Sony HDVS was a range of high-definition video equipment developed in the 1980s to support an early analog high-definition television system thought to be the broadcast television systems that would be in use today. The line included professional video cameras, video monitors and linear video editing systems.


  • History 1
  • Uses 2
  • Equipment 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Sony first demonstrated a wideband analog video HDTV capable video camera, monitor and video tape recorder (VTR) in April 1981 at an international meeting of television engineers in Algiers. The HDVS range was launched in April 1984, with the HDC-100 camera, HDV-1000 video recorder, with its companion HDT-1000 processor/TBC, and HDS-1000 video switcher all working in the 1125-line component video format with interlaced video and a 5:3 aspect ratio.

The helical scan VTR (the HDV-100) used magnetic tape similar to 1" type C videotape for analog recording. Sony in 1988 unveiled a new HDVS digital line, including a reel-to-reel digital recording VTR (the HDD-1000) that used digital signals between the machines for dubbing but the primary I/O remained analog signals. The large unit was housed in a 1-inch reel-to-reel transport, and because of the high tape speed needed, had a limit of 1-hour per reel. Sony, owner of Columbia Pictures/Tri-Star, would start to archive feature films on this format, requiring an average of two reels per movie. There was also a portable videocassette recorder (the HDV-10) for the HDVS system, using the "UniHi" format of videocassette using 3/4" wide tape. The transport housing similar in appearance to Sony's D1/D2 Standard Definition Digital VTRs, but recorded analog HD. The small cassette size limited recording time.


The first drama film shot using the HDVS professional video camera is Julia and Julia (Italian: Giulia e Giulia) in 1987, and the first HDTV television show was CBC's Chasing Rainbows, shot using the HDVS system in 1988. For the Genesis shows at Wembley Stadium on July 1987, the Sony HDVS system was used to film these shows and later released in VHS in 1988 and DVD in 2003.

World War II: When Lions Roared (also known as Then There Were Giants) is a 1994 TV movie, directed by Joseph Sargent, that stars John Lithgow, Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins as the three major Allied leaders. It was the first video production to be produced in the 1125-line high-definition television (HDTV) format.[1] It was converted to NTSC for broadcast in the United States.

The HDVS brand and logo is still used by Sony nowadays (as "Digital HDVS", since the original HDVS line of equipment from 1984 used wideband analog video to achieve the 1125-lines of resolution) on their current digital high-definition HDCAM-format cameras such as the Sony HDW-750 and HDW-F900.


Camera System

  • HDC-500 High Definition Color Camera
  • HDCA-50 Camera Adapter
  • HDCA-350 Camera Adapter
  • HDCO-350 Camera Operation Control Unit (CCU)
  • HDCS-350 Camera Signal Processor

Camera System/Optional Accessories

  • HDCR-350 Remote Control Panel
  • HDCD-50 Signal Distributor
  • HDVF-150 1.5-inch Viewfinder
  • HDVF-30 3-inch viewfinder
  • HDVF-500 5-inch viewfinder
  • HDVF-700 7-inch viewfinder
  • HDM-90 9-inch Monochrome monitor
  • HDM-145 14 inch Monochrome monitor
  • HKCF-750 Pan Tilt Table
  • HKCH-500 Shoulder Pad
  • HDCC-2/5/50/100 Multicore Cable (2m, 5m 50m, 100m)
  • HKCF-90 Rack Mount Plate Kit

VTR System

  • HDD-1000 Digital VTR (Wide band (30 MHz) Y, PB, PR) with BVH-3000 like operation.
  • HDDP-1000 VTR Signal Processor (8-bit digital)
  • HDDR-1000 VTR Control Unit
  • HDDR-A1000 Audio Remote Control Unit
  • HDDR-V1000 Video Remote Control Unit
  • HDV-10 Videocassette Recorder (UNIHI)
  • HDDF-500 Digital Frame Recorder (G, B, R)
  • HDL-2000 Videodisc Player
  • HDN-22000 NTSC Down-Converter
  • HDL-5800 Video Disc Recorder

Optional Accessories

  • Sync Converter
  • HKDF-504 Frame Memory Board (4 frames)
  • HDKF-508 Frame Memory Board (8 frames)
  • LBX-1000 Lightbox for use with the HDST-100T Telop Camera
  • VF-503 Monitor Hood
  • HD-1D Series High Quality Video Tape (1-inch)
  • HCT-63 UNIHI videocassette

Post-Production Equipment

  • HDS-1000T Switcher
  • HDST-1000T Telop Camera (Saticon)
  • EBR System Digital Electron Beam Recording (EBR) System (Video Tape to Film)

Optical Fiber Transmission System (G/B/R analog component video, Analog audio x2; AES/EBU x6)

  • HDFT-300 Optical Fiber Transmitter
  • HDFR-300 Optical Fiber Receiver

Projection System

  • HDIH-1200 High Definition Projector
  • HDIH-2000 High Definition Projector
  • HDIH-3000 High Definition Projector
  • HDIS-1200RK Rear Projection
  • HDIR-550 High Definition Rear Projector

Color Monitors

  • HDM-1230
  • HDM-1730
  • HDM-2830
  • HDM-3830


  1. ^ "World War II: When Lions Roared". imdb. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 

External links

  • Sony corp history page
  • Sony corp history page 2
  • Sony copy history page 3