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  • Page 1 HP Media Center PC Software Guide...
  • Page 2 The only warranties for Hewlett-Packard products and services are set This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights additional warranty.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Welcome ............1 Copying recorded TV programs to DVD or CD .......30 Media Copy Protection............31 Experience the Fun of Media Center ........1 Playing Recorded TV Programs..........31 Watch and record live TV............1 The right music for the moment..........1 Playing Music Files ........
  • Page 4 Editing pictures in HP Image Zone from the desktop ....55 Working with Image Files ........... 85 Editing pictures in HP Image Zone in Media Center ....56 Creating an image file............85 Sharing Pictures in HP Image Zone ........57 Burning from an image file ..........85 Using supported file types with HP Image Zone ......59 Disc Labeling with LightScribe..........
  • Page 5 Using an HP Personal Media Drive ... 117 Setting Up the HP Personal Media Drive to Work with Media Center ............117 Locating the Drive After Installation ........118 Assigning a Drive Letter to the HP Personal Media Drive..118 Viewing and Storing Files ..........
  • Page 6 HP Media Center PC Software Guide...
  • Page 7: Welcome

    Welcome Experience the Fun of Media Center ® ® Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2 lets you do amazing things with your PC. With a full range of easy-to-use digital entertainment features, you can experience movies, music, and photos like never before.
  • Page 8: Using Media Center Features

    Using Media Center Features You can control the Media Center functions and You can run Media Center side-by-side with other navigate Media Center windows by using the Windows software programs. It is possible to remote control (select models only), the keyboard, or browse through your pictures, watch videos, and If your PC came with the mouse.
  • Page 9: Using Media Center

    Using Media Center Setting Up Media Center The first time you start Media Center on your PC, a several minutes to complete. If there are steps you Media Center setup wizard opens. It is still need to complete, you can go to the Settings recommended to complete each step in the setup menu to do so.
  • Page 10: Opening Media Center Using The Remote Control

    Opening Media Center using the remote control You can use either your remote control or your mouse to open and navigate within Media Center. To use your remote control: Press the Media Center Start button the remote control. Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select a Media Center menu.
  • Page 11: Navigating Media Center

    Navigating Media Center In the Media Center windows, a selected item such control or use the arrow keys on the keyboard to as a folder, file, or menu item is outlined with a select it, and then press OK on the remote control or green border.
  • Page 12: Using Media Center Away Mode

    Using Media Center Away mode When your computer is in Away mode it appears You can return to your desktop almost instantly by off, but you can actually still perform tasks such as pressing any sleep button again, by pressing any recording TV programs or music files.
  • Page 13: Completing The Setup Wizard Steps

    Completing the setup wizard steps If you did not complete the Media Center setup wizard steps the first time through, you can complete or change your selections by using the following procedure. You need to complete all of the required setup steps to access all of the Media You must select either Center features.
  • Page 14: Media Center Start Menu

    Media Center Start Menu Access a menu to exit Media Center, to My Videos — Watch your home videos. See shut down or to restart the PC, to log page 69. off to end your Media Center session, My Pictures — View digital pictures, play a to put the PC into standby mode, or to slideshow, or print photos.
  • Page 15: Online Spotlight

    Online Spotlight Online Spotlight is a link to the Microsoft Web site, Your PC must be connected to the Internet to access where you can find the latest Media Center the Online Spotlight Web site. information and media offers and services. This site is periodically updated by Microsoft.
  • Page 16: Changing Media Center Settings

    Changing Media Center Settings In the Media Center Settings window, you can change settings for viewing your pictures and slideshows, and for controlling sound and the display of all the Media Center windows. To change your Media Center settings: Press the Media Center Start button the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then...
  • Page 17: Finding Additional Media Center Information

    DVD to select a language for subtitles, audio Radio to organize or delete preset radio ■ ■ tracks, and menus of your DVDs, program the stations. Skip and Replay buttons on the remote control Help to find help about using Media Center for your DVDs, and select closed captioning.
  • Page 18 HP Media Center PC Software Guide...
  • Page 19: Using The Remote Control

    Using the Remote Control (Select models only) The remote control is designed to work with Media Center. You can use your remote control with Media Center to play CDs and DVDs, view pictures, and much more. The remote control is This remote control helps you navigate the Media included with select Center windows on your computer just as a TV...
  • Page 20: Remote Control Buttons Overview

    Remote Control Buttons Overview Standby Puts the HP Media Center PC into and out of a power-reduced standby state. It does not turn the HP Media Center PC off. Make sure you turn DVD Menu Opens the Play DVD window in off the monitor and Media Center or opens the main menu turn down or mute...
  • Page 21 Activity indicator light. The LED tells you that the remote control is emitting a signal when you press a button. Teletext Turns Teletext on or off while in Live TV mode. The Teletext page either replaces the live TV picture or is displayed over it.
  • Page 22: Teletext Access Buttons

    Teletext access buttons (Select models only) Although Teletext is broadcast free of charge, your TV set must be equipped with a Teletext decoder. Access to Teletext and all of its functions is available through DVD MENU TELETEXT your TV and the Media Center remote control. Although the following information should describe the operation of Teletext for most TV sets, functions vary between manufacturers and models.
  • Page 23: Watching And Recording Tv Programs

    Watching and Recording TV Programs Watch live TV or record your favorite shows for later playback. Use the Television Program Guide to find the show you want to watch or record. You can also record a show while watching another prerecorded show.
  • Page 24: Watching Tv

    Watching TV Before you can watch TV by using Media Center, make sure: The computer is set up ■ correctly for your TV signal You can change the source. Refer to the setup channel by using the poster and the HP Media remote control while Center PC Getting Started in full-screen mode or...
  • Page 25: Controlling Tv Playback

    Controlling TV playback The digital video recording functionality lets you You can return to the live broadcast by pressing the record single shows or capture entire series for later Live TV button on the remote control. viewing. When you change the channel, Media Center When you open the My TV window and begin deletes the previously recorded portion and begins watching live TV, Media Center automatically...
  • Page 26: 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.
  • Page 27: Using The Television Program Guide

    Using the Television Program Guide The Television Program Guide (Internet service Using the Guide, you can scroll through a list of the required) is a free service from Microsoft that current and upcoming television programs and provides TV listings information, such as channel, channels available from your television service network, program title, program summary, and provider.
  • Page 28: Television Program Guide Errors

    Television Program Guide errors If there is no Guide data available when you try to download or search for Guide information, the following messages may appear: Download Incomplete: We were unable to ■ The Television locate any Television Program Guide Program Guide information for the following reason: Guide (Internet service...
  • Page 29: Setting Up How Media Center Downloads The Guide

    If you press the Guide shortcut button on the remote control while you are already in the Guide, you can select one of the Guide filter categories, such as Movies, to search for a movie. Press the i (More information) button on the remote control to access another menu for more options of searching the Guide.
  • Page 30: Manually Downloading The Guide

    Manually downloading the Guide Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center. Select Settings, TV, Guide, and Get Latest Guide Listings. Follow the onscreen instructions. The Guide can take between 1 and 30 minutes to download, depending on the amount of data to download and the speed of your Internet...
  • Page 31: Editing Channels In The Guide

    Use the numeric keypad on your keyboard to Click Save to add the channel. enter the number of the missing channel, and Repeat steps 3 through 7 to add additional select Next. channels. Enter the correct channel number, and Click Done when you have added all the select Add.
  • Page 32: Searching For Tv Programs

    Searching for TV Programs To find a TV program, you can enter a title or keyword or select a category in your Guide by using your remote control or your keyboard and Using categories to mouse. search can help you find, for example, all Press the Media Center Start button on the...
  • Page 33: 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. Some categories are not available in all countries/regions. Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center.
  • Page 34: Recording Tv Programs

    Recording TV Programs Media Center allows you to record TV programs so that you can watch them when it is convenient. You Recording icons can record the program you are watching, or you can record a future program or series from the The Record icon appears in the Guide, the Search, or the Recorded TV window in Television Program Guide next to the...
  • Page 35: Recording Programs Manually Without Using The Guide

    Recording programs manually without using the Guide You do not need the Television Program Guide to For some programs, you may want to begin record TV. You can record a TV program by recording before the scheduled beginning and after pressing the Record button on the remote control the scheduled ending of the program.
  • Page 36: Recording Quality And Hard Disk Drive Storage Space

    Recording quality and hard disk drive storage space The space available for recording TV programs To get the maximum recording time, change the depends on your hard disk drive size, the recording quality to Fair instead of the default percentage of hard disk drive space allocated to setting of Best.
  • Page 37: Media Copy Protection

    Select the Recorded TV programs you want to Select Yes. copy to CD or DVD. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete Select View DVD or View CD. burning your TV show to disc. Select Create DVD or Create CD. Media Copy Protection Media content, such as DVDs or TV programs, may Recording cannot be recorded.
  • Page 38 HP Media Center PC Software Guide...
  • Page 39: Playing Music Files

    Playing Music Files The HP Tunes and My Music areas in Media Center are great ways to play, organize, and back up your music files. HP Tunes is designed to work with the Apple iTunes program in your All Programs menu, and My Music is designed to work with the Windows Media Player program.
  • Page 40: Using Hp Tunes With Media Center

    Using HP Tunes with Media Center iTunes is a software program from Apple located in your All Programs menu that works together with the HP Tunes area in Media Center. HP Tunes is linked to your iTunes music library. Both programs work together to organize and play back your For more information favorite music files, CDs, and created playlists.
  • Page 41: Selecting A Default Audio Player

    Selecting a default audio player If you have already set your default audio player to Windows Media Player, you may experience a delay when trying to open HP Tunes. To resolve this issue: Close Media Center, if open. If you have not completed the iTunes Setup Assistant wizard, follow the onscreen Double-click the iTunes shortcut instructions.
  • Page 42: Adding Music Files From The Internet

    Adding music files from the Internet For more information about downloading music from the iTunes Music Store, refer to the Help menu in the iTunes program. Connect to the Internet. To change your import format: If your songs don’t Go to a music Web site such as the iTunes Click the Edit menu, and then select appear in HP Tunes, Music Store.
  • Page 43: Using Supported Music File Types

    Using supported music file types You can play the following types of digital audio With iTunes, you can share .mp3, .aiff, .wav, and files in iTunes. By default, iTunes converts several file .aac files between other computers on a local types to .aac files when you import them into the network.
  • Page 44: Creating A Playlist With Itunes

    Creating a Playlist with iTunes A playlist is a customized list of songs that you saved together and can play later or record to CD. Using playlists, you can group various digital music files together and determine the order in which you want the files to play.
  • Page 45: Creating Music Cds With Itunes

    Creating Music CDs with iTunes To create a music CD using iTunes: With your mouse, click Start on the Drag and drop selected songs from your taskbar, choose All Programs, select source to your new playlist. iTunes, and then click iTunes. Click the Burn Disc icon in the Click the Edit menu, and select toolbar area.
  • Page 46: Resetting Hp Tunes

    Resetting HP Tunes To reset the HP Tunes utility: Close Media Center. Make sure there is a check mark next to HP Tunes Media Player plug-in. Click Start on the taskbar, and then select Windows Media Player. Follow Close Windows Media Player. any onscreen instructions to set up Windows Media Player if you have not done so already.
  • Page 47: Using My Music With Media Center

    Using My Music with Media Center You can copy digital music files and organize a music library by using My Music in Media Center or by using the Windows Media Player program. Music files that are added from within My Music in You can store your Media Center are copied into the Windows music files in the My...
  • Page 48: Adding Music Files From Your Hard Disk Drive

    Adding music files from your hard disk drive Press the Media Center Start button the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center. Select My Music. Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or press the i (More information) button on the remote control, and select Add Music.
  • Page 49: Adding Music Files From A Cd

    Adding music files from a CD To add the CD tracks to your Media Center music library: Press the Media Center Start button the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center. Each time you add Select My Music.
  • Page 50: 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. File extension File type .cda CD audio file For more information .au, .snd Audio file about music file...
  • Page 51: Playing An Album In My Music

    Playing an album in My Music Press the Media Center Start button the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center. Select My Music. Insert a music CD into the CD drive. Select Albums.
  • Page 52: Creating A Queue List In My Music

    Creating a Queue List in My Music A queue list is a temporary list of songs that is created in My Music as you select songs, albums, or playlists to play. You can continue to add songs or you can delete songs from your queue list. You can create a queue list and save it as a playlist that you can access in Media Center.
  • Page 53: Creating A Playlist In My Music

    Creating a Playlist in My Music A playlist is a customized list of songs you can keep Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or to play later or record to CD. Using playlists, you the arrow keys on the keyboard to navigate to can group various digital music files together and the music you want to add to your playlist.
  • Page 54 Use the arrow buttons on the remote control or the arrow keys on the keyboard to select the Untitled text box. Use the alphanumeric keypad buttons on the remote control or the keyboard to enter a name for your CD, and then select OK. Select Music.
  • Page 55: Working With 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

    Working with Digital Images You can connect a digital image source, such as a Windows XP and Media Center detect your external digital photo or video camera, directly to the PC or device and display a message asking if you want to through a docking station.
  • Page 57 At the top of the gallery window, click the Click Help at the top of the window for more View tab, click the Browse tab, and then information about creating your picture click the Image Catalog icon it to see all of catalog in HP Image Zone.
  • Page 58: Creating Albums

    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. After you create your To create an album: picture albums in the HP Image Zone Using the mouse, double-click the...
  • Page 59: Assigning A Keyword To Your Pictures

    Assigning a keyword to your pictures Using your mouse, double-click the Right-click one of the images, and then select HP Image Zone icon on the desktop. Keywords, Assign, and then select a previously created keyword or (New Click the View tab, and then click Image Keyword).
  • Page 60: Searching For Pictures In Media Center

    Searching for pictures in Media Center You can search for pictures by date, keyword, and place by using your remote control or mouse in Media Center. HP Image Zone automatically organizes your pictures by date, based on the date assigned by the camera when the picture was taken or the date the picture was scanned.
  • Page 61: Viewing A Slideshow With Music In Hp Image Zone

    Viewing a slideshow with music in HP Image Zone Select HP Tunes or My Music on the Media Select HP Image Zone. Center Start menu. Select the pictures. Select the music you want, and then press OK Select Slide Show. When Media Center on the remote control.
  • Page 62: Editing Pictures In Hp Image Zone 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 from Media Center. Some of the editing features include removing red eye, cropping or resizing images, rotating and flipping images, and adjusting the color, brightness, and sharpness of your images.
  • Page 63: Sharing Pictures In Hp Image Zone

    Sharing Pictures in HP Image Zone You can quickly share your photos with friends and automatically displayed in a language based on the family by first creating e-mail shortcuts and then recipient’s Web browser settings. The photos can be sending thumbnails of your photos. The recipient viewed, printed, and saved to a computer.
  • Page 64 To share photos in Media Center: Press the Media Center Start button the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center. Select HP Image Zone. Select the group of pictures you want to share and then select Share.
  • Page 65: Using Supported File Types With Hp Image Zone

    Using supported file types with HP Image Zone HP Image Zone supports the following types of image, video, and audio files. Only supported image file types are displayed ■ in My Pictures. Unsupported files are skipped File extension File type in a slideshow.
  • Page 66: Printing Pictures In Hp Image Zone

    Printing Pictures in HP Image Zone Press the Media Center Start button the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center. You need to set up Select HP Image Zone. your printer before you can print from Select Albums, Months, or Folders and Media Cente...
  • Page 67: Using My Pictures In Media Center

    Using My Pictures in Media Center My Pictures is a folder on your hard disk drive in the It provides all the tools you need for viewing, My Documents folder, and it is a Media Center organizing, editing, printing, sharing, and menu item that allows you to view and search for protecting your digital images.
  • Page 68: Adding Pictures To My Pictures

    Adding Pictures to My Pictures Adding picture files from your hard disk drive Press the Media Center Start button the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center. Select My Pictures. Press Ctrl+D on the keyboard or press the i (More information) button on the remote control, and then select Add Pictures.
  • Page 69: 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 From the My Pictures the remote control, or, with your mouse, click menu, you can select Start on the taskbar, and then...
  • Page 70: Viewing Pictures As A Slideshow

    Viewing pictures as a slideshow Press the Media Center Start button on the Press the Backspace key on the keyboard or remote control, or, with your mouse, click the Back button on the remote control to go to Start on the taskbar, and then click a previous screen.
  • Page 71: Using Supported Picture File Types In My Pictures

    Using supported picture file types in My Pictures You can view the following types of image files in Only supported image file types are displayed ■ Media Center. in My Pictures. Unsupported files are skipped in a slideshow. Folder icons appear even if the images inside ■...
  • Page 72: Cropping Pictures In My Pictures

    Cropping pictures in My Pictures Press the Media Center Start button the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center. 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 73: Rotating Pictures

    Rotating pictures If your picture appears horizontally or vertically and you want to change the orientation, you can change it in Media Center: Press the Media Center Start button on the Right-click the picture or press the remote control, or, with your mouse, click i (More information) button on the Start on the taskbar, and then click...
  • Page 74: Copying Pictures To Cds And Dvds

    Copying Pictures to CDs and DVDs You can copy your pictures to CDs and DVDs in Media Center or by using the Sonic Digital Media Projects program. 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.
  • Page 75: 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: Each user has a Play videos that are stored anywhere on your View your videos in full-screen mode or from ■...
  • Page 76: Using Supported Video File Types

    Using Supported Video File Types You can view the following types of video files in Media Center. Other file types are supported if your PC has the correct software installed. File extension File type .avi Video file For more information .dvr-ms Digital Video about supported...
  • Page 77: Creating A Cd/dvd From Video Files

    Creating a CD/DVD from Video Files Press the Media Center Start button on the Select Video, and then select OK. remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Select the video file you want to copy, and Media Center.
  • Page 78 HP Media Center PC Software Guide...
  • Page 79: Playing Dvds

    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 the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start...
  • Page 80: Changing The Dvd Movie Language

    Changing the DVD Movie Language To select DVD language settings for subtitles, closed captioning, and viewing the DVD: Press the Media Center Start button the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then click Media Center. Select Settings.
  • Page 81: Listening To Fm Radio

    Listening to FM Radio If your HP Media Center PC 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 82: Playing Fm Radio Stations

    Playing FM Radio Stations Connect the FM radio antenna to the back of the HP Media Center PC, to the connector labeled FM You must go through Antenna In. the TV tuner setup Press the Media Center Start wizard before you can play your radio button on the remote control,...
  • Page 83: Organizing Radio Station Presets

    Organizing Radio Station Presets Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, or, with your mouse, 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.
  • Page 84 HP Media Center PC Software Guide...
  • Page 85: Creating Audio And Data Discs

    Creating Audio and Data Discs (Select models only) This chapter contains the procedures you must Sonic MyDVD Plus (select models only) ■ perform to record (or burn) music and data files to Sonic DigitalMedia Plus recordable CD and DVD discs. It also includes ■...
  • Page 86: Working With Audio Cds

    Working with Audio CDs Sonic DigitalMedia Plus enables you to create audio CDs that play in your car or home CD player, and on PCs. You can create two main types of music CDs: IMPORTANT: HP Uncompressed — Typical CD format like can only be played on computers, CD players, ■...
  • Page 87: Audio Cd Tips

    Audio CD tips When recording music files, it is important to note that: To play your music CD in a home or car If your recording fails, manually select a ■ ■ stereo, it needs to be recorded as a music CD slower recording speed, if available, each in CD audio (CDA) format, not as a data CD.
  • Page 88: Creating Jukebox Discs

    Creating jukebox discs To create compressed (jukebox) music CDs or DVDs using Sonic DigitalMedia Plus: Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by Select the songs you want to record, and then clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and click Add. then DigitalMedia Home. Click the Burn icon when you DVD discs can store Click the Audio tab, and then Jukebox...
  • Page 89: Data Disc Tips

    Data disc tips When storing data files on a disc, it is important to note that: You can add new data files to a Sonic DigitalMedia Plus allows you to change ■ ■ An appendable disc CD-R, DVD-R, or a DVD+R in a the names of files you want to record and the can have additional later recording session, until the...
  • Page 90: Copying A Dvd Or Cd

    Copying a DVD or CD Sonic DigitalMedia Plus enables you to make copies of an existing music or data disc. You can configure Sonic DigitalMedia Plus to verify that: Data files have been copied without errors by Music files have been copied without errors ■...
  • Page 91: Archiving Files Using Media Center

    Archiving files using Media Center To archive your hard disk drive files: Press the Media Center Start button the remote control, or, with your mouse, click Start on the taskbar, and then Your DVD Writer or click Media Center. CD Writer drive will not copy commercially Select More Programs.
  • Page 92: Disc Labeling With Lightscribe

    To burn a CD or DVD from an image file using Sonic DigitalMedia Plus: Open the Sonic DigitalMedia Plus program by Insert a recordable CD or DVD into the drive. clicking Start, All Programs, Sonic, and Click the Burn Image icon. then DigitalMedia Home.
  • Page 93: Burning A Lightscribe Label With Sonic Express Labeler

    Burning a LightScribe label with Sonic Express Labeler Click Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then Click the left or right arrows next to click Express Labeler. Layout and Background to select design elements for the disc. The selections In the Step1: Select Project area, make sure you make are previewed in the disc that Disc Label is selected.
  • Page 94: Using Adhesive Disc Labels

    In the Step 2: Edit area: When you are satisfied with the appearance of your label, insert the LightScribe media disc Click Disc Titles to display the Edit Text (label side down) into the disc drive tray, and window. Enter text for the title and subtitle. then click Print.
  • Page 95: Disc Features And Compatibility Table

    Disc Features and Compatibility Table File Can be Plays Plays in home Plays in home Disc type recorded onto in PC or car stereo DVD player CD-ROM Data Music Varies by model CD-R Data Music Varies by model Varies by model CD-RW Data Music...
  • Page 96: Optical Drive Quick Reference Table

    Optical Drive Quick Reference Table Combo DVD- DVD+RW/+R Double- CD-RW/ Optical drive can: DVD-RW/-R Layer DVD Read CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs Read DVDs Read data on a CD Play music Record data or music to disc for storage or backup View DVD movies Record DVD movies Play games...
  • Page 97: Software Quick Reference Table

    Software Quick Reference Table (Select models only) Your HP Media Center PC includes a number of The following table describes the functionality software programs that: specific to each of these programs. Use it to determine which program to use to perform a task. Record and play CDs.
  • Page 98 With this program: You can: Sonic DigitalMedia Plus Record data and music files. ■ Record a copy of an existing music or data CD to use on the HP Media Center PC. ■ Create customized music CDs from CDs in your collection, or from .wav, .mp3, or .wma files. These ■...
  • Page 99: Creating Video Discs And Movies

    Creating Video Discs and Movies (Select models only) Your HP Media Center PC may come with the following movie making programs. Sonic MyDVD Windows Movie Maker ■ ■ IMPORTANT: HP supports the lawful Sonic DigitalMedia Plus (which includes muvee autoProducer ■...
  • Page 100: Creating A Video Project

    Creating a Video Project To create a video project: Click File and then Save to change the name of your project from Untitled to a more descriptive name. After renaming your Click Start, choose All Programs, Sonic, project, click Save. and then DigitalMedia Home.
  • Page 101: Capturing Video To A Video Project

    Capturing video to a video project You can capture live video or still images by Optionally, set a capture length, connecting a Web camera or digital video camera chapter points, or scene detection. to your PC’s front-panel USB connector (select Click the corresponding Help icon to models only).
  • Page 102: Adding Submenus To A Video Project

    Adding submenus to a video project Each project element (video file, still picture file, and Click New Sub-Menu. A submenu called slideshow) that you add to the video project is Untitled Menu 1 is added to the first menu that represented in the main project window.
  • Page 103: Burning A Video Project To Disc

    To edit your video files: If your project is already open, click Click one of the four tabs (Fades and Edit Movie and skip to step 4. dissolves, Filters, Text, or Themes and backgrounds) next to the preview screen. Click Start, All Programs, Sonic, and then DigitalMedia Home.
  • Page 104: Creating A Video Project With Direct-to-disc Wizard

    Creating a Video Project with Direct-to-Disc Wizard Sonic MyDVD includes a Direct-to-Disc Wizard that Record to hard disk — The video ■ helps you create a DVD or VCD video project. A capture is stored by default in the My DVDs video project is a way to group, organize, store, folder.
  • Page 105: Video Quality And Disc Size

    Video Quality and Disc Size Sonic MyDVD includes four DVD video quality (bit LP (Long Play) — Fits approximately twice as ■ rate) settings, and a Fit-to-DVD option that can be much video onto a DVD as HQ. Not applied to a video project or to individual movie recommended when the original video is files.
  • Page 106: Dvd Recording Time

    DVD Recording Time The following table lists the approximate DVD-Video recording time for different disc sizes at different video quality settings (your DVD recorder may not support all these disc sizes). Estimated Time per disc size Video quality Audio format 8.5 GB 4.7 GB 2.6 GB...
  • Page 107: Creating Movies Using Muvee Autoproducer

    Creating Movies Using muvee autoProducer (Select models only) Creating personalized and professional-looking video movies is simple with muvee autoProducer, a software program on your PC. Basic Steps to Make a Movie The basic steps to produce a movie with muvee autoProducer are: Capture digital video: Capture live or Add music: Select music files on your PC to recorded video to your hard disk drive directly...
  • Page 108: Locating The Two Versions Of 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, To view Help files, and then muvee autoProducer to open press the F1 function muvee autoProducer.
  • Page 109: Using Muvee Autoproducer On The Desktop

    Using muvee autoProducer on the Desktop Getting started on the desktop To open muvee autoProducer (select models only): You can also launch the muvee Close or minimize Media Center. Open a project by selecting, from autoProducer the File menu, either New Project or Click Start on the taskbar.
  • Page 110: Capturing Video From A Dv Camcorder

    Capturing video from a DV camcorder You can capture (copy) digital video files to your Captured video files are automatically added to hard disk drive by using muvee autoProducer either: your movie project. To remove the file from your movie project, select the video file in the list of Live (known as camera mode) using a ■...
  • Page 111: Adding Videos

    Capturing recorded video from a DV camcorder For best results with muvee autoProducer, capture only video footage that you are most interested in using in your movie project. To capture camcorder (copy) recorded video to your hard disk drive: Connect your DV camcorder to the FireWire Click Stop Capture to stop capturing.
  • Page 112: Adding Pictures

    Use the magicMoment controls to mark Click or hold down the arrow buttons ■ video scenes to include and exclude: to navigate backward and forward through the video footage. Video footage left unmarked is still analyzed when you make the movie and may be included in the final version of the movie.
  • Page 113: Adding Music

    Adding music To add music files to your movie production soundtrack on the desktop: Select the Add Music button in the Add up to three .mp3, .m4a, .wav, or ■ music area. The Add Music window .wma files. opens. Select multiple music files by pressing and ■...
  • Page 114: Adding An Opening Title And Closing Credits

    Select the Video tab to set the video and still Select the Audio tab to set the sound image preferences. Click one of the following preferences. Click one of the following settings: settings: Style default. Select this style to Use all music. Select this style to use the ■...
  • Page 115: Making The Movie

    Making the movie After you have added at least one video or picture To make a movie: file to your movie project, you can have muvee autoProducer make the movie. Click the make muvee button. Click OK as required. The muvee autoProducer program makes a movie by combining the video, picture, and music files you After making a movie, you can preview the have selected, along with the style of movie, and...
  • Page 116: Recording The Movie Project To Disc

    Recording the movie project to disc To create a DVD, VCD, or SVCD disc: Click the Burn to Disc button. The Select the CD or DVD recording drive. muvee Burner window opens. Select type of disc you want to burn: DVD, Type the disc title.
  • Page 117 Select a button option to produce your video, and follow the onscreen instructions: Button Allows you to Select Video Browse video folders and add existing video “Selecting videos” on files to your video production. page 112. Select Browse picture folders and add existing image “Selecting pictures”...
  • Page 118: Selecting Videos

    Selecting videos To add video files to your movie production: Select the Select Video button to browse Navigate using the arrow buttons, and press through video folders on your PC for video OK on the remote control to add a video file files to use in your movie production.
  • Page 119: Selecting Music

    Selecting music To add music to your movie soundtrack: Select the Select Music button to browse Navigate using the arrow buttons on the through folders on your PC for music files to remote control, and press OK to add a music use in your movie production.
  • Page 120: Adjusting Audio And Video Settings

    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 Select Audio to adjust the sound mix level of your music, place a check in the Allow the music and original soundtrack and check Music to be repeated check box to...
  • Page 121: Upgrading Muvee Autoproducer

    After making a movie, you can preview the Click the Save button if you have completed movie in the muvee autoProducer Preview all changes and if you are satisfied with the window. Use the controls in the Preview look of your movie project: window to rewind, play, stop, and forward Select a file type.
  • Page 122 HP Media Center PC Software Guide...
  • Page 123: Using An Hp Personal Media Drive

    Using an HP Personal Media Drive The HP Personal Media Drive is sold separately. It can be used as an internal or external USB hard disk drive designed to quickly and easily increase your storage capacity and to transfer media files such as digital photos, music, videos, and other important files from one PC to another.
  • Page 124: Locating The Drive After Installation

    Locating the Drive After Installation After you install the HP Personal Media Drive into Click Start on the taskbar. the HP Media Center PC, you can find the drive in Click My Computer. My Computer. The HP Media Center PC automatically assigns a drive letter which may Select your drive under Hard Disk Drives.
  • Page 125: Playing Media Files

    Playing Media Files You can play all kinds of media from an HP Personal Media Drive: Click Start on the taskbar. Double-click the HP Personal Media Drive icon to locate your media file. Click My Computer. Double-click the file. Most media files open in Windows Media Player.
  • Page 126: Playing Video Files

    Playing Video Files You can view your videos stored on an HP Personal When you disconnect the drive, your video files may Media Drive. If you want the video files that are still appear in the Media Center My Videos window. stored on your HP Personal Media Drive to appear To refresh your HP Media Center PC, open and in the Media Center My Videos window, you must...
  • Page 127: About Recording Tv To The Hp Personal Media Drive

    About Recording TV to the HP Personal Media Drive The HP Media Center PC was set up to record TV If you disconnect the drive while live TV is ■ shows to your local hard disk drive when using active, a video error can occur. Media Center.
  • Page 128: Recording Tv Programs To The Hp Personal Media Drive

    Recording TV programs to the HP Personal Media Drive Change your recording pathway to your Change the recording pathway back to ■ HP Personal Media Drive. See “Changing the your local hard disk drive. See “Changing TV recording path to the HP Personal Media the TV recording path to the local hard disk Drive”...
  • Page 129: Changing The Tv Recording Path To The Local Hard Disk Drive

    Changing the TV recording path to the local hard disk drive To change the Media Center TV recording path to your local hard disk drive: Open Media Center. Select your local hard disk drive (C:). Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then Click Save, and then click Yes.
  • Page 130: Changing Disk Allocation

    Changing Disk Allocation If you experience a Low Disk Space error message, and you want to change the disk allocation to a higher percentage for your HP Personal Media Drive: Open Media Center. Change the disk allocation percentage setting by selecting (+) or (–). Select Settings, TV, Recorder, and then select Recorder storage.
  • Page 131: Index

    Index multiple sessions recording CDs and DVDs 82 adding tips, data discs 83 CD tracks to the music library 43 VCDs 97 music files to the music library video projects to disc 97 from the hard disk drive 41 buttons adhesive disc labels 88 remote control 14 appending discs 83...
  • Page 132 data editing burning in multiple sessions 82 pictures 65 CDs and DVDs 83 video files (MyDVD) 96 files erasing rewritable discs 79 archiving 84 error messages burning tips 83 Channel information is currently not available 22 verifying integrity 83 common recording errors 31 desktop Download Incomplete 22 switching from Media Center 4...
  • Page 133 .mpeg-1 101 .mpeg-2 101 image files 85, 86 .mpeg-4 101 Internet radio 75 .wav 37, 101 iTunes 39 .wma 101 adding music from a CD 35 .wmv 101 adding music from the Internet 36 M4A 80 adding music from your hard disk drive 36 MP3 80 adding music to the music library 35 MPEG-4 115...
  • Page 134 what you can do My Music 33, 113 in My Music 33 copying music to CD 47 in My Pictures 50 creating a queue list 46 in My TV 17 deleting music from the My Music library 43 in My Videos 69 finding and playing an album 46 in Radio 75 playing a song 45...
  • Page 135 recording CDs, VCDs, and DVDs see: burning pictures options in My TV 28 copying pictures to CD 68 radio programs 77 editing 65 time image not displayed in My Pictures 65 DVDs 100 printing 65 for each disc size 100 rotating 67 VCDs 99 troubleshooting...
  • Page 136 software programs iTunes 91 playing recorded TV shows 31 movie making 93 searching for shows by category 27 Sonic Digital Media Plus 93 time shifting 19 Windows Movie Maker 2.0 92 using digital video recorder while watching 19 WinDVD Player 91 watching 18 Sonic Digital Media Plus see: Sonic MyDVD Sonic MyDVD...
  • Page 137 video capture live 104 recorded video 104 video editing getting started with muvee autoProducer 103 video movies recording movie to disc 110 sorting 70, 71 Windows Media Player setting as default player 37, 44 types of files 37, 44 Windows Movie Maker 2.0, features 92 WinDVD Player, features 91 Index...
  • Page 138 Part number: 5991-3517...

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