. See also Digital audio. Aspect ratio The width of a TV screen relative to its height. Conventional TVs are 4:3 (in other words, the screen is almost square);...
  • Page 114 Additional information MPEG audio An audio format used on Video CDs and some DVD discs. This unit can convert MPEG audio to PCM format for wider compatibility with digital recorders and AV amp/receivers. See also PCM. MPEG video The video format used for Video CDs and DVDs. Video CD uses the older MPEG-1 standard, while DVD uses the newer and much better quality MPEG-2 standard.
  • Page 115: Specifications

    Additional information Specifications General System ....HDD, DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, Video-CD, Super VCD, CD, CD-R/RW (WMA, MP3, JPEG, CD-DA) Power requirements ....220–240 V, 50/60 Hz Power consumption .
  • Page 116: Supplied Accessories

    Additional information Component video output Output level ......Y: 1.0 Vp-p (75 Ω) Jacks ........RCA jacks RGB input Input level.
  • Page 117: Index

    Index Audio digital output settings DV audio settings dynamic range control external audio settings input settings setting preferences for audio language switching on playback switching TV audio Auto start recording Automatic channel setup AV amplifier, connecting to CD Audio compatibility playback controls for Chapter automatic chapter marking...
  • Page 118 MP3 audio files MPEG audio NexTView NTSC Optimized recording Picture quality recording time vs setting for playback setting for recording Play List compared to Original creating on a VR mode disc switching to Play List view – – Playback on-screen displays parental lock for DVD-Video picture quality settings for settings...
  • Page 119 253 Alexandra Road, #04-01, Singapore 159936 TEL: 656-472-1111 PIONEER ELECTRONICS AUSTRALIA PTY. LTD. 178-184 Boundary Road, Braeside, Victoria 3195, Australia, TEL: (03) 9586-6300 PIONEER ELECTRONICS DE MEXICO S.A. DE C.V. Blvd.Manuel Avila Camacho 138 10 piso Col.Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico,D.F. 11000 TEL: 55-9178-4270 K002E Printed in China <VRB1379-A>...

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