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Panasonic DMR-EZ49VEBK Super Multi Format combo VHS and DVD Recorder

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  • The Pansonic DMR-EZ49VEBK is a Super Multi Format Combo Recorder with Freeview.
  • PAL/NTSC Playback of ANY VHS tape Playback
  • PAL & NTSC Video Dubbing, Record, Playback and Passthrough compatibility without conversion
  • Can be set to work either on PAL or NTSC TV system which results for example for HDMI connection outputting 720p50/1080i25 for PAL and 720p60/1080i30 for NTSC
  • VHS and DVD combination recorder with Freeview
  • 1080p Up-Conversion, Chroma Processor

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Product Description


    The Pansonic DMR-EZ49VEBK is a Super Multi Format Combo Recorder with Freeview.

  1. PAL/NTSC Playback of ANY VHS tape Playback
  2. PAL & NTSC Video Dubbing, Record, Playback and Passthrough compatibility without conversion
  3. Can be set to work either on PAL or NTSC TV system which results for example for HDMI connection outputting 720p50/1080i25 for PAL and 720p60/1080i30 for NTSC
  4. VHS and DVD combination recorder with Freeview
  5. 1080p Up-Conversion, Chroma Processor
  6. VIERA Link to integrate with other Panasonic home entertainment
  7. HD Photo Slideshow with Music
  8. Auto Scene Chapter Function By interpolating video data using proprietary algorithms, Standard Definition video is up-converted to 1080 x 1920p High Definition video. This conversion to HD format increases the richness of the original data by approximately six fold, and produces the highest possible image quality when viewing content on a large-screen HDTV. You can enjoy watching crisper and sharper video on DVD and colour reproduction that is faithful to the original picture. By using an HDMI connection to your VIERA TV via an HDMI cable, the TV channel setting information is automatically downloaded to the DMREZ49 recorder. Enjoy watching memorable photos (JPEG 1080x1920 pixels) recorded on to various medias (CD-R/-RW, DVD-R/-RW, USB) in a slideshow with your favourite music. The Auto Scene Chapter function comes into its own when recording a TV programme, as it determines where new scenes begin (by"listening" to the voices in the programme) and automatically inserts chapter marks at those places. This makes it easy to skip over adverts and start playback from a particular point.

    DVD recorder with VCR

  9. DVD region 2.
  10. Digital tuner.
  11. 7 day electronic programme guide (EPG).
  12. Upscales to 1080p.
  13. Audio description compatible.
  14. Playback compatibility: DVD and DVD-R/RW.
  15. Recording compatibility: and DVD-R/RW.
  16. Dual layer.
  17. Player Type DVD/VHS recorder
  18. Region/Zone Region 2
  19. Playable discs DVD-Video, DVD-VR, DVD-Video, DVD-VR (RW only), CD-DA, Video CD, SVCD, VHS (Hi-Fi, SQPB)
  20. Recordable discs DVD-R, DVD-R/DVD-R DL/DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD,CD-R/CD-RW, DVD-R DL, +R, +R DL, +RW
  21. Electronic Programme Guide 7 day EPG
  22. Advanced video features 1080p upscaling
  23. Advanced audio features MP3
  24. Audio formats Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (XP mode), Optical terminal (PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG)
  25. TV tuner Freeview
  26. Photo playback JPEG

    VCR features:

  27. On-screen menu.
  28. Auto tuning.
  29. Digital auto tracking.
  30. NTSC playback.
  31. Widescreen recording and playback.
  32. Slow motion.
  33. Still frame.
  34. Real time tape counter.

    Sound quality:

  35. Digital noise reduction.
  36. Dolby Digital decoding.


  37. 1 HDMI port.
  38. 2 SCART inputs.

    Additional information:

  39. Remote control batteries required 2 x AA (included).
  40. Size H8.4, W43, D34.6cm.
  41. Weight 5.4kg.
  42. On mode power consumption 34 watts.
  43. Standby power consumption 0.5 watt.

    Box Contains

  44. DVD and VHS combi player and recorder
  45. Remote
  46. 2 x AA Batteries
  47. Power cable
    Power: 220-240 Volts 50 HZ (EUROPE, ASIA, South America, & Africa USE)
    Region Code: 2 Playback


    Want to cut
    down the
    ever-growing number
    of boxes under your
    telly but can?t bear
    to throw out your
    clunky old VHS
    cassettes? Then the
    DMR-EZ49V could be
    the solution you?re
    looking for. It
    fuses together a DVD
    recorder and VHS
    VCR, creating a
    single unit that not
    only lets you watch
    your videos and DVDs
    (in upscaled 1080p,
    no less) but also
    provides a
    cable-free way of
    treasured tapes onto
    durable digital
    discs. It?s worth
    pointing out that
    the DMR-EZ49V is not
    equipped with a
    hard-disk, making it
    best suited to
    casual users with
    infrequent recording
    habits, and people
    who want a tool for
    backing up
    programmes from
    their PVR. 
    Panasonic hasn?t
    replaced the
    DMR-EZ28 DVD-only
    model this year ?
    does this spell the
    end for the
    standalone DVD
    recorder? Anyway,
    we digress. Although
    it lacks a
    hard-disk, the
    DMR-EZ49V does
    support a
    comprehensive range
    of recordable DVD
    formats (grandly
    dubbed 'Super
    Recording'), which
    has been a key
    feature of
    recorders for many
    years. Most useful
    is DVD-RAM, which
    lets you perform
    many of the
    non-linear recording
    tricks that you can
    on a hard-disk, even
    more than DVD-RW
    discs formatted in
    Video Recording (VR)
    mode. But for
    permanent archiving
    you get a full house
    of write-once
    formats, namely
    single- and
    dual-layer DVD-R and
    DVD+R. However, on
    dual-layer discs,
    seamless recording
    between the two
    layers isn?t
    possible ? the deck
    stops recording when
    the first layer is
    full and you have to
    close it before
    recording on the
    second. When using
    one of these
    dual-layer discs,
    you get just over 14
    hours of recording
    time, but that?s
    assuming you record
    everything in the
    lowest quality EP
    mode. In the highest
    picture quality XP
    mode you can fit one
    hour and 45 minutes
    onto a dual-layer
    disc. A single layer
    disc can hold one
    hour in XP and eight
    hours in EP. Two
    other presets are
    provided to help you
    choose the
    appropriate picture
    quality for the
    material ? SP and LP
    ? as well as
    Flexible Mode, which
    can squeeze a timer
    recording into a
    given space in the
    optimum quality. And
    in the unlikely
    instance you want to
    record onto VHS
    tape, there are
    three recording
    modes ? SP, LP and
    EP. As you?d
    expect the DMR-EZ49V
    is fitted with a
    Freeview tuner, but
    as per usual we?d
    have preferred twin
    tuners so you could
    watch one channel
    while recording
    another on DVD. It?s
    something Panasonic
    has managed on its
    Freesat recorders so
    why not here? Sure,
    there are technical
    challenges to
    overcome and it
    would bump up the
    cost, but plenty of
    people would be
    willing to pay extra
    for the privilege ?
    after all, nobody
    likes being locked
    into the channel
    that?s being
    Panasonic isn?t
    alone in this
    limitation ? there
    are currently no
    Freeview DVD/HDD or
    DVD-only recorders
    on the market with
    twin-tuners ? but
    you?d have thought
    someone would have
    had a go by now. The
    only way round it is
    to use the Freeview
    tuner in your TV but
    that?s not
    convenient, and not
    every TV has one.
    Perhaps a bigger
    issue is that this
    deck won?t be able
    to pick up Freeview
    HD, so if hi-def is
    important it might
    be worth waiting for
    the first DVB-T2
    recorders to come

    SoSo what
    else do we find
    inside the
    DMR-EZ49V? In terms
    of multimedia
    playback, it?s
    fairly obliging,
    although the lack of
    WMA support might be
    problematic for
    some. You can play
    DivX, MP3 and JPEG
    from drives
    connected to the
    front-mounted USB
    port, or the same
    file types from CDs
    and DVDs. As for
    DVD recording and
    editing, this deck
    offers all the
    tricks found on the
    discs offer the
    greatest flexibility
    ? with one of these
    in the tray you can
    create playlists of
    various chapters and
    titles; delete
    combine and create
    chapters; divide a
    title; delete part
    of a recording by
    entering start and
    stop points and
    watch a recording
    from the start
    before it?s
    finished. Other disc
    types offer more
    basic editing
    features, but one
    useful feature
    common to all
    formats is Auto
    Chapter Creation,
    which inserts
    markers when there?s
    a lengthy gap in the
    audio ? we tried it
    a few times with
    various commercial
    channels and it
    found the beginning
    and end of the ad
    breaks every time.
    Also pleasing is
    that the deck starts
    recording almost
    instantly after
    pressing record,
    almost as quickly as
    hard-disk recording
    on the DMR-EX83, and
    you can get some
    very accurate edits
    by pressing pause on
    the remote while
    recording. Using the
    Partial Delete
    function, the edit
    points are clean as
    a whistle, with no
    picture noise or
    audio problems.
    There?s a myriad
    other DVD features
    to explore, but on
    the VCR side you get
    automatic indexing,
    S-VHS Quasi Playback
    (SQPB) and Jet
    Rewind. On the
    outside, the
    DMR-EZ49V is just a
    thick hunk of black
    plastic with only a
    large, easy-to-read
    information panel to
    brighten up the
    front. Along the
    bottom are the
    auxiliary inputs ?
    S-video, composite
    and analogue stereo
    ? as well as a
    cluster of playback
    buttons and the USB
    port for digital
    media playback.
    There?s a circle
    containing two
    buttons for
    convenient one-touch
    copying between DVD
    and VHS and vice
    versa. On the
    back, the deck
    offers everything
    you need. The HDMI
    port fires Freeview,
    DVD, VHS and
    anything else to
    your TV in
    upconverted 1080p,
    1080i or 720p, while
    the SCART output
    offers RGB and
    composite video.
    When recording from
    external sources,
    the SCART input
    supports RGB,
    S-video and
    composite as well as
    the EXT Link
    feature, which
    starts the deck
    recording when a
    signal is detected
    from a connected
    digibox. The line-up
    is completed by
    composite, analogue
    stereo and optical
    digital audio
    outputs. The
    onscreen menus are
    identical to the
    DMR-EX83, and as a
    result share the
    same level of
    simplicity. It?s all
    very bright and
    colourful, making it
    a blessing for
    digital recorder
    newcomers, and the
    structure is
    generally logical.
    The Direct Navigator
    is particularly
    good, showing each
    recording with a
    moving thumbnail
    when highlighted,
    and for Freeview
    programmes it
    displays the name
    too. But there?s
    a few things we
    don?t like about the
    DMR-EZ49V?s onscreen
    design. The Guide
    Plus EPG is a garish
    mess, with a large
    grey advertisement
    block taking up much
    of the space and
    making the programme
    grid look
    squashed. The rest
    of the space is
    taken up by
    colour-coded options
    and instructions,
    which makes it very
    cluttered. The
    placement of the
    setup menu is
    another slight
    niggle ? it?s hidden
    away in a submenu
    when it should have
    been prominently
    placed in the main
    Functions menu. It?s
    also a shame that
    you can?t browse the
    entire digital TV
    schedule menus using
    the onscreen banner,
    but it only contains
    now and next
    information. The
    remote is terrific.
    Large, responsive
    buttons, clear
    labelling and an
    intuitive layout
    make navigation a
    swift and

    DMR-EZ49V is an
    excellent performer
    across the board.
    With the upscaling
    set to 1080p, DVD
    movie playback is
    crisp and
    artefact-free, and
    live Freeview
    pictures are very
    strong. We watched a
    lot of fast-moving
    events from the
    Winter Olympics on
    the BBC, such as ice
    hockey, skiing and
    bobsled, and were
    impressed by how
    smoothly the
    competitors move and
    how sharply their
    edges are defined
    when set against
    crisp white
    backdrops. Fine
    detail, like the
    puffs of snow as
    skiers come to a
    stop, are rendered
    with pleasing
    clarity and colours
    are deep and rich
    but always
    convincing. Superb.
    Select XP and
    recordings are
    preserved on DVD-RAM
    in exactly the same
    quality. It?s only
    when you start
    recording stuff in
    LP that you start to
    notice artefacts
    like mosquito and
    block noise, and in
    EP images are
    excessively soft and
    juddery ? use
    sparingly. When
    dubbing VHS to DVD,
    don?t expect
    miracles ? the
    results are only as
    good as the source
    tape. But in our
    tests, a ropey old
    tape of TV shows
    stepped superbly
    into the digital
    domain using the
    two-hour SP mode,
    with well-judged
    colours, robust
    blacks and minimal
    audio hiss. It?s
    noisy but watchable.
    And copying in any
    direction is simple
    thanks to the easy
    to follow,
    screens. You can set
    the amount of time
    to be copied or just
    record the entire
    tape in one go.
    Using the same
    screen you can move
    pictures from USB to
    DVD-RAM. There are
    no problems with USB
    playback of video,
    music or photos, and
    the deck displays
    the latter in crisp
    which is a real
    bonus. On a more
    negative note,
    digital text is
    sluggish and CD
    playback is merely
    average, but this
    was never a deck
    designed to satisfy
    audiophile tastes.
    r> Verdict ItIt?s
    still hard to
    believe that VHS is
    still going strong
    in 2010, but the
    mere existence of
    this combi is proof
    that there?s a
    lingering demand for
    it. And the
    DMR-EZ49V is a great
    example of how to
    integrate ageing
    tape tech with
    modern digital
    recording, thanks to
    its bulging feature
    list and an
    abundance of slick
    features, even
    without a built-in
    hard-disk. It?s
    simple to copy
    cassettes to DVD and
    the results are
    impressive, provided
    your tapes are in
    good nick. What?s
    more, the operating
    system is infused
    with the company?s
    plus DVD and
    Freeview picture
    quality is
    especially when you
    employ the 1080p

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