Instructions for BR-HD50U(A) Firmware v1-08
If you have not yet upgraded to v1-06, there is no need to do so.
This upgrade encompasses all firmware improvements of the v1-06
upgrade as well as the new v1-08 improvements.
- v1-08 Improvements:
Compatibility with Non-HDCP compliant HDMI devices,
automatically switching HDCP off when connected via HDMI to a
Non-HDCP compliant device.
Allows interoperability with Non-HDCP compliant HDMI
devices such as: Convergent Design's M1 and also Black Magic's
Intensity Card (firmware upgrade may be required). Additionally you can now connect your BR-HD50U to
Displays such as computer monitors.
Compatibility with Final Cut Pro and other non-linear
video editing equipment.
- Time Code duplicate feature in HDV mode.
Time Code reading at edit points.
GY-HDxxxU, this is used to format the
SD Card. In the case that a GY-HDxxxU is not available, a new SD
Card or a card that has never been formatted in a computer may be
used. If using Windows XP or 2000, you may also use a SD Card
formatting utility that is available at http://www.sdcard.org
Card Reader/Writer (supplied
by end user).
Computer with Windows XP or Mac operating system.
SD Card (supplied by
end user) with a minimum of 8MB capacity. JVC recommends the use of
the SD Card that came with GY-HDxxxU, or a 16MB or larger capacity
card. Most cards should work but it must be compatible with the SD
card reader/writer and the BR-HD50U.
These instructions must be
carefully followed step by step in order to successfully upgrade
Before the upgrade is
attempted it is expected that you, the person doing the upgrade, are
able to read and understand the instructions as they have been
- This upgrade requires
formatting the SD card. All data in the card that is formatted will
In the event that the
upgrade is not successful your BR-HD50U will need to be sent to JVC
Connect the Video Line Out connector on the rear panel
to a video monitor. Steps 2, 6, 7, and 10 will require the video
monitor. See figure 1.
Version check: Turn the power on. Press both the MENU
and STOP buttons at the same time. If the version is lower than
0108, then BR-HD50U needs the upgrade.
Format the SD card: All data on the card
will be lost in this step. Please back up your data prior to
Insert the SD Card into the SD Card slot of the GY-HDxxxU and
follow the formatting instructions found on page 79 of the GY-HDxxxU
Instruction Manual. If using a new SD Card or a card that has never
been formatted in a computer, this step may be skipped. If using
Windows XP or 2000 the formatting tool found at
may also be used. The SD Card will not be recognized by the
BR-HD50U if the card has been formatted by Windows or Mac operating
system native formatting utilities.
Unzip and extract the downloaded “BR-HD50U(A)
Upgrade” file. Insert the SD Card into the SD Card
Reader/Writer attached to the computer. Then copy and paste the
extracted “br-hd50.up2” file from the computer to
the SD card. At this time there should only be the firmware file
on the card. The upgrade will not work properly if there are other
files on the card. Lock the SD card if there is more than one
unit to be upgraded.
With the BR-HD50 power turned off, use a
#2 Phillips Head screwdriver to remove the screw of the SD card slot
cover on the rear cover of the BR-HD50U and remove the cover. See
Insert the SD card into the card slot of the BR-HD50U
with the contacts of the SD card facing towards the top of the
unit. This slot is spring loaded. Press the card in firmly and it
will lock in place. To release the card press firmly once again and
it will be ready to remove.
Set the IEEE1394 switch on the front panel to HDV and
set the INPUT Select switch on the front panel to Y/C. See figure
Power the unit on. Do not
turn off, unplug, or allow the unit to lose power in any way until
the end of the upgrade. If the power or the upgrade is interrupted
in any way, the unit will need to be sent to JVC for repair.
Simultaneously press the REC, Pause, FF, and Menu
Press the ▲ or ▼ button on the front panel
to move the cursor to Upgrade Execute and press the SET button. See
Press the ▲ or ▼ button on the front panel
to move the cursor to CONTINUE? and press the SET button. The
BR-HD50U will now begin updating.
When the upgrade is completed after 7 to 10
minutes, both rightmost red LEDs of Audio Ch-1/3 and CH-2/4 audio
meters will blink simultaneously at approximately 2 second
interval. See figure 2.
- Remove the SD Card and the unit will return to the
power off state. Replace the SD card slot cover and screw.
Confirm version: Turn the power on. Press both the
MENU and STOP buttons at the same time. Version 0108 should be
Press the MENU button to exit this screen and
the unit is ready to use.
In the event that assistance is required please call