Firmware upgrade for JVC

JVC Professional Products Company announced the release of firmware upgrade for the BR-HD50U ProHD VTR accessible by end users through the JVC Professional web site pro.jvc.com.

Owners of JVC BR-HD50U VTRs purchased in theUnited States can download the upgrade file and instructions free of charge using a Windows or Mac computer, and perform the update themselves.

The upgrade optimizes the interoperability of the BR-HD50U ProHD VTR
with Final Cut Pro 5.1.2, which provides native editing support for
the HDV720 24P and 25P format. Additionally, the upgrade enables the
VTR to record (via IEEE1394) and playback 720/60p and 50p signals from
JVC’s new GY-HD250U ProHD camcorder.

The firmware upgrade will also enable the cloning of tapes when
recording from another HDV source, such as a GY-HD100U, GY-HD110U,
GY-HD250U or another BR-HD50U VTR.

“The capability of the JVC BR-HD50U ProHD VTR to enable owners to
upgrade the firmware of their equipment is a tremendous advantage,”
said Craig Yanagi, National Marketing Manager, JVC Professional
Products Company. “This helps ensure our customers that the products
they purchase today can easily have the most current firmware
installed in their units when they become available. Equally as
important, this feature enables ProHD users to upgrade their equipment
efficiently in the convenience of their own facility, minimizing down
time.”

Currently shipping units of JVC ProHD BR-HD50U VTRs being sold that
have an “(A)” indication on the product and do not require the
upgrade.Customers who don’t wish to install the firmware themselves have the option of sending their unit to JVC Service and Engineering to have the firmware installed for a fee of $75. The BR-HD50U VTR firmware upgrade is now available free of charge on the JVC Professional web site.