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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

How can I copy my VHS tapes to the DVD recorder or disks?

asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - VA
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Buy this unit. Connect your old VHS machine to it. Record the shows to its HDD or DVD.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
DobrePiwo
 - Burien, WA
answer 2
As long as these tapes are not copy-righted, the DVR can record from the composite or S-Video inputs to either the HD or DVD recorder.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
GLynns
answer 3
run rca cable(red, yellow and white) cable from the back of the vcr to the front of the dvd player and change the channel backwards from channel 2 down to something like av1 i think and you should be able to press play on vcr and see the video playing and then press record and it should show it recording and all.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Excitement
 - Rocky Mount
answer 4
HI,
YOU CAN CONNECT YOUR VCR TO THE DVR USING THE COMPONENT VIDEO INPUTS.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
TWORIVERSMAN
 - TWO RIVERS, WI
answer 5
plug your vhs recorder into the front on the L plug in copy to disk or to the hdd where you can cut out what you do not want.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
scootersdad1
 - Two Creeks, Wisconsin
answer 6
See this help file for instructions, and following section on copying commercial movies:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298438&postcount=13#RecHDD9

A list of all other help files is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

can this product (Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder) work with tvs that have cable?

asked 4 years, 2 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
youngblood2
 - Macon,GA
answer 2
Yes, it works with cable broadcasts, Will it work with an "old tv" with only a antenna input, yes if you buy an RF Modulator. It costs Between $10 And $30.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
PioneerMan
 - Minnesota
answer 3
Yes.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
NOTaNOVICE
answer 4
not with Comcast in Atlanta
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
cablefailure
 - Atlanta
answer 5
Yes, hook it up prior to the cable box if you have one.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
SuperVideoMan
 - OKC, OK
answer 6
Yes, this recorder and the new and improved Mag 515H recorder have antenna dnd cable tuners.

Everything you need to know aboud the Mag 513H and 515H HDD-DVD recorders is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Do you need a monthly subscription for Tivo to use this device to record programs?

asked 4 years, 1 month ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
no
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
GLynns
answer 2
No, you do not.
answered 4 years ago
By
countthecost
 - Austin, Texas
answer 3
No, just plug and play. You don't need cable either.
answered 4 years ago
By
JoEsquibel
answer 4
Heck No!!! That's the beauty of it... NO MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION FEES.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
MarkDA
 - Union, NJ
answer 5
This unit is a stand-alone device, like buying an alarm clock. You don't need any subscriptions to use it BUT, it will only record according to timers you set and signal it receives. It has it's own tuner so if you attach a cable TV (coaxial) antenna it can tune to the channel you want (non PREMIUM channels only, no HBO etc.). If you want to record from HBO or SHOWTIME you'll have to run the cable THROUGH the descrambler (cable box) before attaching to the unit. Then you only be able to record what the cable box sends (some cable boxes have additional wiring options that allow you to record one signal while watching another) but for the most part... you'll record what is playing once going through the cable box.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
Slow2Buy
answer 6
No, this Mag 513H, and the NEW AND IMPROVED 515H, are not Tivo devices and have no TVGuide you have to pay for like with Tivo.

Everything else you need to know is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
wajo2
Question

Will this work with older model tv?

About 5 years old
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
consuesingle
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes because it has a hd tuner
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
nikeso
 - new Mexico
answer 2
yes
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
comedyfan721
 - Rockford, IL
answer 3
yes.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
siteing
 - greenville,sc
answer 4
Yes, as long as the TV has RCA audio/video inputs. They've been standard on TVs for at least 10 years so yours should have them if it's only 5 years old.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
rob377
answer 5
Yes
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Al65
 - Bangor, ME
answer 6
Yes, there are two ways to connect to older TV's, depending on whether that TV has at least one line connection (YWR or YW RCA) or none, as described in Note 4 here:

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

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

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 5 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 4 years, 5 months ago
By
siteing
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
No
answered 4 years, 5 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 4 years, 5 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 4 years, 5 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 4 years, 5 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 4 years, 5 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 4 years, 5 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Can you record a series without scheduling each show seperately. Like on DTV, you push the record button twice!

asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Jpporter53
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
If the show is on at the same time daily or weekly, then you can set up a timer program to record it. However, because it knows nothing about the "schedule" of shows (just like a VCR), it won't automatically "follow" a show through changes in scheduled times.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 2
No, but you can program to record everyday, every mon, etc... just like a VCR. Then if you have DTV, you program your DTV to correspond. Takes a bit longer than other systems but outcome is the same.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Johnte
 - Texas
answer 3
You can set up the timer to record on any day of the week, M - F, M -S, or everyday.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
GaryFromParon
 - Paron, AR
answer 4
This recorder has an instant "Record" button, that once you've selected the proper channel, you push the record button repeatedly, adding 1/2 hour recording time each time you push the button.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Kyleservicetech
 - Wisconsin
answer 5
It can't tell which show it's recording but the timer can be set to record at the same time every day or every week. So, if your show comes on at the same time every day or week then setting the timer once is all you'll need to do to record the program indefinitely. If the show is over-the-air broadcast, digital or analog, the proper channel can be programmed with the timer. I'm not sure about cable/satellite recording. In that case the cable/satellite box may need to be set to the proper channel manually before the show comes on. Possibly someone else can answer that question.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
rob377
answer 6
I think you're talking about a Guide that you can select programs from?

The Mag doesn't have a Guide feature. You set programs by date and time, You can set a one-time program up to 1-month in the future, or a series of programs on Sun, Mon, Tues, etc. or Daily or M-F or M-S.

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

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

cable or satellite box required or not

asked 4 years, 1 month ago
By
eddy79
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
No, I just have standard cable tv service.
answered 4 years ago
By
Buckey0123456789
 - Marco Island, FL
answer 2
No box required. You even record off the air as it has a built-in digital receiver and tuner. But it will work on cable, with or without a box.
answered 4 years ago
By
countthecost
 - Austin, Texas
answer 3
Not required. Works with over the air channels.
answered 4 years ago
By
JoEsquibel
answer 4
To get channels that are "locked down" to the cable STB (mostly premium channels), yes. To get any "open" stations (network TV, shopping, local access) no. It has a GREAT digital tuner!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
MarkDA
 - Union, NJ
answer 5
However you get a signal to your TV will work as long as it's not rabit ears or old roof antenna wires. You'll have to use something that converts to coaxial, RCA plugs, or digital.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
Slow2Buy
answer 6
Depends on the service you have or plan to get.

A cable box is only needed if you sub. to a pkg that requires it... where the cableco scrambles certain channels you'd like to see. Diff. cablecos do diff. things in this regard.

If you have a digital-tunered HDTV, whatever channels you can see by direct connection to that TV is what you'll be able to record with the Mag. You can still record any scrambled channels but you'll need their box for those.

I sub. to Basic Broadcast cable which gives me 61 analog channels and 15 digital HD channels, which incl. the four network HD channels, PBS-HD, DISC-HD, ESPN-HD, TNT-HD and others. Many people get a similar set of channels even tho we don't sub. to the higher tiers.

Satellite signals are all envrypted to you won't even use the tuner in the Mag, unless you also connect an antenna or cable TV to it for additional channels. You can record from a sat box by pressing REC if you're there or setting a timer program coordinated with a Reminder or REC that you set in the sat box via their Guide.

Everything you need to know about this Mag HDD-DVD recorder, or the NEW AND IMPROVED 515H, is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
wajo2
Question

in the edit mode will it divide and combine titles

asked 4 years, 5 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 4 years, 2 months ago
By
PioneerMan
 - Minnesota
answer 2
I believe the answer is divide yes combine no.
answered 4 years, 3 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 4 years, 3 months ago
By
stgclawson
answer 4
It will divide titles and you can rename them but I have not seen a combine function.
answered 4 years, 4 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 4 years, 5 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 4 years, 5 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

can I play a dvd recorded on this machine on another player on another tv

asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
glot
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. +R/W (rerecordable) discs will work in most other player/recorders. +R discs (write once) will usually need to be finalized unless the other machine is the same brand (Magnavox or Philips).
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
DavG
 - Denver
answer 2
Yes, only if the disc is finalized. The manual tells you how to do this.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 3
You can, but you first must "finalize" the DVD on this machine after you finish recording which makes the DVD playable on other DVD players. Under general setting, you would select "Recording" then "make recording compatible"
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
aRickJ
 - Houston, Texas
answer 4
Yes, you will need to finalize the recording before playing the DVD in another player.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
GaryFromParon
 - Paron, AR
answer 5
Yes, you can. I'd suggest you only purchase the DVD + R types, not the DVD - R types. Some of the DVD - R types must be finalized before it can be used on a different DVD player.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Kyleservicetech
 - Wisconsin
answer 6
Yes, -R/+R/-RW discs need to be Finalized to play in other branded players/recorders. +RW discs do not need to be Finalized.

The Finalize process is described in this help file:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12327722&postcount=26#Dub8

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

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

will this record a DVD movie from another dvd player

asked 4 years, 5 months ago
By
hoagy69
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
It can, but the quality will suffer. You can just use the DVD player itself to dub to the Hard Drive then burn to a blank DVD
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 2
I don't think so.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Johnte
 - Texas
answer 3
It will as long as the DVD is not copy protected or prohibited by the digital block that is on most commercial movie DVDs. So the answer for most retail DVDs is that it will not. If you transfer your home video from your camera to the DVD on this machine, it will make copies of these DVDs.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
aRickJ
 - Houston, Texas
answer 4
No, the copy protection will prevent this. It will not even record copyprotected VHS tapes.
Thanks to BigBrother.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
GaryFromParon
 - Paron, AR
answer 5
I think so. Didn't try it
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
skivt
answer 6
Some movies on VHS tape will copy without a problem, but DVDs usually have "hard" copy protection that prevents copying.

Here's a help file with more info on this:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298438&postcount=13#RecHDD11

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

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
wajo2
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