DIGA DVD Recorder with 400GB Hard Disk
DVD-R / DVD-RAM / HD Recorder
multi-region record and playback NTSC and PAL
Built in analogue TV tuner

Firewire (i-Link) DV input

DIGA DVD Recorder with 400GB Hard Disk

Euro 1,900

The DMRE50HEBS has long recording time enabling you to record your favourite programmes and easily access or edit them; archive home movies on a durable, high quality format ; transfer your video, audio, and data from DVD onto an SD Card for pocket portability.

Playable Discs

DVD-RAM: 12cm (4.7GB/9.4GB), 8cm (2.8GB), 12cm (4.7GB) (Ver.2.1 / 3x speed DVD-RAM Revision 1.0) DVD-RW, DVD-R: 12cm (4.7GB), 8cm (1.4GB) (for General Ver. 2.0), 12cm (4.7GB) (for General Ver.2.0 / 4x speed DVD-R Revision 1.0), DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Video CD, CD-Audio (CD-DA), CD-R/RW (MP3, CD-DA, Video CD formatted disc)

Recordable Discs

DVD-RAM: 12cm (4.7GB/9.4GB), 8cm (2.8GB), 12cm (4.7GB) (Ver.2.1 / 3x speed DVD-RAM Revision 1.0) DVD-R: 12cm (4.7GB), 8cm (1.4GB) (for General Ver. 2.0), 12cm (4.7GB) (for General Ver.2.0 / 4x speed DVD-R Revision 1.0)

Recording Standards

DVD Video Recording Format (DVD-RAM), DVD Video Format (DVD-R)

Built-in Hard Disk Capacity


Recording Time

XP Mode

Approx. 89 hours (with built-in hard disc), Approx. 1 hour (with 4.7GB disc)

SP Mode

Approx. 177 hours (with built-in hard disc), Approx. 2 hours (with 4.7GB disc)

LP Mode

Approx. 355 hours (with built-in hard disc), Approx. 4 hours (with 4.7GB disc)

EP Mode

Approx. 532 hours (with built-in hard disc), Approx. 8 hours (with 4.7GB disc)

Television System

Tuner System


Channel Coverage

UHF: CH 21-68


Video System

PAL colour signal, 625 lines, 50 fields / NTSC colour signal, 525 lines, 60 fields

Recording System

MPEG2 (Hybrid VBR) MPEG4 (VBR)

Input - Video In

AV1 / AV2 (21 pin), AV3 / AV4 (pin jack)

Input - S-Video Out

AV2 (21 pin), AV3 / AV4 (S terminal)

Input - RGB In

AV2 (21 pin) (PAL)

Output - Video Out

AV1 / AV2 (21 pin), Video out (pin jack)

Output - S-Video Out

AV1 (21 pin), S-Video out (S terminal)

Output - RGB Out

AV1 (21 pin) (PAL)

Component Video Output

Y: 1.0 Vp-p; 75 ohm, PB: 0.7 Vp-p; 75 ohm, PR: 0.7 Vp-p; 75 ohm


Recording System

Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (xp mode, 2ch), G.726(MPEG4)

Input - Audio In

AV1 / AV2 (21 pin), AV3 / AV4 (pin jack)

Output - Audio Out

AV1 / AV2 (21 pin), Audio out (pin jack)

Output - Digital Audio Out

Optical terminal (PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG)

SD/PC Card Slot

Card Slot

SD Memory Card Slot: 1pc, PC Card Slot (Type II): 1pc

Image File - Compatible Media

SD Card Slot: SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

PC Card Slot: A PC Card adaptor conforming to PC Card Standards, ATA Flash PC Card, PC Card Adaptor (SD Memory Card, xD Picture Card, Microdrive, MUltiMediaCard, Compact Flash, Smart Media, Memory Stick), Mobile hard disk

Image File - Image File Format

JPEG conforming DCF (Design rule for Camera File System), (Sub sampling; 4:2:2 or4:2:0) TIFF (Uncompressed RGB chunky) / DPOF Compatible

Image File - Number of Pixels

34 x 34 to 6144 x 4096


Power Supply

AC220 - 240V, 50Hz

Power Consumption


Dimensions (W x H x D)

430 x 79 x 302mm



Diga Features
(in DMR-E500HEBS)

Time Slip Function, Simultaneous Record & Playback
Chasing Playback: This DVD-RAM feature lets you begin to watch what you are recording, even as you continue to record it. For example, let’s say you set to record a TV show for an hour from 9pm. Trouble is, you get home at 9.25pm. But why wait until the recording has finished? With a Panasonic DIGA DVD Video recorder, you can start watching your show from its beginning while still continuing to record it.
Time Slip Button: Press this once during a recording and you can see what you recorded 30 seconds ago - while still watching what you’re recording now. The advanced picture-in-picture mode lets you view two pictures at the same time. Want to see what was recorded more than 60 seconds ago? Use the cursor keys to return to any previous point in the programme and see it in the main picture as you continue watching the ’live’ recording on the sub screen.
Extended Recording Times
A variety of recording modes. Select the recording mode that best suits your needs: for programmes where high picture quality is required, XP mode will prove ideal. But for everyday programmes EP mode offers longer record times and this saves disc space. DIGA DVD Video recorders are compatible with blank DVD-R and DVD-RAM discs. Recording using a 4.7GB DVD-R can deliver around six hours on a single disc when you choose EP recording mode. Use a 9.4GB double sided DVD-RAM disc and you can double that capacity to 12 hours (6 hours per side). Another option is to use Flexible Recording mode: this automatically selects the best picture quality based on the recording time and how much available space there is on the disc.
Super Extended Record Time
The DVD/Hard Disk Video Recorder offers 80GB built-in hard drives; select EP recording mode and you can get up to 142 hours worth of non-stop recording using the hard drive. Record all the programmes you want to see and then play them whenever you like. You can also save programmes from the hard drive onto a blank disc or vice versa, from a DVD-RAM to the hard disk.
Direct Navigator
The Direct Navigator displays a list of the programmes you’ve recorded, use the remote to scroll over titles in the list and as you do so, the programme starts playing in the background. The advanced Direct Navigator makes editing or playing back recordings easy. Instead of showing your recorded contents as a list, it displays them as thumbnail images. Use the remote to scroll across a thumbnail and as you do so it begins playing.
High Picture Quality on DVD Recording
Create your DVD movie. Everyone can enjoy your recordings. If you’re not sure what kind of DVD player your friends or family own, simply record using DVD-R.
A DVD-R disc which conforms to DVD-Video standards can be played back on virtually any standard DVDVideo player. DVD-R is a write-once format and blank discs tend to be more affordable. This makes DVD-R the ideal format for archiving or sharing recordings.
Playlist Playback
Scenes from your recordings can be easily rearranged into any order so you can create special versions of the same programme for different audiences. One disc can feature up to 99 playlists and register up to 999 scenes.
Digital Pictures via SD Card Slot
Front-mounted SD Memory Card/PC card slots make it easy to transfer images to and from a digital still camera to a DVD disc or hard drive. You can easily view JPEGs (JPEG files and TIFF uncompressed RGB files recorded using a digital camera) from the card via the DVD recorder connected to your TV.
MPEG2/4 Data Storage & Playback
You can record a video clip in MPEG4 (for transfer to an SD Card) at the same time as you are recording to the hard drive (MPEG2). Use the MPEG4 viewer to select the video you want and transfer it to an SD Card at high speed. You can also copy a video (MPEG2) onto an SD Card by converting it into an SD video clip (MPEG4).
Auto Renewal Recording
It automatically records a show onto the hard drive every day or every week. The most recent episode records right over the previous one.
Relief Recording
It automatically checks the remaining space when you’re recording onto a DVD-RAM or DVD-R disc. If there’s not enough space, it will start relief recording onto their hard drives. And if you forget to insert a recordable disc in the first place, relief recording automatically kicks in.
DV Auto Recording
Just connect a digital video camera to the DV input terminal to transfer video from the camera onto the hard drive or a DVD. DV Auto Recording automatically creates a playlist and therefore makes it easier to find the beginning of each scene or programme. With a playlist you can easily edit and customise your movies by re-arrange scenes.
Partial Delete and Re-recording
Panasonic DIGA DVD Video recorders randomly access the areas of a disc which have been deleted. They then automatically use this space for new recordings.
Quick View (x1.3)
Quick View lets you play back a recording , complete with sound , at 1.3 times the normal speed. This allows you to quickly check the contents of a recording. Quick View can even be used during Chasing Playback.
One-touch Record,
Unlike videotape, recordable DVD means you don’t have to search for blank space upon which to record. One-Touch Record seeks out the empty space on a disc before it actually begins recording. This eliminates the risk of accidentally recording over any stored programmes.
PAL/NTSC Progressive Scan
Enables delivery images with high resolution and detail when connected to a Plasma Panel, LCD TV or LCD Projector with Compatible inputs.
Compatibility with a Variety of Disc Formats
In addition to recording and playing DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs, DIGA DVD recorders can also play two-channel DVD Audio, Audio CDs (including MP3 format), Video CDs and Audio Recordings on CD-R and CD-RW (CD-R and CD-RW recordings conforming to CD-DA format audio are compatible. Some CD-R and CD-RW discs may not be playable due to the condition of the recording)

Panasonic contacts

advanced technologic sound magazine
2005 January issue 133

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