Compact Player (Discontinued)

$21,000.00 U.S. List Price

J series Compact Player with i.LINK & SDI output--Betacam, Betacam SP, Betacam SX, MPEG IMX, & Digital Betacam playback compatibility. Plays both large-size and small-size cassettes


  • DV-device connectivity
  • Powerful playback capability (Betacam, Betacam SP, Betacam SX, MPEG IMX and Digital Betacam formats)
  • Compact body design
  • Replay of both small and large cassettes
  • 525/625 versatility
  • SDI outputs (x 2)
  • Supports wireless infrared remote controller
  • Flexible audio outputs
  • UMID and Essence mark readable
Features Benefits:
DV device connectivity Users can convert their 1/2" SD Betacam series materials to a 25 Mbps DV signal for transfer to a DV device.
Powerful playback capability During cassette loading, each format, which can be played back on the J-30SDI, is automatically identified, so no menu settings or switching is necessary.
Compact body design Equivalent in size to a standard desktop PC, they can be effortlessly placed on the desks of busy producers, journalists and editors.
Replay of both small and large cassettes Large size cassettes as well as small size cassettes can be played.
525/625 versatility Operable in international environment
SDI output The J30SDI can be digitally connected with the conventional Betacam Family VTRs.
Wireless infrared remote controller Very useful in the presentation application.
Flexible audio outputs Users can connect the J30SDI to a stereo speaker or amplifier.
UMID and Essence Mark Readable Effective metadata handling
Shot Mark handling A list of all marks can be displayed on a video monitor, allowing easy cueing to any mark.

General Specifications Detail:
Dimensions (W x H x D) 307 x 100 x 397 mm (12 1/8 x 4 x 15 3/4 inches)
Fast Forward/Rewind Time Digital Betacam: Approx. 5 min. with BCT-D124L
MPEG IMX: Approx. 5 min. with BCT-184MXL
Betacam SX: Approx. 5 min. with BCT-184SXLA
Betacam/Betacam SP: Approx. 5 min. with BCT-90MLA
Load/Unload Time 7 s or less
Operating Humidity 25% to 80% (relative humidity)
Operating Temperature +5 °C to +40 °C (+41 °F to +104 °F)
Playback Time Digital Betacam: Max. 124 min. with BCT-D124L
MPEG IMX: Max. 184 min. (525 mode)/220 min. (625 mode) with BCT-184MXL
Betacam SX: Max. 194 min. with BCT194SXLA
Betacam/Betacam SP: Max. 90 min. (525 mode)/108 min. (625 mode) with BCT-90MLA
Power Consumption 55 W
Power Requirements AC 100V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Search Speed Range Digital Betacam: ±21 times normal playback speed
MPEG IMX: ±32 times normal playback speed
Betacam SX: ±35 times normal playback speed
Betacam/Betacam SP: ±18 times (525 mode), ±20 times (625 mode) normal playback speed
Servo Lock Time 1.5 s or less (from standby on)
Tape Speed Digital Betacam: 96.7 mm/s
MPEG IMX: 64.467 mm/s (525 mode), 53.776 mm/s (625 mode)
Betacam SX: 59.515 mm/s (525 mode), 59.575 mm/s (625 mode)
Betacam/Betacam SP: 118.6 mm/s, 101.5 mm/s (625 mode)
Weight 8.2 kg (18lb 1 oz)

Optional Accessories

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Operation manual

Product Brochure

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j30sdi-brochure.pdf 01/01/2004 pdf / 369K Download now
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Product Manual

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J10, J10SDI, J30, and J30SDI Manual 08/01/2005 pdf / 1,075K Download now