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Old March 20th, 2006, 09:07 AM   #1
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FREE upgrade for U.S. owners to "A" Version

Here is the "Official" instructions on the "A" upgrade.

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Have fun and all the best...


PS I'll get more info from the user group meeting tonight (straight from the horses mouth).
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Old March 20th, 2006, 09:31 AM   #2
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in the faq it says "will i bea ble to record in pal after the upgrade" with an answer of NO. does this mean that 576 50p hdv will be gone or just that they aren't adding other pal hd support?
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Old March 20th, 2006, 09:38 AM   #3
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Yes,
I saw this too.
What the heck does this mean?
I can only hope that JVC would not disable
features that were advertised for this camera
in their brochure and manual.

Hopefully, we are reading this wrong.
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Old March 20th, 2006, 09:48 AM   #4
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576/50P is *not* PAL. PAL is an interlaced television signal, and no US version of the HD100 records in PAL.

PAL means 576/50i or 576/25p carried within 50i. It's what the HD100E shoots in. The US version has NTSC but not PAL, the European version has PAL but not NTSC.

The 576/50P is considered an HDV mode, and will almost unquestionably still be present in any HD100A. Both the US and European versions offer both 576/50P and 480/60P, and presumably that will continue to be the case.
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Old March 20th, 2006, 09:54 AM   #5
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True, my bad.
Man, I knew I should of drank another cup of coffee
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Old March 20th, 2006, 10:11 AM   #6
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Thanks Stephen.

I changed the title to specify that this upgrade is for "U.S. Owners" at this time, and made it sticky. Let's keep our eyes open for other regions.

Here's the basics of the the upgrade:

- Improved NLE performance (fixes problems with scene breaks in "some" NLEs - I assume they mean FCP)
- Improved Reliability (I assume this means the "Mode changing" and "blue screen" issues in some versions of firmware)
- Run-Time information with Anton Bauer Battery systems (IDX not affected)
- Compatibility with the DR-HD100U Hard drive

If you read the fine print on the form you will see that you only send the body, but you have to pay for shipping/insurance to JVC yourself. JVC pays to send it back to you. You will receive your own camera back - they are simply flashing your firmware.

Turnaround time is 72 Hours.


If you are local in California, JVC recommends you bring your camera in person and wait while it is upgraded. Call 1-800-582-5825 in advance.
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Old March 20th, 2006, 11:07 AM   #7
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what does "improved NLE performance" entail?

So, if i bought my camera last month, should I do this upgrade?

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Old March 20th, 2006, 11:19 AM   #8
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Well, one important feature for me is the:
- Compatibility with the DR-HD100U Hard drive
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Old March 20th, 2006, 12:10 PM   #9
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It just happens my camera arrived there last Friday. I sent it in to check calibration since I had an early model with occasional SSE. I see their form already shows my camera in the system so I'll know shortly how fast it turns around.

Amazing how I kept wanting to reach for the camera this weekend. I miss it terribly!
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Old March 20th, 2006, 12:37 PM   #10
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Started the process on a camera today. It's Monday. Let's see how quickly this thing gets done...
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Old March 20th, 2006, 01:03 PM   #11
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How long are you typically without your camera whenever you send it in for firmware upgrades or to recalibrate for SSE?
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Old March 20th, 2006, 01:41 PM   #12
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They're claiming 72 hour turn around. I have sent previous JVC DV cameras in
for mods (my 5000) and they had it back to me in a week.
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Old March 20th, 2006, 03:10 PM   #13
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Does anyone knows if JVC Europe will do the upgrade?
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Old March 20th, 2006, 03:11 PM   #14
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I'm assuming if I order 2 days from now, the model I receive will be the new "A" version?
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Old March 20th, 2006, 04:15 PM   #15
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This is bringing me one step closer to buying this camera. JVC is listening to problems and addressing issues.
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