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MPEG4 features of Panasonic E100

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by jxp, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. jxp

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    Reading the recent press release (http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=87377) for the Panasonic E100 I was very intrigued by the mention of MPEG4 capabilities.

    Initially I just thought it could read and write MPEG4 data from a video camera without "understanding" it but now I'm not so sure.

    It says "These new models can be used for storing and playing back digital video (in MPEG2/MPEG4 file formats) and photos (in JPEG/TIFF file format)*1 from a Panasonic Multi-AV Camera (D-snap) with an SD Memory Card slot or PCMCIA card slot*2"

    which sounds like the camera has MPEG4 data and the E100 can play it back

    However it also says "The DMR-E100H and E200H can also convert MPEG2 data to MPEG4 and copy it onto an SD Memory Card in a single step."

    which sounds like the E100 has an MPEG4 encoder built in.

    This raises interesting possibilites such as;

    Can you record TV and encode it to MPEG4?
    Can MPEG4 data be saved to the hard-drive or a DVD-RAM disc?
    Will the E100 play back any MPEG4 compliant data (e.g. DivX 5) from a CD or DVD-RAM?

    Does anyone have any more info or can they make out anything from the press release?

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