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post #691 of 881
Does anybody know where I can get an extension cable for the IR blaster on my '55?
post #692 of 881
Radio shack should sell a general purpose extension cable with the correct ends on it. I don't know exactly what the specific connector size is, or the number of conductors, but for an IR LED, two is all that's necessary. It isn't anything special. I have built 100 ft. extensions to use at church, so you have nothing to worry about. Just find one with the same connector configuration.
post #693 of 881
Thanks Church AV Guy, but Radio Shack doesn't have anything, Parts Express doesn't either.
If they don't have it, I don't know where else to look.
I tried Panasonic, too.
It's a 1/8" 4 conductor plug.
post #694 of 881
Hi,
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Originally Posted by DigaDo View Post

I purchased my five-piece Soldering Tool Set at Radio Shack; around $7, their item #64-2802B.

Does Panasonic use lead-free soldering?
post #695 of 881
It's a FOUR conductor 1/8" plug?!? Okay, I stand corrected, they would likely not have something quite so exotic, atleast I have not seen four conductor cables. How odd that it is four conductor when only two are needed. I'll have to look into that.
post #696 of 881
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Originally Posted by howie_t View Post

Thanks Church AV Guy, but Radio Shack doesn't have anything, Parts Express doesn't either.
If they don't have it, I don't know where else to look.
I tried Panasonic, too.
It's a 1/8" 4 conductor plug.


Try http://mcmelectronics.com/
post #697 of 881
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Originally Posted by howie_t View Post

Does anybody know where I can get an extension cable for the IR blaster on my '55?

I checked my box and behold, whatever I had thought about these things was wrong, and you were correct. It is a 3.5mm TRRS connector. Why? I have no idea, but getting an extension for that will be tricky. I guess I would suggest that you cut the cable in two and solder long extensions onto it to lengthen it. I can find cables with two male ends, but no female ends.
post #698 of 881
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Originally Posted by Church AV Guy View Post

I can find cables with two male ends, but no female ends.

Have you tried http://www.monoprice.com? (http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2) for example.
post #699 of 881
I often record 16:9 (widescreen) programming content on the hard disk from one of my HD sources (HD DVR, HD TV, etc.). Since the DMR-EH55 records this as 4:3 format. I typically squeeze the 16:9 to 4:3 (anamorphic), and archive it on DVD (which is always 4:3). When I play this DVD back on a 16:9 television, I use the stretch/wide function to stretch the anamorphic 4:3 back to 16:9 aspect ratio.

I would also like to be able to play these DVDs on a 4:3 television and have it displayed in a letterbox format, but I cannot figure out how to do this. The manual states that for playback, you can select letterbox of pan & scan for playback of widescreen DVDs. How can I tell the DMR-EH55 to record the DVD in widescreen format (16:9 flag), instead of 4:3?

I have on occasion recorded the program on the DVD in 4:3 letterbox, but this wastes (throws away) picture content by recording the black bars on the top and bottom of the 4:3 image on the DVD.
post #700 of 881
The manual specifically says that the widscreen flag, if present, will only be carried along with the content on the hard drive and -RAM disks. On +/-R, RW, etc, the flag is lost. There are many threads in this forum about this issue, and ways to circumvent the problem. Most of them involve moving the content to your PC using some rewritable media, editing the data files to include the flag, then reburning the DVD. I don't have a 4:3 television any longer, so it isn't an issue for me. A search for specific terms should give you many hours of reading pleasure on the topic
post #701 of 881
I started to use Cinematize to lift DVD chapters from discs burned with a Panasonic DMR-EH55. I used to do this all the time with dvds made on a Pioneer DVR-310 (all ok) , when I do it with the EH55, the result is out of sync by close to 10 frames (audio behind).

In Cinematize I use the option to decode to Elementary Streams & separate (a&v) files. I've gone with these settings because I was told this is the way to do a transparent (native) lift with no transcoding. I then make the new dvd compilation with Toast 8 Titanium. If I use Cinematize to make a single a/v Quicktime I trust it would be in sync but I'd take a transcoding quality hit (yes?). Any work-arounds that take into account the apparent difference between the Panasonic & Pioneer discs.

Thanks in advance,

Paul
post #702 of 881
What type of recordable media (i.e., DVD-RAM, -R, +R, -RW, +RW) and mode type (i.e., VR or Video mode) discs are you using Cinematize on from the EH55?
post #703 of 881
I'm using Fuji DVD-R plain video
post #704 of 881
OK I'm finally getting around to setting up my TVGOS to be able to automatically record from line input. Currently I've been just setting up manual recordings in the TVGOS when I want to record from my CM-7000 CECB's line output. My questions are:

1. What option do I want to select in the setup to enable me to see OTA digital channels on my TVGOS and not cable channels? Currently TVGOS only displays the analog channels that I never record from(setup for OTA only). I record everything from my CECB.
The setup talks about Antenna w/cable box, DirectTV or Dish Network. I've selected OTA and cannot get the TVGOS to automatically record from line input, only the analog channels from it's built in tuner. I wouldn't mind just manually changing the channel on my CECB if I can't get the IR blaster to work. Currently I have 2 CMs hooked to my EH-55. One to Line 1 input and one to line 3 input. At least this way I can record from 2 channels unattended.

2. Speaking of TVGOS if I cannot get it to work after 2/09 is their a way to DISABLE the whole TVGOS thing and have the machine revert to the regular manual scheduler like on all my non HDD Pannys? Doing a manual schedule in TVGOS is very cumbersome and I cannot name my titles like with the manual NON TVGOS scheduler I'm used to. If I cannot just get the digital OTA channels to display on my machine I'd just as soon do everything manually, and I don't mean manually in TVGOS, I mean like on non TVGOS Pannys.

3. Not relating to TVGOS but a question I cannot find the answer for, is it possible to setup the machine so when I watch a title on the HDD that it remembers where I was and starts back at that point? It does this as long as I don't play another title on the HDD but if I do it forgets the first point and just remembers the last title I was watching. I guess I got spoiled with the 3575 which I believe allowed every title to be resumed, not just the last one. Am I just missing a option on the EH-55? If not this is a big bummer for me. The whole reason I finally switched to DVDs from VHS tapes was I found a Sony DVD player that remembered my last 6 DVDs and would automatically go back to where I left off. On the HDD I don't have the luxury of playing it back on my Sony player. This is OK now but once the first run programs come back it's going to stink. During that time I regularly have 5 or 6 titles in various stages of playing and I'd hate to have to write down the counter on each title. Thanks for any help.
post #705 of 881
jjeff:

I can answer #2. I also have an EH55 and use a Digital Stream converter to pick up OTA channels. When I set up the EH55, I chose Antenna. The only channel it could pick up was 3, because that is the output for all the channels from the converter. But that was good enough. Now I can set the clock manually and do all my scheduling manually. I don't use TVGOS at all.

John
post #706 of 881
Thanks JMas, when you say don't use TVGOS at all does this mean you don't have to go into TVGOS to do a manual recording or do you just do the TVGOS manual recording option? If the first option, how do you setup the recorder to not use TVGOS. Does it finally give up after not receiving any guide info and revert to no TVGOS? I don't see a option to manually turn if off.
post #707 of 881
To schedule a recording, I press Schedule, then Sub Menu, then select Manual Recording from the column on the left. I then key in the info and set the timer.

You may need to use the channel up and down buttons on the front to force a reset and start from scratch, choosing to set up using an Antenna. This is described on page 64 of the manual. Once you are set up this way, there is no TVGOS to contend with.

John
post #708 of 881
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Originally Posted by JMas View Post

jjeff:
I can answer #2. I also have an EH55 and use a Digital Stream converter to pick up OTA channels. When I set up the EH55, I chose Antenna. The only channel it could pick up was 3, because that is the output for all the channels from the converter. But that was good enough. Now I can set the clock manually and do all my scheduling manually. I don't use TVGOS at all.

Hate to butt in, but it sounds as if a step is missing here. During Setup, doesn't jjeff have to choose "Antenna" then do a channel scan with the converter box attached (to RF IN?) and turned on so the 55 only sees channel 3?
post #709 of 881
Yes that is the manual TVGOS programming. It's what I currently do to record from my line inputs. The problem with that method is I cannot name my program prior to it recording like I am able with my non HDD Pannys. I also don't like that it doesn't tell me the day, only the date.
Don't get me wrong, I like the TVGOS feature(with it's program descriptions) it's just since I'm recording from the line input I end up using the manual method all the time which is quite cumbersome after using the non TVGOS Pannys for years. I think the key lies in the setup, it's just I don't want hundreds of cable channels showing up on my list when all I can receive is digital OTA.

Wajo-It looks like in the setup I am able to record from the line input(which I'd rather do for better PQ) but the manual is confusing since I'm not talking about cable or SAT but just OTA and yes I believe I'll still need to have the antenna hooked up to the EH-55 to get the TVGOS signal. It's just I don't want to record from that connection but rather from the line out of my CECB.
BTW Wajo, was I correct that the 3575 had a feature to resume any or all titles on the HDD? I kind of thought all DVDRs w/HDD would have that nice feature but if this one does I sure can't find it.
post #710 of 881
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

OK I'm finally getting around to setting up my TVGOS to be able to automatically record from line input. Currently I've been just setting up manual recordings in the TVGOS when I want to record from my CM-7000 CECB's line output. My questions are:

1. What option do I want to select in the setup to enable me to see OTA digital channels on my TVGOS and not cable channels? Currently TVGOS only displays the analog channels that I never record from(setup for OTA only). I record everything from my CECB.
The setup talks about Antenna w/cable box, DirectTV or Dish Network. I've selected OTA and cannot get the TVGOS to automatically record from line input, only the analog channels from it's built in tuner. I wouldn't mind just manually changing the channel on my CECB if I can't get the IR blaster to work. Currently I have 2 CMs hooked to my EH-55. One to Line 1 input and one to line 3 input. At least this way I can record from 2 channels unattended.

jjeff, I thought you were following the DTVPal and TVGOS thread in the CECB forum -- if not, that's the thread you need to be in. The DTVPal is the only CECB, currently, that is supposed to have the ability to translate digital TVGOS into analog TVGOS for legacy devices with IR blasters (i.e. the Panasonic E-85 --> EH-55). The CM-7000 does not support TVGOS. Ramm has gotten the DTVPal to be controlled by his Sony and ttod has gotten his Toshiba to control it. Nobody has gotten a Panasonic to control it yet and nobody has gotten the digital TVGOS to work yet. You may be able to get the EH-55 to control the CM-7000 with it's ir blaster but I don't know what you will do for a channel lineup. Anyway, the CECB forum is covering all this.
post #711 of 881
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

BTW Wajo, was I correct that the 3575 had a feature to resume any or all titles on the HDD? I kind of thought all DVDRs w/HDD would have that nice feature but if this one does I sure can't find it.

Yes, the 3575/76 remembers all HDD title playback positions, but I've only tested... there's that fun word again!... 12 titles thru multiple playback sessions and on/off cycles... this test was boringly predictable.
post #712 of 881
I only used Antenna to set up my EH55. My Digital Stream converter gets the OTA channels and the subchannels. They all come into the EH55 on Channel 3. I change the channels on the converter, not the EH55.

John
post #713 of 881
But don't you have to have it connected through RF to do that? The PQ's better when run into a line input.
post #714 of 881
Ram:

You are correct that I do the set up through the RF connection. But my only purpose is to avoid using the TVGOS in any form. I want only manual scheduling because I record mostly from 4DTV and FTA, and they do not have TVGOS. If I want to record from the converter box, I use the line inputs from it to the EH55.

John
post #715 of 881
I have a chance to buy a slightly used EH55 from a friend for about $300. Is it worth it? I know almost nothing about this machine, but I already have 2 Pioneer 640s and a Toshiba. Are there are major issues or firmware updates. What is the unique feature about this machine? Also I do not have the remote so is it easy to get in Canada? Sorry, I haven't the time to wade though all the posts.
post #716 of 881
If it's truly only slightly used and in perfect working order, then yeah - 300 bucks is worth it.

No issues or important updates needed that I know of.

But I'll leave the rest to the others who know more about the relative differences between those recorders. I've only had the EH75V myself, which is basically the same as the EH55V.

I will at least say though, that the TVGOS on the EH55V works with Dish or DirectTV, and that and the EH75V are the only models ever made that have that ability.
post #717 of 881
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Originally Posted by Oiler1 View Post

I have a chance to buy a slightly used EH55 from a friend for about $300. Is it worth it? I know almost nothing about this machine, but I already have 2 Pioneer 640s and a Toshiba. Are there are major issues or firmware updates. What is the unique feature about this machine? Also I do not have the remote so is it easy to get in Canada? Sorry, I haven't the time to wade though all the posts.

The correct Panasonic remote for the DMR-EH55 is model EUR7659YR0, priced at $42.72 (not including shipping) at the Panasonic Support website (see DMR-EH55S parts list, page 3; cf. Operating Instructions, pages 11f). This remote may interchange with those of other Panasonic hard drive models but I did not check the parts lists of other models. The correct remote is essential for full operation/control of the DMR-EH55.

Other Panasonic remotes beginning with the number EUR7659 (from standard DVD recorders/combo recorders from the 2006 and newer model years) may control many EH55 operations but may not access the TVGOS. Operating Instructions for the DMR-EH75 shows a EUR7659Y90 model remote. The EUR7659 series remote model numbers are found on the rear just below the battery cover release tab.

You may download the DMR-EH55 Operating Instructions here:

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...ails-DMR-EH55S
post #718 of 881
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Originally Posted by DigaDo View Post

The correct Panasonic remote for the DMR-EH55 is model EUR7659YR0, priced at $42.72 (not including shipping) at the Panasonic Support website (see DMR-EH55S parts list, page 3; cf. Operating Instructions, pages 11f). This remote may interchange with those of other Panasonic hard drive models but I did not check the parts lists of other models. The correct remote is essential for full operation/control of the DMR-EH55.

Other Panasonic remotes beginning with the number EUR7659 (from standard DVD recorders/combo recorders from the 2006 and newer model years) may control many EH55 operations but may not access the TVGOS. Operating Instructions for the DMR-EH75 shows a EUR7659Y90 model remote. The EUR7659 series remote model numbers are found on the rear just below the battery cover release tab.

You may download the DMR-EH55 Operating Instructions here:

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-e...ails-DMR-EH55S

That price is ridiculous when compared against the price of the EH75V remote at $17.98. As the EH55 and EH75 are of the same generation, I can't imagine that the EH75V's remote would not work with the EH55, in fact, since the EH55 lacks the VHS deck, if anything, the EH75V's remote features should be a superset of the EH55's (i.e., IOW there may be some controls on the EH75V's remote that are not present on the EH55 but not vice versa). If faced with that dilemma, I personally would opt for the EH75V remote over the EH55's remote.

Here is a link to the Parts support page. You can compare replacement/repair part prices for various Panasonic products by entering the product model number into the form.

http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs...tGroupId=75627

Unfortunately, as this is a usa website, I have no idea what you would have to do to order a replacement remote for shipment to Canada. You can try calling them direct to find out (Phone contact info is on the page linked above).
post #719 of 881
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Originally Posted by vferrari View Post

That price is ridiculous when compared against the price of the EH75V remote at $17.98. As the EH55 and EH75 are of the same generation, I can't imagine that the EH75V's remote would not work with the EH55, in fact, since the EH55 lacks the VHS deck, if anything, the EH75V's remote features should be a superset of the EH55's (i.e., IOW there may be some controls on the EH75V's remote that are not present on the EH55 but not vice versa). If faced with that dilemma, I personally would opt for the EH75V remote over the EH55's remote.

If I had made the effort to look at the DMR-EH75V parts list my advice would have been the same as yours. $17.98 is very reasonable for such a remote.
post #720 of 881
I believe the EH50/EH55 are the best recorders, but the DVD drives on them are junk. My buddys crapped out a little over a year on his and they wanted $400 to fix it. Mine is acting up too but I still have warraty until September 11. It makes a lot of grinding noises when transfering from the HDD to a DVD. When I finalize the disk I get major grinding sometimes. It screws the DVD up and then says its damaged. I can still get my hands on 2 EH55's in town But I am not so sure I want another one. I might go for the Pioneer DVR-560H or the 660H. I prefer the Panny though.
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