Pioneer DVD Recorder, DVR-7000, To Launch In U.S.
On the heels of the successful U.S. launch of its recordable DVD computer drive, Pioneer is set to release the Company's third generation home DVD recorder, the DVR-7000, to the U.S. marketplace. Based on the DVD-R/DVD-RW recording format, the DVR-7000 is the first DVD recorder that offers U.S. consumers media playback compatibility with most existing DVD players and DVD-ROM computer drives.
With a current installed base of DVD drives at 60 million worldwide, consumers have grown used to the superior image quality, better functionality and usability offered by DVD than by videotape. The much-anticipated launch of the Pioneer DVD recorder will provide the same high quality images and convenience to consumers who want to record their favorite television shows or archive their home movies on DVDs.
"With the launch of the DVR-7000, Pioneer has captured the imagination of every would-be movie producer in the U.S. The ability to create your own home movie and archive it on a long-lasting, easy-to-use DVD-R disc is one of the most exciting advancements in consumer electronics since the advent of the DVD itself," said Michael Wakeman, executive vice president, Pioneer Home Entertainment. "With its re-writability and convenience features, it won't be long before every household replaces its VCR with a DVD-R/DVD-RW recorder."
Recording and Editing Capabilities of the Pioneer DVR-7000 The DVR-7000 is capable of several recording modes:
- Video Mode, using DVD-R/RW discs, allows playback on most existing DVD players and DVD drives. Using Video Mode, consumers can record up to two hours of content on one DVD-R/RW disc.
- Standard Mode applies MPEG-2 compression technology for real-time recording of high-quality images using DVD-RW discs. In Standard Mode, consumers can take advantage of numerous editing functions and can record up to two hours of content on one DVD-RW disc.
- Manual Mode is similar to standard mode, however consumers can record from one to six hours of content on a DVD-RW disc, depending on the level of quality desired. Even at the minimum quality level, recording six hours of content on one disc, the image is superior to that of videotape. The Best-Rate Recording feature monitors available space on each disc to automatically calculate the optimum recording rate.
Instant one-touch recording is made easy without the cumbersome task of cueing a videocassette to the correct location on the tape. When a disc is inserted, it automatically searches for recorded content and available recording space, so the consumer doesn't have to go through the process of finding the appropriate place to begin recording.
Consumers can name each recorded section of a disc, creating a title list for future reference. Using the title list, it's simple to locate and play a desired portion of the recorded material instead of fast-forwarding and rewinding through videotape.
In the Disc Navigation Mode, recorded material is identified in a directory of still images or 'thumbnails.' Users can visually select the thumbnail that depicts the content they wish to play. While viewing the directory of images, the user can delete or edit any desired segment of the recorded content. The DVR-7000 also lets users create a 'play list' of scenes they want to see in any desired order. Other Features of the Pioneer DVR-7000
A Digital Video in/out terminal (IEEE1394DV) enables easy DV camcorder recording. This allows direct control of the camcorder for editing. This is controlled with the DVR-7000 remote, helping to manage an accurate frame level during content transfer. Other terminal inputs and outputs include three audio/video inputs (one on front panel), three S-video inputs (one on front panel), two audio/video outputs, two S-video outputs, one component video output, one optical and one coaxial digital audio output.
A 3-dimensional Y/C separation circuit for high-quality picture recording. Video signals, both luminance and color difference, are separated with greater precision for improved color reproduction and reduced noise, resulting in more realistic reproduction of the images.
An MPEG-2 video encoder provides dramatically improved picture quality. Variable Bit Rate Control technology, developed by Pioneer, enables the DVR-7000 to perform ideal video image compression encoding, resulting in significantly improved picture quality compared with conventional Constant Bit Rate control technology.
The DVR-7000 offers the Pioneer-designed PureCinema™ circuit, providing a progressive scan output of the highest quality. By processing the DVD signal completely in the digital domain, this circuit requires only one digital-to-analog (D/A) conversion. Conventional A/D and D/A conversions in the progressive scan display are no longer required, avoiding any associated signal degradation.
The Time Base Corrector LSI ensures efficient, jitter-free, high-quality recording. Jitters caused by analog video signals often occur when recording from VHS, 8mm, or other VCR tapes. Pioneer developed a new LSI, incorporating a digital Time Base Corrector which successfully stabilizes the digital signals and removes troublesome jitters, resulting in a high-quality picture recording.
Dolby® Digital dts® output for higher quality audio playback and a Burr Brown 96-kHz,/24-bit digital to analog converter for reproduction of DVD sound.
The DVR-7000 offers four-speed fast-forward and fast-reverse as well as 'title skip' for ease of navigation. Four-speed forward and two-speed reverse, repeat and program functions also are offered. Other convenience features include VCR+, fourteen-day seven-event timer, and a 181 channel cable TV tuner.
Cost and Availability
The DVR-7000 will be available through Pioneer Elite's specialty retailers for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $2,800 beginning in Fall 2001.
The DVD-R and DVD-RW format, approved by the DVD Forum, were designed to achieve compatibility with existing DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives. The format offers immediate and long-range applications for both video and data storage. DVD-R provides maximum compatibility, and DVD-RW offers tremendous flexibility that illustrates the inherent advantages of disc over tape.
Both DVD-R and DVD-RW discs have the same 4.7 GB capacity of DVD-Video discs, however DVD-RW discs can be re-written up to one thousand times while maintaining quality images. DVD-R discs can be recorded only once, so there is no danger that precious images will be inadvertently erased, making DVD-R ideal for archiving.
Initially, blank media will sell for approximately $10 for DVD-R discs and $20 for DVD-RW discs. Both DVD-R and DVD?RW media were designed with low-cost manufacturing in mind, which means the price of blank discs for both media types has the potential to become very inexpensive. If sales volumes grow to a high enough level, it's not unreasonable to expect prices to approach current price levels for CD-R and CD-RW blanks.
DVD-R and DVD-RW are supported by 41 member companies of the RW Products Promotion Initiative (RWPPI), including such leading consumer electronics companies as Sony, Sharp, Kenwood, LG Electronics, Thomson Multimedia and NEC and media companies such as TDK, Maxell and Fuji Photo Film.