Fermenter, on Aug 25 2011, 07:25 AM, said:
Will this device be able to record (ie digitise) my old analog media, like VHS tapes? I imagine I'd need to either feed a composite video input from my VCR or run composite into an upscaling amp and HDMI to the 800 - assuming it has inputs at all?
Yes. It has an AV-in on the RHS rear panel. It has both composite and Svideo inputs. Svideo would be my suggestion to get as good as PQ as possible. Remember though, analogue footage looks pretty ordinary to begin with, so digitising it isn't going to make a silk purse from a sow's ear so to speak.
Your 2nd suggestion above will not work, as HDMI is purely an output only on recording devices to combat against digital piracy.
What about audio? Can it take an analog stereo input (eg from cassette/vinyl) and 'record' it to a useful audio format? Can it rip CDs internally?
It can't take analogue audio and create an MP3, but I suppose you could record an analogue audio signal as an mpeg video file and try and use one of many freeware apps to extract the audio. In all honesty, that's far more trouble than it's worth. If you really must do it, look for a separate dedicated device for ripping audio cassettes to digital.
It does support ripping CDs to the HDD and using Gracenotes database to deliver track names etc. I believe that once you have a ripped MP3 collection on the HDD, that you cannot export it to CD or SD card - again maybe due to piracy concerns?
I can't find a manual or even decent rear panel shots on the net to figure out what inputs it has.
I downloaded a copy of the BWT700/800 manual from this site
a while ago, but it doesn't appear to be there anymore. In terms of connections:
HDMI (x2) - BWT700 only has 1xHDMI
SDXC Card slot
Oh and while we're at it, where the hell does the disc go??!! Damn thing has no tray I can see.
The disc tray is hidden behind the front flap. The whole front panel flips down to reveal the buttons, disc tray and inputs on the front panel. One annoying thing that Panasonic still haven't rectified is that whilst the disc tray is on the LHS, the button to open it is on the right hand side. The power button is on the left hand side directly above the disc tray, so this is the natural button to press when you go to open the tray
And the remote does not have a disc open button!