Big screen, AC power capable. I would definitely buy this unit again.
3 January 2012
Summary: I bought this product because my video work started moving away from SD to HD and I needed a playback unit for downloading to my editing program. This relieved a lot of wear and tear on the camera to perform this function. I like the large format of the screen, the capability of connecting external inputs and the memory stick slot in the front.
Summary: I bought the Walkman to use as a DVCAM for video editing. Problems were I had to get a 4-pin to 6pin Firewire cable to get it to work as a Macintosh compatable product. Sony's cables do not work with Mac's. The people were very helpful at J + R but even Sony didn't have the correct solution so it took 25 days to research and find the solution. I had to ask the staff at the TV station to help. Works great now.
Summary: This deck is larger and feels much less solid than the deck it replaces, the GV-D1000. Worse, Sony removed the ability to use a hard wire to start and stop the deck. One of the best things about the GV-D1000 was its LANC capability. All in all, this deck feels flimsy and for me it is virtually worthless. In a studio environment its probably OK. But for serious field work, nadda.
Summary: I have a large collection of DV and HD DV tapes and wanted a way to play them on my home entertainment system without hooking up my camera. The Sony Video Walkman is just the ticket. I hooked it up using a DVI cable and can play my HD DV tape in high definition on my TV with amazing results. I also have used it to edit my tapes with good success. It is very portable and compact. One great feature is the ability of extracting photos from your videos.
Excellent Product... one of a kind and saves my cam's innards!
Frank E. Trinkle, Amazon
9 October 2008
Summary: While expensive, this unit is not anywhere near the cost of monitor/load systems that will do the same thing. It works flawlessly out of the box and I use it to review material... then load up into my editors on my Mac. This saves the mechanisms in my video cameras (Some which cost more than $3500) from constant abuse, and allows me to be very quickly selective on the material I need to upload.
Summary: I bought this product from the SonyStyle website, and the i.Link (firewire) port died without warning. I paid for an extended warranty that is being carried out by ServiceNet. Sony gave me the option to return the product to them and wait to be credited, which is two credit card billing cycles (60 days), unless I pay another $1300 to buy another one. ServiceNet just gave me a claim number and said they would call back in 3 days.
Summary: The product pretty much does what it says, and does tape in HDV from the Firewire input. There were some minor issues connecting it to FCP 6.02, but suddenly, magically, it worked.Screen Spec: Sony (and most sites) say "1152K pixels" leading one to believe that the screen is 1440x800. According to a quick test by me, that is NOT the resolution. The manual says 800x480 (384,000 pixels) and that is likely correct.
Summary: Great product - does everything I want it to do but it does not come with a cable for IEEE1394 iLink interface to my computer. The literature does not even make this clear. When I opened the box and could not find the cable, I called Sony and found that they do not include it. After paying over $1000 for this product, it seems that a critical cable ought to come with it.
Great for feeding HDV into a non-linear edit system
Young Watery, Amazon
10 September 2007
Summary: We'll be buying one asap. I'd rather trash a $1200 player while feeding in hundreds of hours of footage into my NLE, than trash the heads on my $5000 camcorder. The HDMI port is going to be very useful too...