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Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR

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Product Highlights
  • 24p Capability

The Sony HVR-M15AU is an HDV format VTR ideally used with desktop editing workstations. It includes a stand and can be mounted vertically; a great space-saving feature. The modest frame is deceiving as this VTR performs a wide range of professional applications. The deck can play back both NTSC/PAL signals, as well as 720/30p. The unit records Sony's 1080i HDV in 24p, 30p and, 60i as well as DV and DVCAM. High definition can be recorded with either Mini DV tapes or the larger standard size cassettes for record times up to 276 minutes in HDV and DV mode.

Multiple Formats
The deck is capable of playing back DV, DVCAM and HDV signals. This added versatility allows for legacy playback of archived footage.
Extended Record Times
The deck can support standard size cassettes for extended record times. Archiving and longer projects can be recorded with ease. Record up to 276 minutes of HDV or DV footage and up to 184 of DVCAM footage on one tape.
NTSC/PAL Switchable
The VTR can record both NTSC and PAL standard definition signals. This added flexibility can be important when mastering for different regions.
Go Vertical
Unlike many decks, the HVR-M15AU's tape transport can be positioned vertically without any damage to the cassette. Have you ever wished you could stick that last piece of equipment into the useless nook in the corner? Well, with this compact VTR, you can! Just use the provided stand and you're ready to go.
Auto-Repeat
Presentations will benefit from the auto-repeat function. The deck will automatically start a video over again when this option is on. Simply set the deck up and let it do the rest.
Standards NTSC/PAL
Recording Format HDV1080i specification (MPEG2 Long GOP, CBR, 25Mb/s, MPEG-2 MP@H14)

MPEG-1 Audio Layer2 (2 channel, 16-bit, 48 KHz) or MPEG-2 Audio Layer2 (4 channel, 16-bit, 48 KHz)

DVCAM/DV(SP)

Linear PCM (2 channel, 16-bit, 48 KHz)
Playback Format HDV: 1080/59.94i/50i, 23.98P, 29.97P, 25P
DVCAM, DV SP: 480/59.94i, 576/50i
Recording Frame Rate HDV (i.LINK input)
1440 x 1080/59.94i/50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P

DVCAM/DV
480/59.94i
Tape Speed HDV: 18.8 mm/s
DVCAM: 28.193 mm/s
DV: 18.8 mm/s
Maximum Recording Time DV/HDV: 276 min
DVCAM: 184 min
Audio Signal Format 16 bit/48 kHz
Input and Output Connectors Component: RCA (x1 Output)
Composite: RCA (x1 Input, Output)
S-Video: 4-Pin (x1 Input, Output)
i.LINK/FireWire: 6-Pin
Control S Interface
LAN C Interface
Power Requirements 8.4 VDC
Power Consumption 6W
Operating Temperature 41-104°F (5-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.1 x 2.9 x 10.5" (18.1 x 7.3 x 26.7 cm)
Weight 5.1 lb (2.3 kg)
Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR
  • AC-L100 AC Adapter
  • Remote Commander Unit
  • Power Cord
  • Stand
  • Cleaning Cassette
  • Operating Instructions
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyHVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR
     
    4.6

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (27)
    • Professional quality (25)
    • Compact (24)
    • Highly compatible (22)
    • Improves performance (16)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (17)
      • In the studio (17)
      • Complex projects (16)
      • Home movies (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (19), Professional artist (10), Enthusiast (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (18)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Travel HDV VTR

      Overall, very pleased with the build quality and performance of this deck. Handles all the various formats as advertised with ease -- miniDV, standard DV, miniDVCAM, standard DVCAM and HDV. Works...Read complete review

      Overall, very pleased with the build quality and performance of this deck. Handles all the various formats as advertised with ease -- miniDV, standard DV, miniDVCAM, standard DVCAM and HDV. Works seamlessly with Final Cut Pro (and Macbook Pro).

      Only wish it had a small timecode/info screen and/or a way to access the internal menu options when connected via Firewire.

      I have a portable edit suite setup -- Macbook Pro, 2 Iomega external drives, Apple 27" Cinema Display and of course the Sony HDV VTR. When connected via Firewire into the Macbook Pro, I am unable to access the menu options this way unless I connect it into an actual video monitor. But, you can't always get what you want (as the Rolling Stones says). For the portability and the multi-format and even the price, this is a great deck for any editorial setup.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not for everyone

      It wasn't until recently that I had the opportunity to record on-location, using this unit.
      I would definitely NOT recommend it to anyone editing on the PC platform with Adobe
      Products. Premiere...Read complete review

      It wasn't until recently that I had the opportunity to record on-location, using this unit.
      I would definitely NOT recommend it to anyone editing on the PC platform with Adobe
      Products. Premiere CS4 cannot even recognize it, although it is (very narrowly) compatible with CS2 for raw capturing. Frame edits (In/Out) or Batch Capturing is impossible, as the tape transport cannot "find" the editing points. It runs back and forth, searching, but never able to stop at the starting point. My FX-1 Camcorder has a much
      better transport that is accurate for offline editing.

      It's a shame, because the video quality of this unit is excellent.

      Very disappointing.

      Reviewed by 32 customers

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      5.0

      Excellent machine

      By .filmtek.no

      from Kristiansand, Norway

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

        Easy to use. Looks good, Small and portable.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        "I would buy this product again and agai

        By helbert segura

        from bogota colombia

        About Me Film Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Performance

        Cons

        • Limited Compatibility

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

          very good product, I expected meets

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          • No

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          4.0

          HVR-15AU

          By None

          from Kingston Jamaica

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • In The Studio

            Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

            I am the Managing Siredtor of Laribo Marketing and we operate the LED Video Board at the National Stadium in Kingston jamaica. TH product is great and allow us to CONTINUE to be efficient for All our clients and customers

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            • No

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            5.0

            It is a good product

            By jespalter

            from Managua, Nicaragua

            About Me Broadcast Engineer, Technical management, Tv channel

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

              We use the product everyday

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              • No

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              4.0

              Very nice

              By Sugar Shane

              from Mississippi

              About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                Great size, and very well designed. I was very pleased that it was all I had hoped for and more! Great deck for a reasonable price.

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                • No

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again and again

                By Aristide A. Ouédraogo

                from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                  it is a product of excellent quality.
                  B & H, has met its commitments. accessories supplied correspond to the descriptions of the manufacturers.
                  it's a solid device and I think as soon as I will soon be ordering again.
                  Thank you for your professionalism.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR by Sony

                  By the man

                  from new york new york

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                    Item is great no issues worked right out the box

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Perfect for my use

                    By Classical Video

                    from Seattle

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                        I use this machine on the desktop to capture tapes from any of my cameras. It takes Mini-DV, Fullsize DV, & HDV. The only thing it does not capture are LP recordings but as I seldom use LP mode it is not an issue. I also use it in the field so I can record to Fullsize DV from my mini-DV cams. An IEEE 1394 connection provides digital transfer to the unit.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Nice little machine

                        By PG

                        from Philaldelphia, PA

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • No HDMI output

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects

                        Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                        This is a great addition, and now that I won't need to put additional demand on my camera to digitize HDV and DV sources, I hopefully can expect longer service life from my camera.The only drawback I see so far is that there is no HDMI output on the box, but looking at the next model up, the $1,500 in savings is a fair trade.

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                        5.0

                        sony hdv deck

                        By cornelius

                        from hilo hawaii

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                          solid build, smooth tape transport. used primarily as a log and capture source. perfect integration w/ FCP. all good. not cheap but what good equipment is?

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          How does something so small do SO MUCH?!

                          By pjovideo

                          from Arvada, CO

                          About Me 3D computer animator, Business Owner, Professional Artist, Video Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Professional Quality
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                            My DSR 11 worked like a champ until I sold it for someone else to get the benefit, but I've moved on to HDV and I needed a great deck to replace my other little wonder. The HVR-M15AU is perfect! It works seamlessly with Final Cut Pro and I've been able to back up all of those little field tapes so everything is handy on the larger cassettes. Yeah, I know Sony makes this gem, but I couldn't find it at the best price until I shopped B&H. They are my heroes!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            HVR-M15AU - a great machine

                            By Audun

                            from Norway/Europe

                            About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Home Movies
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                              I bought the HVR-M15AU a couple of weeks ago and I'm very happy with the way it works, so far. It's very simply to use, close to self explaining. I even managed to record and digitalize my old Hi8 analogue tapes after some minutes, using an old Sony Hi8 camera connected to the HVR-M15AU through the analogue inputs on the HVR. For me having a lot of old valuable Mini DV tapes (multiple formats), this is perfect. Simple, well working and as we say in Norway; 'very useful to have inhouse' - well worth the price.
                              However, I miss the small integrated LCD screen.

                              PS. perfect for travelling

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                              5.0

                              Great equipment

                              By Radsnet

                              from Miami, Fl

                              About Me Business Owner

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects

                                Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                                Very usefull.
                                Help to maintain you camera free of problems

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Versatile, simple, and powerful deck.

                                By The Archivist

                                from New York, NY

                                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                                  I needed to replace a DSR-30 and a DS-11, as well as upgrade to HDV, and this was the perfect choice. The deck suits all of my needs and supports a lot of legacy formats perfectly, a must for me. The most basic Sony decks are always amazing quality! A really nice design to boot!

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Travel HDV VTR

                                  By Z-A

                                  from Los Angeles

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • No timecodeinfo display

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                                  Overall, very pleased with the build quality and performance of this deck. Handles all the various formats as advertised with ease -- miniDV, standard DV, miniDVCAM, standard DVCAM and HDV. Works seamlessly with Final Cut Pro (and Macbook Pro).

                                  Only wish it had a small timecode/info screen and/or a way to access the internal menu options when connected via Firewire.

                                  I have a portable edit suite setup -- Macbook Pro, 2 Iomega external drives, Apple 27" Cinema Display and of course the Sony HDV VTR. When connected via Firewire into the Macbook Pro, I am unable to access the menu options this way unless I connect it into an actual video monitor. But, you can't always get what you want (as the Rolling Stones says). For the portability and the multi-format and even the price, this is a great deck for any editorial setup.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Hard working, compact design

                                  By JD

                                  from PA

                                  About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Some compatiblity issues

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                                  A space saving design without losing any features.
                                  I have yet to find a down vside to this HD VTR.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Works As Needed

                                  By Brian

                                  from GA

                                  About Me Video Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Editing Suite

                                    Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                                    Product works fine. I was surprised that the product had a 6 pin instead of 4 pin firewire connector. I thought this was the same model as another one we have but perhaps it's a slightly different model. Anyways, plugged it in and worked fine from the start. Had a couple issues with Final Cut having issues with it but this was resolved with rebooting the computer and then all worked fine. It does what it needs to what more could I ask?

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                                    5.0

                                    Works for us

                                    By Ed

                                    from Oregon

                                    About Me Community Cable TV

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Plays DVCAM DV

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Automated playback

                                      Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                                      We have 4 of these decks in a cable playback system. Smooth, reliable operation. The HVRs replaced DSR-11s that were powered on for over 70,000 hours. Can't beat Sony for long life.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Player - Great Price

                                      By Rick

                                      from East Lansing, MI

                                      About Me Business Owner

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact Design
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Complex Projects
                                        • In The Studio

                                        Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                                        This unit works great as a desktop tape ingest station.

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                                        5.0

                                        This is a great product for the price!

                                        By 'G'

                                        from Kingwood, TX

                                        About Me TV Station Manager

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Professional Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Complex Projects
                                          • Independent Films

                                          Comments about Sony HVR-M15AU Desktop HDV VTR:

                                          This deck is used everyday once the settings are set correctly this deck gets it done! I am so satisfied with this product I bought three of them for my company.

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