BCD HDi-250 Outstanding Features

The HDi-250 High Definition Recorder really full-featured! If we forgot anything, our clients remind us and we can probably add it.
It's an HD DVD Recorder or a DVR with a DVD recording drive.

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Multiple Inputs & Outputs

  • HDMI
    (The BCD HDi will not record via HDMI from HDCP protected sources)
    Select Embedded Digital Audio or Separate Analog Audio In
  • Component (Y, R-Y, B-Y)
  • Composite (CVBS)
    Playback is through ALL outputs having appropriate resolution capability.  For example, Composite playback (720x480) plays simultaneously through HDMI and Component at the same time.  HD playback (1920x1024) will play simultaneously through HDMI and Component, but not Composite.
  • Selectable E-E Loop Through: Choose Record & Stop(Always) or only Record

Selectable Recording Formats

  • MPEG-4 (.mp4) - High resolution & excellent color. 
    Records at the same resolution as the input.
  • MPEG-2 (.mp2) - General purpose MPEG encoding.
    Records at the same resolution as the input
  • MPEG-2/DVD - Special DVD-appropriate MPEG-2 encoding
    Scales the input to 720x480 for DVD producion
    Embeds appropriate DVD parameters in the bitstream.

Selectable Record Target

  • Internal Hard Disk Drive - typically 500GB
  • USB Drive/Stick (front panel)
  • Optical Disc - Record files direct-to-disc


  • Determines which input(s) have video
  • Detects Interlaced/Progressive on most formats
  • Detects Input Resolution: 720x480, 1280x720, 1920x1080. etc,


  • Network TCP/IP Commands
  • DHCP or Static IP
  • Wake-On-LAN (WOL)
  • RS-232 Serial Commands


  • Date, Time or Date & Time in the video
    Selectable position

Standard Storage

  • Internal 500 GB Hard Drive
  • Standard DVDRW Drive

Optional Slot Load DVD Drive/Removable Hard Drive

  •  No broken trays!
  • Optional Removable HDD for complete security
    2.5" Hard Drive, formatted for NTFS. 
    Compatiblewith Win7/8 systems
    NTFS-XP & EXF4 formating available
    Video Drive displays File Size and Drive Space Remaining


On-Board Help Video

In addition to help prompts, the HDi-250 has a 15-minute quick-start video to get you going...or to remind you of all it can do.


Copy video to...

  • DVD
    As individual files (DVD-ROM)
    As DVD-Video disc with Text Menus
    As DVD-Video with Motion Video Icons
  • USB Flash Drive - Front panel
  • Network Drive (Soon)
  • Record to RAM.  No HDD. No evidence


Multiple Standards & Frame Rates

Your Input can be

  • NTSC 29.97/59.94
  • PAL 25/50
  • Film 23.98.24
  • Computer framerates


The "Help Video" for the BCD HDi-250 High Definition Video Recorder is buit-in to every unit.
Press the "Menu" button, then Left Arrow once, followed by the "Enter" button.

This video is SD (Standard Definition) so it plays through all the outputs: Composite, Component, and HDMI.

Here is an older version:


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HDi-Latest News

 For General Release

March 2017

  • Complete Auto-Detect of Incoming Video Format(s)
  • Security PINs - Supervisor & Operator.  Locks out some functions
  • Web/LAN control interface - Basic, File listing
  • Cryptographic Login Authentication RSA Public/Private Key (7/14/16)
  • Direct File Recording to HDD, DVD Disc, USB (6/15/16)
  • Change Record Targets easily: HDD <--> USB <--> Optical Disc
  • WakeOnLAN (WOL)
  • New disk management: Safely spin-down/up for removable (for units with removable HDD)
  • Multiple HDD formats:NTFS, NTFS-XP, EXT4 for external computers
  • Expanded TCP/IP Capabilities.
  • Enhanced Commands for TCP/IP & Serial Control - same as DVD-1150 but better!
  • Fast audo-detect of video formats:
    Standards:PAL/NTSC, Frame rate: 23.98/24(film) to 60 fps
  • Multiple Record Destinations: HDD, USB Flash, Optical Disc, RAM (ultimate security)
  • Presetable File Size Limits: 1GB. 2GB, 4GB, No Limit
    Recording restarts new file when limit is reached.
  • Preset Record Time Limit:30min, 1hr, 2hr, 3hr, 4hr, Custom.


December 2016

  • Introducing DualStream Recording!  Record an HD 1920x1080 file for special presentations
    and 720x480/576 MPEG-2 file for DVDs simultaneously.
  • Enhanced Commands for TCP/IP & Serial Control - same as DVD-1150 but better!

Version 2.3a thru v2.3f
22 November 2015

  • Auto-Detect of input standard, & format
  • Telnet Control over LAN. More commands including LIST recorded files, MARK files for further action, DELEete files, BURN[copy, text, icon] to DVD disc as files or as DVD Video disc. (150819)
  • Monitor disk space for video files: HDD & RAM to avoid "Disk Full" error. (Front pane display)
  • Secure Military Version: Record to RAM. No Hard Drive. Video files disappear at power-off
  • Addressable via Serial port. Each deck is assigned a DECK number.
    Baud rates from 9600 to 115Kbps
  • Auto DHCP with display of IP address
  • Selectable EE-Loop: Always or Record/Stop
  • (Coming) Dual Stream Recording: HD for presentation, SD for DVD
  • (Coming) Direct recording to front USB port.
  • File Conversion HD to SD for DVD-video recording
  • Disc Burn - completion remaining display
  • Standard BCD 4-character commands for TCP/IP & Serial Remote Control

You can download the latest firmware update and burn it to disc, only 8MB.  Complete Reinstall file is available.(4.2GB)


HDi-250 Specifications



  • Dimensions: (W x H x D) 18” x 1.75” x 13
    Fits 19” EIA Rack
    Shipping Weight: 9lbs
  • Power: 100VAC to 240VAC 50-440Hz, <30W
  • Operating Temperature: +5 to +40C
  • Storage Temperature: -20 to +60C
  • Operating Humidity: 20 to 80%
  • Recording Standards: NTSC/PAL
  • Record Targets: Hard Disk, Optical, USB
  • File Formats: MP4, MPG (DVD), MPG(generic)
  • Recording Media: DVD+/- RW, DVD+/- R,


  • Video : HDMI x2,
    Component (Y, Ry, By) BNC x6
    (HD Input Formats: 480i,
    720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97 and 1080p30)
    Composite BNC x2
  • Audio In/Out: .7V p-p into 600 Ohms (RCA)


  • Front Panel Buttons w/VFD Display
  • TCP/IP ASCII Commands
  • WakeOnLAN (WOL)
  • RS-232 Commands (Optional 9-pin)
  • Protocol: RS-232 & TCP/IP“BCD1” protocol


  • Hard Disk Drive
  • DVD RW Burner
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