Pioneer DVR-550HX-S Operating Instructions Manual

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  • Page 1 DVR-550HX-S Discover the benefits of registering your product online at Operating Instructions HDD/DVD RECORDER (or ® ®...
  • 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 on the body of the fuse.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents 01 Before you start What’s in the box ....6 Putting the batteries in the remote control......6 Using the remote control.
  • Page 5 Switching DVD and DivX soundtracks ..... . 81 Switching audio channels ... . 82 Switching camera angles .
  • Page 6: Before You Start

    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 7: Disc/Content Format Playback Compatibility

    • MP3/WMA files can be played back when recorded onto a DVD that contains no video files and uses the UDF 1.02, UDF 1.50, UDF 2.01 or ISO 9660 file systems. The following table shows older Pioneer DVD recorders’ limited compatibility with DVD- RW ver.
  • Page 8 Before you start HDD/DVD Recording and playback compatibility This recorder can play and record all widely-used DVD disc types, and additionally provides HDD functionality. The table below shows some specific compatibility differences between the different disc types. Marks used in this manual Logos Re-recordable/...
  • Page 9 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 10 Before you start • Sampling rates: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz • Bit-rates: Any (128 kbps or higher recommended) • Variable bit-rate (VBR) MP3 playback: • VBR WMA playback: No • WMA encoder compatibility: Windows Media Codec 8 (files encoded using Windows Media Codec 9 may be playable but some parts of the specification are not supported;...
  • Page 11 Before you start ® DivX VOD content DivX In order to play DivX VOD (video on demand) content on this recorder, you first need to register the recorder with your DivX VOD content provider. You do this by generating a DivX VOD registration code, which you submit to your provider.
  • Page 12: 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 13: Symbols Used In This Manual

    Before you start Optimizing HDD performance As you record and edit material on the HDD, the data on the disk becomes fragmented, eventually affecting the recorder’s performance. Before this happens, the recorder will warn you that it is time to optimize the HDD (which you can do from the Disc Setup menu;...
  • Page 14: Connections Rear Panel Connections

    GUIDE Plus+® to control an external satellite receiver, etc. 10 CONTROL IN Use to control this recorder from the remote sensor of another Pioneer component with a CONTROL OUT terminal and bearing the Pioneer OUT of the other component to the CONTROL IN of this recorder using a mini- plug cord.
  • Page 15: Front Panel Connections

    Connections Front panel connections On the front panel there is a flip-down cover that hides more connections. Left side: DV IN 13 DV IN A DV input i.LINK connector, suitable for connecting a DV camcorder. Right side: INPUT 2 S-VIDEO VIDEO L(MONO) AUDIO...
  • Page 16: Easy Connections

    Connections Easy connections The setup described below is a basic setup that allows you to watch and record TV programmes, and play discs. Other types of connections are explained starting on the following page. Important • These connections use SCART cables (not supplied).
  • Page 17: Connecting To A Cable Box Or Satellite

    Connections Connect the VIDEO OUTPUT jack to a video input on your TV. Use the yellow jack of the supplied audio/ video cable for the video connection. Connect the AUDIO OUTPUT jacks to the corresponding audio inputs on your TV. Use the red and white jacks of the supplied audio/video cable for the audio connection.
  • Page 18: Connecting An External Decoder Box (1)

    Connections To antenna input From antenna output Cable/Satellite receiver To recorder's antenna input AV2 (INPUT 1/ DECODER) AUDIO VIDEO ANTENNA S-VIDEO INPUT 3 AV 2 (INPUT 1/DECODER) ANTENNA(DIGITAL) G-LINK OUTPUT CONTROL AV 1 (RGB) – TV COMPONENT VIDEO OUT AV1 (RGB) - TV Connect RF antenna cables as shown.
  • Page 19: Connecting An External Decoder Box (2)

    Connections • It is not possible to watch one TV programme and record another using this setup. SCART AV connection Antenna/cable TV wall outlet To antenna input From SCART AV VCR/Satellite receiver Decoder /Cable box connector AV2 (INPUT 1/ DECODER) AUDIO VIDEO ANTENNA...
  • Page 20: Connecting To An Av Amplifier

    Connections Use a SCART cable (not supplied) to connect the AV1 (RGB)-TV AV connector to a SCART AV connector on your TV. This enables you to watch discs. Use another SCART cable to connect the AV2 (INPUT 1/DECODER) AV connector to a SCART AV connector on your decoder box.
  • Page 21: Connecting Using Hdmi

    Linear PCM, the signal is output as Linear PCM (DTS audio is AC IN not output). • If you have connected to a Pioneer plasma display, please select the HDMI setup on the display (refer to the supplied manual for more on this).
  • Page 22: Connecting Other Av Sources

    Connections HDMI has the capability to support standard, enhanced, or high-definition video plus standard to multi-channel surround- sound audio. HDMI features include uncompressed digital video, a bandwidth of up to five gigabits per second (Dual Link), one connector (instead of several cables and connectors), and communication between the AV source and AV devices such as DTVs.
  • Page 23: Controls And Displays

    Controls and displays Chapter 3 Controls and displays Front panel HDD/DVD A.TV D.TV PLTV DivX COPY STANDBY/ON DV IN A.TV indicator Lights when analog TV is selected. D.TV indicator Lights when digital TV is selected. PLTV indicator Lights during recording started using the Pause Live TV feature.
  • Page 24: Common Interface

    CA module. Note that neither CA modules nor smart cards are supplied or sold by Pioneer. Inserting a CA module The Common Interface card slot is located on the front panel of the recorder.
  • Page 25: 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 67) 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 record to the HDD but the HDD is not recordable.)
  • Page 26: Remote Control

  • Page 27 Controls and displays A.TV/D.TV Press to switch between analog TV antenna input and digital TV antenna input. The A.TV and D.TV indicators on the front panel show which is selected. Colour buttons (RED, GREEN, YELLOW, BLUE) Use when an EPG screen is displayed or when tuned to a data channel of a digital broadcast.
  • Page 28 Controls and displays 22 DISPLAY (page 83) Displays/changes the on-screen information displays. 23 TEXT (page 61, 62) Press to display Teletext information (in European countries except the UK) or to start the MHEG application display (UK only) if available during digital broadcasts. 24 TV/DVD Press to switch between ‘TV mode’, in which you get the picture and sound from the TV’s...
  • Page 29: 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.
  • Page 30 Getting started • The clock will also be set automatically here if D.TV channels are found. • If no new channels were found a message appears asking if you want to scan again. Check the aerial connection before selecting Yes. (If you select No, skip to step 8 below.) ENTER Select the analog TV (A.TV)
  • Page 31: Manual Clock Setting

    Getting started • Manual clock setting If no stations in your area are broadcasting time signals, you can set the clock manually. Use the buttons to set your time zone. You can set this by selecting a city or a time relative to GMT.
  • Page 32: For Users Receiving Digital Broadcast

    Getting started ENTER Select ‘Finish Setup’ to exit the Setup Navigator, or ‘Go Back’ if you want to start again. k Setting Set u p i s co m p l ete! Line System er Save Fi n i sh Setup Fi n i sh S et up p Navigator p Navigator...
  • Page 33 Getting started ENTER Highlight ‘Postal Code’. ENTER Enter your postal code. The system uses your postal code to identify which TV listings data is correct for the area in which you live, so it is important that you enter it correctly. If you are using an external receiver (such as a satellite receiver) with the supplied G-LINK cable, complete this...
  • Page 34 Getting started recorder needs to be in standby; it will wake up automatically and download new codes from the host channel. The next day, try this setup process again: • Press GUIDE to display the GUIDE Plus+ screen. • Press to highlight the Menu bar, then to reach the Setup area and select Setup.
  • Page 35 Getting started • Even if you can’t use the EPG functions where you live, you can still set VIDEO Plus+ recordings and manual recordings — see Setting a manual recording on page 44. • The front panel display shows EPG when receiving data.
  • Page 36: Using The Guide Plus+® Electronic Programme Guide

    Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide Chapter 5 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide This chapter is only applicable if the EPG Type Select setting made in the Setup Navigator (or the Initial Setup menu) is set to GUIDE Plus+. The GUIDE Plus+ system The GUIDE Plus+®...
  • Page 37 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide 5 Menu bar – Gives access to the various areas of the GUIDE Plus+ system. 6 Grid – Shows TV listings information for the next seven days by channel and time. GUIDE Plus+ navigation The table below shows a summary of the remote buttons you’ll use to navigate the GUIDE Plus+ system.
  • Page 38: Areas

    Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide Lock/Unlock video window When you enter the GUIDE Plus+ system, the channel you were watching remains visible in the video window. The date stamp above the window lets you know the channel, date and time. The default setting for this window is ‘locked’, as indicated by a closed padlock icon above the video window.
  • Page 39 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide • Tune to a programme that’s currently showing • Set a programme to record • Lock or unlock the video window • Access Information panels Browsing the Grid Use the following remote buttons to browse the grid: (cursor buttons) –...
  • Page 40 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide Using My Choice keywords for a search In addition to the standard categories, you can also set your own keywords. Access My Choice. Press the YELLOW Action button to add a keyword. ENTER Enter a keyword to appear in the menu.
  • Page 41 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide To add a channel to your profile, press the YELLOW Action button. Select a channel from the mosaic of channel icons and press ENTER. Repeat this step to add up to 16 channels. To add a category to your profile, highlight ‘Categories’...
  • Page 42 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide Editing a scheduled recording You can edit any parameter in a scheduled recording, or delete it if you no longer require Highlight the left tile of a scheduled recording. • If you only want to edit the recording quality, frequency, destination, timing or genre settings, skip to step 5 below.
  • Page 43 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide Press the GREEN Action button (Frequency) to change the recording frequency. Select from the various options for one-time, daily and weekly recordings. Press YELLOW Action button (Destination) to select the recording destination. Select from DVD, HDD or HDDr (Auto Replace Recording) Note 1 •...
  • Page 44 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide Deleting a scheduled recording Highlight the left tile of a scheduled recording. Press the RED Action button (Delete). The scheduled event is deleted. Setting a VIDEO Plus+® recording Select ‘Schedule’ from the Menu bar.
  • Page 45 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide Use the number and buttons to enter the recording date, then press the GREEN Action button (Next). In the same way, enter the recording start time, followed by the GREEN Action button (Next) to confirm. Enter the recording end time in the same way, followed by the GREEN Action button (Next) to confirm.
  • Page 46 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide Changing the source and programme number Select ‘Editor’ from the Menu bar. Name BBC1 BBC2 BBC3 ITV2 UKGOL Highlight the right channel tile of the channel you want to make a change to. Press the RED Action button to change the channel source, or the GREEN Action button to enter a programme...
  • Page 47: Guide Plus+ Faq And Troubleshooting

    Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide Manual Host Channel setup The GUIDE Plus+ system will automatically identify your Host Channel as soon as the recorder is put into standby for the first time. See the table on page 34 for a list of all the European Host Channels.
  • Page 48 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide Switch this recorder into standby. The next morning, please perform the GUIDE Plus+ setup again to see if your external receiver can now be controlled. – The external receiver that you use is currently not supported.
  • Page 49 Using the GUIDE Plus+® electronic programme guide • I used the One-Button-Record feature (red Action button) to set a recording, but I recorded the wrong channel. If the channel to be recorded is received via the external receiver first make sure that the external receiver was left switched on.
  • Page 50: Using The Digital Electronic Programme Guide

    Using the digital electronic programme guide Chapter 6 Using the digital electronic programme guide This chapter is only applicable if the EPG Type Select setting made in the Setup Navigator (or the Initial Setup menu) is set to Digital EPG. The Digital EPG system The Digital EPG shows a table of scheduled digital TV programmes and detailed...
  • Page 51: Using The Digital Epg

    Using the digital electronic programme guide Using the Digital EPG Using the Digital EPG you can check the schedule of digital TV programmes, view information about desired programmes, and/or select programmes. Press to display the Digital EPG GUIDE screen. The EPG screen updates automatically if the EPG data is acquired successfully.
  • Page 52 Using the digital electronic programme guide Enter the timer recording settings. Use the buttons to select a field; use buttons to change the value Timer Programme Set Manhattan Open Tennis Date Start Stop D.TV003 SUN 1/4 18:00 19:00 Detailed Settings Enter Details Record To Recording Mode...
  • Page 53 Using the digital electronic programme guide EPG Link (UK only) – Choose whether or not to have this device automatically record scheduled programmes from the Digital EPG even if the times in which they are broadcast change. Series Recording (UK only) – Choose whether or not to record all programmes from a series when you make a recording from the Digital EPG (for HDD recordings...
  • Page 54 Using the digital electronic programme guide Highlight the timer programme you want to If you want to set a new timer programme, select ‘New Input’ and skip to step 4 . ENTER Press then select ‘Modify’ from the command menu panel. Alternatively, press ENTER .
  • Page 55 Using the digital electronic programme guide • When you have EPG Link or Series Recording set to On, any changes in broadcast time or division of broadcasts are automatically accommodated for and your scheduled recordings are carried out without any additional settings.
  • Page 56: Other Useful Epg Functions

    Using the digital electronic programme guide ENTER Press then select ‘Series Search’ from the command menu panel. • The search results are displayed. Choose the programme you would like to record and press either the RED button or ENTER to schedule a recording. Searching for recommendations (UK only) You can search for recommended...
  • Page 57 Using the digital electronic programme guide In the ‘Time’ field select the time of day (0:00 to 23:00) to search in. In the ‘Genre’ field, select the genre to search for. You can search for multiple genres by pressing ENTER after each genre. ENTER Select ‘OK’.
  • Page 58: Recording 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 59: About Hdd Recording

    Recording • See also Disc/content format playback compatibility on page 7 for detailed disc compatibility information. Recording to DVD-R DL/DVD+R DL discs Recording to DVD-R DL/DVD+R DL discs is generally the same as recording to regular single-layer discs; however, please note the following points: •...
  • Page 60: Restrictions On Video Recording

    Recording Restrictions on video recording You cannot record copy-protected video using this recorder. Copy-protected video includes DVD-Video discs and some satellite broadcasts. If copy-protected material is encountered during a recording, recording will pause automatically and an error message will be displayed on-screen. Video that is ‘copy-once only’...
  • Page 61 Recording • When changing terrestrial digital broadcast channels, channels with a low signal strength may result in a black screen being displayed. • For other channels, it may take a short while for the channel picture to appear, and/or for the channel number to appear. •...
  • Page 62: Viewing Teletext

    Recording The channel banner displays an icon ( indicate that the MHEG application can be run. TEXT • Press to start the MHEG application. • You can also use any of the colour buttons. • Press TEXT to quit the MHEG application.
  • Page 63: Setting The Picture Quality/ Recording Time

    Recording Setting the picture quality/ recording time DVD (VR) DVD (Video) DVD+R DVD+RW DVD-RAM HDD 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 64 Recording CHANNEL Select a TV channel to record. – CHANNEL The front panel display shows the channel number, or channel name if it’s available: A.TV Channel preset • 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 65: Pause Live Tv

    Recording Pause Live TV The Pause Live TV feature lets you effectively pause a TV programme you’re watching. When you’re ready to resume watching, just PLAY button. press the Setting up for Pause Live TV You can use the Pause Live TV feature with an AV Link-compatible TV connected using a SCART cable (see TV tuner setup for Pause Live TV below), or using this recorder’s...
  • Page 66: Operation Table

    Condition Preset channel of DVR and TV are matched after downloading from TV. Preset channel of DVR and TV are NOT matched after downloading from TV. Record TV programme that you’re watching. Preset channel info. in D.TV cannot be shared by DVR even after Download from TV.
  • Page 67: About Timer Recordings

    Recording About timer recordings DVD (VR) DVD (Video) DVD+R DVD+RW DVD-RAM HDD Using the timer recording features you can program up to 32 timer recordings up to a month in advance. Timer recording programmes can be set to record just once, every day, or every week.
  • Page 68: Timer Recording Faq

    Recording • If VPS/PDC is active for two timer programmes that are programmed to start at the same time, then the programme that actually starts first takes priority. Extending a timer recording in progress You can extend a timer recording beyond the programmed end time.
  • Page 69: Simultaneous Recording And Playback (Chase Play)

    Recording Simultaneous recording and playback (Chase Play) Chase Play allows you to watch a recording that is still in progress from the start, without having to wait until the recording has finished (i.e., playback is ‘chasing’ the recording). In fact, you’re not just limited to watching the recording in progress.
  • Page 70: Playing Your Recordings On Other Dvd

    Most regular DVD players can play finalized discs recorded in DVD-R/-RW (Video mode) and DVD+R discs. A number of players (including many Pioneer models) can also play DVD-RW discs recorded in VR mode, finalized or not. Most players will not play VR...
  • Page 71: Initializing Recordable Dvd Discs

    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 72: Dvd-Rw Auto Initialize

    Recording Important • Initializing a DVD-RW, DVD+RW or DVD-RAM disc will erase everything recorded on it. Make sure there is nothing on the disc that you want to keep! • You may not be able to re-initialize a DVD-RW disc in a different format if it was originally initialized on an older DVD recorder.
  • Page 73: Playback

    Playback Chapter 8 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/EXIT button. Remember also that the button guide at the bottom of every screen shows which buttons do what.
  • Page 74 Playback 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, playback starts from the place last stopped. Press to stop playback. STOP You can resume playback from the same point by pressing PLAY.
  • Page 75 Playback Press to skip to previous/next PREV NEXT chapter/title. (During playback you can also use the front panel CH +/– buttons.) During playback, enter a title number then press ENTER to skip directly to that title. Press CLEAR to clear a number CLEAR CLEAR entry and start again.
  • Page 76 Playback Pauses playback, or restarts PAUSE playback when paused. Press to start scanning. Press repeatedly to increase the scan- ning speed. Press to skip to previous/next PREV NEXT track. When a PBC menu is dis- played, press to display the pre- vious/next page.
  • Page 77: Using The Disc Navigator To Browse 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 78: Scanning Discs

    Playback Using the Disc Navigator with playback-only discs DVD-Video Video CD Super VCD WMA/MP3 DivX Display the Home Menu. HOME MENU ENTER Select ‘Disc Navigator’. Alternatively, for a CD, Video CD, Super VCD or WMA/MP3/DivX disc, you can press DISC NAVIGATOR, which takes you straight to the Disc Navigator screen.
  • Page 79: Frame Advance/Frame Reverse

    Playback Frame advance/frame reverse DVD HDD Video CD Super VCD DivX You can advance or back up video on a DVD disc or the HDD frame-by-frame. With Video CDs/Super VCDs and DivX titles, you can only use frame advance. PAUSE Pause playback.
  • Page 80: Repeat 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 Programme With ‘B (Loop End)’ highlighted, ENTER press at the point you want the loop to end.
  • Page 81: Displaying And Switching Subtitles

    Playback After pressing ENTER to add the title/ chapter/folder/track, the step number automatically moves down one. • To insert a step into the programme list, highlight the step number where you want to insert another step, then select a chapter/title/folder/track as usual. After pressing ENTER, all the subsequent steps move down one.
  • Page 82: Switching Audio Channels

    Playback Check the disc packaging for details of the soundtrack options. AUDIO • Change the audio soundtrack. The current audio language is shown on- screen and in the front panel display. • The sound may drop out for a few seconds when switching soundtracks.
  • Page 83: Displaying Disc Information On-Screen

    Playback Displaying disc information on-screen You can display various on-screen information about the disc loaded or the HDD. DISPLAY • Display/change the on-screen information. • Press once to show the HDD and removable disc (DVD, etc.) activity together. Press again to show the status of just the currently selected playback/ recording device (HDD or removable disc).
  • Page 84: Playing And Recording From A Dv Camcorder

    Playing and recording from a DV camcorder Chapter 9 Playing and recording from a DV camcorder You can play back and record video from a DV camcorder connected to the DV IN jack on the front panel of this recorder. Important •...
  • Page 85 Playing and recording from a DV camcorder Make sure your DV camcorder is connected to the front panel DV IN jack. Also, set the camcorder to VTR mode. REC MODE Set the recording quality. • See Setting the picture quality/recording time on page 63 for detailed information.
  • Page 86: About Dv

    Playing and recording from a DV camcorder ENTER Select ‘Record to Hard Disk Drive’ or ‘Record to DVD’. The DV tape is rewound to the beginning. Once it is rewound, the DV tape is played from the beginning and copied to either the HDD or a DVD.
  • Page 87: Editing

    Editing Chapter 10 Editing Editing options The table below shows which commands you can use with the HDD and different disc types. Create (page 89) Play (page 89) Erase (page 89) Edit > Title Name (page 90) Edit > Set Thumbnail (page 91) Edit >...
  • Page 88: The Disc Navigator Screen

    Editing The Disc Navigator screen The Disc Navigator screen is where you can edit video content on unfinalized Video mode and DVD-R/-RW (VR mode) discs, DVD+R/ +RW and DVD-RAM, as well as video content on the hard disk drive. Important •...
  • Page 89 Editing HDD genres The large capacity of the HDD means that there may be many hours of video in the recorder. To help you organize your HDD video content you can assign different genres to titles. There are 20 genres in total, including five user-definable ones that you can name as you like.
  • Page 90: Title Name

    Editing Highlight the title you want to erase. • You can also use the Smart Jog to select titles. ENTER Select ‘Erase’ from the command menu panel. ENTER Select ‘Yes’ to confirm or ‘No’ to cancel. • You can erase a title quickly by pressing CLEAR when the title is highlighted.
  • Page 91 Editing Using the remote key shortcuts to input a name The table below shows the remote control key shortcuts that you can use to input characters in the name input screen. Pressing a button repeatedly cycles through the characters shown. If you want to enter two characters in succession that are both on the same button (for example a P and an R), press...
  • Page 92 Editing • You can also use the Smart Jog to select titles. ENTER Select ‘Edit’ > ‘Erase Section’ from the command menu panel. ENTER HDD only: Select the type of edit. HDD/DVD RECORDER Please select the type of editing. Video Mode Compatible Editing is recommended for compatibility with high-speed copying.
  • Page 93 Editing Use the playback controls ( , , , etc.) to find the place you want to divide the title. Divide Title (HDD) 23:00 Fri 3/12 Pr 4 SP Rec. time 10–1 Play Pause Divide Cancel Press to divide the title at the ENTER current playback position.
  • Page 94 Editing • Combine – Combine two adjacent chapters into one: Highlight the bar divider between two adjacent chapters and press ENTER. Chapter Edit (DVD VR mode Play List) 19:00 Mon 29/11 Pr 2 SP Rec. time Exit Divide Erase/Move Combine ENTER Select ‘Exit’...
  • Page 95 Editing ENTER Select ‘Edit’ > ‘Lock’ from the command menu panel. Disc Navigator (HDD) 23:00 FRI 3/12 Pr 4 SP 11/29 MON 7:00PM Play 23:00 Fri 3/12 Pr 4 SP 11/29Mon 7:00PM Title Name Erase 2h00m(1.0G) 2h00m(1.0G) 4 Titles Set Thumbnail Erase Section Edit 20:00 FRI 3/12 Pr 9 SP...
  • Page 96 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) 23:00 FRI 3/12 23:00 Fri 3/12 Pr 4 SP 11/29Mon 7:00PM 4 Titles 20:00 FRI 3/12...
  • Page 97: Frequently Asked Questions

    Editing Multi-Mode Multi-Mode allows you to select several titles, then select a command that will be applied to all of them. In this way you can select multiple titles and then erase them all at once, for example. ENTER Select ‘Multi-Mode’ from the command menu panel.
  • Page 98: Copying And Backup

    Copying and backup Chapter 11 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 99 Copying and backup HDD to DVD copies are made in the same recording mode. When copying DVD to HDD, the copy is made in whatever recording mode is currently set. Make sure that a recordable DVD disc is loaded when trying to copy from the HDD. REC MODE If you’re copying from DVD to the HDD, select a recording mode.
  • Page 100: Using Copy Lists

    Copying and backup • Thumbnail picture markers and chapter markers for the Disc Navigator are copied, but their position in the copy may be slightly changed from the original. • If some part of the title being copied is copy-protected, copying will start, but the copy-protected portions will not be copied.
  • Page 101 Copying and backup • When adding titles that contain copy- once protected material, the copy-once parts will not be added. • When adding titles that contain material of more than one aspect ratio (screen size), each part with a different aspect ratio will be added as a separate title if high-speed copying is possible.
  • Page 102: Copying From Dvd To Hdd

    Copying and backup • Set Thumbnail – Set the thumbnail frame for a title (see Set Thumbnail on page 91). • Recording Mode – Set the picture quality of the copy (see Recording Mode on page 103). • Bilingual – Set how bilingual audio should be copied when copying from HDD to DVD-R/-RW (Video mode) and DVD+R/+RW (see Bilingual on...
  • Page 103: Recording Mode

    Copying and backup – the recorder is reset to its factory settings (see Resetting the recorder on page 152). • It may not be possible to copy from a DVD disc that was recorded on a different DVD recorder or a PC. Select ‘Copy’...
  • Page 104: Using Disc Backup

    Copying and backup • Optimized – The recording quality is automatically adjusted so that the Copy List fits on to the space available on the disc. Copying is carried out in real-time. When you change the recording mode setting, you can see how much disc space it will require.
  • Page 105 Copying and backup • You can cancel the backup process by pressing ONE TOUCH COPY for more than one second. When the data has been copied, take out the disc and load a blank* recordable DVD. * If you’re using a DVD-RW or DVD+RW, the disc doesn’t have to be blank, although the previous contents of the disc will be erased in the backup process.
  • Page 106: Using The Jukebox

    Using the Jukebox Chapter 12 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, DVD. Once on the HDD, you can name albums and tracks, assign them a genre, and set tracks that you don’t want to play to Jump.
  • Page 107: 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. Select ‘Jukebox’ from the Home HOME MENU Menu. ENTER Select what you want to play. The screen below shows albums stored on the HDD: Album name Jukebox...
  • Page 108: Editing Jukebox Albums

    Using the Jukebox Editing Jukebox albums A number of commands are available for editing and changing the playback behavior of albums. Select ‘Jukebox’ from the Home HOME MENU Menu. ENTER Select what you want to edit. ENTER Select an edit function from the command menu panel.
  • Page 109: The Photoviewer

    The PhotoViewer Chapter 13 The PhotoViewer From the PhotoViewer you can view JPEG photos and picture files stored on the HDD, recordable DVD or CD-R/-RW/-ROM. can also import files and save them to the recorder’s HDD or a DVD-R/-RW disc. Locating JPEG picture files Select ‘PhotoViewer’...
  • Page 110: Changing The Display Style Of The Photoviewer

    The PhotoViewer • You can change folders via the buttons. • If you encounter a disc that will not play, check that the disc and file formats are compatible with this recorder (see JPEG file compatibility and PC-created disc compatibility on page 11). •...
  • Page 111: Reloading Files From A Disc

    The PhotoViewer Zooming an image During a slideshow you can zoom in to enlarge a portion of the picture by a factor of two or four. You can also move the area of the picture displayed. Press during the slideshow to ENTER zoom the picture.
  • Page 112: Selecting Multiple Files Or Folders

    The PhotoViewer • Importing to the HDD will not work if there is insufficient space on the HDD, or if there are already the maximum number of files and/or folders on the HDD (999 folders/999 files per folder). Selecting multiple files or folders The Multi-Mode allows you to select multiple folders/files at once for importing or editing.
  • Page 113: Editing Files On The Hdd

    The PhotoViewer • If you erase a slideshow title from a DVD the slideshow will become unplayable but the free space will not increase. Load a blank (or unfinalized Video mode) DVD-R or DVD-RW disc. ENTER Select ‘View/Edit Photos on the HDD’...
  • Page 114: Copying Files

    The PhotoViewer Display the command menu. ENTER Select ‘File Options’ or ‘Folder Options’. PhotoViewer HDD Folder2 001 PIOR0000 002 PIOR0001 File 003 PIOR0002 004 PIOR0003 005 PIOR0004 12 Files 006 PIOR0005 007 PIOR0006 008 PIOR0007 009 PIOR0008 010 PIOR0009 011 PIOR0010 012 PIOR0011 Remain 100.0 G...
  • Page 115 The PhotoViewer Select ‘Rename File’ or ‘Rename Folder’. PhotoViewer HDD Folder2 Folder Size 999 MB 001 PIOR0000 Start Slideshow Erase 002 PIOR0001 Start Audio Slideshow File Copy 003 PIOR0002 File Options Rename File 004 PIOR0003 Print Lock 005 PIOR0004 Copy to DVD 12 Files 006 PIOR0005 Detailed Information...
  • Page 116: The Disc Setup Menu

    The Disc Setup menu Chapter 14 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 117: Initialize Settings

    The Disc Setup menu 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. The first time you load a new DVD-RW disc, it will be automatically initialized for recording according to the DVD-RW Auto Init.
  • Page 118: Initialize Hdd

    The Disc Setup menu Select ‘Disc Setup’ from the HOME MENU Home Menu. ENTER Select ‘Optimize HDD’ then ‘Start’. Disc Setup Basic Optimize HDD Initialize Finalize Optimize HDD Optimize HDD Optimize HDD A progress bar indicates how long there is left to go.
  • Page 119: The Video Adjust Menu

    The Video Adjust menu Chapter 15 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...
  • Page 120: Setting The Picture Quality For Disc Playback

    The Video Adjust menu • PureCinema – This setting optimizes the picture for film material when the video output is set to progressive. Usually set to Auto; but try switching to Off if the picture appears unnatural. • 3-D Y/C – Adjusts the brightness/colour separation.
  • Page 121 The Video Adjust menu Move the cursor down and select ‘Detailed Settings’. Memory1 Detailed Settings Select the picture quality setting you want to adjust. Memory1 Prog. Motion Motion PureCinma Auto1 Sharpness Soft Detail Soft You can adjust the following settings: •...
  • Page 122: The Initial Setup Menu

    The Initial Setup menu Chapter 16 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 123 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options EPG Type Select GUIDE Plus+ Digital EPG Setup Navigator Start Digital Tuner Replace Channels Next Screen If you execute a Replace Channels command, any timer recordings set for D.TV channels will be erased. Add New Channels Next Screen Channel Sort Next Screen Explanation...
  • Page 124 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Channel Options Next Screen Auto Skip Off • Radio Data Radio & Data Signal Check Next Screen Aerial Power Auto Off • • If the setting keeps reverting to Off when you try to set to On or Auto, the aerial may not be connected properly, or it may be shorted.
  • Page 125 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Analog Tuner Auto Channel Auto Scan Setting Download from Manual CH Setting Next Screen Channel Swapping Next Screen Explanation Select your country and then wait for the recorder to auto tune into channels in your area. After auto scan has finished, the channel mapping screen appears showing which channels have been assigned to which programme numbers.
  • Page 126 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Video In/Out Input Colour Next Screen System • Input Colour System cannot be set when the recorder is in D.TV mode. • See also About the input colour system on page 136 for more information on this setting. Component Video Interlace •...
  • Page 127 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options AV2/L1 In Video • S-Video Decoder NTSC on PAL TV On • Many recent PAL TVs are compatible with NTSC input and so this setting can be switched off. Check the operating instructions that came with your TV. See also About NTSC on PAL TV on page 136 for related information. Audio In NICAM Select NICAM •...
  • Page 128 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options DV Input Stereo 1 • Stereo 2 Audio Out Dolby Digital Out Dolby Digital • Dolby Digital DTS Out On • 96 kHz PCM Out 96 kHz 96 kHz MPEG Out MPEG MPEG Audio DRC Off •...
  • Page 129 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Language OSD Language English • available languages Choose from the languages displayed for the on- On Screen Display and D.TV Language will both reflect this setting. Audio Language English • available languages Choose from the languages displayed to set the Other Discs do not necessarily have audio in your selected language.
  • Page 130 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options DVD Menu w/Subtitle Language Language • English available languages Choose from the displayed languages to set the Other Discs do not necessarily have menus in your selected menu language. Subtitle Display On • Assist Subtitle Some discs may override these settings.
  • Page 131 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Set Thumbnail 0 seconds • 30 seconds 3 minutes Auto Chapter On • (HDD/VR) 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)
  • Page 132 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Playback TV Screen Size 4:3 (Letter Box) 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 133 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options HDMI Output (only available when an HDMI device is connected) Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080p 1920 x 1080i 1280 x 720p 720 x 576p (720 x 480p) 720 x 576i (720 x 480i) • If you choose a setting that is incompatible with your TV you may not be able to see any picture at all. In this OPEN/CLOSE while holding down the case, press also switches Component Video Out on page 126 to the default setting).
  • Page 134 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Options On Screen Display On • Front Panel Display On • Remote Control Recorder 1–3 Mode (default: Recorder 1) AV. Link This Recorder Only • Pass Through When set to Pass Through, make sure to set Power Save (page 122) to Off. DivX VOD Registration Code Use to display the recorder’s DivX registration code.
  • Page 135 The Initial Setup menu Setting Options Options 2 Pause Live TV TV’s Tuner Recorder’s Tuner • See also Pause Live TV on page 65 for more information on this setting. HDD Sleep Mode Proceed Additional information about the TV system settings About the input line system This recorder is compatible with PAL, SECAM, 3.58 NTSC and PAL-60 TV systems.
  • Page 136: Selecting Other Languages For Language Options

    The Initial Setup menu About NTSC on PAL TV Depending on the Input Line System setting and the NTSC on PAL TV setting, the signal format output when the recorder is stopped varies as shown in the table below. Input Line NTSC on PAL System 625 System...
  • Page 137: Technical Information

    The Initial Setup menu Manual Update Select Manual Update to check for updated software immediately. If new software is found then it is automatically downloaded and installed. The new software will take effect the next time the recorder is powered If for some reason the new software could not be downloaded successfully, a dialog box informs you of the error.
  • Page 138: Additional Information

    61, 65 Fujitsu Funai Goldstar Grandiente Grundig 51, 82 Hitachi 56, 60, 83, 86 Mitsubishi Nokia 53, 81 Panasonic 58, 72 Philips 57, 85, 89 Pioneer 50, 80 Salora Samsung 73, 75 Sanyo Sharp Sony Tandy Telefunken Thomson 62, 89 Toshiba...
  • Page 139: 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. manufacturer for compatibility. DVD disc type 10 h DVD-R / 1x 6 mins.
  • Page 140: Manual Recording Modes

    Additional information Manual recording modes The table below shows the approximate recording times for different DVD types in each manual recording mode, as well as the standard recording mode equivalents. For recording time on the HDD, see Specifications on page 153. Rec.
  • Page 141: 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 142 Additional information Problem No picture All settings are reset No sound or sound is distorted Cannot switch a bilingual programme The picture from the external input is distorted The picture is distorted • Change the Input Line System setting (page 135). (You can also Screen is stretched vertically or horizontally...
  • Page 143 Additional information Problem Remedy Audio/subtitle Note that audio and subtitle languages cannot be changed • language cannot be during the recording of a digital broadcast. changed • You can only use the audio track and subtitles for the language that were selected at the time of recording a digital broadcast.
  • Page 144 Additional information Problem Timer programme doesn’t record successfully After briefly unplugging or after a power failure the front panel display shows ‘--:--’ Front panel display shows ‘LOCKED’ when a button is pressed Can’t use One Touch Copy (HDD to DVD) Can’t use One Touch Copy (DVD to HDD) File names are not...
  • Page 145: If The Picture Freezes And The Front Panel And Remote Control Buttons Stop Working

    Additional information HDMI Problem Remedy The connected HDMI or • Try disconnecting then reconnecting the HDMI cable (while the DVI device does not power of both components is on). display any picture • Try switching the power of the HDMI/DVI device off then back on. (and the front panel •...
  • Page 146: On-Screen 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 147 This message is displayed when information from the HDD cannot be read. The HDD may be damaged or broken. Please ask your nearest Pioneer-authorized service center or your dealer to carry out repairs. As the HDD info cannot be properly read, no new recordings can be made.
  • Page 148: Front-Panel Displays

    Explanation/Action The HDD may be damaged or broken. Please ask your nearest Pioneer-authorized service center or your dealer to carry out repairs. As the HDD info cannot be properly read, no new recordings can be made. Reinitializing the HDD (page 118) may result in your being able to make recording again.
  • Page 149: 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 150: 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 programme is shown in widescreen with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.
  • Page 151: 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 HDD/DVD recorder’s lens should not...
  • Page 152: 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 153: Specifications

    Additional information Specifications General Power requirements ..220 V to 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz Power consumption ......51 W Power consumption in standby mode .
  • Page 154: Supplied Accessories

    Additional information Input/Output Antenna ..75 Ω IEC 169-2 connector for VHF/UHF in/out (analog) ..75 Ω IEC 169-2 connector for VHF/UHF in/out (digital) Video input... .AV2 (Input 1), Input 2 (front), Input level .
  • Page 155 253 Alexandra Road, #04-01, Singapore 159936 TEL: 65-6472-7555 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 K002_B_En Printed in UK <VRB1458-A>...

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