JVC released a firmware upgrade for the BR-HD50U ProHD VTR accessible by end users through the JVC Web site. Owners of JVC BR-HD50U VTRs purchased in the United States can download the free upgrade file and instructions using a Windows or Mac computer, and perform the update themselves.
The upgrade optimizes the interoperability of the BR-HD50U ProHD VTR with Final Cut Pro 5.1.2, which provides native editing support for the HDV720 24P and 25P format. Additionally, the upgrade enables the VTR to record (via IEEE1394) and playback 720/60p and 50p signals from JVC's new GY-HD250U ProHD camcorder.
The firmware upgrade will also enable the cloning of tapes when recording from another HDV source, such as a GY-HD100U, GY-HD110U, GY-HD250U or another BR-HD50U VTR.
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