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Datavideo HDR-1 Standalone H.264 USB Recorder / Player

By: Todd Stabley

A number of products are reaching into and helping redefine what we might think of as the lecture capture appliance space. One sub-category of these includes appliances that, while they could be part of fixed installations in classrooms and other venues, also have the benefit of being portable. A case in point is the new DataVideo HDR-1. The HDR-1 is a a standalone recording appliance (works without a PC) that records to USB drives inserted into the front of the appliance. It is rackable and could be installed permanently in a room, but it could also be taken on location as part of a videographer’s toolkit. The DataVideo HDR-1 has an MSRP of only $499.00 vs. up to 10 times that for more traditional fixed installation “lecture capture appliances.” Granted, it can’t do all the things those more robust appliances can (we’ll be looking, for example, at the much more expensive Extron SMP 352 in a future post), but it’s definitely worth considering options such as the DataVideo HDR-1 when comparing your capture needs to the market as it is currently evolving.



The DataVideo HDR-1 has the following key features:

  • MSRP $499.00
  • Capture HD Video Up to 1080p30 up to 20Mbps
  • Records in MP4 (H.264+AAC)
  • Record/pause feature produces a single file even if there is a break in proceedings.
  • Simple front panel buttons
  • Integration with YouTube allows immediate uploading after a recording is complete
  • Redundant Power recorder (UPS), will switch to power bank charging when main power is off (with power bank connected)
  • Works without a PC
  • Record video to USB flash drive with NTFS file format (requires USB 3.0 thumb drive to have a write speed faster than 45 MB/s)
  • Instant & Timer Recording
  • GPI and RS-232 control supported
  • Support 3D video Recorder (Top-and-bottom, Side-by-side Half)
  • Built-in video Editor
  • HDMI 1.4b Compatibility


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