Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is
a new high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high
quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data
transfer rate is up to 40 mbps. Blu-ray Disc discs and
players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:
- Better picture quality:
Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p,
1080i, or 1080p
resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't
provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting
DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed
picture, with deeper, richer colors.
- Better sound quality:
In addition to the
same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby
Digital and DTS),
Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby Digital Plus and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
- Much greater storage capacity:
What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much
higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray
Disc can hold
25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard
DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates
to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition
video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features
and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
- Compatibility with your current disc
collections: To ensure
backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc
players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for
playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for
playing DVDs and audio CDs.
P4HD (Pixel Precision Progressive Processing
for HD): Panasonic's P4HD processes more
that 15 billion pixels per second to render high-quality progressive images,
express motion smoothly, and draw sharp diagonal lines. The following makeup
- Precise Pixel Generator:
pixel information is compared to as many as 60 surrounding pixels to ensure
accurate progressive conversion
- Motion Detection:
16-Level Motion Detection with Pixel-Based Motion Adaptive categorizes the
image motion of each pixel into one of 16 levels, from still to super fast
to best suit the motion, minimizing conversion errors
- Diagonal Processing:
P4HD detects diagonal lines and corrects each pixel accordingly
- 3:2 Pull-Down:
film sources are sensed instantly to optimize processing
- 1080p Up-Conversion:
through the HDMI output any disc can be output as 1080p
Video D/A Converter:
The 148.5KHz/14-bit Video D/A Converter technology renders ultra-fine images
with smooth gradation and reproduces crisp, natural colors that are extremely faithful to the original
Deep Color: The DMP-BD30's HDMI output is Deep Color compatible, with 4,096 steps of gradation
for even smoother, finer-quality images that meet Hollywood's stringent demands,
so you can experience movies just the way they were meant to be experienced.
Disc Compatibility: The DMP-BD30 is playback compatible with many disc types
- BD-Video: pre-recorded Blu-ray disc
- BD-ROM: version 2
- BD-RE: version 3 (single layer, dual layer); JPEG
- BD-R: version 2 (single layer, dual layer)
- DVD-RAM: DVD video recording format, AVCHD format, JPEG
- DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD disc
- DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD-R DL: DVD-Video format, DVD-Video Recording
format, AVCHD format
- DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVD+R DL: DVD Video, AVCHD format
- CD-Audio: pre-recorded CD-DA
- CD-R/RW: CD-DA, JPEG, MP3
Future Compatibility: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc
types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to
enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in
your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the
Region Code: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your
disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not
play. The DMP-BD30 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.
Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent
unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.
MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 audio files recorded onto CD-R
or CD-RW discs using ISO 9660 level 1 or 2 (except extended formats), or Joliet
formats. Compatible bit rates include 32-320 kbps with sampling frequencies of
44.1 kHz or 48 kHz. The unit also supports ID3 tags version 1, 2.2, 2.3, and
JPEG Playback: This unit
will play JPEG still picture files recorded onto BD-RE, DVD-RAM, CD-R, or CD-RW
disc using UDF 2.0, UDF 2.5 ISO
9660 level 1 or 2 (except extended formats), or Joliet formats. The unit will
also play JPEG still images recorded onto an SD-card. Pixel resolutions
between 34 x 34 and 5120 x 3840 are supported. You can view still images in one
at a time, in an index mode or slide-show fashion. Still images can also be
rotated and zoomed. If you are viewing still images from an SD-card you can
insert a music CD into the player for background music.
SD Card Slot: The
convenient SD card slot on the front panel of the DMP-BD30 allows easy viewing
of hi-def videos and photos on your HDTV that have been recorded on an SD card
in AVCHD or JPEG format by your digital camcorder or camera. The SD card slot
supports SD cards, SDHC cards or mini/micro SD cards (with adapter) formatted in
FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32. The player will recognize up to 9999 picture contents and
300 folders stored on a compatible SD card.
play allows you to resume playback of a disc from the point where you last
stopped. The stopping point is cleared when the Stop button is pressed more than
once or the disc tray is opened.
TV Aspect Ratio: You can set the player's video output to match the
type of television you have connected. You can choose from 4:3 Pan&Scan, 4:3
Letterbox, 16:9 Widescreen or 16:9 Full.
Picture Quality: The DMP-BD30 features five picture quality modes to
- Normal: default setting
- Soft: soft picture with fewer video artifacts
- Fine: details are sharper
- Cinema: mellows movies, enhances detail in dark scenes
- User: manually adjust the Brightness (brightens the picture),
Sharpness (sharpens edges of the horizontal lines), Color (adjusts the shade
of the picture's color) Gamma (adjusts brightness of dark portion of
screen), 3D NR (reduces the rough noise in the background for greater
depth), and Integrated NR (smoothes block noise and reduces the smudging
that appears around contrasting sections of the picture)
Black Level Control: You can select Lighter or Darker for adjusting
the Black Level Control to the desired setting for picture enhancement.
Progressive Output Auto Detection: DVD-Videos are recorded using
either film or video. This unit can determine which type has been used then uses
the most suitable method of progressive output.
- Film: recorded at 24 frames per second (recorded at 30 frames per
second as well); generally appropriate for motion picture films
- Video: recorded at 30 frames/60 fields per second; generally
appropriate for TV drama programs or animation
Picture-In-Picture: This function of BD-video will play the primary
video and secondary video simultaneously. The function is capable of playing the
original movie as the primary video while playing video commentary from the film
director on a smaller screen as a secondary video.
Virtual Package: Some BD-video disc copy data to other media (local
storage) and then play the secondary video, secondary audio and subtitles (sub
contents) simultaneously. These functions are known as Virtual Packages. Sub
contents are automatically recorded to other media from the disc prior to
playing the virtual package. Playback methods vary depending on BD-discs. This
player uses its SD card slot along with an optional SD-card to copy data from
applicable BD-video discs.
Surround Decoders: In addition to the built-in standard
Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, the DMP-BD30 has Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True
HD, and DTS-HD "Core Only" decoders as well. Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD,
and DTS-HD are higher quality sound tracks (than Dolby Digital and DTS) and
support up to 7.1 channels. The DMP-BD30 is limited to only 5.1 channel output through the
unit's HDMI, digital and 5.1 analog channel outputs. The DMP-BD30 will extract
5.1 channels from the newer Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD 7.1
There is a multi-channel audio setup menu in which you set the surround
- Speaker Size: You can select the following speaker settings -
Large or Small for the Front speakers, Large, Small or No for the Center,
Surround and Surround Back speakers, and Yes or No for the Subwoofer.
- Delay Time: You can adjust the delay time of the Center Channel ,
Surround and Surround Back speakers to make up for the difference between
their distance to your listening position and the distance from your Front
speakers and your listening position.
- Channel Balance: You can adjust the output level of each of the
following speakers in your system - Front Left, Front Right, Center,
Surround Left, Surround Right, Surround Back Left, and Surround Back Right
When watching a DVD recorded in Dolby Digital (minimum two channels) virtual
surround offers a surround-like effect using only two speakers. There are two
Virtual Surround Modes - V. Surround 1 and V. Surround 2.
The purpose of the Re-Master function is to reproduce audio signals lost in
recording, resulting in sound closer to the original. There are three settings
(plus off); High Tempo (for pop, rock, etc), Various Tempos (jazz, etc), and Low
Dialogue Enhancer: When the Dialogue Enhancer feature is activated,
the volume of the center channel is raised to make dialogue easier to hear.
Dynamic Range Control: You can use this feature for late night viewing
when watching a Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Digital TrueHD
movie. Dynamic range is the difference between the lowest level of sound that
can be heard above the noise of the equipment and the highest level of sound
before distortion occurs. Dynamic range compression means reducing the gap
between the loudest and softest sounds so you can listen at low volumes but
still hear dialogue clearly.
EZ Sync HDAVI Control: When connected to an HDAVI
compatible Panasonic TV or receiver via the HDMI cable, many functions of the
two components are linked together. This allows the DMP-BD30 to control the TV
or receiver's power on, input switching, power off, etc.
Parental Control: You can prevent certain DVD discs and BD discs from
being played back on the DMP-BD30 by entering a custom user 4-digit password and
using the rating system provided by the player for DVD and Blu-ray discs. DVD
discs can be set to a level of 0 to 8 while Blu-ray discs have a rating of 0 to
Display Brightness: The units FL display can be set to three
brightness modes - Bright (brightens display), Dim (dims display), or Auto
(display is dimmed during playback and bright when not in playback).
Off Timer: You can select how long the unit remains on when it is not
being used. You can select between 2 hours, 6 hours or turn this feature
A fan on the back of the DMP-BD30 keeps
the unit cool.
Multi-brand Remote: The supplied
remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on
brand TVs. Once programmed, the remote controls the TV's power on/off, input
select, volume up/down, and channel up/down.
Input and Output
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia
Interface): The unit's HDMI simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and
digital audio all in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection
technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a
DVI input instead of an HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using
an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You will also need to connect audio cables to the player
because DVI is a video only cable. The menu has these setup options for the HDMI
- Video Mode:
turns the HDMI video output on or off; when HDMI is on, the component output
is fixed at 480i
resolution can be fixed at 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or set to Auto,
which selects the resolution best suited to the connected television
- RGB Range: RGB output range is set to Standard or Enhanced, Enhanced offers more distinct
blacks and whites and is useful when the TV only supports RGB
- Audio: HDMI audio must be turned off when using the optical or coaxial digital
turn on if connected by HDMI to a component supporting HDAVI Control
The component video resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, or
1080i. When the HDMI output is turned on the component resolution is fixed
Composite Video and S-Video: The composite
and S-video outputs are always live and fixed at 480i. They can output video
when playing a Blu-ray Disc.
Digital Audio Output: The Audio
menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the
optical, coaxial, and HDMI outputs. Three separate settings instruct Dolby
Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD, and DTS soundtracks to output Bitstream or
2-channel PCM audio. 96 kHz audio signals can be down sampled to 48 kHz if the
connected amplifier or pre-amp will not accept signals at that sampling rate.
Analog Audio: There is one pair of stereo RCA outputs plus a 5.1 channel RCA
output for utilizing the
built-in surround decoders.
SD Card Slot: There is an SD card slot located on the front panel of
the player behind a fold-down panel that will accept SD, SDHC, MiniSD (with
adapter), MicroSD (with adapter) cards.