Component Recordable Video Disc, also known as recordable LaserDisc
large square light grey plastic cassette with metal shield printed with text: Laser Videodisc Media - Side A

Sony Component Recordable Video Disc (CRVdisc)

introduction to CRVdisc transfer

CRVdiscs (recordable LaserDiscs) were an early optical videodisc technology developed by Sony, and are seemingly rare. They resemble giant floppy discs - they are in fact a 12 inch laser disc held inside a plastic caddy. 

We offer a range of delivery formats for our video transfers. Following International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives TC-06 guidelines, we deliver FFV1 lossless files or 10-bit uncompressed video files in .mkv or .mov containers for archives. We can also produce Apple ProRes mezzanine files for ease of editing. We provide smaller viewing files as H.264 encoded .mp4 files or on DVD. We're happy to create any other digital video files, according to your needs.

We can provide the appropriately-sized USB delivery media for your files, or use media supplied by you, or deliver your files online. Files delivered on hard drive can be for any operating system MacOS, Windows or GNU/Linux and filesystems (HFS+, NTFS or EXT3).

Due to variation in media duration and physical degradation, it’s not always appropriate to create fixed prices for our services. We’ve found that assessing media prior to confirming costs is a more accurate and fair method.

We offer free assessments please contact us to discuss your project.

CRVdisc machines

At Greatbear we have a Sony CRVdisc LVR4000P machine.

CRVdisc format variation

Shiny metal plate on upper side of disc caddy, printed with text: Sony

CRVdisc protective flap / shield

large cream-coloured Laser Videodisc Recorder with wide mouth

Sony Laser Videodisc Recorder LVR-4000P

CRVdisc resembling outlandishly large floppy disc, with rulers indicating width 32.5cm by height 34.4 cm

CRVdisc dimensions: 32.5 x 34.4 x 1.5cm

CRVdisc risks & vulnerabilities

CRVdisc recording history