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Panasonic France Launches DMR-XW380 DVD Recorder

Panasonic Corporation announced a new DIGA set-top DVD recorder for the French market, the DMR-XW380.

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Panasonic Introduces High Definition DVD Recorders

DMR-XW380 for high performance recording

Berlin, Germany (September 1, 2010) – Panasonic introduces new DIGA video recorders, the debut for DMR-XW380. Panasonic offers the Germany recorders with twin HD terrestrial tuners, which enables customers to record digital broadcasts in Full-HD quality. Besides its ability of recording two digital broadcasts at the same time, the twin HD tuners allow users without a digital TV to watch a digital broadcast and record it simultaneously. Users can enjoy surround sound and subtitles during playback, enabled by the 5.1-channel surround sound (Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus) signal and subtitles that can also be recorded.

The DMR-XW380 is equipped with an SD memory card slot, making it easy to view motion (AVCHD format) and still images captured with an HD camcorder or digital still camera. The recorder also features an HD Archiving function to save Full-HD images from an SD memory card onto the built-in hard disk drive. In addition to a High Speed Copying function, a DR File Conversion function can convert TV programmes recorded in DR mode on hard disk drive into HG, HX, HE, HL, or HM mode (High Definition) DIGA compresses the recorded programmes at a lower bitrates but retain its high definition resolution, which takes up less space on the hard disk drive without compromising on picture quality as much.

More functions go along with easy handling
The graphical user interface (GUI) has been revised for easy use. More functions can now be accessed from the top menu, and an operating guide is displayed to help users quickly find the desired function. The title of the selected content is displayed in an enlarged view to facilitate the selection.

The High Definition Chroma Processor enables crisper, sharper videos with excellent detail on DVD and recorded programmes on HDD. With High Definition Chroma Processor, Colour reproduction becomes faithful to the original picture. Also the P4HD can render progressive images superbly, expresses motion smoothly, and draws crisp diagonal lines.

The DMR-XW380 is equipped with DLNA server functionality. By connecting to LAN and with compatible DLNA client device, the recorded programmes AVCHD and JPEG files archived on DIGA’s hard disc drive can be enjoyed in a separate room. Also by connecting the DMR-XW380 to the Internet, VIERA CAST lets the user view videos on YouTubeTM, Web-based photos on PicasaTM, music content on QTom, news on Tagesschau and more Internet Content.

Easy networking and environmental friendliness
The DMR-XW380 features VIERA Link functionality. Hence, operation can be carried out via a VIERA remote control for wide and easy networking And, of course, it complies with the EUP Directive, achieving a low power consumption of 0.25 W,1 which falls far below the stipulated value.2

With its superior recording ability, outstanding image and sound quality, wide networking, easy operation and environmentally friendly design, the DMR-XW380 debut as high-performance recorder perfectly suited to the HD age.

Stunning Recording and Playback Picture Quality
H.264 Long Time Archiving
DIGA’s H.264 encoder compresses the recorded programmes at a lower bitrate but retaind its high-definition resolution, which takes up less space on the disc without compromising on picture quality as much. The images are crisp and clear due to advanced compression technologies that are optimised to match each scene. (all models)

High Definition Chroma Processor
Enjoy watching crisper, sharper videos with excellent detail on DVD and HDD (Recording Content and DVD). Colour reproduction that is faithful to the original picture, produces colourful in details.

Enjoy Recorded Content in a Separate Room
Using DLNA® technology, Panasonic Blu-ray Disc™ players and home cinema systems can access the data (recorded programmes, photo, movie) on the DLNA Server High Definition Recorders (DIGA) or compliant PC*. By simply connecting to Home Network (LAN), you can enjoy AVCHD, JPEG files and recorded programmes on your DIGA or AVCHD, WMV, and JPEG on your PC*.
*Requires Windows 7 Operating System.

Convenient for Archiving
Long Time Archiving in HM mode with High Quality
This function is also convenient for saving hard disk space. With HM mode, 169 hours with high definition picture quality can be saved onto HDD.

Easy and Convenient Operation

Pause Live TV and Rewind Live TV
DIGA becomes more convenient with addition of Rewind Live TV. On top of Pause Live TV which let you pause live TV programmes as if you are watching recorded programmes, Rewind Live TV will allow you to rewind live TV to the scene which you want to, up to 1 hour 30 minutes, so you won’t miss important moments.
*Rewind Live TV will be effective while channel stays the same.
*When W-recording, the function of Rewind Live TV does not work.
*For Pause Live TV and Rewind Live TV when 8 hours pass since the programme was recorded, the recording stops. After Pause Live TV or Rewind Live TV is activated, the limitation of 8 hours recording begins.

Multi Media HD Storage/Archiving

Networking with HD Camcorder and Digital Still Camera
Home movies and photos can be transferred via SD memory card to the HDD, DVD. Until now, transferring and storing HD Camcorder images was a time-consuming process performed on your PC. A Panasonic recorder makes this process effortlessly simple.

*JPEG copying is available only for DVD-RAM, HDD.
Archiving AVCHD only for DVD-R, HDD.

Technical specifications
High Definition Recorder with HDD (250GB) and Twin HD Satellite Tuner
1.    High Definition Recording & Playback onto HDD
2.    Twin HD SatelliteTuner
3.    DLNA Home server Function

High Quality Picture Recording and Playback
• H.264 Long Time Archiving
• HD Chroma Processor
• P4HD
• Detail Clarity Processor

Easy to Use
• Long Time Archiving in HM mode with High Quality
• Two CI Slot
• Rewind Live TV
• Pause Live TV
• Auto Scene Chapter
• 10 Sec Skip Back Button

• DLNA Home Server
• USB/ SD Memory Card Slot
• AVCHD Copying on DVD-R from DSC and HD Camcorder
• Slideshow with Music

Environmental Friendly
• Low Power Consumption 0.25W in Standby Mode
• Eco VIERA Link

About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.42 trillion yen (EUR 56.6 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2010. The company’s shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges.

1 In Standby Mode
2 1.0W in 2009, 0.5W in 2012