New JVC SR-HD2500US Blu-ray Recorder Announced at NAB


The annual NAB show is always an exciting affair, with each year bringing ever more technical advancements. The 2012 show was no exception, and despite the predictions in certain quarters of the demise of DVDs as a distribution medium, huge interest was shown in the JVC SR-HD2500US Blu-ray recorder. Of particular interest to broadcasters, professional sports teams and religious institutions, the recorder is capable of copying videos to a Blu-ray disc in high definition from an HD camcorder, or down-converting the videos and recording them onto DVDs—all without a computer.

A built-in 500GB internal hard disk drive allows for easy editing directly on the unit, and for the subsequent dubbing of multiple discs. The unit is equipped with USB and SD slots for connecting source media. i.Link (FireWire) input terminals are included for connecting camcorders. These allow, for example, a sports coach to record a game or practice, and immediately burn multiple copies of the footage to give to team members for review, or to archive the footage. For broadcasters, a built-in SD/HD-SDI interface ensures compatibility with most HD cameras, recorders and production switchers.

In addition to AVCHD, HDV and DV, JVC Everio file formats are also compatible. Blu-ray discs can be created via the BDMV (with menu) format, while BDAV discs may be created and dubbed. Additionally, you have the ability to use an original image as the background menu graphic. The unit is also compatible with high capacity dual-layer 50 GB Blu-ray discs, recording up to twenty-four hours (AE mode) of full high-definition video onto a single disc. Writing to cost-effective LTH-type Blu-ray discs (a write-once Blu-ray format) is supported, as well.

Disc authoring can be used to create discs that auto-start and repeat playback automatically for industrial use and permanent media installations. For occasions requiring the use of a PC, an RS-232C terminal is included for external control. Also available is the ability to superimpose SD/HD-SDI embedded time code or time/date onto the Blu-ray or DVD. Finally, flexible monitoring is provided via HDSDI, HDMI and component outputs.

Recordable Media
Blu-ray Disc BD-R (SL/DL), BD-RE (SL/DL) (*1)
SD Card (Still) SDHC, SD
Recording  Functions
HDD Storage Capacity 500GB
Video Recording Systems MPEG4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-2 TS, MPEG-2 PS, JPEG (Still)
Audio Recording System Dolby Digital, Linear PCM, MPEG1 Layer 2
Direct Recording from AUX to BD/DVD HD-SDI, SD-SDI, HDV (iLink), DV (iLink), S-Video / Video (L1)
Importable Data Format (to HDD) MOV (*2), AVCHD, HDV, DV, JPEG, BDAV, BDMV, DVD-Video/VR, Everio backup disc
Playable Media
Blu-ray Disc BD-Video, BD-R (SL/DL), BD-RE (SL/DL)
SD Card (Video (*3)/Still) SDHC, SD
Input and Output (*4)
Video Input/Output Composite video input/output
Audio Input/Output 2 Vrms (pin jack)
S-Video Input/Output Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω; C: 0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω
IEEE1394 Input 4-pin for DV, HDV IN
Remote Input 3.5 mm diameter jack
Serial Command RC-232C (D-sub 9-pin)
Component Video Output Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω; CB/CR, PB/PR: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 Ω
HDMI Output 19-pin type A (Deep Color, x.v.Color, Ver.1.3a)
USB Terminal USB 2.0
SDI Input 1 x BNC
SD Memory Card SDHC, SD
Power Requirements AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption (Power On) 41W
Power Consumption (Stand-By) 3.0 W (SR-HD2500U)
Temperature - Operating 41 to 95 deg F (5 to 35 deg C)
Temperature - Storage -4 to 140 deg F (-20 to 60 deg C)
Operating Position Horizontal only
Dimensions (WxHxD) 17.1 x 2.75 x 13.8" (435 x 70 x 351mm)
Weight 11.2 lb (5.1 kg)
  1. Not compatible with Ver. 1.0 (23GB)
  2. From the GY-HM700 or GY-HM100 series camcorder using HQ mode (35Mbps) and SP mode (25Mbps and 19Mbps)
  3. Playability depends on the data format and conditions
  4. Corresponds to copy protection