DV Expo: JVC Launches New Blu-ray Recorders, Monitors

JVC Professional Products announced the launch of several new standalone Blu-ray recorders and several new monitors at DV Expo in Pasadena, Calif. this week.

The SR-HD1500 and SR-HD1250 Blu-ray disc and HDD recorders are the first standalone Blu-ray recorders in the United States, and feature a built-in hard disk drive for easy duplication and disc authoring without a PC.

With the SR-HD1500 and SR-HD1250, users can record and author 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 downconvert HD content for recording to a standard DVD. The units support BD-R or BD-RE (erasable) Blu-ray discs.

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 simple, 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.

Unprotected DVD and Blu-ray discs are easily duplicated as well. Simply insert the original disc into the drive, then specify how many copies to make. Disc content is temporarily stored to the hard drive, then burned to blank discs.

Both models include component and HDMI outputs for flexible monitoring options. The SR-HD1500 features a 500 GB hard drive, plus 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 has a 250 GB hard drive, but does not include RS-232C connectivity or .MOV support.

The SR-HD1500 has an MSRP of $2,550 and the SR-HD1250 has an MSRP of $1,995. The combo decks will be available in October 2009.

GD-42X1 JVC also introduced the GD-42X1 42-inch wide gamut HD monitor, which offers native HD 1920x1080 pixel resolution with a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Its picture engine accurately reproduces natural colors and clear pictures with an original algorithm that analyzes color distribution in each frame of the input signal.

With its pre-set professional color profiles, the GD-42X1 is ideal for a wide range of critical monitoring applications, such as broadcast, photo analysis and display, medical imaging, CCTV surveillance, and digital signage applications. For more exact image settings, the GD-42X1 also features 52 on-screen image adjustment properties, which allow fine tuning of color, tint, gamma, and more. In addition, each unit’s gamma curve is adjusted prior to shipping to ensure extremely precise grayscale characteristics.

Digital still photographs taken using sRGB or Adobe RGB color space are faithfully reproduced on the GD-42X1, thanks to its wide color gamut and Adobe RGB compatibility. A 12-bit per color processor upconverts 8-bit PC or video signals into 12-bit deep color signals to ensure smoother gradation, regardless of the original source. Plus, built-in noise reduction for moving and still images detects picture noise in each of the 16 frequency areas in real time, while a high-precision interpolation algorithm significantly reduces motion blur in moving pictures.

Housed in a black and silver cabinet with an ultra-slim profile and removable stereo speaker, the GD-42X1 features a swiveling stand with three-step height adjustment for tabletop use, as well as VESA holes for wall mounting. There are three HDMI inputs, plus an RGB input for VGA, component, and composite sources. The monitor also offers RS-232C control, and monitor calibration (gamma and white balance) software is available.

GD-32X1 Another new product, the GD-32X1, is a 32-inch super-slim flat panel HD monitor just 1/4-inch thick at its thinnest point and weighing only 12.5 pounds. It produces vivid images with faithful color reproduction while using fewer materials to minimize its impact on the environment.

Even with its thin, lightweight form factor, the 16:9 monitor is durable enough to be mounted on the wall (or hung from the ceiling) in stores, businesses, and academic institutions. A variety of professional preset modes makes the GD-32X1 an ideal choice for digital signage, professional photography, general medical reference, and CCTV HD and SD surveillance applications.

JVC has designed an original LED edge-lighting system for the GD-32X1 that delivers uniform brightness and light efficiency with a 178-degree viewing angle. It features full 1920x1080 resolution with a 4,000:1 contrast ratio, and provides 90 percent coverage of Adobe RGB’s wide color space.