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Sony JH3 HDCAM Compact Player 24p CineAlta

Sony JH3 HDCAM Compact Player

Sony JH3 #1Condition – Used. The deck has been fully inspected and serviced accordingly. Hours usage are located in Picture Gallery below

The i-Link (FireWire) option is not installed, so please let us know if you require this and we will find it for you. Security device on deck #1 will be removed prior to shipment.

Deck is in stock in NEW YORK office and available for inspection. Please call 212 564 4749, 818 461 4121 or email at for more info.

Asking $8,950 plus shipping


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The Sony J-H3 is a compact video player for HDCAM high definition recorded video tapes. This unit is a playback only model. The deck can play-back just about any HD interlaced and progressive scan format recording including 24, 25 and 30 frame. In fact, this model can be used with Cine Alta 24/720p HDCAM recorded elements. Another deck in this series, the J-H1 covers all those progressive and interlaced capture formats except the 24-frame format. The deck has both analog and digital outputs and circuitry for down conversion to standard definition including DVCAM.

Sony Cine Alta System Compatible – There are multiple HDCAM video formats in use today and the J-H3 plays back almost every one of them. The featured advantage of this particular machine is that it can be used as a player for tapes recorded on the HDCAM Cine Alta cameras. It was designed to play 24-frame 720p video, arguably the highest quality and most film-like format. The other HD systems include 59.94i (60i), 50i, 25p and 29.97p (30p).

Analog and Digital Outputs – The J-H3 comes equipped with a digital single BNC connector for both high definition and standard definition SDI output. AES-EBU digital audio is inbedded in the HD signal. A 3-BNC connection outputs both analog HD and standard component video. Additionally the deck down-converts high definition video signals to NTSC or PAL system video.

Tape Logging Software via RS-232C – The J-H3 playback machine can be an efficient pre-edit logging machine when coupled with JZ-1 software on a PC (and capture card) that has RS-232C control. The log data including in and out points can be recorded along with simple comments regarding the scene. A story-board feature is present in the software package to assemble a sequence of logged scenes into a basic EDL for edit data export.


  • HDCAM playback capability
  • Supports 23.98/24/25/29.97PsF and 50i/59.94i format
  • Accommodates both small and large cassettes
  • Versatile output capability for flexible monitoring
  • Equipped with HD analog Y/Pb/Pr component outpu
  • Down conversion built-in
  • Equipped with HD-SDI and SD-SDI outputs
  • NTSC or PAL composite video output from both
  • BNC and RCA output connectors
  • Equipped with RGB computer display interface (at XGA resolution
  • Optional i.LINK®* connection (HKJ-101 option available)
  • Bridges the gap between HDCAM tapes and DV
  • Timecode output
  • Internal 3:2 pulldown engine