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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

will this record a DVD movie from another dvd player

asked 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 2
I don't think so.
answered 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 months ago
By
GaryFromParon
 - Paron, AR
answer 5
I think so. Didn't try it
answered 3 years, 11 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 3 years, 11 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

i have to use a mini box to change channels how would this dvr work ?

my cable co. is doing these mini boxes for people
that dont have there dvr. so they can get the didital
channels.
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
bb1js2
 - lexington
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This machine works just like the old VCR did. You can hook it up to Free antenna TV or your cable box. the machine has a built in converter in it for digital TV. So, hook it up to your old Analog 60 pound TV sets.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
Torsdag
 - Lawndale, CA
answer 2
If your cable company supplies you with a "dtv box" you wont need it, If you are talking about channels like 6-1, 6-2, 6-3...... on the "new digital over the air" tv. This dvr has a "dtv" tuner built in.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
PioneerMan
 - Minnesota
answer 3
This will record all the cable channels that you receive; analog and digital.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
NOTaNOVICE
answer 4
This unit has a digital tuner, so it will handle "over-the-air" (unscrambled) digital channels directly. It depends on the cable company whether that's work without the "mini box".
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 5
spider cable to two outs and run co-ax directly through dvr.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
comedyfan721
 - Rockford, IL
answer 6
The Mag can tune cable channels that the cableco doesn't scramble, so you'd first connect the Mag directly on the in coming cable coax, scan for channels and see what it tunes. Anythig it tunes can be recorded w/o the box. aper FCC Rule, tose channels must be the local channels, so you should be able to directly tune and record ABC-HD, CBS-HD, NBC-HD, PBS-HD and some others.

The box is for descrambling the other cable channels, so you can attach it to one of the line inputs on the Mag and tune it to the channel you want to record, and set a timer in the Mag to record that channel.

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

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

does the magnavox dvd recorder model mdr513h/f7 have a digital tuner ?

asked 3 years, 11 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, 10 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 2
Yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
DrPepperNotSalt
 - FortWorth,Tx
answer 3
Yes. in fact it found digital channels on cable that our tv didn't find.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Edsopinion
 - Macon, GA
answer 4
yes.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 5
Yes, it has a digital tuner. I can scan for analog and digital signals.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
realist
 - Lake Zurich, IL
answer 6
Yes, it has both ATSC and QAM tuners for digital antenna and cable channels. It also has an analog tuner for analog cable channels, if your cableco has any.

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, 11 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Does it burn to a dvd

asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Tob68
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes.. you can record to a recordable dvd or the 320 GB hard drive. You can also record to the hard drive and then record from the hard drive to a recordable dvd.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Edsopinion
 - Macon, GA
answer 2
yes
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Yam8310
 - MN
answer 3
I have the 160GB, previous Magavox model, with mine you can copy/burn direct to DVD disc or to the DVR. Also you can burn from DVD to DVR or from DVR to DVD. I love these Magnavox DVD/DVR recorders! I sure hope they last a long time.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
JayPR
 - Gainesville,FL
answer 4
Yes but it takes a long time. The manual calls it Dubbing. Then if you want to watch on another DVR player, you have to do something else to it, I think the manual calls it writing. I haven't done that part yet.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Johnte
 - Texas
answer 5
Yes, though I've never used this feature.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
realist
 - Lake Zurich, IL
answer 6
Yes, it can record directly to a DVD of dub (copy) to DVD from the HDD or from external sources, like VHCRs or cameras.

A dub can be in real-time or high-speed as explained in the help file on Dubbing in the link given below.

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, 11 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Will this record from Direct TV

asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Travelingman2
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Beautifully
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Oldtechnician
 - Norman, OK
answer 2
Yes, that's what I use it on.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 3
yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
nikeso
 - new Mexico
answer 4
Yes it does. I have directv and works greats
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
crystal6996
 - moriarty nm
answer 5
Absolutely. Hook up the same way you would hook up a VCR. Use those tri-color connectors connect to TV then into DVR
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Johnte
 - Texas
answer 6
Yes, it connects to your DirecTV STB (receiver) via a line input. You can then do a manual recording by setting the receiver on a channel and setting pressing REC on the Mag is you're there, or you can set a coordinated timer in the Mag to record from the STB while your away.

Recording from an STB is described in this help file:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298438&postcount=13#RecHDD8

Most STBs can be set to RECORD even if there's no DVR attached, so you can very likely set the STB to RECORD a show and set a timer in the Mag for that same time period, then both machines will automatically tune and record that show. This is described in the TIPS section of the help file link above.

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, 11 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

How many channels can I get if I have basic cable?

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
greco30
 - Florida
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
As many as your basic cable has - not based on the recorder!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
SuperVideoMan
 - OKC, OK
answer 2
Generally cable providers will scramble all channels but your local channels. So no TLC, CNN, ESPN, Comedy Central, etc
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - chicago
answer 3
It depends on your cable provider.

This unit ought to work with any of the "non-scrambled" channels which are present.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 4
you can get all of the channels in your basic cable package.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 5
same as your cable box if you run the co-ax through it!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
comedyfan721
 - Rockford, IL
answer 6
The Mag has 125 analog channels and 135 digital channels. Your cableco may have their channels on their own "virttual" channel numbers high up in number. Those will re-map to the Mag's 124/135 channels.

In my basic channel sub. I get 61 analog channels and 15 digital/HD channels, which are "brilliant" compared to the analogs.

Whatever channels your TV can get are the same that the Mag will get.

Here's a list of info and help files, some devoted to channel tuning and what to expect:

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

Problem with aspect ratio thru HDMI connection

I have the Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 DVR connected via HDMI to my Proscan 42LC55S240V87 LCD TV purchased recently from WalMart.com also.

I cannot change the aspect ratio on the TV when connected via HDMI to the DVR using either the HDD or the DVD player. All images that are in 4:3 ratio are stretched out to widescreen on the TV.

I have tried changing the aspect ratio setting of the DVR (and the TV of course). I have also tried using all the other HDMI inputs (4) on the TV and still cannot get a normal image on the screen. I have also tried changing all the HDMI settings of the DVR without success.

But if I connect the DVR via composite, S-video, or component connections, then all aspect ratio options are available to me on the TV. I can set the apsect ratio of 4:3 images to look normal on the screen (not stretched).

So my problem is that any program or DVD that I watch via HDMI connection from the DVR that is formatted in 4:3 ratio (such as analog cable shows or TV shows on DVD sets) is stretched out on the widescreen TV giving everything a squatty appearance that is very annoying to me, and I'm unable to change the aspect ratio setting so the picture will look normal.

What do I need to do to take advantage of the HDMI connection and still view 4:3 ratio programs from the DVR on my widescreen TV so the picture is not stretched out?

I've had the DVR connected to an analog TV and there was no problem with the 4:3 ratio, of course.
I don't have any other components with HDMI outputs to connect to the TV to experiment with.
I'm almost certain that the problem is not with the TV because when connected to antenna, all the aspect ratio options are available. The 4:3 ratio programs can be set to look normal and not stretched out.

Any help will be very much appreciated. Thank you
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
tdf5g
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Here is the work-around. press the HDMI button on the remote until the picture is 480i (3 settings for this button, 480i, 720p, & 1080i) if you are unclear which you are in, use the display button the remote to check. When in 480i, the picture will be in 4x3. If it is letterboxed, then use the wide button on the TV remote to make it fit the TV screen. Just don't forget to change the HDMI output back to 1080 after viewing the 4x3 content
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
GLynns
answer 2
If you use a/v cables, or s-video it clears up that problem, It kills the HD effect, but people look normal on the tv. I'm not sure why but I set the recorder to the tv, 720p, 16X9 and its not that noticeable most of the time. Not really anything else you can do, I don't think its Magnavox of Phillips. I think its a "bug" in the HDMI systems, It is designed to "fit" a LCD panel. Sorry not too much help.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
PioneerMan
 - Minnesota
answer 3
from tdf5g. Thank you to everyone who posted answers to my question. I have found the solution. I found a HDMI button on the remote (by accident) that changes the output from 420i to 720i to 1080i or 1080p. The instruction manual does not explain the features of the HDMI button, which I've studied several times. It's probably translated from Japanese and poorly at that sometimes. Changing the HDMI setting solved my problem. No problems with the TV. Thank you again.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
tdf5g
answer 4
I understand where you are coming from. I cannot stand the stretched pictures but I am using the HDMI output to my Philips TV and all of the format controls work normally. Could be a TV problem.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Oldtechnician
 - Norman, OK
answer 5
Well first of all when your connected to an antenna your already viewing, in most cases, a digital picture that is natively going to be 16:9 because it's a digital picture. All the networks broadcast in HD so you shouldn't have to change anything when viewing certain channels with an antenna. It could be your TV not reading the signal correctly from the DVR. What model TV is it? And is the max output 720i or p or is 1080i or p?
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
answer 6
2nd try on this, 1st got "lost" somewhere?

Virtually all programs on analog channels are 4:3 and virtually all HDTVs can show those in their natural 4:3 aspect. My Vizio LCDs have a setting called "Normal" for showing 4:3 with side bars (pillar bars) so they look natural.

Many programs on digital channels are also 4:3 and your TV should place pillar bars on those as well if you choose the TV setting for 4:3, whatever it's called on your TV.

Your problem is difficult to diagnose since you say you tried ALL settings on both the TV and the Mag 513.

The Mag 513 has settings for aspect in its Video > TV Aspect menu that determine how a program will be DISPLAYED AND RECORDED. The default for that setting is 4:3 Letter Box. If you leave it there, 4:3 programs will be recorded with normal 4:3 aspect, while 16:9 WS programs will be DISPLAYED AND RECORDED with Letterbox bars (top and bottom) and everything will be squished, or "squatty" as you describe.

I'm lazy so I record everything with my Mag recorders set for 16:9 Wide, and my TV set for "WIDE" so 4;3 programs are stretched while 16:9 programs are natural WS.

Here's a help file on Aspect that might help:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12371974&postcount=62

but I think there's a combo of settings that you're not finding with your TV... the MAG is WYSIWYG as far as aspect using the Video ? TV Aspect menu... you should see an aspect change on WS programs (live TV) when you change that setting, and that setting does nothing for 4:3 programs or VHS tape copying, etc.

Here's a list of other 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

Will the Magnavox 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder work with DirecTv satellite?

I have DirecTv. I have a VCR at this time. Sometimes it records and of course sometimes it does not. Can this unit be hooked up between my DirecTv box and the TV and it perform as needed. I understand that DirecTv offers a DVR BUT If this unit will work I would rather purchase it instead of leasing it.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I was asking this question a month ago,so after reading the reviews I purchased it.Yes it does work with DIRECTV,and it hooks up just like a VCR and its FREE!!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
xvcrowner
 - south vienna,ohio
answer 2
Yes. For more details, please see my answer from earlier today of someone else's question on this same issue for this product.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
QueenofWalmart
 - WI
answer 3
As long as you can tap into the "clear" (un-encoded) coax ("cable") connection, you can use this unit. However, you cannot use it to control the DirecTV box -- so I'm not sure you can set up timer programs on the DVR for different channels unless you can also program the DirecTV box to change channels at specific times.

This DVR does have a built-in tuner, but (I think -- not having one) that the DirecTV output provides only a single TV channel (e.g.: channel 3 or 4). So the DVR setup would be to always record channel 3 (for example), and program the DirecTV box to the desired "real" channel -- if that is possible. Otherwise, you would only be able to record what you are watching.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
TechGuyInLandenberg
answer 4
I have DISH Network and I record to DVR or DVD by doing the following: Program your Recorder to the proper date/time and set to L1. Make sure you have RCA cabled the L1 jack to the Output jack on your DISH/DirectTv box. Mine has only one output so I used three "Y" cables to split the Video (Yellow) & Audio (Red/& White) to get to the TV and the DVR. Remember, you must leave the DISH/DirectTV unit on & on the proper channel you want to record.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
NMVideoGuy
 - Rio Rancho
answer 5
No standalone DVD recorder can directly tune and decrypt satellite signals, so the tuner is useless for that.

However, Sketch 4 here shows how to connect to your satellite set-top-box (STB) or DVR for recording from that or offloading DVR recordings to the HDD and on to DVDs, if desired:

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

With satellite, some people get extra channels by connecting an antenna or cable TV coax and tuning and recording those channels directly, as shown and described in Sketch 4A (Advanced Users) in that same help file. That doesn't "interfere" with the satellite signal in any way... just different paths into the Mag.

Here's some info on recording from the at receiver (STB), followed by TIPS from users who found ways to do cooordinated timer recording, even if their STB didn't have a DVR, followed by how to copy from a DVR:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298438&postcount=13#RecHDD8

Everything you need to know about this Mag recorder, OR THE NEW AND IMPROVED MDR515, is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 6
Yes, that's what I use mine on.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Steelerfanman
 - Simpsonville, SC
Question

can you copy a movie from one disc to another using the internal memory, or any other way for that matter?

asked 3 years, 8 months ago
By
majsr
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yep. It has a one-touch "dub" feature.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
soundmensch
answer 2
You can copy from dvd to the hard drive or from the hard drive to dvd.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
troubleshooter207
answer 3
provided that the movie is not copy writed, you copy the movie to the hard drive, and then back to a disk. Simpy put, YES.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
middleagefriendly
 - Motor City
answer 4
Correction: when I said:
"...w/ a "video stabilizer..."

It should have been:

"...w/o a "video stabilizer..."
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 5
Not if it is a store bought movie that is copy protected. That is something you won't be able to do. Other than that, sure you can.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
CemersonsCall
 - Port Angeles, WA
answer 6
Yes, 2 ways:

1. A home-made DVD can be dubbed from the DVD drive to the HDD, then another DVD copy dubbed from HDD to DVD. There are two ways for the original dub to HDD, depending on whether the DVD is Finalized or Unfinalized, as described hjere:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12327722&postcount=26#Dub5

2. You can also copy DVDs from a separate DVD player w/ a "video stabilizer" (filter) IF THAT DVD IS NOT COPY-PROTECTED. You can also copy your home movies on VHS tapes in the same way, as described here:

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

Everything you need to know about this recorder, and the new and improved MAG 515, is here:

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

Can I record and whatch another chanel

asked 3 years, 6 months ago
By
chayden21911
on Magnavox MDR-513H/F7 320GB DVR and DVD Recorder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
YES YOU CAN
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
GardeningIsFun
 - CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
answer 2
Yes, you can do both at the same time.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
ptc44200
 - Weymouth, MA
answer 3
YES YOU CAN. I RECORD WHEEL OF FORTUNE ON ONE CHANNEL AND WATCH TWO AND A HALF MEN ON ANOTHER CHANNEL AT THE SAME TIME. YOU CAN ALSO PAUSE LIVE TV WITH THIS MACHINE. NEAT!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
gmillie987
 - GRAND ISLAND, NE
answer 4
No you can't, just the channel you are recording, however you can watch something you have already recorded.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
dedaron
answer 5
yes you can. If you set it up correctly. I have the DVR & a digital converter box. I split the antenae inputs to each in port device> call their help line. they are very good with getting you set up.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
Bonze35
 - Papillion,Ne
answer 6
Yes, if you connect the Mag directly to the coax, as shown in SKetches 1, 2 and 3 here, or on one leg of a 2-way splitter (but only if you order PPV/VOD thru a cable box, otherwise a splitter is stupid):

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.

Everything you need to know about this Mag 513H, or the NEW AND IMPROVED 515H, is here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=12244086#post12244086
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
wajo2
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