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The built-in hard drive boasts a whopping 160 GB of storage space, holding up to 204 hours of audio/video programming--that's more than 8 solid days' worth of quality shows, an ideal tool for time-shifted viewing and temporarily storage before you evaluate and archive only the programs you want to long-lasting DVD.
The DR-MH30S can pause a live recording, and it provides several simultaneous recording and playback options: recording on the hard disk while playing back from the hard disk or DVD, or recording on DVD while playing back from the hard disk. Not to be overlooked is a fail-safe recording feature during DVD recording that automatically moves an entire program to the hard disk should the program run longer than the DVD's available space.
The deck's Super MPEG Encode Pre-Processor is a 3-step process that takes place before MPEG-2 encoding of the input signal. A time-base corrector eliminates jitter, a frame synchronizer provides frame normalization, and Motion Active Noise Reduction provides a clearer image than with conventional frame noise reduction, such as 3D noise reduction, by way of an algorithm that predicts motion, which the recorder applies between moving pictures to minimize image lag.
The Super MPEG Post-Processor enhances playback image quality through block noise-reduction circuitry, Color DigiPure (which provides 3D noise reduction along with color and detail enhancement), and Hadamard noise reduction (to eliminate mosquito noise).
Editing using the DR-MH30S is a snap, thanks to its navigation system with thumbnail images. Editing from the hard disk to DVD is as simple as creating a playlist, and the thumbnails make it easy to find the desired scenes. Dubbing is just as easy: just select the desired scenes and press "OK".
Convenience features include live memory, which allows fast forwarding, rewinding and slow replay during recording (DVD-RAM only), and DVD Navigation, which can accommodate information about 1,300 recorded programs, including disc number, title, and other details. Load a disc and DVD Navigation will display a thumbnail of recorded programs so you can easily identify content, and the player will even animate the thumbnail images, with sound, when you select them with the cursor.
Other features include quick skip for skipping 30 seconds forward, instant/1-touch replay (which replays the last 7 seconds viewed), natural reverse playback, and a multi-brand remote control. Connections include an i.Link/DV input for your digital camcorder; front and rear S-video and composite-video inputs; component-, S-video and composite-video outputs; a front-panel audio input; and digital-audio outputs (1 each optical/coaxial) alongside a stereo analog audio output.
There was no code for Motorola cable boxes, so my IR controller never worked. When we switched to satellite, I tried again and it still didn't work, but it seemed like by then... Read morePublished on December 5, 2008 by Donna Behm
I am writing because my DR-MH30S has decided to bite the dust today. I've had it since May of 2005.
It has locked up on me in the past, but nothing major. Read more
Had this for 2 years - no technical issues.
Overall, this device has done great for use as a DVR for recording antenna TV, dubbing VCR tapes onto DVD, storing video on... Read more
I purchased the DR-MH30S in June 2006. Everything worked great. The audio was good, picture quality really good, and it was dependable. Read morePublished on December 6, 2006 by Dusty
If I could give this piece of sheet a zero I would.
$400 piece of sheet that's so loud its ridiculous. Read more
On paper it looks good, but once out of the box it is a major disappointment. You would expect to be able to record to the DVD and the harddrive simultaneously, but you can't, nor... Read morePublished on April 14, 2005 by Just Ken