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The companion model to the GY-HD100, this HDV/DV spooler is designed to transfer video and audio data to a non-linear editing system. Optimized for use with a wide variety of existing systems and formats, this unit features switchable HDV and DV modes and analog outputs. You can also connect it to a plasma or LCD panels equipped with an HDMI connector and use it as a low-cost viewer. With its low cost and high flexibility, the BR-HD50 is ideal for any facility looking for a smooth upgrade path from standard definition to HD.

Professional Design

HDV recording
As the HDV format uses the same recording track pitch as Professional DV, the BR-HD50 can record signals in either standard or high definition depending on the user's needs. 

Multi-format output/Cross-converter function
A sophisticated cross-converter function enables output not only of 720p signals, but also 1080i, 480/576p and 480/576i signals. Plus, thanks to switchable HDV and DV recording mode functionality along with DVCAM playback, you'll have no problems adding this recorder/player to your existing editing system. 

HDV international compatibility
Switch between HDV 60 Hz or 50 Hz base as required, allowing recording and playback of 720/25p and 576/50p in addition to 720/24p/30p and 480/60p. This makes it easy to work with internationally sourced material and transfer it to a non-linear system for editing and then archiving to tape. You can also record to Standard DV or Mini DV tape in either HDV 60 Hz or 50 Hz base format. 
*Cannot be used as an HDV 60 Hz/50 Hz converter. The BR-HD50U can record and play back signals in both HDV 60 Hz and 50 Hz formats. 

Recording system
The BR-HD50U can record HDV format 720/30p/25p/24p, 480/60p or 576/50p video and DV format 480/60i and 480/24p video. 

Standard DV/Mini DV compatible mechanism
Proven on Professional DV VCRs, this mechanism provides not only improved running stability, but also accommodates both Standard DV and Mini DV format cassettes without any adapter. 

DVCAM™ playback capability (SD)
DVCAM™ recordings can be played back directly on the BR-HD50. This makes it easy to use DVCAM™ recordings as source material for editing.

Stable high picture quality

Auto error correction system
JVC has developed an auto error correction system that operates on a frame-by-frame basis to ensure accurate error compensation during playback. After optimally calibrating the playback RF waveform with a pre-filter circuit, the VCO (voltage control oscillator) control voltage is changed so that the data reading clock phase is shifted to the position where the error rate is lowest. The result is accurate, consistent suppression of block noise and reliable, professional-standard performance at all times. 

Sweeper heads
During recording and playback, to reduce the block noise which is caused by dust adhering to the heads, our HDV/DV camcorder and recorders incorporate an advanced drum assembly with specially designed "sweeper" heads. These dummy heads sweep off any magnetic material dropped by the tape or any dust that may have entered from outside the unit.

Versatile interfaces

The BR-HD50 is equipped with an all-in-one HDMI output for direct digital connection to the latest high-definition projector and LCD displays. 

RS-422A interface
For compatibility with the widest range of editing systems, the BR-HD50 is equipped with an industry-standard RS-422A interface, allowing easy integration with high-grade NLE systems. 

IEEE 1394 interface
For lossless dubbing and recording of both HD and SD programs, compressed HD (MPEG-2) or SD (DV) digital signals can be input or output to or from external devices such as a non-linear editing system. A front panel switch allows you to switch easily between SD and HD. 

Versatile analog connections
In addition to IEEE 1394 input/output, the BR-HD50 is equipped with analog component (BNC) output connectors for HD and SD. Y/C input/output connectors (SD mode) and composite input/output (BNC) connectors (SD mode) are also available.

User-friendly design

Large full counter
A big 8-digit LED display on the front panel displays time code, user bits and VTR status. 

Audio indicator
This indicator lights whenever audio signals are input. Also, it provides a convenient way to check for the presence of audio signals during tape playback. 

High-speed time code search/blank search
The built-in time code generator provides preset, rec run and regen time codes. The DV 20x search function (100x max. in the FF or REW mode) and the HD 8.5x forward search function (6.5x in reverse), provides super-fast access to any desired point on the tape. 

Continuous recording
When a camcorder is connected to the BR-HD50 via the IEEE 1394 connector, the BR-HD50 will start recording 5 minutes before the tape in the camcorder ends. This enables continuous shooting for extended periods with no breaks in the recording. 

On-screen menu
Systematic, easy-to-understand menu screens simplify setting and operation procedures. Menu setting can be done using either the buttons on the front panel.

Other Features

  • Lock audio (16-bit, 48 kHz only)
  • Time code reader/generator
  • Headphone connector
  • Contact closure recording
  • Repeat playback
  • Wired remote control



JVC DR-HD100-80 ProHD Hard Disk Recorder
Introducing Firestore DR-HD100, the first DV and ProHD disk recorder designed for the JVC GY-HD100 camcorder. Now everybody can take advantage of tapeless acquisition with true Direct To Edit™ (DTE) Technology and confidence recording using the smallest FireStore ever!

The DR-HD100 interfaces with your JVC GY-HD100 camcorder using a single FireWire cable that passes audio, video, timecode and control information. When a tape is present, each press of start and stop on your GY-HD100's record button will create an individual clip on disk. The DR-HD100 features a comprehensive backlit display, menu system and buttons allowing easy control and management. Additionally, with the JVC GY-HD100 you can monitor the DR-HD100 time code and disk space remaining in the viewfinder. You can preview clips in the GY-HD100's viewfinder or LCD monitor using the DR-HD100's playback mode.

DTE™ technology means that DR-HD100 files are recorded in the HDV/DV editing system's native file format. This means no capturing, no file transfer and no rendering. Files can be used instantly with the most popular applications from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Canopus, Pinnacle and many more.



This amazingly compact VTR opens up a whole new world of High Definition recording and playback! It's the ideal companion to JVC's revolutionary GY-HD100U HDTV camcorder, allowing users to transfer to and from their editing system without using their camera. But the CU-VH1U offers a whole lot more. Now you can playback breathtaking HDTV footage anywhere and display it on the built-in LCD screen, or through a connected HD monitor or projector. It's the world's first truly portable HD VTR!
  • True HD recording (720/30p) or SD recording (480/60p) via IEEE-1394 input
  • Versatile playback (720/30p, 480/60p, or 480i) at various rates including 1080i
    Note: 24p playback is not possible through the LCD screen or the analog outputs. However, 24p recordings can be output through IEEE-1394 and dubbed to a non-linear editing system or D-VHS recorder.
  • Downconverts HD (except 24p) to 480i for playback on standard monitors
  • Built-in 3.5-inch LCD display
  • Digital dubbing via IEEE-3394 (both MPEG2 and DV)
  • SD Memory card still capture of HD footage
  • Professional contruction with BNC connectors
  • Included rechargeable battery, AC Adapter/Charger

The CU-VH1U is the world's first truly portable high definition player/recorder. It makes an ideal complement to JVC's HDV camcorder, the GY-HD100U. Multi-format playback and digital IEEE 1394 connectivity make this tiny VTR a must-have component of any high definition production or post production system.

Adheres to industry standard HDV format* 

The HDV format is the revolutionary new standard for low bit rate HDTV recording and playback using MPEG2 compression and widely available "DV" cassette tape. Although HDTV material is not recorded in the DV format, HDV machines use the same inexpensive MiniDV tapes that are widely available. For this reason, JVC's CU-VH1U is able to function as a dual format recorder, adhering to HDV for high definition, as well as MiniDV for standard definition. 

Wide range of playback options 

For playback, the new CU-VH1U is extremely versatile. It will play back signals recorded in 720/30p (MPEG-2), 480/60p (MPEG-2) and 480/60i (DV). This includes any footage shot with either of JVC Pro's two HD camcorders -- the JY-HD10 or GY-HD100U. It includes up- and down-conversion so that HD recordings can be viewed on virtually any television or monitor. It displays 720/30p HD recordings for viewing on progressive 720/60p analog HD monitors, or converts 480/60p or 720/30p signals to 1080/60i HD. The player/recorder also down-converts to 480/60p or 480/60i for playback on progressive or NTSC monitors. 16:9 HD, SD or DV footage can be played in 16:9 or 4:3 letterbox modes. All material is output on component analog connectors and down-converted or NTSC material is available on the S-Video or composite outputs. Note: the CU-VH1 will not display or output (through analog connectors) HDV recordings made in the 24p mode. It will record IEEE-1394 signals recorded in the HDV 24p mode, and play them back through the IEEE-1394 connector. 

Versatile recording options 

The CU-VH1U's recording capabilities include digital-to-digital HD, SD and DV recording to and from video equipment and PCs. Its IEEE-1394 interface allows digital-to-digital dubbing between the CU-VH1 and HD cameras and decks (D-VHS). The IEEE-1394 connection also allows HD and SD MPEG-2 material to be transferred between the CU-VH1 and a PC for playback or non-linear MPEG-2 editing. DV recordings and digital stills are transferred through IEEE-1394 as well. 
Built-in digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion allows easy dubbing between digital and analog sources. S-Video, composite and audio connectors function as both inputs and outputs, allowing HD/SD or DV sources to be dubbed from the CU-VH1U to an NTSC deck or analog material dubbed from an NTSC source onto Mini DV in the CU-VH1. Component video outputs allow dubbing from the CU-VH1U to a professional deck. 

Convenient monitoring in the field 

Footage can be viewed on the CU-VH1U's built-in 3.5-inch, 240,000 pixel high resolution LCD monitor. There's a brightness control, a speaker, and the monitor folds flat into the top of the unit when not in use. 

Advanced SD memory card capabilities 

The CU-VH1U can capture progressive HD, SD and DV 1280 x 720 JPEG stills and save them to a Memory card. Images stored on SD Cards or MultiMediaCards (MMC) can be viewed individually or automatically as a slide show. In addition, a Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) request allows the user to easily select images and how many of each for automatic printing. It's also possible to drag-and-drop digital stills or other content on the memory card to a PC with the USB or IEEE-1394 connection. 
To easily access specific scenes, thumbnail images of what is shot on tape can be automatically stored on a memory card while shooting or manually during playback. In addition, tape time code or day and date subcode can be displayed on screen. 

Rugged construction for demanding field use 

To ensure that the CU-VH1U holds up to demanding field use, BNC connectors (with supplied RCA adapters), S-Video, composite and audio inputs/outputs and iLink IEEE 1394 and USB inputs/outputs are protected by metal guards and a rugged cover. The SD memory card/MultiMediaCard slot, microphone jack and headphone jack are similarly protected. 

AC/DC Power options 

The CU-VH1U can use the same battery as the JVC GY-HD100U high definition camcorder. The included AC power supply charges these batteries. The included battery (BN-V416U) on a full charge lasts up to 1.5 hours. An available optional battery (BN-V428U) provides power for up to two hours, 50 minutes.




The new HVR-M10U HDV VTR is here! The HVR-M10U is a lightweight, compact HDV 1080i VTR capable of record and playback of HDV 1080i, DVCAM™, and DV (SP) on a mini DVCAM cassette, offering full backward compatibility to the standard definition DV world. In addition, the 1080i recorded image can also be downconverted to SD output mode directly from the VTR or camcorder in digital or analog. The HVR-M10U will also playback HDV 720p pre-recorded tapes offering complete HDV compatibility. Like its SD DVCAM cousin, the DSR-11, the new HVR-M10U can be operated in either a horizontal or vertical orientation, allowing it to be easily integrated into existing operational environments.


  • Switchable HDV/DVCAM/DV format recording 
  • HDV 720/30p playback (no 720p recording)
  • 60i/50i (NTSC/PAL) switchable 
  • Built-in HD to SD down conversion (50i/60i/30F/25F)
  • Built-in 3.5" (viewable area) 16:9 Hybrid LCD panel
  • Audio level meter (on-screen)
  • Time code functions: PRESET, UB preset, REC RUN/FREE RUN, REGEN/PRESET
  • Diverse input/output: Composite IN/OUT (RCA type), S-video IN/OUT, HDV/DV i.LINK, Component OUT (RCA type)
  • Audio dub capability
  • Vertical and horizontal operation


  • Audio REC level adjustment
  • Headphone jack
  • Input select switch
  • Component Video output connectors
  • Index Mark In function
  • LANC control capability
  • Fan-less operation
  • "L" battery operation
  • Battery charger on VTR
  • 7.2V DC operation
  • Mini DV cassette ONLY
  • 73mm x 180mm x 219.4mm (HxWxD)



Panasonic AJ-PCD10 5-Slot P2 Drive Bay

Use the AJ-PCD10 Externally or Install It in Your PC

Install the AJ-PCD10 into a 5-inch bay on a desktop PC 1 and use it as an internal drive in a PC. Or, with the AC adaptor and USB cable, you can use it as a stand-alone external drive. You can also use the AJ-PCD10 as an external drive with a laptop PC that's not equipped with a 5-inch bay.

Five P2 Card Slots

The AJ-PCD10's five PC card slots let you mount up to five P2 cards at the same time. This is especially convenient for editing a continuous clip recorded by a P2 cam in sequence onto multiple cards.

High-Speed Data Transfer via USB 2.0

The USB 2.0 interface lets you transfer data at high speeds. You can edit directly onto P2 card with nonlinear editing software. You also get blazing fast results when uploading files to a server or copying onto a hard drive.

  • Media Format = DVCPRO P2 solid-state card
  • DC Operation

A P2 card driver (bundled with the AJ-PCD10) must be installed in the PC. The P2 card driver is supported by Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Apple operating systems.



Panasonic AJ-PCS060G Portable P2 Drive

The AJ-PCS060G is a ruggedized, portable hard disk unit with a P2 card slot that quickly transfers the content of P2 cards to an internal hard disk drive.

The 2.5" 60GB hard disk drive can hold the contents of up to 15 4GB P2 cards, and the entire contents of a 4GB P2 card can be transferred to the internal hard disk drive in about four minutes (in the non-verify mode). After the P2 content has been transferred, the AJ-PCS060G can connect to a nonlinear editing system or server ingests PC via a USB 2.0 interface and appears as an external disk drive. The AJ-PCS060G has a shock-resistant magnesium alloy body and is equipped with special impact-absorbing materials to cushion the hard disk against shock and vibration.

In the field, the less than 1.5 pound AJ-PCS060G serves as an aggregation and transport device, storing the contents of P2 cards and minimizing the number of P2 cards needed. Back at the studio, it serves as a high-speed drive for transferring video into a station's local area network (LAN) or nonlinear editing system to speed access to the recorded content.

For quick and easy operation, the AJ-PCS060G simply has a large start button. The drive also includes LED indicators for copy status, drive capacity, and battery life remaining. The drive supports Windows 2000, Windows XP and Apple operating systems. Drivers for all operating systems are included. It runs on DC power, so you can use a 7.2V DC battery or a 7.9V AC adaptor to power it.


  • AG-B15 AC Adaptor/Battery Charger $160.00
  • CGAD54SE/1B Lithium-Ion Battery 7.2V / 5400mA Battery $189.00
  • CGPD28A/1B Lithium-Ion Battery 7.2V / 2800mA Battery $130.00



Panasonic AJ-HD1200A DVCPro HD Recorder

Compact DVCPRO® HD/50/25, DVCAM and DV Player with Available DVCPRO HD® Recording and Available IEEE 1394 Interface

  • The world's first and only production-quality high-definition video player/recorder 1 with available IEEE 1394 FireWire interface
  • Ideal for use with Apple's Final Cut Pro HD editing system or equivalent
  • Light weight and D.C.-powered operation permit in-field HD editing and viewing


Standard - NTSC 

Media Format - Record: DVCPRO; Playback: DVCPRO, DV, Mini-DV, DVCAM 

Sampling Frequency - Y: 74.25/1.001 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.125/1.001 MHz 

Quantization - 8-bit 

Recording Format - DVCPRO HD-LP (optional) (1080/60i, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/60P, 720/59.94P) 

Playback Format - 1080/60i, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/60P, 720/59.94P, 720/24P/60, 720/25p/60, 576/50i, 480/60p, 480/60i, 

Variable Speed Playback - Yes (with external controller) 

Audio - 8 channels, 48 kHz, 16-bit 

Analog Component - 1 output 

Analog Composite - 2 outputs 

SDI - 1 output (optional), includes down conversion 

HD SDI - 1 input (optional), 2 outputs 

SDTI - No View all models with this feature 

IEEE 1394 Interface - Optional 

Remote Control Interface - RS-422A, 9-pin 

Timecode - 1 input, 1 output 

SD-HD Upconversion - Optional 

HD-SD Downconversion - Standard 

DC Operation - Yes 

LCD Screen - No

Jog/Shuttle Knob - No

Optional Accessories:

  • AJ-A95 Remote Controller for VTRs with RS-422A Control
  • AJ-YA120A HD-SDI Input/Output and SD-SDI Output Board
  • AJ-YAD120A IEEE 1394 Interface Board


$21,000.00 AJ-HD1200A
$1,035.00 AJ-A95 RS-422A Remote Controller
$6,000.00 AJ-YA120A HD-SDI I/O
$4,000.00 AJ-YAD120A IEEE-1394 I/O

Pioneer DVR-533H-S DVD Recorder/Player w/80GB Hard Disk

It’s a one-stop shop for watching DVD movies, recording TV shows and home movies onto a Hard Disk Drive, then watching or recording them to DVD.

Here’s what makes it so great:

Built-in 80GB Hard Disk Drive
The built-in 80GB Hard Disk Drive lets you record lots of home movies and TV shows for temporary storage. Once they’re recorded you can watch them whenever you want, edit them, delete them, or burn them to DVD. The DVR-533H-S can hold up to 170 hours of content (recorded at lowest video quality - SEP Mode).

Super-High-Speed DVD Burning
When burning your recorded content to DVD from the Hard Disk Drive, an hour-long program recorded in SEP (lowest video quality) mode can take less than 30 seconds to burn — that’s approximately 120x (max) speed.

Disc Backup
With Disc Backup, a Pioneer exclusive, you can make a direct file transfer of your home-movie DVD back to the Hard Disk Drive, and from that make as many copies of your home movie as you want, all at blazing speed.

Up to 10 Hours on a DVD
With the recording mode set to SEP mode (lowest video quality), you can get up to 10 hours on one disc.

HELP Button
Stuck in the middle of a task like setting up a recording? Don’t know the next step? Just press HELP, and you’ll see an on-screen recommendation on what to do next.

Free Interactive Program Guide
Included is an easy 8-day TV Guide On Screen® Interactive Program Guide. Just find your favorite programs and select them for recording. And here's the best part: there's no fee for this valuable service. It's free!

Advanced Disc Navigator
This on-screen menu makes all the key functions really easy to operate. Plus, thumbnails from the beginnings of your recordings are shown in full motion with sound.

i-LINKTM (DV) Camcorder Connection
The i-LINK (a.k.a. “DV” and “IEEE 1394”) interface allows you to transfer your DV (Digital Video) home movies smoothly to the Hard Disk Drive. Just connect the DV input on the unit’s front panel to your camcorder’s DV input, and begin. And if your movies were shot in analog format, inputs for composite video/S-video and Left-Right audio are provided for dubbing them to DVD.

Jump Past the Commercials
SO, you recorded your favorite TV shows and you included the commercials. When you play your shows back, “Commercial Skip” lets you jump past the ads, 30 seconds at a time. Just press the CM Skip button on the remote.

Chase Play: Prime Time Starts Now
Thanks to the Hard Disk Drive, Chase Play lets you watch, stop, or pause a show — WHILE you’re recording it. Amazing, but true.

Wide Playback Compatibility
Besides regular DVDs, you can play your homemade DVDs containing TV content or home movies. It also plays CDs and CD-R/RW discs with WMA and MP3 files, and its JPEG photo viewer is compatible with Fujifilm™ and Kodak® discs and CD-R/RWs burned from your computer.

Built-in TV Tuner
A built-in TV tuner is included, so you don’t have to connect to another component to receive a terrestrial TV signal.

Smart VBR (Variable Bit Recording)
This recording mode lets you choose the quality level/recording time that best suits you. Choose from Fine, SP, LP, EP, and Auto; Auto automatically sets the optimal recording quality for the time remaining on the Hard Disk Drive.

Sophisticated Video and Audio Playback
PureCinema 2:3 Progressive Scan gives you a more film-like presentation when watching movies. The 54MHz/10-bit video DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) delivers beautiful video quality. Plus, we’ve included the latest Dolby Digital® and DTS® Digital surround sound outputs, and a high-end 24-bit/192kHz audio DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) for superb musical performance.


$399.00 DVR-533H-S (80GB HD)
DVR-633H-S (160GB HD)