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JVC Reveals Blu-ray / HDD Recorder Combo

Earlier we reported that JVC showcased its high-dollar HD projector today at CEDIA EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia. The company also revealed the SR-HD1500 and SR-HD1250 Blu-ray disc and HDD combo recorders, allowing consumers to easily duplicate and author discs without the need for a PC. Hitting stores next month, the burners will not come cheap: the SR-HD1500 will cost a whopping $2,550 and the SR-HD1250 will cost $1,995.

But don't get too excited: the stand-alone burners won't offer means to record TV shows, but rather serves to make HD disks from home movies or whatever is stored on disc. JVC said that users can download video files from camcorders or other devices to the internal hard drive, and then manipulate the video directly on the device, from editing and assembling various clips to creating the Blu-ray disc's menu. Unprotected DVD and Blu-ray discs can also be copied directly.

"With the SR-HD1500 and SR-HD1250, users can record and author professional BDMV (with menu) or BDAV discs," the company said. "Advanced MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (H.264) encoding provides support for HD and SD sources, and a built-in format converter can downconvert HD content for recording to a standard DVD. The units support BD-R or BD-RE (erasable) Blu-ray discs."

The SR-HD1500 provides a 500 GB hard drive, an RS-232C terminal and support for .MOV files. The "cheaper" SR-HD1250 provides a 250 GB hard drive, but does not offer the RS-232C and .MOV support. Both models include component and HDMI outputs, USB and i.Link ports, and an SDHC card slot.