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Smooth transitions. You want them in your video productions. You want them in your technology too. For more than forty years now JVC has been smoothing out the migratory path from one video technology to another. To this day, the color-under and 2-head helical scanning technology we invented continues to provide the foundation upon which all analog video tape recorders are based. From open-reel 1-inch tape to 3/4-inch cassettes to VHS, JVC has made sure that every new video technology we develop delivers the quality you need today without wiping out your investment in previous technology or limiting your choices in the future. That commitment to end-users is what makes our revolutionary D-9 format the logical choice for the migration to digital.
Originally known as Digital S, it was given the designation D-9 by SMPTE in the spring of 1999. D-9 uses a 50 Mbps compression scheme which has been widely recognized by the engineering community as the blueprint for digital broadcasting in the future and the ideal choice for HDTV production and broadcasting. JVC has worked with other leading manufacturers to make D-9 an open standard and is now working on new SMPTE standards for interfacing D-9 compressed data.
What does this mean to you? It means that there is finally an accepted, reliable digital video standard that delivers the high-end digital performance broadcasters need at a price that's comparable to many analog systems. Using 4:2:2 color component digital sampling and mild 3.3:1 compression with a data rate of 50 Mbps and robust 1/2-inch tape, JVC's D-9 provides superior image quality that rivals even the highest priced digital systems. Ideally suited for the higher resolution demands of 16:9 images as well as for standard 4:3, D-9's exceptional image quality sustains itself from acquisition through multi-generation editing, special effects and up-conversion.
JVC has already developed a full suite of D-9 products - from camcorders to editing recorders, and will soon launch a wide array of DTV-ready and HDTV-ready products. The world-wide family of standard D-9 products has already established a solid reputation for its high-quality pictures, cost efficiency, reliability, and unlimited future potential.
A tradition of innovation
JVC has been a leader in the development of professional video products since 1959. Here are just a few of the highlights.
1959 JVC builds professional color VTR employing helical scan (KV-1 2-head helical scan 2") recording system
1965 JVC introduces the first compact color VTR (KV-600 2-head helical scan 1")
1970 Sony, Panasonic and JVC jointly developed the U-matic standard (VTR with 3/4" tape, 2-head helical scan and converted color carrier)
1979 JVC developed KY-2000 first high quality economical 3 tube camera
1995 JVC developed the Digital S format
1999 SMPTE designates Digital S as D-9