New HD DVD recorder can dub hi-def onto DVD media

Toshiba has announced an recorder able to record high definition video onto standard DVD media. The VARDIA RD-A301 includes a new HD Transcoder, which allows the recording of hi-def video onto standard DVD discs in HD quality and achieves longer recording time for high-definition video. The Transcoder converts MPEG2 video, the standard for Japanese digital HDTV broadcasts, to MPEG4 AVC. As a result, longer homebrew HD videos can be recorded onto HD DVD-R discs.
The DVR also supports HD Rec, which allows a single-layer 4.7GB DVD-R disc to store up to two hours of high definition video. Toshiba says that by utilizing the AVC HD Transcoder the RD-A301 can store as much as 159 hours of HD video onto the integrated 300GB drive. The RD-A301 also supports dual recording of HD broadcasts, enabling it to record two digital HD broadcasts simultaneously.
The RD-A301 will launch onto the Japanese market in the middle of December.
Toshiba Japan has also announced that it is bundling the robot hit Transformers with selected models in its Japanese recorder and HD DVD player range. The promotion runs from November 1 to January 31.

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