Sony reveals details on new DVD recorders

Sony has announced a raft of new features and two new confirmed models for its upcoming DVD recording range. Key among the new features are the ability to pause live TV; 64x dubbing from hard disk to DVD; a start up procedure that's three times faster than with Sony's current models; 'Intelligent chaptering', where the recorder detects scene changes and marks them with chapters automatically, via motion picture analysis technology; fast picture searching with sound; advanced camcorder editing; a new 'mid quality' recording mode that fits a movie-friendly 2.5 hours on a single disc; and 8-day EPG support on digital tuner models.

The first new model confirmed for the year ahead is the RDR-GX210S. This is launching this month, at a price of around £250, and replaces the RDR-GX300. It boasts dual RW/R playback and recording, PAL progressive scan, i-Link connection for camcorder editing, and playback of MP3 and JPEG files.

The second model currently confirmed is the RDR-HX510 - which takes over from the HX900 from June. This one boasts an 80GB hard disk drive, live TV pausing, Intelligent Scene Chaptering (including ad deletion), and a new, faster Graphic User Interface.

Posted by John Archer
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