|Item Weight||9.7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.8 x 2.5 x 16.9 inches|
|Item model number||DMR-EH50S|
Panasonic DMR-EH50S DVD Recorder with 100 GB Hard Drive Recording
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- Dual recording - View a DVD while recording on hard drive
- Sized for home-theater connectivity
- Progressive-scan play compatible
- Linear PCM audio and Dolby Digital audio record and play
- Can record DVD-RAM, DVD-R, +R and DVD-RW discs; and can play back DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-Audio
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Panasonic DMR-EH50 DVD Recorder offers all the benefits of the DVD-RAM format, like simultaneous recording and playback, random access, Chasing Playback, on-disc editing, and multi-format data compatibility that lets you record TV programs and still pictures. Now, with expanded multi-format recording and playback capability, the DMR-EH50 also lets you enjoy all your DVDs, no matter which format you choose. The DMR-EH50 also adds DVD-RW (video format) and DVD+R recording, and DVD+RW playback capability, for enhanced compatibility with personal computers and DVD players. An integrated 100GB Hard Drive allows up to 170 hours (approximately) of internal storage of your favorite videos for easy access. Want to store or see digital photos? There's also an SD SecureDigital memory card reader to read photos recorded on a compatible digital camera or camcorder. At only 2.5" high and 17" wide, you can easily add the DMR-HE50S to your collection of home-theater A/V components. Virtual Multi Encode System enables LP mode recording with the same 500 lines of horizontal resolution as that in the SP and XP modes Optical Digital Output for dts and Dolby Digital Decoders Smart Wheel user-friendly remote control to quickly find recorded programs and start playback faster than ever (200x quick search and fast-forward smooth search.) One-touch record capable Inputs/Outputs - Audio Video Input - LINE (pin jack) x 3 / S-Video Input - S connector x 3 / Audio Video Output - LINE (pin jack) x 2 / S-Video Output - S connector x 2 / Component Video Out / Optical Digital Audio Out (PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS) Unit Dimensions (W x H x D) - 16-15/16 x 2-1/2 x 13-13/16 / Weight - 9.92 pounds Silver Finish
Find and Record Your Favorite Programs Easily with TV Guide On Screen
Your hectic schedule isn't always compatible with TV program schedules, so being able to quickly locate your favorite shows and record them for later viewing is important. The TV Guide On Screen Electronic Program Guide lets you easily find your favorite programs and set up your DVD recorder to record them unattended. Explore program listings up to 8 days in advance, searching by genre or keyword to help narrow down your choices. Once you've found what you want in the listings, simply select the program and your DVD recorder will automatically begin recording at the preset time.
Watch and Record At the Same Time
You sit down to watch this week's episode of your favorite show and realize that you never got around to watching your recording of last week's episode. Not a problem with Time Slip, featuring simultaneous record and play. Select this week's episode in the program guide, start recording, and as it records you can watch your recording of last week's episode.
What if you set up your DVD recorder to record a movie from 8:00 to 10:00 while you're out, but dinner was faster than you expected and you get home early? With our Chasing Playback feature, you don't have to wait for the program to finish recording in order to watch it. You can begin watching the portion of the program that has already been saved while the DVD recorder continues recording the remainder of the program.
Avoid Accidentally Recording Over A Program
If you own a VCR, it's almost certain that at some point someone has accidentally recorded over a movie or show that you wanted to keep. One-Touch Record will save your favorite programs from the same fate by automatically scanning the disc for blank space before starting the recording process. No more worries that your favorite sitcom's season finale will be overwritten by a family member's Sunday fishing show.
Browse Through Your Recordings Using Thumbnails
You and your family are sure to enjoy the convenience of your DVD recorder so much that you'll have a large library of recordings in no time. Keeping track of all those programs would be difficult if it weren't for our enhanced Direct Navigator, which displays thumbnails of every program on the disc as you browse, making it easy to identify the contents of each recording.
Built-In 100GB2 Hard Disk Recorder
The massive capacity of the built-in hard disk means you'll have plenty of space to record shows for everyone in the house. Record lots of programming, figure out what you want to keep, then move it to DVD in minutes for long-term storage.
Film-Like Image Quality
The goal of any playback device should be accurate reproduction of the original content. In the case of DVDs, most of that content is film-based. Utilizing advanced progressive scan3 playback techniques and very accurate MPEG video decoders, this DVD recorder provides an image that faithfully represents the image you see at your favorite movie theater.
About Progressive Scanning
Progressive scanning, otherwise known as 480P (p=progressive), creates a picture signal with double the scan lines of a conventional interlaced picture, 480I (I=interlaced), to create a noticeably sharper image. The 480P image offers higher picture resolution and eliminates virtually all motion artifacts. Even on large screens, the progressive scan lines are barely noticeable and picture flickering is greatly reduced, so you can enjoy extended viewing without eye fatigue. Our progressive scan DVD players can handle both progressive and conventional interlaced video. In order to take advantage of a progressive scan DVD player, your TV must be capable of accepting and displaying a progressive scan signal (480p).
The Benefits of Progressive Vs. Interlaced Scanning
Standard DVD-Video players use interlaced scanning to produce a picture. Interlaced scanning combines two fields to generate a picture of 525 scan lines (480 of which are displayed). Your television projects an interlaced image by first scanning the 240 odd-numbered lines of one field (in 1/60th of a second), followed by the 240 even-numbered lines of the other field (in 1/60th of a second). So, it takes two fields to build one frame of video.
Our progressive scan DVD players have a progressive video processor, which enables all 525 lines (480 of which are displayed) to be scanned at the exact same time; two interlaced fields are combined into one progressive frame. A television with 480P component inputs can completely scan the entire image in 1/60th of a second. The result is a smoother and sharper picture with high resolution and minimal motion artifacts.
Advantages of Progressive Conversion
Line doublers are used in other high-end home entertainment systems to provide progressive scanning. These may be stand-alone devices or incorporated into a digital TV. Impressive as they may be, our progressive scan DVD players' in-player progressive conversion has three big advantages over line doublers:
- 1) High precision and stability
A DVD-Video disc mastered from a film holds all the data necessary to produce an accurate progressive image, whereas an external line doubler must take hints from the video source to determine the source material and frame allocation.
- 2) All-digital conversion minimizes signal degradation
Since the signal from the DVD-Video disc is digital, progressive conversion can be performed digitally inside the player. Signal quality is protected until it leaves the player's analog output. In contrast, a stand-alone or in-TV doubler first receives information from the analog output of the source device then converts this analog signal back to digital for processing. Finally, it must translate the signal back to analog before outputting it. All this back-and-forth translation is much more likely to degrade the signal.
- 3) Processing is optimized to DVD-Video's high image quality
Line doublers built into digital TV sets are designed to work with a variety of video sources, so their settings are not necessarily ideal for DVD-Video. The progressive conversion of our progressive scan DVD players is optimized for the high resolution and low noise of the DVD-Video format. This enables the unit to preserve DVD-Video picture quality for display on all screen sizes, from direct-view CRT to projectors.
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1.- TV Guide works without a Cable Box (that's what I have and it worked fine, but it does take about 20 hrs to download and may require extra fiddling with it...mine told me there were 4 different downloads so please tell me which one is your cable company...after that I had to wait another 3-4 hrs) but after that it worked as advertised. Organizing the channels in the order I want takes a while. Check with your cable company if the TV guide thing is a must for you...it makes life easier, but you don't really need it if you know when your favourite TV shows play (use your computer and the internet ... not big deal)
2.- It's a somewhat complex (compared with a toaster) machine, so obviously the manual es extensive...but if you finish Highschool and read carefully you should be able to figure it out...I don't understand the reviewers that complained about it...yes the manual could be better, but it's not advanced calculus!!
3.- My $35 DVD player has much more options to play a movie than this thing, that was a let down. I can't "zoom" for example, it's not as easy to call the movie menu or to advance to a particular scene. It takes a few more buttons to turn own the subtitles or change the language/sound on a movie...but I guess otherwise the control would be too big...but still, it could have been made more efficient...so it is really geared to record stuff.
4.- I tape TV programs mostly, 'cause I am never there when they play live, I don't dub VCR tapes to DVDs or mess around with pictures or MP3 (those I do all in my computer) so I don't know how those features would work for you. But if you want something that tapes from your TV, the Hard Drive really delivers, you can record over 100 hrs of TV shows (so if you are gone for a couple of weeks it's great, my VCR stops at 8 hrs tops!) But really that's all I got for $350, so all and all I'm still not sure it was worth the money.
5.- Delivered very fast from Amazon
The TV Guide on screen setup may be a problem for you if you have a digital cable box. I have a Motorola HD cable box from Cox Cable and I was not able to download the program guide through the cable box. To get the TV guide on screen to work, I had to bypass the cable box by using a splitter. One side goes to the cable box and the other side goes to the recorder. I ran A/V cables from the cable box to an auxillary input on the recorder in order to record the digital channels.
I can record programs from digital channels by manually setting the start and stop time.
I use the TV Guide on screen program guide for the analog channels that do not have to run through the cable box. To record a program all I have to do is select the program in the guide and the start and stop times are set automatically. This is a handy feature.
In the TV Guide setup you may have a problem downloading the correct channel lineup if you live in a town with more than one zip code. I live in a town with 4 zip codes but we all have the same cable channel lineup. I could not get the correct channel lineup until I changed the zip code to a neighboring zip code.
If the channel lineup is wrong when you set up your TV Guide, you might try changing your zip code.
I use the recorder to time shift programs by recording them on the hard drive for later viewing. The recordings are excellent. I cannot tell the difference between the recorded program and the live broadcast. The editing feature of this recorder is very easy to use. You can create. start and stop points, or chapters, inside your program. For example you can divide your program into chapters separated by commercials. You can then delete the chapters you don't want.
Besides the hard drive this recorder will also record on 5 of the 6 formats of DVD available today including DVD-RAM. Creating a DVD-R (the format playable on the majority of dvd machines) is a two step process which is inconvenient. After you copy your material to the DVD-R, you have to go back through the menu to finalize it or it won't be playable on other dvd players. Since finalizing is essential, I don't know why they didn't make it part of the copying step.
This is a great machine well worth the time and money. I would have ranked it higher if it weren't for the TV Guide set up hassles and the worthless users manual.