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Recording machine that can do almost anything,
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The VHS on my previous EZ45 wouldn't work - and there were various other repairs needed and the freeview stopped producing a good picture, so I decided to upgrade to this model.
It's basically the same model with UsB added - though I haven't explored everything yet. Like the older machine I can easily transfer VHS tapes to DVD and record from my camcorder via the S-video [and there are other inputs too]- though, make no mistake it's a complicated gadget when you want to get the best out of it, and it takes time to work out what all the remote buttons do.
Freeview sets up easily though the programme guide display has a big empty box on the left reducing the width. [Since the unit updated itself I now know that it is a dedicated advertisement slot and you can't get rid of it! MOST ANNOYING!]
I'm glad to have a fully functioning machine once again and have no hesitation in recommending it.
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Initial post: 13 May 2012 18:59:53 BDT
I thought your review was very good. I have 100s of tapes and just want to copy them to a DVD disk is it that simple ? I paid over £400 for a top of the range Sony VHS player used once a month and now it Chews the tapes up. Tried all over the place to get it repaired as usual in the UK its jobs worth to get any thing done. Any one have any ideas to help please. I have bought this Panasonic DMR-EZ49VEBK From Amazon as if it goes wrong there is no quibble with them.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2012 09:26:30 BDT
Hello Mr Barry
Yes transferring from VHS to DVD is easy. Just insert the VHS in its slot on the left and put your DVD in the other and press the appropriate button/buttons to records from VHS to DVD and vice versa! You have to play the whole VHS of course but don't have to do anything unless you want to edit some sections out. In that case you would put record on 'pause' and start recording again when you come to the next point.
But if it's a straight forward library transfer then you wouldn't have to do that. If you're doing full transfers the buttons on the front are all you need to get the instruction ie : VHS-DVD. Just check your DVD will take the 3or 4 hrs! And make sure you follow the instructions at the end to format the DVD so that it can play on any DVD player. Good luck.
Posted on 27 Jun 2012 04:07:33 BDT
"Beancooper of Warwick" says:
I have the same problem with my EZ48 .......I previously bought the EZ47 , but it would not eject a disc after I'd had it for a while ...the copying was easy and with good results ...I took it in to the shop but after the allotted time , not having sorted it , they gave me a new replacement , the EZ48....... but when I tried to copy a tape , the VHS does not play,copy,just a fuzzy screen...............unfortunately I'd not tried to use the copying facility , just not had time , and when I did the warranty was past............. no sympathy from the supplier...no reply from the maker...........I am very disappointed , having genuinely not tried to use it once in the 14 months I had it.................I was happy with the results from the former machine so it did not cross my mind that it may not work....................I wish that I'd seen your review , but even then it was too late. I'll just have to fork out for another....I've tried using a separate VHS player but results were not as good ...... just not sure about the model, now your write up gives me more confidence...thank you ! Ivan from Warwick..
Posted on 21 Aug 2012 13:22:38 BDT
Can I just drop in with a few quicvk queries? Any help is much apprcuated.
Does this UK model of this machine play Divx and VCD?
Any info on the surround output options? Can I output surround sound via the HDMI and Optical simutaneously, and also is audio from the VHS transferred via the HDMI? Just hcecking in as I need to figure out how to set this machine up.
is the VHS mechanics really noisy? I'd expect the usual whirring noise, but electrical humming really gets on my nerves.
And does NTSC work over the HDMI?
Somebody mentioned not being able to use the machine to record TV, or even reqwind tapes unless the TV was turned on. Is this right? Seems a bit silly. Could just possibly be somethign to dow with how he had it set up?
I have a lot of VHS that i'd like to play via the upsclaer, as my new TV doesn't exactly do a good job of it, so this would possibly be a really good solution.
Thanks for any help :)
Posted on 7 Oct 2012 14:13:25 BDT
can you record one freeview channel and watch a different tv channel
Posted on 7 Oct 2012 14:14:08 BDT
can you record one channel and then watch a different one
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 19:54:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Oct 2012 22:51:49 BDT
No the system prevents a change of programme from the one that is being recorded.
However I must correct my response. If you have a Freeview TV you would be able to watch a programme in the normal way on that TV [selecting input DTV]. Meanwhile this Panasonic machine could record a different programme on its own freeview input. You would then watch playback via eg AV 1 through the scart socket and select input AV1 on your TV set.
Hope this helps.
Re your other question you can of course buy simpler DVD machines that play and record.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 20:14:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Oct 2012 20:15:26 BDT
1 Don't know.
2 Default setting is 'the default setting is HDMI and Optical'
3 My VHS not noisy.
4 'When output signal from external equipment is NTSC change TVsystem to NTSC in setup menu'
5 You would only need TV on to check you were recording what you want and to make sure recording is OK. Then no need for TV. Signal goes from one piece of equipment to the other. I set timer when I'm out/asleep/on holiday etc and recordings are there when I need them. Machine stirs itself out of standby.
It's a good machine and old analogue quality is certainly better when digitally copied. Good luck.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012 13:50:43 BDT
many thanks are there any machines out there that do record on disc or is hard drive the only answer?
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2013 02:36:08 GMT
B. A. Collison says:
this Panasonic machine records onto DVD and VHS tape, copies both ways, there is a Toshiba machine on this website that does the same.