RCA DRC8320N User Manual

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  • Page 2: Important Information

    Important Information WARNING This symbol indicates that this product incorporates double To reduce the risk of fi re or shock hazard, do not expose insulation between hazardous mains voltage and user RISK OF ELECTRIC this DVD Recorder to rain or moisture. accessible parts.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Types of Discs ..............2 Timer Recordings ............29 Things to consider before you connect ......2 Regional Coding ............. 30 Unpack the Box ..............3 Types of discs you can play ........... 30 Choose Your Connection ..........4 How to Load and Play Discs ..........
  • Page 4: Types Of Discs

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Types of Discs DVD+Rewritable DVD+R DISCS YOU CAN USE FOR RECORDING DVD±R 2.4x, 4x, or 8x, and 16x ONLY; DVD±RW 2.4x and 4x ONLY. IMPORTANT: It is NOT possible to record content that is copy-protected. This is usually true for most pre- recorded DVD discs and most pre-recorded VHS tapes.
  • Page 5: Unpack The Box

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Connection Pictures 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/VCR came with the following items: DVD/VCR recorder...
  • Page 6: Choose Your Connection

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup 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 Cables Needed Connection Go to...
  • Page 7: Explanation Of Input Jacks And Cables

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Explanation of Input Jacks and Cables This section describes the jacks and cables you can use to make connections. Some cables are supplied with your product or 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 recorder to your TV depending upon the cables you have and the jacks that are on the back of your TV.
  • Page 8: Back Of The Dvd/Vcr

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup VIDEO AUDIO AUDIO VIDEO INPUT 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 recorder–INPUT jacks and OUTPUT jacks.
  • Page 9 Chapter 1: Connections and Setup 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. COMPONENT VIDEO OUTPUT (Y, Pb, Pr) - DVD PLAYBACK ONLY: Some high-end TVs and monitors have Component Video Input jacks. The cables that send the video signal through these Output Jacks provide the highest resolution because the video signal is divided into 3 separate parts (cables not supplied with DVD/VCR).
  • Page 10: Front Of The Dvd/Vcr

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup buttons buttons 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).
  • Page 11: Display Of The Dvd/Vcr

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Display of the DVD/VCR Disc 14. Mute Timer 15. Lock Recording quality 16. Repeat A-B Title/Track/Chapter 17. Weekly/ Daily/Weekday Start/stop time 18. Repeat mode AM/PM 19. Playing information/ Time/ Counter or message Month / Day/ Date 20.
  • Page 12 Chapter 1: Connections and Setup DVD/VCR + TV In from cable or antenna VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO AUDIO INPUT OUTPUT DVD/VCR S-VIDEO VIDEO INPUT1 S-VIDEO CABLE/ANTENNA INPUT2 The back of your TV might look different than the one pictured here. Details about the different kinds of cables used to connect your DVD recorder are on page 5. Tune the TV to its Input 1 channel or Vid 1 channel To watch one program while you Tune the DVD recorder to the channel you want to record, and press RECORD.
  • Page 13: Connection: Dvd/Vcr + Tv

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Connection: DVD/VCR + TV Connect the signal (cable or antenna): Note: Depending upon how you currently have your TV connected, you’ll have to disconnect the cable from your TV’s Antenna Input jack (sometimes labeled CABLE/ ANTENNA) or your VCR’s Input jack before you connect the cable as explained below.
  • Page 14 Chapter 1: Connections and Setup DVD/VCR + TV+ Basic Cable Box The back of your TV DVD/VCR and/or Cable Box might look different than the ones VIDEO AUDIO VIDEO AUDIO pictured here. INPUT OUTPUT AUDI O CABLE IN CABLE OU T VIDEO Cable Box VIDEO...
  • Page 15: Connection: Dvd/Vcr + Tv + Basic Cable Box

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Connection: DVD/VCR + TV + Basic Cable Box Connect the cable box signal. Note: Before you connect the DVD recorder, you’ll need to disconnect some of the cables fi rst in order to reconnect them. 1a.
  • Page 16 Chapter 1: Connections and Setup DVD/VCR + TV+ Satellite Receiver SATELLITE The back of your AUDIO OUT DISH DIGITAL OUT satellite receiver might look ANTENNA LOW SPEED VIDE O different than SA TELLITE IN DA TA OUT TO TV IN FROM ANT S-VIDE O PHONE JACK the one pictured...
  • Page 17: Connection: Dvd/Vcr + Tv + Satellite Receiver

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup 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.
  • Page 18 Chapter 1: Connections and Setup DVD/VCR + TV + Basic Cable Box + Audio Receiver Audio ANTENNA Receiver FM 75! CENTER SUBWOOFER (12! ) VCR 1 DIGITAL AUDIO IN ñ ñ VCR 1 R ó FRONT ó L The back of your TV AUDIO and/or Cable Box might look different than the...
  • Page 19: Connection: Dvd/Vcr + Tv + Basic Cable Box + Audio Receiver

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Connection: DVD/VCR + TV + Basic Cable Box + Audio Receiver You’ll need to consult instructions that came with your audio video receiver in order to connect it properly. The information below provides general guidelines for the DVD recorder’s Audio Output Jacks. Both Dolby* Digital®...
  • Page 20 Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Notes: If your TV is capable of progressive scan, connect the DVD recorder to the TV using the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT jacks, and press the PSCAN button on the remote to toggle between progressive scan and interlace. Plug the power cord into an AC outlet.
  • Page 21: Install Batteries In The Remote

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Install Batteries in the Remote Remove the battery compartment cover on the back of the remote. Insert new batteries. Match the polarities (+ and –) on the batteries with the diagram inside the remote ' s battery compartment. Put the battery compartment cover back on the remote.
  • Page 22: Setting The Clock

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Setting the Clock From the setup menu, use the arrow buttons to select "General" and then "Clock Setting" and then press ENTER. Use the arrow buttons to enter the date and time. When fi nished, press ENTER to confirm and exit this setting menu.
  • Page 23: What To Expect

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup What to Expect Turn on the DVD recorder to Watch TV In order to use the features of the DVD recorder, you’ll have to get used to turning on your DVD recorder to watch TV. 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).
  • Page 24: Next Steps

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup How to fi nd your TV’s Video Input Channel In order to see what’s playing on your DVD recorder, you need to tune the TV to the Video Input Channel that corresponds to the Input Jacks on your TV that you used to connect the DVD recorder to the TV.
  • Page 25: Explanation Of The Remote Control Buttons

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup Explanation of the Remote Control Buttons (in alphabetical order) You can use this remote to operate the DVD/VCR, and to access the features available. The descriptions that follow describe how each button works when operating the DVD/VCR. Many buttons will perform different functions depending upon the type of disc and menu functions of the disc.
  • Page 26: Using The Remote's Features

    Chapter 1: Connections and Setup DVD Buttons ANGLE Accesses various camera angles that might have been added to a pre-recorded disc when it was created. Not available on all discs. AUDIO Puts the remote in audio mode to operate a component, such as an audio receiver or amplifi er, that you’ve programmed to work with this button.
  • Page 27: Dvd Recording

    Chapter 2: Recording and Playback DVD Recording After you load a disc into the DVD recorder’s disc tray, there are several ways to record programming. When you insert a blank disc, the DVD recorder will need to format the disc so you may need to wait several seconds. The quickest way to start recording is to press the RECORD button while you’re watching a show (the recording banner appears).
  • Page 28: Watching One Channel While You Record Another Channel (Cable With No Cable Box Or Off-Air Antenna Only)

    Chapter 2: Recording and Playback • To delete a timer recording, highlight it and press ENTER. Then highlight and select Delete. The timer recording is deleted . • To exit at any time, press TIMER PROG. Note: If you use a cable box, the cable box must be On and tuned to the channel you want to record, during the timer recording; if you’re recording from satellite, the satellite receiver must be On and tuned to the channel you want to record.
  • Page 29: Editing Dvd Discs

    Chapter 2: Recording and Playback QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Editing DVD Discs You can edit a DVD±R or DVD±RW disc you recorded using the DVD recorder. Once a rewriteable disc is fi nalized, it can be edited. However, write- once discs (DVD±R) cannot be edited once they have been fi...
  • Page 30: Vcr Basics

    Chapter 2: Recording and Playback VCR Basics The VCR part of your DVD/VCR has all the basic functions of other VCRs. The basic concepts are explained below. Basic Playback Tune the TV to your DVD/VCR viewing channel (03, 04, or the Video Input Channel). Insert a tape in the DVD/VCR.
  • Page 31: Express Recording

    Chapter 2: Recording and Playback Express Recording When you press the RECORD button on the remote or on the front of the DVD recorder, the Express Recording screen appears. Here you can choose the duration of the recording, the quality, and destination, or whether you want to record to tape or disc. For the duration, each time you press RECORD or the right arrow button, the recording time increases by 30 minutes, up to the maximum limit.
  • Page 32: Regional Coding

    Chapter 3: Playing Discs Regional Coding Both the DVD recorder and the discs are coded by region. These regional codes must match in order DVD+Rewritable DVD+R 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 33: Using Different Menus

    Chapter 3: Playing Discs Using Different Menus Each disc is programmed with different features. There are three separate types of menus that you can use to access features: • The DVD’s Disc menu – The Disc menu is part of each disc and is separate from the DVD recorder’s menu.
  • Page 34: Using The On-Screen Info Display

    Chapter 3: Playing Discs Using the On-screen Info Display The on-screen Info Display contains many playback features. To see the Info Display, press the DISPLAY 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.
  • Page 35: Time

    Chapter 3: Playing Discs Time (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 36: Ab Repeat

    Chapter 3: Playing Discs AB Repeat AB Repeat lets you defi ne a specifi c segment on the disc that you want to repeat. For example, you might want to watch a specifi c scene from a movie repeatedly: Follow steps 1 and 2 above. Press the down arrow when the disc gets to the beginning point of the segment (the A point) that you want to repeat.
  • Page 37: Playing Mp3, Wma, Jpeg Les

    Chapter 3: Playing Discs The File browser screen. Playing mp3, WMA, JPEG fi les Your DVD recorder can play unprotected mp3 fi les, JPEG fi les and unprotected WMA fi les. mp3 is an audio fi le format which compresses recorded music. It was developed by Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in collaboration with Thomson Inc. The main advantage of the mp3 format is the ability to store CD-quality music tracks that are user-friendly and compressed on a personal computer.
  • Page 38: Navigating And Viewing The Files

    Chapter 3: Playing Discs Navigating and Viewing the Files Use the arrow buttons to highlight a fi le or folder you want to play, and press ENTER. • To open a folder, press the right arrow button. • When viewing pictures, you can also press the arrow buttons to rotate the picture. Creating an mp3 Disc on Your Computer Your DVD recorder handles MPEG-1, layer 3 audio.
  • Page 39: The Dvd/Vcr Menu System

    Chapter 4: Menu System The DVD/VCR Menu System The DVD/VCR menu system is not the same as the disc menu or the Info Display. The menu comes up if you press SETUP when no disc is playing. If a screensaver is on the screen, press STOP or CLEAR.
  • Page 40: Audio/Video Menu

    Chapter 4: Menu System Audio/Video Menu The Audio/Video menu contains the settings that deal with advanced audio/video options, including audio output and aspect ratio settings. Auto TV Display Scan Mode Interlace Guardian The Audio/Video menu. Dynamic Range Control This feature allows you to even out the volume during playback. •...
  • Page 41: Scan Mode (Progressive Scan)

    Chapter 4: Menu System Scan Mode (Progressive Scan) You can change how the video signal is output to your TV as either progressive scan or interlaced. Progressive scan is use for component video and high defi nition TV inputs. Auto You can also toggle the scan mode by using the I/P button on the remote control.
  • Page 42: Angle Mark

    Chapter 4: Menu System Angle Mark Some DVDs contain scenes that were fi lmed from multi camera angles simultaneously. This feature allows you to see whether there are multiple angles available for the DVD you are watching. • On If multiple angles are available on the disc, this feature shows an icon on the TV screen. •...
  • Page 43: Tv Menu

    Chapter 4: Menu System To use the TVG captioning features while watching a DVD movie, your television must be capable of displaying closed captions. Make sure that your TV CC is set to CC1 or C1 (closed caption on channel 1), and that the CC channel on your DVD player is set to CC1 (this is the default setting). Notes: •...
  • Page 44: Troubleshooting

    Chapter 5: Additional Information Troubleshooting Most problems you encounter with your product can be corrected by consulting the following troubleshooting list. If you still have problems or need additional help, call 1-866-775-0976 or visit www.rca.com/customersupport. General Problems Player won’t work (locks up) •...
  • Page 45 Chapter 5: Additional Information The picture is distorted and/or fuzzy; or “jumps” during disc playback • The disc might be damaged or scratched. Try another disc. • It is normal for some distortion to appear during forward or reverse scan. •...
  • Page 46: Remote Control

    Chapter 5: Additional Information • Use a decompression transfer rate of at least 128 kb/sec (kilobits/second) when recording mp3 fi les. Sound quality with mp3 fi les basically depends on the rate of compression you choose. Getting audio CD quality sound requires an analog/digital sampling rate, that is conversion to mp3 format, of at least 128 kb/sec and up to 160 kb/sec.
  • Page 47: Handling Cautions

    Chapter 5: Additional Information Handling Cautions • Before connecting other components to this DVD recorder, be sure to turn all components off. • Don’t move the player while a disc is being played. The disc may get scratched or broken, and the player’s internal parts may be damaged. •...
  • Page 48 LIMITED PRODUCT WARRANTY This quality product is warranted to be free from manufacturer’s defects in material and workman-ship, provided that the unit is used under the normal operating conditions intended by the manufacturer. Should you have any problem with this product, please and it is highly recommended to visit our website at www.curtisint.com before you take any other steps as we have additional copies of instruction manuals, operating manuals and trouble shooting tips on our website which gives you the answer on most of the...

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