Input and Output Notes
Product Overview: The Sony RDR-GX355
can record video and audio to blank DVDs, using two types of rewritable discs,
DVD-RW and DVD+RW, as well as write-once DVD-R and DVD+R discs. Two line inputs
(one on the rear and one on the front) allow you to record from several sources.
Note: This DVD recorder does not include a TV tuner and there are
no antenna coax terminals present. To record TV programs on this DVD
recorder, you need to connect the DVD recorder to a tuner that has RCA
audio/composite video output jacks.
Multi-Disc Compatibility: The Sony
RDR-GX355 DVD recorder is compatible with the following discs formats.
- Recordable And Playable Discs: The unit will record and playback
the following 12cm DVD-video discs.
- DVD+R (up to 16x speed), DVD+RW (up to 8x speed), DVD+R DL (up to 8x
speed), DVD-R (up to 16x speed), and DVD-RW (up to 6x speed),
- Playable Only Discs: The unit can playback the following discs
but cannot record to them.
- DVD-video, DVD-RAM, Video CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, Data CD, Data DVD,
and 8cm DVD-R/W and DVD+RW
MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R, CD-RW,
DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2 and
Joliet formats. The recorder will recognize a maximum of 499 audio tracks within
an album. Only one session of a multi-session MP3 recording on DVD can be
played. The DVD recorder is not compatible with the MP3PRO and will not display
JPEG Playback: The DVD recorder will play JPEG image files recorded
onto CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW discs using the ISO 9660
level 1/level 2 and Joliet formats. The recorder will recognize a maximum of 999
audio tracks within a folder. Only one session of a multi-session recording on
DVD can be played. JPEG images can be enlarged, rotated and played in a slide
show manner. When a disc contains both MP3 audio tracks and JPEG image files,
you can enjoy a slide show with sound
HDMI Output With 1080i DVD Upscaling: The RDR-GX355 reads the data on
a standard DVD at 480P and upscales the video resolution to 720p or 1080i
resolution to match your compatible HDTV. This allows for you to enjoy the best
in video performance while delivering digital video and audio over one simple
Recording Speeds: You can select from eight variable bit-rate speeds
when recording a DVD. The picture quality generally improves as the recording
time decreases. The recording speeds and approximate recording times on a 4.7GB
blank disc are:
|Recording Mode ||Recording Time |
|HQ (High quality) ||60 minutes |
|HSP ||90 minutes |
|SP (Standard mode) ||120 minutes |
|LSP ||150 minutes |
|ESP ||180 minutes |
|LP ||240 minutes |
|EP ||360 minutes |
|SLP (Super long play) ||480 minutes |
Recording: The RDR-GX355 offers several ways to record:
- Manual Recording: Record a currently tuned channel from your
connected cable box/satellite receiver or line input from another source
until you stop the recorder or the disc is full
- Quick Timer (One Touch Recording): Each press of a button records
the currently tuned channel in 30-minute increments, up to 8 hours (14
hours, 30 minutes if using a dual layer disc)
- Timer Recording: Set the timer for a total of 12 programs up to
one month in advance, set the date, time, channel, and recording mode
(speed) of the program manually
- Synchronized Recording: Set the DVD recorder to automatically
record from a connected component that has a timer function (cable box or
satellite receiver), when the other component turns on, the recording starts
- One Touch Dubbing Via DV Input: The unit features a DV Input and
an "One Touch Dubbing" button on the front panel which allows for the easy
copying of your personal content from a DV/Digital 8 camcorder to a DVD disc
in order to preserve your recordings for a long time, or to share it with
your relatives and friends.
Creating Chapters: The DVD recorder will automatically divide a
recording (a title) into chapters by inserting chapter marks at 5 or 15-minute
intervals during recording. If you do not want to divide titles you can turn
this feature off.
Record Timer Overlap: If your timer settings overlap, the program that
starts first has priority and the second program starts recording only after the
first program has finished. If the programs start at the same time, the program
listed first in the menu has priority. If the end time of one setting and the
start time of another timer setting is the same, the beginning of the program
that starts later will be cut.
Copy Protection: Pictures with copy protection, including most
commercially-recorded DVDs, cannot be recorded on this DVD recorder. The
recorder stops when it detects a copy guarded signal. Some broadcasts that
contain Copy Control signals may have one of three signal types: Copy-Free,
Copy-Once, or Copy-Never. The recorder limits the recording according to the
copy protection signal. Copy-Free encoded signals can be recorded at any time
with any compatible blank disc type. Copy-Never encoded signals can not be
recorded on this unit. Copy-Once programs can be recorded on a DVD-R/RW disc
formatted in the VR mode, and can be played only on CPRM-compatible equipment.
Basic Editing: Basic editing is possible on DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW,
DVD-RW VR Mode and DVD-RW Video Mode:
- Rename Title: Enter a title name up to 32 characters
- Erase Title: Erase the entire title
- Protect Title (DVD+RW only): Protects title from accidental
- Divide Title (DVD+RW only): Choose a point to divide a title
Advanced Editing: In addition to basic editing, video recorded on
DVD-RW in VR mode can be edited further:
- Erase Chapter: Erase individual chapters within a title
- Playlist Edit: Create a playlist on the same disc as the original
recordings without disturbing the original recording, the playlist allows
you to play the recorded scenes in any order, since a playlist doesn't
require much disc space, you can create numerous playlists on one disc
- Combine Titles: Allows you to combine two titles into one
- A-B Erase: You can erase an unwanted portion of an original
recording by selecting a starting point (A) and an ending point (B) of the
portion you want deleted
Fast Forward With Sound: You can play back video quickly with dialogue
or sound during Fast Forward 1 of a DVD with Dolby Digital soundtracks.
On-Screen Display: The following three On-Screen Display Menus are
mainly used to operate this DVD recorder.
- System Menu: The System Menu provides entries to all of the
recorder's main functions such as Title List, Timer, Edit, DV/D8 Dubbing,
Disc Setting and Setup.
- Sub-Menu: The Sub-Menu displays options applicable only to the
selected item from the main System Menu. The displayed options differ
depending on the situation and disc type.
- Options: The Options Menu allows you to search for a
Title/Chapter/Track, check the playing and remaining time of a disc, or
change settings for Audio/Angle/Subtitle. The displayed options differ
depending on the media type.
TV Type: This feature allows you to select the aspect ratio of the
unit's video output to match your television. You can select from 16:9 Wide, 4:3
Letter Box, or 4:3 Pan Scan.
Black Level: This feature allows you to raise the standard black level
when the TV's picture appears too dark.
Picture Control: This feature allows you to adjust the video signal
from the DVD recorder to obtain the picture quality you want. You can choose
from the following settings.
- Dynamic 1: produces a bold dynamic picture by increasing the
picture contrast and the color
- Dynamic 2: produces a more dynamic picture than the Dynamic 1
setting by further increasing the picture contrast and the color
- Standard: displays a standard pictures
- Cinema 1: white colors become brighter and black colors become
richer and the color contrast is increased
- Cinema 2: enhances details in dark areas by increasing the black
- Personal: allows you to adjust the Contrast, Brightness, Color
and Hue independently and manually
Dynamic Range Control: This feature makes the sound clear when the
volume is turned down when playing a DVD that conforms to "Audio DRC". You can
choose from the following settings.
- Standard: normal position
- TV Mode: makes low sounds clear even if you turn the volume down
- Wide Range: gives you the feeling of being at a live performance
Virtual Surround: When you connect the unit to a TV or a stereo
receiver with two speakers, virtual surround lets you enjoy surround sound
effects by using sound imaging to create virtual rear speakers from two
speakers. There are three levels of virtual surround - Surround 1, Surround 2,
and Surround 3, creating progressively more surround effect. The surround effect
is only output from the analog RCA audio jacks, not digital.
Set Top Box Control: This function allows the DVD recorder to control
your cable box or satellite receiver via the supplied set top box controller IR
repeater. You can then use the DVD recorder's remote control to change channels
on your cable box/satellite receiver whenever the cable box/satellite receiver
and the DVD recorder are turned on. You will need to register a code from your
cable/satellite box to the DVD recorder from the supplied owner's manual.
Parental Control: You can
restrict playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental
control rating from 1-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password. There is also
a child lock which disables all the recorder's buttons.
Child Lock: You can lock all of the buttons on the recorder so that
the settings are not canceled by mistake.
Display Dimmer: You can set the display to Bright, Dim, Auto (dims
when power is off) or Off (turns off the lighting when power is off and
maintains the lighting when power is on.
Remote Control: The supplied remote control (RMT-D243A) can control
the DVD recorder, as well multiple brands of TVs (basic functions). If you own a
Sony DVD player or another recorder, you can change the Command Mode of the
recorder to one that doesn't interfere with the other player or recorder.
Input and Output Notes
Front Panel A/V Input: The DVD recorder features a composite video and
S-video input along with a pair of left and right RCA audio inputs on the front
panel behind a manual fold-down door.
DV Input: The DVD recorder also feature a DV IN jack on the front
panel of the unit behind the same fold-down door. The unit's DV input conforms
to the iLINK standard. This input allows you to connect a digital video camera
to the DVD recorder via an i.LINK cable so you can record or edit from a
DV/Digital8 format tape.
Rear Panel A/V Input: The unit features a rear panel composite video
input along with a set of stereo audio RCA jacks.
HDMI Output: The RDR-GX355 features an HDMI output for transfer of
digital video and audio via a single cable to your HDTV.
Video Outputs: The RDR-GX355 has a composite video, S-video, and
component video output. Either interlaced or progressive video can be output
through the component video jacks.
Analog Audio Outputs: There are 2 sets of analog RCA audio outputs on
the rear panel.
Digital Audio Outputs: This unit features an optical and coaxial
digital output to connect to your Dolby Digital/DTS receiver. The HDMI Out jack
cannot output Dolby Digital/DTS signals, so either the optical or coaxial
digital output must be connected to your home theater receiver to enjoy Dolby
Digital/DTS surround sound.
Set Top Box Control: This 3.5mm minijack port allows for connection of
the supplied IR repeater. When connected, the IR repeater allows the recorder to
control a cable box or satellite receiver.