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Panasonic DMR-EX99VEBK 250GB HDD DVD/VHS Recorder with Freeview+

4.3 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
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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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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 34.6 x 43 x 8.4 cm ; 6 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 8 Kg
  • Item model number: DMR-EX99VEBK
  • ASIN: B0038VZXPK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Mar. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,287 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

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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I received my new machine (a replacement for a different product) and it is everything that it says it is - ie, `does what it says on the tin'.

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.
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I cannot rate this product too highly, I set it up for a friend of mine who's VHS had broken, she wanted something that would record from the television, watch DVD's and still be able to watch her VHS tapes. With this she can record straight to the hard drive or blank DVD or a VHS tape. I was so impressed with this product that I brought myself one. It is a breeze to set up and a joy to use, it is just so easy and simple to use. First rate product. I am now trying to talk my other teckno phobic friends to buy one!
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I bought one of these pricey recorders from Amazon in August 2010 and it has rendered excellent service. I bought it mainly to transfer VHS tapes to DVD via the hard disc drive (where editing can be done if desired) which it does well. Being made by Panasonic it can accept the extended play (EP) tapes which I made on my excellent Panasonic video recorders. I believe that no other manufacturer could produce extended play but it gave 12 hours of recording on a "4-hour" tape.

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).
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I couldn't decide whether to spend a bit more money and buy the Panasonic or another similar machine. I read countless reviews and decided that, for the basic reliability of Panasonic and the Viera link that helps integration between products, I would go for this model.

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.
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