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  • Page 1 DVD Recorder DVR-640H-S DVR-543H-S DVR-540H-S Register Your Product on Operating Instructions (US) (Canada)
  • 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 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 What’s in the box ....8 Putting the batteries in the remote control..... . 8 Using the remote control.
  • Page 7 Printing files ..... 100 11 The PhotoViewer (DVR-540H-S) Locating JPEG picture files ..101 Playing a slideshow .
  • Page 8: What's In The Box

    Before you start Chapter 1 Before you start What’s in the box Please confirm that the following accessories are in the box when you open it. • Remote control • AA/R6P dry cell batteries x 2 • Audio/video cable (red/white/yellow) •...
  • Page 9: 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: Before You Start

    Before you start Marks used in this manual Logos Re-recordable / Erasable Editing of recorded programs Recording of Copy- once protected material Playback in other players/recorders Chase play 16:9 and 4:3 pro- gram recording Bilingual broadcast *10, 11 recording of both audio channels Notes to table *1 Must be initialized for VR mode recording (page 104)
  • Page 11 Before you start Using DVD-R DL/DVD+R DL discs DVD-R DL (dual-layer) and DVD+R DL (double-layer) discs contain two recordable layers on a single side, giving about 1.8 times the recording capacity of a conventional single-layer disc. This unit can record to both DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL discs.
  • Page 12: Compressed Audio Compatibility

    Before you start Compressed audio compatibility • Compatible media: CD-ROM, CD-R, CD- DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S only: USB • Compatible formats: MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 (MP3), Windows Media Audio (WMA) • Sampling rates: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz or 48 • Bit-rates: Any (128 Kbps or higher recommended) •...
  • Page 13 Before you start ® • Official DivX Certified product. ® • Plays all versions of DivX ® (including DivX 6) with standard ® playback of DivX media files. • File extensions: .avi and .divx (these must be used for the recorder to recognize DivX video files).
  • Page 14: About The Internal Hard Disk Drive

    DVD discs in order to protect against accidental loss. Pioneer cannot under any circumstances accept responsibility for any direct or indirect loss arising from any inconvenience or loss of recorded material resulting from HDD failure.
  • Page 15: Symbols Used In This Manual

    Before you start • The HDD is very delicate. If used improperly or in an unsuitable environment, it is possible that the HDD will fail after a few years of use. Signs of problems include playback unexpectedly freezing and noticeable block noise (mosaic) in the picture.
  • Page 16: Rear Panel Connections

    AV amp/receiver, Dolby Digital/DTS decoder or other equipment with coaxial digital input. CONTROL IN Use to control this recorder from the remote sensor of another Pioneer component with a CONTROL OUT terminal and bearing the mark. Connect the CONTROL Pioneer...
  • Page 17: Front Panel Connections

    Connecting up Front panel connections S-VIDEO VIDEO L AUDIO R (MONO) INPUT 2 On the front panel a flip-down cover hides more connections. 10 USB port (type B) (DVR-640H-S/DVR- 543H-S only) USB port for connecting a PictBridge- compatible printer. 11 USB port (type A) (DVR-640H-S/DVR- 543H-S only) USB port for connecting a digital camera, USB memory or other USB device.
  • Page 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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 the channels are scrambled, we recommend using the setup on the following page. Using the setup on this page you can: •...
  • Page 21: 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 receiver.
  • Page 22: 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 coaxial output. In addition to the digital connection, we recommend also connecting using the stereo analog connection.
  • Page 23: Connecting Other Av Sources

    Connecting up Connecting other AV sources Connecting a VCR or analog camcorder OPEN/CLOSE HDD/DVD STANDBY/ON DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S 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. This enables you to record from this recorder to your VCR or camcorder.
  • Page 24: Plugging In

    Connecting up WMA/MP3 file storage devices • Memory card reader (any type of memory card) • USB memory The Mass Storage Class (MSC) device should be FAT-compatible. Note that if the device is partitioned, this recorder may not recognize it. Note that although multi-slot card readers can be used, the recorder will only recognize the first card inserted.
  • Page 25: Front Panel

    Controls and displays Chapter 3 Controls and displays Front panel STANDBY/ON DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S STANDBY/ON Press to switch the recorder on/into standby. Disc tray OPEN/CLOSE Press to open/close the disc tray. HDD / DVD indicators Indicator lights blue when the hard disk (HDD) is selected;...
  • Page 26: Remote Control

    Controls and displays Remote control STANDBY/ON HELP HOME MENU TOP MENU DISC NAVIGATOR CHANNEL BACK ENTER PAUSE CHANNEL – PLAY PREV STOP AUDIO SUBTITLE DISPLAY MENU REC MODE PQRS VCR Plus+ OPEN STANDBY/ON Press to switch the recorder on/into standby. HELP Press for help on how to use the current GUI screen.
  • Page 27 Controls and displays (page 59) While paused, press and hold to start slow-motion playback. Press repeatedly to change the playback speed. While paused, press to advance a single frame in either direction. playback function buttons AUDIO (page 36, 63) Press to change the audio language or channel.
  • Page 28: Display

    Controls and displays Display Lights during playback; blinks when playback is paused. Lights when copying. Lights during recording; blinks when recording is paused. Lights to indicate PM (after midday) for the clock display. (page 38) Lights when a timer recording has been set.
  • Page 29 Controls and displays 2 3 (page 117) Shows the remote control mode (if nothing is displayed, the remote control mode is 1). Lights when an unfinalized Video mode disc is loaded.
  • Page 30: Switching On And Setting Up

    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.
  • Page 31: Manual Clock Setting

    Getting started ENTER Select ‘Auto’ for automatic time setting, or ‘Manual’ to set the clock manually. Clock Setting Clock Setting Help Setup Navigator Setup Navigator Auto Auto Manual • Auto clock setting Some TV channels broadcast time signals together with the program. This recorder can use these signals to set the clock automatically.
  • Page 32: Getting Started

    Getting started ENTER Select the TV screen type, ‘Wide (16:9)’ or ‘Standard (4:3)’. etup Clock Setting TV Screen Size Help Setup Navigator Setup Navigator Wide (16:9) Standard (4:3) ENTER Select whether or not your TV is compatible with progressive scan video.
  • Page 33: About Dvd Recording

    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. Disc type/rec. Max. titles...
  • Page 34: About Hdd Recording

    Recording • Pioneer takes no responsibility for recording failure due to power cuts, defective discs, or damage to the recorder. • See also Disc / content format playback compatibility on page 9 for detailed disc compatibility information. Recording to DVD-R DL/DVD+R DL...
  • Page 35: Restrictions On Video Recording

    Recording set to LPCM, sound is recorded in high quality, uncompressed Linear PCM format. If the broadcast audio has a SAP channel and you are recording to Video mode DVD-R/ -RW, DVD+R/+RW, or to the HDD with the HDD Recording Format set to Video Mode On, or on the LPCM setting, use the AUDIO button to select the Mono, Stereo or SAP audio channel to record before recording...
  • Page 36: Using The Built-In Tv Tuner

    Recording Using the built-in TV tuner 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. CHANNEL CHANNEL +/– buttons • CHANNEL – PQRS WXYZ • Number buttons For example, to select channel 4, press 4 then ENTER;...
  • Page 37: Recording Time

    Recording Setting the picture quality/ recording time DVD (VR) DVD (Video) DVD+R DVD+RW DVD-RAM 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.
  • Page 38: Setting A Timer Recording

    Recording CHANNEL Select a TV channel to record. CHANNEL – The front panel display shows the channel number: • While the recorder is stopped, you can also use the number buttons on the remote to select the channel. (For channel 24, press 2, 4 then ENTER) •...
  • Page 39: Easy Timer Recording

    Recording You can set the recording quality for your timer recording in the same way as for a regular recording, but with the added option of an AUTO mode, which maximizes the recording quality for the space available on the disc (if recording to DVD), or to fit on to a blank DVD disc (if recording to HDD).
  • Page 40 Recording • DVD recording: The AUTO option automatically sets the best recording quality for the space available on the disc loaded at the time of recording. • HDD recording: The AUTO option automatically sets the best recording quality that would fit on to a blank DVD disc.
  • Page 41 Recording just input the corresponding code. The date, start, stop and channel settings are made automatically. All you have to do is tell the recorder the recording mode, and whether it’s a once-only recording or a regular recording. * VCR Plus+ and PlusCode are registered trademarks of Gemstar Development Corporation.
  • Page 42: Power Off

    Recording VCR Plus+ programming with the power off 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 VCR Plus+ program screen.
  • Page 43 Recording also Deleting a timer program on page 44. Select ‘New Input’ to set a new timer program, then press ENTER. Timer Program Set Manhattan Open Tennis Date Start Stop Extend 10ch EVERYDAY 6:00PM 7:00PM 30 min Detailed Settings Enter Details Record To Recording Mode Auto Replace Rec.
  • Page 44 Recording • Cancel Once – A regular timer program is set to skip. • Can’t Rec – Not possible to record. • Title Over – Can’t record because there is already the maximum number of titles on the disc (HDD: 999; DVD: 99). •...
  • Page 45 Recording Highlight the timer program you erase..want to Press then select ‘Erase’ from the command menu panel. • Select Yes to confirm or No to cancel. • You can also just press CLEAR when the timer program is highlighted. Skipping a regular timer program If you’ve set a regular daily or weekly timer program, you can set the recorder to skip the...
  • Page 46: Timer Recording Faq

    Recording Preventing use of the recorder before a timer recording (child lock) You can make all the front panel and remote control buttons inoperative using the child lock feature. This is useful when you set a timer recording and want to make sure that the timer settings are not changed before recording has finished.
  • Page 47: Component

    VCR, connected to one of the recorder’s external inputs. Make sure that the component you want to record from is connected properly to the DVD recorder. See Chapter 2 (Connecting up) for connection options. INPUT SELECT Press repeatedly to select one of the external inputs to record from.
  • Page 48 Recording After setting up for Auto Start Recording, this recorder starts recording when it detects a signal from the other component. When the signal ceases, the recorder stops recording. If you want to use this recorder with the timer features of your satellite tuner, see Additional information for cable/satellite/STB (set-top box) users below.
  • Page 49: Players

    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. Only the REC and STOP codes have any effect when used with this recorder: •...
  • Page 50 DVD+R/+RW) is selected on any DVD player. Finalize • 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 51: Initializing Recordable Dvd Discs

    Make sure there is 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. nothing on the disc that you want to keep! •...
  • Page 52: Introduction

    • For discs that contain JPEG picture files, see The PhotoViewer (DVR-640H-S/DVR- 543H-S) on page 93 and The PhotoViewer (DVR-540H-S) on page 101. Basic playback A L L This section shows you how to use your recorder for playback of discs (DVD, CD, etc.), and for playback of video from the...
  • Page 53 Playback • If you want to play a DTS audio CD, please first read the note on page 55. PLAY Start playback. • If you’re playing a DVD-Video or Video CD, a disc menu may appear when you start playback. Use the buttons and ENTER to navigate DVD disc menus, and the number buttons and ENTER for Video CD menus.
  • Page 54 Playback DVD-R/-RW, DVD-RAM only: (Commercial back/skip) Each BACK SKIP press skips backward/for- ward progressively up to a maximum of ten minutes for- ward or three minutes back. While paused, press and hold to start slow-motion playback. Press repeatedly to change the playback speed.
  • Page 55 Playback 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 PAUSE playback when paused. Except WMA: Press to start scanning.
  • Page 56: Playing Divx Video Files

    Playback During playback, enter a track number then press ENTER to skip directly to that PQRS WXYZ track. CLEAR Press CLEAR to clear a num- ber entry and start again. While a PBC menu screen is ENTER displayed, use to select num- bered menu items.
  • Page 57: The Contents Of A Disc

    Playback Using the Disc Navigator to browse the contents of a disc Use the Disc Navigator to browse the contents of a disc and start playback. Using the Disc Navigator with recordable discs and the HDD DVD-R DVD-RW DVD+R DVD+RW DVD-RAM HDD You can use the Disc Navigator to browse and edit video on recordable DVDs and the HDD, and to view information on titles.
  • Page 58: Scanning Discs

    Playback ENTER Choose ‘Style’, ‘Sort order’ or ‘Genre’, then press ENTER to see the available view options. • Style – Select four or eight titles per screen view • Sort order – Sort by date (most recent first), unwatched first, title name or recording date (oldest first) •...
  • Page 59: Playing In Slow Motion

    Playback During playback, start reverse or forward scanning. • The scanning speed is shown on-screen. Press repeatedly to change the scanning speed. There are four scanning speeds available when playing HDD video, a DVD or a DivX title. Reverse playback is also possible with HDD and DVD video.
  • Page 60: Search Mode

    Playback PLAY MODE Press to display the Play Mode menu. Play Mode Search Mode Time Search A-B Repeat Title Search Repeat Chapter Search Program • You can also access the Play Mode menu from the Home Menu (press HOME MENU). •...
  • Page 61: Program Play

    Playback With ‘A (Loop Start)’ ENTER highlighted, press at the point you want the loop to start. Play Mode Search Mode A (Loop Start) A-B Repeat B (Loop End) Repeat Program With ‘B (Loop End)’ highlighted, ENTER press at the point you want the loop to end.
  • Page 62: Displaying And Switching Subtitles

    Playback ENTER Select a title, chapter, folder or track for the current step in the program list. After pressing ENTER to add the title/ chapter/folder/track, the step number automatically moves down one. • To insert a step into the program list, highlight the step number where you want to insert another step, then select a chapter/title/folder/track as usual.
  • Page 63: Switching Dvd And Divx Soundtracks

    Playback Check the disc packaging for details of the subtitle options. SUBTITLE • Select/change the subtitle language. The current subtitle language is shown on- screen and in the front panel display. • To switch off subtitles, press SUBTITLE then CLEAR. Switching DVD and DivX soundtracks DVD-Video DivX...
  • Page 64: Switching Camera Angles

    Playback Switching camera angles DVD-Video Some DVD-Video discs feature scenes shot from two or more angles—check the disc box for details: it should be marked with a icon if it contains multi-angle scenes. When a multi-angle scene is playing, the same icon appears on screen to let you know that other angles are available (this can be switched off if you prefer—see Angle...
  • Page 65 Playback • See Switching camera angles on page 64 for more on multi-angle scene switching. • When using the simultaneous play and record feature, the display shows information for playback only. • During real-time copy, the copy source playback information is displayed. •...
  • Page 66: The Disc Navigator Screen

    Editing Chapter 7 Editing The Disc Navigator screen The Disc Navigator screen is where you can edit video content on unfinalized Video mode and VR mode DVD-R/-RW discs, DVD+R/ +RW and DVD-RAM, as well as video content on the internal hard disk drive. HDD/DVD Select the HDD or DVD.
  • Page 67 Editing Command menu panel options The table below shows which commands you can use with the HDD and different disc types. Create (page 68) Play (page 69) Erase (page 69) Edit > Title Name (page 70) Edit > Set Thumbnail (page 71) Edit >...
  • Page 68: Editing Accuracy

    Editing Editing accuracy Some editing commands ask you whether you want to keep Video mode compatibility or frame accuracy (Video Mode Compatible Editing or Frame Accurate Editing). Frame accurate editing is very precise. The edit point is accurate to the exact frame you choose.
  • Page 69 Editing Play DVD (Video) DVD (VR) DVD+R DVD+RW DVD-RAM Use this function to start playback of a title. Highlight the title you want to play. ENTER Select ‘Play’ from the command menu panel. Playback of the title you selected starts. Disc Navigator (HDD) 12/03 SUN 11:00PM...
  • Page 70 Editing Title Name DVD (Video) DVD (VR) DVD+R DVD+RW DVD-RAM You can give titles new names of up to 64 characters long for VR mode, DVD-RAM and HDD recordings, and up to 40 characters for Video mode recordings and DVD+R/+RW discs.
  • Page 71 Editing Characters . , ’ ? ! – & 1 m n o 6 ö ô ò ó a b c 2 ä à á â ã æ ç d e f 3 è é ë ê g h i 4 î ï ì í ¡ j k l 5 £...
  • Page 72 Select ‘Edit’ > ‘Erase Section’ from the command menu panel. ENTER 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. Video Mode Compatible Editing Frame Accurate Editing •...
  • Page 73: Chapter Edit

    ENTER Select ‘Edit’ > ‘Divide’ 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. Video Mode Compatible Editing Frame Accurate Editing •...
  • Page 74 Editing Select the command you want: • Divide – Divide a chapter into two or more parts: Use the playback controls ( , , , etc.) to find the point at which you want to divide the chapter, then press ENTER. Chapter Edit (DVD VR mode Play List) 12/03Sun 11:00PM 4ch SP Rec.
  • Page 75 Editing Set Genre Use this command to assign a genre to a title. Highlight the title you want to assign a genre to. ENTER Select ‘Edit’ > ‘Set Genre’ from the command menu panel. Disc Navigator (HDD) 12/03 SUN 11:00PM 11/29 7:00PM 12/03Sun...
  • Page 76 Editing Move DVD (VR) DVD-RAM Play List only Use this function to re-arrange the playing order of Play List titles. Highlight the title you want to move. ENTER Select ‘Edit’ > ‘Move’ from the command menu panel. Disc Navigator (DVD) 12/03 SUN 11:00PM 11/29 MON 7:00PM 12/03Sun 11:00PM 4ch SP...
  • Page 77 Editing ENTER Select another title to combine with the first. This title will be appended to the first title selected. The screen below shows title 3 selected to be appended to title 1: Disc Navigator (DVD) 12/03 SUN 11:00PM 12/03Sun 11:00PM 4ch SP 2h00m(1.0G) 4 Titles 12/03 SUN 8:00PM...
  • Page 78 Editing ENTER Input a name for the genre. • The name can be up to 12 characters long. • For information on remote control key short cuts, see Using the remote key shortcuts to input a name on page 70. Input Genre Name F re e 1 A B C D E F G H I J K L M .
  • Page 79 Editing Undo DVD (Video) DVD (VR) DVD+R DVD+RW If you make a mistake while editing, you can generally undo it. There is one level of undo (in other words, you can only undo the last edit you made). ENTER • Select ‘Undo’...
  • Page 80: Introduction

    Copying and backup Chapter 8 Copying and backup 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 81: One Touch Copy

    Copying and backup Copyright You may use this product only to reproduce or copy materials for which you own the copyright or have obtained permission to copy from the copyright owner or for which you otherwise have a legal right to reproduce or copy.
  • Page 82: Using Copy Lists

    Copying and backup • Low resolution (SEP through LP modes widescreen material can’t be copied to a Video mode disc. Use a VR mode DVD-R/ -RW or DVD-RAM disc for this type of material. • When HDD Recording Format is set to Video Mode Off, titles recorded in LP/ MN9 to MN15 modes cannot be high- speed copied to a Video mode disc.
  • Page 83 Copying and backup ENTER Select ‘HDD DVD’. If this is the first time to create a Copy List, skip to step 5 below. HDD DVD DVD/CD HDD Disc Back-up If there is already a Copy List stored in the recorder, choose whether to ‘Create New Copy List’...
  • Page 84 Copying and backup Press to display the command menu panel. The Command Menu panel Copy DVD (Video mode) Select Title 1 > 2 > 3 11/29 WED 11/29Wed 7:00PM 11/29 WED 11/29Wed 7:00PM 11/29 WED 11/29Wed 7:00PM Recent first 11/29 WED 11/29Wed 7:00PM 11/29 WED 11/29Wed 7:00PM 11/29 WED 11/29Wed 7:00PM 11/29 WED 11/29Wed 7:00PM...
  • Page 85: Copying From Dvd To Hdd

    Copying and backup ENTER Select ‘Next’ to proceed. Copy DVD (Video mode) 1 > 2 > 3 Edit Title 11/29Wed 7:00PM 11/29Wed 7:00PM 11/29Wed 7:00PM 11/29Wed 7:00PM 2h00m(1.0G) Copy List Total 4.3G Current DVD Remain 4.3G There are several options available from the next screen: •...
  • Page 86 (see Resetting the recorder on page 132). • It may not be possible to copy from a DVD disc that was recorded on a different DVD recorder or a PC. HOME MENU Select ‘Copy’ from the Home Menu. ENTER Select ‘DVD/CD...
  • Page 87 Copying and backup Recording Mode ENTER Select ‘Recording Mode’ from the command menu panel. ENTER Select a recording mode for the copy. • High-Speed Copy – The Copy List is copied at the same recording quality as the original. • XP, SP, LP, EP, SLP, SEP, MN List is copied at the specified recording quality in real-time.
  • Page 88: Using Disc Backup

    Copying and backup Using disc backup * See also Copyright on page 81. This feature offers a simple way to make a backup copy of a finalized Video mode disc or DVD+R/+RW. The data is copied first to the hard disk drive , then on to another recordable DVD disc.
  • Page 89 Copying and backup You can use a DVD-R ver. 2.0 or 2.1 disc, or DVD-RW ver. 1.1 or ver. 1.2 disc for the backup. • If you backup a DVD-R disc to DVD-RW, you cannot undo the finalization later. • Actual recordable capacity of discs vary so there may be cases where the contents of the disc you’re backing-up will not fit on to a particular blank disc.
  • Page 90: Copying Music To The Hdd

    Using the Jukebox Chapter 9 Using the Jukebox The Jukebox feature allows you to use the recorder’s HDD to store and playback music from up to 999 of your CDs. You can also transfer WMA/MP3 files stored on CD-R/- RW/-ROM or a USB device. Once on the HDD, you can name albums, assign them a genre, and set tracks that you don’t want to play to Jump.
  • Page 91: Playing Music From The Jukebox

    Using the Jukebox Copying files from a USB device to the HDD DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S only You can copy WMA or MP3 files from a connected USB device, such as a USB drive, to the HDD. Connect the USB device. HOME MENU Select ‘Jukebox’...
  • Page 92: Editing Jukebox Albums

    Using the Jukebox Changing the album view From the album list, display the view options menu panel. ENTER Select a view option. Jukebox 12/1 1 Album1 The Planets/Mars-Venus- Sort order 2 Album2 By number By number New First By favorite 3 Album3 By album 4 Album4...
  • Page 93: Locating Jpeg Picture Files

    The PhotoViewer (DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S) Chapter 10 The PhotoViewer From the PhotoViewer you can view JPEG photos and picture files stored on the HDD, recordable DVD or CD-ROM/-R/-RW, or on a USB-equipped digital camera. import files and save them to the recorder’s HDD or a DVD-R/-RW disc.
  • Page 94: Playing A Slideshow

    The PhotoViewer (DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S) Playing a slideshow ENTER Select a folder from the folder list. The first nine images from the selected folder are displayed as thumbnails in the main part of the screen. • The larger the file size, the longer it takes the recorder to load the file.
  • Page 95: Importing Files To The Hdd

    The PhotoViewer (DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S) Load the next batch of up to 999 ENTER files/99 folders from the disc or connected USB device. It will take a moment (at most a few minutes) to load in the images. Zooming an image During a slideshow you can zoom in to enlarge a portion of the picture by a factor of two or four.
  • Page 96: Selecting Multiple Files Or Folders

    The PhotoViewer (DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S) ENTER Select ‘Copy to HDD’ from the menu. PhotoViewer CD/DVD File Chair No. 2 Date/Time 1/24/2006 10:00AM 001. 12/12 TUE 002. 12/13 WED 003. 12/14 THU 004. 12/15 FRI 005. 12/16 SAT 006. 12/17 SUN 007. 12/18 MON 008.
  • Page 97: Importing Files From A Usb Device

    The PhotoViewer (DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S) Importing files from a USB device Use this feature to copy all the files on a connected USB device to this recorder’s HDD. Important • After backing up the pictures on your USB device to HDD, we recommend verifying that they have been recorded properly before deleting anything from the camera.
  • Page 98: Editing Files On The Hdd

    The PhotoViewer (DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S) • Note that during copying, any timer programs set to start will not begin, and no other operation is possible. • While ‘Cancel’ is displayed, you can press ENTER to cancel. Editing files on the HDD There are a number of commands you can use to edit and organize your pictures stored on the HDD.
  • Page 99 The PhotoViewer (DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S) ENTER Select ‘Yes’ to confirm, or ‘No’ to cancel. • You can also erase a file or folder by pressing CLEAR when the file or folder is highlighted. Press ENTER to confirm. Copying files ENTER Select the file(s) or folder(s) you want to copy.
  • Page 100: Printing Files

    The PhotoViewer (DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S) ENTER Select the file(s) you want to lock (or unlock). • To lock/unlock multiple folders, use the Multi-Mode; see Selecting multiple files or folders on page 96. ENTER Select ‘File Options’ or ‘Folder Options’. ENTER Select ‘Lock’ or ‘Lock Folder Contents’.
  • Page 101: Locating Jpeg Picture Files

    The PhotoViewer (DVR-540H-S) Chapter 11 The PhotoViewer From the PhotoViewer you can view JPEG photos and picture files stored on CD-ROM/-R/- Locating JPEG picture files HOME MENU Select ‘PhotoViewer’ from the Home Menu. ENTER Select the folder containing the files you want to view.
  • Page 102 The PhotoViewer (DVR-540H-S) PREV / NEXT • Use previous/next picture, or pause the slideshow. • Depending on the aspect ratio, some pictures may be displayed with black bars top and bottom, or left and right. • Large picture files may take a few seconds to display.
  • Page 103: Basic Settings

    The Disc Setup menu Chapter 12 The Disc Setup menu From the Disc Setup menu you can name discs, lock the contents to prevent accidental recording and erasure, initialize and finalize discs. The Disc Setup menu is accessed from the Home menu: Basic settings Input Disc Name DVD (VR) DVD (Video) DVD+R DVD+RW DVD-RAM...
  • Page 104: Initialize Settings

    The Disc Setup menu Set to On to prevent accidental recording, editing or erasing of the disc loaded. If you need to unlock the disc to make edits, select Off. Initialize settings DVD-R DVD-RW DVD+RW DVD-RAM You can initialize a recordable DVD-R/-RW disc for either VR mode or Video mode recording.
  • Page 105: Optimize Hdd

    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 can initialize the HDD to fix the problem.
  • Page 106: External Inputs

    The Video Adjust menu Chapter 13 The Video Adjust menu Using the Video 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 input.
  • Page 107 The Video Adjust menu ENTER Select the setting you want to adjust. Memory1 Motion Prog. Motion PureCinema Auto1 3-D Y/C Motion White AGC White Level You can adjust the following settings: • Prog. Motion – Adjusts the motion and still picture quality when video output is set to progressive.
  • Page 108: Playback

    The Video Adjust menu Setting the picture quality for disc playback This setting determines how the picture will look when playing discs. Choosing a preset HOME MENU With a disc playing (or paused), press to display the Home Menu. ENTER Select ‘Video Adjust’.
  • Page 109 The Video Adjust menu • BNR – Adjusts the amount of noise reduction (NR) applied to the block noise (artefacts visible in areas of flat color, caused by MPEG compression). • MNR – Adjusts the amount of noise reduction (NR) applied to the mosquito noise (artefacts visible around the edges of an image, caused by MPEG compression).
  • Page 110: Using The Initial Setup Menu

    The Initial Setup menu Chapter 14 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 111 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Manual CH Setting Next Screen VCR Plus+ CH Setting Video In/Out Component Video Interlace • Progressive Audio In External Audio Stereo • Dual Mono Dual Mono L • Recording Explanation Proceed to the next screen if you need to adjust any of the settings made by auto tuning.
  • Page 112 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options When recording dual mono 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.
  • Page 113 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Language OSD Language English • Français Audio Language English • Français Other Discs do not necessarily have audio in your selected language. Also, some discs override the Audio Language preference. Subtitle Language English • Français Other Discs do not necessarily have subtitles in your selected menu language.
  • Page 114 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options DVD Menu w/Subtitle Language Language • English Français Other Discs do not necessarily have menus in your selected menu language. Subtitle Display On • Assist Subtitle Some discs may override these settings. Recording Manual Recording On (go to setup) Off •...
  • Page 115 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Set Thumbnail 0 seconds • 30 seconds 3 minutes Auto Chapter No Separation (Video) 10 minutes • 15 minutes This settings applies to recording or real-time copying to Video mode DVD-R/-RW discs. Auto Chapter No Separation (DVD+R/+RW) 10 minutes •...
  • Page 116 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Playback TV Screen Size 4:3 (Letter Box) • Select if you have a standard 4:3 TV and prefer the let- 4:3 (Pan & Scan) 16:9 Selecting 4:3 (Letter Box) or 4:3 (Pan & Scan) does not guarantee that all video material will be presented in that format as some discs override this setting.
  • Page 117 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Angle Indicator On • Options On Screen Display On • Front Panel Display On • Remote Control Recorder 1–3 Mode (default: Recorder DivX VOD Registration Code Set Preview Quick Preview • (HDD only) Normal Explanation A camera icon appears on-screen during multi-angle scenes on a DVD-Video disc.
  • Page 118: Options

    The Initial Setup menu Additional information about component video output If you switch the Component Video Out setting to Progressive when using a TV that is not compatible with progressive-scan video, you will not be able to see anything displayed on your TV. If this happens, press and hold the button on the front panel, then press PLAY.
  • Page 119: Minimum Copying Times

    Additional information Chapter 15 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. manufacturer for compatibility. DVD-RW / 2 x DVD-R / 1 x DVD-R DL DVD-RW / 1 x...
  • Page 120: 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 When viewing on a widescreen TV or monitor Screen format of disc Setting 16:9 Appearance 4:3 (Letter Box) The program is shown in widescreen with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.
  • Page 121: Troubleshooting

    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 122: Additional Information

    Screen is stretched ver- tically or horizontally Remedy • If you connected this recorder to another Pioneer product using the CONTROL IN jack, point the remote control at the other component to use (page 16). • Set the remote control to the same ID number as the recorder (page 117).
  • Page 123 Additional information Problem Remedy Can’t play a disc • If the disc was recorded in Video mode, make sure that it’s finalized recorded using this (page 49). recorder on another •Some players will not play recordable DVD discs, even when player recorded in Video mode and finalized.
  • Page 124 Additional information Problem Front panel display shows ‘LOCK’ when a button is pressed Can’t use One Touch Copy (HDD to DVD) Can’t use One Touch Copy (DVD to HDD) The picture freezes and the front panel and remote control but- tons stop working A device connected via USB does to function.
  • Page 125: Manual Recording Modes

    Additional information Manual recording modes The table below shows the approximate recording times for the HDD and the different DVD types in each manual recording mode, as well as the standard recording mode equivalents. Video mode Off (HDD) VR mode (DVD) Resolution Level MN 1...
  • Page 126: Language Code List

    Additional information • Levels separated by a bold line show where there is a noticeable change in picture quality. • Audio recording in all manual recording modes is in Dolby Digital 2 ch format, except for LPCM mode, which is in Linear PCM format.
  • Page 127: Country/Area Code List

    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. Only the REC and STOP codes have any effect when used with this recorder: •...
  • Page 128: 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 129 The recorder could not read the CPRM information. The recorder may be damaged— please consult a Pioneer Service Center. During recording, the power was cut. This display appears when the power is restored. The recorder was unable to repair the disc after a power cut.
  • Page 130 Additional information Message Printing has stopped because ... The print job has been canceled because ... Explanation/Action This message is displayed when there is a printer error during printing. After checking the printer for the cause of the error, select "Yes" to resume printing.
  • Page 131: Handling Discs

    This recorder is designed for use with conventional, fully circular discs only. Use of shaped discs is not recommended for this product. Pioneer disclaims all liability arising in connection with the use of shaped discs. Cleaning the pickup lens The DVD recorder’s lens should not become...
  • Page 132: Condensation

    Additional information Condensation Condensation may form inside the recorder if it is brought into a warm room from outside, or if the temperature of the room rises quickly. Although the condensation won’t damage the recorder, it may temporarily impair its performance. For this reason you should leave it to adjust to the warmer temperature for about an hour before switching on and using.
  • Page 133: Specifications

    DVR-640H-S/DVR-543H-S ..4.3 kg(9 lb. 8 oz.) DVR-540H-S ....4.2 kg(9 lb. 5 oz.) Dimensions . .420 mm (W) x 69 mm (H) x 318 mm (D)
  • Page 134: Supplied Accessories

    Additional information Input/Output VHF/UHF antenna input/output terminal VHF/UHF set ..... . . 75 Ω (F-shape connector) Video input....Input 1,3 (rear), 2 (front) Input level .
  • Page 135 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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