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JVC Adds Solid-State Recording to its ProHD Camcorder Line

At NAB, JVC is previewing its MR-HD200U, a camera-mounted media recorder that attaches to any of JVC’s ProHD 200 Series camcorders to offer the benefits of affordable solid-state memory and long-length hard disk recording. The MR-HD200 is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2008.

The MR-HD200U records on non-proprietary Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) solid-state memory in a compact unit that can be permanently attached to JVC’s ProHD cameras. “With steady price reductions of off-the-shelf memory cards, SDHC memory is no more expensive than Betacam SP tape on a per-minute basis,” said JVC’s Craig Yanagi. “Broadcasters can finally treat solid-state memory as consumable media, in the same way tape has been in the past.”

A single 16GB SDHC memory card can store 1.6 hours in the 720p mode and approximately 1.2 hours in 1080i mode. The unit also features a built-in hard disk drive (HDD) for extended recording times of up to 10 hours. Recorded image is the same HD broadcast quality, whether recording on solid-state memory or the hard disk drive. All recording is done in a swappable module that can be detached from the camera.

Native File Recording
The MR-HD200 records natively in a choice of QuickTime (.mov) formats or as MPEG-2 transport stream files (.m2t). By recording files in an editing-friendly native format, postproduction can begin without file conversion, transcoding and rewrapping. The interchangeable module can be easily detached from the camera for editing from the built-in HDD. When using Apple Final Cut Pro, editing can be done directly from the drive module, eliminating the time-consuming process of transferring files into the computer.

“With Native File Recording, JVC has established the industry’s fastest and most efficient shoot-to-air workflow,” added Yanagi. “Best of all, since there is no transcoding, the quality of the original recording is maintained throughout the production chain—all the way to air.”