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Panasonic 3rd Generation DVD Recorder

 

By HT Staff

 

Panasonic is getting serious about DVD recorders. Early this summer, the company announced its third generation DVD-recorder. Available in August, the DMR-E30 will arrive at dealers with a new low price, only $799.95.

The new machine accommodates 12 hours of digitally recorded picture and sound on a double-sided DVD-RAM disc, and up to 6 hours on a single-sided DVD-RAM or DVD-R disc, thanks to Panasonic's "hybrid variable bit rate" technology. The DMR-E30 features a proprietary "Time Slip" function, progressive scan output, and "a host of many other convenience features, in a sleek new package," according to a June announcement.

 

The DMR-E30 leverages advancements made in optical disc technology to allow hundreds of thousands of recordings on a single DVD-RAM disc---what company marketing manager Alberto Reggiani calls "the best of all worlds" solution. With the DMR-E30, you can "record and re-record your favorite programs, over 100,000 times on the same disc," he says.

 

"Rewriteable DVD-RAM discs offer huge storage capacity of 4.7 to 9.6 gigabytes per disc and give consumers greater versatility and control over what they want to keep or delete," commented Reggiani. "Because DVD-RAM provides a single format for computer and video-based applications, it provides a practical and flexible way to manage multiple PC video needs." The DMR-E30 can also record on DVD-R discs.

 

Panasonic's "Time Slip" feature allows viewers to replay a scene recorded 30 seconds earlier without disrupting the recording process, simply by touching a button on the remote. Time Slip also enables the recorder's "Simultaneous Record and Play" function, a convenient feature for recording a favorite TV series. A 16-program timer allows unattended recording for later viewing. Whether in real time or unattended, the DMR-E30 will automatically find blank space on the disc and begin recording. DVD-RAM's extremely fast transfer rate lets you watch the recorded portion of an ongoing program from the beginning, while at the recording process is in progress. All the machine's functions are accessible via the remote control.

 

Panasonic engineers weren't just thinking about functionality in the design of the DMR-E30. They were also thinking about picture quality. The DMR-E30 offers progressive scan output, which essentially doubles the number on lines of video information onscreen. The result is said to be "film-like DVD images extraordinarily close to the way they originally appeared in the cinema - with rich detail, extraordinary depth of field, and precise color reproduction."

 

The DMR-E30 also allows consumers to archive favorite VHS tape recordings and camcorder-originated material to space-saving discs. As a playback device, the machine is compatible with many optical disc formats, including DVD video, music CD, CD-R and CD-RW discs. An on-screen menu called the "Disc Navigator" allows accessing recorded programs via recording dates, times, channels and user-entered titles. Amateur videographers will be eager to use some of the DMR-E30's simple non-linear video editing - such as rearranging the order of scenes, skipping over unwanted scenes and creating custom playlists of favorite scenes on a disc.

 

In addition to offering a new, improved DVD recorder at a very attractive price, Panasonic has lowered the fee for its recordable DVD blank media. Panasonic-branded DVD-RAM multi-pack includes three high-quality DVD-RAM discs for $23.95, or just $7.99 per disc. "Panasonic is committed to making DVD recordable media widely available and affordable, while keeping the quality high," said Marko Wityk, national marketing manager for Panasonic's Entertainment Media Division.

 

 

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$800 I assume is USD, price sounds good.

 

However, DVD RAM not compatible with other DVD players, after recording a TV program can only watch on the DVD Recorder, if want to swap with friends or bring to another room, must make DVD-R version, a little troublesome.

 

Any news on Pioneer's DVD-R/W or Philips DVD+R/W systems?

 

 

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US800 is a little pricey.

 

The E30 is several months old in Japan. Saw most shops selling in Japan at about SGD1200. But too bad didn't have time to locate any export models at 220V.

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rather wait for the computer IDE DVD-RW/+RW burner to drop till $2/300 then get one since most of us got computer at home....i heard that those DVD Recorder for domestic use will died off after 5/600 pcs of burning disc...

 

and FYI,computer DVD-RW/+RW burner was $1000 +/- early tis year but now it has drop to $500 + at SLS....

 

:)

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rather wait for the computer IDE DVD-RW/+RW burner to drop till $2/300 then get one since most of us got computer at home....i heard that those DVD Recorder for domestic use will died off after 5/600 pcs of burning disc...

 

and FYI,computer DVD-RW/+RW burner was $1000 +/- early tis year but now it has drop to $500 + at SLS....

 

:)

 

Hi Joamonte, Yeah I watching the price drop too, HP 100 was $999 no DVD+r capability, I was very keen at first but held off, prices dropping.

 

How did you know of the 5/600 limitation? So if this is true for recorder, it should be the same for the burner.

 

BTW which do you prefer? +R/W or -R/W?

 

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i get tis infro for a TW HT forum some month ago....if i remenber correctly that guy is running a VHS rental shop,he use the DVD reconder to tranform all the tape in his shop to DVD+R for bussiness purpose, and after pachase 3 set of DVD reconder he conclusion is the lazer head in the DVD reconder only can last for 5/600 DVD burning....tis forum is mainly in BIG 5 chinese,i can try to do a scearh for that tread later 4 u if u can read chinese...

 

if i will to choose now i will prefer DVD-R coz i own two set of pioneer DVDP..... :)

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This is the latest release of Panasonic's DVD Recorder. Waiting for this one man. I don't mind paying about S$2500 for this one.

 

http://www.panasonic.com/consumer_electronics/pressroom/cont2.asp?Filter=12&cont_id=244

 

PANASONIC INTRODUCES COMBINATION DVD RECORDER WITH HARD DISK RECORDER

 

Offers Up To 12 Hours Of Recording On DVD-RAM, Up To 52 Hours On Internal Hard Disk Drive, Simultaneous Recording and Playback

 

 

New York, NY (June 25, 2002) ¾ Panasonic announces its first DVD recorder with built-in hard disk drive . By combining a 40 GB hard disk drive with a DVD recorder, new model DMR-HS2 can record a maximum of 52 hours of high-quality video on the hard disk drive in the EP mode, 12 hours on a 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM disc, and 6 hours on a DVD-R disc. Panasonic plans to introduce the unit in October, and is targeting a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1199.95.*

 

“With its flexible video recording, playback and storage capabilities, the new DMR-HS2 provides a whole new way to enjoy the world of digital video entertainment,” said Alberto Reggiani, Panasonic’s National Marketing Manager for DVD products. “Consumers can record, store and edit hours of video, from their favorite TV programs to home movies. The DMR-HS2 lets them enjoy the removable storage and editing advantages of DVD-RAM and DVD-R, as well as the convenience and large capacity of a hard disk drive.”

 

Users can concurrently view programs recorded onto a DVD-RAM disc or the hard disk while recording another program. Users can also view the recorded portion of a live program, from the beginning, while continuing to record that program in progress. In addition, the unique Time Slipä feature allows viewers to replay a scene recorded 30 seconds earlier without disrupting the recording process, simply by touching a button on the remote.

 

Auto Renewal Recording, a PVR-like function, allows consumers to automatically record their favorite show every day or every week onto the hard disk.

 

Creating an original video on DVD is easy with the DMR-HS2. Its DV input terminal and IEEE cable allow recording of digital images directly from a digital camcorder onto either a DVD-RAM or DVD-R1 disc. To make editing easier, the DV Automatic Recording mode automatically creates a playlist, consisting of still images representing a sequence of scenes. High-speed recording from the hard disk to a DVD-RAM disc can be done with the touch of a single button, enabling 12x speed in the EP mode at its quickest (for example, a one-hour program can be recorded in just 5 minutes). Recording from a DVD-RAM disc to the hard disk drive is also possible.

 

In addition to recording new video content, the DMR-HS2 also allows consumers to transfer their favorite VHS tape recordings to space-saving discs or the internal hard drive. Personal movie libraries and family videos can be archived, preserved, easily cataloged and accessed. The unit can also be used for storing and viewing digital still photos2 with PC card slot.3

 

The DMR-HS2 features Progressive Scan, delivering optimum picture quality when viewing a DVD movie.

 

The DVD video recording technology used in this new unit complies with the DVD-RAM recording formats standardized by the DVD Forum. DVD-RAM provides a single format for computer and video-based applications. The format offers high storage capacity on removable media, high-speed data transmission, exceptional picture and sound quality, fast, random access memory and rewritability up to 100,000 times.

 

As the popularity and applications of digital video expand, there’s increasing consumer demand for the ability to record and preserve these high-resolution digital images on digital media. The Panasonic DMR-HS2 is the optimal choice for today's expanding digital media environment.

 

Panasonic DVD products are marketed in the United States by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. The company is a division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., (NYSE:MC) of Japan, one of the world’s largest producers of innovative electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use. Media can access press releases via the Panasonic Pressroom web site, www.panasonic.com/pressroom, or through New Directions Public Relations’ toll-free fax-back system at 888-734-7490.

 

 

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I was wondering has anyone tried converting old VHS tapes to DVD using DVD Recorders? How's the quality like? Of course the final result depends on the quality of the VHS tapes.

 

What I hope to achieve is to get *at least* the same quality as the VHS.

 

I currently use a video capture card to capture to VCD and the quality somehow is not that satisfactory.

 

Anthony

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This is the latest release of Panasonic's DVD Recorder. Waiting for this one man. I don't mind paying about S$2500 for this one.

 

http://www.panasonic.com/consumer_electronics/pressroom/cont2.asp?Filter=12&cont_id=244

 

PANASONIC INTRODUCES COMBINATION DVD RECORDER WITH HARD DISK RECORDER

 

Offers Up To 12 Hours Of Recording On DVD-RAM, Up To 52 Hours On Internal Hard Disk Drive, Simultaneous Recording and Playback

 

 

New York, NY (June 25, 2002) ¾ Panasonic announces its first DVD recorder with built-in hard disk drive . By combining a 40 GB hard disk drive with a DVD recorder, new model DMR-HS2 can record a maximum of 52 hours of high-quality video on the hard disk drive in the EP mode, 12 hours on a 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM disc, and 6 hours on a DVD-R disc. Panasonic plans to introduce the unit in October, and is targeting a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1199.95.*

 

“With its flexible video recording, playback and storage capabilities, the new DMR-HS2 provides a whole new way to enjoy the world of digital video entertainment,” said Alberto Reggiani, Panasonic’s National Marketing Manager for DVD products. “Consumers can record, store and edit hours of video, from their favorite TV programs to home movies. The DMR-HS2 lets them enjoy the removable storage and editing advantages of DVD-RAM and DVD-R, as well as the convenience and large capacity of a hard disk drive.”

 

Users can concurrently view programs recorded onto a DVD-RAM disc or the hard disk while recording another program. Users can also view the recorded portion of a live program, from the beginning, while continuing to record that program in progress. In addition, the unique Time Slipä feature allows viewers to replay a scene recorded 30 seconds earlier without disrupting the recording process, simply by touching a button on the remote.

 

Auto Renewal Recording, a PVR-like function, allows consumers to automatically record their favorite show every day or every week onto the hard disk.

 

Creating an original video on DVD is easy with the DMR-HS2. Its DV input terminal and IEEE cable allow recording of digital images directly from a digital camcorder onto either a DVD-RAM or DVD-R1 disc. To make editing easier, the DV Automatic Recording mode automatically creates a playlist, consisting of still images representing a sequence of scenes. High-speed recording from the hard disk to a DVD-RAM disc can be done with the touch of a single button, enabling 12x speed in the EP mode at its quickest (for example, a one-hour program can be recorded in just 5 minutes). Recording from a DVD-RAM disc to the hard disk drive is also possible.

 

In addition to recording new video content, the DMR-HS2 also allows consumers to transfer their favorite VHS tape recordings to space-saving discs or the internal hard drive. Personal movie libraries and family videos can be archived, preserved, easily cataloged and accessed. The unit can also be used for storing and viewing digital still photos2 with PC card slot.3

 

The DMR-HS2 features Progressive Scan, delivering optimum picture quality when viewing a DVD movie.

 

The DVD video recording technology used in this new unit complies with the DVD-RAM recording formats standardized by the DVD Forum. DVD-RAM provides a single format for computer and video-based applications. The format offers high storage capacity on removable media, high-speed data transmission, exceptional picture and sound quality, fast, random access memory and rewritability up to 100,000 times.

 

As the popularity and applications of digital video expand, there’s increasing consumer demand for the ability to record and preserve these high-resolution digital images on digital media. The Panasonic DMR-HS2 is the optimal choice for today's expanding digital media environment.

 

Panasonic DVD products are marketed in the United States by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. The company is a division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., (NYSE:MC) of Japan, one of the world’s largest producers of innovative electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use. Media can access press releases via the Panasonic Pressroom web site, www.panasonic.com/pressroom, or through New Directions Public Relations’ toll-free fax-back system at 888-734-7490.

 

 

 

Sounds like a VCR killer at that price and performance.

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I was in Tokyo last week and the Panny HS2 is one of the more popular models. The top model is the Toshiba X...something.

Anyway, was very tempted to buy BUT the recorded DVD will only be in 2-channel mode.

So money back in the wallet.....checked with my Jap colleague & confirmed recording is only 2-channel.

Maybe next year.....it will be more sophisticated.

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Seems like Philips has launched a successor to its early release DVD-Recorder based on today's report in Computer Times. It is supposedly avail for $1799 in the market and utilizes the DVD+RW technology. It also incorporates the Faroudja chip for progressive playback capabilities.

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