Sony intros new HDV decks
Sony’s HDV line continues to grow, with the company announcing two new
videocassette recorders capable of 1080i recording and playback.
The new decks, models HVR-M25U and HVR-M15U, both offer HDV
1080i, DVCAM and DV SP recording and play back capability to provide
users with an easy migration from standard- to high-definition
production. Both are compatible with mini-size DV cassettes as well as
standard-size cassettes that allow more than four hours of HDV
recording with compatible tapes. In addition, both decks have a
down-conversion function from HD to SD and are switchable between 60
and 50 Hz (NTSC/PAL) to provide full flexibility depending on
The new decks both offer HDV 1080i, DVCAM and DV SP recording and play
back capability to provide users with an easy migration from standard-
to high-definition production.
Other shared features include the ability to copy external timecode
through the “HDV/DV in TC” feature and a range of connectivity options,
including the i.LINK (IEEE-1394) digital interface, component output,
S-Video I/O, composite I/O, and analog audio I/O.
The HVR-M25U deck adds a ClearPhoto LCD plus 2.7-inch (viewable area,
measured diagonally) 16:9 panel for increased user convenience and an
HDMI output for connections to consumer television sets. It also a
feature called Edge Crop that helps operators adjust edge crop areas
manually while down-converting in this mode. Duplicate Plus is a
dubbing function that duplicates work tapes with the same time-code
that the original tape contains through the i.LINK connection.
It also has a Custom Repeat feature and 1080/60i to 720/60p conversion
capabilities (through the analog component and HDMI outputs only).
The HVR-M15U model is compact and can also be placed either horizontally or vertically within a workplace.
The HVR-M25U and HVR-M15U decks are scheduled to debut in June.