Sony showcases new Music Video Recorder at 2014 NAMM Show

Sony shows off what its new Music Video Maker can do at NAMM 2014.
Sony shows off what its new Music Video Maker can do at NAMM 2014.

We were stopped in our tracks at the Sony booth this year by the band performing there. LA-based alt-soul sextet Elaine Faye and the Big Bang were holding court with a brilliant acoustic set. They aren’t friends, we aren’t paid to pimp, we just liked them.

We noticed Sony’s new Music Video Recorder display next to us as we stood listening. The handheld recorder was broadcasting video of the live performance on a monitor mounted to the wall. Sony had our attention.

The Music Video Recorder, as its name implies, records both music and video. Sony states in its press release the Music Video Recorder is “a new camcorder concept designed and engineered specifically for musicians – the HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder. From stage to web, the video camera lets artists shoot and share every performance with superb Full HD image quality and dynamic studio-quality sound.” Nice.

The portable recorder, which retails for a very reasonable $299 and fits in the hand, records CD-quality sound and 1920×1080/30p HD video. Built-in wi-fi allows video to be instantly uploaded to a smartphone or tablet for sharing. The camera can be controlled from any compatible device and includes a wide-angle 120 degree Carl Zeiss lens.

Sony is already an established leader in handheld digital audio recorders. The addition of HD video recording to their proven excellence in the audio space makes us think the Sony Music Video Recorder is a device worth a look.

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