Panasonic DMR-HW100, a PVR with 3D Tricks
The Panasonic DMR-HW100 is a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) with some special features setting it apart from the crowd of video recorders. Its main advantage for 3D video fans: this nice device can correctly flag stereoscopic TV recordings to your 3D TV as well as play back 3D still images shot in MPO format with your Fuji 3D camera. And if you are fan of 3D conversion, the DMR-HW100 will also convert 2D videos into stereoscopic 3D - better not expect five stars results here however... Remote included, its official price is 299.99£ in the UK but you may find it for under 200 GBP.
Of course, 3D is not the only domain where the Panasonic DMR-HW100 is shining: media streaming is also among its strong points. There’s an integrated USB reader able to read most common video and audio files (MP3, AVI, MKV, AVCHD, JPEG, and more). If you have a PC connected to the same network, the DLNA server included in the PVR will stream any content to your PC, 3D included.
You can also access Panasonic’s VIERA CAST online portal so you’ll be able to browse YouTube, DailyMotion, Twitter, BBC News and many other media-rich sites. The DMR-HW100 can also function as a media jukebox, allowing you to copy MP3s and images to its internal hard drive.
The dual freeview HD tuner means you can record one programme whilst watching another or record two programs simultaneously. the 320 Gb storage provides up to 79 hours of HD content memory.
What is missing: the BBC iPlayer.
Connections include a 3D-compatible HDMI 1.4a output, stereo and optical digital audio outputs, RF antenna input, RF loopthrough output, and an Ethernet network connection to kook on your home network. Under a front facing flap you will find an SD card reader, one Common Interface (CI) slot and an USB input for your USB keys. Wi-Fi isn’t integrated but the unit is compatible with Panasonic’s own USB dongle that works also with the Panasonic TV sets. There’s also a dedicated port for a Skype webcam.