DVD Video Recorder Operating Instructions DMR-E50 Model No. Before connecting, operating or adjusting this product, please read these instructions completely. Please keep this manual for future reference. Web Site: http://www.panasonic-europe.com RQT6996-B...
Keep this page open as you read through the Operating Instructions. Refer to it for the control and component names and numbers which appear in the text. The illustration shows DMR-E50EB for the United Kingdom. L/MONO AUDIO IN DVD/TV Í Í...
The unit’s display Rotating (REC): recording Stopped (REC): recording paused Stopped (STOP): play stopped with the resume function (1) Recording indicator (REC) while recording (2) Timer programme display when a programme for timer recording is on Flashes: when there are less than 10 minutes to go before timer recording is programmed, but the unit is not on standby.
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Batteries ≥Insert so the poles (- and +) match those in the remote control. ≥Do not use rechargeable type batteries. Do not; ≥mix old and new batteries. ≥use different types at the same time. ≥heat or expose to flame. ≥take apart or short circuit. ≥attempt to recharge alkaline or manganese batteries.
ªThe 3 methods for switching to the AV input on your Panasonic TV Your Panasonic TV uses one of 3 different methods for switching between TV reception and the AV input(s). Perform the operations steps listed for the switching methods A, B and C below to determine which one your Panasonic TV uses.
≥DVD-RAM recorded on this unit cannot be played on incompatible players (including players manufactured by Panasonic). ≥Using a Panasonic DVD-RAM, you can record broadcasts that allow you to make one copy, such as some satellite broadcasts. ≥This unit cannot record PAL signals to discs containing NTSC signals or vice versa.
≥Play may be impossible in some cases due the condition of the recording. ≥We recommend using DVD-R manufactured by Panasonic as they have been tested to be compatible with this unit. ≥You cannot change audio type if a DVD-R is in the unit. Select the audio type (M1 or M2) before recording by going to “Bilingual...
(optional). ≥This is necessary for Download from TV with Q Link function. ≥If you use Panasonic TV with RGB output capability and want to receive RGB signals, connect this unit to the AV1 socket on the TV. AV1 ( TV )
Connections (without Scart leads) If you do not have any scart leads and your TV is not Q Link type, you can connect your DVD Recorder to a TV and Satellite Receiver using RF leads. Using this connection method may however be difficult to obtain a clear picture from the Satellite Receiver. For this reason it is not recommended for inexperienced users.
Connections (with S-Video cable) Connections and preparations for a TV with S-Video socket. The conventional video sockets of DVD Recorder’s output (input) a combination of the luminance signal (Y) and colour signal (C) which are recorded on the disc. The S (Separate)-Video socket allows separate transmission of signals in order to obtain clearer pictures. The connection with S-Video Cable can also be used for playback of any disc.
Recording from Set Top Boxes (STB) or other Satellite Receivers (SAT) ª Recording video signal by “Sky personal Planner” and “External Link 1” Functions To record programmes from satellite receiver using “Sky Personal Planner” function together with the “External Link1” function of this DVD Recorder: ≥Make connections as shown.
AV input on your TV if you want to see the “Download” indication. Note ≥The explanations in this book refer to Panasonic Q Link TV and DVD Recorder, however they may also apply to other makes of TV and DVD Recorder with similar functions to Q Link. (See page 12 for details.) ≥If you accidentally switch on the DVD Recorder before the TV, downloading of the setup data from the TV may not be performed correctly.
To Set Up this DVD Recorder with an existing Q Link TV Switch the TV on. Select the AV input on your TV. Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. Press [Í] (1) to switch the DVD Recorder on. Downloading of the setup data starts automatically. Download Download in progress, please wait.
Auto Setup (without Q Link Functions) (continued) Removing Interference TV screen The picture with interference In some cases, interference (lines or patterning) or a very poor picture may appear on the TV when the DVD Recorder is connected. If this happens, follow the steps below to change the video playback channel (RF output channel) to remove the interference.
The aspect ratio is factory set to 4:3 for a regular television. You do not have to change this setting if you have a regular 4:3 aspect television. Preparation ≥Turn on the television and select the appropriate video input to suit the connections to this unit. ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”.
[RAM] [DVD-R] [DVD-V] [CD] [VCD] [MP3] Preparation Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. Press [DVD, Í] (1) to turn the unit on. Press [<, OPEN/CLOSE] (39) to open the tray and insert a disc. e.g.:DVD-RAM (1) Arrow pointing inwards. (2) Align correctly. ≥Insert label-up with the arrow facing in.
Quick View (Play t 1.3) [RAM] During play or Time Slip, you can play faster than the normal play to save time by Quick View function. During play Press and hold  (21) for about 1 second. DVD-RAM PLAY x1.3 ≥Press  (21) to return to normal play.
Skipping [RAM] [DVD-R] [DVD-V] [CD] [VCD] [MP3] You can skip to the beginning of tracks (page 71) and chapters (page 71) and restart play from there. On DVD-RAM and DVD-R, you can skip to the start of a programme and start play from there. The section between the point where recording is started and the point where it is stopped is called a “programme”.
Changing audio [RAM] [DVD-V] [VCD] Remote control only You can change the audio being received or played with the following procedure. Preparation Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. During reception or play Press [AUDIO] (31) to select the audio type. How the type changes depends on when you press the button.
Marking places to play again — MARKER [RAM] [DVD-R] You can mark up to 999 points on a disc to return to later. These marks are recorded directly onto DVD-RAM, but are cleared when you removed or finalized DVD-R. [DVD-V] [CD] [VCD] [MP3] You can mark up to 5 points on a disc to return to later.
Using menus to play MP3 discs [MP3] This unit can play MP3 files recorded on CD-R/RW with a computer. Files are treated as tracks and folders are treated as groups. “Total” means total number of all MP3 files (all tracks in all groups) recorded in the disc.
Recording television programmes [RAM] [DVD-R] Preparation Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. Press [DVD, Í] (1) to turn the unit on. Press [<, OPEN/CLOSE] (39) to open the tray and insert a disc. ≥Insert one disc only within the tray’s guides. ≥Use a disc that can be recorded on and that has enough space available.
Flexible recording mode (FR) The unit calculates a recording rate that enables the recording to fit in the time you set (within the remaining time on the disc) and with the best possible picture quality. While stopped Press [F Rec] (27). FLEXIBLE RECORDING Recording in FR mode Maximum rec.
ªTo immediately record the same TV programme that you are viewing on the TV (Direct TV Recording) This function allows you to immediately start recording the same programme that you are viewing on the TV. The programme position selected on the unit automatically changes to that of the TV programme that you are viewing on the TV.
Playing while you are recording Playing from the beginning of the programme you are recording—Chasing play [RAM] You can start play from the beginning of a programme while continuing to record it. Preparation Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. While recording or timer recording Press  (21).
Playing while you are recording (continued) Checking the recording during recording (TIME SLIP) [RAM] You can play the programme being recorded to check that it is being recorded correctly. You can also check parts that were recorded previously. Preparation Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. While recording or timer recording Press [TIME SLIP] (25).
Using VIDEO Plus+ number to make timer recording VIDEO Plus+ are different trademarks used to represent the same easy recording feature. However, for simplicity, only the term VIDEO Plus+ will be used. [RAM] [DVD-R] Remote control only You can easily programme the unit to make a timer recording of a programme by entering the programme’s VIDEO Plus+ number, which can be found in the television sections of newspapers or in television guides.
ªTo change the programme TIMER Remain 1:58 SP RECORDING 1:19:00 16.7 TUE Name Date Start Stop Mode BBC 1 16/ 7 TUE 1:00 2:00 Title Press ENTER to store new programme. SELECT CANCEL ENTER RETURN Timer Programme Correction screen (from step 3 on page 32) 1) Use [2, 1] (10) to select the item you want to change.
Manual programming [RAM] [DVD-R] Remote control only You can set your own programming conditions (up to 16 programmes). Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Ensure that this unit’s clock is set correctly. ≥Insert a disc for recording (make sure there is enough room for the programme you are going to record plus a little extra).
Recording from a video cassette player When connected to the other equipment [RAM] [DVD-R] You can record audio and video being played on a video cassette player or a video camera connected to the input terminals. Preparation ≥Before connecting any cables, first make sure that the power for both units is off. Then after connecting any cable, turn on the both units.
Entering titles [RAM] [DVD-R] You can: ≥Title discs with the DISC INFORMATION in the FUNCTIONS window. ≥Title programmes with the Timer recording (page 32). ≥Title programmes with the DIRECT NAVIGATOR (page 42). ≥Title play lists with the PLAY LIST screen (page 50). Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”.
Disc Protection [RAM] This allows you to protect discs from accidental erasure. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert the disc you want to protect. While stopped Press [FUNCTIONS] (11). Use [3, 4, 2, 1] (10) to select “DISC INFORMATION”...
Erase all programmes [RAM] All programmes and play lists created from them will be erased irretrievably when you use this procedure. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert a disc you have recorded on. While stopped Press [FUNCTIONS] (11). Use [3, 4, 2, 1] (10) to select “DISC INFORMATION”...
Finalize — Creating DVD-Video [DVD-R] You can play DVD-R on compatible DVD players by finalizing them on this unit, effectively making them into DVD-Video. The menus you create with this unit can also be used on the player. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert the disc you want to finalize.
Using the DIRECT NAVIGATOR Selecting programmes to play [RAM] [DVD-R] A list of programmes is created as you record them. You can use this list to find the programmes you want to watch. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert a disc you have recorded on.
Erasing programmes [RAM] [DVD-R] The programme is erased completely when you use this procedure and cannot be retrieved. Check the programme carefully before erasing it to ensure it isn’t one you want to keep. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert a disc you have recorded on.
Protecting programmes [RAM] You can prevent accidental erasure of programmes by write- protecting them. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert a disc you have recorded on. After performing steps 1 to 3 of “Erasing programmes”, perform the following steps: Use [3, 4] (10) to select “Protection”...
Erasing parts of a programme [RAM] The specified parts of the programme are erased completely when you use this procedure and cannot be retrieved. Check the programme carefully to ensure it isn’t one you want to keep. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert a disc you have recorded on.
Using PLAY LIST to edit programmes Displaying PLAY LIST [RAM] Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert a disc you have recorded on. Press [PLAY LIST] (22). PLAY LIST - - - - - - No. Date Total Scene Title Edit 01 16/7...
Creating PLAY LIST [RAM] You can specify start and end points to create a scene, then specify the order in which these scenes are played. These scenes are not recorded separately so this doesn’t use up much of the disc’s capacity. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”.
Playing PLAY LIST [RAM] Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert a disc you created play lists on. Press [PLAY LIST] (22). Use [3, 4] (10) to select the play list you want to play and press [ENTER] (10). ≥The play list you select is played.
Adding Scenes to a PLAY LIST [RAM] Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert a disc you created play lists on. Press [PLAY LIST] (22). Use [3, 4] (10) to select the desired play list and press  (10). Play Scenes Edit PL Copy...
To re-edit a PLAY LIST Scene [RAM] Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert a disc you created play lists on. After performing steps 1 to 3 of “Adding Scenes to PLAY LIST”, perform the following steps: Use [2, 1] (10) to select “Re-edit” and press [ENTER] (10).
Copying PLAY LIST [RAM] Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Insert a disc you created play lists on. After performing steps 1 to 2 of “Adding Scenes to PLAY LIST”, perform the following steps: Use [3, 4] (10) to select “PL Copy” and press [ENTER] (10).
[RAM] [DVD-R] [DVD-V] [CD] [VCD] [MP3] Remote control only DISPLAY menus contain information about the disc or unit. These menus allow you to perform operations by changing this information. Common procedures Preparation Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. Press [DISPLAY] (34). Disc Soundtrack Play...
Play menu [RAM] [DVD-R] [DVD-V] [CD] [VCD] [MP3] Disc Repeat Play Play Marker 1s10 Picture Sound Repeat play [RAM] [DVD-R] [DVD-V] [CD] [VCD] [MP3] (page 53) You can play a programme, play list, chapter, title, group or track repeatedly. Marker [RAM] [DVD-R] [DVD-V] [CD] [VCD] [MP3] (page 24) You can mark points on a disc to return to later.
Repeat play [RAM] [DVD-R] [DVD-V] [CD] [VCD] [MP3] During play Use [3, 4] (10). Disc Repeat Play Play Marker 1s10 Picture Sound The display changes as illustrated. [RAM] [DVD-R] PRG (PROGRAMME),-.All,-.OFF ^--------------------------------------------------J [DVD-V] Chapter,-.Title,-.OFF ^--------------------------J [CD] [VCD] Track,-.All,-.OFF ^---------------------J [MP3] Track,-.Group,-.OFF ^-------------------------J While playing a play list...
The Child Lock deactivates all buttons on the unit and remote control. Use it to prevent other people from operating the unit. Remote control only To activate the Child Lock Hold down [ENTER] (10) and [RETURN] (23) simultaneously until “X HOLD” appears on the unit’s display. ≥If you press a button while the Child Lock is on, “X HOLD”...
Connecting a digital amplifier or system component [A] R - AUDIO - L OPTICAL DIGITAL AUDIO OUT R - AUDIO - L (PCM/BIT STREAM) (1) Rear of this unit (2) Insert fully, with this side facing up. (Do not bend when connecting.) (3) Optical digital audio cable (not supplied) (4) To optical digital input...
Connecting a Decoder Decoder here refers to the device used to decode scrambled broadcasts (Pay TV). R - AUDIO - L VIDEO S-VIDEO AV1 (TV) OPTICAL DIGITAL AUDIO OUT AV2 (DECODER/EXT) (PCM/BIT STREAM) R - AUDIO - L VIDEO S-VIDEO (1) Decoder (not supplied) (2) 21-pin Scart socket (3) 21-pin Scart cable (not supplied)
Connecting a video cassette recorder When connecting to the AV3 input terminals on the front of the unit Audio/Video cable (1) Yellow (VIDEO) (2) White (L) (3) Red (R) L/MONO AUDIO IN (4) S video cable (not supplied) (5) Audio/Video cable (not supplied) (6) Other playback equipment ≥Connect to the video and audio output terminals.
Common procedures Refer to the summary of settings table on page 59 and use the following procedure to change the settings if necessary. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. While stopped Press [FUNCTIONS] (11) to show the FUNCTIONS window. Use [3, 4, 2, 1] (10) to select “SETUP”...
Manual Auto-Setup Restart Download ª Settings Remote Change the remote control code so you can use other Panasonic DVD equipment at the same time. [DVD 1] [DVD 2] [DVD 3] Clock Manual Clock Setting (page 64) You can adjust the clock.
≥Underlined items are the factory presets. ª Picture Rec Resolution ( Select the picture sharpness when recording. [Fine] [Normal] Fine Pictures become clear and vivid. Normally, use this setting. Normal Select it when recording noisy pictures. ≥“Fine” is automatically selected if you set “TV System” to “NTSC”. Hybrid VBR Resolution ( Switch between automatic and fixed hybrid VBR resolution when recording.
≥Underlined items are the factory presets. ª Display On-Screen Messages Choose whether to show on-screen messages automatically or not. [Automatic] [Off] Grey Background Select whether to show the grey background, normally shown when television reception is poor. [On] [Off] Channel Guide [On] [Off] The Channel Guide will appear for a few seconds each time the channel is changed with [X, W, CH] (18).
Entering a password (Ratings) You can limit play of DVDs unsuitable for some audiences, children, for example. Play and changes to the settings are not possible unless you enter a password. When setting ratings The password screen is shown when you select levels 0 to 7. 1) Input a 4-digit password with the numeric buttons (4).
Recorders and players manufactured by Panasonic. Most of the DVD Recorders and players manufactured by Panasonic use the same system for their remote controls, so if you operate them in the same place, the controls can be confused by the different pieces of equipment. Use the following procedure to change the remote control code to solve this problem.
Clock Settings Usually, the units Auto Setup or Download function automatically adjusts the clock to correct time. Under some reception conditions, however, the unit cannot set the clock automatically. In this case, follow the operation steps below to manually set the clock.
Channel Settings Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Press [FUNCTIONS] (11) to show the FUNCTIONS window. Selecting the manual tuning Use [3, 4, 2, 1] (10) to select “SETUP” and press [ENTER] (10). ≥The SETUP screen appears. Use [3, 4] (10) to select the “Tuning” tab and press  or  (10).
Adding, deleting and moving channels Use this function if: ≥Channels were not set correctly using automatic tuning. ≥A channel that should have been set wasn’t. ≥A channel’s reception is poor and you want to delete it. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Press [FUNCTIONS] (11) to show the FUNCTIONS window.
Changing the Owner ID You can change the [PIN number], [Name], [House No.] and [Postcode]. Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. ≥Press [FUNCTIONS] (11) to show the FUNCTIONS window. Use [3, 4, 2, 1] (10) to select “SETUP” and press [ENTER] (10).
Changing the information displayed Displays appear on the television when you operate the unit to let you know what operation was performed and what condition the unit is in. Remote control only Preparation ≥Switch [DVD, TV] (15) to “DVD”. Press [STATUS] (28) to change the information displayed.
Maintenance and Handling Maintenance To clean this unit, wipe with a soft, dry cloth. ≥Never use alcohol, paint thinner or benzine to clean this unit. ≥Before using chemically treated cloth, read the instructions that came with the cloth carefully. Dust and dirt may adhere to the unit’s lenses over time, possibly making it impossible to record or play discs. Use the recommended DVD-RAM/PD lens cleaner (LF-K123LCA1) every 1 to 4 months, depending on frequency of use and the operating environment.
Bitstream This is the compressed form of digital signals. A decoder decodes these signals into 5.1 surround and multi-channel signals. Channel (when referring to DVD) Sound is divided into channels based on the sound’s role. For example, 5.1 channel ≥Front speakers — 1 left channel and 1 right channel ≥Center speaker —...
Q Link This function works only if the unit is connected via a fully-wired 21-pin Scart cable to a TV featuring the Q Link or similar function. Q Link offers the following functions: 1) Download from the TV* When you connect the unit to a TV, the station list data is automatically copied from the TV to the unit, and the TV stations are assigned to the programme positions on the unit in the same order as on the TV.
The self-diagnosis displays appear if a problem occurs with the unit. The service numbers in the table appear when a problem occurs. ≥The service numbers are a “U” followed by two digits. Service Unit status number NO READ The disc is dirty or badly scratched.
Error messages No Disc. This is a non-recordable disc. This disc is not properly formatted. Formatting is necessary using DISC INFORMATION. Please check write protect tab on the disc. Contents of this disc are protected. Cannot finish recording completely. Cannot record on the disc. Please set clock.
Before requesting service, make the below checks. If you are in doubt about some of the check points, or if the remedies indicated in the chart do not solve the problem, consult your dealer for instructions. Power No power. The unit is on but cannot be operated.
Play ≥Insert the disc correctly with the label facing up. (page 20) Play fails to start even when  ≥This unit cannot play discs other than DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-Video, Video CD, CD and MP3 (21) is pressed. Play starts but then stops ≥The disc is dirty.
Recording and timer recording ≥You haven’t inserted a disc or the disc you inserted cannot be recorded on. Insert a disc the unit Cannot record. ≥The disc is unformatted. ≥The write protect tab on the cartridge is set to “PROTECT”. ≥Recording is not possible unless you set “Disc Protection”...
Power supply: AC 220-240 V, 50 Hz Power consumption: 29 W Recording system: DVD video recording standards (DVD-RAM), DVD video standards (DVD-R) Recordable discs: 12 cm 4.7 GB DVD-RAM 12 cm 9.4 GB DVD-RAM 8 cm 2.8 GB DVD-RAM 12 cm 4.7 GB DVD-R (for General Ver.2.0) Recording time: Maximum 360 min (with 4.7 GB disc)
ª T Time Slip ... 22 Timer recording ... 32 Title ... 37 ª V VIDEO Plus+ ... 32 ª W Watching the television while recording ... 30 Write protect tab ... 73 Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Web Site: http://www.panasonic.co.jp/global/...