This is a supplement to the Toshiba RD-XS32's Owners Manual. The intent of this thread is to reduce the learning curve. The manual will be updated as I go thru the learning process and as I get suggestions and/or corrections. CONTENTS COMPATIBLE DVD Media RECORDING the SOURCE CHAPTER EDITING CHAPTER BREAK EDITING PLAYLIST CREATING ADDING CHAPTERS from OTHER TITLES GETTING RID of UNWANTED CHAPTERS in the PLAYLIST CHANGING the PLAYLIST TITLE NAME CHANGING THUMB NAIL(PICTURE) MAKING AN ORIGIONAL FROM A PLAYLIST CREATING a DVD MORE VIDEO than DISK SPACE COMPATIBLE DVD Media: Reference Pg 9 of Manual DVD –RW, stick with 2x TDK (1x-2x) Scratch-Proof Verbatim Memorex 2X DVD –R Ritek Ridata G03 (Surface Color: Matted Silver/Purple Bottom), 1x Ritek G04/G05 datawrite titanium Datawrite Grey (8x), Red (4x), Yellow(4x) Verbatim 4x, 8x Bulkpaq Orange 4x Everything done by the remote unless otherwise stated RECORDING the SOURCE 1. Select the video input: Use the “Input Selection” button located at the botton right hand coner. 2. Select “HDD” : Located in the Upper Left quadrant. 3. Adjust if neccessary, your record video levels. - Either; Open Lower Flap and Push “Setup” or Push "Easy Navi" then select Setup from the screen menu - Use arrow keys to slide to the Image with a disc(DVD Recorder Operation) - Use arrow keys to scroll down to “Picture Record Mode”. Pg 161 of Manual - Set mode which best suites your video source in order to get the best picture you can. 4. Push “Quick Menu” button and select “AV Record Quality” 5. Select Video and Audio Bit rate. Reference Pg33 and 161 of Manual. Websit to Aid in choosing a Bit Rate: http://www.mediachance.com/dvdlab/tutorial/bitrate.html I set mine up for 6Mbps/M2(around 90 min record time). You can “Rate Conversion Dubbing” ,Pg 112, later if you need to fit more than 90 min. 6. Go to the start of your video. 7. Push “Rec”: Located Mid Left 8. Push play on your video source. 9. After Video Source Finishied: - Push “Stop”: Located around “Rec” button - You now have a Title Orgional which is named with Date Time ect. CHAPTER EDITING 1. Push “Content Menu”: Upper Right of Arrow Keys - The screen shows you what Titles and Playlist you have created 2. If you have more than one Title you will have to use the arrow keys to navigate to the Title you want to chapter divide. A Green Outline in used to show you which Title you are working on. 3. Push “Quick Menu”: Above Flap on right, button marked with a 2. 4. Scroll down to “Chapter Function” then “Chapter Editing”. Pg 91 of Manual Just a suggestion: Push Play then Pause. CHAPTER BREAK EDITING If you need to make cuts at the “Chapter Breaks” Reference Pg 93 of Manual. “by frame(VR Mode)" : Use if contents will be copied on to HDD or DVD-RAM. “GOP (Video Mode)”: Use if contents will be copied to DVD –R/RW. “Frame Scroll” – frame by frame movement; located above the Pause button. “Skip” – Used to skip back and forth to hapters “Picture Search” – Same as fast forward or rewind 5. Around the point at which you want to start a NEW chapter, Push "Pause" then use "Frame Scroll " to get to the exact frame where you want to start the new chapter. 6. Push “Enter” to create the chapter divide. You can also use “Chp Divide” if you want. Note: Keep in mind you need to make chapters of stuff you DON'T want in your final video. 7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until finished. 8. Save your chapters, ref to Pg 92 PLAYLIST CREATING Before I start this section, I like to clear the screen so I know where I am. Note: Pushing any button twice appears to be like ON/OFF. This will help in clearing the screen. Now, you have a Title(Org) which contains Chapters(Org). To get to the PlayList “Edit Menu”, Pg 95 of Manual or 1. Push “Content Menu” and select your Title(if done here it will automatically be selected in step 5) 2. Push “Edit Menu” Pg 118 of Manual 3. Scroll Down to “PlayList Editing” 4. You are now at Step 5 Pg 96 of Manual 5. Move to a Title which contains a chapter you want to add to your PlayList. 6. Press Star button(blue) to see chapters. The button is located next to “Rec” Note: Star Button shows chapters created in the selected Title. 7. Move to the chapter you want to insert. 8. Press “Enter”: A red bar appears at the bottom. 9. If you press “Enter” a 2nd time the chapter will be entered into your playlist. Note: When the Red Bar appears you can use the left and right arrow keys to move it. Your chapter will be put in placed of the Red Bar. ADDING CHAPTERS from OTHER TITLES 10. Repeat step 6. This toggles between viewing Chapters and Titles. 11. Repeat steps 5 thru 10. Skip this step after you get your Playlist. 12. PlayList Finished, Save. Pg 97 of Manual. 13. Press “Edit Menu” to close “Edit Menu”. GETTING RID of UNWANTED CHAPTERS in the PLAYLIST 1. Push “Content Menu” and select your Title (if done here it will automatically be selected in step 4) 2. Push “Edit Menu” Pg 118 of Manual. 3. Scroll Down to and select “Del Selected Items”. 4. Select your PlayList Title. 5. Switch to Chapters View(the star toggles) of the Title in step 4 6. Select the unwanted chapter 7. Hit “Enter” until it appear in the lower half of the screen 8. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 until finished. Use up Arrow to back to chapters. 9. Use down arrows to highlight the start button 10. Hit “Enter”, ask if you want to confirm 11. Use arrows to highlight Yes 12. “Enter” CHANGING the PLAYLIST TITLE NAME 1. Reference Pg 98 of Manual, Right Side of page, 2nd Subject. 2. Push “Content Menu” and select your PlayList Title 3. Push “Edit Menu” Pg 118 of Manual. 4. Scroll Down to and select “PlayList Editing”. 5. Select the PlayList Title you want to change the name of 6. Press “Enter” until it appears in the lower half of the screen 7. Using down arrow key get the Cursor in the botton of the screen 8. Push “Quick Menu” and select “Edit title name” 9. Keyboard appears: Enter the new name 10. Exit: Now the Changed name shows up in the “Content Menu”. CHANGING THUMB NAIL(PICTURE) 1. Reference Pg 100 of Manual MAKING AN ORIGIONAL FROM A PLAYLIST NOTE: The New Original will have your Title after this step 1. Reference Pg 106 of Manual. I copy from HDD to HDD CREATING a DVD 1. Reference Pg 123 of Manual. I burned mine with these instructions and had no problems. I use Ritek DVD-r media and have had no problems recording or Playing Back the media in a Koss, Apex or Toshiba(vhs/dvd). So far the recorded DVDs play in everything I put them in. I am not sure what the difference is from the instructions starting on Pg 123 and Pg 132. Mine finalized on its own using Pg 123's instructions. MORE VIDEO than DISK SPACE 1. Reference Pg 112 of Manual. If you are wanting to make a DVD, I would suggest rate converting the Titles you want on to the HDD, then follow the instruction on Pg 123 of the Manual. Use the “Frame/Adjust” button (above Pause) to switch between Rates. As you switch, the amount of record time(bottom of screen) goes up and down. If your video is 90 min long it will take that long to complete the “Rate Conversion Dubbing”. I tried the instructions for “Multiple Parts”,Pg 114, and end up with the video on the DVD, but it did not have the menus or nice features which I get using Pg 123's instructions. I converted from 6Mbps to the SP(4.6Mbps) and cannot see any difference in video quality between the Rate Converted and the Origional.