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Pixilation when playback of dubbed and homemade DVDs

My Panasonic DMR-E50 is a year old everything's fine when playing Retail DVDs but when I play Homemade backup DVDs or dubbed DVDs from TV from it's own HDD, after about half an hour I get pixiliation the picture freezes then the audio stops. I use quite good media, Imation, TDK, Maxell to no avail.

Any Ideas ?? Anyone

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    Don Wilson Jan 12, 2008

    Same issue. Found that RAM and commercial DVDs play fine and that non-finalized E50 recorded DVDs also play well (only on the E50). Tried playing finalized E50 DVDs on other DVD players and computers and all had same issue which leads me to think there may be a bug in "finalization" firmware.

    E-Mailed Panasonic with issue and will post their response.


  • grahama4419 Jan 01, 2009

    I have a similar freezing problem but this is from the hard drive and I can't copy to DVD. Has anyone a suggestion



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As mentioned on the Jan12 e-mailed Panasonic - surprise, no response! However on Panasonic's web site drill down to firmware upgrades for DVD machines. There is an upgrade available for the E50P. Straight forward fix, download to computer, expand it and copy to a CD-R. Put CD-R into E50 and recorder will check and update firmware. I did this on the 13th and have recorded two commercial free movies and both have played back perfectly after finalization. Time will tell. Hope this helps. Golferdon

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