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DRC8300N
Changing Entertainment. Again.

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    DVD Recorder/VCR Combo User’s Guide DRC8300N Changing Entertainment. Again.

  • Page 2: Important Information

    Keep your sales receipt to obtain warranty parts and service and for proof of purchase. Attach it here and record the serial and model numbers in case you need them. The numbers are located on the back of the DVD Recorder. Model No. __________________________ Serial No. __________________________ DRC8300N Purchase Date: ___________________________________________________________ Dealer/Address/Phone: ____________________________________________________ Ventilation: You must adequately ventilate the product.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Types of Discs ............2 Things to consider before you connect .

  • Page 4: Chapter 1: Connections And Setup

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Types of Discs DVD+Rewritable DVD+R RECORDING: TYPES OF DISCS YOU CAN USE FOR RECORDING DVD+R 2.4x, 4x, or 8x ONLY; DVD+RW 2.4x and 4x ONLY. NOTES: It is NOT possible to record on CD-R or CD-RW discs. IMPORTANT: It is NOT possible to record content that is copy-protected.

  • Page 5: Choose Your Connection

    Choose Your Connection There are several ways to connect your DVD/VCR. Please use the following chart to determine which connection is best for you. Turn to the appropriate page for specifi c instructions. Components DVD/VCR DVD/VCR DVD/VCR Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Cable Box Satellite Receiver Connecting an optional audio receiver:...

  • Page 6: Explanation Of Input Jacks And Cables

    This section describes the jacks and cables you can use to make connections (only an S-Video and a set of audio/video cables are packed with your DVD/VCR—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 DVD/VCR 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/vcr

    DVD/VCR CABLE/ANTENNA INPUT S-VIDEO VIDEO INPUT CABLE/ANTENNA AUDIO OUTPUT Back of the DVD/VCR The back of your recorder might look a little overwhelming at fi rst. This section explains what goes where and why. There are two sets of jacks on the back of your DVD/ VCR—INPUT jacks and OUTPUT jacks.

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    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup DVD/VCR CABLE/ANTENNA INPUT S-VIDEO VIDEO INPUT CABLE/ANTENNA AUDIO OUTPUT OUTPUT: These jacks send the content (audio and video) from your DVD/VCR OUT to the TV so you can see it on the TV screen and hear it through the TV’s speakers. VIDEO: Color coded yellow, the video cable you use with this jack provides better quality than an RF Coaxial cable but isn’t as good as S-Video.

  • Page 9: Front Of The Dvd/vcr

    STANDBY/ON RECORD STOP/EJECT PLAY/PAUSE Front of the DVD/VCR COPY – Shortcut to transfer tapes (VCR) to disc (DVD), which is great for converting your camcorder recordings that are on videocassette tape to a DVD disc. When you have a recordable DVD+R or DVD+RW disc in the DVD disc tray and a videocassette tape in the VCR, press COPY (the VCR starts playing and the DVD/VCR starts recording automatically).

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    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup In from cable or antenna CABLE/ANTENNA INPUT VIDEO INPUT CABLE/ANTENNA AUDIO OUTPUT DVD/VCR Details about the different kinds of cables used to connect your DVD/VCR are on page 4. To watch one program while you record another: To play a disc or tape: If you need help fi...

  • Page 11: Connection: Dvd/vcr + Tv

    RF Coaxial cable White Audio video cables are usually color- coded red, white, and yellow. If your TV has an S-Video jack, connect the S-Video cable (supplied). S-Video provides better video quality than composite video (the yellow jack). Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only. Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Connection: DVD/VCR + TV 1.

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    Notes about cable boxes: If you have questions about using a cable box with the DVD/VCR, consult your cable company. RCA can only provide general instructions because cable services and cable boxes differ in various areas. This connection only shows a basic RF Coaxial Cable connection, your cable box may have Audio Video or S-Video jacks.

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    Connection: DVD/VCR + TV + Basic Cable Box 1. Connect the cable box signal. Note: Before you connect the DVD/VCR, you’ll need to disconnect some of the cables fi rst in order to reconnect them. 1b. Connect the RF Coaxial cable that is connected to the cable box’s Output jack (sometimes labeled CABLE OUT) to the CABLE/ANTENNA INPUT jack on the back of the DVD/VCR.

  • Page 14: Watch Tv

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup SATELLITE The back of your satellite receiver might DISH look different than the ANTENNA one pictured here. CABLE/ANTENNA INPUT DVD/VCR CABLE/ANTENNA OUTPUT CABLE/ANTENNA Details about the different kinds of cables used to connect your DVD/VCR are on page 4. To watch TV (satellite programming) with the DVD Recorder turned on:...

  • Page 15: Connection: Dvd/vcr + Tv + Satellite Receiver

    Connection: DVD/VCR + TV + Satellite Receiver The following instructions enable you to record the programs from your satellite receiver. Because the jack confi guration and labels vary on different satellite receivers and televisions, the steps provided are general guidelines. Consult your Satellite Receiver and/or Television User’s Guides for additional information.

  • Page 16: Advanced Audio Connection Information

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup DVD/VCR CABLE/ANTENNA INPUT S-VIDEO VIDEO INPUT CABLE/ANTENNA AUDIO OUTPUT DVD/VCR OUTPUT AUDIO L (left) and R (right) Advanced Audio Connection Information Both Dolby Digital® and DTS® are audio formats used to record 5.1-channel audio signals onto the digital track of fi lm (while the fi lm is being made). Both of these formats provide up to six separate channels: left, right, center, left rear, right rear, and common subwoofer.

  • Page 17: Install Batteries In The Remote

    1. Turn on the DVD/VCR—press the DVD/VCR 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/VCR is connected to...

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    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Antenna-Cable Antenna-Cable Done Searching channels. 35% complete 2 channels found Please wait… Edit the list of channels found Ch 02 Ch 03 Ch 04 Select your local time zone: Eastern Central Mountain Should the clock be automatically adjusted for daylight savings time? 2) Select the Signal that’s connected to the CABLE/ANTENNA...

  • Page 19: Disc

    Year 2004 Date 04/29 Tue 29-April Time 01:47 PM Done Watch TV Live - Ch 2 Disc No Disc Tape 1 Library Disc(s) Disc Library Timers Setup 10:49 am Thu 17-Mar 2004 To watch channels, or video inputs, press OK What to Expect Turn on the DVD/VCR to Watch TV In order to use the features of the DVD/VCR, you’ll have to get used to turning on your DVD/VCR to watch TV.

  • 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/VCR will most likely access the TV’s Video Input Channel—with the DVD/VCR turned on, press the TV button, and then press INPUT until you see the DVD/VCR’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

    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 (if the TV turns on, this remote will operate your TV; if it doesn’t turn on, go to step 2 below).

  • Page 24: Programming The Remote To Operate Other Components

    Programming the remote to operate other components This remote is already programmed to operate most RCA, GE, and Proscan components—just press the applicable component button to operate the component (for a satellite receiver, press the SAT button; for an audio component, press AUDIO, etc.).

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    Code List for TV button Admiral Crown 1131 1138 1002 1026 1097 1038 Envision 1118 Curtis Mathes 1005 Aiko 1007 1001 1015 1005 Fisher 1007 Akai 1028 1014 1003 1029 1029 1030 Amtron 1045 1045 1026 1063 1103 Anam 1095 Fujitsu National 1119...

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    Chapter 2: The Remote Control Code List for TV button TV (continued) Soundesign Toshiba 1005 1029 AUX button 1007 1043 1008 1044 Admiral 1026 1045 2069 1027 1063 Aiko 1067 Starlite 2024 1074 1026 Aiwa 1075 Supre-Macy 2023 1091 1098 Akai 1092 Sylvania...

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    Code List VCR (continued) AUX button Sears 2018 2008 2023 AUX button 2011 2052 2018 Tivo Toshiba 2020 2082 2012 2030 2030 Satellite 2031 2031 SAT button 2034 2034 2035 2040 Alphastar 2054 2060 5068 Sharp Totevision Chaparral 2014 2010 5050 2025 2011...

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    Chapter 2: The Remote Control Marantz Sherwood CD Player 4058 4093 AUDIO button Sony 4081 4062 4066 4072 Mitsubishi 4067 4094 4082 4077 4083 Teac Aiwa 4095 Nakamichi 4051 4096 4085 4068 4097 4086 Akai Technics 4069 4063 4057 Denon Toshiba Onkyo 4071...

  • Page 29: Watching Tv

    Chapter 3 Recording, Playback & Features • Watching TV • DVD Recording (DVD+R and DVD + RW) • Disc Library • DVD Playback • VCR Recording • VCR 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 30: The Channel Banner

    Chapter 3: Recording, Playback & Features Watching TV Turn on the DVD/VCR to Watch TV 1. Turn on the TV, and tune the TV to the correct Video Input Channel (this channel corresponds to the input jacks on your TV that you used to connect the DVD/VCR to the TV).

  • Page 31: Setup

    STANDBY/ON RECORD STOP/EJECT VCR PLAY/PAUSE button Watching a videocassette tape while you record to disc 1. Start recording on the disc (tune the DVD/VCR to the channel you want to record) and press RECORD). 2. Insert the videocassette tape you want to play after you’ve started recording on your DVD disc. 3.

  • Page 32: Timer Recordings

    Chapter 3: Recording, Playback & Features Watch TV Disc Tape Disc Library Timers Setup Add Timer Set Transfer To set a timer for video recording, press OK. To exit, press GO BCK/RETURN Timers Name Ch 002 Channel 05/19 19 Mon Once Day(s) 03:00PM Start Time...

  • Page 33: Disc Library

    Chapter 3: Recording, Playback & Features Watch TV Live - Ch 6 Disc Disc Name: Maggie Tape No tape Disc Library 4 Library Disc(s) Timers None scheduled Setup 5:44 pm Mon 7-Jan 2004 Shows you’ve recorded to a DVD+R or DVD+RW disc are called titles.

  • Page 34: Dvd Playback

    Chapter 3: Recording, Playback & Features Watch TV Live - Ch 2 Disc Maggie’s Disc Tape Disc Library 1 Library Disc(s) Timers Setup 10:49 am Thu 17-Mar 2003 Watch TV Play Disc Disc Disc Title Menu Tape Player Menu Disc Library Playlist Timers Copy Disc...

  • Page 35: Editing Dvd+r And Dvd+rw Discs

    Chapter 3: Recording, Playback & Features 1- Disc name Maggie’s Disc Caroline’s Bday Simon at soc- Maggie’s Disc Anniversary 6 Title(s) on Disc Steve’s vacation 0h 24min available Steve & Maggie *1 Best Rename Disc Erase Disc Lock Disc Make Compatible Maggie’s Disc 6 Title(s) on Disc 0h 24min available...

  • Page 36: Vcr Basics

    Chapter 3: Recording, Playback & Features Rename Title Play Title Play Full Title Delete Title Simon’s 4th Birthday Clear Chapters Fri, 6/20/2003 03:00 pm – 04:00 pm *1 Best Insert Chapter Marker Delete Chapter Marker Hide Chapter New Title Frame Split Title ON-OFF DVD/VCR CABLE...

  • Page 37: Advanced Vcr Features

    ON-OFF DVD/VCR CABLE AUDIO ZOOM ANALOG OPEN ANGLE DIGITAL CLOSE TIMER•GUIDE INFO INFO button MENU CLEAR ANALOG button AGAIN ADVANCE LIVE MUTE BACK INPUT ANTENNA REVERSE PLAY FORWARD PLAY button RECORD STOP PAUSE Insert A Point Cancel Last Edit Delete A-B Edits Review A-B Edits Save Edits &...

  • Page 38: Vcr Recording

    Chapter 3: Recording, Playback & Features VCR Recording After you put a videocassette tape in the VCR deck, there are several ways to record programming. The quickest way to start recording is to press the RECORD button (on the front of the DVD/VCR next to the STANDBY/ON button) while you’re watching a show. You don’t even need to remember to press the stop button if you use the Express Recording feature in the recording banner.

  • Page 39: Chapter 4: Playing Discs

    Chapter 4 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 40

    Chapter 4: Playing Discs DVD+Rewritable Note: Some discs may not be compatible due to laser pickup and design. This is an example of a one- sided disc. This is an example of a two- sided disc—the title is usually in the center of the disc.

  • Page 41: Using Different Menus

    Live - Ch 2 Watch TV No Disc Disc Disc Library 1 Library Disc(s) Timers Setup 10:49 am Thu 17-Mar 2003 To watch TV, press OK. ON-OFF DVD/VCR CABLE AUDIO ZOOM ZOOM ANALOG ANGLE OPEN button DIGITAL CLOSE TIMER•GUIDE INFO MENU CLEAR AGAIN...

  • Page 42: Using The On-screen Info Display

    Chapter 4: Playing Discs 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 43: Time Display

    Time Display (DVD, Video CD, and Audio CD) This feature displays the time that has elapsed during playback. For DVD discs, the time displayed refers to the current title and acts as a Time Search feature. For example, if you like a particular scene in a movie, you can enter the elapsed time the scene plays and skip right to it.

  • Page 44: Repeat Icon

    Chapter 4: Playing Discs Repeat Icon (DVD, Video CD, and Audio CD) By default, the Repeat feature is Off. There are three Repeat options: • Title – repeats the title that is playing • Disc – repeats the disc that is playing •...

  • Page 45: Camera Angle Icon

    Camera Angle Icon (DVD) Some discs contain multiple angles of a particular scene or sequence. If the disc only has one angle, this feature won’t work. Currently, very few discs have this feature. 1. While a disc is playing, press ANGLE on the remote. If the disc wasn’t created with multiple angles, the invalid symbol appears. If the disc contains multiple angles, the Angle icon appears with the current angle number and the number of angles available.

  • Page 46

    Chapter 4: Playing Discs IntroScan Icon (Audio CD) Use the IntroScan feature to preview each track on the CD. 1. While the CD is playing, press INFO (the Info Display appears). 2. Use the arrow buttons to highlight the IntroScan icon. 3.

  • Page 47: Disc Title Menu

    PLAY -3.jA- - LET_S_ 01.THE REASON 04. WHY ON WHY 02.IMMORTALI 03.TREAT HER 04.WHY ON WH 05.LOVE IS IN Example of mp3 fi les. Example of JPEG fi les. Watch TV Play Disc Disc Disc Title Menu Player Menu Disc Library Playlist Timers Copy Disc...

  • Page 48

    Menu System • Overview of the DVD/VCR’s Menu System • Watch TV Menu • Disc Menu • Tape 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 49: The Main Menu

    Overview of the DVD/VCR’s Menu System Since this product has many features, it has a wealth of menus and options. To access the main menu during playback, press the STOP button on the remote. To access the main menu when you’re not playing a disc or tape, press the MENU button. How to navigate through on-screen menus Throughout the DVD/VCR’s menu system, you’ll see arrows on the on-screen menu bars.

  • Page 50: Play Disc

    Chapter 5: Menu System Live - Ch 2 Watch TV Disc No Disc Tape 1 Library Disc(s) Disc Library Timers 10:49 am Thu 17-Mar 2003 Setup To watch TV, press OK. Watch TV Play Disc Disc Disc Title Menu Player Menu Tape Playlist Disc Library...

  • Page 51: Disc Options

    Watch TV Play Disc Disc Disc Title Menu Tape Player Menu Playlist Disc Library Disc Options Timers Setup To start playback from the beginning, press OK. 4 x 3 Letterbox 4 x 3 Standard 16 x 9 Watch TV Disc Tape Play Tape Play From Start...

  • Page 52: Timers

    Chapter 5: Menu System Disc Library The disc library accesses information about what you’ve recorded onto discs. Details of this feature and the submenus are described on page 31. Timers Timer: You can add timers and view or edit existing timers from this menu for automatic recording. Timer recordings are especially useful when you have a favorite program that you want to record every week and/or every day.

  • Page 53: Unrated Titles

    Parental Control Lock System Options Rating Limits Recording Options Unrated Titles Disc Options Languages Installation Apply DVD+R, +RW System Options: Contains settings and menus for audio features, as well as black level settings and dimmer options for the front display of your DVD/VCR. Digital Output: If you connected your DVD/VCR 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 54: Display

    Chapter 5: Menu System Parental Control System Options Record Destination Recording Options Recording Quality Disc Options Languages Tape Speed Installation SmartRecord Parental Control System Options Recording Options Disc Options Languages Display Installation Audio Subtitles Disc Menu Recording Options: Record Destination: Choose whether you want to record to a disc (DVD) or a tape (VCR). Recording Quality: The better the quality, the more memory (space) the recording will use on the DVD+R or DVD+RW disc or tape.

  • Page 55: Installation Menu

    Parental Control System Options Recording Options Disc Options Interactive Setup Languages Channel Search Installation Clock Setup Channel List Searching channels... 35% complete 2 channels found Please wait... Edit the list of channels found Graphics contained within this publication are for representation only. Chapter 5: Menu System Installation: The submenus contained in the Installation menu pertain to the type of signal that is connected to...

  • Page 56: Troubleshooting

    Additional Information • Troubleshooting • Handling Cautions • Maintenance of Cabinet • Limited Warranty • Accessory Information 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 57

    Troubleshooting General Problems Player won’t work (locks up) • Try unplugging the AC power cord and plugging it back in. • Reset the DVD/VCR: on the front of the unit, press and hold the STANDBY/ON button while you press and hold the STOP button—wait at least 3 seconds before you release both of the buttons.

  • Page 58

    Chapter 6: Additional Information Play starts, but then stops immediately • The disc is dirty. Clean it. • Condensation has formed in the DVD/VCR. Allow it to dry out. The picture is distorted and/or fuzzy; or “jumps” during disc playback •...

  • Page 59

    mp3 fi les The following recommendations can’t be taken as a guarantee that the DVD/VCR will play mp3 recordings, or as an assurance of sound quality. Certain technologies and methods for mp3 fi le recording on CD-R discs prevent optimal playback of these fi les on your product. •...

  • Page 60

    • To order a new remote control, go to page 60. The buttons on the front of the DVD/VCR operate the DVD/VCR’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 61

    Pay any Authorized RCA Service Center for the new or, at our option, refurbished replacement parts required to repair your DVD/VCR. How you get service: • Take your DVD/VCR to any Authorized RCA Service Center. To identify your nearest Authorized RCA Service Center, ask your dealer, look in the Yellow Pages, or call 1-800-336-1900. •...

  • Page 62: 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 64

    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. Thomson Inc. 10330 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46290 ©2004 Thomson Inc.

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