Acer 5000 User Manual

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Navigation controls

To return to the Arcade home page, click the Home button in the upper left corner of the window. To go up one folder level while searching for content, click Up one level. To return to a previous screen, click Return. The buttons in the upper right (minimize, maximize, and close) have standard PC behaviours.

To quit Arcade, click the Close button in the upper right corner of the window. You can also click To PC.

Player controls

At the bottom of the window, the player controls — used for video, slideshows, movies and music — are shown. The group on the left provides standard playback controls (play, pause, stop, etc). The group on the right controls volume (mute and volume up/down).

Note: When playing DVDs, there are additional controls added to the right of the volume controls. These are discussed in more detail in the Cinema section of this guide.

Cinema

If your computer came with a DVD drive, you can play movies from DVDs and Video CDs (VCDs) with the Cinema function of Acer Arcade. This player has the features and controls of a typical DVD player.

When you insert a disk into the DVD drive, the movie begins playing automatically. To control the movie, the pop-upplayer control panel appears at the bottom of the window when you move the mouse.

If more than one optical drive contains a playable disk, click the Cinema button on the Home page to open the Cinema content page, then select the disk you'd like to watch from the list on the right.

When viewing DVDs, the following special controls are added to the pop-uppanel:

DVD Menu

Subtitle

Language

Angle

The disk currently playing will be shown in the area above the list of drives. This page is also displayed when you press the Stop button during a movie. The buttons on the left side allow you to resume the movie from the point it was stopped, restart the movie from the beginning, jump to the DVD menu, eject the disk, or go to the "DVD Settings" page.

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DVD settings

There are two types of DVD settings: "Video" and "Language." Click the appropriate button to open its settings page.

Video

The Video settings control the video output of DVDs/VCDs.

Use hardware acceleration takes advantage of the special processing power in some graphics cards to reduce CPU loading when playing back DVDs and some video files. If you have problems with video quality, try turning this option Off.

Select an output type:

4:3 Standard or 16:9 Widescreen according to your display preferences

The Letterbox option displays widescreen movie content in its original aspect ratio and adds black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

The Pan & Scan feature is for DVD titles with a widescreen aspect ratio.

Acer CinemaVision is a nonlinear video stretching technology that produces minimal distortion in the center of the picture.

Stretch stretches the video display to the size of the display screen.

The "Color profile" option allows you to select from a list of color configurations to change the overall color of the video content during playback. "Original" uses the color scheme of the disk you are watching, while "Vivid," "Bright," and "Theatre" add enhanced color to the video display.

Acer ClearVision is a video enhancement technology that detects video content and dynamically adjusts the brightness/contrast/saturation levels so that you do not need to change the color settings if the movie you are watching contains scenes that are overly dark or too bright.

Click Restore to factory settings to return the settings to their default values.

Language

The "Language settings" control the audio and subtitle output of DVDs/VCDs.

"Subtitle" selects the default subtitle language for DVDs when available. The factory setting is "Off."

"Closed caption" turns on the closed captions on DVDs. This function displays captions encoded in the video signal that describe on screen action and dialog for the hearing impaired. The factory setting is "Off."

"Audio" selects the default language for DVD titles.

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Album

Acer Arcade lets you view digital photos individually or as a slideshow, from any available drive on your computer. Click the Album button on the Arcade Home page to show the Album main page.

The content area on the right shows both individual pictures and folders. Click on a folder to open it.

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To view a slideshow, open the folder containing the pictures you wish to view - then click Play slideshow. The slideshow is played full-screen.Use thepop-upcontrol panel to control the slideshow.

To rotate a picture in full-screen,click Rotate right or Rotate left.

You can also view a single picture by clicking on it. This opens the picture full-screen.

Slideshow settings

To change slideshow settings click the Settings button on the Album page.

The "Slide duration" setting determines how long each slide is shown before automatically advancing to the next picture in the slideshow.

The "Transition effects" setting sets the style of transition used between pictures.

To add background music to a slideshow, set the "Play music during slideshow" option to "Yes." The select music page asks you to choose music from your personal music library.

Click Restore to factory settings to return your settings to their default values.

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Video

To open the Video function, click Video on the Arcade Home page.

Note: The Video feature is designed to play back MPEG1, MPEG2 (if a DVD drive is installed), AVI, WMV, and ASF formats. If you want to watch a DVD or VCD use the "Cinema" function.

Two options are shown on the Video page: "Video Play" or "Video Edit."

Playing a video file

Click Video Play to watch video files. The Video page shows the video files in the content area on the right side. They are organized by folders and a thumbnail image shows the first frame of the video.

To play a video file, click on it. the video will play full-screen.Thepop-upcontrol panel will appear at the bottom of the screen when you move the mouse. To return to the Video page, click Stop.

Video Authoring

Click the Video Authoring button to open the PowerProducer program, which allows you to finalize your digital video productions and burn them to disk. Before you produce your movie using PowerProducer, first gather (or create) its component parts: video clips, photos, and background music. You may collect raw footage yourself with a camcorder or other recording device, or you may simply use files that you have on hand; including movies you have already created in a video editing program.

When your movie is ready for production, use PowerProducer, which offers basic video editing tools, so your movie does not have to be perfectly polished at this stage. PowerProducer's production functions include the following:

burns CDs, DVDs, VCDs, SVCDs, and editable DVDs

erases rewritable disks that contain unwanted content

copies disks

defragments disks for appending video content

burns DV content straight to DVD

sets chapters within video content

adds background music to videos and menus

offers custom menu layouts for buttons, frames, and backgrounds

captures from DVD, firewire devices, analog capture cards, USB devices, and files

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For help with authoring video, refer to PowerProducer's online help system.

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Music

For convenient access to your music collection, click Music on the Arcade Home page to open the Music Home page.

Select the folder, or CD, that contains the music you want to listen to. Click Play to listen to the entire contents from the beginning, or select the song that you want to hear from the list in the content area.

The songs in the folder are shown in the content area, while the left side has controls for "Play," "Random," and "Repeat all." The Visualize option allows you to watch computer generated visualizations while you listen to music.

When playing music, the control panel at the bottom of the page makes it easy to adjust the volume and control playback.

To rip music from a CD, click Rip CD. In the page that opens, select the songs you would like to rip (or click Select or Clear all), then click Rip now.

Burner

NTI CD/DVD-Makersimplifies today's digital lifestyle by providing an easy and complete solution for recording data, audio, photos or video. Now you can burn and share anything on CD/DVD - your music just the way you like it, your photos, your videos. Even copy your critical data faster and easier than ever before.

Copy backup your CD/DVD collection

Make backup copies of (non-copyprotected) CDs in just a few clicks of your mouse. Copynon-copyprotected DVDs too!

Audio create your own greatest hits CDs

Create better sounding music in a snap. Burn your favourite songs to CD so you can listen to them on any CD player. Convert songs from your music collection to MP3 and other popular audio formats. Even create MP3 CDs with over 100 of your favourite songs and listen to them on your PC or MP3 CD player.

Data store files simply and easily

Copy your computer's hard drive files for easy recovery in the event of a crash. Archiving your data on CD/DVD eliminates the need for extra hard drives.

Video your world in pictures

Turn digital photos into a Slideshow VCD with background music that can be played by most DVD players. Bring new life to your video clips and share any event with your friends and family for playback on most DVD players. You can even add customized menus to Video CDs and Super Video CDs.

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For Specific details about each of these options, consult the User's Guide or click the Help button to open NTI CD/DVD-Maker'shelp menu.

TV (for selected models)

Arcade allows you to watch TV from your computer. Click the TV button on the Home page to show the TV main page.

The Full screen option plays TV content at full screen: Press the <Backspace> key or double-clickanywhere on the screen to return to Arcade.

When you watch TV, additional buttons appear on the playback controls: Record (records TV content as a video file), Previous channel (switches down one channel), Next channel (switches up one channel), Window mode (toggles the Arcade program between a Windows panel and full screen), and TeleText (opens the TeleText function), Video desktop (replaces your desktop wallpaper with the video display), and Snapshot (takes a snapshot of the current frame of video).

The Recorded TV option allows you to view files that you have recorded from the TV. See Recorded TV.

The Schedule option allows you to set TV recording schedules for later viewing. See Scheduling Recordings.

The Settings button opens a page containing TV settings. See TV Settings.

The TV preview option allows you to preview available TV channels. See TV Preview.

The TeleText option opens the TeleText function. See using TeleText Functions.

Instant Replay

By default, the instant replay function is enabled in Arcade. To create an instant replay, Arcade records the TV broadcast as a file, creating a slight lag between the live broadcast and the TV content that you watch. (The instant replay file cannot be saved, however, and you cannot watch this file in the Recorded TV window.) You can navigate forward and backward within the file to create an instant replay or to skip over commercials.

Note: One of your local drive must contain at least 2 GB of free space in order to enable the instant replay function.

Click "" to pause playback, "" to continue watching. Click "" to rewind, or "" to fast forward. Click "" to go to the start of the instant replay recording, or click "" to go to the end of the instant replay recording.

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Note: Since the TV content you watch always lags slightly behind the live TV broadcast, going to the end of the instant replay recording is as close to watching live TV as Arcade permits.

Recorded TV

The "Recorded TV" page shows recorded files using the "Recorded TV Shows" page of the "Video" function. A thumbnail image shows the first frame of the file. To play a recorded TV file, click it. The video will play full screen. To return to the TV page, click Stop.

For a description of the options on this page, see Videos.

Scheduling Recordings

To set a TV recording schedule, click Schedule, then New schedule. In the page that opens, select the Channel you want to record and the Scheduling frequency. Set the Starting date, Starting time, and Ending time of the program you want to record. Click Confirm schedule to activate the recording schedule, or Cancel to quit without accepting the schedule. Select Delete schedule to remove a recording schedule you have previously created.

Click an existing recording schedule to open it for modification. To change the order in which schedules are displayed, click Sort by channel or Sort by date.

TV Preview

Click the TV preview button to display a wall of TV screen thumbnails, previewing each channel. The TV Preview scrolls automatically through all of the available channels. Select a thumbnail to watch the corresponding channel.

Using TeleText Functions

This page displays TeleText listings with different kinds of information. To return to the main TV page, press the <Backspace> key.

To navigate within the TeleText function, you can:

Click the yellow or blue headlines to open the first page of listings on thecorresponding TeleText page.

Click an onscreen page number to jump to that page.

Use the keyboard number buttons to enter a page number directly.

Use the up/down buttons on the remote to go to the previous/next page.

Click the red - or green + button to go to the previous/next page.

Press <Backspace> on the keyboard or the Back button on the remote to return to the main TV page.

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TV Settings

To change picture settings, click the TV button on the "Settings" page or the Settings button on the main TV page. There are two types of TV settings: "TV Signal" and "Channels."

TV Signal

Select this TV Source option if your TV receives signals via an antenna or cable.

The Country option allows you to select the country or region where your cable provider is located.

The Recording quality option allows you to set the quality of video recorded from TV. Selecting a higher quality results in a larger recorded file when recording TV shows.

The Audio source option allows you to select your audio input source from a list of available sources.

The Audio mode option allows you to set your audio output as Mono, Stereo, or SAP. The SAP (Second Audio Program) option is an enhanced audio signal that can be used to augment the main audio or to provide an audio translation or other information.

Click Restore default settings to return your settings to their default values.

Channels

The Channel List contains all of the TV channels available in Arcade. By default, all available channels are enabled. To disable a channel in the list, uncheck it. Disabled channels are not available for selection when you return to the TV page to watch TV.

To move a channel to your "Favorite Channels" list, click it then click the new location (or use the up/down arrow keys and press <Enter>). The channel is moved to the new location in the list.

To rename a channel in the list, click on it, then enter the new name.

If no channel list exists, click Scan channels. Your computer will scan and list the available TV channels.

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File type compatibility

Mode

Supported

Not supported

 

 

 

Cinema

DVD/ SVCD/VCD/MiniDVD

DTS, Linear PCM, TruSurroundXT,

 

 

SRS, DVD audio

 

 

 

Video

ASF/WMV/AVI/MPEG1/2,

DVD navigator, SVCD, M2V,

 

DivX (requires codec)

MOV, Flash

 

 

 

Album

BMP, JPG, PNG

GIF, TIF, PSD, ICO

 

 

 

Music

MP3, WMA, WAV, CDA

DVD audio, SACD

 

(Audio CD)

 

 

 

 

Note: Automatic media detection will only function under the main menu.