The ClearVid CMOS Sensor™ has been developed using
the most advanced technologies in the semiconductor industry. Thanks to
the unique grid arrangement of the photo diode sensors, in which each
is rotated by 45 degrees, sensor resolution has been optimized while maximizing
the photosensitive surface area. Combining this imaging system with its
associated Enhanced Imaging Processor, has enabled the use of a sophisticated
interpolation scheme original to Sony and entirely different from conventional
spatial offset techniques.
The "3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor" system is the core element enabling
the 1920x1080p video signals. Also, unlike CCD sensors, there is no vertical
smear when shooting high-intensity subjects, which further reduces shooting
This special imaging processor
has been developed to bring out the full power of the 3 ClearVid CMOS
Sensor by handling the video signal output in 1920x1080p and 4:2:2 color
space. Its unique signal processing separates the image data into its
texture and brightness components and processes these independently. This
makes it possible to reproduce images with a high level of clarity, from
the very darkest to brightest areas of the image.
Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens
with extra-low dispersion glass
The HVR-V1U is equipped with a high quality Carl
Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens. Featuring a 62mm filter diameter, this lens
offers a multilayer coating, extra-low dispersion glass, aspherical glass
and excellent spectral characteristics which result in reduction of chromatic
High-resolution 1080 progressive scan
Thanks to the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor and Enhanced Imaging Processor, the
HVR-V1U supports 24p (progressive) scan, the frame rate of film and 30p
(progressive) scan modes, in addition to typical 60i. The signals generated
by the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor are processed in the progressive domain
as 1920 x 1080p signals, allowing high-resolution progressive footage
to be captured.
1080/24p acquisition with 2-3 pull-down
The 24p scan signals are recorded on tape as 60i signals through means
of 2:3 pull-down. Similarly, a 30p scan signal is recorded as a 60i signal
by dividing each frame into two fields. This allows your 24p and 30p scan
footage to be played back or fed to an editing suite using the thousands
of Sony HDV equipment already in use throughout the world.
Two recordings modes can be selected depending on your editing requirements
for the 24p scan.
The "24" mode should be selected when a 24p (motion) look is
desired on 60i material, such as for TV program content. Recordings made
in this mode can be edited as typical 60i material.
The "24A" mode should be selected when the material is intended
for 24p progressive editing - such as for film productions - using a nonlinear
editor compatible with this mode.* Recordings made in this mode can also
be edited as typical 60i material.
Switchable Recording & Playback:
HDV1080i / DVCAM / DV
The HVR-V1U can switch between HDV1080i, DVCAM, and DV* recording, providing
the full flexibility to record in either a standard or high-definition
format according to different production needs.
16:9 Widescreen Acquisition in
DVCAM and DV Formats
When recording in DVCAM and DV formats, standard definition images can
be captured in either 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio.
Down-conversion Playback Capabilities
The HVR-V1U has a built-in down-conversion capability, allowing 1080i
recordings to be output as 480i signals. The 480i signals can be output
from the i.LINK* connector. In addition, these signals can also be output
from either the analog component, composite, or S-Video connectors. This
allows 1080i recordings to be edited using nonlinear editing systems running
DV editing software, and viewing the 1080i recording on an SD monitor.
When down-converting these signals, the aspect ratio displayed can be
converted from 16:9 to 4:3. Display modes can be selected from Squeeze,
Letterbox, or Edge crop.
2-channel XLR Audio Input
The HVR-V1U has two XLR audio input connectors for connecting professional
microphones or for receiving external-line audio sources. Microphone power
of approximately 48 V can be supplied for the external condenser microphone.
INPUT 1 audio can be recorded either on CH1 only or on both CH1 and CH2