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Sony HVR-V1U

Kit Includes:

• Camera
• Tripod
• 2 Batteries
• Charger
• AC supply
• Remote

(more accessories)


Offering HD quality in a compact,
lightweight and mobile design
The compact professional camcorders manufactured by Sony have introduced a new level of mobility for ENG and documentary-making worldwide with their superior quality and compact dimensions. These camcorders have dramatically revolutionized the traditional methods of capturing video footage. With the new Sony HVR-V1U camcorder, now you can enjoy the same mobility with the breathtaking beauty of HD picture quality. Have the freedom to create video material with much greater creativity and visual impact. The HVR-V1U will pave the way into a new world of HD video productions.

Progressive scan acquisition with
2-3 pull-down recording

As the pioneer bringing the world of video into cinema productions, Sony has developed an extensive range of HD equipment specially tailored for digital cinema applications. On a worldwide level, low-budget cinema and TV drama creators have eagerly expected an HDV camcorder, one that builds on the same expertise that Sony has demonstrated with its high-end digital cinematography products.
In collaboration with prominent movie and drama creators, Sony has carefully analyzed current and future needs for digital cinema productions. This has given birth to the innovative HVR-V1U, a result of this analysis combined with more than a decade of Sony expertise in developing high-end digital cinema gear. In addition to typical 60i, the HVR-V1U offers 24p/30p progressive scan capture, enabling cinema and drama productions in its compact yet high performance unit. The camcorder also adopts the world's first 2-3 pull-down HDV recording system for storage of the 24p scanned images, keeping your existing HDV1080/60i HDV gear in action. Playback your 24p/30p scan footage using Sony HDV equipment you already have at hand, or feed it to a compatible Non-Linear Editing (NLE) system without changing your HDV deck or monitors - it’s as simple as that.

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 condition constraints.

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 aberration.

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 recording
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 audio tracks.

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