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JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder

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Product Highlights
  • 250GB Hard Drive
  • Tapeless HD Combo Deck
  • No PC Needed
  • SD Card Slot
  • Supports Blu-ray (HD) & DVD (SD) Discs

The JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc and HDD Recorder is a high-performance professional combo deck that lets you author and record professional HD and SD discs without a computer. Whether you need to edit and copy your own camcorder footage or make copies of unprotected discs, the SR-HD1250US's 250GB hard drive will store your content while you format, edit, or downconvert it to Blu-ray or standard DVD discs.

The unit's multitude of digital inputs means you can ingest footage from camcorders and SD cards in various HD and SD formats, including HDV/DV, AVCHD and MPEG-2. Composite and S-Video inputs, meanwhile, provide backward analog compatibility.

A straightforward, menu-driven interface helps you create projects for a variety of functions, including those requiring auto-start and repeat playback.

Professional Blu-ray Disc Recorder Ensures High-Definition Performance
Copy videos to a Blu-ray disc from a high-definition camcorder from the HDD, or downconvert the videos and record them onto a DVD. The internal HDD also enables easy editing and dubbing of multiple discs. 1
Compatible with Camcorders Supporting AVCHD, HDV, and DV Formats
Multiple file formats such as AVCHD, HDV, DV, and those of JVC's Everio camcorders are compatible; digital dubbing can be performed.
Digital Interface Enhances Camcorder Compatibility
Equipped with USB, SDHC slot and i.LINK input terminals for convenient connection to camcorders.
Create Menu-supported Blu-ray Discs
Blu-ray discs can be made using the BDMV (with menu) format; BDAV discs can also be created and dubbed as needed.
Store Up to 24 Hours of Full HD Images on One 50GB Dual-layer Disc
Compatible with high-capacity dual-layer 50GB Blu-ray discs, which means that up to 24 hours (AE mode) of full high-definition images can be stored on a single disc. Writing onto inexpensive LTH discs is also supported.
Authoring Menu Can Create Discs for Professional Demos
Disc authoring for professional applications, such as creating discs that repeat playback automatically or demonstration discs, can be performed.
Video System NTSC
Region Blu-ray: Region A
DVD: Region 1
Input and Output Connectors Video: BNC (x1 Input, x1 Output)
Audio: Pin jack (x1 Input, x1 Output)
S-Video (x1 Input, x1 Output)
FireWire: 4-pin (x1 Input)
Remote: 3.5mm Mini Jack (x1 Input)
Component: RCAx3 (x1 Output)
HDMI: 19-pin type A (x1 Output)
USB: USB 2.0
Memory Card SD, SDHC
HDD Deck Storage Capacity: 250GB
Video Recording Compression System: MPEG-2 (VBR), H.264/AVC
Audio Recording System: Dolby Digital (2ch), Linear PCM (2ch, XP mode only)
BD/DVD Deck Video Recording Compression System: MPEG-2 (CBR/VBR), MPEG-4 (H.264)/AVC
Audio Recording System: Dolby Digital (2ch), Linear PCM (2ch, XP mode only)
Power Requirements 120VAC, 60Hz
Power Consumption Power On: 34W
Power Off: 3W
Temperature Operating: 41° - 95°F (5° - 35°C)
Storage: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 2.75 x 17.1 x 13.8" (7 x 43.4 x 35 cm)
Weight 11 lbs (5 kg)
JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder
  • AC Power Cord
  • Audio/Video Cable
  • Infrared Remote Control
  • (2) AA Batteries
  • 1-Year Parts & Labor Warranty
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    JVCSR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder
     
    3.4

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    69%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent image quality (8)
    • Easy set-up (7)
    • Good connections (7)
    • Backwards compatible (3)
    • Improves performance (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home (4)
      • Independent films (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (6), Enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Machine

      I use the Product to transfer my images from my new HD camcorder to a Blu-Ray Disc. Works like a charm, you can edit and take out what you do not want.
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      I use the Product to transfer my images from my new HD camcorder to a Blu-Ray Disc. Works like a charm, you can edit and take out what you do not want.
      Image quality is exceptional, even with a copy of a DVD.
      You can use this product with an SD card, and also transfer images through S-VIDEO or the normal RCA plugs. I-Link and USB plug.
      The machine is limited to the only use of DVD-R for transfer or Copy Video.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      The JVC Non-Blu-Ray Recorder

      The JVC is the same as the Tascam unit so this review can apply to it also. This is listed as a Blu-ray recorder / DVD / HDD recorder. It works wonderfully for DVD...Read complete review

      The JVC is the same as the Tascam unit so this review can apply to it also. This is listed as a Blu-ray recorder / DVD / HDD recorder. It works wonderfully for DVD & HDD. Blu-ray recording on this recorder is like the Ten Commandments x 100. Thou Shall Not...Thou Shall Not....Thou Shall Not & finally You Can't. First choose your discs wisely as most will not work in this unit. You cannot record standard def to a blu-ray and have it play back in another blu-ray player. There are no component inputs so you cannot transfar your DVR - HD recordings to BD-R. If you have a BR disc that is not copy protected you can put it on the HDD but not on a BD-R that will play back on a blu-ray player. If you edit HD content from a HD comera it is virtually impossible to put on a disc, and if you can it will not play in standalone blu-ray players. I have never seen such a restrictive machine in my life, especially one that is labeled professional. A waste money.

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      3.0

      Works as advertised - Could be better

      By The IT / TV Guy

      from Mattoon, IL

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Set-Up
      • Excellent Image Quality
      • Good Connections

      Cons

      • Programming Lacking

      Best Uses

        Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

        We use this product as part of our television ministry at church to make library copies of our full church service.

        I like the fact that it came with BNC connectors, and it has a clean look and feel. Software and remote are straightforward, and, with some exceptions, simple to use.

        Other than the price and BNC connections on the back of the unit, I cannot figure out what is "high-performance" or "professional" about this product. It works well, but the programming could be better. I cannot find a way to program it to automatically create chapters (e.g., every 10 minutes). Entering text with the remote using the "multi-tap" method similar to a cell phone is tedious, but workable. It would be okay if they had not mixed in all of the special characters among the letters so you have to go through all of them to get to a number. This can require 8-15 button presses. It would be easier and faster if they had only allowed access to these special characters using the special character selection screen they provide. If they had included the numbers in the special character screen, you could get around this problem. Whoever designed this never tested it by typing dates in titles. I wish you could plug a keyboard into the USB port on the front.

        Probably the most disappointing thing about the programming of this unit is the fact you cannot schedule recordings. This means you have to be in front of the unit to start and stop a recording procedure. Not easy when you are trying to archive previously recorded tapes to DVD and you do not work in the building. We used to use our DVD / HDD recorder as part of our editing process, but the inability to schedule the starting and stopping makes it more complicated to use it in this manner.

        Overall, the unit works fine and does what it is supposed to do, there are just to many disappointments for the price point.

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        5.0

        The Best Editing Recorder Available

        By dhutch9505

        from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • DVD Upconversion
        • Easy Set-Up
        • Excellent Image Quality
        • Good Connections

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

          This recorder saves me hours and hours of work. I transfer my videos to the HDD. When I burn my videos from HDD to a BD-RE-DL, I have m2ts files I can easily use for final Bluray authoring on my computer. There are times I work my JVC SR-HD1250 day and night, and it has not faltered once. This unit is one of the most important tools in my toolbox.

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          2.0

          Blu-Ray Record, Big Problem

          By Joe Video

          from Buffalo, NY

          About Me Power User

          Pros

          • Excellent Image Quality
          • Good Connections

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hi Def Camera to Hard Dri

            Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

            I first reviewed this machine as a great unit for HD recording. It made great Blu-Rays. Since then the hard drive to Blu-ray does not want to work. At first every once in awhile it would not record to a Blu-Ray disc. Now it won't do it at all. Hard drive to dvd's are fine, but not Blu-Ray. JVC tells me I have to send the unit to California to be fixed. Great!!!!!!

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            2.0

            not sure about this product

            By mike

            from chicago

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good if no editing needed

            Cons

            • No clean edits

            Best Uses

              Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

              I bought a new Sony NX5U and then decided to buy the JVC 1250 so I wouldn't have to edit with a computer. This does not do great edits. A JVC employee spent 5 hrs at my house yesterday teaching me how to use this. He says it does not do "seamless" (clean) edits because of the way this particular Sony cam records AVCHD. He says maybe I'd get clean edits with an upgraded camera. I am not happy. I can't even delete any scenes without video and/or audio noise (audio dropout-mute) at the edit points. If you don't need to do any kind of editing it works okay. I don't know if I will return this unit.

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              3.0

              Good unit,bad menu

              By AjayTech

              from PA

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Set-Up
              • Excellent Image Quality
              • Good Connections

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Home Theater
                • Office

                Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                I use the hdd to record a weekly live program. It's smooth simple to use and high quality. However the menus are difficult & cumbersome to navigate.

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                3.0

                Yes You Can Record SD to Blu-ray

                By Russ's Video

                from Fort Collins

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Manual Is Aufull
                  • Maybe No Black Level
                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Sic Awful

                  Best Uses

                  • Maybe Fro Amature Use
                  • Not Recomend At This Time

                  Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                  You can record SD video to Blu-ray discs, but not directly.

                  Notes: If the origional video is in 4:3 aspect ratio, such as VHS, then first go to "Set Up" and "Record", and change "High-Speed Dubbing" to 16:9. This will maintain the origional aspect with black on the left and right.

                  1. Record SD video (from Line 1, DV input, or DVD disc) to the SR-HD1250's hard drive.

                  2. Place a BD-RE disc into the SR-HD1250. Using the "Dubbing" mode, record the hard drive file to the BD-RE in XP, or in high speed.

                  3. Using the "Dubbing" mode, record the file on the BD-RE disc back to the Hard Drive. At this point the file will be forced to write in HD.

                  4. One more time, using the "Dubbing" mode, record the new HD file from the hard drive to a BD-R. You will see a screen where you can change the "Recording Format" to BDMV.

                  Problems: The SR-HD1250 seems to have no true black level. It is, as if the unit is squashing the dynamics of the Video and Color ranges. Maybe There is a fix for this. If not, then can this machine be called "Professional"? Does anyone know how to maintian the dynamic Video and Color ranges on this machine?

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                  5.0

                  very efeciente, I liked and fast

                  By AUDIO VISUAL CONCEPT

                  from NEW JERSEY

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to handle

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                      I am using it to tax television productions trade hata I'm trying and now has given me good results, for the price is more than good has very good image quality is stable, easy to handle and compared with other production methods I used in recommend this.

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                      4.0

                      JVC Produces Again

                      By T.D. Matt

                      from Wash.,DC

                      About Me Power User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Backwards Compatible
                      • Easy Set-Up
                      • Excellent Image Quality
                      • Good Connections

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Office

                        Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                        We bought 2 units for the HDD function to use as a backup to On The Fly DVD recording. Events are from 2 hours to 2 days, so no worry if a program segment runs longer than the anticepated DVD speed. And we can burn the entire event onto 1 bluray disc for archival storage. Will purchase more to phase out our old JVC VHS/DVD recorders.

                        We have found JVC to be developing the right combination features & quality that keeps us coming back for more products.

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                        5.0

                        Just what I've been looking for

                        By Joe Video

                        from Buffalo, NY

                        About Me Power User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Backwards Compatible
                        • Easy Set-Up
                        • Excellent Image Quality
                        • Good Connections

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                            I video tape lengthy Dance Shows with a Hi Def camera. In the past I used a computer which was a long set up and nerve racking. Now I plug in my camera to the JVC hard drive and hit record. Quality is great, and copies to DVD or Blu-ray are excellant. Editing of footage takes some practice but results are great. This is a quality machine.

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                            1.0

                            The JVC Non-Blu-Ray Recorder

                            By wcwalter

                            from Indpls, In

                            About Me Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Backwards Compatible
                            • Easy Set-Up
                            • Excellent Image Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home

                              Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                              The JVC is the same as the Tascam unit so this review can apply to it also. This is listed as a Blu-ray recorder / DVD / HDD recorder. It works wonderfully for DVD & HDD. Blu-ray recording on this recorder is like the Ten Commandments x 100. Thou Shall Not...Thou Shall Not....Thou Shall Not & finally You Can't. First choose your discs wisely as most will not work in this unit. You cannot record standard def to a blu-ray and have it play back in another blu-ray player. There are no component inputs so you cannot transfar your DVR - HD recordings to BD-R. If you have a BR disc that is not copy protected you can put it on the HDD but not on a BD-R that will play back on a blu-ray player. If you edit HD content from a HD comera it is virtually impossible to put on a disc, and if you can it will not play in standalone blu-ray players. I have never seen such a restrictive machine in my life, especially one that is labeled professional. A waste money.

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                              3.0

                              Good Produce

                              By chow

                              from richmond va

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy Set-Up
                              • Excellent Image Quality
                              • Good Connections
                              • Good Soundtrack Support

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home

                                Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                                very good easy to use

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                                4.0

                                JVC SR-HD1250US

                                By John

                                from Lewisberry, PA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Independent Films
                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                                  This professional Blu-ray recorder is a fine way to burn HD video and maintain the quality. It does require a learning curve and possibly a few waisted blank media to learn all the functions. This was recommended by B&H and I'm happy with the quality of the unit.

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                                  4.0

                                  Meets my business needs

                                  By Kent

                                  from Shiloh, IL

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Improved Owner's Manual

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                                  I recently bought the SR-HD1250US Blu-ray recorder, and have been very pleased with its performance. I did at first have some difficulty burning a Blu-ray from imported HDV video from my camcorder. The mode change, that was required for a BD-MV format, was inactive. I discovered the video output from the firewire port on the camcorder was in DV instead of HDV. This down-converted the video to standard definition. A simple menu change on my Canon HV40 changed the output to HD. Re-capturing in HD allowed for the mode change from DR to AF to work. The blu-ray disc then burned without any problems. The quality of the blu-ray is fantastic, as good as the original tape. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that I would have liked the ability to create my own menu backgrounds without having to buy the much more expensive SR-HD1500US. I plan to expand my film and video transfer business with this recorder.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Machine

                                  By Shaka54

                                  from Ottawa, Canada

                                  About Me Hobbyist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Image quality
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Limited Compatibility

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                                  I use the Product to transfer my images from my new HD camcorder to a Blu-Ray Disc. Works like a charm, you can edit and take out what you do not want.
                                  Image quality is exceptional, even with a copy of a DVD.
                                  You can use this product with an SD card, and also transfer images through S-VIDEO or the normal RCA plugs. I-Link and USB plug.
                                  The machine is limited to the only use of DVD-R for transfer or Copy Video.

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                                  3.0

                                  Not what I was expecting

                                  By Columbus

                                  from Columbus, Ohio

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorder:

                                        All media MUST go to the hard drive before being burned to DVD or Blu-Ray. The menu system is difficult to navigate.

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