JVC Unveils Pro Blu-ray Recorders

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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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