Pioneer Showcases New Pro DVD-Video Recorder For National Association Of Broadcasters

PRV-9000 Allows Users to Create Highly Compatible DVD-Video Discs in Real Time

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Business Solutions Division, the recognized leader in industrial video/optical disc technology, is demonstrating its first generation desktop Pro DVD-Video Recorder at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show at booth #S3320 in the Sands Expo and Convention Center. In real-time, Pioneer's PRV-9000 can record a DVD-Video disc without the need for any additional hardware or software. The PRV-9000, which began shipping in the U.S. in November 2001, has a suggested retail price of $2,050.

The PRV-9000 is a playback and recording device aimed at multiple markets and industries where compatibility and ease of use are critical. With the PRV-9000 users can record video onto DVD discs using either DVD-R (write-once for general use) or DVD-RW (re-recordable) discs. In addition, the PRV-9000 features the ability to play multiple disc formats, including: DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD Video, CD Audio and Video CD.

In the highly compatible DVD-Video mode, the PRV-9000 can record either one or two hours of material on either DVD-R or DVD-RW media. Offering further flexibility, Pioneer's PRV-9000 is equipped to record up to six hours of video onto one DVD-RW disc using Video Recording (VR) mode. In VR mode the PRV-9000 can achieve simple and flexible editing functions, including sorting or deletion of specific titles and segments from the disc.

Unlike some set-top recorders currently on the market, DVD-R discs created using the PRV-9000 are compatible with most consumer and professional DVD players currently in the marketplace. The PRV-9000 records analog audio and video (composite and Y/C) as well as digital camcorder (IEEE 1394) A/V signals. Recording and creating high quality DVD discs for playback in a variety of applications is now simplified with no authoring or peripheral computer system required. The PRV-9000 provides users with the ability to create high quality DVD-Video discs with the press of a single record button.

"Pioneer's PRV-9000 addresses the need for stand-alone DVD-Video recorders in the professional marketplace," said Linda Toleno, vice president of sales and marketing for Pioneer's Professional Video Group. "With the capability of producing compatible programming coupled with real time, real simple one-button recording, the PRV-9000 is ideal for all types of professional uses, including archiving and training or video transfers where the ability to efficiently and easily record to DVD is essential."

Pioneer's Pro DVD-Video recorder features IEEE-1394 Firewire, S-Video and Composite BNC inputs for both analog and digital data from digital camcorders, VCRs, Digi BetaCams and other video sources. Outputs include component, composite, S-Video, and optical and coaxial digital, providing the professional user full access to the superior video quality of DVD, and allowing for connection to professional and broadcast video monitors, as well as advanced display systems like plasma display panels and video walls.

Features include on-screen menu options, titling and DVD navigation capabilities. Users can label up to 99 titles using text buttons while in DVD-Video mode. The PRV-9000 also allows users the flexibility to pre-set chapter marks at the beginning of a recording session with options of zero, three, five or ten minute increments. In addition, users have the ability to view video thumbnails of specific titles while playing VR mode discs, enabling quick review and access of recorded information. The thumbnail capability is useful for quickly and easily identifying sections to be edited or deleted from the disc before finalization.

Pioneer's Professional Video Group is the leader and technical innovator in optical disc technology for the industrial market. It is a part of the Business Solutions Division, which provides professional business-to-business products across a wide range of markets including cable television, professional video/audio, educational, medical, legal and banking.