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post #61 of 380
I got the Panny 37" 60U plasma last week at CC and the picture is great (as long as the DVD recorder is off).

My only problem is that I am getting black bars across the top & bottom of the screen when I have the DVD recorder on (it's the new EH75 upconverting HDMI model from Panny). My setup includes Motorola 5100 HD Box from Comcast (running with DVI-HDMI cable to the TV and running via coax to the DVD recorder). The DVD recorder then runs to the TV via an HDMI cable. There don't seem to be any settings on the Motorola HD box that I can change and the only settings on the DVD recorder are for "TV Setting" at either 4:3 or 16:9 (480i or 480p).

Any advice on how to get rid of the black bars is greatly appreciated!
post #62 of 380
Which of the models discussed here would bes best for transferring VHS and Mini DV camcorder tapes to DVD? Do any of the units have Firewire/1394 port? Also, can any of the units create menus with thumbnails, a custom caption, and automatic chapter marks that will advance the dvd xx minutes or so while playing back.
post #63 of 380
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Originally Posted by caseybea View Post

Hi- I have a DMR-ES40V which I'm ready to throw out the window. While it works great with DVD-ROM discs, it's a total crapshoot with DVD-R media (and I've tried several brands). The main issue I have after a log recording session (either VHS dubbing, or DV recording) is that the unit "locks up" when writing the information to the disc and/or finalizing. From what I've read elsewhere, tons of other people have this issue, and there's no resolution (and Panasonic seems clueless).

This is a TOTALLY annoying problem, since you end up losing 1-2 hours of time *and* a DVD-R disc.

SO.... that said-- what are all your experiences with the ES45? Is it better in this regard? Has anyone tried creating a bunch of DVD-R's yet? Any coasters, lock-ups?

I had a similar problem with locking on my ES40V. I returned it for a 45V and have not had any locking problems.
post #64 of 380
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Originally Posted by bahgee View Post

Which of the models discussed here would bes best for transferring VHS and Mini DV camcorder tapes to DVD? Do any of the units have Firewire/1394 port? Also, can any of the units create menus with thumbnails, a custom caption, and automatic chapter marks that will advance the dvd xx minutes or so while playing back.

I don't have experience with other models that do dubbing, but I think that the VHS->DVD is more than adequate. This unit does have Firewire for MiniDV and it can create title menus but not chapter menus. The chapters are automatically set at every 5 minutes only after finalizing the disc.
post #65 of 380
I just purchased the DMR-ES45VS from Costco for $289. I am very pleased with the test DVD burns I have done of TV programs. I am now getting ready to start the VHS to DVD transfer that I purchased the machine for.

I notice that the 1 hr record mode (XP) produces a recording with an average 8 Mbps while the 2 hr mode (SP) seems to average 4 to 5 Mbps. The LP mode records at a 2 to 3 Mbps mode.

I must admit, I don't notice a great deal of diffenence between XP / SP / and even LP.

Since I wish to archive my VHS kid videos recorded at SP (2 hr mode) in the best resolution, I am trying to decide on whether or not to use XP or SP. Yes, I know that I will need twice as many DVD's at XP as SP but for archive purposes is it worth it?

Is there that much diffence between an 8 to 10 Mbps as compared to 4 to 5 Mbps?

Thanks for your comments.
post #66 of 380
There is a difference, whether there is "that much" difference depends on how much is "that much". Picture Quality is notoriously difficult to quantify. From reading your post I would have to guess that your display is not very large, or you are not sitting very close, if you don't see much difference between LP and XP. On a 50"+ monitor (mine is 52"), from just a few feet away (maybe 5 feet), mosquito noise is easily discerned at higher levels on SP than XP, depending of course on the complexity of the source material. But in the end it will have to be your decision, I suggest trying it both ways and using those trial results to make your decision. Just keep in mind that on larger displays the compression artifacts become more noticeable.
post #67 of 380
Hi,

I saw the ES46 at Costco, not the ES45 that's being discussed here. I assume they are the same. I will buy soon. Would someone answer a few questions for me?

Does this dvd player memorize the last position of the dvd when it is turned off and play again at the exact position when it is turned on?

Does this dvd player let the user turn off the display (light)?

I bought and returned a Samsung dvd/vcr player recently because it didn't have these features. I don't want to go through the same thing with the Panasonic. Thank you in advance for your help.
post #68 of 380
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Originally Posted by Davidt1 View Post

Hi,

I saw the ES46 at Costco, not the ES45 that's being discussed here. I assume they are the same. I will buy soon. Would someone answer a few questions for me?

Does this dvd player memorize the last position of the dvd when it is turned off and play again at the exact position when it is turned on?

Does this dvd player let the user turn off the display (light)?

I bought and returned a Samsung dvd/vcr player recently because it didn't have these features. I don't want to go through the same thing with the Panasonic. Thank you in advance for your help.


The ES45 does memorize the last position as long as the DVD door/tray is not opened.


The front display on the unit can be set to the following three options: bright, dim, and automatic. To my knowledge you cannot turn off the display. With the power turned off on the unit the clock is displayed.
post #69 of 380
My 3 yr old Panasonic DVD player just died, I need a quick replacement, and would like to get a DVD recorder that will work well with my HDTV and Dish Network 942 HD DVR, and would also like to transfer my old VHS tapes to DVD.

Is the ES45VS the best choice to fit the bill? Specifically:

*How would it compare to other DVD players for upconversion and playback quality onto a 50" plasma HDTV?

*Will I be able to transfer HD programming on my DVR to DVDs? What will the quality be like?

*Can it handle poor quality home made VHS tapes as well as store bought VHS movies? How does the quality of the recordings onto DVD turn out?

Thanks!
Dave.
post #70 of 380
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Originally Posted by dsm42 View Post

My 3 yr old Panasonic DVD player just died, I need a quick replacement, and would like to get a DVD recorder that will work well with my HDTV and Dish Network 942 HD DVR, and would also like to transfer my old VHS tapes to DVD.

Is the ES45VS the best choice to fit the bill? Specifically:

*How would it compare to other DVD players for upconversion and playback quality onto a 50" plasma HDTV?

*Will I be able to transfer HD programming on my DVR to DVDs? What will the quality be like?

*Can it handle poor quality home made VHS tapes as well as store bought VHS movies? How does the quality of the recordings onto DVD turn out?

Thanks!
Dave.

Can't answer the question about the quality of upconversion but for the other 2:

You must output your HD programming at 480i over s-video or composite since that is all the recorder will accept as an input. The quality of these recordings will be like an Anamorphic Widescreen DVD.

It can handle VHS of any quality. From my experience, the DVD will look exactly like the VHS looks. YMMV
post #71 of 380
Can someone tell me if the vcr part of this combo unit will play back svhs tapes? This unit would work very well in my bedroom if I could I could use it to transfer my old svhs tapes.
post #72 of 380
Just noticed from another thread here that CNET noted this unit has poor 720p upconversion (given that the EH75 is the same as the ES45 except with a HD):

"Since the DMR-EH75V can upconvert via its HDMI output, we ran it through our video-quality test but came away somewhat disappointed. It passed the resolution test from Silicon Optix's HQV test suite in 1080i mode but failed in 720p and 480p mode, exhibiting significant flicker. It also failed relatively easy tests, such as scrolling titles (in every resolution mode), introducing obvious combing on the text crawl. Overall, we can't recommend it as a great choice for videophiles as their main home-theater DVD deck, but most viewers probably won't notice the flaws."

Has anyone noticed or heard about these problems? I'm worried about the play quality on a 50" HDTV, since I *will* be using it as our main home-theater DVD deck...

Thanks,
post #73 of 380
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Originally Posted by jasgeer View Post

I visited Costco and just purchased the Panasonic DMRES46 for $289.99. How does the '46' compare to the '45'? The box describes it as having the HD output, a DVD-RAM disk, card reader and reads/writes double layer DVDs.

Thanks!
Jim

I just picked up the DMR-ES46V from Sam's Club. In the Operating Instructions it noted that this unit comes with an HDMI Cable and the DMR-ES45V does not. I did not note any other differences.
post #74 of 380
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Originally Posted by gbubar View Post

I just picked up the DMR-ES46V from Sam's Club. In the Operating Instructions it noted that this unit comes with an HDMI Cable and the DMR-ES45V does not. I did not note any other differences.

I got the 45 from Costco and it did come with an HDMI cable.
post #75 of 380
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Originally Posted by renlopez View Post

I got the 45 from Costco and it did come with an HDMI cable.

go figure, you mean the Operating Instructions are wrong!!! probable no difference between the two models then.
post #76 of 380
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Originally Posted by gbubar View Post

I just picked up the DMR-ES46V from Sam's Club. In the Operating Instructions it noted that this unit comes with an HDMI Cable and the DMR-ES45V does not. I did not note any other differences.

The DMR-ES46V is probably a Sam's Club/Walmart-specific model, with minor or no differences.
post #77 of 380
I ordered the ES45VS and 50PX60u directly from Panasonic yesterday. They both ship in about 1 month!! =(
post #78 of 380
Does anyone know if the DMR-ES45VS allows playback of a VHS tape through the HDMI connection? I don't want to make two connections to my TV.
post #79 of 380
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Originally Posted by TexanTech View Post

Does anyone know if the DMR-ES45VS allows playback of a VHS tape through the HDMI connection? I don't want to make two connections to my TV.

I haven't tried but the manual says that it can.
post #80 of 380
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Originally Posted by bgbem View Post

Can someone tell me if the vcr part of this combo unit will play back svhs tapes? This unit would work very well in my bedroom if I could I could use it to transfer my old svhs tapes.

Yes, the unit has SQPB (Super Video Home System Quasi Playback).

Tau
post #81 of 380
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Originally Posted by renlopez View Post

I got the 45 from Costco and it did come with an HDMI cable.

I received mine direct from Panasonic and it didn't include an HDMI cable.

Tau
post #82 of 380
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Originally Posted by renlopez View Post

I haven't tried but the manual says that it can.

I read that part of the manual and it talks about DVD priority outputs and DVD/VHS combo outputs but it is not very clear. Has anyone played a VHS tape over the HDMI connection? Does it look awful?
post #83 of 380
After I hooked up my ES45V, the first tape I used was a Disney Snow White tape from about 10-12 years ago. It had been played many times by the kids.

I had the Panasonic player hooked to a 37" Olevia LT37HVS LCD TV via HDMI (a GE cable). I have it set to stretch the output to 16:9 from 4:3.

It was truly amazing - the tape really was clear and sharp. I had my wife watching, having her admire the picture - then I revealed it was not a DVD but a tape (we don't have the DVD dear...). She was amazed also, WAF.

Granted, I have not tried a wide range of tapes, I have only had the unit a week (from target.com, good price). We'be been expanding use, taping a movie from cable, recording DV, etc. No issues that stand out. Perhaps the built-in time base corrector helps.

It does not like the new 4GB SD cards, that is for sure. 2GB max means max.

It handled +R media very, very well. Yes it needs an initial format. But unlike the
-R media in my old GoVideo VR4940, I don't have to fill up a disc 100% for it to play well in our old Philips 711 DVD player. Maybe because Philips was in the +R camp?
post #84 of 380
I read somewhere that the internal timebase only works well for XP and SP modes. I was copying a home movie in LP and it was a bit shaky.

Experiences?
post #85 of 380
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Originally Posted by macsteve_va View Post


4) I would like to have a possibillity to get true 5.1 DTS Surround sound at least in playback mode of movies.....the box stated DTS 2.0......do you know what the actual capabilties are?
- Yes, it is true 5.1 DTS and has both optical and coax outputs
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I see optical, but I don't see the coax video output? ... (I have the DMR-ES46V)
Can you tell me where it is?
post #86 of 380
I don't have this unit but if it's like "ALL" the other Panny recorders it doesn't have a Digital Coaxial Audio Output just a Digital Optical Audio Output.

And if I remember right when I was looking at the 75V Manual that din't have one either so I doubt that the 45V/46V models would have one.
post #87 of 380
I have a panny hdtv and a sa 8300 cable box. Is this thing easy to figure out as far as connnections go? I bought a magnavox which everyone said was easy to do and I still haven't figured it out. THe funai website is worthless (producer of this magna). When you only have directions for hooking up a dvd PLAYER, would these be the same directions for hooking up a dvd recorder? Does the fact that it has the vcr with it complicate matters, or is that already wired 'internally' by the manufacturer? Any and all help appreciated, I'm MORE than a little slow when it comes to these matters!
post #88 of 380
If you have a HDMI compatible TV then the video and digital audio will go through that cable from the Panasonic 45V to the TV. Otherwise you can use the Component output of the recorder to the component input of the TV.

The recorder has analog audio (2 cable) output too or you can use digital fiber optic cable. It has no coax digital out.

The manual has some good connection diagrams.

Connections for connecting a DVD player and recorder are the same (no add'l really for the VCR integrated models, for siplicity) but some inputs for recoding from other devices (like the cable box).
post #89 of 380
Thanks for attempting to help, I really do appreciate it. The back of my panasonic hd tv doesn't have the inputs that the panasonic es45 manual says to use, as far as I can see. For instance, it says 'vhf/uhf rf in' for the tv and I have nothing that says that on the back of my tv. Is there another term that means 'rf?' It also shows that connecting to 'rf' on the cable box and I don't have that either. My understanding is that the best use of the hdmi (seeing as how only one slot is available for this on each of my components) is from the cable box to the tv. Is that right? The only connection that shows the hdmi in the book doesn't show the cable box and the only connection that shows the cable box doesn't show the hdmi! I'm so confused! I'm sure someone who has a clue is following your directions easily, but as I said, I don't have a clue. Can you dumb it down for me?
post #90 of 380
Personally I would connect the HDMI from the recorder to the TV and have DVDs and tapes play through the HDMI (the ES45V will "upconvert" the signals to HD resolution, looks great).

I would hook the component out video (red/green/blue 3 cable) plus a stereo audio cable from the cable box to the TV for regular or HD cable.

As you use a cable box to get your programming, you can ignore the RF part of the recorder or the TV unless you want to record TV programs to the DVD recorder. That would be an additional hook-up that can be explained separately.
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