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Mitsubishi Launches Blu-ray Recorders

by March 27, 2008
Mitsubishi, filling the HD recording gap

Mitsubishi, filling the HD recording gap

Mitsubishi announced on its Japanese website two new Blu-ray recorders in a series that it is dubbing 'REAL Blu-ray.' Mitsubishi Electric Corporation showed off the new players along with an included touch-panel "GUTTO" LCD remote control. The models, the DVR-BZ200 and DVR-BZ100, launched on May 24th and feature a 500GB and 250GB hard drive respectively. These are the first Blu-ray Disc recorders from Mitsubishi and they are specifically designed to interact well with other Mitsubishi-branded televisions carrying the new "REAL" moniker. Features such as HDMI CEC control features and preprogrammed remote codes will ensure that users with both a Mitsubishi recorder and television will get some added benefits.

Both recorders feature direct AVC encoders, which guarantees they can record and store 1080p content on either DVD-R, BD-R, BD-RE or the internal hard drive. HDMI inputs and output are provided on the recorders as is a Japan-only ISDB tuner for recording broadcast television.

Features of the new product

  • LCD touch panel remote control
    In addition to the standard remote, both players come with a "GUTTO" LCD touch panel remote which can be programmed from the normal remote and used to operate other devices in your AV system. During various "Record", "Play" and "Watching TV" functions, the screen will adapt to deliver buttons specific to the task being performed.
  • "REALINK" CEC
    LCD TVs utilizing the "REAL" branded system will be able to have themselves be controlled seamlessly from the Blu-ray recorders. This will provide easier input switching and set adjustments without having to use the television's remote control.
  • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression system
    MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression allows for extended recordings at 1080p. Also, in response to AVCREC standards, 1080p will be able to be recorded to the HDD, BD-R/RE discs AND standard DVD video discs as well. About 2 hours of H.264 video can be recorded to a single 4.7GB BD-R disc.
  • Advanced Help System
    A new on-screen Help system will enable "smart" help that will take feedback from the user and resolve questions on the spot.
  • Headphone surround
    A DSP-driven virtual headphone surround system will be available to allow for surround sound enjoyment from standard headphones.

Both players obviously support 24p, however other details like BD-Live haven't been specified (they must be at least BD Profile 1.1-compliant). Both players also feature an SD card slot for storage of video content. The player/recorders are already available in Japan and will hopefully hit the US shelves before Christmas, though no formal announcement has been made. Pricing has yet to be determined.

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allargon posts on March 30, 2008 23:49
This is nice information. However, Blu-Ray recorders have been available in Japan for quite some time. In the US we are stuck with DVR, HTPC (component capture, ATSC or QAM) or DVHS for HD recording.
tn001d posts on March 28, 2008 11:40
If we cant record HD from satellite or Cable boxes whats the point of a Blu-ray recorder??

For those people who have HD video cameras might see the use here, but even then most likely people would use there computers for editing and transfering to disc, not to mention blu-ray recorder drives for computers are much cheaper.
davo posts on March 27, 2008 19:59
Jack Hammer, post: 393665
Sounds nice. Somehow I think they're gonna cost an arm and a leg though.

Jack

Yup. Maybe two arms.
Jack Hammer posts on March 27, 2008 14:13
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Mitsubishi announced on its Japanese website two new Blu-ray recorders in a series that it is dubbing ‘REAL Blu-ray.’ Mitsubishi Electric Corporation showed off the new players (DVR-BZ200 and DVR-BZ100) along with an included touch-panel “GUTTO” LCD remote control. The models feature a 500GB and 250GB hard drive respectively. These are the first Blu-ray Disc recorders from Mitsubishi and both will able to record 1080p H.264 video to either HDD, BD-R/RE, or standard DVD thanks to the AVCREC standard.


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Sounds nice. Somehow I think they're gonna cost an arm and a leg though.

Jack
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