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Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder

Record your favorite movies and TV shows with the MAGNAVOX MDR513H/F7 HDD and DVD Recorder. This DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner records up to 387 hours onto a large 320GB hard drive so you can store all of your favorite television programs. Pause live television while you record the show on this 1080p DVD recorder. Its 1080p up-conversion gives you the best quality picture from DVDs. Play songs; view photos, and enjoy virtual surround sound, with Dolby Digital stream out on this DVR/DVD recorder.
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Questions & Answers for Magnavox Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder

Question

I only have basic cable (no box) ,will this work for me becouse it has a built in tuner?

asked 2 years, 6 months ago
By
MrEdd64
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, it has a coax cable input.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
bkrcvr
answer 2
Yes. Mine is on basic cable(no box). the built in tuner receives all the channels my hi def TV receives...this includes my local hi def channels.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
Exdurhamite
 - Rougemont, NC
answer 3
Yes it will work very good
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
Mighty5
 - Cleveland Oh
answer 4
Absolutely. It even has a QAM tuner that will pick up other channels thru your basic cable (no box).
This unit was not designed to control a cable box (no IR blaster). This unit should suit your needs well.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
cnvrtbl5
 - Jacksonville, FL
answer 5
Yes it will. I have no box either, but my cable service where I live is AT BEST, okay!. It should do what you want. Ask your cable company if they broadcast in the "clear". That is what this QUAM recorder is capable of doing for you. I just wrote a review, today, 2/8/2012. Don't let the size of the manual scare you! Learn the basics first and you'll figure it out just fine.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
CondoSeller
 - Leesburg, Florida
answer 6
Yes, it'll be perfect for someone with cable and no box, like you and me.

Here's an indexed list of info and help files on this Mag HDD/DVD recorder:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

can I make a dvd recording from a program already recorded on the hard drive?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - pittsburgh, pa
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes just put a blank dvd in the slot and bring up the menu and click on the show you want to transfer to dvd click it to "play edit" button and thengo to the dubbing and click. It will copy it to your dvd in a few minutes plus it will still be on the hard drvie also until you delete it.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
crystal6996
 - moriarty nm
answer 2
Yes. It is quite simple. Just use the dub function. It actually will go both ways.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 3
Yes, the manual calls it dubbing. Load a blank disk, select title of previously recorded show, follow menu selections. It takes a really long time.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Johnte
 - Texas
answer 4
Unless the program has a one-time-copy feature you can copy a television show onto the HDD and then to DVD.

I recorded Big Bang Theory onto the HDD and then burned a copy to DVD for a friend to watch. You just have to make sure you finalize the disc to ensure it will play on most DVD players.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Ohio
answer 5
yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
ba1943
 - shreveport,la
answer 6
es, that's called "dubbing" and is described in this help file:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12327722&postcount=26

Here's a help files that explains high-speed dub (HSD):

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298490&postcount=19

Here's a help file that explains real-time dub (RTD):

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12436141&postcount=94

Here's a list of info and help files for future ref:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Do this unit have enternet for wired networking through computer modem/router

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
kfreekel
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
No ethernet, just good old fashioned a/v jacks, and for the more advanced, an HDMI cable.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
PioneerMan
 - Minnesota
answer 2
This is not a network device.This will record only the channels that you currently receive; antenna, cable or sat; analog and digital.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
NOTaNOVICE
answer 3
No ethernet port.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - chicago
answer 4
No.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 5
no it does not. but Radio Shack has a wireless receiver for $99 that you can use to connect to your wi-fi and then have fun!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
FarmerJohnB
answer 6
No.

Here's a list of info and help files for ref:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Watching and recording live T.V.

Can a live program be watched on a different channel other than the channel being recorded - at the same time?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
siteing
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
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answer 1
No
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Johnte
 - Texas
answer 2
No.

If the DVR is recording a channel it has to be tuned to that channel. It only has one tuner.

However, I have the cable pass through the DVR to the TV. If I'm recording something on the DVR I can then flip to my TV and tune to another station. That works well.

However, this won't work if your TV doesn't have a digital tuner and you are receiving a digital signal.

I'm not sure how cable boxes and converts fit into the picture. I'm lucky enough not to have any.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
realist
 - Lake Zurich, IL
answer 3
Absolutely. You use the regular tv's channel to watch or the cable or satellite receiver's controls to watch another channel. The recorder output usually is to a specific input on the tv such as "video 1", "input 2", so the other tv channels should still show another channel or even the one you are recording.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
aRickJ
 - Houston, Texas
answer 4
Short answer yes, since the MDR-513H/F7 only passes the TV signal along to the TV you can watch live TV while recording another.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
GaryFromParon
 - Paron, AR
answer 5
No.

But, you can watch a DVD while recording on the HD drive, or watch a show on the HD drive while recording a DVD.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Kyleservicetech
 - Wisconsin
answer 6
Yes, if you connect the Mag directly to the coax, as shown in SKetches 1, 2 and 3 here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298409&postcount=10

The coax in/out on the Mag is an internal splitter. It amplifies and passes the raw incoming signa thru to downstream components, like a cable box or TV so they can tune channels on their own.

It also feeds the Mag's tuner, so the Mag can tune channels on its own.

As shown in the sketches, the Mag needs a line connection to the TV since nothing internal (menus, channels, HDD titles, DVDs) can be seen thru the coax passthru. You select the TV input to which you've connected the Mag (AV, HDMI, etc).

This allows you to record one channel with the Mag's tuner while watching a different channel with the cable box or TV tuner.

Your can also record one channel on the Mag while watching a previously recorded title on the HDD or a DVD movie.

A list of info and help files if here for future ref:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

in the edit mode will it divide and combine titles

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
shadow2me
 - ne
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes it divides titles, I didn't see combine titles on the menu.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
PioneerMan
 - Minnesota
answer 2
I believe the answer is divide yes combine no.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
Winstonchurchill2
answer 3
Yes, it will divide wherever you choose it to. You can divide titles and add chapters. I've never seen the option to COMBINE titles though.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
stgclawson
answer 4
It will divide titles and you can rename them but I have not seen a combine function.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Oldtechnician
 - Norman, OK
answer 5
I haven't tried it, but it appears to be able to do this type of editing, even manually deleting such things as commercials in a tv program recording.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
aRickJ
 - Houston, Texas
answer 6
Only Divide.

Here's a help file on the Mag's editing feaures:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298466&postcount=17

Here's a list of info and help files for future ref:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Can I record a tv show without a dvd or vcr tape Inside unit?

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
By
bugeater
 - East Liverpool
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
siteing
 - greenville,sc
answer 2
Just to be clear - this unit has a hard drive and a DVD r/w drive - no vcr tape drive. I agree with other respondents - record to the hard drive first. Then you can edit quickly and dump to a DVD if you want to archive the program. Hint - if you record to the hard drive in SP (2hr mode) you can dump to the DVD in "High" mode, which means a much faster than realtime dump-down. But - because it's at SP, you are limited to only 2hours of content.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
DavG
 - Denver
answer 3
Yes! we do it all the time! You can get like 60 hours of HD recording just on the digital memory!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Restauanteurs
 - FL
answer 4
Yes, you can record to the hard drive or a recordable dvd by selecting where to record in the timer programing section. Depending on the quality selected..ie on SLP you can record almost 400 hours or appx 70 hours on HQ and several settings between. This unit DOES NOT have a VCR recorder or player. It also records live TV when you turn the unit on.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Edsopinion
 - Macon, GA
answer 5
Yes you can, works great
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
bluesky55
 - Hays, Ks
answer 6
Yes, most everyone records to the hard disk drive (HDD), then watch from there, then either delete or copy to DVD if it's something they want to keep.

You CAN record directly to DVD but the HDD is much more reliable as the recording medium, so most don't want to take a chance on a bad DVD esp. for an important program.

Also, the HDD is not limited to the "speeds" or rec modes as far as how much can fit. You COULD record up to 12 hours at the best 1-hr-HQ rec mode in a single title, and do as many of those as will fit on the 320GB HDD, which is 66 hours, or 398 hours at the 6-hr-SLP rec mode, as described here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=13765665&postcount=754.

A lot more help files are here for future ref:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Does this unit have coax input and output connectors?

I do not have (nor do I want) HD capability on my cable subscription. So I don't use any HDMI cables.
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Oldtechnician
 - Norman, OK
answer 2
Yes it Does, very easily.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 3
It has coax in and out and also S-video, composite and component out.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 4
I don't use those cables either so the answer is Yes.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
nikeso
 - new Mexico
answer 5
YES, both; you do not need to have HDMI cables.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
NOTaNOVICE
answer 6
Yes, it has coax in and out. However, the coax out doesn't work like your old VCR.

The coax circuit amplifies and splits the signal into two internal paths.

One path is just the raw incoming signal amplified and passed thru to the coax OUT so downstream components can tune that signal with their own tuners.

Anything internal on the Mag (menus, channels, HDD titles, DVDs) are amplified and output thru a "line connection" like Composite YWR, S-Video}L/R Audio, Component}L/R Audio, or HDMI.

Connection schematics and info/instructions are in this help file:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298409&postcount=10

Everything you need to know about this Mag recorder, or the new 515, can be found here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Does this unit recieve ota signals or only sat. or cable ?

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
By
akwinterhawk39
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
It us it with an antenna.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - chicago
answer 2
I use this unit exclusively for over the air . I was delighted to get rid of my converter box. I taped a lot of programs from OTA to a Panasonic recorder with RAM disck. Half the time I'd forget to put the converter box on the right program. Now, with this unit, I just program everything for the week. the unit comes on, chooses the channel, and no more screw ups. The only thing it cannot due is readjust your rabbit ear antenna if the wind is blowing the wrong way.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
E55Addict
answer 3
This DVR includes a TV Tuner (analog and digital channels), so you can connect a Coax antenna to it. The manual describes this as one possible hookup method.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 4
receives and records OTA with built in digital tuner
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Yamabushi
 - Arnold, MO
answer 5
It does receive OTA signals.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 6
It tunes both OTA antenna and cable signals, No DVD recorder can tune sat signals directly, only via line input from the sat receiver (STB/DVR) (composite YWR or S-Video+L/R audio).

Everything you need to know about this new and improved Mag recorder is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

can i record from a minidv camcorder

asked 3 years, 8 months ago
By
jerry36
 - laredo
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, with the standard A/V DVR input.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
NOTaNOVICE
answer 2
Yes, that is what I use it for many.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
SuperVideoMan
 - OKC, OK
answer 3
Yes. The Magnavox HDD DVR has DV-IN, Audio/Video input/Output jacks (x2), S-Video input/Output jacks (x2) and one HDMI output.
If your Minicam has Video Out, DV-Out or S-Video Out then you can record straight to Hard Drive OR DVD. Just select the proper input in the DVR Menu, Connect the Minicam press "play" and "record".
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
SigTech
 - Alabama
answer 4
yes
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
dowereallycare
answer 5
Look up the manual on google, there are manuals out there for everything, it will tell you. There are a lot of extras on this one. Great unit!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
renee2007
 - Roseville, MI
answer 6
Yes, both this Mag 513H and the new and improved Mag 515H have DV input, as well as the normal "analog" inputs YWR RCA and S-Video, if preferred.

Here's the DV section of the help file on recording to the HDD:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298438&postcount=13#RecHDD10

Everything else you need to know about this Mag 513H, or the new and improved Mag 515H, is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

If i am recording a program, can i change the channel while recording

asked 3 years, 1 month ago
By
DWB2010
 - Greenwood, MS
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
no, it only has 1 tuner,b ut you can watch recorded programs
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
By
catahoulakeeper
 - ohio
answer 2
No. The DVR has only one tuner, and it is stuck on the channel that you're recording.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
By
NemoErsatz
 - California, US of A
answer 3
Yes
answered 3 years ago
By
Bimini1
 - Saint Louis, Missouri
answer 4
No you cannot change channels while recording. You can watch a previous recorded show while recording.
why not just switch your TV over to a different input to watch another channel
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
By
Torsdag
 - Lawndale, CA
answer 5
Yes, if you have the program(s) to record in the timer menu then you just use your TV remote to change channels like normal.
If you want to do that as soon as you set the timer, you need to turn the recorder off so it will start recording, then use the TV remote.
I'm not sure if you just hit the "record" button if you can change the channels? I haven't tried that.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
By
Anigilb
answer 6
With Mag HDD recorders, you can do a manual recording (press REC), then press PAUSE and change channels, and continue recording that new channel or go back to the prev. channel.

You can't record one channel while watching another since there's only one tuner, but you CAN watch another channel via the coax passthru to your STB or TV.

More info is in the help files here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
By
wajo2
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