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Panasonic DMR-ES40V video distorted

2665 Views 4 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  marinesciguy

I have a Panasonic DMR-ES40V for about 1.5 years now.

Turned it on to play a recorded show and the video is now messed up.

The video is distorted and shows a double picture, one picture is on

the left and a second picture on the right.

It also has the same problem when just trying to display the on-screen

menu function, the video is distorted and you see two menu screens

side by side.

Has anyone seen this problem or know what the fix might be?

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You have your video output set to progressive. Change it back to interlaced and you should be fine.

You may be correct, but I have no idea how that setting would have gotten changed.

Following your advice and using the manual I followed these steps-


Other Functions


TV Screen

TV Type

I see 4:3 480i and 480p options, but using the arrow keys I'm not able to toggle between the settings to change from 480i to 480p?

I'm able to move though all the menu options until where I get to the TV Type screen to change from interlace to progessive, then I can NOT select the mode that I want.

I have left the unit powered off overnight hoping it might reset itself...

Is there anyway to get the unit to reset to the factory default settings?
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I found a fix, press and hold the square pause button + the DVD > Dubbing button at the same time on the front of the machine until the picture is displayed correctly, this resets the video out back to interlaced.

Once I did the above, problem was fixed, I also went back into the menu and the 480p and 480i modes are now selectable again...

Thanks very much for pointing me in the right direction!

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I just wanted to say thank you very much for the tip. I've been fighting this thing for a hour or so now and was frustrated all to heck. I replaced this with a HD-A3 a while back and my wife was after me to reconnect it so she can get back to converting old vhs home movies. I hooked it up to an old tv and just could not get the video to output. Tried switching connections, cords, reading the manual, and poking at everything, but without being able to see....... This solved the problem.

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