HDi Important Features

 HDi-250 HD Recorder Important Features

  • Automatic Video Format Detect
    35 formats from 720x480i to 1920x1080i/p
    PAL & NTSC
  • Automatic Format Select
    It chooses the highest resolution available.
  • Video Streaming
    During Record or Play
  • Easy to change video inputs:
  • Auto-Update from our network
  • Record files to HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
    or Direct To USB or to Optical Disc
  • Copy files to/from USB
  • Automatic Update Download in the background.
    You install at leisure.
  • OR just call us for a free update disc

    BCD HDi Menus


    Last updated 2016-02-18




    BCD HDi Menus

    UP from the Main Menu - The System Menu

    DOWN from the Main Menu - The Video Menu

    Play/File Menu

    File Operations Menu

    BCD HDi Main menu - Press the green Menu Button

    Use the Up/Down arrows to go between Menu Topics

    All the Menus are circular so if you scroll down far enough, you will be at the “top” and the items will repeat.  Likewise with Right (>) and Left(<) you’ll end up where you started.


    In the descriptions below, the top line is the Menu Topic shown on the  top line of the front panel Menu display.  Individual selections are below.

    Use the Right (>) and Left(<) buttons to scroll horizontally through the items.

    For simplicity, the examples below use the “>” right arrow, but you may use either.  With experience you will learn the shortest way to your menu items.


    When you see an item you like, press the green Enter button to select that item.  

    A “+” plus sign will appear to the left of selected items..

    When you’re finished, BE CERTAIN to scroll down(or up) and SAVE YOUR SETTINGS!.


    Control Buttons

    Left side: Navigation “Arrow” buttons


    Top Row: Menu(blue), “<<”(reserved), “I I“(Pause record, pause playback,, engage E-E loop through when in Stop), “>>”(reserved)

    Menu: Toggles the Menu System.  

    “<<”: Reserved

    “I I”: Toggles Pause during Play or Record.  

         Engages E-E Loop-through when in Stop.

    “>>”: Reserved


    Bottom Row: “Enter” button, “Stop”, “Play”, “RECord”.

    also, front USB jack and main Power button.

        Enter: Engages the shown selection.  

          Marks a file for further action when Play Menu is shown.

    Stop: Stops record or Playback.  

        Press and hold for 10 seconds to stop a lengthy process,

    Play: Press #1 shows the most recent file recorded. Use < > to scroll.

            Press #2 Plays the displayed file.

    REC: Press #1 engages E-E(if Record Only has been selected)

           Press #2 causes RECording.

           Press #3 Shows Record Duration menu.

                   Scroll <> to see Custom Duration, 4 hours, 2 hours, 1 hour, ½ hour.

                   Custom Duration is Time of Day

                   Recording stops when time limit is reached.


    The Display

        Display Top Line is the Topic

        Display Bottom Line is the Item


    When you press the Menu button you will see a 2-second display of:



    Then you will see:

    Utility < Enter > Learn (use the right/left buttons to scroll the bottom line Items)

    Eject the Optical disc : press Enter to eject Up/Down Changes Menu > Right/Left=Values > Enter=Set, Menu=Done, Save_Menu-->Permanent > Play the Help Video > Reboot into MemTest > Restart HDi Recorder > Safely Eject Front USB

    NOTE: Press Menu then Enter to eject the optical disc.  The eject button on the drive when the optical disc is selected.

    UP from the Main Menu - The System Menu

    Version display.

    The current firmware version is shown.

    Time Zone Offset

    Use < > to change.  USA Central Time is generally “-6”.

    Set Date and Time

    Current Date/Time is displayed.  Press Enter to begin changing.

    Press Enter to move from one unit to another: For example, Enter moves from Year to Month;   moves from TensOfHours to Hours.

    Network Configuration

    Use DHCP Address >  Static IPV4 Address > Static Network Mask > Static Gateway Route >  Use Static Address >  HW: MAC address.

    NOTE: It’s easiest to press Enter at “Use DHCP Address” if your network permits.

    Scroll <> to see the MAC Address.  The  MAC Address is assigned by the motherboard manufacturer.  You need to know this for WakeOnLan control.

    Remote Command Connect

    Disable Remote Command > Telnet to IP Port 3021 >  Serial 115K Baud. > Serial 57.6K Baud > Seriall 38.4KBaud > Seriall 19.2KBaud > Sserial 9.6K Baud > Remote Command Deck 00

    NOTE: Port 3021 was chosen because it is the decimal of 0xbcd (in hexadecimal).

    Serial communications are 8-bits, 1 stop bit, no parity.

    Remote Command Deck 00 assigns Deck Number (DNUM) to a unit in multi-deck “party line” serial configurations.  (Press Enter, then arrows to change deck number.

    Special debug settings.

    Enable debugging, disable debugging.  Usually of no concern to end-users.  

    Manage the Video HDD.

    Spin Down and Remove HDD > Reinsert and Spin Up HDD >  Format Video HDD NTFS > Format HDD for WinXP > Format Video HDD EXT4,

    NOTE: Video is usually stored on an internal Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Some HDi systems have a removable HDD.  To avoid data loss (trashed video files) it is best to “Spin Down” the HDD before you remove it.  Be certain that the system is in Stop mode before removing or inserting the HDD.


    New drives must be formatted.  If you plan to remove and use your HDD in another computer system, we suggest you format the HDD as NTFS for maximum interchangeability with Windows 2000, Vista, Win7, Win8, Win 10.   NTFS is the BCD Factory format.

    Save System Settings  

    Save as System Default

    NOTE: This is IMPORTANT.  This setting is the same as Save Settings at the ‘bottom’ of the Video Menu.  Use at least one of them.

    DOWN from the Main Menu - The Video Menu


    E-E Video Loop Through

    E-E Record Only > E-E Loop Record and Stop,  E-E Loop Always Enable.

    Video Output Connector

    HDMI and Composite Out > HDMI and Component Out > HDMI and No Analog Out.



    Video standard you use

    All of the Standards > Film 23.98 > PAL 25.00 > NTSC 29.97 > XACT 30.00

    NOTE: These settings are used by the Video Detection circuits.  “All of the Standards” is very thorough but takes a little longer.


    Detect the Video Mode

    On Component In > On Composite In > On HDMI In

    NOTE: Press Enter to begin the video detection process.  “No Video Detected” will appear if no video is detected.  Be certain to arrow to the ‘bottom’ of the list and SAVE as your default.

    Video Input <Input Video Format>

    This is for manual setting of video input format: Video Standard, Resolution and Frame Rate.  It is a trio of menu sets  for the 3 types of video connectors: Composite, Component, and HDMI.   


    Video Input Composite

    Pal-SD 720 x576iI  50.00 > NTSC-SD 720x486i 59.94 >  > No Video Mode Detected.

    NOTE: There are only two possible formats for Composite.


    Video Input Component .

    NTSC-SD 720x486  59.94 >  HD 1920 x1080i 59.94 > HD 1920x1080pP 29.97 >  HD 1280x720 P 59.94 > HD 1920x1080p 59.94 > HD 1920x1080 60.00 HD 1920x1080p 30.00 > HD 1280x720p 60.00 > HD 1920x1080p 60.00  > No Video Mode Detected.


    Video Input HDMI

    HD 1920x1080i  60.00 > HD 1920x1080p 30.00 >  HD 1280x720p 60.00, HD 1920x1080p 60.00 > No Video Mode Detected.


    NOTE:  It is usually best to select “Detect the Video Mode” and let the HDi figure it out.  Notice there are many possible video resolutions and seven frame rates.  The “4K 3840” settings are only available on Serial Numbers above 2017.   

    Audio Input Selection.

    Embedded When Present > Analog RCA,.   This is for HDMI video input.  Usually audio is embedded in the HDMI connection, but sometimes it’s available as analog.


    Recording file format

    .H. 264 (MPEG-4)  .mp4 > Generic (MPEG-2). .mpg. > DVD (MPEG-2)   .vob

    NOTE: The recorded resolution of H.264 and Generic MPEG-2 are the same as the incoming Input video.  “,vob” is DVD compatible MPEG-2 scaled to 720x480 (720x576 for PAL) for DVD recording.


    Record DVD DualStream?

    No, Just [record] the HD Video > Yes, DualStream Target

    This option records two video streams at once.  The primary stream is the HD that you selected.  The optional second stream is DVD-style MPEG-2 format with the “.vob” extension.  NOTE: If your subject matter is high-detail, fast action, like a football game, some frame-drop and sync issues may occur.


    Video Files Stored On: (Record Target)

    Internal HDD/Hard Disk > Flash Drive / Front USB > Optical UDF Data Disc -> Volatile RAM/Memory.  Special NOTE:  Video is usually recorded to HDD, then copied to another destination.  Choosing “Optical UDF Data Disc” records direct-to-disc.  This causes disc formatting to be started as soon as a disc is inserted and prevents “normal” file copying.  


    DVD Duration Quality.

    Normal Play 2 Hours > Extra Play 3 Hours > Long Play 4 Hours > Extended Play 6 Hours >  Highest Quality 1 Hour.


    Video file size limit.

    Limitless until Media full >  Limit File Size to 4GB >  Limit File Size to  2GB >  Limit File Size to  1GB.  When the size limit is reached, recording stops and restarts with a new filename.  There will be about a ½ second gap between files.  File size limit is determined by the “DVD Duration Quality” setting



    Timestamp in video

    None >  Date > Time > Date and Time


    Save load the settings    ----VERY IMPORTANT---

    Save As Your Default > Save Preset-1 Config >  Save Preset-2 Config > Save Preset-3 Config >  Reload Saved default > Load Preset-1 Config > Load Preset-3 Config > Load Preset-3 Config Reset to OEM default > Save As Your Default

    NOTE: It is very important to “Save As Your Default” after configuring your system.  It will boot up that way when you repower the system.

    Play/File Menu

    Press Play to see video <filenames>  

    NOTE: Use this to select the file you want to play or to select files for action.  Use < > to change files.  Press Enter on a file to Select it for further action(see the “+” in front of the filename.

    File Operations Menu

    (Down from the PLAY Menu)

    Copy or Delete Files

    Copy to Optical Disc > Make DVD-Video (Text) > Make DVD-Video (Icon) > Erase the Optical Disc(+RW only) > Copy to the Front USB > Delete *ALL*Video*Files > Delete Selected Files > Convert to DVD Format

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