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Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK

DVD recorder/HiFi VCR combo with built-in digital TV tuner and 1080p DVD upconversion

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It's easy to record your favorite shows to DVD or VHS with the Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK. This versatile recorder's built-in tuners let you enjoy both analog and digital TV broadcasts. Plus, if you have an HDMI-equipped HDTV, this Panasonic can upconvert DVDs to better match your set's high-resolution screen, so all your discs will look their best.

It's easy to record your favorite shows to DVD or VHS with the Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK. This versatile recorder's built-in tuners let you enjoy both analog and digital TV broadcasts. Plus, if you have an HDMI-equipped HDTV, this Panasonic can upconvert DVDs to better match your set's high-resolution screen, so all your discs will look their best.

The DMR-EZ48K also makes it easy to back up your home movies. Its dual-deck design gives you the option of dubbing non-copy-protected material from VHS videotapes to DVD, or from DVD to VHS. The DMR-EZ48K can record to standard write-once and rewritable blank DVDs. This recorder also uses rewritable DVD-RAM discs, which provide DVR-like conveniences such as "Chasing Playback" — watching the beginning of a program while it finishes up recording. DVD-RAM discs also let you view a program you've already recorded while simultaneously capturing another.

The front panel looks very clean, but a flip-down door hides a several connections that are especially useful for owners of digital cameras and camcorders. The built-in SD™ memory card slot and USB port make it easy to view photos from your digital camera. Just slip the SD card into the front-panel slot to view images, or connect your camera to the USB port. If you own a digital camcorder with a DV port (also known as "IEEE 1394 or FireWire®), the DMR-EZ48K's DV input lets you easily record your home movies onto a recordable DVD.

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What's in the Box:

  • DVD recorder/VCR combo with built-in digital tuner
  • 64" AC power cord
  • Wireless remote control (N2QAAYB000197)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 47" A/V cable with a composite video and stereo audio RCA connectors on both ends
  • 47" RF coax cable with slip-on "F"-connectors on both ends
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Product Information Card
  • Product Registration Card
  • "Digital Television Transition Notice" sheet
  • "Notice of Name Change" sheet

Product Highlights:

  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • receives all HDTV/SDTV broadcast formats — records and displays in standard definition only
  • upconverts and displays DVD video at 720p/1080i/1080p via HDMI (720p/1080i via component video)
  • one-touch record and 2-way dubbing
  • 5 DVD recording quality settings, 3 VHS recording speeds (SP, LP, EP)
  • multibrand remote control
  • VIERA Link™ simplifies remote control for compatible Panasonic components (HDMI-CEC)
  • 2 sets audio/video inputs (composite and S-video), including 1 front-panel
  • 1 set audio/video outputs (composite, S-video, component video and HDMI)
  • RF input/output (input receives antenna/cable signals)
  • front-panel digital camcorder input (IEEE 1394)
  • front-panel SD memory card slot for digital photo playback (also allows transfer to DVD-RAM)
  • front-panel USB port for MP3/JPEG/DivX playback (JPEGs can also be copied to a DVD-RAM disc)
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM
  • records to the following types of discs:
    • write-once DVD-Rs and DVD+Rs, for making permanent recordings
    • rewritable DVD-RWs, DVD+RWs and DVD-RAMs, for making recordings you can watch and then erase
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, Video CD, and DivX® discs
  • plays audio CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CDs
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-3/8"H x 14-11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
  • Note: Internal dubbing of copy-protected DVDs is not possible.
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General Features

Overview: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V is a Progressive Scan DVD Recorder with VHS VCR, Digital Tuner, 1080p Up-Conversion via HDMI Simple Connection, VIERALink, SD Memory Card Slot, USB Terminal and Super Multi-Format Recording and Playback.

Digital Tuner: The integrated high-performance hybrid digital tuner is capable of receiving both digital and analog broadcasts. The built-in tuner allows the DMR-EZ48V to receive and record analog and terrestrial digital channels (High Definition programming is "down-converted" and recorded in Standard Definition). The integrated hybrid digital tuner provides the following channels:

  • Analog TV Channels: 2 to 69
  • Analog CATV Channel: 1 to 135
  • Digital TV Channel: 2 to 69
  • Digital CATV Channel: 1 to 135

1080p Up-Conversion: By interpolating video data using proprietary algorithms, SD (Standard Definition) format data is up-converted to 1080 x 1920p HD (High Definition) format video data. This conversion increases the richness of the original data by almost six fold, producing the highest possible image quality when viewing content on a large-screen HDTV.

Progressive/24P: When this unit is connected to a TV supporting 1080/24p output via an HDMI cable, this unit displays each frame at 1/24 second intervals (the frame interval originally recorded in the film) thus faithfully reproducing the original cinema image.

Front-Panel USB Port and SD-Card Slot: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder is equipped with a front-panel SD Memory Card slot and USB terminal, which makes it easy to view photos from your digital camera. Just slip the SD card into the slot or use a USB cable to connect the camera to the USB terminal, and you are ready to enjoy a spectacular big-screen slideshow with family and friends. You can even listen to music recorded onto a USB device while viewing your photos.

  • USB Port: The DMR-EZ48V is also equipped with a front-panel USB type-A port which supports USB mass storage class devices up to 32 GB. The unit supports playback of MP3 audio files, JPEG still images and DivX video recorded onto a USB mass storage device with FAT16 or FAT32 file system.
  • SD Card Slot: The Panasonic DVD recorder features a standard SD card slot which supports SD (8MB-2GB) and SDHC (4GB-16GB) memory cards, as well as mini-SD and micro-SD memory cards (with adapter) for JPEG still image playback. This unit is compatible with SD memory Cards that meet SD Card Specifications FAT 12 and FAT 16 formats, as well as SDHC Memory Cards in FAT 32 format.

MP3/JPEG/DivX Playback: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V supports playback of MP3, JPEG, and DivX files.

  • MP3 Playback: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V will playback MP3 (32-320 kbps) audio files recorded on DVD-R, DVD-R DL, CD-R, and CD-RW discs, as well as USB memory using the unit's front-panel USB port. This unit can recognize up to 99 folders and 999 files. This unit is not compatible with ID3 tag information.
  • JPEG Playback: JPEG still images (34 x 34 and 6144 x 4096) recorded on DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, CD-R, CD-RW, SD Memory Cards or USB memory can be played on this unit. This unit can handle a maximum of 300 folders and 3,000 files (99 folders/999 files via CD).
  • DiVX Playback: You can play CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL discs and USB memories which contain DivX video (32 x 32 to 720 x 576). This unit will play all version of DivX video, including DivX 6. The unit can recognize up to 300 folders and 200 files.

Note: Total number of recognizable files including MP3, JPEG, DivX and other type of files is 4000.

TV Aspect Ratio: The DVD recorder/VCR combo allows you to select what screen type you will be connecting the unit to. You can select from 4:3 Normal (Letterbox or Pan&Scan) or 16:9 Widescreen.

Picture Adjustment: You can select between the following picture modes:

  • Normal: default setting
  • Cinema: mellows movies and enhances detail in dark scenes

DNR: Turn this function on to reduce noise and picture degradation.

Black Level Control: You can adjust the black level of the input signal by selecting "lighter" or "darker." For the output signal, you can select one of two choices of black level when using composite or S-Video outputs: "Lighter" or "Darker," or one of three choices when using the component video outputs: Lighter, Normal, or Darker.

Parental Rating: The V-chip system used in this unit allows you to limit viewing and recording of certain programs that may contain scenes unsuitable for children. If the unit start receiving a broadcast with the set rating information, a password screen appears and you will be unable to view or record until you enter the password. You can view or record after entering your password.

Universal Design: The DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder/VCR combo was designed in compliance with Panasonic's Universal Design principles. Frequently used buttons (Power, Open/Close) are located at the top of the main unit to make them easier to see when the unit is placed in a rack and you need to look down when operating it. Both the remote control and graphical user interface (GUI) were designed for easy use by everyone, based on the results of a Panasonic survey.

Remote Control: The supplied remote is pre-coded to operate the basic functions of several different brands of TVs, Set-Top Boxes, Cable Boxes, and Satellite Receivers, so you can control the DVD player and the basic functions of your television and set-top box with one remote.

HDMI (HDAVI Control): HDAVI control is a convenient function that offers linked operations of this unit and a Panasonic TV or Receiver through the HDMI cable connection. You can utilize the following controls:

  • Automatic Input Switching: When play starts on the DVD recorder/VCR combo or when an action is taken that uses the display screen the Panasonic Television will automatically switch the input channel and display the corresponding action.
  • Power On Link: The Panasonic Television will automatically turn on when play starts on the DVD recorder/VCR combo or when an action is taken that uses the display screen.
  • Power Off Link: When the television is turned off, this unit will automatically turn off unless you are in the process of recording, copying, or finalizing a disc.

Off Timer: You can select how long the unit remains on when it is not being used. You can choose from 2 hours, 6 hours or turn this feature Off.

Power Consumption: This unit is designed to consume a small amount of power, even when it is turned off.

Standby Power Consumption Front Display
Automatic Bright
Quick Start (allows the unit to be turned on faster in approximately 1 second) On Approx. 17.6 W Approx 17.6 W
Off Approx 1.7 W Approx 3.5 W

DVD Recorder Functions

Super Multi-Format Recording and Playback: The DMR-EZ48Vis incredibly versatile and format friendly. It can record and playback the following discs:

  • Recordable and Playable Discs: DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM
  • Playable Only Discs: DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, CD, and CD-R/RW (including MP3/JPEG/DivX files)

Note: DVD-RAM discs can be recorded in 16:9 aspect ratio, while all other discs will be recorded in 4:3.

Recording Modes and Estimated Disc Recording Time: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V offers the following recording modes to choose from:

Recording Mode DVD-RAM DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW (4.7 GB) DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL (8.5 GB)
Single-sided (4.7 GB) Double-sided (9.4 GB)
XP (High Quality) 1 hour 2 hours 1 hour 1 hour 45 minutes
SP (Standard Quality) 2 hours  4 hours  2 hours 3 hours 35 minutes
LP (Long Play) 4 hours 8 hours 4 hours 7 hours 10 minutes
EP (Extra Long Play) 6 Hour 6 hours 12 hours  6 hours  10 hours 45 minutes
8 Hour 8 hours 16 hours  8 hours  14 hours 20 minutes
FR (Flexible Recording) 8 hours maximum 8 hours maximum for one side 8 hours maximum 14 hours 20 minutes maximum

Note: The Flexible Recording setting sets the best possible picture quality that fits the recording within the remaining disc space.

VIERALink: You can connect your Panasonic DVD recorder/VCR combo to your Panasonic VIERA flat-panel HDTV via an HDMI cable, and the TV channel setting information is automatically downloaded to the recorder. Once the Auto Preset Download is complete, the DVD recorder/VCR combo will keep whichever TV channel you're watching as its receiving channel. This means you can record the program you are watching by just pressing the Record button on the VIERA remote. With VIERALink and you do not have to worry about setting the recorder to the right channel every time you want to record something.

Recording Functions: The DMR-EZ48V offers the following DVD recording functions:

  • One-Touch Recording: You can begin recording with a single press of the record button. Each subsequent press of the button adds time to the recording in the following sequence: 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours. If using a DVD-RAM disc, recording can begin as quickly as one second.
  • Scheduled Recording: You can enter up to 16 programs up to a month in advance to record on this DVD recorder/VCR combo. Each daily or weekly program is counted as one program.
  • Chasing Playback (DVD-RAM only): With the Chasing Playback feature you can begin watching the portion of a program that has already been saved while the DVD recorder/VCR combo continues recording the remainder of the program.
  • Simultaneous Record and Playback (DVD-RAM only): This feature allows the playback of a previous recording, while recording another program.

Create And Combine Chapters (DVD-RAM only): You can select the point where you want to start a new chapter while viewing a recording. You can also choose to combine two chapters into one chapter. A DVD-RAM disc can support up to 1,000 chapters.

Divide Recording: You can divide a single recording into two separate recordings. A DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, and DVD-RW can support up to 99 recordings per disc; while DVD+R, DVD+R DL, and DVD+RW discs can support up 49 recordings per disc.

Line-In NR: This feature reduces video tape noise while recording from a connected VCR. You can select either On or Off.

Title Name: You can give names to recorded titles up 44 characters.

Still Image Copy: You can copy JPEG still images to and from USB, SD-card, and DVD-RAM using this recorder.

Copy Protection: Some TV programs have encoded copy protection, (using CPRM--Content Protection for Recordable Media) allowing them to be recorded only once. Such programs can not be recorded onto DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or 3" DVD-RAM discs. To record these programs, you will need a CPRM-compatible DVD-RAM.

Finalizing Discs: This is the process that make playback of a recorded DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW disc possible on other equipment that can play such media. You can finalize DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW (DVD-Video format), DVD+R and DVD+R DL on this unit. After finalizing, the disc becomes play-only and you can no longer record or edit on the disc. However, finalized DVD-RW discs can be formatted to become recordable again.

Protection: You can prevent accidental erasure by setting writing protection or erasure protection.

DVD Video Playback Operations: The DMR-EZ48V features the following DVD playback operations:

  • Resume Function: When the Stop button is pressed, that position is stored in the memory. When the Play button is pressed after pressing the Stop button, playback resumes from the position where the disc was stopped. The resume function is canceled if the disc tray is opened or the Stop button is pressed a second time.
  • Pause: Press the pause button to freeze a motion picture. Press it again to restart play.
  • Search: You can fast forward or reverse through the disc. The speed increases up to 5 steps.
  • Skip: During play or while paused you can skip titles, chapters, or tracks according to the number of times the button is pressed.
  • Direct Access: Press the numbered buttons to start play from a selected title, chapter or track.
  • Quick View (RAM only): Use this to increase the playback speed to 1.3X normal speed.
  • Slow-Motion: During pause you can slow forward or reverse through the disc. There are 5 speed options.
  • Frame-by-Frame: While in the pause mode you can move frame by frame through the movie.
  • Time Slip Skipping: This function allows you to skip from 1 to 10 minutes ahead on the disc in 1 minute intervals.
  • CM Skip: Commercial Skip skips ahead approximately 1 minute on the disc.
  • Audio Change: You can change the Audio selection from Stereo, Mono L, Mon R or SAP during playback.
  • Create Chapter (RAM only): You can divide the recorded disc into chapters while you are viewing it.
  • Repeat Play: You can repeat an entire disc, chapter, group, playlist, title or track from this DVD recorder/VCR combo.
  • Zoom: This feature allows you to Zoom in and out of the video you are watching.

Still Image Playback Operations: The DMR-EZ48V features the following still image playback operations from DVD, CD, SD, or USB:

  • Album View: You can view up to six still images at a time on your TV screen.
  • Slideshow: You can display your still pictures one by one with constant intervals in a slideshow fashion.
  • Rotate: You can rotate your still pictures left to right.
  • Zoom: You can zoom in and out of your still pictures. This function is only available for still pictures smaller than 640 x 480 pixels.
  • Properties: You can display the shooting date and other information you saved when taking the picture by pressing the Status button twice.

VCR Functions

VHS Player and Recorder: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V features a built-in Hi-Fi VHS player and recorder that features Quasi-S-VHS Playback.

Note: Digital broadcasts cannot be recorded directly to video tape.

Quasi-S-VHS Playback: This feature allows you to play S-VHS recordings using a standard VHS VCR. When S-VHS recordings are played, they are displayed with standard VHS resolution. You can not record in S-VHS format.

Tape Length: You can specify what length of tape you are using from T120 (T30, T60, T90 and T120 tapes), T160 (T140 and T160 tapes), and T180 (T180 tapes).

VHS Recording Modes and Estimated Recording Time:

Recording Mode Durations
SP (Standard Play) You can record the length shown on your VHS tape.
EP (Extended Play) You can record 3x the length of SP mode.
VP (Advanced Playback) You can record 5x the length of SP mode.
AP (Auto) Automatically switches the recording mode to EP mode during a scheduled recording if there is not enough tap left to record the program in SP mode.

Note: A tape recorded in VP mode by this unit cannot be played back by other VCRs.

Recording Functions: The DMR-EZ48V offers the following VHS recording functions:

  • One-Touch Recording: You can begin recording with a single press of the record button. Each subsequent press of the button adds time to the recording in the following sequence: 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours. If using a DVD-RAM disc, recording can begin as quickly as one second.
  • Scheduled Recording: You can enter up to 16 programs up to a month in advance to record on this DVD recorder/VCR combo. Each daily or weekly program is counted as one program.

Copying Recordings: You can copy from VHS to DVD or DVD to VHS.

  • VHS to DVD: When coping beings, the VHS tape is played back starting at the tape's current position, and recorded to the disc.
  • DVD to VHS: All recordings on the disc are automatically copied onto the tape. If you start copying when the resume function is activated, the DVD is copied from the beginning of the recording when you previously stopped.

VHS Playback Functions: The DMR-EZ48V offers the following VHS playback functions:

  • Fast-Forward/Rewind: This feature allows you to Fast-Forward or Rewind the tape.
  • Slow Playback: You can move forward slowly through your VHS video for up to 10 minutes.
  • Cue/Review: Allows you to quickly review a portion of the video just played, or cue later portions of the tape (canceled after 10 minutes).
  • Jet Search: Allows high speed search of video in forward or reverse. The speed of Jet Search is 27x or 35x and is cancelled after 10 minutes.
  • Jet Rewind: Video tapes will rewind to the beginning of the tape at higher-speed.
  • Index Search: The unit automatically records special index signals on a tape every time a recording is started. The index search function makes use of these index signals to help you find the beginning of a desired program quickly and easily. Up to 20 index signals can be searched in either direction.
  • Repeat Playback: When the tape reaches the end of the program, it will automatically rewind to the beginning and play again.
  • Zoom: This feature allows you to Zoom in and out of the video you are watching.

Manual Tracking: The unit usually makes tracking adjustments automatically, but you may need to do it manually if noise appears on a tape recorded on other equipment.

Vertical Locking Adjustment: Adjust the vertical synchronization to stop the picture from shaking while paused.

Connections

Rear-Panel Connections: The following connections are found on the rear-panel of the Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder/VCR combo:

  • HDMI Out: The DVD recorder/VCR combo features an HDMI output that when connected to a HDMI compatible TV or A/V receiver, can transmit an uncompressed digital audio and video signal. The HDMI output can be set to 1080p, 1080i, or 720p. The HDMI output can only be used for playback of DVD, CD, SD, and USB video content.
  • Component Video Out: The DMR-EZ48V also features a component video output which supports 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i video signals. The component video output can only be used for playback of DVD, CD, SD, and USB video content.
  • A/V Input and Output: The Panasonic DVD recorder/VCR combo features a composite video input and output that share an analog stereo RCA input and output, along with an S-video input. These inputs and outputs can be used to display either DVD, CD, VHS, SD, or USB content. There is also an A/V output which consists of a composite video, S-video, and shared stereo RCA connectors for DVD, SD, and USB output only. These composite video and S-video inputs and outputs support up to 480i.
  • Digital Audio Out: The Panasonic DMR-EZ48V features a optical digital audio output to connect the unit to your home theater receiver for Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound (Used for DVD only)
  • RF Input and Output: Since the DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder/VCR combo features a built-in tuner, the unit is equipped with a threaded RF coaxial input and output.

Front-Panel Connections: The following connections are found on the front-panel of the Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD recorder/VCR combo.

  • A/V Input: The DVD recorder/VCR combo is equipped with a composite video and S-video input on the front panel that share an analog audio stereo RCA input.
  • USB Port: The DMR-EZ48V is also equipped with a front-panel USB type-A port for USB mass storage class devices up to 32 GB. The unit supports playback of MP3 audio files, JPEG still images and DivX video recorded onto a USB mass storage device with FAT16 or FAT32 file system.
  • SD-Card Slot: In addition, the Panasonic DVD recorder/VCR combo features a standard SD card slot which supports SD (8MB-2GB) and SDHC (4GB-16GB) memory cards, as well as mini-SD and micro-SD memory cards (with adapter) for JPEG still image playback. This unit is compatible with SD memory Cards that meet SD Card Specifications FAT 12 and FAT 16 formats, as well as SDHC Memory Cards in FAT 32 format.
  • DV Input: The unit features a front-panel IEEE 1394 standard, 4-pin port for connecting a digital camcorder.

Note: The DV input is a one-way connection; you cannot operate the DV equipment from the recorder.

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