HP Digital Entertainment Center
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    HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

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    The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Changing Media Center Settings......11 Recording TV from the Guide ......33 Media Center Settings Categories..... 12 Recording programs manually with or Contacting HP Support in Media Center....13 without a Guide..........34 Finding Additional Media Center Information... 13 Recording quality and hard disk drive storage space..........35...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Copying Pictures to CDs and DVDs ......71 Working with Digital Images ......... 50 Playing Videos........73 Using HP Image Zone in Media Center ....50 Creating your picture catalog in Playing Digital Videos in Media Center ....74 HP Image Zone ..........51 Using Supported Video File Types......75...

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    Creating Audio and Data Discs ..83 Creating a Video Project with the Direct-to-Disc Wizard ........109 Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording ....84 Video Quality and Disc Size ........110 Working with Audio CDs ........85 DVD Recording Time ...........111 Verifying an audio disc recorded without errors ..........

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    HP Personal Media Drive ......... 134 Media Drive ......... 129 Recording TV programs to Your Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to HP Personal Media Drive ....... 135 Work with Media Center......... 130 Changing the TV recording path to the Locating the Drive After Installation .......

  • Page 7: Welcome, Experience The Entertainment Fun, Watch And Record Live Tv

    Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2 lets you do amazing things with your HP Digital Entertainment Center. With a full range of digital entertainment features, you can experience TV, movies, music, and photos like never before.

  • Page 8: Using Media Center Features

    Easily back up your media files to CD, DVD, or ■ Play back your digital videos. ■ another hard disk drive, such as the HP Personal View your digital pictures or play them as a Media Drive (sold separately). ■...

  • Page 9: Using Media Center, Setting Up Media Center, Opening Media Center Using A Trackball

    Using Media Center Setting Up Media Center The first time you start your HP Digital Entertainment Center, a Media Center setup wizard opens. It is recommended to complete each step in the Media Center setup wizard to be able to use all the features in Media Center.

  • Page 10: Opening Media Center Using The Remote Control

    Use the arrow buttons to select the ? icon at the top of the window to open Media Center Help. Press the Media Center Start button to return to the Media Center Start menu. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 11: Media Center Menu Bars, Navigating Media Center

    Media Center menu bars When you move the trackball, the Media Center menu bars appear. These menu bars allow you to access media controls, Media Center Help, the back screen arrow, window control icons, and the Media Center icon that takes you to the main Media Center menu.

  • Page 12: Media Center Control Menu

    If you are recording a TV program and then put the HP Digital Entertainment Center into standby, the recording stops. If the HP Digital Entertainment Center is in standby and a recording is about to begin, the HP Digital Entertainment Center wakes from standby and records the program.

  • Page 13: Using Media Center Away Mode

    Control Panel, you can activate it by pressing Properties window. See the following procedure. the Sleep button on your computer, keyboard, or remote control. To enable your HP Digital Entertainment Center for Away mode: Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Control Panel.

  • Page 14: Completing The Setup Wizard Steps

    (shape), brightness, contrast, color, and sharpness of your TV signal equipment (set-top box, cable, and so the display with your TV remote control or your on). This step makes sure your HP Digital monitor controls. Entertainment Center receives the correct TV signal Set up your speakers.

  • Page 15: Media Center Start Menu

    HP Digital Entertainment Center, to log and print photos. See page 49. off to end your Media Center session, to put the HP My Music — Play music files or music CDs, create and Digital Entertainment Center into standby mode, or to edit playlists, and record music files to CD.

  • Page 16: Online Spotlight, Using Instant Messaging In Media Center

    Online Spotlight Online Spotlight is a link to the Microsoft Web site, where Your HP Digital Entertainment Center must be connected you can find the latest Media Center information and to the Internet to access the Online Spotlight Web site.

  • Page 17: Logging In To Your Messenger Account, Changing Media Center Settings

    Logging in to your messenger account Go to http://www.msn.com to set up your Enter your .NET passport information, and then messenger account. You will need a .NET passport to select Sign In. log in to messenger. A .NET passport is an e-mail address, a login name, and a password.

  • Page 18: Media Center Settings Categories

    Media Center. More Programs Options to change settings ■ for other programs on the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Media Center Setup to configure your Internet ■ Some settings, such as parental control connection, TV signal, speakers, TV, or monitor;...

  • Page 19: Contacting Hp Support In Media Center, Finding Additional Media Center Information

    Contacting HP Support in Media Center You can access HP Support in Media Center by using Press the Media Center Start button on the your remote control. At HP Support you can: remote control. Register your product with HP. ■...

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  • Page 21: Using The Remote Control

    Be used as a VCR, DVD player, or stereo remote ■ control. LIVE TV GUIDE RECORDED TV Turn on or off a TV that is connected to your HP Digital ■ Entertainment Center. Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center. ■ PRINT The remote control operates up to 7.9 meters...

  • Page 22: Remote Control Buttons Overview

    Standby — Puts the HP Digital Entertainment Center DVD MENU into and out of a power-reduced standby state. It does not turn the HP Digital Entertainment Center off. RADIO MUSIC PICTURES VIDEOS DVD Menu — Opens the Play DVD window in...

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    LED — Activity indicator light. The LED tells you that the remote control is emitting a signal when you press a button. TV — Opens the My TV window in Media Center. Pictures — Opens the My Pictures window in Media Center. Videos —...

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    If you turn off (shut down) your HP Digital Entertainment Center, Media Center will not record a scheduled TV program. The HP Digital Entertainment Center must be turned on or in standby mode to record TV programs. Make sure you turn off the monitor and turn down or mute the volume;...

  • Page 25: Tv Programs, Navigating My Tv

    Scroll through the Television Program Guide to find programs to watch and record. You can record specific TV shows or a whole series to your hard disk drive or an HP Personal Media Drive. Movies: Go online to find movies to watch now or ■...

  • Page 26: Watching Tv

    The computer is set up correctly for your TV signal ■ source. Refer to the setup poster or the Start Here guide and the HP Digital Entertainment Center User’s Guide for more information. You have completed the Media Center setup wizard.

  • Page 27: Watching Live Tv

    Watching Live TV Press the TV button on the remote control or select My TV from the main start menu. Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select Live TV, and then press OK. The last channel selected or the first channel available begins playing.

  • Page 28: Controlling Tv Playback

    TV. Media Center allows you to record a program for longer than 30 minutes when you select to record the program. The digital video recording features are for select models only. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 29: Using The Remote Control In My Tv

    Using the remote control in My TV Button Action To freeze the live TV image, press Pause. While paused, My TV continues to record a pause buffer for up to 30 minutes. To resume watching TV where you left off, press Play. To stop live TV or a recorded program, press Stop once.

  • Page 30: Using The Television Program Guide

    14 days. By selecting a program title, a detailed description of the program appears at the bottom of the Your HP Digital Entertainment Center requires window. a connection to the Internet to access the Guide.

  • Page 31: Using Media Center Without A Guide, Television Program Guide Errors

    Using Media Center without a Guide Before using Media Center, it is important to complete the If you have already completed the setup wizard, but want Media Center setup wizard. This takes you through steps to change your settings or scan for TV channels again: to identify your TV signal source and scan for channels you are able to receive from your TV provider.

  • Page 32: Viewing The Television Program Guide

    Select a program, and then press OK to watch it. window. Press the Record button on the remote control to record the program. Make sure the HP Digital Entertainment The Television Program Guide is not available Center is connected to the Internet and Media in all countries/regions.

  • Page 33: Setting Up How Media Center Downloads The Guide

    Setting up how Media Center downloads the Guide Your HP Digital Entertainment Center must have a connection to the Internet and you must select a TV listings provider in the Media Center setup wizard before you can use and download the Guide information. You can...

  • Page 34: Manually Downloading The Guide, Adding A Postal Code To Receive The Correct Guide

    Select Settings, TV, Guide, and then select Set Up Guide Listings. Select Next. Click Next. Select a TV signal provider and then Next. Select Yes and then Next. Select Next and then Finish. Select I agree and then Next. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 35: Adding Missing Channels To The Guide, Editing Channels In The Guide

    Adding missing channels to the Guide Some program channels may not appear in the Guide. To Click Add Channel. add the names and numbers of the channels that are Use the numeric keypad on your keyboard to missing or to change the association between channel enter the number of the missing channel, and then numbers and lineups: select Next.

  • Page 36: Searching For Tv Programs

    A title or keyword search displays every program that has “football” in the title or description. The TV search results do not include ■ previously recorded TV programs. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 37: Searching For Tv Programs Using Categories

    Searching for TV programs using categories You can search the Guide to find a TV program by selecting a category using your remote control. Some categories are not available in all countries/regions. Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, select My TV, and then select Search.

  • Page 38: Recording Tv Programs

    Recorded TV window in My TV. You can record conflict arises. two programs at the same time if your HP Digital Entertainment Center has two TV tuners that have the same type of TV signal input (select models only).

  • Page 39: Recording Tv From The Guide

    Recording TV from the Guide To record a current or future program or series from the Guide: Press the Media Center Start button on the To return to the previous window, press Back on the remote control, select My TV and then select remote control or press the Backspace key on the Guide.

  • Page 40: Without A Guide

    ■ copied to a DVD can be played on your For some programs, you may want to begin recording HP Digital Entertainment Center and on before the scheduled beginning and after the scheduled some DVD players. ending of the program.

  • Page 41: Storage Space

    Recording quality and hard disk drive storage space The space available for recording TV programs depends on your hard disk drive size, the percentage of hard disk drive space allocated to recorded TV, and the recording Quality of Hard disk drive space quality setting.

  • Page 42: Copying Recorded Tv Programs To Dvd Or Cd

    DVD players. See “Sonic MyDVD Video Projects” on page 104. For more detailed information about recording CDs and DVDs, refer to information on the HP Support Web site at: http://www.hp.com/support To copy a recorded TV program to CD or DVD:...

  • Page 43: Media Copy Protection, Playing Recorded Tv Programs

    Media Copy Protection Media content, such as DVDs or TV programs, may place Recording cannot be recorded. Restrictions set by the restrictions on rights to distribute or copy the content, broadcaster and/or originator of the content prohibit depending on what is permitted by the copyright owner. recording of this program.

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  • Page 45: Playing Music Files, My Music

    Playing Music Files The My Music area in Media Center is a great way to play, organize, and back up your music files. My Music is designed to work with the Windows Media Player program. My Music With My Music, you can find and play your favorite music files and CDs you have added to the Windows Media Player Library.

  • Page 46: Using My Music With Media Center

    Windows Media Player Library for Media Center to be able to find and play them. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 47: Adding Music To The My Music Library, Adding Music Files From Your Hard Disk Drive

    Adding Music to the My Music Library When you add music files to your My Music library, they You can also add music files to your music library from are placed into the music library in Windows Media within the Windows Media Player program. For more Player.

  • Page 48: Adding Music Files From A Cd, Deleting Music Files From The My Music Library

    Use the arrow buttons on your remote control to scroll remote control, and then select My Music. through your songs. Select the song you want to delete, and then press OK on the remote control. Select Songs. Select Delete, and then select Yes. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 49: Using Supported Music File Types

    Using supported music file types You can play the following types of digital audio files in My Music. Refer to Windows Media Player Help for more information about supported file types. For more information about music file formats, use Windows Media Player Help File extension File type and Media Center Help.

  • Page 50: Playing Music Files In My Music

    Music folder or into other folders on your hard disk drive, but you need to add those files to the Windows Media Player Library for Media Center to be able to find and play them. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 51: Playing An Album In My Music, Playing A Song In My Music

    Playing an album in My Music Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control. Select My Music. Insert a music CD into the CD drive. Select Albums. Select the album you want to play. Select Play. Playing a song in My Music You can play a song from anywhere in My Music.

  • Page 52: Creating A Queue List In My Music, Finding And Playing An Album In My Music

    To return to the previous window, press Back on the tracks that will be played on the album. remote control or the Backspace key on the Shuffle to rearrange the play order. keyboard. ■ HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 53: Creating A Playlist In My Music

    Select Add To Queue. A confirmation displays that the music was added to the list of music in the queue. If your HP Digital Entertainment Center is Select the inset window in the lower-left corner to go connected to the Internet, the CD track titles to the Queue.

  • Page 54: Copying Music Files To Cd In My Music

    Press OK on the remote control or press the Enter key on the keyboard to delete the song from IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of your list of songs to be recorded to CD. This does not technology and does not endorse or delete the song from your music library.

  • Page 55: Working With Pictures, Hp Image Zone, My Pictures

    Working with Pictures Use the HP Image Zone and My Pictures areas in Media Center to view, edit, print, and share your pictures. HP Image Zone HP Image Zone is a software program located in your All Programs menu that works together with the HP Image Zone area in Media Center.

  • Page 56: Working With Digital Images, Using Hp Image Zone In Media Center

    Most tasks, such as viewing a slideshow, sharing your pictures online, cropping, rotating, and printing your pictures, you can do both from the HP Image Zone program on your desktop and from within Media Center version. There are a few things, for example, like some...

  • Page 57: Creating Your Picture Catalog In Hp Image Zone

    Creating your picture catalog in HP Image Zone The first time you open the HP Image Zone program, a message appears asking if you want to create a catalog by indexing images in the My Pictures folder and its subfolders. This catalog allows you to search for your pictures by date, keyword, or place.

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    The Mode tabs allow you to create an The Preferences button allows you to image project and view, edit, print, share, customize HP Image Zone. The Help menu and back up your images. gives you troubleshooting and other information. The menu items and display options allow...

  • Page 59: Creating Albums, Modifying A Date Assigned To Your Pictures

    Creating albums You can organize your pictures into albums by using the HP Image Zone program. After you create your picture albums in HP Image Zone, you can then view them in Media Center. To create an album: Click Start on the taskbar, choose All Type a title using your keyboard, and then click OK.

  • Page 60: Assigning A Keyword To Your Pictures, Assigning A Place To Your Pictures

    Select a picture or pictures to assign a place. Select the Search tab, and then select By Place. There are two ways to move around the HP Under by Place, select Assign. Image Zone map: you can click and drag or point and click the small globe.

  • Page 61: Searching For Pictures In Media Center

    Select the magnifying glass icon to zoom in and out. Select a location. Locations that have pictures assigned to them will have a You must open the HP Image Zone program colored dot on the map. from the desktop to assign dates, keywords, and places to your pictures.

  • Page 62: Viewing Pictures In Hp Image Zone, Viewing A Slideshow In Hp Image Zone

    Select the pictures you want to view as a slideshow. Viewing a slideshow with music in HP Image Zone Select My Music on the Media Center Start menu. Select HP Image Zone.

  • Page 63: Editing Pictures In Hp Image Zone, From The Desktop

    Editing pictures in HP Image Zone from the desktop You can make changes to your pictures and video clips in HP Image Zone from the desktop. Some of the editing features include removing red eye, cropping, resizing, and rotating images.

  • Page 64: In Media Center

    Editing pictures in HP Image Zone in Media Center You can make changes to your pictures and video clips in HP Image Zone in Media Center. The editing features include cropping, resizing, and rotating images. Press the Media Center Start button...

  • Page 65: Sharing Pictures In Hp Image Zone

    The HP Image Zone window opens. Select the HP Instant Share tab. For more information about the HP Instant Share tools, refer to the Help menu in the HP Select E-mail. Image Zone program. Select your country/region from the drop-down menu under Select your region.

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    Use the remote control keypad or the keyboard to type an e-mail subject in the text box, and then select Send. Select OK to have HP Instant Share send your e-mail. To view the status of the e-mail, select Outbox in HP Image Zone.

  • Page 67: With Hp Image Zone

    Using supported picture file types with HP Image Zone HP Image Zone supports the following types of image, video, and audio files. File extension File type .jpg, .jpeg Joint Photographic Experts Group .tif, .tiff Tagged Image File Format .gif Graphics Interchange Format .mov, .qt...

  • Page 68: Printing Pictures In Hp Image Zone, Creating A Backup Disc Of Your Pictures

    You need to set up your printer before you can print from Media Center. Creating a Backup Disc of Your Pictures To create a backup disc of images you have put into HP ImageZone: Click Start on the taskbar, choose All Insert a blank disc.

  • Page 69: Using My Pictures In Media Center

    Using My Pictures in Media Center My Pictures is a folder on your hard disk drive in the My It provides all the tools you need for viewing, organizing, Documents folder, and it is a Media Center menu item editing, printing, sharing, and protecting your digital that allows you to view and search for your digital images images.

  • Page 70: Adding Pictures To My Pictures, Adding Picture Files From Your Hard Disk Drive

    When you find the folder that contains your picture folder, select it by making sure an arrow appears next to the folder. Repeat this step to add additional folders, and then select Next. Select Finish. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 71: Viewing Pictures In My Pictures

    Viewing Pictures in My Pictures After you organize your pictures in the My Pictures folder in Windows Explorer, open Media Center to view your pictures: Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control. Select My Pictures. The right side of the window shows a small picture image (thumbnail) and, if you’ve organized your pictures into folders, folder icons.

  • Page 72: Viewing Pictures As A Slideshow, In My Pictures

    Select the folder of pictures, and then press OK. Select Play Slide Show, and then press OK. When Media Center switches to full-screen mode, the inset window disappears, but the music continues to play. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 73: In My Pictures

    Using supported picture file types in My Pictures You can view the following types of image files in Media Center. File extension File type .jpg, .jpeg Joint Photographic Experts Group .tif, .tiff Tagged Image File Format .gif Graphics Interchange Format .bmp Bitmap .wmf...

  • Page 74: Editing Pictures In My Pictures, Fixing Red Eye Or Contrast

    Select Red Eye or Contrast, and then press OK. After you select the options you want to fix, select Save. The picture is displayed with the new settings. Select Yes to save changes and replace the original picture file. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 75: Cropping Pictures In My Pictures, Rotating Pictures

    Cropping pictures in My Pictures Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, and select My Pictures. Select the picture you want to edit. Right-click the picture or press the i (More information) button on the remote control, and then select Picture Details.

  • Page 76: Printing Pictures In My Pictures

    Media Center. You need to set up your printer before you can print from Media Center otherwise the file is saved to the My Documents folder by default when you select to print the picture. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 77: Copying Pictures To Cds And Dvds

    You can also create a LightScribe label for your CD or DVD if you have a LightScribe optical drive and you use LightScribe media discs. Refer to the HP Digital Entertainment Center User’s Guide and the other documentation that came with your HP Digital Entertainment Center.

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  • Page 79: Playing Videos

    Playing Videos The My Videos window in Media Center makes it easy to play home video files you created or video files you downloaded from the Internet. In My Videos you can: Play videos that are stored anywhere on your hard ■...

  • Page 80: Playing Digital Videos In Media Center

    You can maximize the media playing in the ■ inset window by using the arrow buttons to select the inset window and then pressing OK on the remote control. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 81: Using Supported Video File Types, Transferring And Recording Video Files

    Using Supported Video File Types You can view the following types of video files in Media Center. Other file types are supported if your HP Digital Entertainment Center has the correct software installed. For more information about supported video file types, refer to Media Center Help menu.

  • Page 82: Creating A Cd/dvd From Video Files

    Select Create CD/Create DVD to begin recording the keyboard, and then select OK. Use the Clear the disc, and then select Yes. button on the remote control or the Backspace key on the keyboard to delete letters. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 83: Playing Dvds, Playing Dvd Movies In Media Center

    Playing DVDs Watching DVDs in Media Center allows you to control the playback with your remote control. If you play your DVD in another program outside of Media Center, you will not be able to use the remote control. Playing DVD Movies in Media Center Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your trackball, click...

  • Page 84: Changing The Dvd Movie Language, Changing Dvd Audio Settings

    Select Configuration, and then select your speaker on the taskbar, and then click Media and sound options. Select your speaker output and Center. your channel mode, if applicable. Select Save. Select Settings. Select OK. Select DVD. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 85: Listening To Fm Radio

    Listening to FM Radio If your HP Digital Entertainment Center is equipped with a radio tuner input (FM Tuner In), Media Center can play FM radio. The Radio window in Media Center makes it easy to play FM radio stations using your remote control.

  • Page 86: Playing Fm Radio Stations

    Playing FM Radio Stations Connect the FM radio antenna to the back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center, to the connector labeled FM Antenna In. Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your trackball, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.

  • Page 87: Organizing Preset Radio Stations, At The Same Time

    Organizing Preset Radio Stations Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your trackball, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center. Select Settings. Select Radio. Select the up arrows and down arrows next to each preset station to move it to a different position.

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  • Page 89: Creating Audio And Data Discs

    For information about recording video files to DVDs, see “Sonic MyDVD Video Projects” on page 104. Your HP Digital Entertainment Center may include one or more CD, DVD, or combination optical drives capable of recording. Additionally, your HP Digital Entertainment...

  • Page 90: Erasing Rewritable Discs Before Recording

    Click Tools and then Erase Disc. Insert the rewritable disc you want to erase. Click the Quick Erase or Full Erase option, and then Erase Disc. CD-R discs are compatible with more players than CD-RW discs. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 91: Working With Audio Cds

    CDs: Uncompressed — Typical CD format like you ■ IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of would purchase on a commercial CD. This type of technology and does not endorse or CD will hold 10 to 20 songs depending on their encourage the use of our products for length.

  • Page 92: Verifying An Audio Disc Recorded Without Errors, Audio Cd Tips

    You can’t record song names unless you make an ■ IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of exact copy of a music CD in your collection. technology and does not endorse or If your recording fails, manually select a slower encourage the use of our products for ■...

  • Page 93: Creating Audio Cds

    Click Add Music and navigate to music stored ■ CD-RW disc. If you want to play your music CD in on your HP Digital Entertainment Center. your home or car stereo, use a CD-R disc. CD-RW In the Quick Find panel, click Scan to discs may not play in some stereos.

  • Page 94: Creating Jukebox Discs

    Click Add Music and navigate to music stored ■ If you want to play your music CD in your home or on your HP Digital Entertainment Center. car stereo, use a CD-R disc. CD-RW discs may not In the Quick Find panel, click Scan to play in some stereos.

  • Page 95: Working With Data Dvds And Cds, Verifying A Data Disc Recorded Without Errors

    Working with Data DVDs and CDs Unlike audio CDs and jukebox DVDs, data DVDs and CDs can be recorded in multiple sessions. Verifying a data disc recorded without errors When copying or burning data files to DVD or CD, it is recommended that you use Sonic DigitalMedia Plus because it includes a feature that confirms that your disc has been created without errors.

  • Page 96: Data Disc Tips

    As you select data files to record to your disc, ■ Sonic DigitalMedia Plus calculates and displays the amount of recording space used on your disc. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 97: Creating Data Discs

    ■ DVD discs can store significantly more files than a CD. search for, and then click Scan to automatically search your HP Digital Entertainment Center for Click OK. the selected file type. You can get detailed online help by clicking the Help Insert a CD or DVD that contains the file you ■...

  • Page 98: Copying A Dvd Or Cd

    “Verifying an data disc recorded without errors” on page 89. audio disc recorded without errors” on page 86. IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful use of Your DVD Writer or CD Writer drive will not technology and does not endorse or copy commercially available DVD movies.

  • Page 99: Archiving Files On A Cd Or Dvd, Archiving Files Using Media Center

    Archiving Files on a CD or DVD To make an archive file copy of files stored on your HP Digital Entertainment Center using Sonic DigitalMedia Plus: Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by Click Save, enter a name for your archive, and clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then then click OK.

  • Page 100: Working With Image Files, Creating An Image File

    Click Browse to select the location where the image Click Copy, select .iso or .gi (if prompted for file file will be created. type), and then click Save Image. Click the Save Image icon to create the image file. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 101: Burning From An Image File, Disc Labeling With Lightscribe

    Your HP Digital Entertainment Center may quality labels. It combines the CD or DVD drive of your come ready to work with many versions of LightScribe HP Digital Entertainment Center with specially coated media (select models only);...

  • Page 102: Lightscribe Requirements, Burning A Lightscribe Label With Sonic Express Labeler

    Repeat the previous step for each track or file on the disc. Click the left or right arrows next to Layout and Background to select design elements for the disc. The selections you make are previewed in the disc window. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 103: Using Adhesive Disc Labels, Compatibility Information

    Using adhesive disc labels When labeling your DVDs, do not use sticky labels. They can cause the DVD to play erratically. Instead, write on the DVD with a felt-tip pen to label it. Or, you can create a LightScribe label for your disc if you have a LightScribe optical drive and you use LightScribe media discs.

  • Page 104: Disc Features And Compatibility Table

    Actual formatted capacity is less. media. Double-layer technology gives you greater capacity and allows For the latest disc compatibility information for your HP Digital you to store up to 8 GB* of data on double-layer DVD+R or DVD-R Entertainment Center, go to the HP Support Web site at: media.

  • Page 105: Optical Drive Quick Reference Table

    Double-layer DVD technology is supported by The Sonic recording programs support the select models only. double-layer technology. Optical Drive Quick Reference Table Combo DVD+RW/+R Double- CD-RW/ Optical drive can: CD-ROM CD-RW DVD-ROM DVD-RW/–R Layer DVD Read CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs Read DVDs Read data on a CD Play music...

  • Page 106: Software Quick Reference Table

    (Select models only) The following table describes the functionality specific to each of these programs. Use it to determine which Your HP Digital Entertainment Center includes a number program to use to perform a task. of software programs that: Note that some programs listed may not be included with Record and play CDs.

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    Sonic DigitalMedia Plus Record data and music files. ■ Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the HP Digital ■ Entertainment Center. Create customized music CDs from CDs in your collection, or from .wav, .mp3, ■...

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  • Page 109: Creating Video Discs And Movies, Before You Begin Capturing Video

    Creating Video Discs and Movies (Select models only) Your HP Digital Entertainment Center may come with the following movie making programs. Sonic MyDVD Windows Movie Maker ■ ■ Sonic DigitalMedia Plus (which includes MyDVD) muvee autoProducer (select models only) ■...

  • Page 110: Sonic Mydvd Video Projects, Creating A Video Project

    You can transfer all these Direct-to-Disc wizard (described beginning in ■ images onto your HP Digital Entertainment Center and “Creating a Video Project with the Direct-to-Disc organize them into a project. (A scanner is required to Wizard”...

  • Page 111: Adding Files To A Video Project, Capturing Video To A Video Project

    An existing DVD or VCD. ■ Navigate to the folder that contains the video files you want to add or to the media drive that contains Video files already stored on your HP Digital ■ the DVD or VCD. Entertainment Center.

  • Page 112: Adding Slideshows To A Video Project, Adding Submenus To A Video Project

    Add existing picture files as described in ■ “Adding files to a video project” on page 105. Capture still images as described in “Capturing ■ video to a video project” on page 105. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 113: Editing The Style Of A Video Project, Editing Movie Files

    Editing the style of a video project You can change the style of a number of elements within To edit the look of a video project: your video project. The elements include: Click File, Open, and then select a video project Background color and graphics on the menus and ■...

  • Page 114: Burning A Video Project To Disc

    The DVD formats include 2xDVD (8.5GB) ■ (double layer), DVD (4.7GB) (the default setting), DVD-RAM (2.6GB), and DVD (1.4GB). Some of these formats may not be supported by your model of HP Digital Entertainment Center. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 115: Direct-to-disc Wizard

    Connect your digital camcorder or Web camera to Click Next. The Capture screen displays. your HP Digital Entertainment Center. Make sure the output from your digital camcorder Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic, and appears in the Preview window. If it does not, then DigitalMedia Home.

  • Page 116: Video Quality And Disc Size

    Fit-to-DVD is the default setting for new projects. LP (Long Play) — Fits approximately twice as much ■ video onto a DVD as HQ. Not recommended when the original video is low quality or noisy. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 117: Dvd Recording Time

    70 min. 265 min. 150 min. 85 min. 45 min. The video quality depends on your HP Digital Your version of MyDVD may not support Dolby ■ ■ Entertainment Center’s speed and graphics Digital audio. See the online Help for details.

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    HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 119: Creating Movies Using Muvee Autoproducer, Basic Steps To Make A Movie

    .mpeg-1 Motion Picture Experts Group Add videos and pictures: Select video and video playback pictures files from your HP Digital Entertainment .mpeg-2 Motion Picture Experts Group Center folders. You can easily add videos and still DVD video playback images to your movie production.

  • Page 120

    Add music: Select music files on your HP Digital Select a style: Apply a movie style editing Entertainment Center to add to your movie sound template for different effects and picture transitions in track. your movie. You can use these music file types in your movie Add captions: Personalize your movie with opening titles and closing credits.

  • Page 121: Muvee Autoproducer

    Locating the two versions of muvee autoProducer You can access two versions of muvee autoProducer (select models only): Desktop Click Start on the taskbar, and then select All Programs, muvee Technologies, muvee autoProducer, and then muvee autoProducer to open muvee autoProducer. This version of muvee autoProducer has more features, such as video capture and disc recording.

  • Page 122: Using Muvee Autoproducer On The Desktop, Getting Started On The Desktop

    121. Title/Credits Open the muvee Title and Credits window to type an “Adding an opening opening title and closing credits for your movie. title and closing credits” on page 122. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 123: Capturing Video From A Dv Camcorder

    Make muvee Open the Make muvee window to automatically “Making the movie” on create and preview the movie. page 122. Save muvee Open the Save muvee window to save the finished “Saving the movie movie to the hard disk drive in WMV or MPEG project”...

  • Page 124

    Connect your DV camcorder to the FireWire Click the Start Capture button to begin capturing (IEEE 1394) port on your HP Digital Entertainment the live image directly to your hard disk drive. Center. Click the Stop Capture button to stop capturing.

  • Page 125: Adding Videos

    Adding videos To add video files to your movie production: Select the Add Video button in the video/ Use the magicMoment controls to mark video pictures area. The Add Pictures window scenes to include and exclude: opens. Browse the folders on your hard disk drive to select existing video files for your movie: Add up to three video files.

  • Page 126: Adding Pictures, Adding Music

    Select existing music files on your hard disk drive, if desired for your movie: Add up to three .mp3, .m4a, .wav, or .wma files. ■ Select multiple music files by pressing and ■ holding Ctrl on your keyboard while selecting the files. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 127: Selecting The Style, Changing The Settings

    Selecting the style The muvee autoProducer program comes with a set of For example, using the Cinema style results in a movie style templates for setting the pace, scene transition that is moderately paced, color enhanced, and in a wide- effects, and caption fonts.

  • Page 128: Adding An Opening Title And Closing Credits, Making The Movie

    You can revise and preview the movie as often as ■ you want to experiment with different styles and the content of the movie. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 129: Saving The Movie Project, Recording The Movie Project To Disc

    Saving the movie project Once you are satisfied with the look of your movie project, you are ready to save it. You can save the movie to a file on your hard disk drive or create a VCD or DVD disc. Click the Save muvee button.

  • Page 130: Using Muvee Autoproducer Unplugged In Media Center

    “Using muvee Select Next to open the next button option. ■ autoProducer on the Desktop” on page 116. Select Back to Main to open another button ■ option. HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 131: Selecting Videos, Selecting Pictures

    Select the Select Video button to browse through Navigate using the arrow buttons, and press OK on video folders on your HP Digital Entertainment the remote control to add a video file to the Selected Center for video files to use in your movie Videos list.

  • Page 132: Selecting Music, Setting The Style

    Select the Select Music button to browse through Navigate using the arrow buttons on the remote folders on your HP Digital Entertainment Center for control, and press OK to add a music file to the music files to use in your movie production.

  • Page 133: Adjusting Audio And Video Settings, Making The Movie

    Adjusting audio and video settings You can adjust audio and video production settings for your movie: Select the Settings button. If the total duration of your video and picture files ■ is longer than the duration of your music, place a Select Audio to adjust the sound mix level of the check in the Allow Music to be repeated music and original sound track and check music clip...

  • Page 134: Upgrading Muvee Autoproducer

    You can purchase an upgraded version of muvee autoProducer with the following enhancements: MPEG-4 and DivX video format support ■ TIFF audio format support ■ Ability to include up to 75 video and audio clips ■ in your movie production HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 135: Media Drive

    PC to another. You can also use the HP Personal Media Drive to back up other drives on your HP Digital Entertainment Center. Your HP Personal Media drive is designed to: Work with the HP Digital Entertainment Center and ■...

  • Page 136: Work With Media Center, Locating The Drive After Installation

    More Programs, and then press OK on the remote control. The HP PMD setup wizard in More Programs Select HP PMD Setup, and then press OK on the allows you to set up folders so that you can remote control.

  • Page 137: Hp Personal Media Drive, Viewing And Storing Files

    HP Personal Media Drive is to drag them from your local hard disk drive to your HP Personal Media Drive. If you want the files that are stored on your HP Personal Media Drive to appear in Media Center, you must drag...

  • Page 138: Playing Media Files, Playing Music Files, Viewing Picture Files

    Windows Media Player. Playing Music Files You can play all kinds of music stored on the HP Personal When you disconnect the drive, your music files may still Media Drive. If you want the music files that are stored on...

  • Page 139: Playing Video Files, Hp Personal Media Drive

    Playing Video Files You can view your videos stored on an HP Personal When you disconnect the drive, your video files may still Media Drive. If you want the video files that are stored on appear in the Media Center My Videos window. To...

  • Page 140: Watching Tv Programs Stored On The Hp Personal Media Drive

    HP Digital Entertainment Center. Watching TV Programs Stored on the HP Personal Media Drive To play back recorded TV files stored on your HP Personal Media Drive, you must: Connect your HP Personal Media Drive to the Move or copy your recorded TV programs to the...

  • Page 141: Recording Tv Programs To Your Hp Personal Media Drive

    Recording TV programs to Your HP Personal Media Drive Change your recording pathway to your HP Personal Change the recording pathway back to your ■ Media Drive. See “Changing the TV recording path local hard disk drive. See “Changing the TV to the HP Personal Media Drive”...

  • Page 142: Local Hard Disk Drive, Disconnecting The Hp Personal Media Drive Safely

    To disconnect your HP Personal Drive safely: Close Media Center and all other programs that may Select your device that is labeled HP Personal Media be accessing your HP Personal Media Drive. Make Drive, and then click OK. This name of the drive may sure the activity LED is off.

  • Page 143: Changing Disk Allocation, Updating Recorded Tv List After Removing Your Hp Personal Media Drive

    Your HP Personal Media Drive If you want to update your Recorded TV list after removing the drive: Close Media Center. Open Media Center. If this does not update the files, restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Using an HP Personal Media Drive...

  • Page 144: System Requirements To View R Ecorded Tv Programs On Other Pcs

    To play back recorded TV files (.dvr-ms files) that were If you want more information about this file you can go to recorded on your HP Digital Entertainment Center on the Microsoft Web site at: another Media Center PC, the PC must have the following http://www.microsoft.com...

  • Page 145: Index

    Index adding camcorder capture 117 CD tracks to the music library 42 capturing video music files to the music library in video projects 105 from the hard disk drive 41 requirements 103 appending discs 90 archive files 93 creating a music CD in My Music 48 Away mode playing in My Music 45 enabling 7...

  • Page 146

    The current lineup and/or location selected for the Guide is not supported 25 The Guide information is either missing or corrupt 25 errors reducing recording speed 86 verifying data integrity of data discs 86, 89 HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 147

    53 .bmp 113 creating your picture catalog 51 .dv 113 modifying a date assigned to your picture 53 .gif 113 HP Image Zone Plus 50 .jpg 113 HP Personal Media Drive 129 .m4a 114 .mov 113 image files 94, 95 .mov (QuickTime) 128...

  • Page 148

    116 searching for TV programs 30 keeping video and pictures in sequence 127 sorting shows 37 making a movie 122, 127 Television Program Guide errors 25 opening the desktop version 115 HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 149

    time shifting 22 using the remote control 22 quality settings, recording DVDs 108 watching TV programs 21 queue list My Videos 73 creating in My Music 46 organizing and storing videos 74 playing digital videos 74 radio sorting videos 75, 76 organizing pre-set stations 81 MyDVD see: Sonic MyDVD Radio window...

  • Page 150

    84 watching 20 online Help 106 TV shows verifying data feature 89 copying to CDs or DVDs 103, 113 video projects 104 updates, LightScribe drivers 95 quality 110 user interfaces 104 settings (quality) 111 HP Digital Entertainment Center Software Guide...

  • Page 151

    video capture live 117, 118 verify copied data setting 90 recorded video 117 video video editing capturing 103, 105, 109 getting started with muvee autoProducer 116 DVD recording times 111 video movies editing recording movie to disc 123 files (MyDVD) 107 sorting 75, 76 projects background music 107...

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