DMR-HS2 FAQs

  1. How do I record from my PC card adapter to the HDD or DVD-RAM disc?

  2. Can I record from my card to a DVD-R disc?

  3. How do I create chapters?

  4. Can I connect non-Panasonic cameras and record from the DV input?

  5. Can I connect my laptop to the unit with the DV and edit?

  6. How do I play back images I have recorded to the HDD or a DVD-RAM disc?

  7. How do I bring up the main menu?

  8. How do I make a play list?

  9. How do I remove the Status box?

  10. What is the capacity of the HDD?

  11. What is the dubbing speed selection form HDD to DVD-R and DVD-RAM in reference to the original recording speed?

  12. What does the "Divide a Program" function do?

  13. Can the unit be connected to my TV with RF only connections?

  14. Which media should I record on?

  15. What does "Recovery" mean?

  16. Will the unit place a copy protection on my recordings?

  17. Can I record directly from the DV input to a DVD-R?

  18. Can I copy a DVD that I purchased at a store or rented?

  19. Does the DMR-HS2 have the same functionality as my ShowStopper™ unit?

  20. Are there any other uses for the HDD?

  21. Can I record Dolby Digital 5.1?

  22. Can the DMR-HS2 be used with PC or Mac editing software such as Final Cut Pro?

  23. Can HDTV broadcast be recorded?

  24. Can the unit record to CD-R and CD-RW disc?

  25. Why can't I record a full 120 minutes on a DVD-R disc that is 120 minutes long?

  26. Why does a "No Folder" message appear on the display when I try to view images on the DMR-HS2 via the card adapter?

  27. Why can't I see the photos that I transferred when I put the disc in and hit play?

  28. If I record data on the DMR-HS2's HDD, can I copy these files to my PC's hard drive (assuming I have a DVD drive in my PC)?



1. How do I record from my PC card adapter to the HDD or DVD-RAM disc?

  • Press FUNCTION, highlight JPEG and then press ENTER.
  • Highlight INPUT, then press ENTER. PC Input and ALBUM is highlighted.
  • Move or "arrow" down to COPY, then press ENTER. JPEG copy screen will appear and folder content is displayed. You can select the entire folder or highlight individual pictures. Check off the photos that you want to be copied.
  • Highlight Copy and then press ENTER. A Destination screen will appear.
  • Press ENTER on destination screen to choose where you would like to send the photo.
  • Move or "arrow" over to the left to choose destination PC card, DVD or HDD.
  • Once you choose your destination, move the arrow back over to the right to highlight the folder you want the photos to be copied to and hit ENTER. You will be returned to the Copy screen.
  • Highlight copy and press ENTER, the copying screen will appear.
  • To view the photos you copied, go to input, press ENTER and then highlight PC, DVD or HDD. To locate a folder press ENTER.

2. Can I record from my card to a DVD-R disc?
No. DVD-R will not support JPEG format.

3. How do I create chapters?
Chapters are automatically made every 5 minutes. To view the chapters that are automatically made, your DVD player must have an on screen display that will allow you to chose by title and chapter.

4. Can I connect non-Panasonic cameras and record from the DV input?
Some non-Panasonic camcorders may not work properly or not work at all with the HS2. All Panasonic products are compatible with the HS2.

5. Can I connect my laptop to the unit with the DV and edit?
No.

6. How do I play back images I have recorded to the HDD or a DVD-RAM disc?
On the unit make sure the HDD or DVD indicators are lit.

7. How do I bring up the main menu?
In the stop mode press the FUNCTION key.

8. How do I make a play list?

  • Choose HDD or DVD drive and push the FUNCTION button,
  • Choose "Create play list" and press ENTER.
  • The play list creation screen is displayed and the recording will start to play.
  • "Start" is highlighted. Hit ENTER.
  • The 1st scene is inserted in the left box, FF can be used to go to the "end" point.
  • Hit ENTER. Go to "next" and hit ENTER to create the 2nd scene.
  • You can continue this process for up to 99 scenes.

9. How do I remove the Status box?
Slide back the bottom cover on remote and hit the Status button.

10. What is the capacity of the HDD?
40GB HDD stores approximately 52 hours of recording in EP mode.

11. What is the dubbing speed selection form HDD to DVD-R and DVD-RAM in reference to the original recording speed?
HDD   DVD-RAM  
MODE Recording program Recording Time Recording Speed
XP 1hour 30 min 2X
SP 1hour 15 min 4X
LP 1hour 7.5 min 8X
EP 1hour 5 min 12X

12. What does the "Divide a Program" function do?
This function divides a single program at any point you choose, so adding another program to your list of recordings.

13. Can the unit be connected to my TV with RF only connections?
No. The unit must be connected via the composite or component connection to get a menu. The unit will pass the RF signal from your cablebox or satellite when the recorder is turned off.

14. Which media should I record on?
Panasonic has a wide variety of DVD-R discs and DVD-RAM discs to choose from.

15. What does "Recovery" mean?
Recovery is the message displayed when files are being deleted on the HDD. It's a normal part of operation and is quite common when the HDD is getting very full. The Recovery message is also displayed when the power has been interrupted. It may be a good idea to delete any material that is no longer needed and to reformat the HDD every once in a while.

16. Will the unit place a copy protection on my recordings?
The unit has CPRM (Content Protection for Recordable Media). It is the type of copyright protection technology that is used to protect broadcasts that are allowed to be recorded only once (Example: CATV broadcast pay per view).

17. Can I record directly from the DV input to a DVD-R?
Yes. On the remote, press input until the DV is shown on the display.

18. Can I copy a DVD that I purchased at a store or rented?
No.

19. Does the DMR-HS2 have the same functionality as my ShowStopper™ unit?
The only similarities between the ShowStopper™ and the DMR-HS2 are the ability to play back a program while you're recording a different one and the recording of broadcasts through the 125-channel TV tuner. The DMR-HS2 does not have an online program guide or VCR Plus+ recording.

20. Are there any other uses for the HDD?
You can use the hard drive as a huge-capacity video scratch pad for the simple editing of off-air or camcorder recordings. Your recordings can also be cleaned for permanent storage on a DVD-R/RAM disc by deleting the commercials and the "boring bits." The hard drive holds up to 52 hours of recordings made in the maximum-capacity EP mode or more than 8 hours using the highest-quality XP mode.

21. Can I record Dolby Digital 5.1?
No.

22. Can the DMR-HS2 be used with PC or Mac editing software such as Final Cut Pro?
AThe DMR-HS2 is not intended for use with PC or Mac editing programs. These programs often attempt to make the deck do certain tasks which are not intended to be part of the unit's application. For example, recordings with special effects (fades, flying titles, transition screens, etc) will play back without problems on your DVD recorder, but may cause screen freezing and jitters on a standard DVD player. Please keep in mind that the DMR-HS2 was never intended to be used in conjunction with editing programs.

23. Can HDTV broadcast be recorded?
No.

24. Can the unit record to CD-R and CD-RW disc?
No. Only DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs.

25. Why can't I record a full 120 minutes on a DVD-R disc that is 120 minutes long?
Panasonic has encountered this situation before, and it appears to be directly related to the DVD-R media.

Each time a DVD-R disk is inserted into the HS2, an operation called Disk Optimization takes place. The purpose of this operation is to calibrate the laser power to the media that is being used. Disk Optimization makes a short "test recording" on an area of the DVD-R media that allocates 686 sectors for this purpose. Each time the test is done (or the disk is inserted) about 10 sectors are used up. If this test is done 50 times, all of the allocated space will be used and may result in the deck not being able to finalize the disk.

The best solution is to use the brands of media which Panasonic recommends, and to avoid buying "bulk" media which is often sold unlabeled.

26. Why does a "No Folder" message appear on the display when I try to view images on the DMR-HS2 via the card adapter?
Make sure there is a DCIM folder on the card.

Try looking for the DCIM folder by inserting the card into the reader/writer that is connected to the PC. Find the "My Computer" icon on your desktop or in Windows Explorer. Double-click "My Computer" and you should see all the drives on your computer. Your R/W is most likely your "F" drive, so look for "Removable Drive (F):" and double-click it.

If you do not see a DCIM folder, you need to create one here. Once created, add a sub-folder to the DCIM folder and name it "100_Pana folder." Then simply drag images from the card and drop them into the subfolder. Now the unit should be able to display images in the DCIM folder.

27. Why can't I see the photos that I transferred when I put the disc in and hit play?
You have to go to FUNCTION and select JPEG. Then, go into the menu and choose photos to playback.

28. If I record data on the DMR-HS2's HDD, can I copy these files to my PC's hard drive (assuming I have a DVD drive in my PC)?
No. Files recorded on the disk in the folder "Dvd_rtar" may not exceed 2GB in size. If an attempt is made, other problems might arise. These file size limitations exist in Windows 95/98. Even if the file size were limited to less than 2GB, the video format files would be copied in the "PC format." Playback would most likely be unsuccessful.

 
 

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