Originally Posted by rovernev
Thanks for the R50 Quick Guide. I scanned through it, and I didn't see step-by-step instructions on how to record a Macro.......Can anybody help with step-by-step instructions?
There really aren't any step-by-step instructions; it's more of a "learn by doing" method. It's advisable to "write a script" of all the commands you want to use to accomplish your macro. Since there are so many different ways you can "write the script" when creating a particular macro it would be difficult to tell you exactly which keys to press - we'd have to have the remote in our hands. Basically you just follow the prompts as you pluck your various commands from your various devices, then at the end of the macro you either leave the R40 in Main Screen mode or in a Device Mode.
When i set one up for a buddy he wanted his to be in Main Screen mode where he could see all his devices on page 1 of the Main screen. But i set mine up so it's always in Tivo mode as my "home device", then i created various Macros to switch from one device to another. When i first step into my man-room, i press my SYSTEM key and it's macro turns on my Plasma TV, turns on my Onkyo A/V Receiver, forces the TV to HDMI Input #2, forces the Onkyo into TV Sound mode, then puts the R40 into Tivo device mode. Pressing the SYSTEM key also turns the TV and Onkyo off.
If i want to switch from Tivo to DVD, i created a press-and-hold macro on the Red FAVORITES key that turns on the DVD player, switches the Onkyo to DVD sound mode, switches the TV to input #3 HDMI, then leaves the R40 in DVD watching mode. When i'm done watching DVD, i have a macro on the Yellow FAVORITES key to switch the TV back to the Tivo's input, turns the DVD Player off, and leaves the R40 in Tivo watching mode.
It takes some practice so just play around with it and get familiar with the steps involved in creating your macro. If you screw up you can go back and edit the macro (add or delete commands) or just delete the whole screwed up macro and start over. It's actually fairly intuitive, just remember that to switch from one device to another during the macro creation, you have to go the Main Screen to access your other devices as you build your macro.
As an example, here is my key pressing script for the macro that switches my R40 from Tivo watching mode to DVD watching mode.
I chose "Inside a Device" since this macro will be performed while i'm in Tivo watching mode.
1. Go to my Main Screen and Press the Tivo Icon key
(because i want to place this macro inside my Tivo device)
2. Red FAVORITE Key
(to store this Macro on this key) (you could also place this macro on a Main Screen key)
3. Pause key
(to add a press-and-hold pause for this macro)
4. MAIN key
(to return to my Device Icons on the Main Screen)
5. DVD Icon key
(so that i can import the DVD player's POWER button's command into the macro)
6. Power key
(to turn the DVD Player On)
7. Main key
(to take me back to the Main Screen so that i can now see and select my TV Icon next)
8. Plasma TV Icon key
(so i can get at the TV's input menu command)
9. TV's input key
(to bring up my on-screen list of TV inputs)
10. #4 number key
(selects my DVD Player's input which is on TV HDMI Input #4)
11. TV's Exit key
(to clear the TV's input list menu from the TV's screen so it doesn't linger)
12. MAIN key
(so i can now see and select my Onkyo device icon next)
13. Onkyo Icon key
(to access my Onkyo's command next)
14. Onkyo's discrete DVD sound mode key
(to change my Onkyo from the Tivo sound mode to the DVD sound mode)
15. MAIN key
(brings up my Device Icons on the Main Screen again)
16. DVD Icon key
(to leave the R40 in DVD watching mode)
17. Press DONE
(to finalize and save this macro)
Then i just exit out of the setup screen. I have a similar macro on my Yellow FAVORITES key to switch back from DVD watching mode to Tivo watching mode. I have about 11 devices programmed into my R40 and so many macros that i can't remember where they all are!