|Panasonic Announces 3rd Gen Recordable DVD-R at $799|
|Home Theater News DVD Hardware-Software News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 26 June 2002|
Panasonic is launching its third-generation DVD recorder, model DMR-E30 in New York this week. The DMR-E30 features the Time Slipä function, Progressive Scan video, and a bunch of many other convenience features, all in a sleek new package. The DMR-E30 DVD recorder is planned for August release, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $799.95.
The new DVD recorder allows consumers to digitally record video and sound, up to 12 hours, on a double-sided DVD-RAM disc, and up to 6 hours on a singlesided DVD-RAM or DVD-R disc(1), thanks to Panasonic's original Hybrid VBR (variable bit rate) technology.
"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,” said a Panasonic sales Exec. "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 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 allows the recorder's Simultaneous Record and Play function, a convenient feature for recording a favorite TV series. For example, the consumer can watch last week's episode of his/her favorite show while recording this week's, from the same disc at the same time. The DMR-E30 also provides a 16-program timer recording feature.
In addition to virtually unlimited re-write capability, the DMR-E30 allows you to use your DVD recorder like a personal video recorder, or PVR. Recording is instantaneous with the touch of one button. The DMR-E30 will automatically find blank space on the disc and begin recording. Because of DVD-RAM's extremely fast transfer rate you can view the recorded portion of an ongoing program from the beginning, while at the same time recording the program in progress. And you can do this all from the remote control. In the past, with a VCR, you'd have to wait until the show ends before watching it.
When connected to home theater components, the DMR-E30 enables consumers to enjoy playback of multiple digital entertainment formats, including DVD video, music CDs, CD-R and CD-RW discs (2). Finding and viewing recorded material is fast and easy because there's no need to search, fast-forward or rewind. The Direct Navigator function lets users instantly access recorded material from an on-screen menu that lists recording dates, times, channels and (user-entered) titles.
The DMR-E30 also provides a major benefit to the video editing enthusiast. The Playlist function lets the user perform 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.
(1) DVD-R media is recognized as being widely compatible with most existing DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives.
(2) This unit can play CD-DA format audio CD-R, and CD-RW discs. It may not be able to play some CD-R or CD- RW discs due to the condition of the recording.