Innovative Technologies

General Information

Expanding the HDV Format as a Global Standard

The HDV 1080i specification uses one of the “MPEG2 Long GOP” compression profiles. This highly efficient and robust “MPEG2 Long GOP” codec – which is also used in Sony’s XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX series – enables users to record stunning-quality HD video. The HVR-Z5U provides over 60 minutes*1 of recording time using the widely available mini-DV videotape.


When using Sony’s recommended Professional HDV tape DigitalMaster™ model PHDVM-63DM, an approximate recording time of 63 minutes is possible.

HDV 1080i

Switchable Recording and
Playback – HDV1080i/DVCAM™/DV

The HVR-Z5U can switch between HDV 1080i, DVCAM, and standard DV recording, providing the ultimate flexibility to suit your production needs. Native editing in the HDV format is now supported by most popular NLE (nonlinear editing) software. Additionally, HDV can be recorded as a memory file on inexpensive computer media.
The optional HVR-MRC1K Memory Recording Unit records to standard CompactFlash® (CF) cards that can be quickly and easily exchanged for nonlinear editing. The optional HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit’s large-capacity 60GB hard drive provides 4.5 hours of recording time.


Built-in Down-converter for SD Production

The HVR-Z5U can convert material from 1080i down to 480i and output the video signals through its i.LINK interface and other SD output connectors. This allows users to edit recorded material with a compatible nonlinear editing system using current DV editing software, as well as record SD signals to an external VTR*2.


Letterbox mode is not available from the i.LINK connector. 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 service center.