The rapid transition to HD programming in broadcasting and postproduction has introduced a tremendous demand for an entry-level path into the HD world. Sony's response to this demand is the HVR-Z1 Digital HD Video Camera Recorder – a compact and cost-effective HD camcorder that builds on the market-acclaimed DVCAM recorders.
HDV FORMAT A New Addition to the HD Format that Broadens the Scope of HD Program Production HDV 1080i Specification The HDV 1080i specification of the HDV format features 1080 effective scanning lines (interlace scanning system) and 1,440 horizontal pixels. It adopts the MPEG-2 compression format (MP@H-14 for video), which uses 8-bit digital component recording with a sampling rate of 4:2:0.
VTR or nonlinear editing system in the HDV, DVCAM and DV formats. 5 i.LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation 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.
OPERATIONAL VERSATILITY Advanced Features for Professional Results Large, 16:9 Widescreen Color Viewfinder The 0.44-inch type color LCD viewfinder displays high-resolution color pictures of approx. 250,000 pixels in a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9. Operators can also select to display pictures in black and white. The size of the eyepiece has been increased to allow viewing of images even while wearing glasses.
On-handle Zoom Lever and Rec Start/Stop Button In order to facilitate zoom control and recording operation during low-angle shooting, an additional zoom lever and a rec start/stop button have been added to the carrying handle. Zoom speed can be selected from H, L or OFF via the three-position slide Shot Transition switch located on the side of the handle.
External Record Control By connecting the HVR-Z1 to an HDV 1080i, DVCAM or DV compatible device such as a camcorder, VTR or HDD recorder with an i.LINK interface, operators can control the HVR-Z1 and its connected device externally, to perform simultaneous recording and sequential recording.
The optimum weight distribution and balance of its body make the HVR-Z1 particularly suitable for hand-held shots, and also allows operators to easily carry the camera without causing fatigue. In addition, the camcorder can sit comfortably on the shoulder simply by attaching the optional VCT-FXA Shoulder Brace.
CREATIVE VERSATILITY Unique Features for Creative Shooting Shot Transition The Shot Transition function allows for smooth automatic scene transitions. The operator can program start and end settings for zoom, focus, iris, gain, shutter speed and white balance into the camera’s A /B buttons and, by pressing the start button, a smooth transition will take place according to the set time, because the camera automatically calculates the intermediate values during the scene transition.
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