Difficult Operations made Simple with Navigation - with Graphic User Interface (GUI)
Now you can complete all the operations you want without getting confused. Operation procedures and menu items have been carefully designed to enable easy operation of the wide range of functions available. What's more, functions such as Playback, Recording and Delete are designed to further assure simple, error-free operation.
Don't miss recording the decisive moment - 1 Sec. Quick Start for recording on DVD-RAM
Thanks to high-speed quick start, the DVD-RAM disc is ready to record just one second after switching on the power. Being able to record almost immediately means you'll never miss the scenes you want to catch
Easy at-a-glance Confirmation of Recorder content - Direct Navigator for Easy & Quick search
Find desired programs fast. Just press the Direct Navigator button to display thumbnails of all the programs on a DVD-RAM disc, then, select the one you want and press Enter. It's that easy. And with "List Display" you can sort programs by date or title. You can even check the selected program in the thumbnail list with moving pictures and sound.
One-touch VHS Digitization - 2-way copying
You can save high-resolution VHS images with even greater beauty onto a DVD disc. Simply press a button, and lets you transfer material from a VHS tape to a DVD-RAM/DVD-R disc or vice versa. This means you can easily record your entire video library to DVD for a collection that takes up much less space. During tape-to-DVD-RAM transfer, there's also a handy function that reads recording start (VISS) signals on a tape, and automatically creates a program list on the DVD-RAM disc.
SP Mode Horizontal resolution in the LP mode - 2x LP resolution (500 lines)
Virtual Multi Encode System - The Virtual Multi Encode System enables LP mode recording with the same 500 lines of horizontal resolution as that in the SP and XP modes. Which is double the horizontal resolution compared to the 250 lines of conventional LP mode recording. Thanks to this, you can enjoy viewing extended recordings (4 hours on a single-sided DVD-RAM/R or 8 hours on a double-sided DVD-RAM) with exceptionally detailed images and twice the picture quality. The Virtual Multi Encode System achieves this by virtually encoding multiple aspects of a scene, such as detail and movement, while selecting the encoding system that assures optimum picture quality.
Store VHS Images as Beautiful Digital Recordings - VCR Refresh Copying to DVD
Time Base Corrector (TBC) + 3D Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) - When connecting a VCR and DIGA to record VHS videotape images onto a DVD disc, the Time Base Corrector helps reduce jitter and performs signal conversion to create a stable signal. At the same time, 3D DNR detects and virtually eliminates randomly generated noise and color irregularities to help minimize flicker. Thanks to these two technologies, the tape input signal is automatically detected and optimum processing is performed to provide an easy way to even more beautiful digital recordings.
Recording with smooth, Beautifully Detailed Images - 4x Natural Gradation
12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter - Using the 12-bit Analog-to-Digital converter provides an extremely dense 4,096 steps of gradation. Compared to the 1,024 steps possible with a regular 10-bit Analog-to-Digital converter, this enables recording with four times as many smooth steps. The result is faithful reproduction of the details in both the bright and dark parts of scenes, so that for the first time you can see everything there is to see.
High Picture Quality for more efficient memory use - Long time Recording with High Picture Quality
The DIGA ENGINE assures long time recording with even better picture quality. You can record up to 8 hours of material on a single-sided disc (or up to 16 hours on a double-sided 9.4GB DVD-RAM disc).
Panasonic DVD Recorders are equipped with a high-precision progressive video processor that handles 30-frame progressive scan images. This lets you enjoy high-resolution progressive playback of original DVD images.
Silence Technology to deliver Optimum Sound Quality
Thanks to the 192 kHz 24-bit DAC used in pure audio components and optical digital output featuring a high-speed 50 Mbps device boasting exceptional wave form response, DIGA faithfully reproduces sound sources. Audio recording quality in XP/SP mode is further improved by extending the conventional bit rate by 1.5 times to 384 Kbps and using a phase locked loop circuit for the audio signal. A thorough approach to assuring the best sound possible has also taken into consideration the playback environment. A unique Panasonic silence technology that optimizes fan speed control has dramatically reduced fan noise, which also lowers the operating noise. This special gives DIGA a quiet operating performance.
Other Technologies for High Picture Quality Recording, Playback and Copying
Advanced Playback Noise Reduction - During recording, the degree of movement in sports, news and other scenes is detected, and noise information related to it is recorded. During playback, Noise Reduction is controlled to match this recorded information. For scenes featuring a large degree of movement, the noise elimination level is raised, while it is lowered during scenes in which there is little movement to provide an exceptionally detailed picture.
Real-Time Variable Bit Rate Control- Panasonic DVD Recorders feature original quality rate control to achieve the bit rate that most effectively improves picture quality. By varying the compression rate to match image data volume and scene complexity, this helps assure both high picture quality and efficient recording. Visibility Modulation Technology - This discerns the range of attention of the human eye with respect to changes in picture brightness, saturation, color, and contours and other points in 16 x 16 pixel blocks. By lowering the compression rate for areas of the picture that command a high degree of attention, this reduces distortion. What's more, this advanced technology analyzes the characteristics of detailed images, and searches for areas in the images that can improve picture quality to a high degree. It then reduces compression for these areas to further reduce distortion. The result is clear, sharp reproduction of the parts in images that contrast strongly with the background.
New 108-Mhz/12-bit DAC - This 108-Mhz/12-bit DAC (digital-analogue converter) gives DIGA models even better playback quality.
Easy Storage of Digital Video Camera Images - DV Auto Recording
Simply connect a digital video camera to the DV input terminal, and you're ready to record images from the video camera onto the hard disk drive or a DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, or DVD+RW disc. Using DVD-RAM discs you can store both digital snapshots and digital video footage as well as PC data files on the same disc.
Storage with a Playlist for Easier Editing - Automatic Playlist Creation
DV Auto Recording also makes it easy to find the beginning of a specific scene, for viewing or editing, by automatically creating a playlist of the scenes that were recorded with the digital video camera and recorded onto the DVD-RAM disc. You can even edit videos without a PC.
Other Convenient functions:
Chasing Playback - You set the DVD Recorder to start recording at 6:00 PM, when your favorite show begins. The problem is that you get home at 7:00 PM, while the program is still in progress. With the handy Chasing Playback function, you don't have to wait till recording is finished to watch the show. You can play it from the beginning while it continues to record to the end.
Simultaneous Recording & Playback - While you're recording this week's episode of your favorite show, you may want to watch last week's episode. The Simultaneous Record & Play function makes it possible. It lets you record one program while you watch another one that has already been recorded onto the same disc.
Time Slip Button - The Time Slip function lets you playback desired scenes. With one touch of the Time Slip Button on remote control, you can select the time in a dialog box and return to the desired scene.
Quick View - You can play back at 1.3 times the normal speed, complete with sound, so you can quickly check the contents of a recorded program when you don't have time to watch it at normal speed. This feature can even be used during Chasing Playback.
Playlist Playback - You can select from among the scenes recorded on a disc and arrange them in any order you want, to create your own original scenario, then save it as a playlist. You can also enjoy seamless transitions between edited scenes.
Auto Drive Select - Simply load the medium and the drive is automatically confirmed before playback starts.
Auto DVD Disc Finalizing - When ejecting a DVD disc you've recorded on, a window is displayed to remind you not to forget to finalize the disc.
|Playable Discs||DVD-RAM / -R / -R (DL) / -RW|
|DVD+R / DVD+R (DL) / +RW|
|MP3 / CD-DA / Video CD / JPEG on CD, CD-R/RW|
|DivX on CD, CD-R / RW, DVD-R|
|Recording Format||DVD-RAM||DVD Video Recording Format|
|DVD-R, DVD-R (DL), DVD-RW||DVD-Video Format|
|Recording Time (Approximate)||4.7GB Disc||XP Mode||1 hour|
|SP Mode||2 hours|
|LP Mode||4 hours|
|EP Mode||6 / 8 hours|
|8.5GB DVD-R DL / +R DL Disc||XP Mode||1 hour 45 minutes|
|SP Mode||3 hours 30 minutes|
|LP Mode||7 hours|
|EP Mode||10 hours 45 minutes / 14 hours 15 minutes|
|VIDEO||Video System||SECAM (only input) / PAL color signal, 625 lines, 50 fields / NTSC color signal, 525 lines, 60fields|
|Recording System||MPEG2 (Hybrid VBR)|
|Input||Video In||LINE (pin jack) x 2|
|S-Video In||S Connector x 2|
|Output||Video Out||LINE (pin jack) x 2 [one is DVD priority]|
|S-Video Out||S Connector x 1|
|Component Video Output |
(Y, PB, PR)
|AUDIO||Recording System||Dolby Digital (2ch)|
|Input||Audio In||LINE (pin jack) x 2|
|Output||Audio Out||2ch||LINE (pin jack) x 2 [one is DVD priority]|
|Digital Audio Out||Optical terminal (PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS)|
|VHS||Playable Format||Hi-Fi, SQPB|
|Rec. System||Rec. Mode||SP / LP / EP|
|Copying Way||One-touch 2-way Copying|
|Power Supply||AC 120V, 60Hz|
|Power Consumption (Approximate)||Normal Use||Approx. 26 W|
|Power Save Mode||Approx. 2.5 W|
|Dimensions||Approx. 16.92 (W) x 13.50 (D) x 3.30" (H)|
|Weight (Approximate)||Approx. 11.9lbs|
|Operating Temperature||41 degrees - 104 degrees F|
|Operating Humidity Range||10-80 %RH (no condensation)|