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Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR

B&H # SOGVHD700 Mfr # GVHD700/1
You Pay: $1,499.00
Product Highlights
  • 7" LCD Screen
  • x.v.Color Technology
  • HDMI
  • HDV 1080/60i & 720/30p Playback
  • Component Out
  • DV Interface
  • Uses MiniDV Tapes
  • Memory Stick Slot

With its continued excellence in video reproduction, Sony has once again created a portable ENG/EFP VTR, the GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman. It offers the ability to record SD resolution and play back HDV resolution, view content on its built-in 7" TFT 16:9 LCD screen, or output 1080/60i and 720/30p signals to an HD display. This versatile deck is designed with professional features like x.v.Color Technology, crystal clear still/slow-motion playback, MiniDV SP/LP record/playback, IEEE-1394 (DV) interface, component output, and 12-Bit/16-Bit PCM digital audio recording.

The Sony GV-HD700 offers professional reliability and superb functionality in the field or in the studio. Its portable, lightweight design ensures ease of use in a variety of video productions, making it an ideal acquisition tool for producers, directors, DPs, editors, and any camera rig operator.

x.v.Color Technology
Capable of passing the x.v.Color signal recorded by your Sony HD camcorder to your compatible HDTV. With the ability to reproduce nearly twice as many (1.8x) viewable colors.
Video
DV format offers up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution and significantly higher S/N ratio to provide stunning video performance. It offers up to 60 minutes of digital (SP) recording, or up to 90 minutes (LP), on one MiniDV cassette.
i.LINK
DV In/Out (IEEE 1394) enables editing or dubbing between another Digital camcorder, VCR or computer equipped with DV Capture Card, with virtually no generation loss.
Digital Program Editing
Built in assemble editor lets you mark cut-in and cut-out points for up to 20 separate scenes. Use the walkman as your source while controlling via infrared, almost any remote-capable camcorder or VCR as your recorder.
Audio
Records PCM digital audio in two modes: 16-bit mode for CD-quality stereo sound on one track, while the 12-bit mode records stereo on two tracks so you can add background music or voice-overs.
7" Display
Incorporates a 7" color LCD screen with Active Matrix technology to provide clear, accurate colors for on-the-spot playback of recordings.
Analog In/Out
Increasing your creative possibilities, analog in/out makes it possible to connect your video walkman to a range of analog devices. Once connected you're able to edit sounds and images between the two and produce original films with a personal touch. Also lets you preserve your analog library by copying it onto a digital format.
Playback Zoom
While playing back your images on this unit, it allows you to edit your images by zooming in (up to 2 times) and cropping your picture (up, down, left, right). You can save the new image as a separate file. Resize lets you save a copy of an image to a smaller or larger file size.
USB Terminal
USB (Universal Serial Bus) is a computer industry standard that is designed to simplify interconnection between digital equipment such as A/V devices and computers. It makes quality, higher-volume data transfer possible between your video walkman and PC, printer or other equipped device via a simple, one cable connection.
USB Image Capture function lets you stream live and recorded moving images to PC via USB port.
Memory Stick Duo Media Slot
Capture digital still images up to 1440 x 810 resolution from video-tapes, analog inputs or digital video i.LINK input, directly onto Memory Stick media (sold separately). The images can be easily transferred to PCs for emailing, printing or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick devices (sold separately).
L and M Series Info-Lithium Battery Compatibility
Compatible with both L and M series Info-Lithium batteries. It offers the ability to charge the battery at anytime, because unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadium) batteries, Sony's rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries are not subject to a life shortening "memory effect". Sony's exclusive AccuPower meter displays the battery time remaining in minutes, on the LCD screen
Signal System NTSC
Recording System 2 Rotary Heads, Helical Scanning System
Format SD Recording/Playback
MiniDV
HDV Playback
MiniDV
HD Playback Formats 1080/60i, 720/30p

NOTE: 720/30p cannot be played back via i.LINK/IEEE 1394 interface.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Recording Time SP: 60 min
LP: 90 min
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick Duo (up to 8GB)
Still-Image 1440 x 800
Audio Signal Format 12-Bit/16-Bit PCM System
Screen Size 7.0" (1152k Pixels)
Screen Aspect 16:9
Inputs S-Video: x1
Composite A/V: x1 (Multi-Pin to RCA)
i.LINK (x1)
Outputs HDMI: x1
Component HD: x1 (Multi-Pin to RCA)
S-Video: x1 (Multi A/V)
Composite A/V: x1 (Multi-Pin to RCA)
IEEE 1394 (DV): x1
USB: x1 (mini-B)
Headphone Jack: x1 (3.5mm Mini)
Power Requirements 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
Power Capacity 15.8W (2200mAh)
Operating System Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP; Macintosh 8.5.1, 8.6, 9.0, 9.1, 10.0, 10.1 3
Battery Type Info-Lithium Battery NP-F570
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.0 x 2.5 x 6.3" (20.1 x 6.3 x 16.2cm)
Weight 2.9 lbs (1.3kg)
Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR
  • AC Adapter (AC-L100)
  • Power Cord
  • A/V, S-Video Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Remote Control (RMT-844)
  • Info-Lithium Battery (NP-F570)
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1-Year Parts & 90 Days Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyGV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR
     
    4.4

    (based on 102 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (61)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (75)
    • Easily portable (62)
    • Good sound (35)
    • Long battery life (26)
    • Easy to set up (24)

    Cons

    • Small screen (3)

    Best Uses

    • Office (34)
    • Home (26)
    • Dubbing (15)
    • Car (11)
    • Tailgating (7)
      • How long have you owned it:
      • A month or less

         

        55% 

        (6 reviews)

        One-to-three months

         

        Three-to-six months

         

        More than six months

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (25), Gearhead (18), Professional (15), Traveler (11), Tech savvy (8)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (21), Personal (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (46)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It WORKS with 24p and 24pA!

    I bought this despite reading the other review complaining that it cannot handle 24p footage. Not true.

    I have tapes with 60i, 24p, and 24pA footage, and it handles...Read complete review

    I bought this despite reading the other review complaining that it cannot handle 24p footage. Not true.

    I have tapes with 60i, 24p, and 24pA footage, and it handles it all, fine. Yes, even with Advanced Pulldown Removal to Final Cut Pro.

    So, I think the other reviewer was talking about one of the incarnations of 24 frame video (like the proprietary CANON) variety found on the HV20 and HV30. BTW, I don't think ANY DV deck can handle those formats, yet. Which is why you need to use the camera you shot with to digitize those types of footage.

    But if you, like me, have DV footage in 24p or 24pA (say, from a DVX-100 or an HVX-200), this deck WILL work. Including transferring the flagged frames over firewire into Final Cut Pro 6, when dealing with 24pA footage.

    Also, it's nice that the 16x9 screen can recognize anamorphic DV footage and display it properly, instantly.

    Another nice touch, you can use the deck to "loop through" video signals into an non-linear editor, via firewire. In other words, you can send composite into the deck and have it go right into Final Cut Pro via firewire, WITHOUT the use of a tape. And vice versa! So... if you own this deck, you won't need that Canopus box whose sole function is that. So, you'll save $200 - 300, there.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Canon Camcorder Owners Be Warned!

    I was very disappointed to find that the GV-HD700 will not play HD tapes shot at 30F or 24F on my Canon XHAI or HV20a camcorders (apparently on all Canon camcorders). It will...Read complete review

    I was very disappointed to find that the GV-HD700 will not play HD tapes shot at 30F or 24F on my Canon XHAI or HV20a camcorders (apparently on all Canon camcorders). It will play only 60i tapes.

    Sony, having built a machine that will not function with Canon camcorder tapes (unless they are recorded at 60i), did not have had the good spirit to issue an appropriate warning in their advertisements and in the owners manual. Very bad consumer policy, I am sure!

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    5.0

    Great for EditingArchiving Mini DV tapes

    By RISD77

    from Providence, RI

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Picture
    • Easily Portable
    • Long Battery Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

        Very compact, solid unit. Although I currently spend a great deal of time importing footage into Final Cut Pro via memory cards, I still have a library of mini dv tapes that I work with in my projects. Rather than hanging onto a Canon XH A1 that cost over 3500., I was able to trade this camera in for a 7D and still have money left over to put towards the GV-HD700 .

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        5.0

        Works great with Firewire cable, Avid

        By SoniaLouise09

        from New Jersey

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

              Works great! I edit on Avid Media Composer 6. I was able to use this deck to capture miniDV footage with a native codec of DV 25 411 into a 30i NTSC project in Avid, using a Firewire 9-Pin to 4-Pin cable. The only thing with Avid is that this particular deck does not show up as a preset. You have to choose GV-D300 instead, and then all works well. Thanks, B&H!

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              5.0

              great package

              By willsworld

              from trinidad

              About Me Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Office

                Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                i do editing and this product has saved me ware and tare on my video camera .

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                • No

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                4.0

                Just works

                By Rlosada

                from Florida

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Picture
                • Easily Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                  Works perfectly with almost any tape, has some issues with old tapes recorded in cannon cameras

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  It met my expectations.

                  By EW

                  from Andover, MA

                  About Me Gearhead, Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Picture
                  • Easily Portable

                  Cons

                  • Feels Cheap

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                    I use this for preserving family memories. I also have the Sony GV-D200 (8mm tapes), which is why I purchased the GV-HD700. I would have preferred this to not have a screen, but it does. I've used it to play miniDV tapes and currently a family friend is using it as a digital converter in connection with a VHS VCR. It doesn't have as solid of a feel as the GV-D200, but seems as capable of doing its job. I'm not a fan of Sony products in general, but these devices have done a good job, unlike the other methods I tried.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good gear!

                    By Hernan Monroy

                    from Tampico, MX.

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Picture
                    • Easily Portable
                    • Good Sound
                    • Long Battery Life

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Office

                      Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                      easy to use and very functional

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      PROBLEMATIC BUT SATISFACTORY

                      By PIXANATOR44

                      from NEW YORK / COLOGNE

                      About Me Preditor, Writer-director

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Portable

                      Cons

                      • Pal Or Ntsc-not Both
                      • See My Comments Below

                      Best Uses

                      • Take It Anywhere

                      Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                      This item is compact and convenient, but it has a couple of quirks, the most annoying of which is the AUDIO SETTING tab. When I insert a tape whose contents have been recorded in HD 16-bit audio, I find the DV AU. MODE is set permanently at 12-bit, not 16-bit. I can transfer the material into Final Cut Pro 7 without getting sync drift, but whether the finished piece will output properly to broadcast or DVD, etc., remains to be seen... and heard. Very annoying. Otherwise satisfactory, at least thus far. While it is easily transportable, you need SEPARATE MACHINES internationally: one for NTCS, another for PAL.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Player

                      By Alice

                      from Crestview, FL

                      About Me Practical, Teacher

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Picture
                      • Compact Size
                      • Good Sound

                      Cons

                      • Small Screen

                      Best Uses

                      • Car
                      • Home
                      • School
                      • Tailgating

                      Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                      This is the perfect mini DV player for our school's TV studio. It was simple enough to hook up that I didn't have to read the directions! Good quality sound and image. I would highly recommend it.

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                      • No

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                      2.0

                      Three years old, sent back to Sony twice

                      By Amberjacks

                      from Atlanta Metro Area

                      About Me Serious hobbyistsemi-pro

                      Pros

                      • Clear Picture
                      • Easily Portable

                      Cons

                      • Light weight construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Consumer toy

                      Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                      I bought this unit from B&H several years ago, when HDV was still wanted, it has broken down with error codes, and the fire wire port went totally out. I sent it back to sony. Repaired. Now more error codes and Tape transport will not thread, local authorized Sony repair says it's proprietary and only Sony factory can fix it. Back in the box again to be mailed off for more down time. I do like it when it runs, it is not supper sturdy, I always am afraid of dropping it. I wish it had a tripod mount and the LCD screen is weak. Hard to see in direct sun light.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great camera saving device

                      By Terry

                      from Brazosport, TX

                      About Me Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Camera saver
                      • Time saver

                      Cons

                      • Cable management

                      Best Uses

                      • Video production house

                      Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                      If you upload your DV cassette videos to you computer, you save the life of your camera with this device; and its always connected to the computer. It can also be carried into the field with a power source to be used as a player. Very easy, handy and a workhorse.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Awesome Deck Delivers on Promise

                      By Atomic

                      from Colorado Springs CO

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Picture
                      • Easily Portable
                      • Good Sound
                      • Long Battery Life

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                          This is what my small video studio has been needing to save wear and tear on my HDV cameras. Awesome gadget delivers on promise and more -- "more" because the cables others complained weren't there have been added by Sony, and image is sharp and clear on 7" screen. Ports (i/o) seem rock solid and durable despite others complaints. Have used it as a monitor on location so its doing double duty here in the field as well. I did purchase additional firewire (6 pin) to HDMI (cost 4.95 each) and it really zings with full 1440 into Final Cut X or FCP 7 (I use both but as a side note, am coming to appreciate the many small wonders of X). I save to LaCie 1TB Hard Drive -- if you get stuttering video its probably because you saved to a less speedy drive like I initially did (WD 500 GB at 5000 RPM) . Works perfect going into the computer HD (27" iMac at 7000 turns) too -- and It will display good images during FF and RW; has assignable buttons for goodies like image zoom/or image capture. Finally, it responds well to remote commander or to FCX on screen controls. This is inexpensive for pro equipment -- I'm working now, absolutely love it! Thanks Sony & BH

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                          5.0

                          Very Happy with the GV-HD700

                          By Video Man

                          from Yakima, WA

                          About Me Custom Wedding Videos, Family Video, Fly tying Instruction DVD

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Picture
                          • Compact
                          • Easily Portable
                          • Good Sound
                          • Solid build

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Recording
                          • Uploading HDV Minidv tape

                          Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                          I had sold my Sony HDV minidv cam, but still had over 100 minidv tapes to edit. I turned to the GV-HD700 for this task. So far it has worked perfectly. The controls and menus are the same as my cameras so set up and uploading to the computer was easy. I had to purchase a seperate cable to connect to my computer, and should have purchased it when I bought the walkman.

                          The controls are easy to see, and the unit seems solid. The picture quality is excellent, audio through the onboard speaker is good. I would recommend this unit to anyone having to upload their HDV tapes.

                          I have not used it to record to minidv yet, but that may be an option after I get through all those old tapes first. I have not used the battery yet but sony batteries have always been good to go.

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                          4.0

                          HEAD SAVER

                          By pixanator44

                          from New York/Cologne

                          About Me Preditor

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Picture

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Location
                            • Studio

                            Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                            camera head saver compact portable dependable Space saver

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Sony Tape Deck

                            By Petergriffincrew

                            from Springfield, VA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Picture
                            • Easily Portable
                            • Good Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                                Definitely a wise investment for anyone using capture cameras as their go-to tape decks. There are ample connection options and it's very easy to use and connect to a computer.
                                The controls are quite simple, the display is fairly large & very clear, and the deck can conveniently run off of Sony L-Series batteries if you are away from an outlet.

                                If using for video capturing, just make sure to buy a Firewire & you'll be set

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                                5.0

                                Everything they said it would do, it doe

                                By Hobbyist video producer

                                from New York State

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Picture
                                • Easily Portable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home

                                  Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                                  If you are still using mini DV tapes I would suggest you buy this VCR as it appears to me that SONY is no longer making them. My HDV camera's i-link broke and repairs would be over $550. Now I can still download via firewire (i-link as Sony calls it) to my computer to edit unedited mini DV tapes as well as archive to mini-DV tape. The machine itself works beautifully and it even can record HDV in HDV to tape.

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                                  5.0

                                  Works as advertised--saved some money

                                  By Boyd

                                  from Livingston, Montana

                                  About Me Gearhead

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Picture
                                  • Easily Portable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Office

                                    Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                                    We have about 500 mini dv tapes of live event coverage that our PR department has been crying to have access to for years now. We're using this deck to pull it all into a file server for use in creating marketing and other video pieces. It's much more pleasant to do this with the sony clamshell than with a camera. And this deck is considerably cheaper than the high-end units we looked at--even used ones.

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                                    1.0

                                    NO work to capture HDV in Adobe Primer

                                    By Eriberto

                                    from Puerto Rico

                                    Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                                    The GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman does no work to capture HDV with Adobe Premier Pro CS2,3,4,5. Only capture in DV.
                                    Badddd!! I used my camera to capture HDV.

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                                    5.0

                                    Light-weight, nice lcd

                                    By Jesus Lopez

                                    from Mazatlán, Sinaloa MEXICO

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easily Portable
                                    • Good Sound

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Picture

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                                      I use this product to check all my HDV footage and it´s wonderful, it´s pretty small, you can store it in everywhere, the only thing I don't like about the product is that the LCD is not as good quality as a HVR-Z5U LCD, but for me, fits perfect because I don't need to connect an external monitor and all the HDV footage is check in the PC. I had a problem with it, the heads were damaged and I returned it to B&H and they send me another one :)

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                                      4.0

                                      small but great product

                                      By Marco

                                      from Phoenix Az

                                      About Me Frequent Traveler

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Picture
                                      • Easily Portable
                                      • Good Sound
                                      • Long Battery Life

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Car

                                        Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                                        I use to reviw my hdv tapes is portable and easy tio use

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                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        Excellent product.

                                        By solsta999

                                        from Raymond, MS

                                        About Me Frequent Traveler

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Picture
                                        • Easily Portable
                                        • Easy setup
                                        • Long Battery Life

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Office

                                          Comments about Sony GV-HD700 HDV Video Walkman VCR:

                                          I ordered this product because I run a small non-profit organization that has more than 200 hours of video on miniDV. Within the first three days of receiving this product I was able to download more than 25 hours of video. This product is easy to use and compatible with both Mac and PC. It was ready to go right out of the box. Sony makes quality products and this is no exception.

                                          I would definitely recommend this to others looking for a quick solution to downloading video from miniDV, both SD and HD, to your editing software.

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