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• This Blu-ray Disc recorder is equipped with two CI/CI Plus slots. It can receive encrypted and
free-to-air DVB-C services.
Region management information
This unit can play BD-Video discs
supporting the region code "B".
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Blu-ray Disc™ Recorder
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DVD-Video: This unit can play DVD-Video discs
supporting the region number "2" or "ALL".


   Summary of Contents for Panasonic DMR-BCT820

  • Page 1: Operating Instructions

    • This Blu-ray Disc recorder is equipped with two CI/CI Plus slots. It can receive encrypted and free-to-air DVB-C services. Region management information BD-Video: This unit can play BD-Video discs DVD-Video: This unit can play DVD-Video discs supporting the region code “B”. supporting the region number “2” or “ALL”. e.g., e.g., Web Site: VQT4G51...

  • Page 2: Safety Precautions

    Safety precautions WARNING CAUTION Unit Unit • To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or • This unit utilizes a laser. Use of controls or product damage, adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified herein may result in - Do not expose this unit to rain, moisture, hazardous radiation exposure.

  • Page 3: Supplied Accessories

    Indemnity concerning recorded content - Do not use batteries if the covering has been Panasonic does not accept any responsibility for peeled off. damages directly or indirectly due to any type of problems that result in loss of recording or edited...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Safety precautions ..... . 2 Editing video Supplied accessories ....3 Deleting recorded titles .

  • Page 5: Getting Started, Editing Video, With Other Equipment, Convenient Functions, Playing Back Video, Copying Video

    ....81 - Registering the USB HDD DMR-BCT820, DMR-BCT720 and DMR-BCT721. The VIERA Link/Q Link functions ... . . 82 illustrations in these Operating Instructions show images Playback menu.

  • Page 6: Hdd And Media Information

    Getting started HDD and media information Getting started Recordable/playable contents (–: Impossible) Media type Standard symbol Recordable contents Playable contents • Video • AVCHD/AVCHD 3D • JPEG Built-in hard disk drive [HDD] (HDD) §1 • MPO (3D photo) • Music copied from music CD •...

  • Page 7: Vqt4g51

    It cannot be recorded directly. (Only compatible with copying from the built-in HDD) §3 Recorded with AVCHD format compatible devices (Panasonic video camera, etc.). It may not be §4 able to play back, add, or edit depending on the device.

  • Page 8: Recording Mode

    Getting started HDD and media information Recording mode Recording Mode HG/HX/HE/HL/HM XP/SP/LP/EP/FR Feature Programmes can be Recording can be done Recording can be done recorded in a nearly with reduced recording with reduced recording perfect broadcasted state. volume in HD quality. volume in SD quality.

  • Page 9: Notes

    Getting started Notes About extension of files File format Extension JPEG “.JPG” “.jpg” MPO (3D photo) “.MPO” “.mpo” “.MP3” “.mp3” DivX “.DIVX” “.divx” “.AVI” “.avi” Subtitle text files “.SRT” “.srt” “.SUB” “.sub” “.TXT” “.txt” § “.MKV” “.mkv” “.SRT” “.srt” “.SSA” “.ssa”...

  • Page 10

    Getting started HDD and media information Media handling Notes for the USB devices • Do not touch the recorded surface of the discs • This unit does not guarantee connection with all or the terminal surface of the SD cards. USB devices.

  • Page 11: Unit Care

    • This lens cleaner may not be available for • Place in an area where condensation does sale in all countries, e.g. not available in not occur. Conditions where condensation Germany, please consult your Panasonic may occur dealer for advice. - When there is an extreme change in temperature (e.g., when subjected to an air...

  • Page 12: Control Reference Guide

    Getting started Control reference guide Instructions for operations are generally described using the remote control. Remote control  1 Transmit the remote control signal • Point it at remote control signal sensor on   this unit. (   2 Switch the unit from on to standby mode or DRIVE INPUT...

  • Page 13

    Getting started Main unit Press [< OPEN/CLOSE] to open the tray and insert or remove a disc.             USB memory Pull to flip down   the front panel. SD card 1 Standby/on switch (Í/I) >...

  • Page 14: Ci Module

    Getting started CI module An appropriate CI module is required to view or record the encrypted broadcast. You need a CI module, CAM (Conditional Access Module) together with a certified Smart Card, and a subscription with the corresponding broadcaster. • If not viewing/recording an encrypted broadcast, you do not need to insert the CI module. Insert the certified Smart Card into the CAM (both optional).

  • Page 15

    Getting started About CI Plus compatible broadcast “CI Plus” is a technical specification that imposes copy protection on the broadcasted programmes. • All CI Plus protected programmes are encrypted. It may take some time to display the encrypted programme. ∫ Retention limit There are some titles for which the playback will be disabled after a predetermined time.

  • Page 16: Connection

    Getting started Connection Basic connections 3D programmes can be played back when this unit is connected to a 3D compatible TV. • Before connection, turn off all equipment and read the appropriate operating instructions. To CATV terminal CATV coaxial cable RF coaxial cable Cooling fan (supplied)

  • Page 17

    • When outputting 1080p signal, please use § HDMI Cables 5.0 meters or less. Set Top Box or video equipment • Recommended Panasonic HDMI cable part number: A 21-pin Adaptor is required for § RP-CDHS15 (1.5 m), RP-CDHS30 (3.0 m), AUDIO/VIDEO terminal.

  • Page 18: Amplifier/receiver Connections

    Getting started Connection ∫ Amplifier/receiver not compatible with 3D Amplifier/receiver connections 3D programmes can be played back when HDMI terminal this unit is connected to a 3D compatible 3D programmes can be played back when • This connection only supports up to 5.1ch. this unit is connected to a 3D compatible amplifier/receiver and a 3D compatible TV.

  • Page 19: Other Tv Connections

    Getting started DIGITAL AUDIO OUT terminal Other TV connections ∫ Using Optical digital audio cable 21-pin Scart terminal Amplifier/receiver OPTICAL IN Optical digital audio cable 21-pin Scart cable VIDEO RGB/S VIDEO VIDEO S VIDEO ∫ Using Coaxial cable Amplifier/receiver COAXIAL IN VIDEO RGB/S VIDEO VIDEO...

  • Page 20: Network Connection

    You must be aware of these limits before using this unit. Panasonic will in no way be responsible for any incidental damage which may arise due to a failure to obey these limits, or to any condition of use or disuse of this unit.

  • Page 21: Settings, Tv Operation Buttons

    While pressing [TV Í], enter the code with the number buttons. Manufacturer and Code No.   TV operation buttons DRIVE INPUT SELECT Brand Code Brand Code right) Panasonic 01/02/03/04 PAGE NOBLEX AIWA NOKIA 25/26/27/60/61 AKAI 27/30 NORDMENDE BEKO 05/71/72/73/74 INTERNET BENQ...

  • Page 22: Easy Setting

    Getting started Settings Easy Setting Select “Start Auto Setup”, then press [OK]. • Frequency and Network ID settings may be Turn on the TV, then select the appropriate necessary depending on the cable AV input to suit the connections to this unit. provider.

  • Page 23

    Getting started Set “Power Save” to “On”, “On Timer” or To stop partway “Off”, then press [OK]. Press [RETURN Power Save in Standby Power Save To restart setup 1 Press [FUNCTION MENU]. ( From 2 Select “Setup” in “Others”, then press [OK]. 3 Select “Auto Setup”...

  • Page 24: Easy Network Setting

    Getting started Settings Easy Network Setting Connection method to wireless access point After completing “Easy Setting”, you can continue Search for wireless network: with “Easy Network Setting”. 1 Select “Search for wireless network”, then press [OK]. Select “Wired” or “Wireless”, then press 2 The available wireless networks will be [OK].

  • Page 25

    Getting started When you experience problems • Refer to the operating instructions of the hub or router. Refer to “When you experience problems with • Home Network function setting can be set only when you Easy Network Setting”. ( 113) selected “Off”...

  • Page 26: Function Menu Screen

    Getting started FUNCTION MENU screen You can easily access the desired functions, such FUNCTION MENU list as playback, timer recording, the unit’s settings etc. via the FUNCTION MENU. FUNCTION MENU Playback Contents Press [FUNCTION MENU]. Video ( Video ( AVCHD ) ( FUNCTION MENU Video ( MP4 ) ( Playback Contents...

  • Page 27: Watching Broadcasts

    Watching broadcasts Watching broadcasts Watching broadcasts Using Channel List Instructions for operations are generally described using the remote control. ( You can select from the list of channel names. Press [INPUT SELECT] and select “TV”, Press [OK]. then press [OK]. All DVB Channels Sorting 123...

  • Page 28: Using Tv Guide System

    Watching broadcasts Watching broadcasts Using TV Guide system Using channel information While watching a programme Press [GUIDE]. Press [STATUS TV Guide SUN 01.01.2012 8:05 Category: All DVB Channels 8:00 - 9:45 71:20 DR SUN 01.01 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Page Up 10:30...

  • Page 29

    Watching broadcasts Operations while watching broadcast • Operation buttons: [3, 4, 2, 1], [OK], number buttons or colour buttons, etc. To show subtitle • Operations may vary depending on the broadcaster. • On-screen instructions may not correspond to the remote When “...

  • Page 30: Display Information

    Watching broadcasts Watching broadcasts While pausing a programme via external input: REWIND LIVE TV/PAUSE LIVE TV Press [STATUS This unit temporarily saves a live TV programme you are watching with this unit’s tuner on HDD. 8:50:55 01.01.2012  REWIND LIVE TV Play 8:50.50 You can rewind live TV programme to the point...

  • Page 31: Recording Tv Programmes, Continuous Recording

    Recording Recording TV programmes Recording Select “Automatic Stop”, then press [OK]. • This operation will only record to built-in HDD. • One touch recording (OTR) • This unit can record two programmes being Recording stops automatically when the broadcasted at the same time. programme ends.

  • Page 32: Operation During Recording

    Recording Recording TV programmes To convert the recording mode after recording Operation during Recording in DR mode Refer to “File Conversion”. ( To check the recording programme To confirm whether the conversion is Press [STATUS completed e.g., While recording two programmes simultaneously Refer to “To confirm whether the conversion is completed”.

  • Page 33

    Recording To pause recording Notes for recording of an encrypted broadcast After displaying the recording programme, press [PAUSE ;]. This unit allows you to record/view/play an • Press again to restart recording. encrypted programme by decryption using a (A title is not split into separate titles.) supporting CI module.

  • Page 34

    Recording Recording TV programmes • When “Decrypt Recording” is selected Decryption Programme “A” “B” Decryption is performed when the unit is turned While recording off. It will take about the same time as the programme “A”, start Record Recording recorded duration. recording programme (Decrypted) impossible...

  • Page 35: Timer Recording

    Recording Timer recording To edit the timer recording on the TV Guide screen 1 Select the programme to edit, then press the • This operation will only record to built-in HDD. red button. • This unit can record two programmes being 2 Select “Timer Rec Edit”, then press [OK].

  • Page 36: Operation During Recording

    Recording Timer recording Manually programming timer Timer recording options recording Select the items and change the items. Press [PROG/CHECK]. e.g., Timer Recording 30:24 DR SUN 01.01.2012 8:05 Timer Recording 30:30 DR SUN 01.01.2012 8:05 Space Channel Name Schedule Mode Channel Day/Date Start Stop...

  • Page 37

    Recording Notes on timer recording Timer recording from channel information • You can enter up to 32 programmes within a You can make timer recording of the current or month in advance. (Each daily or weekly next programme. programme is counted as one programme.) •...

  • Page 38

    Recording Timer recording To confirm and edit a timer Screen icons programme Red: Timer recording standby is activated. Press [PROG/CHECK]. Grey: Timer recording standby is deactivated. e.g., Currently recording programme Timer Recording 30:30 DR SUN 01.01.2012 8:05 Channel Name Space Schedule Mode A part or all of the programme will not be...

  • Page 39: Playing Titles On The Hdd

    Playing back video Playing titles on the HDD Playing back video DIRECT NAVIGATOR (VIDEO) screen Press [DRIVE SELECT] to select “HDD”, Screen icons then press [DIRECT NAVIGATOR]. • If the DIRECT NAVIGATOR screen of Currently recording programme photo or music is displayed, press the red Protected title button, then select “VIDEO”.

  • Page 40

    Playing back video Playing titles on the HDD 3D contents Showing Information • This icon will not display even with Select the title, then press [STATUS 3D programmes when a broadcast programme is recorded. Recorded in 1080/50p contents Switching the appearance Recorded in 1080/60p contents 1 Press [OPTION].

  • Page 41

    Playing back video Editing the grouped titles Playback from Chapter View 1 Select the title or the group, then press the Regarding chapters yellow button. You can divide a title into multiple chapters. Each • A check mark is displayed. Repeat this step. section between the division points (Chapter •...

  • Page 42: Playing Titles On The Media

    Playing back video Playing titles on the media Menu screen Selecting screen for each operation is displayed when the media is inserted, and you can access the operation screen easily. e.g., [USB] Insert the media. Play Video Depending on the type of the media, play View Photos Play / Copy Music ( MP3 ) starts from the specified position, or the...

  • Page 43: Notes For Bd-live Discs

    Playing back video DIRECT NAVIGATOR screen Notes for BD-Live discs e.g., [BD-V] BD-Live allows you to enjoy more functions such DIRECT NAVIGATOR All Titles VIDEO BD-RE Time Remaining 10:30 (DR) as subtitles, exclusive images and online games Channel Date Title Name by connecting this unit to the Internet.

  • Page 44: Operation During Play

    Playing back video Operation during play Quick View Press and hold [PLAY/a1.3 1]. • Press again to return to normal speed. • DivX, MKV, MP4 and MPEG2 ([USB]): Quick View is not • Depending on the media and the type of file, some effective.

  • Page 45

    Playing back video Frame-by-frame To display menu While paused, press [2] (2;) or [1] (;1). [BD-V] [DVD-V] • Each press shows the next frame. 1 Press [OPTION]. • Press and hold to change in succession forward 2 Select “Playback Menu”, then press [OK]. or backward.

  • Page 46: D Video Playback

    Playing back video Operation during play Changing audio 3D video playback Press [AUDIO]. Preparation • It will switch depending on the contents Connect 3D compatible TV to this unit. ( recorded every time it is pressed. • Perform the necessary preparations for the TV. Play back following the instructions displayed on the screen.

  • Page 47

    Playing back video 3D settings during playback • Depending on the contents, displayed items are different. Change this setting when the screen is not • This unit only guarantees the playback of the Frame correctly displayed for 3D compatible Sequential and the Side-by-Side (Half) programme types. programmes.

  • Page 48: Deleting Recorded Titles

    Editing video Deleting recorded titles Editing video Once deleted, recorded content cannot be Deleting during play restored to its original state. Make certain 1 Press [DEL] while playing. before proceeding. 2 Select “Delete”, then press [OK]. • If the disc is protected, release the protection. ( 78, Disc Protection) Available disc space after deleting...

  • Page 49: Editing Recorded Titles

    Editing video Editing recorded titles Once deleted, divided or partially deleted, Multiple editing recorded content cannot be restored to its Select the title, then press the yellow button in original state. Make certain before proceeding. step 1. • With titles that are copy protected (Copying is A check mark is displayed.

  • Page 50

    Editing video Editing recorded titles Setting protection Dividing title [HDD] [USB_HDD] [BD-RE] [BD-R] [RAM] [+R] [+RW] [HDD] [USB_HDD] [BD-RE] [BD-R] [RAM] Protection setting prevents the title from 1 Select “Divide Title” in “Edit”, then press [OK]. accidental deletion. 2 Press [OK] at the point to divide the title. •...

  • Page 51

    Editing video Changing thumbnail File Conversion [HDD] [USB_HDD] [RAM] [DVD-R] [DVD-RW] [+R] [+RW] [HDD] [USB_HDD] File Conversion is a function to convert the 1 Select “Change Thumbnail” in “Edit”, then recording mode of the title in DR mode and press [OK]. AVCHD contents.

  • Page 52

    Editing video Editing recorded titles To cancel a “During standby” conversion 3 Select the item, then press [OK]. After performing steps 1–3 ( Convert & Delete: 1 Select “File Conversion” in “Edit”, then press The original title will be deleted to save HDD [OK].

  • Page 53

    Editing video File Decryption Editing chapters [HDD] [HDD] [USB_HDD] [BD-RE] [BD-R] [RAM] Encrypted titles ( ) can be decrypted manually. 1 Select “Chapter View”, then press [OK]. 1 Select “File Decryption” in “Edit”, then press 2 Perform the editing operations. [OK].

  • Page 54: Copying Titles

    Copying video Copying titles Copying video §1, 2 Set other settings, then press [OK]. e.g., Automatic Standby after Copy Standby status can be changed if required. Please press OK to start copying. The title in the source media will be deleted. §1 The recording mode cannot be changed.

  • Page 55

    Copying video To change the selection Setting the copying options 1 Select the item in step 7 ( 54). 1 Select “No”, then press [OK] in step 6 ( 54). 2 Press [2, 1] to change the settings. e.g., [HDD] > [BD-RE] The order of copying •...

  • Page 56: Copying From Media Other Than Hdd With Direct Navigator

    Copying video Copying titles Copying from media other than HDD Copying titles with copying list with DIRECT NAVIGATOR ,. [USB_HDD] [HDD] §1, 2 [BD-RE] [BD-R] [RAM] [+RW] > [HDD] [BD-RE] [BD-R] [RAM] [DVD-R] > [HDD] Insert a disc. [DVD-RW] [+R] [+RW] The menu screen appears.

  • Page 57

    Copying video Register titles for copy. Make other settings. 1 Select “Create List”, then press 1 Select “Other Settings”, then press [1] (right). [1] (right). 2 Select “New item”, then press [OK]. e.g., 3 Select the title, then press the yellow Copy button.

  • Page 58

    Copying video Copying titles Editing the copying list Screen icons 1 Select the title after step 4-4 ( 57). Titles that cannot be copied in high speed mode Copy Cancel All Destination Capacity: 2:00 Size: 1:00 ( 50% ) Titles that cannot be copied Copy Direction BD / DVD Size...

  • Page 59: Notes For Copying

    • Titles (SD Video) that have been copied to the HDD the copying will be done at normal speed. from an SD card or a Panasonic video camera, etc. • The following recording mode and media combinations support high speed copying.

  • Page 60: Copying A Finalised Disc

    Copying video Copying titles Set “Copy Time”. Notes for copying to the DVD-RAM 1 Select “Copy Time”, then press When copying to DVD-RAM using “8 hours” [1] (right). mode, play may not be possible on DVD players 2 Select “Time Setting”, then press [OK]. that are compatible with DVD-RAM.

  • Page 61: Copying Title Playing

    The high speed copy is performed if available. - Without the AVCHD information (video recorded with Refer to “Notes for copying”. ( certain non-Panasonic equipment, video copied to the HDD after copying it to BD-R or BD-RE once, etc.) • 3D video will become 2D.

  • Page 62: Playing Photos

    Photo Playing photos Photo To exit the Calendar screen §1 §2 Press [PAUSE ;]. • When there are many files and/or folders, some files may not be displayed or be playable. ( 117) [BD-RE] only §1 [RAM] [DVD-R] only §2 DIRECT NAVIGATOR (PHOTO) screen •...

  • Page 63: Photo Play Option

    Photo Switching to the VIDEO or MUSIC screens Slideshow settings [HDD]: On the DIRECT NAVIGATOR screen: 1 On the DIRECT NAVIGATOR screen: Press the red button. Press the green button. 2 Select “VIDEO” or “MUSIC”, then press [OK]. Slideshow Start Slideshow [BD-RE] [RAM]: Interval Normal...

  • Page 64: Editing Photos

    Photo Editing photos §1 §2 Select the item, then press [OK]. Edit [BD-RE] only §1 • Add to Album [RAM] only §2 [HDD] On the DIRECT NAVIGATOR screen: 1 Select the destination album, then press [OK]. e.g., [HDD] 2 Press [OK]. DIRECT NAVIGATOR PHOTO Album 1...

  • Page 65: Copying Photos

    Photo Copying photos §1 §2 Select “Yes”, then press [OK]. Copying starts. [BD-RE] only §1 To stop copying [RAM] [DVD-R] only §2 Press and hold [RETURN ] for 3 seconds. Selecting and copying the photos • The name of the copied photos will be changed. >...

  • Page 66: Playing Music

    Music Playing music Music Copying music to HDD § Music CD > [HDD] [DVD-R] only [DVD-R] [CD] [USB] > [HDD] (MP3) § After performing steps 1–2 ( left) Music CD: Press the blue button. Insert the disc. Select “Copy”, then press [OK]. If connected to the network, the unit starts accessing the Gracenote Database and...

  • Page 67

    Music Playing music recorded on HDD Playlists [HDD] 1 Select the playlist, then press [OK]. Press [FUNCTION MENU]. 2 Select the track, then press [OK]. Select “Music” in “Playback Contents”, then Frequently Played press [OK]. Tracks most often played recently (up to DIRECT NAVIGATOR Music Menu MUSIC...

  • Page 68

    Music Playing music Operations during music play Displaying photos (Slideshow) Photos stored on the “Album” of the HDD can be [HDD] [DVD-R] [CD] [USB] played back as slideshow during playback of the Stop music. Press [STOP ∫]. While playing the music Press the red button.

  • Page 69: Editing Music/playlist

    Music Editing music/playlist Delete All Tracks 1 If the confirmation screen appears: On the DIRECT NAVIGATOR screen: Select “Yes”, then press [OK]. Press [OPTION]. 2 Select “Delete”, then press [OK]. e.g., DIRECT NAVIGATOR Music Menu MUSIC Delete Album Total Tracks 53 Artists Select “Delete”, then press [OK].

  • Page 70: Recording From External Equipment

    With Other Equipment Recording from external equipment With Other Equipment Flexible Recording via AV input [HDD] [BD-RE] [BD-R] [RAM] Preparation [DVD-R] § [DVD-RW] [+R] § [+RW] Connect the Set Top Box or video equipment This function is not available with DVD-R DL §...

  • Page 71

    With Other Equipment Linked timer recording (SKY Digital STB, etc.)–EXT LINK [HDD] Recording mode: XP, SP, LP, EP • Connect the equipment with AV2 input terminal using a 21-pin Scart cable ( 17). • Set “AV2 Input” and “Ext Link” ( 97).

  • Page 72: Copying The Hd Video Or The Sd Video

    (All the recordings on the same date become a title.) Press [OK]. • If you connect a Panasonic product with a USB connection cable, setup screen may be displayed on the connected Select “Start”, then press [OK]. equipment. For details, refer to the instructions for the It will automatically format the unformatted connected equipment.

  • Page 73: Copying Sd Video (mpeg2)

    With Other Equipment Copying SD Video (MPEG2) [SD] [USB], video camera, etc. > [HDD] [RAM] • The original file must be in the SD-Video standard. Connect the video camera or insert the media. • Make the video camera ready for data transfer.

  • Page 74: Smart Home Networking (dlna)

    DLNA function compatible software should be § installed. For more details, refer to the Panasonic website. ( left) Preparation • When DLNA (Server) Function is deactivated, make the settings. (...

  • Page 75

    • You may not be able to use the Control Panel even if you You can share videos, photos and music stored in use the Panasonic DLNA compatible equipment. the DLNA Certified media server (such as a PC • Depending on the contents and the connected equipment, with Windows 7 installed etc.) connected via a...

  • Page 76

    With Other Equipment Smart Home Networking (DLNA) Using this unit as Media Renderer • Depending on the contents and the connected equipment, playback may not be possible. This unit will work as Media Renderer, which • Items displayed in grey on the display cannot be played allows you to play back the contents on DLNA back by this unit.

  • Page 77: Viera Connect (enjoying Internet Service), Viera Connect (enjoying Internet Service)

    Therefore, Panasonic will make no warranty for the content or the continuity of the services. • All features of websites or content of the service may not be available.

  • Page 78: Media Management

    Convenient functions Media management Delete all titles [BD-RE] [BD-R] [RAM] Press [FUNCTION MENU]. 1 Select “Yes”, then press [OK]. Select “Others”, then press [OK]. 2 Select “Start”, then press [OK]. A message appears when finished. Select the item, then press [OK]. 3 Press [OK].

  • Page 79

    • You cannot finalise discs recorded on other manufacturer’s equipment. • [DVD-R] [DVD-RW] [+R] If you finalise discs recorded on Panasonic equipment other than this unit, the background selected as “Top Menu” may not be displayed. • Discs finalised on this unit may not be playable on other players due to the condition of the recording.

  • Page 80: Registering The External Hdd (usb Hdd)

    HDDs, please check the following website. • Do not connect additional HDDs using a USB hub. • For details about connection method, refer to the instructions supplied with the USB HDD. • Certain non-confirmed USB HDDs cannot be used with this unit.

  • Page 81: Registering The Usb Hdd

    Convenient functions Registering the USB HDD To cancel all USB HDD registrations Refer to “Cancellation of all USB HDD • If the registering screen appears when Registrations”. ( connecting the USB HDD, go to step 5. Press [FUNCTION MENU]. • If you register a USB HDD, all the content already recorded on the USB HDD will be deleted.

  • Page 82: Viera Link/q Link Functions

    Q Link is a convenient function which will link the 2 Select “TV Power Off”, then press [OK]. operations of this unit and a Panasonic TV (VIERA). You can use this function by connecting • Sound may be discontinued for several seconds the equipment with a fully wired 21-pin Scart when the power to the TV is turned off.

  • Page 83: Easy Control Only With Viera Remote Control

    “HDAVI Control 2” or later. • This unit supports “HDAVI Control 5” function. “HDAVI Control 5” is the newest standard (current as of November, 2011) for Panasonic HDAVI Control compatible equipment. This standard is compatible with Panasonic’s conventional HDAVI equipment.

  • Page 84: Playback Menu

    Convenient functions Playback menu A variety of operations and settings such as • Secondary Video changing the subtitles and audio languages can - Video be performed during playback of video or music. Select on/off of images. Also, picture and sound quality can be set to your The original video recording method appears.

  • Page 85

    Convenient functions • Soft Sound Soft picture with fewer video artifacts. Sound Effects • Fine • This function is effective when “Digital Audio Details are sharper. Output” is set to “PCM”. ( • Cinema • Re-master 1/Re-master 2 Mellows movies, enhances detail in dark Sound becomes more natural by adding higher scenes.

  • Page 86: Changing The Unit's Settings (setup)

    Convenient functions Changing the unit’s settings (Setup) You can change the unit’s settings of DVB Tuning, Menu list Sound, Display, Connection, Network etc. in the The locations of the setting items are as follows. menu. For details on each setting item, please refer to Common procedures the following pages.

  • Page 87

    Convenient functions Picture Network Still Mode ( Easy Network Setting ( Seamless Play ( Network Settings ( NTSC Video Output ( LAN Connection Mode ( Wireless Settings ( Sound Connection Setting ( Dynamic Range Compression ( Double Speed Mode Setting ( 2.4GHz ) ( Downmix ( IP Address / DNS Settings ( Bilingual Audio Selection (...

  • Page 88: Dvb Tuning

    Convenient functions Changing the unit’s settings (Setup) • To delete channels: DVB Tuning Select the channel in the “Favourites” column, Favourites Edit then press [OK]. You can create four favourites of channels for • Yellow: Delete all channels. making viewing and recording easier. •...

  • Page 89

    Convenient functions Channel List Auto Setup You can edit the channel list. You can restart the Auto Setup. ( e.g., 1 Select “Yes”, then press [OK]. • If the country selection screen appears: All DVB Channels Sorting 123... Select the country, then press [OK]. 2 Select the channel number allocation, then press [OK].

  • Page 90

    Convenient functions Changing the unit’s settings (Setup) Manual Tuning Signal Condition You can add new channels manually. You can check the quality and strength of signals. 1 Adjust the frequency, symbol rate and service ID. (For details, consult the cable provider.) Press [CH W X] to select the channel.

  • Page 91

    Play Video ( AVCHD ) on BD-RE / BD-R When playing a disc which contains the following two video formats; - High Definition video (AVCHD) recorded by the Panasonic video camera, etc., - High Definition quality video recorded on this unit, select which video to play back.

  • Page 92

    Convenient functions Changing the unit’s settings (Setup) Settings for Recording Chapter Creation [HDD] Timer Record Start Buffer Set the Chapter Creation method. This function sets the timer recording to start • Even if “Automatic” is selected, depending earlier than the TV Guide time. on the programme to be recorded, the chapter may not be created correctly.

  • Page 93: Picture

    Convenient functions HDD Management Cancellation of all USB HDD Registrations Press and hold [OK] for 3 seconds to show the This function cancels the registrations of all following settings. the USB HDDs registered on this unit. Only do this if you are going to dispose of this Delete all titles unit.

  • Page 94: Sound

    Convenient functions Changing the unit’s settings (Setup) Digital Audio Output Sound PCM Down Conversion Dynamic Range Compression Select how to output audio with a sampling To lower the dynamic range for playback (e.g., at frequency of 96 kHz. night). • On: •...

  • Page 95: Display

    Convenient functions Display Audio Delay Mis-sync between the video and audio is Language corrected by delaying the audio output. Select the language for on-screen menus. Audio for HG / HX / HE / HL / HM Recording On-Screen Information If the programme has multi channel audio, priority is given to what you select.

  • Page 96

    Convenient functions Changing the unit’s settings (Setup) Connection HDMI Connection HDMI Video Format 3D Settings You can only select items compatible with the 3D Type connected equipment. If 3D video cannot be played back in 3D, you • If “Automatic” is selected, the output may be able to play it in 3D by changing the resolution best suited to the connected TV setting.

  • Page 97

    Convenient functions 7.1ch Audio Reformatting AV2 Settings [BD-V] AV2 Input Surround sound with 6.1 ch or less is Set according to the output from the external automatically expanded and played back at equipment. 7.1 ch. • If “Off” is selected, sound is played over the Ext Link original number of channels.

  • Page 98: Network

    Convenient functions Changing the unit’s settings (Setup) Network IP Address / DNS Settings Check the connection of the network or set Easy Network Setting the IP address and DNS. Press [OK] to start Easy Network Setting. ( • To set the IP address and DNS 1 Set “IP Address Auto-assignment”...

  • Page 99: Others

    Convenient functions Others Home Network Settings You can set the DLNA (Server) function. Standby Settings Power Save in Standby Home Network function • On: You can switch between enable/disable of It will go into the “Power Save in Standby” the DLNA (Server) and DMR (Media mode.

  • Page 100

    • Make a note of PIN in case you forget it. 4 Press [OK]. e.g., • Operation is possible only with Panasonic PIN Entry remote controls with “IR6” printed at the bottom when the remote control code of this unit is set Remember the PIN.

  • Page 101: Language Code List

    Convenient functions Language code list Software Update Now ( Broadcast ) You can check for the latest software (firmware) version and update the software Lingala: 7678 Abkhazian: 6566 Lithuanian: 7684 Afar: 6565 (firmware) from broadcaster immediately. Macedonian: 7775 Afrikaans: 6570 However, some cable providers do not Malagasy: 7771...

  • Page 102: Software (firmware) Update

    Don’t remove the AC mains lead You can download the latest software (firmware) during the update. Removing the AC mains version from the Panasonic support site below. lead while the update is in progress may After you copy the latest software (firmware) to a damage the unit.

  • Page 103: Ci Plus Compatible Cam Software Firmware) Update

    Convenient functions CI Plus compatible CAM software The unit’s display during the update (firmware) update Software (firmware) of CAM (compatible CI Plus) can be updated automatically from broadcasts. Availability of software (firmware) update is detected while viewing the programmes compatible with CI Plus. •...

  • Page 104: Other Operations

    Convenient functions Other operations Entering text Switching the aspect ratio of the screen Preparation • Show the “Enter Title Name” screen, etc. When the image does not match the screen size of the TV, you can enlarge the image to fill the Select a character, then press [OK].

  • Page 105: Troubleshooting Guide

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting guide Troubleshooting Before requesting service, make the following General operation checks. If the problem still persists, consult your dealer for instructions. The unit does not work. Updating to the latest software (firmware) may • Check the connections. ( solve the problem.

  • Page 106: Displays

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting guide The remote control does not work. TV screen and video • The remote control and main unit are using different codes. Change the code on the remote Screen size is wrong. control. • Check the “TV Aspect” or “Aspect for 4:3 Video”. Press and hold [OK] and •...

  • Page 107

    Troubleshooting 3D video is not output correctly. The images do not appear on the TV. • 3D video may be output correctly by changing The picture is distorted during play, or video the following settings: will not play correctly. - “3D Type” of “3D Settings” ( •...

  • Page 108

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting guide Auto Renewal Recording does not work Recording, timer recording and properly. copying • The programme will not be overwritten in the Cannot record. following cases: Cannot copy. - the programme is protected - any programme is being played back or copied •...

  • Page 109: Edit

    Troubleshooting Image for the Quick View is not smooth. Play • Image may not be played back smoothly in case Cannot play back. of DR, HG, HX, HE, HL, HM mode titles, AVCHD format titles or BD-Video. • The disc is dirty. ( •...

  • Page 110: Photo

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting guide Photo TV Guide The TV Guide information is not displayed The contents of the SD card cannot be read. properly. • Remove the card from the slot and then insert again. If this does not solve the problem, switch •...

  • Page 111: Viera Link

    “HDAVI Control” again. • This unit does not support “ONE TOUCH PLAY” function of the Panasonic AV Control Receiver. When using Wireless LAN connection, video from the DLNA Certified media server is not...

  • Page 112: Messages On The Unit's Display

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting guide Messages on the unit’s display NoWRIT You cannot write to this disc. The following messages or service numbers The disc may be damaged. Use a new disc. appear on the unit’s display when something unusual is detected. PLEASE WAIT •...

  • Page 113: When You Experience Problems With Easy Network Setting

    Troubleshooting X HOLD The unit is hot. The HOLD function is activated. ( 104) The unit switches to standby for safety reasons. Wait for about 30 minutes until the message or F disappears. (“∑” stands for a number.) Do not block the cooling fan on the rear of the unit.

  • Page 114

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting guide Easy Network Setting ( Home Network Easy Network Setting ( Internet Connection Connection Check ) Test ) Check the Display Check the following Display following Cannot find the • “Primary DNS” and 1. LAN cable • Connection server.

  • Page 115: Specifications

    Reference Specifications Reference Specifications are subject to change without ∫ Audio notice. Audio in: AV1/AV2 (21 pin) Full scale: 2.0 Vrms at 1 kHz ∫ General Input impedance: More than 10 k≠ Dimensions: 430 mm (W) Audio out: [BCT820] 66 mm (H) AV1/AV2 (21 pin), Audio Out L/R (pin jack) [BCT720] [BCT721] 59 mm (H) Full scale: 2.0 Vrms at 1 kHz...

  • Page 116

    Reference Specifications ∫ Copying speed from HDD to BD-R in High ∫ Recordable discs BD-RE (SL/DL): 1-2X SPEED (Ver. 2.1) Speed Copy BD-R (SL/DL): 1-2X SPEED (Ver. 1.1), HDD (HM, 1 hour) > 6X Speed BD-R 1-4X SPEED (Ver. 1.2), Copying speed: 1-6X SPEED (Ver.

  • Page 117

    Reference ∫ SD Card Maximum numbers of titles that can be Compatible media: SD Memory Card §1 recorded Format: FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT §2 Data that can be played: JPEG, MPO, 999 titles AVCHD format, MPEG-2, MP4 (When continuously recording for Includes SDHC/SDXC cards.

  • Page 118

    File Format: supported. SD-Video format § used on Standard Definition Camera Maximum number of folders: 300 folders (Panasonic and some other’s) (including the root folder) SD-Video Entertainment Video Profile § Maximum number of files: 200 files • Support version ∫ HD-Video (High Definition)

  • Page 119

    Reference Recording modes and approximate recording times Depending on the content being recorded, the recording time may become shorter than indicated. ∫ DR mode Recording Mode BD-RE, BD-R Single Layer Dual Layer [BCT820] [BCT720] [BCT721] (1 TB) (500 GB) (25 GB) (50 GB) DR (HD quality) 150 hours...

  • Page 120

    Reference Specifications ∫ XP, SP, LP, EP modes Recording Mode BD-RE, BD-R Single Layer Dual Layer [BCT820] [BCT720] [BCT721] (1 TB) (500 GB) (25 GB) (50 GB) 215 hours 107 hours 5 hours 15 min. 10 hours 30 min. 431 hours 215 hours 10 hours 30 min.

  • Page 121: Licenses

    Reference Licenses “AVCHD”, “AVCHD 3D”, “AVCHD Progressive” and “AVCHD 3D/Progressive” are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. Copyright 2004-2010 Verance Corporation. Cinavia™ is a Verance Corporation trademark. Protected by U.S. Patent 7,369,677 and worldwide patents issued and pending under license from Verance Corporation. All rights reserved.

  • Page 122

    Reference Licenses ® ® DivX , DivX Certified and associated logos are trademarks of Rovi Corporation or its subsidiaries and are used under license. ABOUT DIVX VIDEO: ® ® DivX is a digital video format created by DivX, LLC, a subsidiary of Rovi Corporation. This is an official DivX Certified device that plays DivX video.

  • Page 123

    MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. At least three (3) years from delivery of products, Panasonic will give to any third party who contacts us at the contact information provided below, for a charge no more than our cost of physically performing source code distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code covered under LGPL.

  • Page 124: Index

    Reference Index Aspect ... . .96, 104 Delete HD Video (AVCHD) Delete BD-Video data . . . 43 Copy ....61, 72 Audio Music .

  • Page 125

    Reference PAUSE LIVE TV ..30 Recording ....31 Teletext ... . . 29, 95 Aspect .

  • Page 126

    Reference Declaration of Conformity (DoC) Hereby, “Panasonic Corporation” declares that this product is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. Customers can download a copy of the original DoC to our R&TTE products from our DoC server:

  • Page 127

    The recording and playback of content on this or any other device may require permission from the owner of the copyright or other such rights in that content. Panasonic has no authority to and does not grant you that permission and explicitly disclaims any right, ability or intention to obtain such permission on your behalf.

  • Page 128

    This symbol might be used in combination with a chemical symbol. In this case it complies with the requirement set by the Directive for the chemical involved. Pursuant to the applicable EU legislation Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH Panasonic Testing Centre Winsbergring 15, 22525 Hamburg, Germany Panasonic Corporation Web Site:

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Dmr-bct720, Dmr-bct721

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