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: Love it. I wanted something to play/rewind my DV tapes instead of using the slow camera. This is a quality product. Fast rewind, HDMI output, excellent picture. I'm shooting with a Sony HD camera so this is exactly what I needed. I also hooked it up to my direct tv box and can tape anything on TV and upload it to my computer. Then put it straight to YouTube. (Would have liked a better option than s-video input.)Great for travel as well.
Pros: Clear Picture, Easily Portable, Good Sound, Long Battery Life
Summary: This portable deck does everything it aims to do and does it well. Great for moving between computers to ingest tapes. It does a very nice job of down converting if you want to shoot in HDV, but do an initial edit at DV quality. It is portable enough with battery that you could use it while traveling to log tapes and make EDLs. Video quality is like a portable DVD player (ie. not great) but I don't think anyone would buy this to use as a reference monitor.
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: We've had this video deck for a few months now and it's got all the functions we need for our small studio. We've upgraded from DSR-11 DV/DVcam deck and it now gives us the ability to preview and record HDV shoots. It also gives us the ability to preview 1080i. Great for studio use and portable.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Set Up, Large screen, Sharp Picture
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.
Summary: This past year, I shot with the Sony HDR-HC7 Camcorder. That camera is definitely not my favorite, and my editing systems would not recognize when I tried to digitize from it, which is initially why I purchased the HD700 player. I LOVE this little clamshell. I work with Avid Xpress Pro AND Final Cut Pro, and both programs recognize the player... any problems I have run into have been because of my own lack of knowledge and experience.
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.