The BWT700 (/BW800) is my sixth Panasonic DMR recorder. I've been brand-loyal since the very first model, a decade ago, enjoying continuity of both functionality and quality. However, despite being the most advanced recorder I've ever used (and one of the most expensive), it's the only one not capable of playlist creation and thus non-destructive video editing.
It's such a glaring omission that it's even confirmed as a "problem" under troubleshooting in the manual (see below), which is a shame because this device is replete with impressive bells and whistles, yet it's without of one of the most standard core features, and one which I use all the time.
It's important, as this type of device is becoming more and more niche, and the kind of user who would pay a premium for a machine that records HD content, with the ability to archive that footage to Blu-Ray, is likely to want the option of safely editing the material first.
I have returned mine now but hope that this basic component is restored in a future iteration, as I would like to continue using Panasonic.
Q. Cannot create a playlist.
A. Creation or editing of playlists cannot be done on this unit.