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Toshiba introduces recorder that can write HD to DVD

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Oct 2007 18:16 User comments (11)

Toshiba introduces recorder that can write HD to DVD Toshiba has showed off a prototype of a new HD DVD recorder that is capable of burning up to two hours of 4 Mbps MPEG-4 high-definition video to regular DVD-+R, +-RW or -RAM discs.
Dubbed the RD-X7, the recorder would be the first HD DVD recorder to support DVD although it would not be the first HD recorder to do so. Sony has a few Blu-ray recorders capable of doing so. Toshiba did say the recorder would be the first to support a "new file format adopted just three weeks ago by the DVD Forum, called "HD Rec."

The two hours of video is most likely when recording to dual-layer DVDs (DVD 9) and not single-layer DVD-5, although it is not clear yet.

It doesn't appear the recorder will be ready for the holiday season, but Toshiba said two other similar models without the HD-Rec support will be available in Japan for the holidays.

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11 user comments

14.10.2007 18:25

Now THIS is a great idea!

24.10.2007 23:16
nobrainer
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here is the reason NOT to buy into either hd-dvd or the anti consumer hobbled DRM phone home data reporting blu-ray.

35.10.2007 1:54

okkk...??where will these play? on red laser dvd players? ill stick to Dl'ing and converting 1080p rips for my 360

45.10.2007 4:30

This would be great if HD-DVD players were cheap this would be a great thing but since they are not this is great for the future i guess.

55.10.2007 8:06

Not ANOTHER format! I believe these discs will only play on this player since regular dvd players can't output video at hi def.

65.10.2007 8:22
nobrainer
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Originally posted by sk8flawzz:
okkk...??where will these play? on red laser dvd players? ill stick to Dl'ing and converting 1080p rips for my 360
from the story, i would presume that it plays on a normal up-scaling dvd player and gives you a hi-res viewing without the need for either a blu-ray or hd-dvd player.

75.10.2007 8:27

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i would presume that it plays on a normal up-scaling dvd player and gives you a hi-res viewing without the need for either a blu-ray or hd-dvd player.
No it won't. The resulting disc is in MPEG-4 and has a new file format called HD Rec. It won't be recognized by a normal upscaling DVD player as these don't decode MPEG-4 and the file system is different from regular DVD's.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Oct 2007 @ 8:30

85.10.2007 8:30
hughjars
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Originally posted by BludRayne:
Not ANOTHER format! I believe these discs will only play on this player since regular dvd players can't output video at hi def.
- It's not another format, it's part of the HD DVD format and all HD DVD players can play it.

HD DVD's entry level price is currently $200 and will shortly be (in a couple of weeks) $149.
Not exactly what I'd call 'expensive', not bottom of the DVD market, of course, but around the level I last paid for mine.....so it makes buying a nice upscaling DVD player which can also play excellent quality HD DVD a real 'no brainer' next time I buy a DVD player.

IMO this capability is actually pretty useful.....especially for the sharing community. ;)
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Oct 2007 @ 8:33

95.10.2007 8:34
hughjars
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oops double post, sorry.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Oct 2007 @ 8:36

1015.10.2007 22:50

Ill be waiting eagerly for new specs on this drive from toshiba.

1118.10.2007 11:50
hughjars
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Looks like the HD DVD ROM drive has dropped nicely again.

62/90/$124 is the new entry level for PC.

See here - http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/...2&prodID=B75140

or here -

http://www.norskit.com/norskit/default.a...110052092%2C%2C

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