Panasonic DMR-EX99VEBK 250GB HDD DVD/VHS Recorder with Freeview+
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- DVD/VHS combination recorder
- 1080p Up-Conversion, Chroma Processor
- VIERA Link - can link to other Panasonic VIERA products
- Juke Box with gracenote, HD Photo Slideshow with Music
- VHS Recording and Playback
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The Panasonic DMR-EX99VEBK HDD DVD/VCR combines live TV recording capabilities with DVD and VHS recording. Complete with Freeview +, the massive 250GB hard disk drive can record up to 441 hours of your favourite shows for personal viewing. With SD card slot, this 4-in-1 combi recorder allows you to transfer movies from your PC to watch on your TV. The Jukebox capability with the DMR-EX99VEBK can store all your CDs and MP3s onto its hard drive, automatically storing the track information as well. Back up your precious memories from VCR to DVD or onto the HDD for peace of mind.
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It copies well from VHS-HDD-DVD which was my main purpose for buying this particular model.
I already have the Panasonic DMR-EX78EB-K - 250GB HDD - DVD Recorder and have had for approx. 20 months. It has been a very sturdy machine which records series of programmes - and it links them together so that you don't have to go all over the HDD to find each episode (something that my sister says she has to do with her machine which is a different brand). This in itself is a very valuable tool.
You can edit the programme, ie. if it is on a commercial channel - you can remove the adverts, which makes the programme shorter (example - a 2 hour programme will condense to about 1 ½ hours) and therefore if later copying onto a DVD it means you can record more onto your disc.
Once recorded, you can then play in any DVD player - something I couldn't do with the Toshiba that I reviewed earlier.
The reason I wanted this particular model - apart from I like my `toys' - was that it has a VHS recorder. I can now record my personal videos onto the HDD or onto a DVD.
I have tried doing this and it really was easy to do and the quality very good.
It has an EPG (electronic programme guide) which means that you do not have to worry about inputting your own times etc.Read more ›
I have a couple of tips for other owners which may be of interest. One annoying limitation is that it won't play North American DVDs (region 1, NTSC). However, it can be tweaked into doing so by holding the stop button (behind the flip-down panel) and the DVD drawer open/shut button simultaneously for at least 5 seconds. When the TV picture suddenly goes distorted you will know that the switch has occurred. You can now put in a North American disc and play it. At the end you repeat the action to flip the DVD player back to normal PAL format and the TV picture will return to normal to indicate this. Obviously only try this at your own risk.
One weakness of this and similar Panasonic recorders is that the DVD drive will suddenly stop working (outside the warranty period of course). It will make a chug-chug noise as it tries to spin the disc up to speed. The only cure for this is to open the machine (voiding your warranty) and clean the little rubber O-ring that drives the disc and which has got covered in dust, drawn in by the cooling fan. It is therefore a very good idea to clean the DVD drive fairly frequently using a cleaning disc (available from Amazon).
Yes, the instructions are a bit long-winded and some functions appear more complicated when explained, than when you actually start pressing buttons. However, it's still useful if you've already been playing about with your machine and then decide you need a little extra help. After a while, you will soon realize that hitting the options button at any time will give you specific functions that are relevant to what you're trying to do at that point. I likened it to `right-clicking' on a pc...you get a list of things the computer thinks you might like to do with what you've clicked on. There are also two other very helpful buttons either side of the main directional button. Once you get the hang of the few buttons that will help you most, there's not really much that can go wrong.
Now, to explain some of the great features and answer questions that I would have liked simple answers to when I was reading reviews.
I haven't got a Freeview signal here at all, but I wanted to try out the scanning function. I clicked around until I got to the part where you scan for available channels. It looks so simple and will allow you to scan in different ways. You can either scan for channels usually available to you, whatever the signal strength, or scan for any channels that can be best picked up around you. I thought this was a great feature and means you can receive the best quality signal and, maybe, pick up channels that you wouldn't normally scan for.
The copy feature is amazing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I needed a replacement for the same model that no longer read or wrote to DVD. This fitted he bill perfectly with its one year guarantee that offered peace of mind should any... Read morePublished 5 months ago by scorpio484
Brilliant vit of kit takes a bit to find yoour way round it but altogether very usefulPublished 10 months ago by S. C. W. Andrews
Sorry, but this did not do what it said on the box. It seemed the answer to my prayers, but didn't work properly and I had to return it. The replacement machine failed as well.Published 13 months ago by K. W. Hazell
excellent quality VHS is so clear and it is so nice to be able to transfer tape footage onto a digital medium a bit price but well worth the investment at the quality so good and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Elaine