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Dmr-xw350 And Mpeg-4


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I know it will be a while before this is an issue, but can anyone tell me if the DMR-XW350, and other similar Panasonic models, will decode MPEG-4 broadcasts? (Not MPEG-4 DivX files, which I know it will play). I tried to find this in the manual ( :wacko: always such a joy), but couldn't find an answer. I've also asked the same question about my P50S10A HDTV elsewhere, so if anyone knows about them I'd appreciate an answer to that too.

Thanks.

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Try recording the State Of Origin tomorrow night on CH93 (9-3D)- I think that's it'll be a mpeg4 transmission

As for your TV, you may have a notice like this on the 2nd page of your manual

Notice about Digital TV Functions

● The MPEG-4 AVC feature was designed to specifications as we know them today. This specification may be subject to future changes beyond our control that may not guarantee the decoding of such services.

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I know it will be a while before this is an issue, but can anyone tell me if the DMR-XW350, and other similar Panasonic models, will decode MPEG-4 broadcasts? (Not MPEG-4 DivX files, which I know it will play). I tried to find this in the manual ( :wacko: always such a joy), but couldn't find an answer. I've also asked the same question about my P50S10A HDTV elsewhere, so if anyone knows about them I'd appreciate an answer to that too.

Thanks.

The current 3D TV test broadcasts are on MPEG4. If you're in one of the areas that have these broadcasts, you could try scanning for services and see if the recorder can handle and play back the MPEG4. You won't get 3D TV, you'll see the left and right images of the stereo pair squished in side-by-side on the screen. But you'll be able to see if MPEG4 works.

The fact that it's an older model, and this line in the specs:

Recording System (Video) MPEG2 (Hybrid VBR)

speak against it being able to decode MPEG4 broadcasts.

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The fact that it's an older model, and this line in the specs:

Recording System (Video) MPEG2 (Hybrid VBR)

speak against it being able to decode MPEG4 broadcasts.

It's not that old a model, and it quite happily handles AVCHD from SD cards/HD camcorders so the onboard decoder shouldn't have any problem. If somebody wants to try the test 3D broadcasts it would be nice to find out for sure, it seems my antenna system isn't up to the job as the test broadcasts are at a higher frequency than my antenna can handle and the signal strength is too low.

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