Video Streaming:

Did you know that all HDi-250 recorder can stream video during Record and Play? You can share the video throughout your organization's network. Just select "Streaming" from the front menu (Menu, Up). We use the VLC program at the remote computers, but other applications can play the stream, too. Just specify the HDi IP address and Port 8090.


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This is a basic download section, but it works and is easy to update...
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Click Here for HDi-250 Spec Sheet

  --------------- "Note to Existing Customers....ECS section -------------------------------

Note to Existing HDi-250 Customers (S/N 2000-2040)

 1 March 2017
BCD policy is to make free software updates available for download from and we try very hard to provide after-sale backwards compatibility support for the entire life of a product line. Unfortunately there is a network incompatibility between the most recent firmware released by Blackmagic Design for updating their Intensity Pro-4K video capture/playback hardware and the computer BIOS on the CPU motherboards used in earlier HDi units.    After several months of research effort we have been unable to resolve the issue. Therefore, for a limited time, we are offering a low cost, motherboard replacement to allow the affected HDi to continue to use future software updates. Units with the old motherboards will be frozen at software version 2.8d and unable to access the network functions when attempting to use any newer software version.  Please email for instructions on upgrading your CPU board (As of 10/10/2017, BCD no longer sells replacement motherboards..

10 October 2017  Bad News & Good News
The "new" replacement motherboard, "Gigabyte H81N MiniITX", is no longer available from our usual suppliers (Newegg, Amazon, etc.)  Good used ones are available on eBay, but we don't like to sell used products, so we leave that up to you.  We like this board because you can use your existing (expensive) CPU chip and the existing (expensive) RAM.
The Good News is that our software wizards have found a new way around the "No Network" problem for Serial Numbers 2000 through 2040.  The update files are at our ftp update site,  The two files are "update_ecs171011.iso" and its corresponding MD5 checksum file "update_ecs171011.md5".   The ISO file is only 171MB because it does not contain any of the slides or help videos.  Leave your unit plugged in overnight and the system will automatically download the help files & videos.

If you have an ECS motherboard, DO THIS:
FTP/Download update_ecsH81.iso from  the ftp site.
Burn the ISO image to a disc (CD or DVD).
Put the disc in your HDi-250 (Serial number less than 2041).
Turn on the HDi-250 and boot from the disc.
The new firmware will install automatically.
Restart after the update is complete.
Connect your HDi to the network and let it sit overnight. 
The firmware will automatically download the appropriate images and help videos.

The new firmware is Version 3.3, the very newest and the same as used in our current hardware releases.  It has all the latest features, except of course, hardware detection of video input format, but you only need to do that once.
There is still an intermittant bug with ECS motherboards....a conflict between the ECS BIOS and the older BlackMagic drivers that sometimes causes “Mickey Mouse” sounding audio.  Reboot fixes it 
This is planned as a "one-time fix." so we still suggest that find a Gigabyte H81N and update your CPU board.
Here are two locations for ECS(only) update files.  ONLY for Serial numbers below 2041.

 --------------- END "Note to Existing Customers....ECS section -------------------------------




New Menu Desciptions for v2.7 Final - Manuals are always A Work In Progress : 

See the Online Manuals section for a complete list.

01.HDi-Quick Start 7/6/2016

02.HDi-Manual Menus 8/26/2016

HDi Version 3.0 Menus

Full Manual 2.6

Specific Sections:

Copy Files to Front USB Port

Click for Reinstall Instructions

Click for the Boot Order Manual


Operations manual (v2.3f) :


Manual Uploaded 16 November 2015 - old, but the best overview



Automatic Firmware Update (v3.1+)

If there is a network connection, every new HDi-250 checks to see if there is an updated firmwarae installation.  If a newer update exists, it is downloaded automatically!
Updates are NOT installed untilll YOU say so with the frontpanel Menus.

No Network Connection?  We still offer feature updates via files and DVD. 

File Integrity:
Our clients are all over the world and our downloads need to be perfect.   We use two methods to insure file integrity: Zip and MD5 checksum. 
A corrpted zip file probably won't unzip and comparing our md5 checksum with your md5 checksum makes sure that you have a bit-for-bit copy.
If your checksum is the same as our checksum, the file is ok.

For Windows, use Microsoft's FCIV (File Checksum Integrity Verifier)
to create a checksum from your downloaded file(s).  Here is the link to get it


Download time depends on your Internet speed.
Updates are cumulative.  Newest file has all the previous ones.
Files named "bcdmin" are update files.  You must have installed the full system first.

>>>>Most recent files are at the top of the table.<<<<



 Name  Date Size  Filename md5 Checksum (zip file)
 Comment - Version 3.0 and above for S/N above 2040
HDi v3.3c Standard Version
12 January 2018


HDi_v3.3c.iso is the FULL Version, about 3.9 GB

UPDATE ISO file is approx 170MB

Directory/folder for v3.3c FULL ISO and UPDATE v3.3c



This is the DIRECTORY for the files.

Includes all bells and whistles including support for X-Keys USB keypad.

The directory contains these files:
HDi_v3.3c.iso is the FULL Version, about 3.9 GB.
HDi_v3.3c .md5 is the checksum for the iso file
Burn this Disc Image to a DVD.(as a disc image, not a file).

Boot the disc and you have a functioning system.  Then, from the front panel, you can choose to install the v3.3c firmware, or just run t as a "Live" disc.

is the Update disc image.  Boot from this to update your existing firmware to become v3.3c.

Only 170MB.  Download, Unzip, burn the iso image to disc.  Boot the disc.  Update is automatic.  Leave the unit turned on overnight so it can download the videos and help files.

 23 June 2017  

v3.1-rc16 zip file
ISO checksum included in zip file.
  • Automatic Video Format Detect
  • Automatic Format Select
    It chooses the highest resolution available.
  • Easy to change video inputs: HDMI/Component/Composite
  • Auto-Update from our network
  • Record files Direct to Disc
  • Record files Direct to USB
  • Copy from USB to HDD
  • Automatic Update Download in the background.
    You install at leisure.
  • OR just call us for a free disc
 23 June 2017  

v3.1-rc16 zip file
ISO checksum included in zip file.
  • Automatic Video Format Detect
  • Automatic Format Select
    It chooses the highest resolution available.
  • Easy to change video inputs: HDMI/Component/Composite
  • Auto-Update from our network
  • Record files Direct to Disc
  • Record files Direct to USB
  • Copy from USB to HDD
  • Automatic Update Download in the background.
    You install at leisure.
  • OR just call us for a free disc
 1 May 2017  

v3.0 zip file
 ISO checksum included in zip file.
  • Automatic Video Format Detect
  • Auto-Update from our network
  • Better Direct-to-Disc recording
  • Dual-Stream recording: HD + SD for DVD-Ready files.

  • Download the .iso file, burn it to a disc, boot it, and the Update happens.
  • OR just call us for a free disc
 2 Sept. 2016  


v2.8d  Directory: Reinstall & Update



This version is valid through Serial Number 2040

S/N 2041 begins the use of a new CPU board.
There will be no further updates to S/N 0001 to 2040.
Early units are eligible for a new CPU upgrade at a moderate cost. 

  • v2.8d is the latest stable release for S/N 0001-2040.
    A major internal streamline for stability and (our) ease in adding new features.

        Easy change of video inputs
        Security: Lockout front panel buttons - prevent accidental pressing
        Security: PIN for Supervisior and Operator.
           Supervisor PIN prevents Access to files and Networking
           Operator PIN prevents unauthorized operation of any kind.


Update Instructions:

  • Click one of the links and download the file to your computer.
  • Unzip the file.  If there are no errors, it is probably ok.  If you have any doubts, run MS FVIC on your downloaded files and compare with our md5 checksums above.  If the checksums do not agree, download again.
  • Burn the .iso disc image to a DVD
  • Insert the disc into the HDi drive and turn on power....boot from the DVD.
  • Once it has started Press "Menu" then UpArrow until you see "Reinstall."
       Confirm with Yes and installation will begin.
  • Reinstall of the firmware takes about an hour.
  • When it is finished, eject the disc and repower.






Backup: burn a disc

Back up your system first.

    • Put a blank DVD in the HDi disc drive.
    • Press Menu, then Arrow Up to Create Reinstall disc.
    • Press Enter and confirm.



    • Using another computer, download the ISO file.
      The file big. You might need to let it download overnight.
    • Burn the ISO file to a DVD disc as a disc image, not an ordinary file.
      (Use a DVD because the file is larger than 4GB.)
    • Insert the DVD into the HDi, power-off then repower to boot from the DVD disc.
      It will take a while, but soon the unit will operate as usual.  Booting from the ReInstall disc gives a fully functional system.
    • Press the Menu button and up-arrow to "Refresh HDi". Right-Arrow to see Reinstall
    • Press Enter and confirm.
    • Complete reinstall of firmware takes up to 90 minutes.
    • After Reinstall completes, Power Off & Repower.
    • Press the Eject button  on the DVD drive several times while the system is starting to eject the disc.


Play with the new menu system when restart is complete. There are many new features including Auto-Detect of active inputs and the incoming video format.

Check this site for new Help videos and a new Manual.



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For the absolute latest firmware and software, go to
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