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Sony HVR-M25AU HDV VTR

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Sony HVR-M25AU HDV VTR

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The Sony HVR-M25AU is an HDV format VTR ideally used with desktop editing workstations. The VTR performs a wide range of professional applications. The deck can play back both NTSC/PAL signals, as well as 720p. The unit records Sony's 1080i 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.

The HVR-M25AU can output to High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), which supports an uncompressed signal for unmatched image quality. Additional features include advanced time code settings, assignable buttons, and a front mounted 2.5" LCD.

Multiple Formats
The deck is capable of playing back DV, DVCAM and HDV signals for added versatility. It can convert a 1080i signal to 720p for broadcast delivery along with down conversion to standard definition. Options for down conversion include edge-cropping, digitally stretching the image, or letterbox adjustments.
LCD Monitoring
Footage can be viewed directly with the HVR-M25AU's on board LCD screen which doubles as an on-board menu system. The high contrast 2.5" panel is located directly below the tape transport for easy access and monitoring.
Extended Record Times
The deck can support standard size cassettes for extended record times. Archiving and long run time 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 move between recording NTSC and PAL standard definition signals. This added flexibility can be important when mastering for different regions.
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 HDV 1080i 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 Format HDV, DVCAM and DV (in SP Mode)
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/48kHz
Input and Output Connectors Component: BNC (x1 Output)
Composite: BNC (x1 Input, Output)
S-Video: 4-Pin (x1 Input, Output)
Control S: Interface
LANC Interface
HDMI
i.LINK: 6-Pin FireWire
Headphone Connection
Power Requirements 120 VAC, 60 Hz
Power Consumption 11W
Operating Temperature 41-104°F (5-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.4 x 3.5 x 15.4" (21.3 x 8.8 x 39 cm)
Weight 9.8 lb (4.4 kg)
Sony HVR-M25AU HDV VTR
  • Remote Commander
  • Power Cord
  • Cleaning Cassette
  • Operating Instructions
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyHVR-M25AU HDV VTR
     
    4.8

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional quality (8)
    • Highly compatible (7)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Compact (5)
    • Improves performance (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (8)
      • In the studio (7)
      • Complex projects (4)
      • Home movies (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (6), Professional artist (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      "Great HDV"

      By The Lion King

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Sony HVR-M25AU HDV VTR:

        FASTER THAN OTHERS

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        "Buy with Confidence"

        By Road Runner

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Sony HVR-M25AU HDV VTR:

          I recently purchased the HVR-M25AU DIGITAL HD VTR, after searching high and low for the perfect deck for my needs, I couldn't be happier with my investment. The biggest need was to playback 24p HDV footage, so this deck is a perfect companion for the Sony Z7U.

          Aside from that I have MiniDV, DVCAM and HDV tapes and this deck plays them and can record to all those formats. It's built in LCD is extremely helpful so it doesn't have to be hooked up to an external monitor (for quick review).

          Also the cameras I shoot with record date and time info, this deck can display that info.

          It is extremely versatile, with formats, playing interlaced footage or progressive, it has HDMI connection to watch on full HD TVs or monitors.

          It is worth every penny.

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          5.0

          this product is good

          By Timbo

          from 20521, WASHINGTON, DC

          About Me Film Student

          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-M25AU HDV VTR:

            l have the HDV/DV Camera which after shooting l need to dub quickly for the media. It is very difficult to dub the tape directly without VTR because I have to capture first and then transcode to DVD or tape which takes long time.

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            5.0

            A multi-format workhorse

            By Alexedit

            from South Florida

            About Me Business Owner, Producer editor

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Sony HVR-M25AU HDV VTR:

              This deck is awesome. I got it because I shoot video in HDV and also DVCAM and the fact that I can use both formats with one deck is a HUGE plus. I have it connected to one of my FinalCutPro stations and once I am done editing a multi-format timeline, I can master to tape in the format of my choice. The LCD screen makes life easy because I don't have to bring a monitor to location (when on small shoots) to see if the video is being recorded or to set up the menu in the deck. It can also be installed sideways on a desk to save space. I recommend this deck!

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              5.0

              Great Buy

              By Tito

              from El Salvador

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Highly Compatible
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Sony HVR-M25AU HDV VTR:

                Just what I expected

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great deck

                By CTV

                from Syracuse, NY

                About Me Film Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Lacks Functionality
                • Limited Compatibility

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony HVR-M25AU HDV VTR:

                Used by a student TV station, so constant wear and tear by a variety of skill levels. The video monitor on the deck is a must so students can easily confirm if their video is being recorded properly. One student tried to load a DVCPro tape when a MiniDV tape was already in the deck, and it jammed but was easily removable by taking the top off the deck... and the deck still worked fine despite the major user error. So it seems like a tough deck. We have five of these and are very satisfied with them.

                The only complaint is that it does not have SDI in or out. That would be useful for some of our equipment. We have to use an HDMI to SDI converter.

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                5.0

                Must have for FCP and mini DV editing

                By West Chester Mike

                from West Chester, OH

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Highly Compatible
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • A bit noisy

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Sony HVR-M25AU HDV VTR:

                Apple-approved digital VTR for capturing footage from mini DV and DVCAM tapes.

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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awsome Item, incredible !!!

                By estudiosrya

                from Laredo Tx

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Sony HVR-M25AU HDV VTR:

                  It is so powerfull, perfect image, and multiformats it's a great mode...awsome quality...

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