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User's Guide
DRC8040N
Changing Entertainment. Again.

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  • Page 1: Dvd Recorder

    DVD Recorder User’s Guide DRC8040N Changing Entertainment. Again.

  • Page 2: Important Information

    Region Management Information. If the Region number of a DVD disc does not correspond to the Region number of this DVD recorder this DVD recorder cannot play the disc. The Region number for this DVD recorder is Region No 1.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Connection: DVD recorder + TV ..........8 Connection: DVD recorder + TV + Cable Box .......10 Connection: DVD recorder + TV + Satellite Receiver .

  • Page 4: Chapter 1: Connections And Setup

    Audio/video cables are usually bundled together. For better visibility, the connection pictures in this book show each cable separately (audio left, audio right, and video). Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only. Unpack the Box Your DVD recorder came with the following items: DVD recorder S-Video cable (part number 257982) •...

  • Page 5: Choose Your Connection

    Choose Your Connection There are several ways to connect your DVD recorder. Please use the following chart to determine which connection is best for you. Turn to the appropriate page for specifi c instructions. Components DVD Recorder DVD Recorder DVD Recorder...

  • Page 6: Explanation Of Input Jacks And Cables

    This section describes the jacks and cables you can use to make connections (only a coaxial cable, an S-Video cable, and a set of audio/video cables are packed with your DVD recorder—you can purchase other cables by calling 1-800-338-0376, order online at www.rca.com, or go to your local electronics store). There are several ways to connect your unit to your TV depending upon the cables you have and the jacks that are on the back of your TV.

  • Page 7: Back Of The Dvd Recorder

    OUTPUT The cables connected to the OUTPUT jacks are sending the signal from the DVD recorder OUT TO your TV so you can see it on the screen. The correct cables must be connected to the DVD recorder’s Output jacks and the corresponding Input Jacks on the TV so you can see the program on the TV. You must also tune the TV to the correct channel, called a Video Input Channel (for details, go to page 18).

  • Page 8

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup AC IN OUTPUT: These jacks send the content (audio and video) from your DVD recorder OUT to the TV so you can see it on the TV screen and hear it through the TV’s speakers.

  • Page 9: Front Of The Dvd Recorder

    OPEN/CLOSE – Opens and closes the disc tray. INPUT – Just like a TV has Video Input Channels (page 18), the DVD recorder has one Video Input Channel for each set of INPUT jacks. The Video Input Channel is the “channel”...

  • Page 10

    If you need help fi nding your TV’s various Video Input Channels, go to page 18. * The remote control packed with your DVD recorder is capable of being programmed to operate many brands and models of TVs and VCRs. For instructions, go to page 21. If the remote operates your TV, press TV and INPUT to access the Video Input Channel.

  • Page 11: Connection: Dvd Recorder + Tv

    TV when you’re playing DVDs. For more information about cables and signal quality, go to page 4. Connect the video cable (yellow) to the OUTPUT VIDEO jack on the back of your DVD recorder, and to the Video Input jack on your TV (sometimes labeled VIDEO IN).

  • Page 12

    If you need help fi nding your TV’s various Video Input Channels, go to page 18. * The remote control packed with your DVD recorder is capable of being programmed to operate many brands and models of TVs. For instructions, go to page 21.

  • Page 13

    2. Connect the DVD recorder to the TV RF Coaxial cable You need to connect cables from the DVD recorder’s OUTPUT jacks to the TV’s INPUT jacks in order to see the content from the DVD recorder (whether it’s a TV program or a disc you’re playing).

  • Page 14: Watch Tv

    S-VIDEO VIDEO INPUT1 S-VIDEO INPUT2 Details about the different kinds of cables used to connect your DVD recorder are on page 4. To watch TV (satellite programming) with the DVD recorder turned on: To watch TV (satellite programming) with the...

  • Page 15: Connection: Dvd Recorder + Tv + Satellite Receiver

    A set of audio/video cables was packed with your DVD recorder. Connect the audio cables to the OUTPUT AUDIO L (left audio; Yellow = video. – white) and R (right – red) jacks on the back of your DVD recorder, and to the corresponding Audio Input jacks on your TV (sometimes labeled AUDIO IN L and R).

  • Page 16: Advanced Audio Connection Information

    DVD recorder. If you have a Dolby Digital or DTS receiver, connect an optical cable (SPDIF) to the DIGITAL AUDIO OUT jack on the DVD recorder and the Digital Audio Input jack on the receiver (cables not supplied with DVD recorder). You must also adjust the Digital Output setting (go to page 46 for information).

  • Page 17: Disc

    1. Turn on the DVD recorder—press the DVD button on the remote. 2. Turn on the TV and tune it to the correct Video Input Channel—if you have an RCA, GE, or Proscan TV, press the TV button on the remote (if the TV doesn’t turn on, press the ON•OFF button) and then press the INPUT button on the remote until you get to the Video Input Channel that matches how the DVD recorder is...

  • Page 18

    You’ll still be able to tune to the “deleted” channels directly by using the number buttons on the remote control, but the DVD recorder won’t tune to a channel you delete when you press the CH+/CH- buttons on the remote control.

  • Page 19: What To Expect

    You also need to tune the TV to the Video Input Channel—instead of changing channels with the TV’s channel up and channel down buttons, you change channels via the DVD recorder’s channel up and down buttons (or number buttons). The TV stays on the Video Input Channel that corresponds to the Input Jacks on the TV you used to connect the TV to the DVD recorder.

  • Page 20: How To fi Nd Your Tv's Video Input Channel

    RCA, GE, and Proscan TVs If your brand of TV is RCA, GE, or Proscan, the remote control packed with your DVD recorder will most likely access the TV’s Video Input Channel—with the DVD recorder turned on, press the TV button, and then press INPUT until you see the DVD recorder’s menu on your TV screen.

  • Page 21: Chapter 2: The Remote Control

    Chapter 2 The Remote Control • Explanation of the buttons • Find out if the remote can operate your TV • Programming the remote to operate your TV • Programming the remote to operate other components Graphics contained within this User’s Guide are for representation only. Some of the menu screens, buttons, and display messages might be different in your product than they appear in this book.

  • Page 22: Explanation Of Buttons

    TIMER/GUIDE Accesses the list of Timer Recordings (the Timer List screen). TV Puts the remote in TV mode in order for it to operate your TV. This remote is already programmed to operate RCA, GE, and Proscan brand TVs. This remote is capable of being programmed to operate many brands of TVs.

  • Page 23: Programming The Remote To Operate Your Tv

    Chapter 2: The Remote Control Find out if the remote can operate your TV This remote control is designed to operate most RCA, GE, and Proscan TVs. 1. Press the TV button. 2. Press the ON•OFF button (if the TV turns on or off, this remote will operate the TV).

  • Page 24: Using The Remote To Operate Other Components

    Programming the remote to operate a satellite receiver or cable box This remote is already programmed to operate most RCA, GE, and Proscan satellite receivers — just press the SAT•CABLE button. If you have another brand or you need to program the SAT•CABLE button to operate a cable box, you need to program the remote.

  • Page 25

    Code List:TVs for TV button Abex 1024 1177 1172 1025 Colortyme 1026 Admiral 1004 1027 1001 1006 1028 1173 1010 1029 1211 Concerto 1030 Adventura 1004 1031 1174 1006 1032 Aiko 1033 Contec/Cony 1016 1034 1012 1035 1013 Akai 1036 1014 1002 1037...

  • Page 26: Code List

    Chapter 2: The Remote Control Code List (cont.) Sony 1002 Sanyo 1205 1004 1216 1048 1218 1049 Soundesign 1080 1004 1107 1006 1108 1008 1162 1038 1169 1046 1180 Squareview Scotch 1189 1006 Scott 1004 1004 1038 1006 1012 Starlite 1024 1038 1035...

  • Page 27: Watching Tv

    Recording, Playback & Features • Watching TV • Recording (DVD+R and DVD + RW) • Disc Library • Playback Graphics contained within this User’s Guide are for representation only. Some of the menu screens, buttons, and display messages might be different in your product than they appear in this book.

  • Page 28: The Channel Banner

    2. Using the DVD recorder’s channel buttons, tune to the program you want to record. Press the RECORD button. 3. If the remote that came with your DVD recorder operates your TV, just press the TV button and use the channel up and down buttons to change the channel on the If the remote doesn’t operate your TV, use the TV’s remote control to change channels.

  • Page 29: Timer Recordings

    When fi nished, press OK (the highlight moves to Stop Time). 7. Use the number buttons to enter the time you want the DVD recorder to stop recording. Press the right arrow button to change a.m./p.m. setting. When fi nished, press OK (the highlight moves to Recording Quality).

  • Page 30: Disc Library

    Sort by Space Disc Library You can fi nd a show you recorded to disc more quickly by using the DVD recorder’s Disc Library. Everytime you use your DVD recorder to record a program, the DVD recorder assigns the disc a number, and keeps track of what you’ve recorded and when you recorded it.

  • Page 31: Disc Options

    2. Make sure the TV is tuned to the correct Video Input Channel (for help, go to page 18). 3. Insert the DVD+R or DVD+RW disc you want to play. 4. Once the DVD recorder reads the disc’s contents, the main menu appears. If the main menu doesn’t appear, press MENU (the main menu appears).

  • Page 32: Editing Dvd+rw Discs

    Clear Chapters: The DVD recorder adds a chapter marker about every 5 minutes of recording. You can also add chapters manually. When you highlight this option and press OK, all chapter markers are erased.

  • Page 33: Using The Split Title Feature To Copy Camcorder Videocassette Tapes To Disc

    Turn on the VCR and the DVD recorder . Insert a blank DVD+RW disc into the DVD recorder (you must use DVD+RW disc to use the Split Title feature, not a DVD+R disc). Put the videocassette into the VCR (make sure it’s cued to the beginning of the tape, or the place from which you want to start recording).

  • Page 34: Chapter 4: Playing Discs

    Playing Discs • Regional Coding • Types of Discs You Can Play • How to Load and Play Discs • Using the Different Menus • Search Options • Playback Options • Using the On-Screen Info Display Graphics contained within this User’s Guide are for representation only. Some of the menu screens, buttons, and display messages might be different in your product than they appear in this book.

  • Page 35

    Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only. Regional Coding Both the DVD recorder and the discs are coded by region. These regional codes must match in order for a pre-recorded DVD to play. This player’s code is region 1. However, discs you use for recording (DVD+R and DVD+RW) aren’t assigned region numbers.

  • Page 36: Using Different Menus

    • The Disc menu – The Disc menu is part of each disc and is separate from the DVD recorder’s menu. The contents of each Disc menu vary according to how the disc was authored and what features are included.

  • Page 37: Using The On-screen Info Display

    Using the On-Screen Info Display The on-screen Info Display contains many playback features. To see the Info Display, press the INFO button on the remote while a disc is playing (the Info Display appears across the top of the screen). Each feature is illustrated with an icon. Use the left and right arrow buttons to move through the different icons in the Info Display. When an icon is highlighted, use the up and down arrow buttons on the remote to scroll through the choices.

  • Page 38: Time Display

    Changing the subtitle language with the Info Display will only affect the disc you are currently playing. When the disc is removed or the player is turned off, the subtitle language will revert to the language setting specifi ed through the DVD recorder’s Language menu.

  • Page 39: Repeat Icon

    The language feature only works if the disc was created with multiple language tracks. If the disc doesn’t contain the language you selected, the disc will play in the default language. When you choose an audio language during disc playback, you only override the audio language setting in the DVD recorder’s Language menu temporarily.

  • Page 40: Camera Angle Icon

    Note: The player defaults to Standard Playback whenever you put a new CD into the DVD recorder. Program The Program Play Mode is only available after you set up a playlist via the DVD recorder’s Disc menu (page 43). Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only.

  • Page 41

    Playing mp3 or JPEG fi les Your DVD recorder can play mp3 fi les and JPEG fi les. You can also create a musical slide show by putting both mp3 (MPEG-1, layer 3) and JPEG fi les on the same disc.

  • Page 42: Disc Title Menu

    Playing JPEG and mp3 fi les at the same time The way the JPEG fi les and mp3 fi les are displayed when you put the CD-R disc in the DVD recorder, varies depending upon how you set up the fi les and folders when you created the CD. The musical slide show enables you to display JPEG fi...

  • Page 43: Menu System

    Chapter 5 Menu System • Overview of the Menu System • Watch TV Menu • Disc Menu • Disc Library Menu • Timer Menu • Setup Menu Graphics contained within this User’s Guide are for representation only. Some of the menu screens, buttons, and display messages might be different in your product than they appear in this book.

  • Page 44: Overview Of The Menu System

    How to navigate through on-screen menus Throughout the DVD recorder’s menu system, you’ll see arrows on the on-screen menu bars. These arrows indicate you can use the correlating arrow buttons on the remote control to navigate to different menus and access choices. When a menu item is highlighted, press OK to select the menu.

  • Page 45: Play Disc

    This option isn’t available for DVD+R discs. Finalize Disc: Only appears if you have a DVD+R disc in the DVD recorder. In order for a DVD+R disc to be played in other DVD player, you must fi nalize it.

  • Page 46: Autoplay

    Most discs that are produced in a widescreenonly format can’t be cropped in this fashion. 16 x 9 – Choose this setting if your DVD recorder is connected to a widescreen TV. If you choose this setting and you don’t have a widescreen TV, the images on the screen might appear distorted due to vertical compression.

  • Page 47: Disc Library

    Parental Controls You can set up ratings limits and turn on the Parental Control feature in order to control the type of discs people can play in the DVD recorder. The padlock icon on the Lock menu indicates whether the player is locked or unlocked.

  • Page 48: Unrated Titles

    Contains settings and menus for audio features, as well as black level settings and dimmer options for the front display of your DVD recorder. Digital Output: If you connected your DVD recorder to a receiver via the DIGITAL AUDIO OUT jack on the back of the player, choose the type of receiver (or decoder) you have: Dolby Digital or DTS.

  • Page 49: Recording Options

    SmartRecord: Used with Timer Recordings to ensure you have enough space on a DVD+R or DVD+RW disc to record the program. When SmartRecord is on, the DVD recorder automatically detects how much recording time is left on the disc and adjusts the Recording Quality automatically if necessary.

  • Page 50: Installation

    The submenus contained in the Installation menu pertain to the type of signal that is connected to your DVD recorder (cable or off-air antenna). If you move, or change any of the information you entered when you fi rst set up your DVD recorder, you need to change the information in the following menus.

  • Page 51: Handling Cautions

    Chapter 6 Additional Information • Troubleshooting • Handling Cautions • Maintenance of Cabinet • Limited Warranty • Accessory Information • Copying content from DVD+R or DVD+RW disc to VCR videocassette • Copying VCR videocassette to a DVD+R or DVD+RW disc Graphics contained within this User’s Guide are for representation only.

  • Page 52: Troubleshooting

    • Turn on the TV. • Tune your TV to the Video Input Channel that corresponds to the jacks you used to connect the TV to the DVD recorder (go to page 18 for more help). • Check the PROG SCAN switch on the back of the unit to make sure it is in the OFF position. Try playing the disc again.

  • Page 53

    • Some discs have defects that cause them to jump from one scene to the next. • Turn the PROG SCAN switch on the back of the DVD recorder to the “off” position. This switch should only be turned on if you’ve connected the DVD recorder to a television that uses progressive scanning to display the image.

  • Page 54

    fi le recording on CD-R discs prevent optimal playback of these fi les on your product. • Make sure the fi le is a true mp3 fi le. You can only play true MP3 fi les in the DVD recorder—some products use software to compress mp3 fi les and convert them to other formats such as MPX.

  • Page 55

    • To order a new remote control, go to page 55. The buttons on the front of the DVD recorder operate the DVD recorder’s basic functions, but you won’t be able to use the menu system without the remote control. The buttons on the front of the unit are described on page 7. Also, if you have another RCA, GE, or Proscan brand product with a remote control that has a DVD button, some of the buttons will probably operate this product if you press the DVD button fi...

  • Page 56: Limited Warranty

    • Please complete the online Product Registration on RCA.com or complete and mail the Product Registration Card packed with your unit. It will make it easier to contact you should it ever be necessary. The return of the card is not required for warranty coverage.

  • Page 57: Accessories

    A shipping and handling fee will be charged upon ordering, and we are required by law to collect the appropriate sales tax for each individual state, country, and locality to which the merchandise is being sent. For more information about accessories, go on-line to www.rca.com Optical Plug to Optical Plug for Optical Audio connection to a compatible receiver.

  • Page 58: Copying Content From A Dvd+r Or Dvd+rw Disc To A Vcr Videocassette

    The following instructions are provided for a general connection in case you might want to copy content from a disc you recorded to a VCR videocassette.The back of your TV and VCR probably don’t exactly match the ones shown here. In general, you just need to connect the DVD recorder’s Output jacks to the VCR’s Input Jacks. Also, you need to be able to see what your copying, so the TV needs to be connected.

  • Page 59: Copying Content From A Vcr Videocassette To A Dvd+r Or Dvd+rw Disc

    The following instructions are provided for a general connection in case you want to copy your VCR videocassettes to disc. The back of your TV and VCR probably don’t exactly match the ones shown here. In general, you just need to connect the VCR’s Output Jacks to the DVD recorder’s Input Jacks. Also, you need to be able to see what your copying, so the TV needs to be connected.

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    Visit our website at www.rca.com Please do not send any products to the Indianapolis address listed in this manual or on the carton. This will only add delays in service for your product. Thomson Inc. 10330 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46290 ©2004 Thomson Inc.

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