Hitachi DV-DS253E Instruction Manual

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  • Page 2 CAUTION concerning the Power Cord CAUTION Most appliances recommend they be placed upon a RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK dedicated circuit; DO NOT OPEN That is, a single outlet circuit which powers only that appliance and has no additional outlets or branch circuits. CAUTION: THESE SERVICING Check the specification page of this owner’s manual to be INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR USE BY...
  • Page 3 Important for United Kingdom The mains lead on this equipment is supplied with a moulded plug incorporating a fuse, the value of which is indicated on the pin face of the plug. Should the fuse need to be replaced, an ASTA or BSI approved BS1362 fuse must be used of the same rating.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents Disc Settings ......25 Disc Format ......25 Introduction .
  • Page 5 Title List and Editing ....48 Title List and Chapter List Menu Overview ..48 Original and Playlist Editing (VR Mode) ..50 Adding Chapter Markers .
  • Page 6: Introduction

    Introduction To ensure proper use of this product, please read this About the Symbol Display owner’s manual carefully and retain for future “ ” may appear on your TV display during operation reference. and indicates that the function explained in this owner’s manual is not available on that specific DVD video disc.
  • Page 7: Accessories

    Accessories Check for the supplied accessories below. • Video Cable • Remote Control • Audio Cable • SCART Cable • RF Cable for TV • Instruction Manual • Batteries for Remote Control (AAA Size) Dispose of batteries according to local environmental regulations. Do not put them in the household rubbish. Recordable and Playable Discs DVD-RAM •...
  • Page 8: Playable Discs

    CD-R/RW (or DVD±R/RW) discs cannot be played on the unit. • Images taken with a Hitachi DVD video camera on 8 cm DVD-R discs that have not been finalized can be played on the unit. Additional recording and finalization cannot be performed.
  • Page 9: About The Internal Hard Disk Drive

    If the recorder fails to record or play back because of The internal hard disk drive (HDD) is a fragile piece a fault, Hitachi will not accept any responsibility of equipment. Please use the recorder following the for compensation for HDD contents (recorded guidelines below to protect against possible HDD program data, etc.) or loss of them, or any direct or...
  • Page 10: Card Useable On This Unit

    Card useable on this unit • Compact Flash Card (CF) • Micro Drive (MD), ST1 MD • Secure Digital Card (SD), Mini SD • Multi Media Card (MMC), MMC Plus, RS MMC, MMC Mobile • xD-Picture Card (xD) • Compatible with: FAT 12, FAT 16, or FAT 32 •...
  • Page 11: Front Panel

    Front Panel POWER button Display window Switches the recorder ON or OFF. Shows the current status of the recorder. (As to the indication of the Operate switch, “ I ” T/S: Indicates the timeshifting mode. shows ON and “ ” shows electrical power REC: The recorder is recording.
  • Page 12: Remote Control

    Remote Control CLEAR: (page 30, 37) Removes a REPEAT: (page 29) Repeat track number on the Program List chapter, track, title, all. or a mark on the Marker Search RESOLUTION: (page 15) Sets the menu. output resolution for HDMI. DISC MENU/LIST: (page 29, 48) RETURN ( ) (page 20, 30) Accesses menu on a DVD disc.
  • Page 13: Hookup And Settings

    Hookup and Settings Rear Panel AERIAL OPTICAL (Digital audio out jack) Connect the aerial to this terminal. Connect to digital (optical) audio equipment. HDMI Connector (Type A) Cooling fan HDMI output providing a high quality interface for AC Power Cord digital audio and video (page 15).
  • Page 14: Connections To Your Tv

    Connections to Your TV SCART connection Connect the EURO AV1 AUDIO/VIDEO scart jack on • Make one of the following connections, depending on the recorder to the corresponding in jacks on the TV the capabilities of your existing equipment. using the scart cable (T). •...
  • Page 15: Hdmi Connection

    HDMI connection • If there is noise or lines on the screen, please check the HDMI cable. If you have a HDMI TV or monitor, you can connect it to HDMI compatible TV this recorder using a HDMI cable. Be sure to use an HDMI cable with HDMI logo 1.
  • Page 16: Connecting To An Amplifier

    Connecting to an Amplifier Rear of the recorder Connecting to an amplifier equipped with two channel analog stereo or Dolby Pro Logic ll/ Pro Logic Connect the Left and Right AUDIO OUT jacks on the recorder to the audio left and right in jacks on your amplifier, receiver, or stereo system, using the audio cables (A).
  • Page 17: Accessory Audio/Video Connections

    Accessory Audio/Video Connecting to the EURO AV2 DECODER jack Connections Connect a VCR or similar recording device to the Connecting a PAY-TV/Canal Plus Decoder EURO AV2 DECODER jack of this recorder. To watch or record the source from EURO AV2 You can watch or record PAY-TV/Canal Plus DECODER jack, set [AV2 Connection] option to programmes if you connect a decoder (not supplied) to...
  • Page 18 Connecting to the INPUT 3 or INPUT 4 Connecting a Digital Camcorder Jacks Using the front panel DV IN jack, it is possible to connect a DV digital camcorder and digitally transfer Connect the input jacks (AV3, AV4) on the recorder to DV tapes to DVD.
  • Page 19: Using The Home Menu

    Using the Home Menu Initial Settings From the Home Menu screen you can access all the In this menu system, there are several ways to Media (HDD, DISC, MEMORY CARD) for playback and customize the settings provided. Most menus consist of recording of the recorder.
  • Page 20: Program Edit

    Note: Program Edit You can perform a search to select and store TV After you have connected your recorder for the very channels manually. first time. If you press SETUP for initial setting, you can When you select [Program Edit] in step 4 above, the only set the [Auto Programming] option.
  • Page 21: Auto Clock Set

    Auto Clock Set Display Mode When Channel auto search is completed the actual Selects how to display a wide picture on the screen Time and Date are also set automatically. If the time in when [4:3] is selected in [TV Aspect]. the recorder display is not correct, the clock must be •...
  • Page 22: Initialization (Hdd Format)

    Language Settings Initialization (HDD Format) You can reset the recorder to its original factory settings and initialize the HDD or Memory Card. • [Factory Set] If you need to, you can reset the recorder to all its factory settings. Some options cannot be reset.
  • Page 23: Dolby Digital / Dts / Mpeg

    Lock (Parental Control) Settings Dolby Digital / DTS / MPEG • [Bitstream]: Select “Bitstream” if you connect the recorder’s DIGITAL AUDIO OUT jack to an amplifier or other equipment with a Dolby Digital, DTS or MPEG decoder. • [PCM] (for Dolby Digital / MPEG): Select when connected to a two-channel digital stereo amplifier.
  • Page 24: Area Code

    Recording Settings If you forget your 4-digit code If you forget your password, to clear the current password, follow the procedure below. 1. Press SETUP to display the Setup menu. 2. Use the Number buttons to enter the 6-digit number “210499”.
  • Page 25: Auto Chapter

    Auto Chapter 3. Use to select a desired mode (VR Mode or Video Mode) then press ENTER. When recording onto a DVD, chapter markers are put Confirm message will appear. in specified setting. You can change this interval to 5 For DVD-RAMs/DVD+RWs, go to step 4.
  • Page 26: Disc Label

    Tips: • If you load a DVD-RW that has already been finalized, you can ‘Unfinalize’ it by choosing Unfinalize from the Finalize menu. After doing this, you can edit and re-record onto the disc. • You cannot unfinalize a DVD-R and DVD+R disc. •...
  • Page 27: Playback

    Playback Displaying Disc Information on-screen You can display various information about the disc loaded on-screen. General Explanation of 1. Press DISPLAY once to show current status. On-Screen Display This manual gives basic instructions for operating the recorder. Some DVDs require specific operation or allow only limited operation during playback.
  • Page 28: General Playback Features

    General Playback Features 1. Load your chosen disc in the tray, with the playback side down. 2. Starts playback using HOME menu (see page 19). 3. To stop the playback, press STOP ( ). The unit records the stopped point, depending on the disc. “ ”...
  • Page 29 Buttons Operations Discs REPEAT During playback, press REPEAT repeatedly to select a DVD ALL desired repeat mode. HDD (Title/Off), DVD (Chapter/Title/Off) VR mode DVD-RW (Chapter/Title/All/Off) Video CD, Audio CD (Track/All/Off) MP3/WMA (Track/Folder/Off) Notes: • On a Video CD with PBC, you must set PBC to [OFF] in the Setup menu to use the Repeat function.
  • Page 30: If A Menu Screen Is Displayed

    If a menu screen is displayed Marker Search Video The menu screen may be displayed first after loading a DVD or Video CD which contains a menu. Use the buttons to select the title/chapter To enter a Marker you want to view, then press ENTER to start playback. You can start playback from up to six memorized Press TITLE MENU or DISC MENU/LIST to return to points.
  • Page 31: 3D Surround

    ® Playing a DivX Movie File 3D Surround Video DivX ® The recorder can play DivX files. Before playing ® This unit can produce a 3D Surround effect, which DivX files, read “DivX file requirement” on page 32. simulates multi-channel audio playback from two conventional stereo speakers, instead of the five or Note: more speakers normally required to listen to multi-...
  • Page 32: Movie List Menu Options

    2. Press SETUP. The Setup menu appears. DivX file requirement Press SETUP [LANGUAGE] [Disc Subtitle] then select the language you have found. Available resolution size: 720×576 (W × H) pixel Refer to “Disc Menu/Audio/Subtitle” on page 22. DivX file extensions: “.avi”, “.divx” Tip: Playable DivX subtitle: “.smi”, “.srt”, “.sub (Micro DVD format only)”, “.txt (Micro DVD format only)”...
  • Page 33: Playing An Audio Cd Or Mp3/Wma File

    Playing an Audio CD or MP3/ Audio CD and Music menu options WMA file 1. Press to select a folder/file on the Audio CD or Music menu then press ENTER. The recorder can play audio CDs and MP3/WMA files. The menu options appear. Before playing MP3/WMA files, read “MP3/WMA audio The menu options displayed differ depending on the file requirement”...
  • Page 34: Program Playback With Audio Cd/Mp3/Wma

    Program Playback with Audio Program List menu options CD/MP3/WMA 1. Press to select a track/file on the Program List then press ENTER. Program Playback enables you to make custom The menu options appear. playlists of Audio CD or MP3/WMA tracks. Programs can contain up to 99 Audio CD tracks or 256 MP3/WMA files.
  • Page 35: Viewing A Jpeg File

    Viewing a JPEG File Photo List menu options 1. Press to select a file on the Program List The recorder can play JPEG files on HDD, DVD-RAM, then press ENTER. DVD±RW/R, CD-R/RW, or Memory Card. Before The menu options appear. playing JPEG recordings, read “Photo file requirement”...
  • Page 36: Skip Images

    To Pause the Slide Show Photo file requirement 1. Press (PAUSE/STEP) to pause slide show. 2. When you want to continue slide show, press File extensions (PLAY). “.jpg” Photo size: To listen to music while slide show simultaneously Less than 4MB recommended You can display photo files while listening to MP3/WMA CD-R Format: music files recorded on HDD.
  • Page 37: Editing A Mp3/Wma, Jpeg, Divx ® File

    Editing a MP3/WMA, JPEG, Naming a file ® DivX file You can name MP3/WMA files on the HDD or Memory Card independently. Names can be up to 32 characters These descriptions are MP3 file’s operation for long. example, other kind’s files are operated same way. 1.
  • Page 38: Copying A File(S) To Another Media Or Folder

    Copying a file(s) to another media or Moving a file(s) folder You can move a file(s)/folder(s) to another media or folder. After moving, the file(s)/folder(s) are deleted You can copy a file(s)/folder(s) to another media or from the current location. folder.
  • Page 39: Recording

    Recording Notes for recording • Make sure you change the recording format (Video mode or VR mode) before you record About DVD recording anything on the disc, See page 25 (Disc Format) for how to do this. Notes: • Overwrite recording is available. •...
  • Page 40: Time Shift

    Time Shift Clip Record You can edit during Timeshift to store the program on Do not miss a scene from a live broadcast. If the the HDD (Hard Disk Drive). telephone rings while you are watching your favorite live broadcast, just press “TIMESHIFT” and 1.
  • Page 41: Basic Recording From A Tv

    Basic Recording from a TV Changing TV Audio Channel Follow the instructions below to record a TV program. You can select the audio channel (language) to listen Recording starts immediately and continues until the by pressing AUDIO during viewing TV program. The disc is full or you stop the recording.
  • Page 42: Instant Timer Recording

    Instant Timer Recording Timer Recording Instant Timer Recording allows you to make a This recorder can be programmed to record up to 16 recording easily of a preset length without using the programs within a period of 1 month. For unattended program timer.
  • Page 43 2. Enter the necessary information for your timer recording(s). • (left/right) – move the cursor left/right • (up/down) – change the setting at the current cursor position • Press RETURN ( ) to exit the Timer Record menu. • Press ENTER after filling in all the program information.
  • Page 44: Video Plus+ ® System

    ® VIDEO Plus+ System 5. Press ENTER, the program will be memorized by the recorder. This system makes programming timer recordings very To check the programming, the Timer Record List simple. Most TV guides publish VIDEO Plus+ will appear. programming numbers with their program details. If you Check field’s “Rec.
  • Page 45: Checking Timer Recording Details

    Checking Timer Recording If two or more timer programs overlap: • The earlier program takes priority. Details • When the earlier program finishes, the later program starts. Programming can be checked whenever the recorder is • If two programs are set to start at exactly the same turned on.
  • Page 46: Recording From Dv Input

    Recording from DV Input 1. Make sure your digital camcorder is connected to the front panel DV IN jack (see page 18). Before DV dubbing 2. Select [TV(HDD)] or [TV(DVD)] option on the HOME menu then press ENTER (see page 19). You can connect a DV-equipped camcorder to this 3.
  • Page 47: Simultaneous Recording And Playback

    Simultaneous recording and playback Playback another title during recording Playback and recording for both DVD and built in hard disk drive (HDD) are completely independent. For example, you can record to either the DVD or HDD source and play back video from the other source at the same time.
  • Page 48: Title List And Editing

    Title List and On the left side of the screen are the menu options. The main part of the screen shows thumbnails of the titles (or chapter) on the DVD or HDD. You can change Editing these thumbnails using the THUMBNAIL button—see “Changing Title Thumbnails”...
  • Page 49 2. Indicates the record mode, free space, and elapsed 1 2 3 time progress bar. 3. Current media 4. Currently selected title. 5. Thumbnail 6. Shows the selected title number and total number of titles. 7. Shows the title name, recorded date, and recording length.
  • Page 50: Original And Playlist Editing (Vr Mode)

    Original and Playlist Editing Adding Chapter Markers (VR Mode) You can create chapters within a title by inserting Is editing a DVD like editing a video tape? chapter marks at the desired points. No. When you edit a video tape you need one video Notes: deck to play the original tape and another to record the •...
  • Page 51: Making A New Playlist

    Making a New Playlist Adding Title/Chapters to the Playlist Use this function to add an Original title or chapter to You can add an Original title or chapter to add to a the Playlist. When you do this, the whole title is put into Playlist title even if it is already registered.
  • Page 52: Deleting An Original Or Playlist Title/Chapter

    Deleting an Original or Playlist Deleting a Part Title/Chapter You can delete a part which you do not want in the title. 1. Use to choose a title you want to Video delete on the Title List menu then press ENTER. When you erase a title or chapter from the Playlist The options appear on the left side of the menu.
  • Page 53: Naming A Title

    Naming a Title Show: TV show AV IN: External input program Video etc.: etcetera (Choosing [etc.] will erase the genre display (HDD).) You can name Original and Playlist titles 4. Choose OK then press ENTER to fix the name and independently.
  • Page 54: Sort

    Sort Combining Titles This function allows you to access show listings Use this function to combine two adjacent Original- organized by Date, Title, or Category on the Title List- HDD titles into one. HDD menu. So you can find title you want to watch Notes: easily.
  • Page 55: Divide

    Divide Combining Chapters Use this command to split a title up into two new titles. 1. On the Title List menu, select a title you want to Use this function to combine two adjacent Playlist or divide then press ENTER. Original chapters into one.
  • Page 56: Moving A Playlist Chapter

    Moving a Playlist Chapter Tip: If you select a hidden chapter or title on the Title List or Chapter List menu, you can ‘show’ it by choosing [Show] option on the menu. After doing that, you are Use this function to re-arrange the playing order of able to see the chapter or title.
  • Page 57: Dubbing

    Dubbing • This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and other Before Dubbing rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision Use the copying features of this recorder to: Corporation, and is intended for home and other •...
  • Page 58: Dubbing From Hdd To Dvd

    Dubbing from DVD to HDD Re-encode copying If you choose XP, SP, LP or EP other than Fast 1. On the Title List menu, select a title you want to dub copying, re-encode copying will start: The dubbing will then press ENTER. be performed only at standard (1×) speed, and the Menu options appears on the left side of the screen.
  • Page 59: One Touch Copy (Hdd To Dvd)

    Notes: 8 cm discs recorded on DVD video camera/recorder: • Video CD cannot be copied to HDD. • A disc on which both movie and photo was recorded cannot be dubbed. To dub the movie only, copy the • The copying stops when the recorder detects a badly photo onto the DVD video camera’s memory card, scratched or copy protected part.
  • Page 60: Reference

    Reference 2. Press TITLE MENU in Play mode. Title List menu will appear as shown below. Tip: You can remove the Title List menu by pressing Additional Information (STOP). Overwriting Recording To overwrite a new video recording on a previously recorded title, follow these steps.
  • Page 61: Language Codes

    Language Codes Use this list to input your desired language for the following initial settings: Disc Audio, Disc Subtitle, Disc Menu. Language Code Language Code Language Code Language Code Abkhazian 6566 Fiji 7074 Lingala 7678 Singhalese 8373 Afar 6565 Finnish 7073 Lithuanian 7684...
  • Page 62: Controlling Tv With Remote Control

    Controlling other TVs with the remote Control You can control the sound level, input source, and power switch of non-Hitachi TVs as well. If your TV is You can control the sound level, input source, and listed in the table below, set the appropriate power switch of your TV with the supplied remote.
  • Page 63 Manufacturer Code Number Manufacturer Code Number CS-ELECTRONICS 064 IRRADIO 163 235 237 DAEWOO 051 108 120 127 170 144 159 DANSAI 010 219 009 010 064 171 DE GRAAF 108 134 141 151 186 DECCA 070 108 159 161 162 184 189 190 206 009 169 DECCAVIDEO KAIDO...
  • Page 64 Manufacturer Code Number Manufacturer Code Number OSAKE SUNSTAR 108 171 OTTO-VERSAND 002 005 009 014 059 060 081 082 083 SUPERTECH 108 139 152 171 085 092 097 098 100 101 108 109 111 TADISTAR TASHIKO PAEL TASHIKO 159 218 PANASONIC 002 003 005 167 168 229 108 139 144 159 170 171...
  • Page 65: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Check the following guide for the possible cause of a problem before contacting service. Symptom Cause Solution No power. • The power cord is disconnected. • Plug the power cord into the wall outlet securely. No picture. • TV/DVD mode for the recorder is set to •...
  • Page 66 Symptom Cause Solution Cannot play a disc • The disc was recorded in Video mode. • Finalize the disc. (page 25) recorded using this • Some players will not play even a • No solution. recorder on another finalized disc recorded in Video mode. player.
  • Page 67: Specifications

    Specifications General Power requirements AC 220-240V, 50/60 Hz Power consumption Dimensions (approx.) 430 × 59 × 298 mm (w × h × d) Mass (approx.) 4.1 kg Operating temperature 5°C to 35°C Operating humidity 10 % to 80 % Television system PAL I/I colour system Recording format Recording...
  • Page 70 Hitachi, Ltd. Japan 292 Yoshida-cho Totsuka-ku, Yokohama-city Kanagawa 244-0817 HITACHI-YOUR GUARANTEE OF EXCELLENCE (for UK only) F or the period of 12 MONTHS from the date of purchase your product has the benefit of our FULL PARTS AND LABOUR GUARANTEE as detailed below .
  • Page 71 Hitachi, Ltd. Japan 292 Yoshida-cho Totsuka-ku, Yokohama-city Kanagawa 244-0817 HITACHI EUROPE LTD. HITACHI EUROPE S.A. 364, Kifissias Ave. & 1, Delfon Str. Consumer Affairs Department PO Box 3007 152 33 Chalandri Maidenhead Athens GREECE SL6 8ZE Tel: 1-6837200 UNITED KINGDOM...

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