Panasonic has launched 4 new DVD-RAM recorder /player video systems, christened the DMR-E100HS, DMR-E85HS, DMR-E65S, and DMR-E55S.
Panasonic is one of the world leaders in the audio-visual consumer entertainment market. Panasonic was founded by Konosuke Matsushita in 1918 and from inventing a simple two-socket light fixture, then onwards till now. The company is also known as Matsushita Electric which has grown and proven its worth by providing quality products, complete customer satisfaction and support and has lived up to its slogan name, "Panasonic the future is digital".
All the 4 models support DVD-RAM and DVD-R type media. These drives also support a "Time Slip Function" that enables users to Simultaneous Record & Play a program onto a disc while simultaneously watching any other program that's previously been recorded on the same disc. However this is where the high-end E100HS varies, wherein users can watch a program from any point while it's being recorded without interrupting the recording progress.
The E100HS also has a unique DV Input Terminal (IEEE 1394), which allows one to connect a compatible digital camcorder to the DVD recorder and transfer home movies onto the hard disk or a DVD-RAM/DVD-R disc. Plus, a DV Auto Record feature automatically generates a playlist for easy scanning.
The HS series that is the DMR-E100HS, DMR-E85HS has a 120GB Hard-disk drive. The E100HS can store upto 160 hours of recording in EP mode and the E85HS is capable of storing 213 hours. Both also support "Relief Recording" function - when recording to a DVD-RAM or DVD-R disc, this feature automatically checks to see if there's enough disc space remaining to complete the recording; and if there isn't, the program will be recorded onto the hard disk to assure that it gets recorded in its entirety.
The E100HS and E65S are compatible with Standard PC Card, SD Memory Card, CompactFlash Card, MultiMediaCard, Smart Media Card, and Memory Stick.
These silver coloured drives support certain common features like -
Rapid Random Access Users can jump directly to any spot on a disc and begin playback or recording right away. One can record data on available space throughout the rest of the disc even if there is no sequential area of empty space available. One can also avoid searching for a blank spot to start recording or accidentally recording over desired material.
Playlist Playback (for DVD Recorders)
Lets users perform simple non-linear video editing, such as rearranging the order of scenes, skipping over unwanted scenes, or copying selections - to create custom playlists of favourite scenes on a disc.
(for DVD Players)
When playing back a DVD-RAM disc only, this feature allows one to use the custom playlists on the disc that were created using a Panasonic DVD Recorder as specified above. No editing of the playlists is possible using a DVD player.
Direct Navigator (DVD Recorders)
Makes it easy to find a previously recorded program on a disc. A list of recording dates, times, channels and (user-entered) titles are shown on the screen. When the cursor is moved to any particular recording, the segment is played in the background, so playback can begin immediately upon selection. Program deletion, protection, and title input are also easy to perform. This feature can handle up to 99 titles at once.
When playing back a DVD-RAM disc only, this feature allows you to use the navigation menu on the disc that was created using a Panasonic DVD Recorder as specified above.
Selectable Recording Modes One can set the recorder to one of five different recording speeds, each varying in recording quality and length. EP mode yields the most recording time, LP & SP modes provide less recording time with higher quality recording, and XP mode gives you the highest quality recording. There's also the FR (Flexible Recording) mode that lets one to record with the best picture quality possible for the recording time and remaining space on the disc.
Progressive Scanning Progressive Scanning (480p) creates a picture signal with double the scan lines of a conventional DVD interlaced picture (480i), resulting in higher picture resolution, sharper image quality, and the elimination of virtually all motion artefacts.
Advanced Surround (V.S.S.) Simulates a surround sound effect using only the front two speakers, so one can enjoy Dolby Digital 5.1 channel discs without an elaborate home theatre system. This effect also works with Dolby Digital 2-channel discs.
Cinema Mode (Digital Camcorders)
All Panasonic Digital Palmcorder Camcorders have the ability to record video in wide screen mode, giving you a 16:9 aspect ratio ditto to a movie screen. When played back on a television the result is dramatic looking cinema-like movies at home.
Lessens glare, providing colours that are more cinema-like, and picture resolution that is gentler on the eyes. It also improves the visibility of details in dark scenes by automatically adjusting picture contrast, and helps to suppress colour smearing as well.
Dialogue Enhancer The Dialogue Enhancer increases the centre channel volume (relative to other channels), making movie dialogue easier to hear and understand.
Picture Quality Improvement Functions Input TBC
3D Y/C Separation
3D Noise Reduction
Block Noise Reduction
Mosquito Noise Reduction
Multi-Format Playback (Playable Disc Type) Supports various formats like DVD-Video, DVD-Audio (2-channel), DVD-RAM, DVD-R, Video CD, CD, CD-R, and CD-RW.
In addition to the above, the drives also feature Dolby Digital (Dolby AC-3) 2ch Audio Recording, Bilingual Recording (DVD-RAM only), MPEG2 Encoding with Hybrid VBR (Variable Bit Rate) Technology, Picture control (Brightness, Colour, Contrast, Gamma), image viewing capabilities, Frame Advance (Forward & Reverse), Video D/A Converter - 54MHz/10-bit, Audio D/A Converter - 96kHz/24-bit, Horizontal Resolution is more than 500 lines.
The dimensions (H x W x D) of all the drives are exactly the same - 3 1/8" x 16 15/16" x 11 13/16".