The HR1 is a cool new product from Sony. It’s an XDCAM field recorder, which we’ve seen in the past, but this records to the high quality XDCAM 422 50mb codec and also supports the lower bit rate XDCAM HD formats and SD formats. It is 1080/720 switchable and support 23.98 recording and playback. All this support means that it will record from just about any camcorder including the Sony CineAlta line and Panasonic P2 VariCams. The HR1 can upconvert and downconvert footage on playback as well.
The unit has a built in 9″ LCD and full playback control with built in jog wheel. On the back you’ll find HD-SDI In/Out, SD-SDI In/Out, Composite Video In/Out, and a Gigabit Ethernet port for downloading clips.
Seems like a great product to bring high quality recording to a number of different systems and for video assist on set. Read the Press Release here.