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Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
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Adding 1080-24p/30p Image Capture
to the Sony HDV Family of Camcorders
– the HVR-V1U HDV Camcorder
Since their sensational debut in 2004, Sony HDVTM products adopting the HDV 1080i
specification have provided and continue to provide cost-effective HD program
production. With high picture performance and superb functionality, they are trusted
around the world for a wide range of HD applications.
In line with its commitment to the HDV format, Sony introduces the HVR-V1U
– a stunning new model that extends the HDV line-up into the world of digital cinema
and drama productions.
The HVR-V1U offers 24p and 30p progressive scanning, in addition to 60i interlaced.
The images captured at 24p are recorded on tape at a 60i field rate through means of
2-3 pull-down. Using a compatible nonlinear editor*1, this 2-3 sequence is recognized,
allowing precise 24p editing of the HDV material. The 2-3 pull-down approach also allows
the HVR-V1U to be easily integrated into existing HDV systems operating in 60i mode.
In its compact, lightweight, and ergonomically designed chassis, the HVR-V1U camcorder
integrates advanced technologies such as the newly developed 3 ClearVid CMOS SensorTM
imaging system – which is only made possible by Sony’s industry-leading semiconductor
technology – and a stunning optical 20x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* ® zoom lens. Such
features enable operators to capture vibrant, highly detailed HDV images with an extreme
level of mobility, ease of use, and operational comfort suited for any shooting scenario.
In addition to HDV 1080i recording and playback, the camcorder also offers DVCAMTM/DV
recording and playback capabilities, as well as digital down-conversion of recordings
made in HDV 1080i. These bridges between HD and SD allow the camcorder to be used
in any DV-compatible system, whether it uses the HDV, DVCAM, or DV format.
And for even greater power, the optional HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit – which is
optimized for use on the HVR-V1U camcorder – streamlines the subsequent editing and
archiving processes.
Adding this unit allows images captured by the camcorder to be simultaneously recorded to
tape and hard disk. After a shoot is complete, simply connecting the HVR-DR60 to a
compatible nonlinear editing system provides quick access to files from the editing software
and completely eliminates the time-consuming digitizing process. With a maximum
recording time of 4.5 hours on the HVR-DR60, this hybrid tape and hard disk recording
system offers a multitude of benefits for shooting, editing, and archiving SD and HD material.
Available at a price comparable to Sony DVCAM handheld camcorders, the HVR-V1U
offers new creative shooting opportunities to both the HD and SD worlds.
*1 Please contact your nearest Sony office or authorized dealer for a listing of compatible nonlinear editors.
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HDV Format
From the outset, the HDV 1080i specification of the HDV*2
format was developed to record stunning HD images with
1080 active scanning lines on DV cassette tapes. It adopts the
MPEG-2 compression format, using 8-bit digital component
recording at approximately 25 Mb/s, which is the same data
rate as the DVCAM/DV format, enabling a long recording
time on compact DV cassettes.
For example, more than 60 minutes of high-quality HD images
can be recorded on a mini DV cassette. As with the DVCAM
and DV formats, the HDV format allows an i.LINK®*6 connection
to compatible nonlinear editors, enabling a cost-effective
HD production system. The sheer volume of HDV 1080i
professional and consumer equipment used around the world
is a clear indication that HDV 1080i has become one of the
most popular HD formats.
*2 Although not used in Sony HDV products, the HDV format also defines the HDV 720p
specification, which features 720 effective scanning lines (progressive scanning system).
Long Recording Time
The HVR-V1U uses mini cassette tapes and provides a maximum
recording time of 63 minutes with the PHDVM-63DM.
Innovative Technologies
3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor Imaging System
Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) Technology
The ClearVid CMOS SensorTM 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 and the photosensitive surface
area has been maximized.
The EIP is a newly developed imaging processor that brings
out the full power of the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging
system. It handles video data in 1920 x 1080p and 4:2:2
color space for high-quality signal processing before recording it
to tape in the HDV format*3. Combined use of the EIP and 3
ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system allows the HVR-V1U
camcorder to provide extremely high image quality with a
high level of gradation and detailed image reproduction.
The HVR-V1U employs a 3-chip ClearVid CMOS Sensor
imaging system, which produces high-resolution (1920 x 1080)
images with rich and natural colors. The combined use of the
3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system and the Enhanced
Imaging ProcessorTM technology has enabled a most precise
interpolation scheme, which concludes within each R, G, and
B channel. This allows a higher resolution for each R, G, and
B channel than is offered by equivalent-class camcorders that
resort to spatial offset techniques to improve resolution.
Unlike CCD sensors, there is no vertical smear in the ClearVid
CMOS Sensor imaging system when shooting high-intensity
subjects, further reducing shooting-condition constraints.
ClearVid CMOS Sensor
. Larger pixel size
. Unique 45º angle pixel layout
*3 The HDV recording is in 1440 x 1080i and 4:2:0 color space.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
The HVR-V1U is equipped with a high-quality Carl Zeiss VarioSonnar T* lens. Thanks to its multi-layer coating and extra-low
dispersion glass, this lens offers excellent spectral characteristics,
which result in virtually negligible chromatic aberrations.
Optical 20x Lens and
Optional 0.8x Wide Conversion Lens
The Vario-Sonnar T* lens of the HVR-V1U features a 20x zoom
function. Moreover, the built-in digital extender*4 increases the
zoom ratio to approximately 30x. The optional VCL-HG0868K
0.8x wide conversion lens uses the bayonet mount system for
instant attachment or detachment. Combining these lens
features, operators can effortlessly capture close-up or
wide-angle shots as their video production requires.
*4 The digital extender function is not available in progressive scan modes.
Super SteadyShot System (Optical)
The HVR-V1U employs the Super SteadyShot® system, which
has sensors that detect horizontal and vertical movements
independently. It uses a prism system located behind the lens to
adjust and optically compensate for unsteady camera handling.
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Professional Features
Switchable Recording and
Playback – HDV 1080i/DVCAM/DV
The HVR-V1U can switch between HDV 1080i,
DVCAM, and DV*5 recording, providing the full
flexibility to record in either standard- or highdefinition format according to different
production needs.
*5 The HVR-V1U supports DV SP mode only;
DV LP mode is not available.
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*6 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*7, or Edge crop.*8
HDV 1080i (16:9)
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.
Edge crop
Recording, Playback and Down-conversion Formats
● : Available
480/60i (SQ/EC)
u u
u u
480/60i (LB)
u u
Down Conversion
When recording in DVCAM and DV formats, standarddefinition images can be captured by the HVR-V1U in either
16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio.
2-channel XLR Audio Input
DVCAM/DV (4:3)
16:9 Widescreen Acquisition in
DVCAM and DV Formats
: Either 1 or 2 or 3 connection is available. When cables are connected to these outputs,
connection with a smaller number has priority.
SQ=Sqeeze, EC=Edge Crop, LB=Letter Box
*6 i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an
IEEE 1394 connector. Not all products with an i.LINK connector will necessarily
communicate with each other. For information on compatibility, operating
conditions, and proper connection, please refer to the documentation supplied
with any device with an i.LINK connector. For information on devices that include
an i.LINK connection, please contact your nearest Sony office.
*7 Letterbox mode is not available from the i.LINK connector.
*8 Edge crop mode from the i.LINK connector will be available by a firmware
upgrade. For details, please contact your nearest Sony office or authorized dealer.
Time Code Preset
The HVR-V1U’s time code can be manually preset using any
number in H/M/S/F (hours/minutes/seconds/frames) to record
desired tape-position information. The time code mode can
be selected between “REC RUN” and “FREE RUN”. In addition
to time code, user bits can also be set and recorded.
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Creative Shooting Features of the HVR-V1U Camcorder
Shot Transition Function
Interval recording is a unique function that records signals at
pre-determined intervals (longer than 30 seconds) for
pre-determined durations (longer than 0.5 seconds). This is
ideal for recording subjects over long periods, such as the
movement of clouds or the blossoming of flowers.
The Shot TransitionTM function allows for smooth automatic
scene transitions. After an operator has programmed a shot’s
start and end settings (e.g., for zoom, focus, iris, gain, shutter
speed, and white balance) and pressed the start button, a
smooth transition takes place over the duration of the shot by
automatically calculating intermediate setting values. This is
very useful when complex camera settings are required during
the scene transition – for example, when panning the
camcorder from a distant subject to a close subject.
Smooth Slow Rec
The Smooth Slow Rec*9 function enables clean slow-motion
playback by capturing images at four times faster than the
normal field rate (240 fields/s). For example, when setting the
function to Fine mode, quad-speed images are captured for
three seconds, stored in the built-in buffer memory, and then
recorded to tape (in either HDV, DVCAM, or DV format) as
slow-motion pictures lasting 12 seconds. The Smooth Slow
Rec function also supports Standard and Low modes, which
can record high-speed images for 6 and 12 seconds,
Interval Recording
Shot B
Shot A
Shot A
240i Capturing
Makes a linear transition.
719 720
1/240 s
Shot B
Shot A
60i Recording
Makes the transition slow
at the end.
1/ 60 s
*9 When using the Smooth Slow Rec function, the resolution of the camera image
decreases. For example, the resolution at Fine mode is 640 x 360 pixels. Also,
audio recording is not available.
12 s
Shot B
Shot B
Shot A
Makes the transition slow
at the beginning and end,
and linearly in between.
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Operational Versatility
Picture ProfileTM Feature
Up to six different picture-tonal settings can be saved in the
memory with custom 12-character names as picture profiles
on the HVR-V1U and displayed on the LCD monitor at the
touch of a button. This allows operators to easily call up
customized picture-tonal settings to suit particular shooting
conditions, rather than having to readjust the camera each
time. The factory default setting includes six pre-loaded
picture profiles for typical shooting conditions.
Last Scene Review
At the touch of a button, the video and audio of the last shot
taken by the HVR-V1U can be instantly played back on the
LCD monitor. This is achieved without even having to switch
from "Camera mode" to "VTR mode". After
playback, the
tape is automatically cued up to the end of the last shot to
continue back space editing. These features allow operators
to seamlessly shoot and review material.
Playback Zoom
Using the playback zoom function of the HVR-V1U, a
selected area of the recorded HD images can be enlarged
and played back on the LCD monitor and viewfinder,
allowing operators to perform a detailed evaluation of the
material. These enlarged images can also be output in SD
format via the i.LINK and analog connectors, allowing
operators to cut out parts of the HD image and use them as
SD material.
TC LINK Function
for Multi-camera Operations
Using the TC LINK function, the time code of the HVR-V1U
can be synchronized with another camcorder such as the
HVR-Z1U, DSR-PD170, or a second HVR-V1U. By connecting
the HVR-V1U to another i.LINK compatible camcorder via an
i.LINK cable and activating this function, the HVR-V1U’s time
code generator will switch to free-run mode and reset its
time code to that provided from the connected camcorder.
Once the time code of the HVR-V1U is synchronized*10, the
i.LINK cable can be disconnected, and the next HVR-V1U
that needs synchronized time code can be set up.
TC LINK is a convenient function when using the HVR-V1U in
multi-camera operations, such as live-event recording and
stage-shooting applications.
*10 The synchronization accuracy is within one frame.
Long Operating Time
With the optional NP-F970 InfoLiTHIUM® Rechargeable
Battery Pack attached, the HVR-V1U can operate
continuously for up to 7 hours.
Battery Life
Recording Time*
NP-F570 (supplied)
NP-F770 (optional)
NP-F970 (optional)
With LCD**
Viewfinder On
135 min
280 min
415 min
135 min
290 min
430 min
With LCD**
Monitor On
135 min
280 min
415 min
135 min
290 min
430 min
With LCD** Viewfinder
and Monitor On
130 min
265 min
395 min
130 min
275 min
410 min
* Continuous recording time, indoors at 25C°.
**With the LCD backlight on
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Operational Convenience
Compact and Lightweight Design
The HVR-V1U is designed to be very compact and
lightweight, for a high level of mobility in the field.
It weighs approximately 3 lb 6 oz (1.5 kg)
(camcorder only).
Carrying Handle
A rubber coating is used on the bottom of the HVR-1U's
handle for slip resistance. A large space of 1 3/8 inches
(34.3 mms) is offered below the handle for secure carrying
of the camcorder, even when wearing gloves.
Ergonomic Design
The design of the HVR-V1U is based on years of
Sony experience in camera ergonomics, and
provides ease of use and operational comfort.
On-handle Zoom Lever and
Rec Start/Stop Button
In order to facilitate zoom control and recording
operations during low-angle shooting, an additional
zoom lever and a rec start/stop button are available on
the HVR-1U's carrying handle.
Audio Level Dials
Two audio level dials are located on the HVR-1U's carrying
handle where they are easy to adjust, while avoiding
inadvertent operation. The microphone power can be
easily turned on and off via the mechanical switches.
Two Audio Cable Clamps
Zoom Ring and Focus Ring
The HVR-1U's motorized zoom ring and focus rings provide
a smooth and natural operational feel for fine adjustments
of zoom and focus settings.
The HVR-1U's EXPOSURE/IRIS dial is located near the zoom
and focus rings for convenient camera operations. The
dial can be used to set the iris, AE shift, and exposure
compensation functions, giving operators manual
exposure control during auto exposure mode. The
rotation direction and response for controlling these
functions can be selected via the menu according to
operators’ preference.
One-push AF Button
The one-push auto focus button, which is used for
temporary auto focus adjustments, is located near the
EXPOSURE/IRIS dial and the zoom and focus rings.
Camera Setting Storage on
Memory Stick Duo Media
The HVR-V1U provides a convenient function to store
camera setting data. It can store and recall 20 different
setting configurations using Memory Stick DuoTM media,
and a further two using its built-in memory. This is useful
for sharing the same setting configurations among
multiple cameras.
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Side Grip
The side grip is located near the HVR-V1U camcorder’s
3.5-inch Type Widescreen,
Clear Photo LCD plusTM Monitor
center of gravity. By tilting it to the front by approximately
The HVR-V1U is equipped with a 3.5-inch*11 type
10 degrees, it lightens the load on the operator’s wrist
widescreen color LCD monitor, which provides enhanced
during shooting.
brightness and a high level of color reproduction.
*11 Viewable area, measured diagonally.
Color Viewfinder with Large-size Eye Cup
The HVR-V1U is equipped with a high-resolution color LCD
viewfinder of approximately 211,000 pixels in a widescreen
aspect ratio of 16:9. Operators can choose to display
pictures in color or in black and white. In addition to a
standard-size eye cup, a large-size eye cup is also supplied.
This can be attached to the standard-size eye cup to
provide superb light-blocking capability, easy focusing, and
With the Optional
more comfortable use of the viewfinder.
When shooting in 16:9 aspect ratio mode, markers such
as 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, and 15:9 can be displayed on the
HVR-V1U’s LCD monitor and viewfinder, allowing scenes
to be captured to match the aspect ratio of the edited
Six Assign Buttons
Functions frequently used in the field can be assigned to
six Assign Buttons (push buttons), allowing operators to
make rapid changes depending on the shooting
The assignable functions include: Last Scene Review,
Marker, Hyper Gain, Digital Extender, All Scan Mode, Spot
Light, Focus Infinity, Rec Review, End Search, Index,
Peaking, SteadyShot, Color Bar, Back Light, Fader, Display,
and Picture Profile.
Headphone Connector
Manual/Auto Setting Switches
Iris, gain, shutter speed, white balance, and menu
buttons are located on the left side of the HVR-V1U's
rear panel to avoid them being accidentally pressed
during operation.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
Output Connector
Video Connectors
The HDMI output connector transfers non-compressed,
Video connectors such as i.LINK, analog component
high-definition digital video and audio signals from
output, and multi-AV output connectors are located on
and to the HVR-V1U and other HDMI-equipped
the right side of the HVR-V1U's rear panel where they do
devices, such as consumer HDTV monitors, via a
not get in the way of camera operations during shooting.
single cable.
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Creative Versatility Ideal for Cinema & Drama Productions
Progressive Shooting Capability Including 24p with 2-3 Pull-down and 30p
Thanks to the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system and
Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) technology, the HVR-V1U
supports 24p (23.978 fps)*12, the frame rate of film and 30p
(29.97 fps) progressive scan modes, in addition to typical 60i.
The signals generated by the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor
imaging system are processed in the progressive domain as
1920 x 1080p signals, allowing high-resolution progressive
footage to be captured.
The 24p progressive scan signals are recorded to tape as
60i signals through means of 2-3 pull-down. This 2-3 sequence
HDV material can be reverted to its original 24p form, as
captured by the camera, using a compatible nonlinear
editor*13. Similarly, a 30p signal is recorded as a 60i signal by
dividing each frame into two fields. This approach allows 24p
and 30p progressive footage to be played back or fed to an
editing suite using any of the thousands of Sony HDV solutions
already in use throughout the world.
24p Mode (2-3 Pull-down)
24p Capturing
60i Recording
30p Mode
30p Capturing
60i Recording
*12 The 24p (progressive scan) images captured with the HVR-V1U are recorded
using a method that allows them to be viewed on existing Sony HDV (60i) devices.
Two recording modes can be selected depending on your editing requirements.
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. Interruptions in time code and video may appear
between recordings when viewed on an HDV device. These interruptions do not
occur after the recording is copied to an i.LINK compatible nonlinear editor
system via the i.LINK connection, and the recordings can be correctly edited as
normal 24p video clips. Recordings made in this mode can also be edited as
typical 60i material.
The "24" mode should be selected when a 24p (motion) look is desired on 60i
material, such as for TV program content. In this case, there are no interruptions in
the time code or video between recordings. Recordings made in this mode can be
edited as typical 60i material.
*13 Please contact your nearest Sony office or authorized dealer for information on
compatible nonlinear editors.
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A Variety of Gamma Settings
Cinematone Color Function
The HVR-V1U offers a choice of various gamma setting
functions, which makes it ideal for use in creative productions
such as cinema films and dramatic programs.
The Cinematone ColorTM function of the HVR-V1U has been
developed based on a thorough analysis of the color tone of
cinema film, and the voices of colorists engaged in digital
cinema productions.
❚ Cinematone Gamma Feature
The Cinematone Color function provides cinematic color for
deep-color and high-contrast images approaching cinema
film. In combined use with the Cinematone Gamma function,
more cinema-quality images can be captured.
The HVR-V1U provides a special gamma feature
– Cinematone GammaTM – which allows operators to quickly
set up and load a gamma curve with similar contrast
characteristics to a film gamma curve. Three gamma curves
can be selected from “OFF” (normal gamma),“TYPE1”, or “TYPE2”.
Output (%)
Gamma Characteristics
Cinematone Color “OFF”
Cinematone Color “ON”
Easy Operation for Cinematographers
The HVR-V1U can display setting values in a format that film
camera operators are familiar with.
Input (%)
❚ Focal Length Display in Meters or Feet
Normal Gamma
Cinamatone Gamma Type1
The focal length can be displayed on the LCD monitor and
viewfinder in either feet (ft) or meters (m).
Cinamatone Gamma Type2
❚ Shutter Speed Display in Units of Rotation Angles
❚ Black Stretch and Black Compress
Shutter speeds can also be displayed on the LCD monitor and
viewfinder in units of rotation angles converted from shutter
Black Stretch: Enhances the video signal levels in dark picture
areas for clear reproduction of dark contrast, without
sacrificing highlight contrast of the same picture.
Black Compress: Suppresses video signal levels in dark picture
areas to emphasize the depth of dark picture tones.
Other Convenient Functions
of the HVR-V1U
❚ Knee Correction
The knee correction function compresses the wide dynamic
range acquired by the CMOS sensors into the standard
video-level range. The knee point is the video level from
which the signal is compressed. By changing the knee point,
the image contrast above the knee point can be changed.
The HVR-V1U can select knee points from high, middle, low,
and auto modes to meet various production needs.
Still Picture Recording to Memory Stick Duo Media, 2-channel
Independent Audio Level Control with Audio Level Meter on
LCD Monitor, Simultaneous Operation of LCD Monitor and
Viewfinder, AE Shift, Hyper Gain, All Scan Mode, AF Assist,
Expanded Focus, Peaking, Status Check, Battery Info,
Histogram Indicator, Zebra Patterns (100% to 70%)
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HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit
Mountable on Sony HDV and DVCAM camcorders,
the HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit can streamline
the entire production process.
Long Recording Time of 4.5 Hours
Via its i.LINK connection, the HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording
Unit developed by Sony allows recording of HDV 1080i signals
from a compatible HDV camcorder, or DV signals from a
compatible DVCAM camcorder. The internal 1.8-inch hard
disk drive (HDD) offers a large capacity of 60 GB, which
translates into a long recording time of 4.5 hours (270 minutes)
for both formats.
HDV 1080i signals are recorded as native HDV files (.m2t)*14,
while DVCAM or DV signals are recorded as DV-AVI (type1)*14
or RAW-DV*14 files.
Hybrid Operation for
Reliable Recording and Archiving
The HVR-DR60 offers a hybrid recording function, in which video
and audio material is recorded simultaneously to the hard disk
and tape, limiting the possibility that important shots could get
lost or accidentally deleted. This hybrid function also facilitates
instant archiving of source footage – which in many cases does
not allow for retakes. After a shoot, operators can immediately
archive the source tape and use the HVR-DR60 material as work
footage. This saves the time and effort required to copy the
original data to a separate high-capacity medium.
movie files
HDV Files Stored on the HVR-DR60 Displayed
on a PC Monitor
•HD/SD Tape
•HD/SD Optical Disc
•HD/SD Movie File
1 Simultaneous recording
Format HVR-DR60 for next shoot
2 Feed movie files
Archive recorded tape for repurposing
3 Edit the files
*14 During playback, interruptions in video may appear between
recordings. These interruptions do not occur after the recordings are
copied to an i.LINK compatible nonlinear editor system via the i.LINK connection,
and the recordings can be correctly edited. For information
on compatible nonlinear editors, please contact your nearest Sony office
or authorized dealer.
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Direct File Access from a Computer
When connected to a computer via
an i.LINK connection, the HVR-DR60 is
recognized by the computer as a
standard external drive, and its
recorded footage can be accessed
directly like any normal video file. This
saves the time previously required for
digitizing material from the tape to a computer. Furthermore,
video files stored on the HVR-DR60 can be transferred to a
computer running compatible nonlinear editing software at a
high speed of approximately 80 Mb/s (around three times faster
than real time), which drastically reduces the time needed to
copy source material to the editor’s local drive.
These features allow operators to focus on more creative and
productive editing tasks.
Ideal Companion for the HVR-V1U
The HVR-DR60 can be used with existing HDV/DVCAM
camcorders equipped with an i.LINK interface such as the
HVR-Z1U and DSR-PD170. However, when used with the
HVR-V1U, it offers some additional features only available in
this combination.
❚ Checking the Operational Status on the HVR-V1U
On the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the HVR-V1U, the
operational status of the HVR-DR60 – such as connection,
recording format, battery level, remaining recording time,
recording folder name, etc. – can be checked. This keeps
operators informed of both the camcorder and hard drive
status, without taking their eyes away from what is being shot.
HDD Smart Protection
– Robust Recording and Shock Resistance
Three advanced technologies are used in the HVR-DR60 to
provide reliable recording performance:
Shock Absorbers
1) Rubber shock absorbers hold
the HDD unit in place, helping to
prevent external shock from
being transmitted when the
HVR-DR60 chassis is subject to
2) A 3G sensor detects gravitational
acceleration in three dimensions, so
however the HVR-DR60 may be
oriented, the sensor can detect if it
has been dropped. Should this
occur, power to the HDD is shut off
and the recording heads are
3G Sensor
retracted from the disk platter,
pausing read/write operations.
This helps protect the HDD from being damaged when the
unit is accidentally dropped and subject to strong impact.
3) A buffer memory can store approximately 14 seconds of
video and audio footage. Recordings are made by first
writing the data to the buffer, and then writing the buffer data
to the disk platter. Consequently, if the 3G sensor temporarily
interrupts disk writes, video footage is not lost.
Thanks to such advanced technologies, the HVR-DR60 should
continue to record stably even when dropped from as high
as 39 3/8 inches (100 CM) (based on Sony’s testing).
Long Operating Hours Using Common
Camcorder Batteries
HVR-DR60 Status Check
The HVR-DR60 uses the same infoLITHIUM® L Series batteries as
the HVR-V1U, HVR-Z1U, and DSR-PD170 camcorders. With the
smallest capacity NP-F570 battery, the HVR-DR60 can run
continuously for up to 5.5 hours (330 min), and with the largest
capacity NP-F970, this increases to up to 18 hours (1080 min).
Long operating hours are offered using such camcorder
batteries that HDV operators already have at hand.
❚ Tapeless Recording
To trigger recording of the HVR-DR60, most HDV camcorders
require a tape to be loaded. However, this is not the case with
the HVR-V1U. The HVR-V1U sends the same rec start/stop
trigger that controls its tape transport to the HVR-DR60. This
feature offers operators the choice of tapeless operation or
hybrid operation.
Compact and Perfect Balance
The HVR-DR60 measures just 3 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 4 inches (81 x 45 x
100 mm) in size and only about 8 oz (230 g) in weight. It can
be mounted on a camcorder’s cold shoe using the supplied
shoe adapter, or attached using an optional VCT-1BP Bracket.
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System Diagram
(on cold shoe)
(on LCD monitor)
Battery adapter
*The NP-F570 is not available for the HVL-LBP.
7 1/4 (184)
12 3/4 (323)
5 1/4 (132)
5 3/4 (145)
14 3/8 (364)
17 (431)
Unit: inches (mm)
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A range of accessories for the HVR-V1U broadens shooting opportunities.
LED Light
❚ Brightness of 600 lx (1 m), life of approx. 10,000 hours (whole unit),
and power consumption of 16 W
0.8x Wide Conversion Lens
❚ Bayonet mount for easy attachment and detachment
❚ Lens hood supplied
❚ φ86 mm filter available without attaching the lens hood
❚ Ideal for wide-angle shooting
❚ Uniform lighting over the entire projected area
❚ Spotlight projection with supplied condensing lens attached
❚ Light diffuser attached to soften shadows and reduce contrast
❚ Compatible with HVR-V1U batteries, such as the NP- F770/F970
❚ Long operating time: approximately 3 hours with the NP-F970 (at maximum brightness)
InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable
Battery Pack
InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable
Battery Pack
LANC Remote Controller
Video Tripod with RM-1BP Remote Control
LCD Hood
DigitalMasterTM Mini Cassette Tape
Electret Condenser Microphone
Battery Charger
UHF Synthesized Wireless
Microphone Package
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Camera section
Built-in filter
Imaging system
Picture elements
White balance
Manual shutter speed
60i/30p mode
24p mode
Minimum illumination
VTR section
Recording format
Play out/Down conversion format
Tape speed
Playback/Recording time
Fast forward/Rewind time
Input/Output connectors
Audio/Video output
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Supplied accessories
1080/60i, 480/60i (NTSC)
1080/60i, 480/60i (NTSC)
Max. 18.812 mm/s
Max. 28.218 mm/s
Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette
Approx. 1 min 45 s with PHDVM-63DM cassette (AC adaptor)
Approx. 2 min 40 s with PHDVM-63DM cassette (battery pack)
A/V OUT jack, 10-pin connector
Composite video: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω unbalanced, sync negative
Y: 1 Vp-p, 75 Ω unbalanced
C: 0.286 Vp-p (burst signal), 75 Ω unbalanced
Audio: 461 mV input impedance more than 47 kΩ, output impedance less than 2.2 kΩ
Y: 1 Vp-p, 75Ω unbalanced
Pr/Pb (Cr/Cb): 700 mVp-p, 75Ω unbalanced
i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 4-pin connector S100)
XLR 3-pin female x 2, 327 mV, -60 dBu: 3 kΩ, +4 dBu: 10 kΩ, power supply: approx. 48 V
Stereo mini jack (φ3.5 mm)
Stereo mini-mini jack (φ2.5 mm)
Mini-B connector
HDMI connector
Component video output
HDV/DV input/output
XLR audio input
HDMI output
Built-in output devices
LCD viewfinder
LCD monitor
Power requirements
Power consumption
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, 20x (optical),
f = 3.9 to 78 mm, f = 37.4 to 748 mm* at 16:9 mode
f = 45.7 to 914 mm* at 4:3 mode, F = 1.6 to 2.8, filter diameter: 62 mm
1/4 ND, 1/16 ND
Auto, manual (focus ring/one push auto/infinity)
1/4-inch type, 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system
Approx. 1,037,000 pixels (effective), approx. 1,120,000 pixels (total)
Auto, one-push auto (2 positions), indoor (3200 K), outdoor (5800 K +15steps)
1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/90, 1/100, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500,
1/725, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/6000, 1/10000 s
1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/24, 1/40, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/100, 1/120, 1/144, 1/192,
1/200, 1/288, 1/400, 1/576, 1/1200, 1/2400, 1/4800, 1/10000 s
Auto, manual (Type1/Type2)
0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB
4 lx with F1.6 at 18 dB
0.54-inch** type, approx. 252,000 dots, 16:9 aspect ratio
3.5-inch** type, Clear Photo LCD plus , approx. 211,200 dots, hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio
Approx. 3 lb 6 oz (1.5 kg) (camcorder only)
DC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC 8.4 V (AC adaptor)
Approx. 6.8 W (recording mode with LCD viewfinder or monitor on)
Approx. 6.6 W (recording mode with LCD viewfinder or monitor on)
32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
-4 to +140 °F (-20 to +60 °C)
AC-L15 AC adaptor
Power cord
NP-F570 infoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack
A/V connecting cable, component video cable, USB cable
lens hood with lens cover
RMT-831 wireless Remote CommanderTM
ECM-NV1 monaural electolet condenser microphone
Operating instructions(CD-ROM)
Printed operation instructions
* These values are calculated to be equivalent to the 35 mm film.
** Viewable area, measured diagonally.
Sony Electronics Inc.
1 Sony Drive
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
V-2352 (MK10372V1)
© 2008 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Features and specifications are
subject to change without notice.All non-metric weights and measurements are approximate.
Sony, DVCAM, ClearVid CMOS Sensor, Enhanced Imaging Processor, DigitalMaster, SteadyShot, i.LINK,
InfoLITHIUM, Memory Stick Duo, Picture Profile, Shot Transition, Clear Photo LCD plus, Cinematone
Gamma, and Cinematone Color are trademarks of Sony. 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor logo is a
trademark of Sony Corporation. HDV and the HDV logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation and
Victor Company of Japan, Limited. Vario-Sonnar T* is a trademark of Carl Zeiss AG.
Printed in USA (9/08)
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