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JVC Unveils Pro Blu-ray Recorders

9/11/2009 11:03:53 AM Eastern

CEDIA 2009 Atlanta - JVC introduced
at CEDIA Expo here Thursday a pair of the first Blu-ray Disc/hard disk
recording decks for the U.S.
market.

However, the
manufacturer qualified the release by saying the products are targeted primarily
at commercial applications and won't allow recording TV programming off-air or
over cable and satellite systems, and will not permit duplicating copyrighted
discs of any kind.

The most
realistic applications for the recorders, the company acknowledged, is making
copies and edited programming from video camera footage or making quick Blu-ray
duplicates of commercial videos from daily shoots, and similar legitimate
commercial pre- and post-production applications.

The decks will
also play back Blu-ray Discs in FullHD resolution as well as DVDs.

The models,
which will be distributed through JVC's Professional Products, division,
include the SR-HD1500 and SR-HD1250 Blu-ray Disc and HDD recorders. Both decks
feature a built-in Blu-ray recorder and an internal hard disk drive for easy
duplication and disc authoring without a PC.

Both will record professional BDMV (with menu) or BDAV discs.
Advanced MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (H.264) encoding provides support for HD and SD
sources, and a built-in format converter can down-convert HD content for
recording to a standard DVD.

The units support BD-R or BD-RE (erasable) Blu-ray discs, JVC
said.

The decks offer a variety of digital inputs, including USB and
i.Link (IEEE-1394) ports and an SDHC card slot, for wide compatibility with
today's digital SD and HD camcorders. Composite and S-Video inputs provide
interfaces for legacy analog devices as well.

Users can transfer videos from a camcorder or other device to the
internal hard drive. Then, using a menu-driven interface, edited clips can be
assembled into a completed project and recorded to Blu-ray discs. Discs can
also be authored for auto-start or repeat playback, which provide ideal options
for presentations, kiosks and point-of-sale displays.

JVC said unprotected DVD and Blu-ray discs can be easily
duplicated the decks.

Both models include component and HDMI outputs.

The SR-HD1500, which ships in October at a $2,550 suggested
retail, features a 500GB hard drive, an RS-232C terminal and support for MOV
files (for Apple Final Cut Pro), which makes it compatible with footage
recorded with JVC GY-HM100 and GY-HM700 ProHD camcorders in the SP (19/25 Mbps)
mode. The SR-HD1250 (which ships in October at $1,995) has a 250GB hard drive,
but does not include RS-232C connectivity of MOV support.

 

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