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Hi, I am in Melbourne Australia. Can I receive gem hd channel thru my dmr-ez48v. I haven't tried but I do have a hd monitor screen that I can plug the unit into. Also what does the hdmi on the unit do. It does say you can connect it to a hd tv and receive hd or do they mean from a hd disc only. Would my monitor act the same as a hd tv. I await you advice. Thank you. Lynette

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HDMI means high definition multimedia interface.

When connected to an HDMI compatible unit, an uncompressed digital audio and video signal is transmitted, enabling you to enjoy high quality digital video and audio with just one cable. When connecting to an HDMIcompatible HDTV, the output can be switched to 1080p, 1080i or 720p HD video.

Panasonic uses Viera link option between their video products.

When connecting with a Panasonic TV (VIERA) or a receiver equipped with 'HDAVI Control' function, linked operations are possible. [Linked Operations with the TV (VIERA LinkTM HDAVI ControlTM)]

Please use HIGH SPEED HDMI cables that have the HDMI logo (as shown on the cover).
It is recommended that you use Panasonic's HDMI cable.
Recommended part number: RP-CDHG10 (1.0 m/3.3 ft.), RP-CDHG15 (1.5 m/4.9 ft.), RP-CDHG20
(2.0 m/6.6 ft.), RP-CDHG30 (3.0 m/9.8 ft.), RP-CDHG50 (5.0 m/16.4 ft.), etc.
Non-HDMI-compliant cables cannot be used.

(the above is from the owner's manual of this model - page 40 tells you about linked operation using HDMI HDAVI control and how to set it up)

As for Gem HD, this unit has an SD (standard definition) digital tuner - it will not decode/receive HD channels. I should point out that 7mate also is a HD channel but is not specified as such in any menu or even their website. (I found this out by accident when I tried to record on timer 7mate one day and all I got was 'unable to decode HD channel' banner at the bottom of a blank screen)

Channel 11 is a SD channel - so this will work with your DMR-EZ48 as will all the other relevant main free to air channels (ABC/7/9/10/SBS). GO! is also a SD channel.

To be able to record HD to this combo unit you will need a HD set top box connected via its AV inputs. HDMI simply means you will get HD video quality from the combo to the TV, you will not receive HD channels from your HDTV to your DMR-EZ48 unit via this method.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011

  • lmray Mar 28, 2011

    Thank you very much for your help. I wonder if you could help me with another question please. My brother tried to copy a video tape to a dvd with this machine but then we found out you can only copy just over 2hrs to a dvd so all movie was not copied. Can you somehow compress the amount you are burning to dvd or do you need to buy a dvd that holds more and is of course much more expensive. I await your kind response. Thank you once again. Lynette

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    Demonic-2011 Mar 28, 2011

    I am glad you asked this - because there is a feature on the DMR-EZ48V remote - ' REC MODE ' (formerly known as recording speed SP LP EP) (it is the button next to 'REC') with this model, you can record in XP (1 hour mode) SP (2 hour standard record mode) LP (4 hour long play recording to either VHS or DVD) and EP (by default this mode is set to 8 hours - but in the setup menu you can change that to 6 hours).

    In order for you to fit more than 120 minutes to a DVD-R single layer 4.7GB DVD, simply load a blank disc, wait until the drive has read it, then select the desired recording mode (SP or LP is fine - EP may cause loss of quality) or with this unit, you can purchase some dual layer (DVD-R DL) discs (these are a bit more expensive than regular single layered discs (and may also take slightly longer to read) but allow 3 hours 30 minutes per disc in SP record mode). However, being budget-conscious as we all are, I suggest the simplest and cheapest option; buy some single layer DVD-R blank discs (any brand), load them, pick your source/channel for recording, select the record mode SP LP, then press 'REC' (usually begins recording within 2 seconds of REC being pressed, just like a VCR). done! Check the recording once done to make sure you are happy with it - then finalise the disc. EP is not a recommended record mode. XP is ideal for short recordings in high quality, but as I said this only gives you 1 hour per DVD-R via this mode. SP or LP is best :)

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Unable to decode HD is a common banner display message with these combos. It simply means the unit is not engineered to process HD signals. It is a model series limitation; not a fault as such.

This model incorporates a SD (standard definition) integrated digital tuner. It is a major pain in the proverbial not being able to receive HD, and not being able to skip them in any setup menu.

The only thing you could really do here is connect an external HD digital set top box (which would also contain SD channels) directly to the recorder's AV inputs at the rear, and then selecting the appropriate input on the combo unit to suit the source. You could then choose whether to view/record HD or SD via this method, rather than use the unit's built-in tuner.

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Here is what you will need. This is assuming you do not have a HD cable box.

1) A two port cable splitter available at your local hardware or electronics store. VERY IMPORTANT- this splitter needs to pass up to 1000 mghz so you do not interfere with the functions of the cable box. Also, when purchasing this don't be fooled gold does not always equal good (a common mistake made by folks).

2) 1 small coax cable.

3) 3 Additional coax cables. (1 long enough to reach from the wall to the cable box. 1 long enough to reach from cable box to the TV. 1 long enough to reach from wall to the VCR. These cables should be RG6 coax cable (about the width of a standard wooden pencil)

4) 2 RCA cables (Yellow/Red/White)

Here is how you need to connect the cables....

1) Use the small coax cable and connect it from the WALL to the INPUT of the two way SPLITTER.

2) Use one of the coax cables and connect it to the OUTPUT of the SPLITTER. Connect the other end of this cable to the INPUT of the CABLE BOX.

3) Use one of the coax cables and connect it to the OUTPUT of the CABLE BOX to the INPUT of the TV.

4) Use one of the coax cables and connect it to the OUTPUT of the SPLITTER. Connect the other end of this cable to the INPUT of the VCR.

5) Use one of the RCA cables and connect to the DVD/VHS COMMON OUT on the VCR. Connect the other end of this cable to the VIDEO IN on the back of the TV.

6) Use the other RCA cable and connect it to the VIDEO OUT on the back of the CABLE BOX. Connect the other end to the IN 1 on the back of the VCR.

Here is how to set up the VCR-
1) Tune the TV to the video input that you connected the VCR to.

2) Go to the auto program in the menus for the VCR and select "CABLE" as the source and you should now be able to get all the channels you would normally get without the cable box.

3) This will give you the option to record shows from basic cable on the VCR. While copying these channels you will still be able to tune the TV to CH 3 for the cable box and watch TV normally through the cable box.

4) If you want to copy one of the channels that is only available with the cable box you will still be limited to only being able to watch that channel while it is recording but here is how you will do it.

  • Tune the CABLE BOX to the channel you want to record.
  • Tune the TV to the VIDEO INPUT you have the VCR connected to.
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  • Select recording mode.
  • Press the INPUT SELECT button.
  • Select IN 1.
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Hope this has been helpful....

Good Luck....

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