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Silver faces on DMR-ES20D


Standard Member
Hi All,

Had the Panasonic for a week now but with the last recording (LP mode) people's faces had a distinct silver sheen to them. It really was very distracting! Recordings in SP and EP have been fine colour wise although we found EP to be a bit 'blocky'.
We're using Panasonic DVD RAM discs which have been formated.
Has anyone experienced a similar problem or can throw any light on the matter?


Well-known Member
Sounds like its a result of the relatively low bitrate used on LP. If the source is also a bit iffy then you will see artefacts. Also rapid movement will cause problems as the bitrate reduces.

Its not a problem with the Panny per se - generally they are amongst the best and the discs likewise. You'll just have to use the highest setting possible if you want to minimise the artefacts.


Active Member
I had a very similar problem with mine when first installed until I realised that I was using 1 aerial to split to a Freeview receiver in my office and to the ES20D (not loop through). Therefore the signal was being degraded somewhat. Once I had turned off the Freeview receiver the problem went away. So now I cannot have both on at the same time but thats no problem.


Standard Member
Many thanks for the replies.

My ariel is plugged into the Panny and then to a Toshiba 32WLT58 so that shouldn't be the source of the problem. I'm using new Panny RAM disks which all formated OK and the machine is only a couple of weeks old. SP was fine and in EP the colours were fine but the picture was a little blocky/blurred as one would expect.

The programme which gave us the problem was 'Dalziel & Pascoe' recorded on Tuesday night. The faces looked like Data out of 'Star Trek'.

We'll keep trying!

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