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Panasonic Debuts DVD-R/DVD-RAM Video Recorder

(October 03, 2001)
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company has introduced the DMR-T2020, a DVD-R / DVD-RAM video recorder that the company says can record real-time, broadcast-quality MPEG-2 digital video onto a removable DVD-R or DVD-RAM discs.

Once recorded, the video is ready to view without having to search, rewind or fast forward. The recorder allows users to easily navigate, edit scenes and create custom play lists of digital content on a DVD disc. The DMR-T2020 supports a super-fast data transfer rate of up to 22 Mbps and enables simultaneous recording and playback - an industry first in a DVD recorder.


The DMR-T2020 allows users to make repeated recordings onto DVD-RAM discs and one-time-only recordings onto DVD-R (4.7GB/DVD-R for General Ver.2.0) discs.
DVD-RAM offers in excess of 100,000-write/rewrite cycles. DVD-R General discs can be played back by most of the conventional DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives.

The recorder is equipped with a Real-Time Variable Bit Rate (VBR) MPEG-2 Encoder. Thanks to the unit's time base corrector, 3-D Y/C separation and 3-D digital noise reduction (DNR) circuitry, transferred video is capable of having better picture quality than the analog original.

The DMR-T2020 offers four recording modes with record times of one, two, four, and six hours on a 4.7 GB DVD-R or DVD-RAM discs. The record times double when using double-sided DVD-RAM media. Users can play DVD-R discs in the DVD-RAM or DVD-ROM drives of their laptop or desktop PC, making sharing discs with colleagues easy.

In addition to recording new video content, the DMR-T2020 allows users to transfer existing videotape recordings to space-saving DVD discs. High-quality digital copies of originally created video content can be used for an array of applications: weddings, education, events, training, sports, video kiosks, product demonstrations and entertainment. Video libraries can be archived, preserved, and easily cataloged and accessed. The recorder is playback-compatible with CD-Audio, Video CD, CD-Recordable (CD-R) and CD-Rewritable (CD-RW).

The DMR-T2020 will be available in October at a suggested list of $1,050.

For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast -

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