Video Field Recorder


The perfect HDV camera partner for the high quality field recording

The F-1 is the ideal addition for any videographer or producer wanting to accelerate their workflow by capturing HDV or DV directly to a hard drive in the field. With two additional audio inputs, no file size limitation, removable hard drive and multiple power options, the F-1 can be used anywhere and in a variety of applications.

MPEG-2 TS 2 to 50Mbps recording in addition to HDV/DV


Support for Low to high bit rate MPEG-2 TS Recording

MPEG-2 TS at 50Mbps allows very high quality video caputure and alternatively at 8Mbps you can record around 27 hours of HD video on a 120GB HDD. Enable uncompressed HD-SDI recording and playback when combined with the new VC-50HD Video Field Converter.

Newly added Loop Recording and Pre-Record Functions

Loop Recording mode can capture video at selected periods (10/ 30/ 60 minutes) and then keep deleting the oldest file as storage reaches capacity. This function can be controlled remotely via network. The Pre-Record function ensures that sudden or important moment is never missed by adding the previous 3 seconds of material onto the file whenever REC is pressed.

Time Code and Marker Functions

Version 2.0 of the F-1 can now record time code with video regardless of whether the camera can embed timecode or not. Of course, Time code can also be re-generated within an HDV/DV stream. The Marker function stamps the video file with time code and/or recording time when the REC button is pressed during recording. This enables the ability to quickly locate scenes during editing.

New Editing Feature added to Version 2.0 of F-1 Utility Software

The F-1 dedicated Utility Software has now been upgraded to Version 2.0 adding an “Editor Mode”. This enables easy and efficient editing of any data recorded by the F-1.

Quick-cut Editing Easy and intuitive editing of any recorded video at any rate, including linear PCM audio editing of channels 3 and 4.
Selectable Output Formats Edited video files can be up/down converted. This includes HDV to DV and DV to HDV.
Mixed Format Editing Video material can be converted to other formats and aspect ratios such as HDV⇔SD and 16:9⇔4:3.
Support for still images Automatically re-size a photo or still image to the designated output format. Also Change the position and aspect ratio of a still image.

Support for Win/Mac Non-linear Video Editors

Using data directly off the F-1 is much faster than real-time capture from tape. All the popular editing software systems support HDV, DV and MPEG-2 TS formats. The F-1 and the removable HDD or SSD media can be directly connected with a computer via bus-powered USB 2.0. The award winning F-1 provides reliable, high quality capture of both video and audio when you need it most: out in the field where every shot counts. The "Field Oriented" design concept of this Recorder will streamline your video production workflow. Being "Field Oriented" is at the heart of the F-1 design. Features like a shock-resistant floating HDD, two channels of additional audio inputs, multiple power supply options, remote control via LAN, on-site review of clips, unlimited file size, and a number of additional innovative functions will streamline your recording and post-production activities.

Seamless and reliable HDV/DV capture to removable HDD for hours of worry-free recording
High-Capacity HDV/DV capture simplifies and accelerates your workflow

The i.LINK connection to your camera provides easy capture of HDV or DV. Begin editing immediately directly off the HDD or enjoy smooth and speedy transfer of recorded data to your NLE system. Continue to use the camera's tape mechanism as an affordable/compact backup media.

Removable HDD provides hours of recording in the field

f1_hdd_smA removable hard drive is the recording media inside the F-1. Remove the full drive and editing or transfer can begin immediately by simply connecting it to your computer via bus-powered USB. Additional drives (F1-HD120) can be purchased for continued recording while other drives are in use elsewhere.

Seamless Recording up to full HDD Capacity

The NTFS file format allows recording up to the maximum disk capacity without a file limitation of 2GB or 4GB. You can record up to 9 straight hours with the 120GB HDD.
f1_photo_shock_resistantWorry-Free Recording with Shock-Resistant Floating HDD
To protect the disk from the inevitable rigors of field use, the F-1's removable hard drive employs full floating HDD mount architecture with shock absorbent rubber that effectively dampens vibrations and shocks. Enjoy worry-free recording in locations where loud & heavy PA sounds or shocks from rough road surfaces might otherwise present capture problems.

Two Independent Audio Channels of Hi-Quality Linear PCM
The F-1 is equipped with two independent analog audio inputs. This enables simultaneous recording of stereo audio from an audio mixer/console or two microphones. On-mic recording of a reporter or interviewer is possible without having to use an external mixer/recorder. Alternatively, you can use the two additional channels to capture ambient sounds at your shoot or put a mic on yourself and record real-time commentary on material as it is being shot. The F-1 records its audio inputs in linear PCM broadcast WAV (BWF) at 16-bit/48kHz, so you can be assured of high quality sound capture.



Phantom Power Supply

The F-1's built-in phantom power supply for sensitive condenser mics provides further improvement of your audio tracks.

Three Types of Power Supply Options

The F-1 can be operated with 3 types of power: AC adaptor, external battery and AA batteries. The AA battery power pack supplies seamless failover of power in the event your external battery or AC supply should weaken or fail.

Thumbnail Display on External Monitor

Recorded clips can be shown as thumbnails on an external computer monitor using the 15-pin D-Sub output jack of the F-1. This enables last minute previewing to prevent "missed-shots" without the need to connect to a computer. Additionally you can control, setup and view the status on the same display. A mouse port for intuitive and quick control is provided via the front USB port.

Quick Backup of Recorded Data to USB Devices

The F-1's USB port provides on-site connection to USB devices like flash memory or external hard drives for quick backups. Copy time is shorter than real-time, offering speedy transfers of recorded data to your editing suite.


Recorded Data can be copied via LAN

The F-1's LAN port provides an Ethernet connection to your home or office network. The data in the F-1's HDD can be copied over the network to multiple computers with simplicity and ease.


Remote Control via LAN enables Multi-Camera Shoots with Minimal Staff

A PC installed with the dedicated control software* can remotely control the record Start/Stop functions as well as the menu settings of an F-1 in a remote location. You can run an Ethernet cable (up to 100 meters and 200 meters when using a hub) and control multiple F-1 units from your computer. Operators can now control multi-camera shoots with minimal staff and in remote locations.

Free and Convenient F-1 Utility Software

Free downloadable software with 2 modes for quick clip preview and cutting.

F-1 Utility Browser Screen

Browser Mode: Browser Mode enables previewing of video along with the matching four channels of audio. File management functions such as Move, Copy, Delete, etc. can be executed from the Browser Mode.

F-1 Utility Editor Screen

Editor Mode: Editor Mode is used for quick cut editing of recorded clips. The non-stop editing function enables efficient assembling and reviewing of your cuts' timing immediately after recording.



DV Magazine's
2008 Black Diamond Award


EventDV Magazine's Best of NAB Award 2008.

Video Format
HDV (.m2t), DV (.dv)
Audio Format
16-bit/ 48kHz (Supports broadcast wav : .bwf)
Audio Control
Limiter, Gain, Phantom Power Supply (+48V) Input Level Select (-44/-20/-10dBu), Sens (0 to +24dB)
Recording Media
Removable type 2.5inch 120GB HDD
*Max 10 hours recording
Input Jacks
Digital Video Input (IEEE 1394, 6pin, type),
Analog Audio Input x 2 (XLR 3pin type) *Input Impedance : 4k ohms,
Phones Output (Stereo mini type) *Output Impedance : 16 ohms *output Level :45mW,
USB host (USB A), USB function (USB mini B), Network (Ethernet 100Base-Tx, RJ45 type), DC Input (XLR 4pin type)
AA type x 8 (NiMH or Alkaline) *Max 2 hours operation
External Battery
Li-Ion Battery (IDX Endura series etc.) *Max 10hours operation at 14.2V/7700Ah
Removable HDD (F1-HD120) x 1, Battery Pack x 2 (1 as spare), USB cable (Y type with power supply), AC adaptor (9V / 2A, Roland PSB-1U) with XLR 4pin conversion cable, Owner's Manual
Optional Items
Carrying Bag (CB-F1), 120GB Removable HDD ( F1-HD120), V mount kit for mounting on video camera (F1-VMK1)
Size and Weight
111 mm
4-3/8 inches
179 mm
7-1/16 inches
61 mm
2-7/16 inches
870 g
1 lbs. 15 oz.
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.


Brochures & Catalogs

Updates & Drivers

  • F-1 Utility Application v2.102 and Net Control v.2.0 Windows

    This package contains the F-1 Utility and Net Control software installer. This version requires the F-1 System version or higher (see above). The Utility consists of a powerful Browser and Editor. The Net Control software can be used to remotely control up to six F-1 units from a local computer. If you have a previous version of the F-1 Utility software installed, you must first remove the old version from your computer before running this installer. System Requirements: • Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or later, Microsoft Vista* SP1 or later (* excluding the 64 bit version).

  • F-1 System Update v2.100

    The Latest F-1 Firmware Update

  • F-1 Utility Owner's Manuals

    F-1 Utility Installation, Browser, Editor and Net Control Owner's Manuals

  • F-1 Net Control Software Mac v1.000

    This package contains software used for remote control of up to six F-1 units from a local computer.

  • F-1 DV Corrector Mac v1.0
  • F-1 DV Corrector Windows v1.0


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