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 JVC Unveils Alternative HD DVD Player
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Message Text: JVC introduces the SRDVD-100U, ProHD media player. The SRDVD-100U provides an economical way of viewing and distributing HD recordings in a variety of file formats including HDV's MPEG-2 and Windows Media Video.

Unlike advanced disk formats still under development, the SRDVD-100U utilizes a standard red laser DVD player combined with a decoding engine compatible with several popular HD file formats. MPEG-2 files created with HDV camcorders can be saved onto a common recordable DVD disk using any commercial DVD recorder, and then played back on the SRDVD-100U.

"The industry isn't going to wait for blue laser players. The onslaught of high definition programming brought about by HDV cameras and recorders demands a readily available disk playback system now," said Tim Tokita, product marketing manager for JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY. "The SRDVD-100 is the perfect complement to our new ProHD lineup of cameras and recorders. JVC is proud to deliver an innovative product that meets the demands of the professional market."

With an auto-play, auto-repeat function, the SRDVD-100U can be a useful component for retail outlets with unattended displays and kiosks as well as for corporations with videos demonstrations in lobbies and for tradeshow booths. The DVD player allows for a continuous video loop and will repeat until the stop bottom has been selected.

The SRDVD-100U also comes equipped with a standard RJ-45 jack for IP network connectivity that allows for network file playback. An IP address is automatically assigned under DHCP. Multiple players can playback files from a single server as well. The SRDVD-100 comes with AveL Link Server software for use with Windows or MacOS X10.3.

The SRDVD-100U ProHD DVD player is Windows Media Video (WMV9) compatible, which offers higher compression levels and provides longer recording times on DVDs. Non-linear editing systems that provide WMV9 output allow users to create DVDs with up to two hours of HD content with standard inexpensive red laser DVD disks.

Additional features of the SRDVD-100U include a DVI output connector with HDCP compliance and component analog outputs for 780p/1080i. With HDCP you can playback commercially recorded DVDs. In addition, users can play standard definition DVDs with the player?s ability to up-convert them to HD for the highest image quality viewing experience. Users can also view still photos up to 2048 x 1532 resolution.

In addition, the SRDVD-100 includes a front panel USB 2.0 connector to view other media files stored on solid state memory from a digital camera or from external hard disk drives. The SRDVD-100 supports most media types including USB Memory Stick, I-O Data HDD products, and any FAT16/32 storage device or card reader.

The SRDVD-100 was co-developed by JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY and I-O Data and will be distributed exclusively by JVC. The SRDVD-100U will be available September 2005 with a suggested list price of $399.00.
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