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Capture HD Video easily and make DVDs.

This is the NEW Hdi! New because it has a new more versatille capture system, and enhanced firmware.  

The BCD HDi is not what most people think of when you say "DVR".   It's not part of a set-top cable box, and it's not a security video recorder.  The BCD HDi is a series of versatile disk-based video recorders designed for industrial, scientific, government educational and military video recording. The HDi-250 answers many of our customers’ requests for features like:

  • Composite Video In/Out just like the DVD-1150
  • HD Recording & Playback
  • Familiar VCR-like controlsHDiButtonsDSC 0374
  • Available Removable Hard Drive & Slot-Load DVD Drive
    (Internal 500GB hard drive and Full-size DVD are standard)
  • Date/Time Stamp Overlay
  • Copy to Disc - including DVD format
  • Record to Hard Drive, USB, Optical Drive
  • Network Remote with WakeOnLAN
  • Network Accessible Files
  • Also available as DVD Only: No Hard Drive

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You could think of it as an industrial DVD recorder with a hard drive, or as a hard drive recorder that burns DVD.  Either way, it's one of the most versatile tools you can use.

Compact 1U Rackmount design with removable rack brackets allows for desktop operation.

High Definition Video Resolution is standard with the HDi-250: up to HD1080 (1920 x 1080) in various formats.


Video I/O for the HDi-250 is HDMI, Component and Composite with 2-channel stereo audio. Other I/O configurations are available with other models.

SD Format Support

625i50 PAL, 525i59.94 NTSC, 625p50 PAL,525p59.94 NTSC

HD Format Support

720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60
1080p23.98, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080p50, 1080p59.94, 1080p60
1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60

Video Overlay is available as Date, Time or Date & Time in the any corner of the picture.

Responsive Front Display messages show status and record setup options as well as playback and disc burn options.

HDi Control is as versatile as HDi recording. All operations are available from front panel pushbuttons and available via TCP/IP Telnet commands and optionally, RS-232 serial.

Web control is coming. HDi has a built-in webserver and we're building intuitive applications for recording, playback and disc burning.

Storage Options abound. Among the most popular options is a 2.5” removable hard drive and slot-load DVD drive. The removable 2.5” disk ensures complete security and ease of changing media for different assignments

HDi DVD 04a Discs

 Optical Storage: HDi-250 is equipped with a standard DVDRW drive for maximum compatibilty.    Record files directly to disc!   Make DVD-Video discs from existing files. Recordings can also be copied to a network drive or to the front USB port. The optional slot-load DVD drive is partered with a removable harddrive.  Slot-Load is preferred by some users to prevent breakage of the tray in a conventional drive.  

Remote Protocol:   For both TCP/IP (Telnet) and RS-232 Serial, the HDi-250 uses the "BCD1" 4-character command protocol, standard with all BCD products since 1982.   Commands like PLAY & STOP are enhanced with disc commands like COPY and BURN.  HDi shares many commands with BCD's DVD-1150 with more being added.



The unit occupies 1 rack space and is equipped with a single DVD +R/+RW drive, complete information display, Composite, Component, and HDMI Video I/O, a front-mounted USB connector, and an RJ-45 jack for TCP/IP (Talnet) control.  RS-232 connector is an option.

NEW Video - March 2016 - NEW quick video of how to record with the NEW HDi ---- below


Need Help? Learn quickly with the HDi Help Video...Built-in! (this vudeo is obsolete, but useful to see how the menus work)

The BCD HDi-250 is available now.       

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Ordering Information

Description: Recorder showing available Removable Hard Disk, Slot-Load DVD recorder. Made in USA.

Rear RS-232 DB9 connector
Blu-Ray drive for additional storage



Further details pending.


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HDi Spec Sheet



HDi Networking & Remote Commands

Our first "Help Video"

Online Manuals

HDi-250 Product Page

HDi-Latest News

 For General Release

February 2018

  • NEW! Auto-DVD Mode: Record, Stop, Eject. Play DVD.
  • Complete Auto-Detect of Incoming Video Format(s) - HD & SD
    35 formats from 720x480i to 1920x1080i/p - up to 4K on request
  • Fast auto-detect of video formats:
    Standards:PAL/NTSC, Frame rates: 23.98/24(film) to 60 fps
  • Multiple Record Destinations: HDD, USB Flash, Optical Disc, RAM
  • 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 auto-detect of video formats:
    Standards:PAL/NTSC, Frame rates: 23.98/24(film) to 60 fps
  • Multiple Record Destinations: HDD, USB Flash, Optical Disc, RAM
  • 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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