NYC Production Facility Relies on JVC Combo Recorder for HD Dubs

Creative Group, a major post-production facility based in New York City, is currently utilizing the JVC SR-HD1500 Blu-ray and HDD combo recorder to produce HD dubs of projects for its clients. Creative Group purchased two SR-HD1500 decks last month, and is already considering investing in more.

“We’re seeing more and more demand for Blu-ray,” says Nick LaBorne, chief engineer at Creative Group. He also added that that Blue-ray dubs are extremely important for screening purposes and the quality of the Blu-ray dubs from the SR-HD1500 is “phenomenal.”

Creative Group counts ESPN as its largest client and has three locations in the U.S. and one in China. The main facility in Times Square features 28 HD edit rooms and four surround sound audio mixing suites, as well as transmission and distribution facilities, broadcast design services, and more.

The SR-HD1500 offers FireWire (i.Link), composite/S-Video, USB, and SDHC card inputs, as well as HDMI and component output and a RS-232C terminal for external control. Creative Group, which uses HD-SDI with embedded audio throughout its facility, uses the SR-HD1500 Blu-ray and HDD combo decks in tandem with the Edirol VC-50HD HD-SDI video field converter.

LaBorne said the internal 500 GB hard drive was a major selling point. If he needs to make multiple dubs for a client, he can store the material on the hard drive and easily generate one copy after another. The deck can create professional BDMV (with menu) or BDAV discs, and can author discs with auto-start or repeat playback functionality.

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