The recorder illustrations appearing in this instruction manual are
of the HR-J745EK.
VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDER
TV PROG /
VIDEO (MONO)L AUDIO R
AUTO SP/LP TIMER
REMOTE CONTROL UNIT
QUICK SET UP GUIDE
ON REAR SIDE
QUICK SET UP GUIDE
ON REAR SIDE
Safety Precautions ...................... 2
Some Do's And Don'ts ............... 3
INSTALLING YOUR NEW RECORDER 4
Basic Connections ..................... 4
Video Channel Set ..................... 6
Auto Set Up ............................... 8
Video Plus+ Setup .................... 10
Basic Playback ......................... 12
Playback Features .................... 13
Basic Recording ....................... 18
Recording Features .................. 19
B.E.S.T. Picture System ............. 20
Video Plus+ Timer Recording ... 22
Regular Timer Programming ..... 24
Edit To Or From Another Video
Recorder .................................. 28
Edit From A Camcorder ............ 30
Connection To A Stereo System
(HR-J745EK only) ..................... 31
Connection To A Satellite
Receiver ................................... 32
Auto Channel Set ..................... 38
Manual Channel Set ................. 40
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Please read the various precautions on p. 2 3 of this
instruction manual before installing or operating the
It should be noted that it may be unlawful to re-record
pre-recorded tapes, records, or discs without the consent
of the owner of copyright in the sound or video record-
ing, broadcast or cable programme and in any literary,
dramatic, musical, or artistic work embodied therein.
Connection to the mains supply in the United Kingdom.
DO NOT cut off the mains plug from this equipment. If
the plug fitted is not suitable for the power points in your
home or the cable is too short to reach a power point, then
obtain a proper safety approved extension lead/adapter or
consult your dealer.
BE SURE to replace the fuse only with an identical
approved type, as originally fitted, and to replace the fuse
If nonetheless the mains plug is cut off remove the fuse and
dispose of the plug immediately, to avoid a possible shock
hazard by inadvertent connection to the mains supply.
If this product is not supplied fitted with a mains plug then
follow the instructions given below:
DO NOT make any connection to the Larger Terminal
coded E or Green.
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance
with the following code:
If these colours do not correspond with the terminal
identifications of your plug, connect as follows:
Blue wire to terminal coded N (Neutral) or coloured Black.
Brown wire to terminal coded L (Live) or coloured Red.
If in doubt -- consult a competent electrician.
Blue to N (Neutral) or Black
Brown to L (Live) or Red
When you are not using the recorder for a long period of
time, it is recommended that you disconnect the power
cord from the mains outlet.
Dangerous voltage inside. Refer internal servicing to
qualified service personnel. To prevent electric shock or
fire hazard, remove the power cord from the mains
outlet prior to connecting or disconnecting any signal
lead or aerial.
The rating plate and the safety caution are on the rear of the unit.
WARNING: DANGEROUS VOLTAGE INSIDE
WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR
Video tapes recorded with this video recorder in the LP
(Long Play) mode cannot be played back on a single-speed
button does not completely shut
off mains power from the unit, but switches operating
current on and off. "
" shows electrical power standby
and " " shows ON.
Only cassettes marked "VHS" can be used with this
HQ VHS is compatible with existing VHS equipment.
Video Plus+ and PlusCode are trademarks of Gemstar
Development Corporation. The Video Plus+ system is
manufactured under license from Gemstar Development
Certain audio features of this product manufactured under a
license from Desper Products, Inc. Spatializer is a trademark
owned by Desper Products, Inc.
Failure to heed the following precautions may result in
damage to the recorder, remote control or video
1. DO NOT place the recorder . . .
... in an environment prone to extreme temperatures or
... in direct sunlight.
... in a dusty environment.
... in an environment where strong magnetic fields are
... on a surface that is unstable or subject to vibration.
2. DO NOT block the recorder's ventilation openings.
3. DO NOT place heavy objects on the recorder or remote
4. DO NOT place anything which might spill on top of the
recorder or remote control.
5. AVOID violent shocks to the recorder during transport.
Moisture in the air will condense on the recorder when you
move it from a cold place to a warm place, or under extremely
humid conditions--just as water droplets form in the surface of
a glass filled with cold liquid. Moisture condensation on the
head drum will cause damage to the tape. In conditions where
condensation may occur, keep the recorder turned on for a few
hours to let the moisture dry.
ABOUT HEAD CLEANING
Accumulation of dirt and other particles on the video heads
may cause the playback picture to become blurred or inter-
rupted. Be sure to contact your nearest JVC dealer if such
This equipment has been designed and manufactured to meet international safety standards but, like any
electrical equipment, care must be taken if you are to obtain the best results and safety is to be assured.
DO read the operating instructions before you attempt to use the equipment.
DO ensure that all electrical connections (including the mains plug, extension leads and interconnec-
tions between pieces of equipment) are properly made and in accordance with the manufacturer's
instructions. Switch off and withdraw the mains plug when making or changing connections.
DO consult your dealer if you are ever in doubt about the installation, operation or safety of your equip-
DO be careful with glass panels or doors on equipment.
DON'T continue to operate the equipment if you are in any doubt about it working normally, or if it is
damanged in any way -- switch off, withdraw the mains plug and consult your dealer.
DON'T remove any fixed cover as this may expose dangerous voltages.
DON'T leave equipment switched on when it is unattended unless it is specifically stated that it is de-
signed for unattended operation or has a standby mode. Switch off using the switch on the
equipment and make sure that your family knows how to do this. Special arrangements may need
to be made for infirm or handicapped people.
DON'T use equipment such as personal stereos or radios so that you are distracted from the requirements
of road safety. It is illegal to watch television whilst driving.
DON'T listen to headphones at high volume, as such use can permanently damage your hearing.
DON'T obstruct the ventilation of the equipment, for example with curtains or soft furnishings. Overheat-
ing will cause damage and shorten the life of the equipment.
DON'T use makeshift stands and NEVER fix legs with wood screws -- to ensure complete safety always
fit the manufacturer's approved stand or legs with the fixings provided according to the instruc-
DON'T allow electrical equipment to be exposed to rain or moisture.
-- NEVER let anyone especially children push anything into holes, slots or any other opening in the
case -- this could result in a fatal electrical shock;
-- NEVER guess or take chances with electrical equipment of any kind -- it is better to be safe than
Some Do's And Don'ts On The Safe
Use Of Equipment
4-STEP QUICK SET UP
AUTO SET UP
INSTALLING YOUR NEW RECORDER
RF Cable (provided)
CONNECT RECORDER TO
21-pin SCART Cable (not provided)
Back of TV
21-pin AV input connector (SCART)
It's essential that your video recorder be properly connected.
Follow these steps carefully. THESE STEPS MUST BE COM-
PLETED BEFORE ANY VIDEO OPERATION CAN BE PER-
listed in "Specifications" (
CONNECT RECORDER TO
TV you have.
To Connect To A TV With NO 21-pin AV input
connector (SCART) . . .
a Disconnect the TV aerial cable from the TV.
b Connect the TV aerial cable to the ANT. IN jack
on the rear panel of the recorder.
c Connect the provided RF cable between the RF
OUT jack on the rear panel of the recorder and the
TV's aerial connector.
Before operating the recorder, make sure the TV's
channel is set to the VIDEO channel (
To Connect To A TV with 21-pin AV input connector
(SCART) . . .
a Connect the aerial, recorder and TV as per "RF
b Connect an optional SCART cable between the
AV1 IN/OUT socket on the rear panel of the
recorder and the TV's 21-pin AV input connector
Before operating the recorder, make sure the TV is set to
the VIDEO (or AV) mode.
AV1 IN / OUT
AV1 IN OUT
TV Aerial Cable (not provided)
Back of HR-J745EK
Back of HR-J249EK
If you have finished all the necessary connections, go to "Video Channel Set" on page 6, then
perform Auto Set Up on page 8; do NOT press the
button on the recorder/remote control
to turn on the recorder's power before you start Auto Set Up.