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Osaka, Japan -- products, announced today it will launch two new DVD recorders with built-in hard disk drives. The Panasonic DIGA models DMR-E100H and DMR-E200H both will arrive in the Japanese market in August, while the DMR-E100H will be introduced worldwide in this autumn. These new models feature an SD Memory Card slot and a PCMCIA card slot, which can accommodate an adapter for other common flash memory card formats.

The DMR-E100H, with a 120GB hard disk drive, will be introduced in the Japanese market on an open-price basis, while the DMR-E200H, with a 160GB hard drive, will be priced at 198,000 yen.


"There are advantages to recording on DVD-RAM discs over VHS tapes for features such as high-speed random access and the Time Slip function," said Tokikazu Matsumoto who is in charge of Home AV Business in Panasonic. "DVD recorders with a hard disk drive are also becoming popular because of their longer recording time. Since the DVD-RAM discs can be used to store all kinds of photo, video and other information from the hard drive, these new DIGA recorders are the best solution for consumers who want the best in home video recording."


"The multimedia recording capability of DVD-RAM discs, including their ability to store JPEG data for digital photos and MPEG2 video data, is a key advantage over other DVD recording formats," Mr. Matsumoto said. "Our Panasonic E100H and E200H also add even more features -- like MPEG4 video recording onto an SD Memory Card."


With its 120GB hard disk drive the new DMR-E100H can record up to 160 hours of video in EP mode. The E-200H can record up to 212 hours of video on its 160GB hard drive.


The DMR-E100H and E200H are ideal for compiling personal movie libraries or for archiving, preserving, cataloging and enjoying family videos. These new models can be used for storing and playing back digital video (in MPEG2/MPEG4 file formats) and photos (in JPEG/TIFF file format)*1 from a Panasonic Multi-AV Camera (D-snap) with an SD Memory Card slot or PCMCIA card slot*2.


One remarkable feature of the DMR-E100H and E200H is that they can record MPEG4 image data at the same time that they are recording MPEG2 data to the hard disk. They also can transfer MPEG data to an SD Memory Card at high speeds for storage or use in other devices. For example, you could transfer a recorded TV program from the DMR-E100H to an SD Memory Card, and then use a Multi-AV Camera, like the Panasonic D-snap, to view the program away from home. Also, moving pictures and still photos recorded by a Multi-AV Camera (D-snap) can be transferred to the DMR-E100H via an SD Memory Card for editing or storage on the hard disk. The DMR-E100H and E200H can also convert MPEG2 data to MPEG4 and copy it onto an SD Memory Card in a single step.


One touch of a button is all it takes to record data from the DMR-E100H or E200H hard disk drive to a DVD-RAM or DVD-R*3 disc at high speeds*4. Recording goes at a fast 12x normal speed to a DVD-RAM disc or 24x normal speed to DVD-R*5 (both in EP mode). For example, a one-hour program can be recorded to DVD-RAM in just 5 minutes or to DVD-R in just 2.5 minutes. You can also record from a DVD-RAM disc to the DMR-E100H hard disk drive.


Two unique features of the models, made possible by DVD-RAM, are simultaneous play and record and Time Slip, both of which are also available by using the hard drive. For example, users can watch the recorded program from the beginning, while continuing to record in progress.


The Panasonic DMR-E100H and E200H feature a DV input terminal to allow direct transfer of images from a digital video camcorder to either the DVD-RAM disk or the hard disk drive.


Thumbnail display of contents is also available for recording to a DVD-RAM or DVD-R*6 disc. Since each scene is displayed with a thumbnail image, it's easy for users to select the sequence of scenes they want to play back. This function also allows easy editing without the need for a personal computer.


In addition to these features, the Panasonic DMR-E200H has broadband receiver capability, which can enable access to the internet through broadband connections like cable TV and ADSL. This also enables the E200H to utilize an Electronic Program Guide to find and record programs, which is even remotely programmable by using a compatible mobile phone.


The DVD video recording technology used in the DMR-E100H and E200H complies with the DVD-RAM recording format standardized by the DVD Forum. DVD-RAM is becoming the de-facto standard format for recordable optical disk media. DVD-RAM provides a single format for computer and video-based applications. The format offers high storage capacity on removable media, high-speed data transmission, exceptional picture and sound quality, fast random-access memory, and rewritability up to 100,000 times.


As the popularity and applications of digital video expand, there is increasing consumer demand for digital equipment and media that can record and store high-resolution digital images. The Panasonic DMR-E100H and E200H are the ideal choices for today's expanding digital media environment.




*1 The DMR-E100H and DMR-E100H are compatible with JPEG still images that conform to the DCF standard.


*2 The appropriate PC card adapter is required to use a memory card. The DMR-E100H and DMR-E100H are compatible with the SD Memory Card, MultiMedia Card, Compact Flash, Smart Media, mobile hard disk, and other flash memory cards.


*3 DVD-R media is recognized as being compatible with most existing DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives. Ability to play back DVD-R discs is dependent on the condition of the recording and the disc itself.


*4 Recording from the Hard Disk to a DVD-RAM or DVD-R Disc cannot be used with images for which only single-generation recording is allowed. When recording these images to a DVD-RAM disc, the original image on the hard disk is erased.


*5 Record from the hard disk onto a DVD-RAM and DVD-R (X4 speed disc) quickly.

Recording at 24x normal speed is possible for one program. Programs recorded in XP mode also can be recorded at 24x normal speed only when the audio is recorded in the AC3 format.


*6 Finalizing DVD-R disc is needed.


Specifications subject to change without notice.



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I don't see April mentioned in that (old) press release. If you've got info on the E200 coming out in the US, I for one would love to see it.
 

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I don't see April mentioned in that (old) press release. If you've got info on the E200 coming out in the US, I for one would love to see it.
Old is right. As I recall, that press release is from April/May of 2003!
 

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*4 Recording from the Hard Disk to a DVD-RAM or DVD-R Disc cannot be used with images for which only single-generation recording is allowed.


What does that mean? I have seen that written before.


Also, what is the difference in MPEG2 and MPEG4? Am I going to be sorry if I get a recorder that says nothing about MPEG4?
 

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What does that mean? I have seen that written before.
When the program is flaged as "Copy-Once", E200H will encrypt incoming data from HDD then write them down onto the DVD-RAM disc. This process takes Real-Time (just encryption, not re-encoding), so user cannot do high speed dub.

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Also, what is the difference in MPEG2 and MPEG4? Am I going to be sorry if I get a recorder that says nothing about MPEG4?
MPEG4 is for viewing on mobile player. E100H/E200H can record program in MPEG2 for DVD media and MPEG4 for memory card media at the same time. User can copy the MPEG4 program to SD memory card and watch it on SD video viewer like mobile phone, their D-Snap line, or PDA.
 

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oh, ok. thanks. I was worried MPEG4 was still for the same media, but with upgraded quality of MPEG2. And I understand about the other now too, when it said single generational, I didn't realize it emans the "copy once" programs.
 
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