HDV in IT Workflow by CompactFlash Memory Recording Unit
The HVR-MRC1K Memory Recording captures the HDV1080i, DVCAM or DV stream output from the camcorder and records it as a movie file while you are simultaneously recording to tape.
You can use a CompactFlash (CF) card*, which offers secure recording, high-speed access, large data capacity, removable media convenience and high durability against external vibration.
HDV/DVCAM/DV File Recording on CompactFlash Card
The recording time on a 16GB CF card* in HDV, DVCAM and DV format is approximately 72 minutes.
*At least 133x speed and 2GB capacity is required. The NCFD8GP and NCFD16GP CF cards from Sony are recommended. The recording time may change according to the CF card type and recording format.
Hybrid Operation Realises Archiving, IT Workflow and HD/SD Parallel Recording
The Memory Recording Unit provides a hybrid operation, where images are recorded to tape and a CF card simultaneously, in a similar fashion to the HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit*.
This means you can immediately access a movie file for streamlined NLE work, while keeping the master source tape in a safe place.
The file format is M2T for HDV mode and AVI or RawDV for DVCAM/DV modes. In the same fashion as HVR-DR60 operation, these files can be edited using popular NLE software.
In addition, when the built-in down-converter of the connected HDV camcorder is active, SD images can be recorded on a CF card while HD images are recorded to tape.
HD master tape is recorded and SD movie files are created at the same time. HDV or DVCAM tape-based users can gradually move to IT workflow with this hybrid-operation. Tapeless recording is also available if desired.
*HVR-DR60 does not accept a native progressive HDV stream.
**The Memory Recording Unit adopts the FAT32 file system. Continuous recording is divided into 4 GB files (approximately 20 minutes of recording time). A utility software, available from www.sonybiz.net/hdv, can merge these divided files for seamless editing on NLEs. Some NLEs include this function. For details of NLE operation, please consult your nearest NLE software dealer.
Independent use with the supplied cradle
The Memory Recording Unit can be used as an external recording unit, just like the HVR-DR60, by attaching the supplied cradle that has an i.LINK connector, battery attachment and DC power input. When the Memory Recording Unit is connected to a PC via i.LINK, it is recognised as an external drive and can be used to access files.
When connected to a video device (such as a VTR or NLE system) via i.LINK, it can be used to input/output a HDV/DVCAM/DV stream.
Integration without Cabling
The Memory Recording Unit can be integrated to the HVR-Z5E, HVR-Z7E or HVR-S270E without the need for cabling, simply by attaching it onto the special shoe connector*. This smart combination never interferes with shooting operations. The Memory Recording Unit automatically synchronises with the recording action of the camcorder - i.e., when the camcorder starts or stops recording, so does the unit.
*The intelligent shoe connector inputs and outputs an HDV/DV stream and supplies power to the Memory Recording Unit. The i.LINK connector is not available when the unit is attached on the camcorder.