SOURCE: CineForm, Inc.

March 12, 2007 08:15 ET

CineForm Delivers Full Feature Support for Sony's HVR-V1U HDV Camcorder and Companion HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit

Independent Filmmakers Now Gain True 24 Frame-Per-Second Acquisition and Editing Plus Highest Quality Direct-to-Disk Recording From the HVR-V1U's HDMI Output

SOLANA BEACH, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 12, 2007 -- CineForm®, Inc. announced today that all of its products now include special software support for the unique features offered in Sony's HVR-V1U HDV camcorder and its companion HVR-DR60 hard-disk recording unit, including 24p editing modes and direct-to-disk recording from its uncompressed HDMI output. CineForm's real-time inverse telecine software offers independent filmmakers, producers, and event videographers the ability to edit material recorded using either of the HVR-V1U's 24p modes as a true 24p project. Further, the uncompressed HDMI output from the HVR-V1U may be recorded direct-to-disk on location into professional-quality CineForm Intermediate™ files, bypassing the highly compressed HDV tape format. Recorded files are immediately available for editing using Windows software including Adobe® Premiere® Pro™ and Sony Vegas, with support for Mac OS X and Final Cut Pro coming soon.

"CineForm Intermediate products have always been designed to exploit unique professional features such as 24p extraction and 10-bit direct-to-disk recording as part of our real-time online post workflow," said David Taylor, CEO of CineForm. "With the HVR-V1U, Sony has redefined the landscape by offering an extraordinary set of professional features and high visual fidelity in an affordable camcorder that is a perfect match for our acquisition and editing software."

"Unique feature offerings from companies like CineForm allow us to broaden the capabilities of our products, to let more professional customers use them in a range of video applications," said Juan Martinez, marketing manager for Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Production Systems Division. "Our goal with the HVR-V1U was to offer as many professional features as possible, and we're thrilled that CineForm has chosen to integrate new levels of production flexibility and functionality into their impressive end-to-end post-production workflow."

Feature Description

--  24p Support: The HVR-V1U offers two progressive 24p recording modes --
    24p and 24A.  Both modes embed the 24p video signal into a 60i (interlaced)
    stream which is both recorded to tape and also presented over the HDMI
    output connector.  CineForm software algorithms identify and discard the
    redundant fields, then reconstruct and record the original 24p signal to
    disk as a CineForm Intermediate file at either 8-bit or 10-bit precision,
    4:2:2 chroma, and up to 1920 horizontal resolution.
--  HDMI Direct-to-Disk Recording: The HVR-V1U includes an HDMI connector
    that outputs uncompressed digital video (prior to MPEG compression) during
    recording.  With its recently announced support for the Blackmagic
    Intensity card, CineForm software can perform direct-to-disk recording from
    the HDMI connector into high-quality CineForm Intermediate files, including
    real-time inverse telecine processing.
--  HVR-DR60 File Conversion: The companion HVR-DR60 offers extended-
    length recording for HDV streams, which CineForm software efficiently
    converts into CineForm Intermediate files while copying to the PC.  For HDV
    material recorded in one of the 24p modes, CineForm inverse telecine
    algorithms extract the original 24p sequence.  On a modern CPU this
    transfer and file conversion happens faster than real time.
Pricing and Availability

CineForm products for Windows -- Connect HD, Aspect HD, and Prospect HD -- with support for Sony's HVR-V1U and the HVR-DR60, are available now and range in price from $199 to $1499. Additional product details and fully functional trial versions of CineForm software are available on CineForm's website (

About CineForm and CineForm Intermediate

CineForm, Inc., located in Solana Beach, California, develops software products for use by media professionals in high-resolution acquisition and post-production applications. Powered by CineForm Intermediate, CineForm's acclaimed products provide unmatched visual fidelity and real-time performance within an editing environment while enabling an online compressed digital intermediate workflow that runs on affordable Windows or Macintosh PCs. For more information, contact CineForm at 858-345-2645, or visit CineForm's website at

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