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The Perfect Choise for Cost-Effective HD Productions - the Sony HVR-M25AP HDV 1080i VTRs
In response to the demands for greater levels of operability, such as longer recording time and progressive format playback/record capabilities, Sony has introduced its latest HDV recorders – the HVRM35, HVR-M25AP and HVR-M15AP.
The HVR-M35, HVR-M25AP and HVR-M15AP enable users to record and play back video in a choice of formats –HDV 1080i, DVCAM™, and DV. They also feature the HDV native progressive format capability, which provides stunning 1080p image at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second.* One of the most powerful features of these VTRs is their compatibility with standard cassettes in addition to mini cassettes, which provides extended recording time of up to 276 minutes.
These models are optimized for use with nonlinear editing systems thanks to their highly compact size and ease of operation. However, the HVR-M35 and HVR-M25AP provide additional powerful features such as a built-in 2.7-inch*1 type, 16:9 LCD monitor and an  HD-SDI or HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output for more demanding production environments.
The HVR-M35, HVR-M25AP and HVR-M15AP are highly powerful, yet cost-effective tools for nonlinear editing systems that will serve both today’s production needs, as well as those of tomorrow.


  • Nonlinear Editing
  • Dubbing with the Time Code Recording Capability
  • Viewing with Various Display Devices
  • Dubbing with XDCAM HD DEcks

HDV Format - HDV 1080i Specification:
The HDV 1080i specification of the HDV format features 1,080 effective scanning lines (interlace scanning system) and 1,440 horizontal pixels. It adopts the MPEG-2 compression format (MP@H-14 for video), which uses 8-bit digital component recording with a sampling rate of 4:2:0. MPEG-1 Audio Layer II is used as the audio compression format, allowing for two-channel recording with a sampling frequency of 48kHz/16-bit. The HDV 1080i specification provides high picture quality that can be used for HDTV program production.

Sony HVR-M25A

Product Code HVRM25AP


  • Adopts HDV 1080i specification of the HDV format that features 1080 effective scanning lines and 1440 horizontal pixels
  • Compatible with existing DV tape and new DigitalMaster high-grade videocassette tape
  • Switchable recording and playback - HDV 1080i/DVCAM/DV SP and 60i/50i
  • Dual-size cassette mechanism to accept both mini and standard cassettes
  • Long recording time - a maximum of 276 minutes with the PHDVM-276 DigitalMaster standard cassette tape
  • Down-conversion playback capabilities from 1080i down to 480i, 576i, 480P, 576P, and 720P
  • Edge Crop Adjust function
  • i.LINK interface
  • Time code copy from external devices
  • Auto Repeat and Custom Repeat functions
  • Color bar and 1-kHz audio tone signal output
  • External control by the supplied wireless Remote Commander unit
  • Built-in tape cleaner for reliable operation
  • Built-in, 2.7-inch (*) type, Clear Photo LCD Plus monitor
  • HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output
  • DUPLICATE PLUS function for an easy duplication of video and audio along with the time code
  • MARKER BURN function to allow the 4:3 marker to be superimposed onto video output
  • Time counter
  • Time code preset
  • Status Check function for easy status or settings check on the LCD monitor
  • Assign Buttons function to assign frequently used functions to the buttons on the front panel
  • All Scan Mode to display all effective scanning lines in the screen

Recording / Playback performance
Recording Format : 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 480/60i (NTSC), 576/50i (PAL)
Playout/down conversion format : 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 480/60i (NTSC), 576/50i (PAL), 480/60P, 576/50P, 720/60P, 720/50P
Tape speed : HDV / DV SP : Max. 18.812 mm.s
DVCAM : Max. 28.218 mm/s
Playback/recording time : HDV / DV SP:
- Max. 276 min with PHDV-276DM Cassette
Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM Cassette
- Max. 184 min with PHDV-276DM Cassette
- Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM Cassette
Fast forward / rewind time : Approx. 2 min with PHDV-276DM cassette

/ output connectors / devices
Video input/output : BNC x 2
Video Signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 ohm unbalanced, sync negative
S-video input/output : Min-DIN 4-pin x 2
Y : 1 Vp-p, 75 ohm unbalanced, sync negative
C : 0.286 Vp-p (NTSC), 0.3 Vp-p (PAL), 75 ohm unbalanced
Component video output : BNC x 3
Y : 1 Vp-p, (0.3V, sync negative)
Pr/Pb (Cr/Cb) : 700 mVp-p (100% color bar), input impedance 75 ohm
i.LINK : 4-pin
HDMI output : 19-pin (type A), video : 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 480/60i (NTSC), 576/50i (PAL), 480/60P, 576/50P, 720/60P, 720/50P, audio : PCM 48 kHz/16-bit
Phones : Stereo minijack (3.5mm), 8 ohm loading
LANC : Stereo mini-jack (3.5mm)
Audio Input : RCA pin x 2
Input level : -10/-1/+4 dBu, Input impedance: min. 47 kohm unbalanced
Max. input level : -10:+18dBu (approx. 6Vrms), -2:+24 dBu (approx. 12.5Vrms), +4:+30 dBu (approx. 25Vrms)
Audio output : Output level : -10 dBu (full bit -20dB), impedance 47 ohm unbalanced in 60i mode, -10dBu (full bit -18dB), impedance 47 ohm, unbalanced in 50i mode
Impedance : Max. 1 kohm unbalanced
LCD monitor : 2.7-inch type, approx. 211,200 dots (960x220), Clear photo LCD Plus

Mass : Approx. 4.3kg (9 lb 8 oz)
Power Consumption : 12W (playback mode with LCD monitor on)
Operating Temperature : 5 to 40 C (41 to 104 K)
Storage Temperature : 120 tp 60 C (-4 to 140K)
Supplied Accessories : Remote Commander, Power Cord, Size AA Batteries - 2pcs, Cleaning Cassette, Operating Instructions
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