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Oct 25, 2011 I own a Topfield 500 PVR hybrid. Topfield.Rec Files – Two Useful Tools. A quick note, Altair is a program that allows Windows PCs to connect to a. Altair download. Here is a link for Topfield Tools for Windows (Altair should work on. TopManager program.

. TOPFIELD TF 5000 PVR TF 5500 PVR User Guide Digital Satellite Receiver Personal Video Recorder. Contents iii Contents 1 Introduction Features.

Controlling the digital receiver. iv Contents 3 Preference Settings Language settings.19 Video and audio settings. 21 3.2.1 Television standard. Contents v 5.2.4 Selecting audio tracks.45 5.2.5 Selecting subtitle tracks.45 5.2.6 Viewing teletext. vi Contents 7.2.4 To rename a recording.72 7.2.5 To make a new folder.72 7.2.6 To move a recording to another folder.

Chapter 1 Introduction The TF 5000 PVR/TF 5500 PVR digital receiver is fully compli- ant with the international Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard, and can receive digital broadcasts. For its operation you need an antenna, which must be installed appropriately. 2 Introduction.

Can store up to 5000 television and radio services. You can edit the services list. You can create favourite lists of your favourite services.

You can view information about the current television or radio programme. 1.2 Controlling the digital receiver 3 1.2.1 The front panel The front panel of the digital receiver has buttons to control the digital receiver, and specific lamps and a display to indicate its status. The following indicates what they mean.

TV/STB REMOTE STANDBY. 4 Introduction Pull the right edge of the front panel to open the flap.

You have to insert your subscription card into the front slot to watch pay services. 1.2.2 The remote control button switches the digital re- ceiver between standby mode and operation mode. 1.2 Controlling the digital receiver 5 displays the main menu. It is also used to return MENU to the previous menu from a submenu. Is used to select an audio track and a sound mode, or a video track of multifeed programme.

Buttons decrease or increase the volume. 6 Introduction changes the position of sub-screen counterclockwise. It is also used to jump back to beginnng of recording during a playback.

Changes the position of sub-screen clockwise. It is also used to jump to end of recording during a playback. Displays the satellite list with their services list. 1.3 What is common interface? 7 1.3 What is common interface? Some broadcasts are scrambled so that only paid subscribers can enjoy them. Scrambled services can only be viewed with a Conditional Access Module (CAM) and a subscription card belong- ing with the scrambling system.

8 Introduction vices option to Enable, and then install a dedicated CAM that is able to descramble two pay services simultaneously. See § for the picture-in-picture feature.


Chapter 2 Setup 2.1 Unpacking Before going any further, check that you have received the following items with your digital receiver. Remote control unit. Two batteries for the remote control (AAA 1.5 V). One SCART-to-component cable.

One S-Video cable. 10 Setup the power consumption of the digital receiver, refer to Table 2.1.

The wall outlet should be near the equipment. Do not run an extension lead to the unit.

Do not expose the digital receiver to any moisture. The digital receiver is designed for use indoors only.

2.3 Rear panel connections 11 2.3 Rear panel connections The TF 5000 PVR/TF 5500 PVR has a wide range of connections on the back panel. VIDEO LNB 1 IN LNB 2 IN RF OUT RF IN IF 1 OUT IF 2 OUT. 12 Setup Audio and video input/output socket for the video cassette recorder or suchlike. USB port for firmware update and data trans- fer. RF OUT Analogue television output socket. RF IN Analogue television input socket. S/PDIF Dolby digital output socket for the audio sys- tem.

2.4 Connecting up your digital receiver 13 2.4.1 Connecting the antenna Whatever sort of connection you have be- tween the digital receiver and the television, you need to connect the digital receiver to your television antenna so that it can receive digital television services. 14 Setup NOTE Perhaps you are expecting that the satellite antenna could si- multaneouly catch all frequencies coming from a satellite and send them to the digital receiver. However, the satellite an- tenna only sends the frequencies that it can catch with the LNB frequency and polarization specified by the digital receiver. 2.4 Connecting up your digital receiver 15 To use the SCART connector For best results with a standard television set, you should use a SCART cable, plugging one end into the TV socket on the digital receiver and the other end into a free SCART socket on your television. 16 Setup To connect the audio connectors You will need to obtain an audio cable (RCA cable) to connect the audio connectors. Plug one end of the cable into the AUDIO L (white) and AUDIO R (red) sockets on the digital re- ceiver, and the other end into the matching sockets on your television or audio system.

2.5 Switching on for the first time 17 2.4.3 Connecting to your video cassette recorder The digital receiver can also output video to another appliance such as a video cassette recorder or video receiver through an auxiliary SCART connector. You will need to obtain a SCART cable to use the auxiliary SCART connector. 18 Setup 2.5.2 Powering on and checking picture Now, press the button in top left corner on the remote control.

If the picture is good, you can skip to § to search for the available television and radio services. Otherwise, you may need to temporarily connect the composite video connector (VIDEO) to your television set so that you can see the on-screen menus in order to configure the video settings. Chapter 3 Preference Settings 3.1 Language settings You can select the language in which the menu would be dis- played. In addition to that, you can select which language of au- dio track and of subtitle track should be output.

Select the System Setting Lan- guage Setting menu. 20 Preference Settings Subtitle language Set the 1st Subtitle Language option and the 2nd Subtitle Lan- guage option to your desired languages. When you watch a programme, if the programme has a subtitle track of the lan- guage that is designated for the 1st Subtitle Language, it will be displayed. 3.2 Video and audio settings 21 3.2 Video and audio settings You have to configure the video and audio settings appropriately to your television set and other appliances. Select the System Setting A/V Output Setting menu.

You should see a screen like the left figure. 22 Preference Settings 3.2.2 Colour model Through the TV SCART connector, the digital receiver is able to output video in various colour models. If you have the digital receiver linked to your television via this connector, you should set the Video Output option to your desired colour model. 3.2 Video and audio settings 23 3.2.4 Television aspect ratio If you have a wide-screen television, set the TV Aspect Ratio option to 16:9. Otherwise, if you have a normal-screen television, set the TV Aspect Ratio option to 4:3. You cannot fully enjoy wide-screen programmes with your normal-screen television as the above figures show. 24 Preference Settings receiver can make analogue television from digital television and output it via the RF OUT socket.

Set the RF Output option to the television standard that your country supports referring to Table 3.1. Table 3.1: Television standards by country Signal type Country PAL G. 3.3 Local time setting 25 Table 3.2: Time offset table Time offset City 12:00 Eniwetok, Kwajalein 11:00 Midway Island, Samoa 10:00 Hawaii 09:00 Alaska 08:00 Pacific Time US, Canada 07:00 Mountain Time US, Canada 06:00 Central Time US, Canada, Mexico City 05:00 Eastern Time US, Canada, Bogota, Lima 04:00. 26 Preference Settings User Select from transponders specified by you If you set it to User Select, then the Satellite option and the Transponder option become enabled.

Select your de- sired satellite and transponders at those options. With the above settings, the digital receiver will scan all trans- ponders specified one by one until to get the Greenwich Mean Time. 3.4 Parental control 27 Select the System Setting Parental Control menu.

Should see a screen like the left figure, and you will be asked your Personal Identifica- tion Number (PIN). The number is initially set to ‘0000’. If you wish to block 15 or above rated programmes, set the Censorship option to 15 (age). 28 Preference Settings 3.5 Adjusting the on-screen display You can adjust the transparency level of the on-screen display. Select the System Setting menu and set the OSD Transparency option as you desire. Its available range is from 0 to 50 percent.

You can adjust the display time of the information box. 3.7 To use MediaHighway programme guide 29 about the electronic programme guide, see § 5.3. MediaHigh- way stands for the transponder dedicated to the electronic programme guide. If you want to use this feature, select the System Setting diaHighway EPG menu. Should see a screen like the left figure. 30 Service Search Chapter 4 Service Search After connecting up the digital receiver, you will need to per- form a service search.

4.1 Searching broadcasting services This digital receiver can be operated with both fixed antenna and motorized antenna. You have to configure antenna settings according to your antenna system in the following order: 1. 4.1 Searching broadcasting services 31 The other is K band which ranges approximately from 12 to 18 GHz. The LNB (Low Noise Block converter) is used to take a wide band of relatively high frequencies, amplify and convert them to similar signals that is carried at a much lower frequency, which is called Intermediate Frequency (IF). 32 Service Search NOTE Both the LNB 1 IN and LNB 2 IN sockets should be connected to your antennas either directly or via the loop-through cable. If you have connected only one socket, some features such as dual recording will not function. The digital receiver has a database about broadcasting satellites and their transponders, containing the following information: satellite position, frequency range, symbol rate, polarization.

4.1 Searching broadcasting services 33 For example, to select the antenna con- nected to the A5 input in the left figure, set the DiSEqC 1.1 option to 2 of 4 and the DiSEqC 1.0 option to 1 of 4. If you have a mini DiSEqC 1.0 switch which has only two inputs, you should set the DiSEqC 1.0 option to Mini A instead of.

34 Service Search 1. Choose your desired satellite at the Satellite Name op- tion. Select the tuner that is connected to the motorized an- tenna at the Tuner Select option. Set the DiSEqC Command Mode option to User.

4.1 Searching broadcasting services 35 To use the USALS protocol, se- lect the Installation USALS Setting menu. You should see a screen like the left figure. At first you have to set the Mo- torized DiSEqC 1.3 option to En- able. 36 Service Search 4.1.4 Searching services To perform service search, select the Installation Service Search menu.

You should see a screen like the left figure. There are four service search methods:. Searching every service of a satellite.

Searching every service of a transponder. 4.1 Searching broadcasting services 37 1. Choose your desired satellite at the Satellite Name op- tion. Set the Search Mode option to Manual. Choose your desired transponder at the Frequency op- tion or enter it with the numeric buttons. 38 Service Search Searching every service of SMATV system To search every service of a SMATV system, if the digital re- ceiver is connected to it, perform the following steps: 1.

Choose your desired satellite at the Satellite Name op- tion. 4.3 Resetting to factory settings 39 To copy service entries, select the Installation Services Copy menu. There are three copy options.

To copy service entries of the first tuner to the second tuner’s services list, select the Tuner 1 to Tuner 2 option. To copy on the contrary, select the Tuner 2 to Tuner 1 option. 40 Daily Usage Chapter 5 Daily Usage 5.1 Volume control Use the buttons to alter the volume to a com- fortable level. You may need to adjust the volume on your television set too.

To temporarily switch off the sound, press button. 5.2 Watching television 41 On the services list, you can see the service information:. Service number and name. Transmitting satellite. Receiving tuner: T1 stands for the first tuner; T2 stands for the second tuner.

Transponder information A dollar sign ($) may be marked on some entries, indicating pay service. 42 Daily Usage. Select your desired tuner at the Tuner option, then only services provided through the selected tuner will be listed. By setting the Show Provider option to On, you can view service entries by groups of broadcasters.

5.2 Watching television 43 Pressing the button displays the satellite list. Once you select a desired satellite, only services provided by the selected satellite are listed.

5.2.2 The favourite services list You can select a service to watch on a favourite list as well as on the services list. 44 Daily Usage button. To create a new group, press the button; then the on-screen keyboard appears. Enter your desired name and save it. See § for how to use the on-screen keyboard.

To delete a group or a service, press the button. 5.3 Viewing electronic programme guide 45 5.2.4 Selecting audio tracks Some programmes are provided with audio tacks in one or more languages.

Pressing the button displays available au- dio tracks. Once you select an audio track, it will be sounded. In addition, you can enjoy audio tracks in four sound modes: Stereo, Mono, Left or Right. 46 Daily Usage Pressing the button dis- GUIDE plays the electronic programme guide, on which you can see the following:.

Scheduled programmes. programme summary. Broadcasting date. Broadcasting time To see detailed information of a desired programme, put the highlight bar on your choice with the button and press the.

5.5 Using time shift 47 you have to press the button once more to select audio tracks. 5.5 Using time shift You can pause and resume a live television programme, and even rewind and replay it. When you are watching a pro- gramme and you miss something, you can rewind and replay it. 48 Daily Usage. You can jump backward 10 seconds at a time by pressing button.

You can change playback speed. For slow motion see § 7.3.2.

For fast motion see § 7.3.3. To check your current position in time shift, press the button.

5.6 Using picture in picture 49 2. Pressing the button once more minifies the sub-screen, and pressing it once again hides the sub-screen. To display the services list for the sub-screen, press the button. NOTE When a recording is in progress, the available services in the services list may be limited. 50 Listing Services Chapter 6 Listing Services 6.1 Editing the services list You would have got the services list after service search. You can rename, move, lock or delete service entries on the services list. Select the Organizing Services menu.

You should see a screen like the left figure. 6.1 Editing the services list 51 To edit the radio services list, press the button; then radio service entries will be listed on the right column. To switch back to the television services list, press it again. To change the name of a service, select the Rename and select a desired service. 52 Listing Services CAS–FTA from pay services to free services Provider by broadcaster Fav–NoFav from favourite services to unfavourite services.

Transponder by transponder 6.2 Editing the favourite list You can make your own favourite services list. In fact, you can define multiple favourite services lists, each being a ‘group’. 6.2 Editing the favourite list 53 To delete a group, put the highlight bar on the group entry you want and press the button; then a message box appears asking you for confirmation. If you select Yes, it will be deleted. You can add a favourite service to a group by taking the follow- ing steps: 1. 54 Listing Services 6.3 How to use on-screen keyboard You can move the highlight key horizontally with the buttons and vertically with buttons.

Press- ing the button on a key en- ters its letter in the input line. To type a space, select the Space key. 6.5 Editing channel data on your computer 55 1. Plug one end of a RS-232 cable (9 pin D- sub cable) into the RS-232 port on the dig- ital receiver, and the other end into the matching port on the other digital receiver. 56 Listing Services If you have a RS-232 cable (9 pin D-sub cable), plug one end of the cable into the RS-232 port on the digital receiver, and the other end into the matching port on your computer. If you have a USB cable, plug one end of the cable into the USB port on the digital receiver, and the other end into the matching port on your computer.

6.5 Editing channel data on your computer 57 2. A box appears asking for your confirmation.

Press the Download button on it. Turn on the digital receiver. Data transfer will start as soon as it is turned on. 6.5.1 Editing satellite and transponder list To edit the satellite list, first select the View Satellite Informa- tion menu item. 58 Listing Services value into the Position Index field.

If you do not, you have to perform the Motorized DiSEqC 1.2 menu of the digital receiver. Refer that menu to § 4.1.2. After making a new satellite entry by pressing the OK button on the box, you should configure LNB settings for it. 6.5 Editing channel data on your computer 59 6.5.2 Editing television and radio services list To edit the television services list, first select the View TV Ser- vice menu item. Then the television services list is displayed and related menus become enabled.

To delete a service entry, choose your desired service entry at the TV Service list, and press the Delete key on your keyboard. 60 Listing Services 6.5.3 Editing favourite list To edit the favourite list, first select the View Favorite Group menu item. Then the favourite group list is displayed and related menus become enabled. To delete a favourite group, choose your desired favourite group at the Favorite Group Name drop-down list box, and then select the Function Fav Group. 6.5 Editing channel data on your computer 61 To add a favourite group, select the Function Group Add New Fav Group menu item. Then you will see a dialog box like the left figure. Enter your desired name into the Fa- vorite Group Name text box to name a new group.

You can record two different services while watching another if two of the services are provided through the same transponder The TF 5000 PVR/TF 5500 PVR digital receiver has two tuners so that you can enjoy the following:. While playing a recording back, you can watch a service in the sub-screen using the picture-in-picture feature. 7.1 Recording a programme 63 7.1 Recording a programme Once recording has started, a symbol like the left fig- ure will be displayed at the top right of the screen for a few seconds.

When you are watching a service dif- ferent from the service being recorded, you can view a number on the centre of the symbol, which indicates the order that the recording is started. 64 Recording and Playing Pressing the button will pause the live show and begin time shifting within the current recording even with the Time Shifting option disabled.

How- ever, it is still possible to pause a recording. After a recording is started, pressing the but- ton displays a menu like the left. 7.1 Recording a programme 65 To stop recording, press the button; then a box like the left figure appears, which shows programmes currently be- ing recorded. If you select one, its recording will stop. While a recording is going on, you can watch or record another service. 66 Recording and Playing Set the Satellite option to the satellite which transmits the ser- vice you want. Pressing the button on this option displays a satellite list, from which you can select your desired satellite.

Set the Service option to the service which provides the pro- gramme you want. 7.1 Recording a programme 67 To input a timer recording, select the System Setting Timer Set- ting menu; then the timer list will be displayed. To add a new timer event, press button, and a box like the left figure appears. Take the fol- lowing steps: 1. 68 Recording and Playing Every Weekday means ‘from Monday to Friday every week’. If your favourite programme is broadcasted at weekends and you wish to record every episode of the programme, set the Mode option to Every Weekend. Set the Date option to a desired date, on which the digital receiver will turn on.

7.1 Recording a programme 69 7.1.4 Scheduling a recording using the programme guide If the electronic programme guide is properly provided, you can make timer events on it. The instructions on how to make timer recordings using the elec- tronic programme guide are as follows: 1. 70 Recording and Playing 1. Press the button to display the progress bar. To move to the beginning of the desired scene, hold down button until it is reached.

Press the button to start recording. The time shift buffer from that position onwards will now be recorded.

7.2 File archive 71 7.2 File archive When a programme is recorded, it is stored as a file on the built-in hard disk drive of the digital receiver. You can select a recording to play back from the recorded programme list. Press the button to dis- play the recorded programme. 72 Recording and Playing 2. Set the Sorting option to Alphabetic, Time or Size as you want. Press the button. They are sorted by the specified option.

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7.2.3 To lock a recording To lock a recording so that other people cannot play it, perform the following steps: 1. 7.3 Playing back a recording 73 7.2.6 To move a recording to another folder To move a recording to another folder, put the highlight bar on a desired recording and press the button; then the folders are listed. Once you choose a folder, the recording is moved to 7.3 Playing back a recording When a programme is recorded, its additional contents such as audio tracks or teletext are also recorded together. 74 Recording and Playing 7.3.1 To navigate using the progress bar First press the button to display the progress bar, then:. To go forward, hold down the button; to go back- ward, hold down the button.

To bookmark a position, refer to § 7.3.4. 7.3 Playing back a recording 75 7.3.4 To make a bookmark You can mark favourite parts of a recording by creating book- marks, and then jump to them. You can have up to 64 book- marks. Bookmarks are stored with the recording so that you can use them again afterwards.

76 Recording and Playing 2. Move to the beginning scene of the part you want to play repeatedly by holding down the button.

Press the button, then the pointer starts to blink. Move to the end scene; the part is marked in purple. 7.4 Editing a recording 77 On the recorded programme list, a purely green $ indicates the recording has been wholly descrambled; on the other hand, a yellowish green $ indicates it has been partially descrambled, and a purely yellow $ indicates it has not been descrambled at all. 78 Recording and Playing 3. Press the button, then it will be copied in a new file which is named after the original recording with a suffix of ‘COPY’ and a number. To stop copy, press the button.

NOTE You can make a copy of a long recording more quickly by starting to play the original recording, then pressing button. 7.7 Transferring recording files 79 To transfer files, take the following steps: 1.

Download the Altair programme and the USB driver from the Topfield website. Install them on your computer. Plug one end of a USB cable into the USB port on the digital receiver, and the other end into the matching port on your com- puter. 80 Recording and Playing At the top of the panel, you will see a message that says Turbo Off. Turbo mode is a way of speeding up the transfer of files to and from the digital receiver. You can click the circle to the left of the message to turn turbo mode on or off. Chapter 8 Topfield Application Program If you are good at programming with C language, you can make a program executable to run on the digital receiver.

We call this a Topfield Application program (TAP). In mak- ing a TAP, it is recommended to use Diab compiler of Wind River, whose website address is Some variants of GCC compiler also might be available as a compiler for TAPs. 82 Topfield Application Program To run a TAP in the digital receiver, perform the following steps: 1.

Press the button and then the button to display the program file list. Place the highlight bar on a file entry you want to run. Chapter 9 Firmware Update The digital receiver has a stable and convenient firmware to use. However, a new firmware may be released to improve the digital receiver. You can get the latest firmware and an update utility which runs on most versions of Windows from the Topfield website, 9.1 Checking the firmware information You have to check the firmware. 84 Firmware Update NOTE You can only update with firmwares of which system identifi- cation is identical to that of yours.

Otherwise you will fail in firmware update. 9.2 From your computer via USB port You can transfer a new firmware to the digital receiver from your computer by connecting them with a USB cable. 9.3 From your computer via RS-232 port 85 9.3 From your computer via RS-232 port It is possible to transfer a new firmware to the digital receiver from your computer by connecting them with a RS-232 cable. You need TFD-Down, a firmware transfer utility for this, which is available from the website, To update the firmware with this method, perform the follow- ing steps. 86 Firmware Update 9.4 From another digital receiver via RS-232 port It is possible to transfer the firmware from the digital receiver to another same digital receiver by connecting them with a RS- 232 cable. To update the firmware with this method, perform the following steps: 1. 9.5 Over the air 87 9.5 Over the air You can get a new firmware over the air.

Select Installation Firmware Upgrade menu. You should see a screen like the left figure. Selecting the Start command starts firmware update. On the left table is presented Satellite Astra (19.2°. 88 INDEX Index 16:9, C band, 16:9 Display Format, CAM, 1st Audio Language, CAS, 1st Subtitle Language, CAS only, 22 kHz, CAS TP, 2nd Audio Language, CAS–FTA, 42, 2nd Subtitle Language, Censorship, 4:3, Center extract, Change PIN Code, A/V Output Setting, Access Control, Common Interface, Add New Fav Group.

Duration, 64, Letter Box, DVB, LNB, LNB 1 IN, Edit Current Fav Group, LNB 1 IN, 13, 31, Edit Satellite, LNB 2 IN, Edit Transponder, LNB 2 IN, 13, 14, 31, Electronic Programme Guide, LNB Frequency, Every Day, LNB Power, Every Weekday, LNB Setting, Every Weekend. 90 INDEX picture-in-picture, Separated, PID, Serial, PIN, Service, 66, Polarization, 37, Service Search, Position Index, Services Copy, program file list, services list, Program Files, Show Provider, progress bar, Size, Provider, 42, SMATV, SMATV, Quick, Sort, Sorting, 42, Radio, 61, Sound Mode, Radio Service, Space, radio services list. Transponder, 26, 34, transponder, Tuner, Tuner 1, Tuner 1 to Tuner 2, Tuner 2, Tuner 2 to Tuner 1, Tuner Select, 29, 31, 34, 35, Turbo Off, TV, 15, TV Aspect Ratio, TV Service, TV Type, Type, Upload, Upload from STB, USALS, USALS Setting, USB. Correct disposal of this product This marking shown on the product or its literature indicates that it should not be disposed with other household wastes at the end of its working life. To prevent possible harm to the environment or human health from uncontrolled waste disposal, please separate this from other types of wastes and recycle it responsibly to promote the sustainable reuse of material resources.