Summary: Very good deck so far. Be prepared to read the entire owners manual since this is pretty complicated to operate/understand. It does require video to be recorded to the hard drive first, and then you can burn a DVD or Blu-Ray (I was not aware of that). The video looks sharp, and as an added bonus that I wasn't aware of, it allows me to iLink right to my JVC HDV Camcorder. I am very happy for that. For the price and what it does, it is well worth it.
Summary: The good is it has many functions, the hard drive is great, it does control my sony pro camcorder, and it is nice to burn/record from several directions (blu-ray to HD or reversed). Here is the bad. It does not burn all blu-ray discs even when their specs are identical, it does not take high quality SD cards though it should, it only connects with some USB externals (works with some emory sticks and yet to get it to work with an external hard drive), it does not take all...
Summary: I don't actually own this product but the VERY closely related model JVC SR-HD1500. The reason why I am writing the review for this model is because it looks like this model is being more pushed on amazon, what I believe are close similarities between the two products, and because I want to get the word out about these great products.
Summary: I videotape depositions and need to record directly from my camera via firewire to a standalone JVC DVD recorder. This recorder will not allow me to go directly to a SD DVD disk via firewire as an older model JVC SRMV45U/55U would. The older model controlled the start/stop function of my camera and this model does not. You have to firewire into the HDD and then dub to a DVD. Therefore I returned this recorder as it just did not meet my needs.
Summary: IMPORTANT...if you buy this item and you ship it to use in Canada forget about the warranty (1 year parts and labour)!!! Interface is not easy to use with multiple steps to get to some of the important functions etc...very important, missing to show the minutes of the titles you want to dub or the total you selected. I dubbed on one Blu-Ray and after that cannot do it anymore...think I need to repair it already after 6 months (used only few times for dubbing on DVD-R).
Summary: I will try to give anyone interested in this unit some important informa to consider. It did not work for me at all, but it might work for you. To begin the unit is marketed by JVC but I do not think it is their original product. The unit comes in a basic box with no company advertising on it. It does say JVC on the unit but on the menu screens during operation make no reference to JVC at all.