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Capture Box

C283S

English

User Manual

SafetyPrecautions
Pleasereadallofthesafetyprecautionsbeforeusingtheproduct.
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intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated dangerous
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PrecautionsonPower
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Donotplugtoomanydevicesintoasocket.Itmaycauseanoverloadandresultinanelectricshockorfire.
Donottouchtheplugwithwethands.Itmaycauseanelectricshockorfire.
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Keeptheproductawayfrommoistureanddust.Itmaycauseanelectricshockandfire.
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InstallationPrecautions
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wayfordamagesasaconsequenceoflossorrecoveryofinformationintheHDD.
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UsagePrecautions
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Donotconnectthecableswhentheproductison.

PrecautionsonHDD
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MaintainingtheProduct
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Donotturnofftheproductwhileupgradingfirmware(F/W).Itmaycausemalfunction.

ImportantSafetyInstructions
Readtheseoperatinginstructionscarefullybeforeusingtheunit.Followthesafetyinstructionsontheunitandtheapplicable
safetyinstructionslistedbelow.Keeptheseoperatinginstructionshandyforfuturereference.
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Readtheseinstructions.
Keeptheseinstructions.
Heedallwarnings.
Followallinstructions.
Donotusethisapparatusnearwater.
Cleanonlywithdrycloth.
Donotblockanyventilationopenings.Installinaccordancewithmanufacturerinstructions.
Donotinstallnearanyheatsourcessuchasradiators,heatregisters,stoves,orotherapparatus(includingamplifiers)that
produceheat.
9. Donotdefeatthesafetypurposeofthepolarizedorgroundingtypeplug.Apolarizedplughastwobladeswithonewider
thantheother.Agroundingtypeplughastwobladesandathirdgroundingprong.Thewidebladeorthethirdprongare
provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the
obsoleteoutlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point
wheretheyexitfromtheapparatus.
11. Onlyuseattachments/accessoriesspecifiedbythemanufacturer.
12. Unplugthisapparatusduringlightningstormsorwhenunusedforalongperiodoftime.
13. Referallservicingtoqualifiedservicepersonnel.Servicingisrequiredwhentheapparatushasbeendamagedinanyway,
such as powersupply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatushasbeenexposedtorainormoisture,doesnotoperatenormally,orhasbeendropped.
14. Useonlywithcart,stand,tripod,bracket,ortablespecifiedbythemanufacturer,orsoldwiththeapparatus.Whenacartis
used,usewithcautionwhenmovingthecart/apparatuscombinationtoavoidinjuryfromtipover.

BatterySafetyInformation
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Donotdisposeofusedbatteriesindomesticwaste.Disposeofbatteriesatspecialcollectionpointsorreturntopointof
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Removethebatteriesduringlongperiodsofnonuse.Alwaysremoveexhaustedbatteriesfromtheremotecontrol.Battery
leakageandcorrosioncandamagethisremotecontrol,disposeofbatteriessafely.
Donotmixoldandnewbatteries.
Donotmixdifferenttypesofbatteries:alkaline,standard(carbonzinc)orrechargeable(nickelcadmium).
Donotdisposeofbatteriesinafire.Thebatteriesmayexplodeorleak.
Nevershortcircuitthebatteryterminals.

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ClassB
This product is herewith confirmed to comply with the requirements set out in the Council Directives on the
approximationofthelawsoftheMemberStatesrelatingtoElectromagneticCompatibilityDirective(EMC)2004/
108 / EC,LowVoltageDirective(LVD)2006/95/ECandEnergyrelatedProductsDirective(ErP)
2009 / 125 / EC.

WASTEELECTRICALANDELECTRONICEQUIPMENT(WEEE)
The mark of Crossedout wheeled bin indicates that this product must not be disposed of with your other
household waste. Instead, you need to dispose of the waste equipment by handing it over to a designated
collectionpointfortherecyclingofwasteelectricalandelectronicequipment.Formoreinformationaboutwhere
todropoffyourwasteequipmentforrecycling,pleasecontactyourhouseholdwastedisposalserviceortheshop
whereyoupurchasedtheproduct.

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FCCClassBPart15
This device complies with Part 15 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules. The FCC ID for this device is
L6ARCR10BW.Operationissubjecttothefollowingtwoconditions:
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Thisdevicemustacceptanyinterferencereceived,includinginterferencethatmaycauseundesiredoperation.

CAUTION:
Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the users
authoritytooperatethisequipment.
ThisequipmenthasbeentestedandfoundtocomplywiththelimitsforaClassBdigitaldevice,pursuanttoPart15oftheFCC
Rules.Theselimitsaredesignedtoprovidereasonableprotectionagainstharmfulinterferenceinaresidentialinstallation.This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
manufacturersinstructions,maycauseinterferenceharmfultoradiocommunications.
There is no guarantee, however, that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmfulinterferencetoradioortelevisionreception,whichcanbedeterminedbyturningtheequipmentoffandon,theuseris
encouragedtotrytocorrecttheinterferencebyoneormoreofthefollowingmeasures:
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Reorientorrelocatethereceivingantenna.
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Website

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Specifications
ProductName

CaptureBox

ModelNo.

C283S

Power
InputRating

12V

PowerConsumption

<7W(powerconsumptionofharddrivenotincluded)

StandbyPowerConsumption

<1W

AdapterRating

Input:100240V~,5060Hz0.5AMax.Output:12V

1.5A

Dimension
Size

164mm(W)x57mm(H)x124mm(D)

Weight

335g

EnvironmentalCondition
OperatingTemperature

0~40

SystemRequirements
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TV/monitorwithcomponentvideo(YPrPb)input
TV/monitorwith720por1080iresolution(recommended)
Settopboxwithcomponentvideo(YPrPb)output
NTFSformattedharddrivewithcapacitygreaterthan320GBisrecommended
(Thesupportedmaximumstoragecapacityoftheharddriveis2TB.)
Harddriveishighlypreferredoverflashdrivetominimizetheriskofrecordingfailure

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1.5A

Chapter 1 Package Contents ......................................................... 2


Chapter 2 The Unit Parts ................................................................ 4
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4

Touch Button Control Panel ................................................................. 4


Infrared Sensor .................................................................................... 4
LED Indicator ....................................................................................... 5
Connection Ports ................................................................................. 6

2.4.1

Front View...6

2.4.2

Rear View6

Chapter 3 Installation & First Time Setup ..................................... 7


3.1
3.2
3.2.1
3.2.2

3.3
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Hardware Installation ........................................................................... 7


Storage Device Installation ................................................................ 13
USB Storage Device Insertion13
HDD Installation and Removal...13

Setup Wizard ..................................................................................... 19


Supported Resolutions ...................................................................... 24

Chapter 4 The Remote Control .................................................... 25


Chapter 5 Instant Recording ........................................................ 27
Chapter 6 The OSD Menu Display ............................................... 30
6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4

Recordings and Snapshots ................................................................ 31


File Management ............................................................................... 35
Schedule Recording .......................................................................... 40
Settings.............................................................................................. 44

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English

Table of Content

Thank you for purchasing the Capture Box. Please read this user manual carefully to ensure proper
use of this product. We recommend you to keep it for future reference.

Chapter 1

Package Contents

Please confirm that the package contains the following items. If any of the package contents are missing
or damaged, please contact the distributor immediately.

Capture Box

Power Adapter

Power Adapter Outlet Module

Component Video Cable x2

RCA Audio Cable x2

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IR Blaster Cable

User Manual

Quick Guide

Remote Control (Batteries Included)

z The accessories that come with the package may slightly vary depending on different sales regions.
z AVerMedia regularly releases the latest version of firmware for the Capture Box. Having the latest
firmware enhances the functionality of the Capture Box. To download the latest firmware file, please go to
www.avermedia.com and then enter the model name in Product Search field. Firmware file is available on
the product information page. (See p.47 for details)

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Chapter 2

The Unit Parts

2.1 Touch Button Control Panel


The touch button panel found on the front of the unit provides quick access to commonly used functions.

Buttons

Descriptions
Record

Press to start / stop recording.


Power

Press to turn the unit on / into stand-by mode.

* If the device is crashed, press and hold for 4 seconds to force shutdown.

2.2 Infrared Sensor


When using the remote control, aim it at the infrared (IR) sensor located at the front panel of the unit.
The remote control must be held at an angle within 30 degrees perpendicular to the IR sensor to
function correctly. The distance between the remote control and the sensor should not exceed 6 meters
(20 feet).

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2.3 LED Indicator


The LED indicators on the front of the unit show the devices status.

Red LED indicator

Green/Blue LED indicator

While the device is

The Green/Blue LED indicator

On

Glows solid green

Off / in standby mode

Lights off

Starting up / Powering off / Upgrading its

Flashes green continuously

firmware
Having problems

Alternates between green and blue

Receiving a remote control signal

Flashes green once

While the device is

The Red LED indicator

Under recording mode

Flashes red continuously

Accepting a snapshot command

Flashes red once

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2.4 Connection Ports


2.4.1 Front View

USB slot

z USB slot is for external USB storage device connection as well as for firmware upgrade via USB storage
device.
z USB hub is not supported.

2.4.2 Rear View

Component video output

IR Blaster Port

RCA Audio L/R output

Component video input

DC-IN

RCA Audio L/R input

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Chapter 3

Installation & First Time Setup

3.1 Hardware Installation


Please follow the steps below to properly connect the Capture Box and your TV / STB.
z Before making the connections, make sure to set STBs video output to Component and adjust its output
resolution to 1080i or below. Then power your STB off.
z If you would like to install internal hard drive, install it before making the connections.
z Make sure that the cables are firmly connected and that neither of the cables are loose. If any of the cables are
loose or disconnected, there may be a loss of signal or screen color problems.

Step 1
Connecting the Capture Box to Your STB Using Component Video Cable
Connect one end of the component video cable to the COMPONENT VIDEO IN port on the rear of the
Capture Box and the other end to the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT (colored red, green, and blue) port
on the STB.

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Step 2
Connecting the Capture Box to Your STB Using Composite Audio Cable
Connect one end of the composite audio cable to the AUDIO IN port on the rear of the Capture Box
and the other end to the AUDIO OUT (colored red and white) port on the STB.

Step 3
Connecting the Capture Box to Your TV Using Component Video Cable
Connect one end of the component video cable to the COMPONENT VIDEO OUT port on the rear of
the device and the other end to the COMPONENT VIDEO IN (colored green, blue, and red) port on
your TV.

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Step 4
Connecting the Capture Box to Your TV Using Composite Audio Cable
Connect one end of the composite audio cable to the AUDIO OUT port on the rear of the device and
the other end to the AUDIO IN (colored white and red) port on your TV.

Step 5
Connecting the Capture Box to Your STB Using IR Blaster Cable
Use a soft cloth to gently clean and remove the dust on the infrared (IR) sensor of your STB.
Connect the IR Blaster cable to the IR BLASTER port on the rear of the device. Make sure you snap the
cable securely in place. Then stick the IR emitter with double sided tape right to the STB IR sensor
window. To make sure it is properly attached, use your thumb to secure the emitter with a little pressure
for at least 3 seconds.

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The location of IR sensor window on STB varies. To find the exact location of the IR sensor, refer to the guide
that comes with your STB.

Step 5
Powering on Your STB
Power on your STB.

Step 6
Installing the Power Adapter
Slide the Power Adapter Outlet Module into the groove on the Power Adapter.

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Step 7
Connecting the Power Adapter
Connect the Power Adapter connector to the DC-IN port on the rear of the device. Then plug the power
adapter to a wall outlet.

Step 8
Powering on the Capture Box
Press the power button on the front panel of the device.
Or
Aim the remote control at the infrared sensor located on the front panel of the device. Then press
Power on the remote.
The LED indicator then lights up green, indicating that the device is on.

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Step 9
Check Video on TV screen
Make sure that there is video displayed on TV screen.

If your TV is not displaying video properly, please check the followings:


z Make sure that your TV is set on the correct input source (COMPONENT IN). Switch video input by pressing
the input selection button ("Input"/"Source"/"TV/AV") on the TV remote control.
Supported resolutions vary depending on the TV model in use. For details, please refer to the guide that
comes with your TV.
z Check video output settings of your STB.
z Power off the Capture Box and then make sure that the device is connected properly and with the proper
cables.
z If there is still no video signal on TV, refer to FAQ at www.avermedia.com for further troubleshooting.

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3.2 Storage Device Installation


The Capture Box supports 2.5inch internal hard drive (with both 9.5mm and 12.5mm height) and
external USB hard drive. You can choose to save the recorded files and snapshots either to the internal
HDD or your external USB drive.

3.2.1 USB Storage Device Insertion


Connect your portable USB hard drive to the USB port on the front of the Capture Box.

z It is highly recommended to use an NTFS-formatted internal hard drive.


If you would like to use an external hard drive, do not remove your portable USB hard drive before an incoming
schedule starts; otherwise, the scheduled task may fail to start.
z To avoid recording failure, if the hard drive is removed and then re-plugged, please go to Menu > Settings > Disk
Management > Storage Destination to re-select desired storage destination for both recorded files and
snapshots.
z To avoid data loss, please safely remove your external storage device before unplug it from the Capture Box (See
p.34 for details).

3.2.2 HDD Installation and Removal

z It is highly recommended to use a new unformatted hard drive or a hard drive formatted as NTFS file
system. The supported maximum storage capacity of the hard drive is 2TB.
z Before installing or removing the internal HDD, please disconnect the power supply from the Capture Box to avoid
data loss.
z Removing internal HDD immediately after powering-off may cause personal injury due to heat. Please wait until
the HDD cools down completely (it takes approximately 10 minutes) before any attempt to remove it.

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To install the internal HDD:


Step 1
Removing the HDD Lid
Use your fingertip to flip open the HDD lid, located on the bottom of the Capture Box.
Lift off the lid and set it aside.

Step 2
Measuring HDD Height Using Measuring Card
Use the measuring card placed on the HDD slot to measure the height of your HDD (9.5mm or
12.5mm).

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Step 3
Adjusting the Rotary Knob
Adjust the rotary knob attached to the inner side of the lid to fit the height of your HDD.
The default position of the rotary knob fits HDD with 9.5mm height. If you use HDD with 12.5mm
height, rotate the rotary knob to the other direction.

Using a 9.5mm HDD:

Using a 12.5mm HDD:

Step 4
Inserting the HDD
Place the HDD on the slot with the sticker-side facing up and the HDD connector end facing to the
left.

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Align and insert the HDD connectors all the way into the SATA connectors attached to the slot.
Push in firmly to secure them.

Step 5
Replacing the HDD Lid
Place the HDD lid back and snap it into place.

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To remove the internal HDD:


Step 1
Removing the HDD Lid

Removing internal HDD immediately after powering-off may cause personal injury due to heat. Please wait until the
HDD cools down completely (it takes approximately 10 minutes) before any attempt to remove it.

Use your fingertip to flip open the HDD lid, located on the bottom of the Capture Box.
Lift off the lid and set it aside.

Step 2
Removing the HDD
Pull the HDD out in the direction of the arrow. Then lift the HDD out of the slot.

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Step 3
Replacing the HDD Lid
Place the HDD lid back and snap it into place.

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3.3 Setup Wizard


When the first time you power on the Capture Box unit, the setup wizard appears. The following steps
guide you through the initial configuration process.

z Make sure to install internal hard drive or external USB storage device beforehand.
z For the first-time initialization, a short duration of black screen (approximately 20 seconds) is followed by
AVerMedia logo. The blinking green status light indicates that the Capture Box is starting up. Please wait
until the welcome screen appears.

Step 1
Setting up Language
When the welcome page appears, use / to
select your preferred language. Press OK to
confirm.

Step 2
Setting up Date and Time
Use / to move among options and / to
adjust date and time. Press OK to confirm.
*Make sure to set the time according to the system time of
your STB.

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Step 3
Going through the IR Learning Process
z IR learning is a process that enables the Capture Box to memorize infrared (IR) command sequence from
your STB remote control. Once you have the IR Learning completed, the Capture Box can control your STB
for Schedule Recording. (See Schedule Recording section on p.40 for details).
z Before IR Learning, Make sure you plug in the IR Blaster Cable and power on your STB.

Step 3-1
Select Set up now and press OK.
Then make sure the IR Blaster Cable is properly
plugged in and press OK to continue.

Select Add and press OK to confirm.


If your STB is on the list, select it and press OK to
skip to the next step.

You can also configure this setting later via Home > Settings > IR Learning Setup.

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Step 3-2
Follow the on-screen instruction and then press OK.

Press a key on your STB remote control.

Step 3-3
Press [F1] to verify the key learning result. Check if
the channel number displayed on background screen
is corresponding to the learned key.
If the STB does not change the channel correctly,
press [F2] to re-learn a key or press / to edit a
learned key.
*If your STB still fails to change channel accordingly, make
sure you enter a valid channel number.

Press [F3] to move on to the next key.


Repeat step 3-2 and 3-3 until you complete all key
learning.

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*Skip unavailable keys on the remote control.


*The keys indicated with

are verified ones.

After Power key is learned and verified, the STB


powers off. Restart the STB and press
F3 to complete the IR Learning process.

Step 4 (Optional)
Installing Storage Device
If you have not yet installed any storage device,
install it before continuing the setup process.
* To install an internal HDD, disconnect the power supply
from the Capture Box beforehand to avoid data loss.
*If you want to install an internal HDD, you can skip this
step and exit the Setup Wizard. The previous settings are
saved and you can later go to Menu > Settings > Disk
Management > Storage Destination to select desired
storage destination.

Then press

to go to the previous screen and

press OK to run disk checking process.


If you have already installed your storage device
beforehand, jump to Step 5.

Step 5 (Optional)
Formatting Storage Device
If you are using a new hard drive, a disk format request
will be prompted.
Press OK to start the disk format process. Once
finished, press OK to continue.
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z Disk formatting will remove all the data stored on the disk. Please properly backup your data before formatting the
disk.
z NEVER power off the device or unplug the power supply during the disk format process.

Step 6
Setting up Storage Destination
Use / to select desired default storage disk for
both recorded files and snapshots.
Press OK to select a disk.
*

indicates normal write speed of selected partition;

indicates low write speed of selected partition. To make sure


recording functions properly, it is highly recommended to select
partition with normal write speed. If you would like to select
partition with

, please format the partition into NTFS. If the

problem persists, refer to FAQ at www.avermedia.com for further


troubleshooting.

Then use / to select a folder and press OK to


confirm.
Press F1 to save setting.

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Step 7
Finishing Setup Wizard
Press OK to exit the wizard and start using the
Capture Box.

3.4 Supported Resolutions


The Capture Box supports Component (YPbPr) input resolution:
Component (YPbPr)

480i (60Hz)
480p (60Hz)
720p (60Hz)
1080i (60Hz)

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Chapter 4

The Remote Control

The descriptions below show the deployment of the keys on the remote control.

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Buttons

Descriptions
Press to turn the unit on /off.
Press to access the main menu. Press again to exit.

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5

Press the navigation keys to move among options.


Press OK to confirm a selection.
Press to play the last recorded file or view the last captured image.
Press to start / stop recording.

Press to start playing the selected file.


Press to play the file at normal (1x) speed when slow motion, rewind, or
fast-forward is active.

Press to stop the playback.


Press to stop the recording.

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Press to rewind (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x).


Press to return to the previous page.
Press to display the video/snapshot quality adjustment screen. Press again to
exit.
(Follow the on-screen instruction.)
(Follow the on-screen instruction.)
(Follow the on-screen instruction.)
(This function is not supported.)
Press to display the on-screen information.
Press to exit the current page and return to the previous page.
Press to take a snapshot.
Press and hold to take multiple snapshots at a speed of two images per second.
Press to pause the playback. Press OK or

to resume playback.

Press to play the video in slow motion (1/2x). Press again to enter
frame-by-frame mode (See p.28 for details).

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Press to fast-forward (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x).

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Press to go to the next page.

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Press to delete the selected files / schedules.

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Press to display the disk information. Press again to hide it.

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Chapter 5

Instant Recording

This chapter guides you to instantly record video, capture images, and instantly play the
recorded video.
z Recording and snapshot functions are only available if the storage device is properly installed.
z To change the storage destination, please go to Menu > Settings > Disk Management > Storage
Destination (See p.47 for details).

OSD Menu

Descriptions
Instant Recording
Way 1:
Step 1:
Press

on the remote control.

Step 2:
Use / to select desired recording length.
Then press OK to activate instant recording.
To stop recording before finished, press
again or

*If the instant recording task conflicts with a


scheduled task, a warning message will appear.
Choose Keep task above to continue with the
current instant recording until an incoming
scheduled task starts; choose Skip task above to
continue with current instant recording and skip the
scheduled task.

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Way 2
Press the Record button on the front panel of
the unit.
*If you choose this way to activate an instant
recording, the current instant recording
immediately starts, but ends when an incoming
scheduled task starts.

Quick Snapshot
Press

to capture current image.

Instant Playback
Press

to play the last recorded file or

view the last captured image.


Press

to stop the playback.

Image Capture During Video Playback


Way 1:
Press

to capture current image.

Way 2:
Step 1:
Press

to play the video in slow motion

(1/2x). Press
frame by frame.

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again to view the video

or
Press

to pause the playback. Press

to go to previous frame; press

to go to

next frame.
Step 2:
Press

to capture your desired image.

Video / Snapshot Quality Adjustment


Step 1:
Press

to display the video/snapshot

quality adjustment screen.


Step 2:
Use / to select Video Quality or
Snapshot Quality and press OK.
Step 3:
Use / to select desired option and press
OK to confirm.
Step 4:
Press

to exit.

Disk Information
Press

to display the disk information.

Press again to hide it.

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Main menu

Chapter 6

Press

to call up the main menu.

Press

or

to exit the menu.

The OSD Menu Display

Under the menu, you can check and manage both your recorded files and snapshots, and customize
your preferences.
OSD Menu

Descriptions
Basic Operation
Press

to bring up the menu.

Press

or

to exit the menu.

Use / to make selection on the menu


and OK to enter a submenu.
In the submenu, use / to make selection
and OK to confirm. Press
the previous page.

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to return to

6.1 Recordings and Snapshots


You can check both recordings and snapshots captured by the Capture Box in Recordings and
Snapshots.
Capture Format:
Video

AVI (Codec: H.264 format with MP3 audio)

Image

JPEG

To convert captured videos from AVI to MP4 (Codec: H.264 format with AAC audio) for editing, please go to
www.avermedia.com and download MP4 Converter from AP & Driver section on the product information
page.

OSD Menu

Descriptions
Navigating
Use the navigation keys /// to select
among items.
Press F1 to sort the files by file name, file
size, or file format.
Press F2 to switch between list mode and
thumbnail mode.
Press

to go to the next page.

Press

return to the previous page.

Press

to directly access the main menu.

Video Playback
Press

or OK to start playing the selected

video.
Press
Press
Press
(1/2x).

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or OK to pause the playback.


or OK to resume playback.
to play the video in slow motion

to rewind at 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x

Press
speed.
Press

to fast forward at 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x,

32x speed.
Press to skip backward 10 seconds.
Press to skip forward 30 seconds.
Press

to play the file at normal (1x)

speed when slow motion, rewind, or


fast-forward is active.
Press

to stop the playback.

Press

to display the playback

information, including storage disk, recording


resolution, duration, elapsed and remaining
time, and file name.
Time Seek During Video Playback
Step 1:

Press / during playback to enter time


seek mode. Press OK or

to exit time

seek mode and resume playback.


* This function allows you to jump to a particular
playback time while playing recorded video.

Step 2:

Use / to move among options and /


to adjust the value. Press OK to go to the
specified time and resume playback.

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Image Capture During Video Playback


Way 1:
Press

to pause and capture current

image.
Press

or OK to resume playback.

Way 2:
Step 1:
Press

to play the video in slow motion

(1/2x). Press

again to view the video

frame by frame.
or
Press

to pause the playback. Press

to go to previous frame; press

to go to

next frame.
Step 2:
Press

to capture your desired image.

Snapshots Viewing
Press
Press
Press

or OK to view the selected image.


return.
to display the image information,

including storage disk and file name.

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USB Storage Device Removal


In order to avoid data loss, it is highly
recommended to safely remove your external
storage device. Please follow the steps below:
Way 1:
Step 1:
Press

to bring up the menu.

Step 2:
Press F1 to remove it.
Way 2:
Step 1:
Press

on the remote control.

Step 2:
Select the partition.
Step 3:
Press F2 to remove it.

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6.2 File Management


File Management allows you to manage videos and images captured by the Capture Box. You can
copy files between internal hard drive and external USB storage device, and delete unwanted files.
Please note that only video and image files captured by the Capture Box are supported.
File Management User interface:

A list displaying files located on the internal hard disk

A set of editing tools

A list displaying files located on the USB disk

Information display area

Descriptions on Editing Tools:


#

Buttons

Descriptions

Copy files to USB disk

Copy files to internal hard disk

Select all

Deselect all

Delete
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OSD Menu

Descriptions
Navigating
Use / to select and OK to enter the
folder in which you save the recordings
and snapshots.
Use / to select Return and press
OK to go one level up.
Press F1 to sort the files by file name,
file size, or file type.
Press

to go to the next page.

Press

return to the previous page.

Press

to directly access the main

menu.
Copying Files from Internal HDD to
USB Disk
Step 1:
On the left-side list, use / to
highlight the file that you want to copy
to USB disk. Press OK to select /
unselect an item.
and press OK to select all

Select
files.

and press OK to deselect

Select
all files.
Step 2:
Select

and press OK to copy

selected file(s) to USB disk.


Press

to cancel copying the files in

a progress.
Step 3:
Press OK.
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Copying Files from USB Disk to


Internal HDD
Step 1:
On the right-side list, use / to
highlight the file that you want to copy
to internal HDD. Press OK to select /
unselect an item.
and press OK to select all

Select
files.
Select

and press OK to deselect

all files.
Step 2:
Select

and press OK to copy

selected file(s) to internal HDD.


Press

to cancel copying the files in

a progress.
Step 3:
Press OK.
Deleting Files
Step 1:
Use / to highlight the file(s) that you
want to delete. Press OK to
select/unselect an item.
Select

and press OK to select all

files.
Select

and press OK to deselect

all files.
Step 2:
Select

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and press OK to remove

the file from the list.


or
Press

on the remote and then

press OK to remove the file from the


list.
Press

to cancel copying the files in

a progress.
Step 3:
Press OK.
File Playback
Press

or OK to start playing the

highlighted file.
Press

or OK to pause the

playback. Press

or OK to resume

playback.
to play the video in slow

Press

motion (1/2x).
to rewind at 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x,

Press
32x speed.
Press

to fast forward at 2x, 4x, 8x,

16x, 32x speed.


Press to skip backward 10 seconds.
Press to skip forward 30 seconds.
Press

to play the file at normal (1x)

speed when slow motion / rewind /


fast-forward is active.
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once to restart the current

Press
playback.
Press

to stop the playback.

Press

to display the image

information, including storage disk and


file name.
USB Storage Device Removal
In order to avoid data loss, it is highly
recommended to safely remove your
external storage device. Please follow the
steps below:
Way 1:
Step 1:
Press

to bring up the menu.

Step 2:
Press F1 on the menu to remove it.
Way 2:
Step 1:
Press

on the remote control.

Step 2:
Press F2 to remove it.

A single file size that exceeds 4GB is not allowed to be copied from NTFS-formatted HDD to FAT32-formatted
USB storage device. To solve this problem, please format your USB storage device to NTFS file system or use
a NTFS formatted USB storage device.

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6.3 Schedule Recording


Recording Schedule allows you to create a list of preset recording schedules.
To ensure schedule recording functions properly, please check the followings.
z

Make sure to complete the IR Learning process via Home > Settings > IR Learning Setup.
Once you have the IR Learning completed, the Capture Box automatically powers on your STB
before recording, and then tunes into specific channel to record your scheduled program.
If the IR Learning process is not complete, keep your STB ON and make sure to tune to the
channel that you want to record from prior to task execution.

Disable the Standby/Power-saving function on your STB.

Some STBs go to standby mode instead of completely power off after pressing the power key.
Follow the instructions below to check if your STB still outputs signal after powering it off. If this
happens, keep your set-top box ON before recording.
Power off STB.
Make sure all cables and devices are firmly and well connected.
Then power on the Capture Box.
Check if the following screen or black screen appears:

N o component input signal.


Check the followings:
1. Cables are properly connected.
2. Set-top box is ON.

STB does not output signal after powering off:


Your STB automatically powers on and then tunes
into specific channel before the scheduled start
time. After the task completes, the device
automatically power off. However, if your STB is
on before recording, it remains on after the task
completes.

STB still outputs signal after powering off:


Keep your set-top box ON before recording.
Your STB automatically tunes into specific
channel before the scheduled start time. After the
task completes, the STB remains on.

z To avoid recording failure, stay tuned on the channel that you want to record when recording is in progress.
z Close the menu before recording.

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OSD Menu

Descriptions
Navigating
Use / to select among preset schedules.
Press

to go to the next page.

Press

return to the previous page.

Press

to directly access the main menu.

Create a New Schedule


Step 1:
Press F1 to add a new schedule.
Step 2:
Enter the desired channel number.
Press OK to confirm.
*If you want to enter channel "1", enter "001", "01-", or
"1--".

Step 3:
Use / to move among options and / to
set start date and time, end time, frequency, and
expire date.
* A scheduled series recording task is valid for three
months by default.

Step 4:
Press OK to save setting and exit.
or
Press

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to abort this operation.

Delete a Schedule
Step 1:
Use / to select an unwanted schedule from
the list.
Step 2:
Press

to delete the selected schedule.

Edit a Schedule
Step 1:
Use / to select a preset schedule from the
list.
Step 2:
Press F2 to edit an existing schedule.
* Only incoming schedule can be edited.

Scheduled Task Status:


The status icon indicates the current state of scheduled task.
# Icon

Status
Task Completed

Recording task(s) is/are successfully completed


Task Failed
Recording task(s) is/are failed

*Please checkthe followings:


- The recording information is correct
- The disk space is sufficient
- The signal is not lost

Task Unfinished
Recording task(s) is/are not finished due to interruptions. The recorded
clip(s) is not complete
3

*Please checkthe followings:


- The recording information is correct
- The disk space is sufficient
- The signal is not lost during recording

Series Recording
4

Series recording tasks

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Upcoming Task
5

Task that is on the queue

*Failed or unfinished tasks are marked with


control to see more information.

. Select the schedule and press OK on the remote

OSD Menu

Descriptions
Series Recording
Step 1:
Schedule with

on Status column

indicates series recording (Daily / Weekly /


Weekdays / Weekends).
Use / to select a series recording
schedule from the list. Then press OK to
check the series recording schedule list.
Step 2:
Use /to select among schedule items.
Press

to go to the next page.

Press

return to the previous page.

Video Quality Adjustment


Step 1:
Press

to display the video/snapshot quality

adjustment screen.
Step 2:
Use / to select Video Quality and press
OK.
Step 3:
Use / to select desired option and press OK
to confirm.
Step 4:
Press

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to exit.

z To automatically power on the Capture Box after you power on your STB, enable the auto-power on function via
Home>Settings>Power Management.
z You can go to Home>Settings>IR Learning Setup>STB Wake-up Time to specify the number of minutes earlier
than the scheduled start time that your STB wakes up.
z To watch the recorded programs, go to MENU > Recordings and Snapshots.

6.4 Settings
You can customize your preferences in Settings.
OSD Menu

Descriptions
Basic Operation
Use / to select a preferred category.
Press OK to make a selection.
Press

to return to the previous page.

Press

to directly access the main

menu.

Language
Use / to select your preferred language.
Press OK to confirm.

Date Format
Use / to select date format. Press OK to
confirm.

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Date and Time


Use / to move among options and / to
adjust date and time. Press OK to confirm.
*Make sure to set the time according to the system
time of your STB.

IR Learning
Use / to select the desired STB. Press OK
to confirm.
Select Add and press OK if you want to add a
new STB.
IR Learning
Follow the on-screen instruction.
(See Step 3 in 3.3 Setup Wizard section on
p.20 for details)
Key Press Interval
Select a preferred interval between each key
pressed (Short/ Medium/Long).
STB Wake Up Time
Specify the number of minutes earlier than the
scheduled start time that the STB wakes up.
*The booting-up time of STBs vary. It is highly
recommended to keep the default setting (5 mins).

Power Management
Auto Power On
Use / to set the device to auto-power on
or off. Press OK to confirm.
*The device auto powers on when signal input is detected.
To automatically power on the Capture Box after you
power on your STB, enable the auto-power on function

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Video/Snapshot Quality
Video Quality:
Use / to toggle among various video
quality options (Optimal /Good / Maximum
recording length). Press OK to confirm.
Snapshot Quality:
Use / to toggle among various snapshot
quality options (Best /Better / Good). Press OK
to confirm.

Estimated recording duration for different video quality settings:


HD (1080i or 720p)
Video Quality

Optimal
(15 Mbps)

Good
(10 Mbps)

Maximum Recording
Length (8 Mbps)

62.5 hrs

100 hrs

125 hrs

125 hrs

200 hrs

250 hrs

250 hrs

400 hrs

500 hrs

Optimal
(7.5 Mbps)

Good
(5 Mbps)

Maximum Recording
Length (3 Mbps)

125 hrs

200 hrs

325 hrs

1TB

250 hrs

400 hrs

650 hrs

2TB

500 hrs

800 hrs

1300 hrs

Storage Capacity
500GB
Video Quality
Storage Capacity
1TB
2TB

SD (480i/p or 576i/p)
Video Quality
Storage Capacity
Video Quality
Storage Capacity
500GB

*Recordings with higher video quality take up more disk space.

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Disk Management
Storage Destination
Step 1:
Use / to select desired default storage disk
for both recorded files and snapshots. Press
OK to select a disk.
*

indicates normal write speed of selected partition;


indicates low write speed of selected partition. To

make sure recording functions properly, it is highly


recommended to select partition with normal write speed.

Step 2:
Use / to select a folder and press OK to
confirm.
Step 3:
Press F1 to save the setting.

Disk Information
This page displays the status of storage
capacity of the disk.
Press F1 to format the partition.
Press F2 to eject the disk.

Firmware Upgrade
Follow the steps below to upgrade the
firmware via USB storage device:
Step 1:
To download the latest firmware binary
package, please go to www.avermedia.com,
and then enter the model name in Product
Search field. Firmware file is available on the
product information page.
Step 2:
Extract the files by unzipping the package.
Copy the firmware files to the root directory
of your USB storage device, and then

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connect it to the Capture Box.


Step 3:
Press F1 to start the firmware upgrade
process. Press

to abort the operation and

return to the previous page.


Step 4:
The Capture Box automatically detects
whether a newer version of firmware is
available for upgrade. Once the firmware
upgrade process has completed, press OK to
restart the Capture Box.

z The firmware upgrade process takes up approximately 3-5 minutes.


z Firmware upgrade requires at least 256MB free space of the storage device (USB/HDD).
z If problems encountered during firmware upgrade, please clear all the data stored on your USB storage device
and repeat the process above.
z NEVER power off the device or unplug the power supply during the firmware upgrade process. If the
firmware upgrade is interrupted for any reason, the device may crash.

Restore to Factory Settings


Press F1 to restore to original factory
settings. Press

to abort the operation and

return to the previous page.

Product Information
This page provides information about this
product, including product name, model no.,
and firmware version.

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Open Source Code Notice


The following GPL executables and LGPL, MPL libraries used in this product are subject to the BSD/FreeBSD/
GPL/GPLv2/GPLv2+/GPLv3 with GCC/ RLE/jpeg/LGPLv2/LGPLv2.1/LGPLv2.1/ GPLv2/LGPLv2.1+/LGPLv2+/
libpng/MIT/NewBSD/OPENSSL/PD/zlib License Agreements:
BSD
cppstub/db/libpcre0
FreeBSD
thttpd
GPL
makedevs
GPLv2
busybox/dbus/dbus-x11/devmem2/dosfstools/fbset/i2c-tools/iproute2/libblkid1/libdbus-1-3/
libfreetype6/libpam/libuuid1/linux-kernel/module-init-tools/module-init-tools-depmod/mtd-utils/
netbase/u-boot/update-modules/usbutils/util-linux-ng
GPLv2+
iptables/sysvinit/tinylogin/udev/update-rc.d
GPLv3 with GCC RLE
libgcc1/libstdc++6
jpeg
libjpeg8/libjpeg-tools
LGPLv2
libts-1.0-0/tslib
LGPLv2.1
libav/libusb-1.0-0
LGPLv2.1/GPLv2
Alsa

LGPLv2.1+
ldd/libc6/libthread-db1

LGPLv2+
libglib-2.0-0
libpng
libpng12-0
MIT
curl/e2fsprogs/fbset-modes/graphmagic/libcom-err2/libcurl4/libe2p2/libexpat1/libext2fs2/libformw/
libmenuw/libpanelw5/libss2/libtic5/libtinfo5/libxml2/ncurses/pointercal
NewBSD
iperf
OPENSSL
openssl
PD
modutils-initscripts
zlib
libz1

AVerMedia Technologies Inc. offers to provide source code to you for a charge covering the cost of performing such
distribution, such as the cost of media, shipping and handling upon e-mail request to AVerMedia Technologies Inc.
at http://www.avermedia.com

Model No. C283S


P/N 300AC283-DSW
Made in Taiwan