JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray Recorder Reviewed

By · Friday, January 14th, 2011

JVC SR-HD1250US Blu-ray RecorderThese days, it seems that just about every video camera records in some kind of high-definition format. The question is, what do you do with that content after you record it? Building a computer-based system for video editing can cost thousands of dollars, and it also carries a fairly steep learning curve when figuring out the software to record and edit your content. Thankfully, JVC has a better way.

It’s called the JVC SR-HD1250US, and what it does is make your life easier. That’s because it burns information from your camera directly on to a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc without the need for a computer. In essence, this is a completely stand-alone recording deck for both amateur and professional users.

The main advantage of using a machine like the SR-HD1250US is convenience. Plug it in, connect your camcorder or memory card, and hit record. The machine will transform your source material to a master CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc thanks to its built-in Blu-ray duplication drive. It’s perfect for places such as churches, recording studios, and other video environments where time constraints do not permit a lengthy editing process.

One thing that I really like about the recorder is that it has all of the most popular connections on the front panel. These include the DV camera input, USB 2.0 input, iLink support, and even a high-capacity SD card slot! They are very easy to get to and clearly marked. The back of the machine has standard RCA component inputs for capturing from an analog camera or VCR and even BNC inputs for connecting to broadcast-grade equipment – a nice touch not found on many lower-end recording decks.

Once you have your camera connected, you can choose to copy your video directly to a disc or save it on to the deck’s internal hard disk drive. The 250GB drive is built-in and offers enough storage space to hold over 50 DVD projects or about 10 Blu-ray projects. Of course, this number will vary depending on the quality settings and the length of the videos you copy over.

The remote control actually offers more buttons than the unit itself, and it is required for some of the editing functions. This is both convenient and worrisome. I like that you can toggle subtitles, set in and out points, and get to the Setup menu from the remote. However, if you have a bad habit of losing remotes, you may find yourself unable to access some of the machine’s features.

Overall, the JVC SR-HD1250US is very easy to set up and to use. There are plenty of features like One-Touch Dubbing for novices, in addition to more advanced editing features for professional users. When you combine this recorder with some quality blank Blu-ray discs, you will have everything you need to create high-definition videos quickly and easily.

This JVC Blu-ray recorder is available now from retailers such as CDROM2GO. Check it out today to find out more about how it can help streamline your video production process!


I know this recorder is good for when you don’t want to use a PC, but does anyone have any advice for using it With a PC? I have a rendered project that is ~15 GB, with the Audio and Video tracks separated, but didn’t know if there’s a way to transfer them to the hard drive from a PC (I’d imagine using USB or i.Link), and combine them internally in the recorder into a single final movie project to burn. I didn’t see this in the Manual, but need to do that this weekend.
Thanks a lot!

Hi Steve and thanks for your question. I don’t believe this recorder is capable of combining separate audio and video tracks into a finished movie. That’s what video editing and authoring software is for. Your best bet would probably be to author the Blu-ray disc on your computer, burn it to a disc, and then load that disc to the recorder’s hard drive.

Do you know how long it takes to burn, say, 30 minutes of HD video to a blu ray disk?

By DigiChick on June 30th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

It depends on the burn speed of your disc. A Blu-ray can hold up to 2 hours of HD video. Conservatively, an entire Blu-ray disc can be burned in approximately 16 to 32 minutes at a 4X to 6X speed, so 30 minutes would like take just a fraction of this time. Hope this helps give you some perspective on burn times! :)