Panasonic DMR-EX85

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H and M Video
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I have the above unit and unfortunately the DVD drive does not work either to play DVD's or burn programmes to DVD. I have a few recorded programmes on the HD that I want to archive but now can't. The unit can still play from the HD.

Is it possible to install a new DVD drive similar to a computer or will it require serviced by Panasonic?

Harry

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Gavin Gration
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No. The drives are machine specific.

You can either cannibalise another machine or copy the content via analogue out to something else or........

There's a guy on Ebay fixes specific drive issues with Panasonic recorders

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Panasonic-DVD-Recorder-Repairs-DMR-E55-E65-E85-E95-ES30-/330504543037?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_Video_DVDPlayers_Recorders&hash=item4cf39b1b3d#ht_2651wt_1139

Never used him but seems worth a punt. Feedback looks good.

H and M Video
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Thanks for that, Gavin it was just as I suspected. Now I don't know whether to get it repaired or dip the pockets and go for a Blu-Ray one.

Harry

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JOHN . A.V.
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In these sorts of cases, and with any other box that has a hard drive based recording system , is it possible to retrieve the hard drive from it and use it with dock station to a PC (with a dvd authoring programme) to salvage content ?

H and M Video
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JOHN . A.V. wrote:
In these sorts of cases, and with any other box that has a hard drive based recording system , is it possible to retrieve the hard drive from it and use it with dock station to a PC (with a dvd authoring programme) to salvage content ?

It is my understanding that the HD in the DMR-EX85 has a file structure that Windows does not recognise therefore downloading to S-VHS might be one answer. I will check out Panasonic service charges first.

Harry

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DAVE M
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I wouldn't go via S-VHS.

I'd either use a DVD recorder but connected through analogue or maybe use a DV camera as a D>A converter and your edit system to capture the stuff.

You can get pretty cheap DVD recorders these days

H and M Video
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So Dave does the Firewire on the EX85 provide for I/O with a DV Camera pr would it require an analogue transfer? I mentioned S-VHS because I have a machine hooked up to the DMR so that would be the easiest method and the Quality is not of prime importance.

Harry

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Gavin Gration
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DAVE M
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Harry -

I don't know.

I have connected Dv cameras to DVd recorders but it only seemed to act as a tape dump.

But even connecting analogue from the phonos (or YC) at the rear to either a DVD recorder or NLE should give you a better recording than SVHS

Gavin Gration
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H & M Video wrote:
So Dave does the Firewire on the EX85 provide for I/O with a DV Camera pr would it require an analogue transfer? I mentioned S-VHS because I have a machine hooked up to the DMR so that would be the easiest method and the Quality is not of prime importance.

Harry

Almost all DVD Recorders (with one or two exceptions) are DV IN only.

Pioneer had a couple.

col lamb
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If your camcorders do not allow for inputting s-video and outputting via Firewire then if you can borrow a Canopus ADVC 100 which will do the trick.

It has analogue inputs and firewire output which you can record on your PC/MAC

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