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Operating Instructions

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Video Recordable DVD Drive

VRD-VC10

Safety Regulations

WARNING You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment. To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture. To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.

CAUTION: As the laser beam in the VRD-VC10 is harmful to the eyes, do not attempt to disassemble the cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only. The use of optical instruments with this product will increase eye hazard. The use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure.

The VRD-VC10 is classified as a CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT. The CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT label is located on the enclosure.

Bei diesem VRD-VC10 handelt es sich um ein Laser-Produkt der Klasse 1. Das Etikett mit der Aufschrift LASER KLASSE 1 PRODUKT befindet sich auf dem Gehuse.

FCC Compliance: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the

equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a

circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/ TV technician for help.

The shielded interface cable recommended in this manual must be used with this equipment in order to comply with the limits for a digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.

Notes: If you have any questions about this product, you may call the telephone number listed on the Support overview on page 45. The telephone number below is not for customer service but only for official purpose.

CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT

LASER KLASSE 1 PRODUKT

LUOKAN 1 LASERLAITE

KLASS 1 LASER APPARAT

Declaration of Conformity

Trade Name: SONY Model No.: VRD-VC10 Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc. Address: 16450 W.Bernardo Dr.,

San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.

Telephone No.: 858-942-2230

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful

interference, and (2) This device must accept any interference

received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

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CAUTION

The mains plug on this equipment must be used to disconnect mains power. Please ensure that the socket outlet is installed near the equipment and shall be easily Accessible.

Achtung

Zur Trennung vom Netz ist der Netzsecker aus der Steckdose zu ziehen, welche sich in der Nhe des Gertes befinden mu und leicht zugnglich sein soll.

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Table of Contents Safety Regulations .......................... 2

Introduction

Features ........................................... 6

Stand-alone operation ............... 6

Computer-controlled operation . 6

Others ........................................ 6

Unpacking ....................................... 7

Parts and controls ........................... 8

System requirements .................... 10

Stand-alone Operation - Using the Drive as a DVD Recorder

Creating DVDs ............................. 11

Recording procedure ............... 11

Recording methods ................. 11

Discs that can be used ............. 12

Recording mode ...................... 12

About titles and chapters on a disc ....................................... 13

Synchronized recording ................ 14

Manual recording .......................... 18

Additional operations ................... 21

Selecting a recording mode ..... 21

Selecting a chapter interval ..... 21

Creating titles manually .......... 21

Selecting automatic playback mode ........................................ 22

Finalizing a Disc ..................... 22

Erasing a Disc ......................... 24

Selecting a player-type ............ 25

Using the Drive as an External DVD Drive

Connecting the drive to a computer .....................................26

Connecting the drive to a computer ..................................26

Installing the driver .................27

Disconnection ..........................32

About software ..............................33

Notes on using other software with the drive ...........................34

Maximizing performance .............35

Reaching the highest possible data transfer rate ......................35

Updating the firmware ............35

Using 48x read/write speed for CDs ..........................................35

Discs

Compatible discs ...........................36

Recommended discs ................38

Features of writable discs ..............39

Precautions on writing/playing discs ...............................................42

Additional Information

Precautions ....................................44

Support overview ..........................45

User support web site ..............45

Update the drive firmware .......45

Technical support ....................45

Specifications ................................46

Troubleshooting ............................48

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is a trademark of Sony Corporation.

Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Other system and product names used herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of their

respective manufacturers, although the and marks are not used in the text. Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.

Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

Please Record Responsibly Before copying anything onto a disc, please be sure that you are not violating copyright laws. Most software companies allow you to make a backup or archive copy of software. Check your softwares license agreement for details.

Copyrights Television programs, films, video tapes, discs, and other materials may be copyrighted.

Unauthorized recording of such material may be contrary to the provisions of the copyright laws. Also, use of this product with cable television transmission may require authorization from the cable television transmitter and/or program owner.

This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited.

Our product warranty is valid only when the supplied accessories (including software) are used in the specified or recommended system environment, in accordance with the documentation, and applies only to this DVD/CD rewritable drive. Our customer service and user support apply only under these product warranty conditions.

Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for failure of the computer or other devices, incompatibility with special hardware, operating problems caused by improper installation of software, loss of data, discs or other accidental or incidental damage that might occur when using this product.

The guarantee and user support for this product are valid only within the countries or sales regions specified on the warranty card.

Copyright laws prohibit the copying in part or in full of the supplied software and documentation, or loaning the software, without obtaining permission of the copyright holder.

We cannot accept responsibility for any direct or indirect financial damage or loss of profit that might occur when using the supplied software.

The supplied software can only be used with this product.

Specifications of the supplied software may be changed without notice in the interest of product improvement.

B Introduction

Features This drive offers the following features.

You can use this drive as a stand-alone DVD recorder to record videos on DVD+R or DVD+RW discs directly from connected video cameras and AV devices.

Synchronized recording allows the drive to record videos automatically, synchronized with the operations carried out on the connected video device.

You can create titles or chapters either automatically or manually.

A video recordable DVD drive with Hi- Speed USB (USB 2.0-compliant) interfaces for computers, and analog audio/video input terminals for video devices.

The drive can write to seven types of disc, including a DVD+R Double Layer disc.

The drive can write at a maximum speed of 16x when using high speed DVD+R discs.

Adopts the technology to prevent buffer underrun errors.

Hardware MPEG encoder captures video signals.

The drive can be placed vertically or horizontally.

Stand-alone operation

Computer-controlled operation

Others

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Introduction

Unpacking Please confirm that the package contains the following items. If any of these items appear to be missing and/or damaged, please contact your dealer.

Drive

Hi-Speed USB cable 1

Power cord

AC adaptor (MPA-AC1)

Quick Start Guide Operating instructions

(this document) Nero Quick Start Guide Software disc Warranty card

Note

Make sure that you back up the supplied software disc on another disc because the software disc is not distributed separately.

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Parts and controls

Front Panel

A Disc tray Insert discs here, label side to the left.

Hint

When you insert a disc into the drive, make sure that you set the disc inside the two lower pins. When using the drive horizontally, make sure that it is under the four pins.

B Eject button Opens and closes the disc tray.

C Display window

D TIME button Displays time passed or time remaining.

E SYNC (synchronize) button Activates the synchronized recording.

F INPUT SELECT button Selects an input signal to be recorded.

G REC MODE button Selects a recording mode.

H SELECT button Selects the mode of the function.

I Busy indicator Indicates the drive status. Lit (green) The power is on. Blinking (greenish orange) The drive is accessing the disc, such as

reading, playing or writing. Off The power is off.

J FUNCTION/ENTER button Selects a function to be operated.

K REC (record) button Starts recording videos.

L PAUSE button Pauses recording.

M STOP button Stops recording.

Pins

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Display Window

The display window works only when the drive is used as the stand-alone DVD recorder (p. 11), and indicates the following:

A Input signal ( p. 14, 18)

B Video signal indicator ( p. 14, 18)

C Recording mode ( p. 21)

D Status and warning messages ( p. 48)

E Time display (time passed or time remaining) ( p. 17, 20)

F Synchronized recording ( p. 14)

Rear Panel

A Power switch Turns the drive on or off.

B USB connector Connect a USB cable when connecting the drive to a computer.

C S VIDEO IN connector Connect an S VIDEO cable (not supplied) when connecting the drive to a video device such as a video camera or VCR.

D VIDEO IN connector Connect a video plug of AV cable (not supplied) when connecting the drive to a video device such as a video camera or VCR.

E AUDIO IN L/R connectors Connect audio plugs of AV cable (not supplied) when connecting the drive to a video device such as a video camera or VCR.

F DC IN jack Connect the supplied AC power adaptor.

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System requirements When connected to a computer, the drive should be used with a system that meets the following requirements1).

CPU: Pentium III, 800 MHz or higher (with NeroVision Express: Pentium 4, 1.6 GHz recommended)

RAM: 256 MB or higher 1 GB (with NeroVision Express:

10 GB) free hard disk space Operating system:

Windows 2000 Professional (referred to as Windows 2000), Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional (referred to as Windows XP)

Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0) port

1) The above requirements are the minimum necessary requirements to write to disc normally. Under actual operating conditions, the requirements imposed by your software must also be met. For details, refer to your software documentation.

Notes

You must use discs that are compatible with the write speed you have selected.

Writing speed may automatically be adjusted depending on the disc, specified disc speed, or disc conditions such as weight imbalance and eccentricity.

System should meet following requirements in order to use USB 2.0 operation with this device. Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0-compliant)

interface cable (included). System equipped with a Hi-Speed USB (USB

2.0-compliant) connector or PCI adaptor card, and running the USB 2.0 EHCI device driver1).

When connected to a product that does not support Hi-Speed USB, the maximum transfer rate is limited to 12 Mbps (equivalent to a USB 1.1 transfer rate).

1) The USB 2.0 EHCI driver software is supplied with currently available PCI adaptor cards that conform to USB 2.0. You can also use the USB 2.0 EHCI driver software supplied with Windows 2000 SP4 and Windows XP SP1.

For details, contact your USB 2.0 adaptor dealer or consult the Microsoft Corporation Web site.

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B Stand-alone Operation - Using the Drive as a DVD Recorder

Creating DVDs You can use this drive as a stand-alone DVD recorder to record videos on DVD+R or DVD+RW discs directly from a connected video cameras or video devices such as VCRs.

Note

Stand-alone operation of the drive is not available when the drive is connected to a computer with the USB cable and the computer is turned on.

You can record videos from video cameras or VCRs to a DVD using the following procedure.

Connect a playback device to the drive. m

Turn on and set up the connected device. m

Turn on the drive, and insert a disc. m

Set up the drive according to the input signal, recording mode used, etc. m

Start recording.

Hint

The recording settings you make on the drive remain as they are until you change them.

The drive features synchronized recording mode and manual recording mode.

Recording procedure

Recording methods

Recording method Operation

Synchronized recording

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The drive will start/stop recording automatically when it detects signals from the connected playback device.

Manual recording page 18

You can start/pause/stop recording manually by operating the drive and the connected device respectively.

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In stand-alone operation, you can use only DVD+RW or DVD+R discs.

Note

You cannot make additional recording on discs that have been created using computers or other DVD recorders by the stand-alone operation.

Three recording modes are available. Select a recording mode according to your priority - picture quality or recording duration.

Discs that can be used

Recording mode

Mode Picture quality

Recording time

Single layer disc Double layer disc

HQ (default) High Approx. 1 hour Approx. 2 hours

SP Standard Approx. 2 hours Approx. 4 hours

SLP Low Approx. 6 hours Approx. 12 hours

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What are titles and chapters?

DVD contents consist of sections, called titles, and smaller sub-sections, called chapters. On this drive, a title is created between the points where you start and stop a recording. Chapters are created automatically at specified intervals (5, 10, or 15 minutes), or they can be created manually.

Maximum number of titles on a disc

No additional titles can be created after title 49. Recording will not be initiated on a disc on which 49 titles have already been recorded.

Maximum number of chapters in a title

No additional chapters can be created after a total of 99 automatic and manual chapters have been marked out.

About titles and chapters on a disc

Title 1

Chapters

Title 2 Start Rec. Stop/Start

Chapters

Chapter marksChapter marks

Stop Rec.

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Synchronized recording You can record videos on DVD+RW or DVD+R discs while playing them back on your video device. Connect the video device to the drive using an AV cable, and the drive will start/stop recording automatically when you start/stop playback on the video device. In synchronized recording, the drive starts/stops recording when it detects signals from the video device.

Note

Synchronized recording may not operate properly or entirely in the following cases: The video device continues to output signals even after playback has stopped. For example,

standard VCRs output signals from the built-in tuner after they stop playback of tapes, therefore, the drive keeps detecting signals and does not stop recording. To avoid this, set the VCR so that it does not output signals when it is not playing back tape, by switching the input selection to line-in, etc. This symptom will occur with some video cameras that output a video signal to make blue or plain back-screen. In this case, disable the signal for back-screen on your video cameras.

The drive has detected a copy protection signal. Recording stops. Videos may not be recorded for a moment when recording has just started.

1 Connect a video device. Refer also to the manual supplied with the device to be connected.

Signal flow

Yellow

White

Red

Yellow

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* When the video camera or VCR has the S VIDEO jack.

S video cable*

AV cable

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2 Turn on the drive.

The busy indicator lights up in green.

3 Press EJECT, and insert a disc. A new blank disc is formatted automatically. Wait until [Format] on the display window changes to [Ready].

Busy indicator

EJECT button

Recording side

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4 Select the recording conditions.

To select a recording mode, see Selecting a recording mode on page 21. To select a chapter interval, see Selecting a chapter interval on page 21. To select how to start playback, see Selecting automatic playback mode on page 22.

5 Press REC on the drive. The drive comes in standby for recording.

Display [VIDEO] by pressing INPUT SELECT. If you have connected an S video cable, display [S-VIDEO]. Each time you press the button, [VIDEO] or [S- VIDEO] appears in turn.

Display [SYNC] by pressing SYNC.

INPUT SELECT

SYNC

REC

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6 Start playback on the video device.

[Recording] appears on the display window and the REC button lights up during recording. [SIG] on the display window indicates that the drive is receiving signals from the video device.

Recording stops automatically when playback ends. When the video signal is interrupted, the drive pauses. If the drive detects

no video signals after 2 minutes, it stops.

7 Press STOP to stop recording. [STOP] appears on the display window, and the drive stops recording automatically. Wait for a moment until [Ready] appears.

Note on using a DVD+R disc To play a recorded DVD+R on DVD devices, you need to finalize the disc after recording (p. 22).

To pause recording

Press PAUSE. [Pause] appears on the display window. To resume recording, press REC or PAUSE again.

Recording pauses also when you stop playback on the video device. To resume recording, restart playback.

To check the time passed or remaining

Press TIME. Each time you press TIME, the time passed within the current title or the time remaining within the disc appears in turn.

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Manual recording You can start/pause/stop recording manually by operating the drive and the connected device respectively.

1 Connect a video device. See Synchronized recording on page 14.

2 Turn on the drive. The busy indicator lights up in green.

3 Press EJECT, and insert a disc. A new blank disc is formatted automatically. Wait until [Format] on the display window changes to [Ready].

Busy indicator

EJECT button

Recording side

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4 Select the recording conditions.

To select a recording mode, see Selecting a recording mode on page 21. To select a chapter interval, see Selecting a chapter interval on page 21. To select how to start playback, see Selecting automatic playback mode on page 22.

5 On the video device, search the start point you want to record and set it in the playback pause mode.

6 Press REC on the drive, and start playback on the connected device. [Recording] appears on the display window and the REC button lights up during recording. [SIG] on the display window indicates that the drive is receiving signals from the connected device.

Display [VIDEO] by pressing INPUT SELECT. If you have connected an S video cable, display [S-VIDEO]. Each time you press the button, [VIDEO] or [S- VIDEO] appears in turn.

Turn off [SYNC] by pressing SYNC.

INPUT SELECT

SYNC

REC

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7 Press STOP to stop recording. [STOP] appears on the display window, and stop playback on the video device. Wait for a moment until [Ready] appears.

Note on using a DVD+R disc To play a recorded DVD+R on DVD devices, you need to finalize the disc after recording (p. 22).

To pause recording

Press PAUSE. [Pause] appears on the display window. To resume recording, press REC or PAUSE again.

To check the time passed or remaining

Press TIME. Each time you press TIME, the time passed within the current title or the time remaining within the disc appears in turn.

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Additional operations

Press REC MODE. Each time you press the button, [HQ], [SP], or [SLP] appears in sequence. See page 12 for details on the recording mode.

Note

You cannot do this operation during recording.

See page 13 for details on chapters.

1 Display [Auto Chp] by pressing FUNCTION/ENTER. Each time you press the button, [Finalize?], [Erase All?], [Auto Play?], [Auto Chp], or [PlayerType] appears in sequence.

2 Press SELECT to select the interval. Each time you press the button, [5 minutes], [10 minutes], [15 minutes], or [None] appears in sequence.

Note

You cannot do this operation during recording

To create chapters manually

Select [None] for [Auto Chp]. The videos are recorded as one chapter until you pause recording. Pressing REC during recording also writes a chapter mark.

Stop recording. The videos are recorded as one title until you stop recording.

Selecting a recording mode

Selecting a chapter interval

Creating titles manually

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You can set automatic playback mode on the disc before recording. In the default setting ([No]), the disc is to start playback with displaying the menu screen of the title recorded.

1 Display [AutoPlay?] by pressing FUNCTION/ENTER. Each time you press the button, [Finalize?], [Erase All?], [Auto Play?], [Auto Chp], or [PlayerType] appears in sequence.

2 Press SELECT to select [Yes] or [No]. When you select [Yes] (automatic playback mode is on), the disc starts playback on a DVD player with the first title recorded.

When you select [No] (automatic playback mode is off), the disc starts playback on a DVD player with displaying the menu screen of the titles recorded.

You need to finalize DVD+R discs after recording to play them back on other DVD devices. You cannot edit or record on them after finalizing.

You do not need to finalize DVD+RW discs. (DVD+RW discs are finalized automatically after recording. You can edit or record on them even after finalizing.)

1 Turn on the drive. The busy indicator lights up in green.

Selecting automatic playback mode

Finalizing a Disc

DVD player

DVD player

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2 Press EJECT, and insert a disc.

Wait until [Ready] appears on the display window.

3 Press FUNCTION/ENTER repeatedly to display [Finalize?] on the display window. Each time you press the button, [Finalize?], [Erase All?], [Auto Play?], [Auto Chp], or [PlayerType] appears in sequence.

4 Press SELECT to select [Yes]. If you do not finalize the disc, select [No].

5 Press FUNCTION/ENTER. [Reconfirm?] appears on the display window.

6 Press SELECT to select [Yes]. If you do not finalize the disc, select [No].

7 Press FUNCTION/ENTER. Finalizing of the disc starts. When finalizing is complete, [Finalize Complete] appears.

8 Eject the disc.

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Notes

Depending on the disc condition, recording condition, or DVD device, discs may not play even if the discs are finalized.

The drive can finalize only the discs recorded on this drive. It may take about five minutes or more to finalize a disc. Please wait until [Finalize

Complete] is displayed.

You can erase the contents of DVD+RWs recorded on this drive. This operation erases all of the contents in the disc at once.

1 Turn on the drive. The busy indicator lights up in green.

2 Press EJECT, and insert a disc. Wait until [Ready] appears on the display window.

3 Press FUNCTION/ENTER repeatedly to display [Erase All?] on the display window. Each time you press the button, [Finalize?], [Erase All?], [Auto Play?], [Auto Chp], or [PlayerType] appears in sequence.

4 Press SELECT to select [Yes]. If you do not erase the disc, select [No].

5 Press FUNCTION/ENTER. [Reconfirm?] appears on the display window.

6 Press SELECT to select [Yes]. If you do not erase the disc, select [No].

Erasing a Disc

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7 Press FUNCTION/ENTER.

Erasing of the disc starts. When erasing is complete, [Ready] appears.

8 Eject the disc.

Note

You cannot erase title by title, or chapter by chapter.

Double layer discs may encounter a compatibility problem with some DVD players. Changing the player-type setting may solve this problem.

1 Display [PlayerType] by pressing FUNCTION/ENTER. Each time you press the button, [Finalize?], [Erase All?], [Auto Play?], [Auto Chp], or [PlayerType] appears in sequence.

2 Press SELECT to select the type [A] or [B]. Normally select [A]. If you cannot play back the disc due to the compatibility problem, select [B] and record again using the disc.

Notes

This setting is only applicable to the DVD+R DL (double layer) discs. The player-type must be set prior to recording the disc. You cannot change the player-type

of the disc after recording.

Selecting a player-type

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B Using the Drive as an External DVD Drive

Connecting the drive to a computer Connect the drive to a computer using the supplied USB cable to use the drive as an external DVD drive. When connecting the drive to your computer for the first time, you need to install the driver software.

Note

When the drive is connected to a computer, you cannot use the drive as a DVD recorder in stand-alone operation. The buttons and display window of the drive do not function.

1 Connect the supplied USB cable, the power cord, and the AC adaptor to the drive.

2 Turn on the drive.

Connecting the drive to a computer

USB Cable

AC adaptorPower cord

Power switch

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3 Turn on your computer.

4 Connect the other end of the USB cable to your computer.

Note

Please connect the drive directly to a USB connector on the computer.

5 Install the drive on the computer. On Windows XP, see below. On Windows 2000, see page 30.

On Windows XP

1 Insert the supplied software disc into a drive on the computer. The following screen will appear.

Installing the driver

Computer

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2 Check [Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)] (1), then click [Next] (2). The following screen will appear.

3 Check [Search for the best driver in these locations.] (1), [Include this location in the search:] (2), click [Browse] (3), browse for the drive you insert the software disc, then click [OK] (4). The following screen will appear.

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4 Make sure that Sony VRD-VC10 [Video Capture] is displayed,

then click [Continue Anyway]. The following screen will appear.

5 Click [Finish], and continue to install the writing software in the supplied software disc following the instructions on the screen.

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On Windows 2000

1 Insert the supplied software disc into a drive on the computer. The following screen will appear.

2 Click [Next]. The following screen will appear.

3 Check [Search for a suitable driver for my device (recommended)] (1), then click [Next] (2). The following screen will appear.

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4 Check [Specify a location] (1), then click [Next] (2).

The following screen will appear.

5 Click [Browse] (1), browse for the drive you insert the software disc (2), then click [OK] (3). The following screen will appear.

6 Make sure that VRD-VC10 [Video Capture] is displayed, then click [Next]. The following screen will appear.

. Continued

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7 Click [Yes]. The following screen will appear.

8 Click [Finish], and continue to install the writing software in the supplied software disc following the instructions on the screen.

The disconnection procedure varies depending on your OS. When your computer detects the drive successfully, appears on the Windows task bar. When you want to disconnect the drive, you must first stop it using this icon.

1 Click on the task bar, and click the drive to be disconnected on the shortcut menu.

2 Operate following the message displayed, if any.

3 Disconnect the USB cable.

Note

If you disconnect the USB cable without performing the procedure above, your computer may operate erratically or data may be damaged. Be sure to perform the procedure above before disconnecting the USB cable.

Disconnection

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About software Use the supplied software to create discs and play back DVDs. The supplied software disc contains the following software. (Refer to the PDF or online documentation of each software for details about their operation.)

Nero StartSmart Serves as the command center to quickly start all the software of the Nero suite.

Nero Burning ROM SE Writes data on CDs and DVDs.

Nero Express A light version of the Nero Burning ROM software. Makes it easier to create CDs and DVDs.

NeroVision Express Authoring software to create DVD-Videos and video CDs.

Nero Recode Compresses your videos to burn and fit them all onto one disc.

Nero ShowTime Plays back DVD-Videos and video CDs.

Nero BackItUp Allows to back up the data from a hard disk to DVDs and CDs.

InCD Packet writing software that supports DVDRW and CD-RW.

Nero Wave Editor Audio processing software that allows editing audio files.

Nero Media Player Audio processing software specialized in playing back music.

Nero Cover Designer Creates CD and DVD covers and labels.

Nero Toolkit Utility software consists of Nero CD-DVD Speed, Nero DriveSpeed, and Nero InfoTool.

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Using software other than the supplied software (such as commercially available software, shareware, or freeware) to write data to disc with this drive is not under warranty and Sony provides no customer service.

Make sure that the supplied writing software and other writing software do not coexist on your computer. Especially if other packet writing software 1) exists in your computer, the software and/or computer may operate erratically.

If the commercially available software you are using does not detect the drive correctly, visit the web site of the software manufacturer and update the software, as this may solve the problem.

1) Such as Drag-to-Disc (ROXIO), Direct CD (ROXIO), Bs CLIP (BHA), and DLA (Sonic).

Notes on using other software with the drive

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Maximizing performance

Make sure that you use high-speed certified discs for which this operation has been guaranteed by Sony. For the latest information about these discs, visit the user support web site. When using discs other than those mentioned above, the drive may limit writing speed to preserve a good reading quality.

We recommend using the drive with the latest firmware as some problems encountered when using the drive can be solved simply by updating the drive firmware. Firmware updates are available on the user support web site. See page 45 for details.

Hint

The firmware is the built-in software that makes the drive work.

The default read/write speed for CDs of this drive is 40 speed. With a single touch, you can make the read/write speed 48 speed.

Notes

On rare occasions, some discs may not be able to tolerate 48 speed, causing them to break. We recommend that you do not use deeply scratched, brittle, or other discs that may break at 48 speed.

This function does not guarantee a 48 write speed. Depending on the condition of the disc you are using, the speed may be lower.

This function does not increase read/write speed with CD-RW discs.

1 Insert a disc into the drive. The read/write speed when you insert a disc is normally 40 speed.

2 Press the Eject button for five seconds. The busy indicator blinks twice and the read/write speed switches to 48 speed.

Hint

When you open the disc tray, the read/write speed reverts to its default of 40 speed.

Reaching the highest possible data transfer rate

Updating the firmware

Using 48x read/write speed for CDs

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B Discs

Compatible discs The following discs are compatible with the drive.

DVD

1) Supported by the drive. Depending on your software and disc, this speed may vary.

Disc types Logo Read Write Write

(Stand- alone)

Write speed1)

DVD+R 1 to 16

DVD+R DL (Double layer) 1 to 2.4

DVD+RW 1 to 4

DVD-R 1 to 8

DVD-RW 1 to 4

DVD-ROM

DVD-Video

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CD

Notes

Only round discs should be used with this drive. Never use odd-shaped discs (stars, hearts, card shape, etc.), otherwise the drive may be damaged.

It is not guaranteed to write to or play back 99-minute discs. With 8 cm discs, you must place the drive horizontally.

Disc types Logo Read Write Write speed

CD-R Max. 48

CD-RW Max. 4

CD-RW (High Speed) Max. 10

CD-RW (Ultra Speed) Max. 24

CD-ROM

CD-DA (audio only)

CD Extra

Video CD

CD TEXT

Disc diameters Read Write

DVD 12 cm

8 cm

CD 12 cm

8 cm

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We recommend that you only use discs for which operation has been guaranteed. You can obtain the latest list of writable discs for which operation with this drive has been guaranteed at the user support web site (see page 45 for details).

Note

You can safely use most disc formats that comply with the appropriate standards with this drive. However, bear in mind that some commercially available discs do not comply with the quality or performance standards that are necessary to use with this drive. If you use such discs, the drive may automatically adjust the writing speed, may not be able to write at all, etc. Even if the discs are successfully written, they may cause errors at the time of reading.

Recommended discs

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Features of writable discs You can use various discs with the drive to write data. Refer to the table below to find the type of disc that matches what you want to do.

Note

You can access/play back the data written to the discs above with most drives/players that support their formats. However, some combinations of drives/players and discs (depending on their quality and/or characteristics) may make access/playback impossible. For details, refer to your drive/player documentation.

To DVD+R DVD+R DL DVD+RW DVD-R DVD-RW CD-R CD-RW

create DVD-Video that can be played back by most drives and/or players

create DVDs that you can edit

create DVDs to which you can add to later.

create video CDs that can be played back with most computers

use DVDs like video tapes (allowing multiple rewrites)

distribute 700 MB of data or more (create DVD-ROM discs)

distribute data that can be used on most computers (create CD- ROM discs)

create audio CDs that can be played back on most CD players

back up your hard disk

store data without deleting it

use discs in the same way as floppy discs

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Writable CDs and compatibility

The drive can write to CD-R and CD-RW discs, when used with writing software. To play back (read) these CD-R and CD-RW discs on other CD-ROM drives, make settings on the writing software according to the purpose of the data.

CD-R discs Data can be written to this type of disc only once, and once it has been written, it cannot be erased. Music CDs created on CD-R disc media can be played on standard CD players.

CD-RW discs Data can be written to and erased from this type of disc repeatedly. Typically, a new CD-RW disc can be rewritten about 1,000 times. Music CDs created on CD-RW disc media cannot be played on a CD player unless it is designed to be CD-RW compatible.

High speed CD-RW discs The drive can write to High Speed CD-RW disc media. Data written on High Speed CD-RW discs can be read by standard CD-ROM drives.

Note

Drives that do not have the High Speed CD-RW logo cannot be used to write to High Speed CD-RW discs. When writing or adding to such discs with a drive other than this one, make sure that the drive has the High Speed CD-RW logo. Also, always set the writing speed to that specified for the particular High Speed CD-RW disc media being used.

Ultra speed CD-RW discs The drive can write to High Speed CD-RW and Ultra Speed CD-RW disc media. Data written to these discs can be read by standard CD-ROM drives.

Note

Drives that do not have the Ultra Speed CD-RW logo cannot be used to write to Ultra Speed CD-RW discs. When writing or adding to such discs with a drive other than this one, make sure that the drive has the Ultra Speed CD-RW logo. Also, always set the writing speed to that specified for the particular Ultra Speed CD-RW disc media being used.

Writing speed When writing to CD-R and CD-RW discs, set the writing speed to that specified on the disc. Change the writing speed on the writing software.

About playback/reading compatibility in CDs CD-R and CD-RW discs created with the drive can be read on most CD-ROM drives. However, some older CD-ROM drives cannot read CD-RW discs. In addition, CD-R music discs created and finalized with the drive can be played on most CD players, however, there are some CD players and automobile CD players that do not guarantee playback of CD-R discs. Also, CD-R music discs created with the drive can be played back on many standard CD players. However, depending on the type of your player, playback of CD-R and CD-RW discs may not be supported.

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Further, because of the differences in quality and characteristics between various CD-ROM drive, CD player, CD-R disc, and CD-RW disc manufacturers, playback may not be possible depending on the combination.

Writable DVDs and compatibility

The drive can write to DVD+R DL, DVD+R and DVD-R discs, as well as to DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs, when used with writing software. The playback (read) compatibility of data written by this drive depends on the capabilities of the DVD-ROM drives or the DVD players and on the logical format selected when the disc is recorded (written).

DVD+R DL/DVD+R/DVD-R discs Data can be written to this type of disc only once. Once it has been written, it cannot be erased. Playback (read) compatibility of DVD+R and DVD-R discs depends on the capability of the DVD-ROM drive and the DVD player and on the logical format selected when it is recorded (written).

DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs Data can be repeatedly written to or erased from this type of disc. Typically, a new DVD+RW or DVD-RW disc can be rewritten about 1,000 times. Playback (read) compatibility of DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs depends on the capability of the DVD-ROM drive and the DVD player and on the logical format selected when it is recorded (written).

About playback/reading compatibility in DVDs DVD+R DL/DVD+R/DVD-R discs, as well as DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs created and finalized with the drive can be played back on almost all DVD-ROM drives. However depending on the type of your drive, playback of DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, and DVD-RW discs may not be supported. In addition, some drives do not support multi-session (DVD+R DL/DVD+R/ DVD+RW) or multi-border (DVD-R/DVD-RW). In these cases, you can only play back the disc in single-session (DVD+R DL/DVD+R/DVD+RW) or single-border (DVD-R/DVD-RW). Also, DVD-Video discs created with the drive can be played back on many standard DVD players. However depending on the type of your player, playback of DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs may not be supported. Further, because of the differences in quality and characteristics between various DVD-ROM drive, DVD player, DVD+R DL disc, DVD+R disc, DVD+RW disc, DVD-R disc, and DVD-RW disc manufacturers, playback may not be possible depending on the combination. (Playback compatibility is not under warranty.)

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Precautions on writing/playing discs

Write speed and compatible discs

When writing data to disc at high speeds, you must use the appropriate type of disc.

Set the writing speed on your writing software. For details about the setting procedures, refer to your writing software documentation.

Writing speed may be adjusted automatically according to the quality of the disc used. Also, writing speed may be limited by the transfer rate of the computer.

DVD region codes

The playback of DVD-Video (DVD discs) is protected and controlled by a region code setting. For the drive to play back DVD-Video, the region code on the DVD disc, the drive, and the DVD-Video playback software must be identical.

With this drive, the region code can be set up to five times, including the initial assignment (RPC phase 21) standard). After setting the region code five times, the setting becomes permanent and can no longer be changed. From this point on, you are only able to play back DVD-Video whose region code matches the one set at the fifth time.

Do not attempt to make unauthorized changes to the region code. Any problems resulting from doing so are not covered by the warranty.

Hint

You can change the region code of the drive on it's properties dialog box that is accessible from the Device Manager.

The DVDs created in stand-alone operation have the region code All.

1) Region Playback Control (RPC) standard.

Playing back DVD-Video

DVD-Video disc playback conditions are sometimes determined by software manufacturers. Because the drive plays back discs as determined by software manufacturers, some drive functions may not always perform as expected. When playing back DVD-Video, refer to the documentation accompanying each disc.

About copy protected DVDs

Most DVD-Video discs on the market are protected against unauthorized copy. Attempting to copy protected discs violates copyright laws.

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About copy controlled CDs

This product is designed to play back discs conforming to the compact disc (CD) standard. Audio CDs encoded with copyright protection technology are now marketed by various record companies. Be aware that some of these discs do not conform to the CD standard and you may not be able to play them back with the drive. When using the drive as an audio CD player, only use audio CDs with the following mark. Some of these discs are encoded in such a way as to prevent sampling and/or copy, while others can only be played back under certain conditions. For details, refer to the documentation of your audio CD.

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B Additional Information

Precautions

Operation and storage conditions

Avoid using or storing the drive in a hot or humid location, or where it might be subject to severe vibration or direct sunlight.

Transportation

Please repack the drive in its original carton when shipping by itself.

If the drive is to be shipped while installed in a computer, remove any disc beforehand.

Moisture condensation

Do not expose the drive to sudden temperature changes. Do not use the drive immediately after moving it from a cold to a warm location, or raising the room temperature suddenly, as condensation may form within the drive. If the temperature changes suddenly while using the drive, stop using it, but keep the power on for at least an hour.

Handling discs

Handle discs only by the edges. Never touch the recording surface.

Do not affix labels on discs.

Do not store discs in dusty, dirty or humid locations, in direct sunlight, or near heat- generating devices.

To protect important data, always keep discs in their cases.

Do not wipe writable discs using a disc cleaner before recording data. Instead, use a blower to remove any dust.

Data may not be recorded properly if there are scratches or dust on the unrecorded area of writable discs. Handle discs very carefully.

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Support overview

You can find the following information on this web site. The information is periodically updated, so we recommend that you visit regularly. Information about the drive Information about the software supplied

with the drive Latest firmware Frequently asked questions Troubleshooting guide Guaranteed compatible computers Guaranteed compatible discs Operating instructions Others

Accessing the user support web site

Sony Storage Support web sites (As of September, 2004)

http://sony.storagesupport.com/

About the Bundled Software Detailed information about the supplied software is available on the web sites of the software manufacturer.

http://www.nero.com

Some problems encountered when using the drive can be solved simply by updating the drive firmware. Firmware updates are available on the user support Web site. Access the site, make sure that there is an update for your firmware, and follow the instructions on the screen to proceed with download and installation.

Please visit the above web sites that provide technical support and other information on the drive and the supplied software. When asking questions using telephone or e-mail, please have the following information available:

Model number: VRD-VC10 Serial number Date and place of purchase Computer maker and model number Computer specifications (CPU speed,

memory size, OS version, etc.) Writing software used (version, etc.)

Local technical support is only available in the specified sales regions. The customers in these regions should be provided with a warranty card for this product. For contact information, refer to the warranty card.

Note that technical support conditions may vary according to the locality, and that charges and/ or limited service may apply in some regions.

User support web site

Update the drive firmware

Technical support

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Specifications

Recording (stand-alone)

Video signal format NTSC color

Video encoding format MEPG-2

Audio encoding format Dolby Digital 2 ch

Recordable disc DVD+R, DVD+R (DL), DVD+RW

Disc recording format DVD+VR format

DVD/CD drive

Writing systems DVD: Random write Sequential write CD: Track-at-once Disc-at-once Session-at-once Packet writing

Access time (average/random stroke) DVD: Approx. 135 ms CD: Approx. 140 ms

Buffer capacity 2 MB

Inquiry strings SONY DVD RW DRU-710A

Laser

CD Type: DL-7140-211RA Wavelength: 783 nm Output power: 260 mW (pulse) 90 mW (CW)

DVD Type: M L 101 J 25-23 Wavelength: 658 nm Output power: 250 mW (pulse) 100 mW (CW)

Compatible discs

Read Write (max.) (max.)

DVD+R 8-CAV 2.4 DVD+R (4) 8-CAV 4 DVD+R (8) 8-CAV 8 -PCAV DVD+R (16) 8-CAV 16 -CAV DVD+R Double Layer 6-CAV 2.4 DVD+RW 8-CAV 2.4 DVD+RW (4) 8-CAV 4 DVD-R 8-CAV 1 DVD-R (4) 8-CAV 4 DVD-R (8) 8-CAV 8 -ZCLV DVD-RW 8-CAV 1 DVD-RW (2) 8-CAV 2 DVD-RW (4) 8-CAV 4 DVD-ROM 16-CAV DVD-Video 6-CAV CD-R 48-CAV1) 48-CAV CD-RW 32-CAV 4 CD-RW (High Speed) 32-CAV 10 CD-RW (Ultra Speed) 32-CAV 24-ZCLV CD-ROM 48-CAV CD-DA 10-CAV CD-DA (DAE) 48-CAV

Disc diameters DVD 12 cm

8 cm1) CD 12 cm

8 cm1)

1) Required to place the drive horizontally.

Interface

USB port Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0)-compliant

VIDEO input 1 Vp-p/75 ohms

S VIDEO input Y: 1 Vp-p/75 ohms C: 0.286 Vp-p/75 ohms

AUDIO input 2 Vrms, Impedance more than 47 kilohms

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General

Power DC 12 V (supplied from the DC IN jack)

Consumption Max. 3.0 A

AC adaptor AC 100 - 240 V Use a power cord appropriate to the region or country of use.

Size Approx. 66 164 234 mm (WHD) (excluding the projecting parts)

Weight Approx. 1.8 kg (drive only)

Operating temperature 5 to 35 C

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Troubleshooting If you experience any of the following difficulties while using the drive, use this troubleshooting guide to held remedy the problem before requesting repairs. Should any problem persist, consult your dealer.

Symptom Cause/remedy See

A recorded disc cannot be played back.

c If the disc is a DVD+R disc, it may not have been finalized. Finalize the disc.

c The disc you are using may not be of a certified brand by Sony. Try to use a disc of a brand of which operation has been certified by Sony.

c The playback device you are using may have an issue on playback compatibility.

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No recording can be done. c You can use only DVD+RW or DVD+R discs. You cannot use other discs for this operation.

c Select a signal correctly.

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A recorded disc cannot be played back.

c Finalize the disc. p. 22

No additional recording can be made.

c There are 49 titles in the disc.

c You cannot add anything to a finalized DVD+R disc.

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Display Cause/remedy See

Disc Error

c The drive cannot read or write the disc due to an issue related to the disc, such as scratches, being dirty, low-quality, etc. Try with other disc.

c If errors occur frequently with any type of new discs, the drive may have a hardware problem. Contact an authorized service center.

Insert +R/RW DISC

c The inserted disc may be unsupported type of discs for stand-alone operation. Use a DVD+R or DVD+RW disc.

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Format Error

c The drive cannot format the disc because of the disc error.

Invalid Operation c You tried to finalize or erase a disc when there is no disc in the drive.

c You tried to erase a DVD+R disc.

c You tried to finalize a DVD+RW disc.

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Recording Prohibited c Copyright protection signal (CGMS or Macrovision) was detected. You cannot record the source.

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Insert Blank Disc

c The disc may have been already recorded on other recordable device that is not compatible with this drive. Use a blank disc.

c This will appear also when you insert a finalized DVD+R disc.

Erase All [No]/Yes

c The DVD+RW disc may have been recorded on other recordable device. If you want to erase the disc, select [Yes].

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Finalize/ Error

c The disc may have been recorded on other recordable device. Try with other disc.

c The disc may not be a DVD+R disc.

c The disc may be already finalized.

No signal c Video input signal is not detected. Check if the AV cable is properly connected with the output terminal on the playback device, or check if the connectors are firmly mated.

c Check if input is correctly selected.

Disc Full c The disc came to full and recording stopped.

Display Cause/remedy See

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Manualsnet FAQs

If you want to find out how the VRD VC10 Sony works, you can view and download the Sony VRD VC10 Operating Instruction on the Manualsnet website.

Yes, we have the Operating Instruction for Sony VRD VC10 as well as other Sony manuals. All you need to do is to use our search bar and find the user manual that you are looking for.

The Operating Instruction should include all the details that are needed to use a Sony VRD VC10. Full manuals and user guide PDFs can be downloaded from Manualsnet.com.

The best way to navigate the Sony VRD VC10 Operating Instruction is by checking the Table of Contents at the top of the page where available. This allows you to navigate a manual by jumping to the section you are looking for.

This Sony VRD VC10 Operating Instruction consists of sections like Table of Contents, to name a few. For easier navigation, use the Table of Contents in the upper left corner.

You can download Sony VRD VC10 Operating Instruction free of charge simply by clicking the “download” button in the upper right corner of any manuals page. This feature allows you to download any manual in a couple of seconds and is generally in PDF format. You can also save a manual for later by adding it to your saved documents in the user profile.

To be able to print Sony VRD VC10 Operating Instruction, simply download the document to your computer. Once downloaded, open the PDF file and print the Sony VRD VC10 Operating Instruction as you would any other document. This can usually be achieved by clicking on “File” and then “Print” from the menu bar.