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Sony DSR-1500AP, DVCAM Compact Editing Recorder - Master Series (PAL)

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Sony Sony DSR-1500AP

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Brief Overview:


Because a quick turnaround is essential in professional video production, it's important to ensure your editing equipment won't slow you down. The new DSR-1500AP DVCAM Editing Recorder from Sony offers a host of professional features and built-in flexibility.

Various optional interface boards let you configure the DSR-1500AP to suit a range of video applications, from simple playback to high-quality source feeding for linear or non-linear editing. Its space-saving, half-rack design makes it ideal for installation in OB vehicles and in desktop editing systems.

Play back compatible with DV formats, the DSR-1500AP also ensures an easy migration path to more sophisticated systems.




Playback capability of DV(25 Mb/s) format recorded tapes

The DSR-1500AP has an excellent playback compatibility with all DV family formats (25 Mbps). This includes DVCPRO. Tapes of all these formats can be played back in the DSR-1500AP without any special mechanical adapter or menu selection.


Excellent Digital Slow Motion

The DSR-1500AP boasts excellent, noiseless, slow motion within the range of E.5 to +0.5 times normal playback speed, in increments of 1%. This range is effective for all DV formats (25Mbps) - DV, DVCAM and DVCPRO.


Excellent Digital Jog Sound

The DSR-1500AP offers excellently smooth and clear performance of jog sound within the range of E.5 to +0.5 times normal playback speed, just like an analogue VTR. This allows easier searching for editing points especially within interviews. This is available for all DV formats (25Mbps) - DV, DVCAM and DVCPRO.


DV (SP) Format Recording

The DSR-1500AP, with consumer DV recording capability (SP only), facilitates non-linear editing users to distribute the contents in consumer DV format. A standard-size DVCAM cassette, which in DVCAM mode records 184 minutes, can record for up to 276 minutes in DV mode. Similarly a mini-size DVCAM casette can record for up to 60 minutes (DV mode).
In addition, recording in Auto Function (dubbing via i.LINK or SDTI) enables an accurate copy of audio, video and time code.


Improvement of multi-generation dubbing quality

Due to a newly developed filter colour blurring during baseband dubbing (e.g. SDI or analogue component) has been significantly reduced.


16:9 Aspect Ratio

Pictures recorded in a 16:9 aspect ratio include a wide aspect ID located in the VITC. The DSR-1500AP can record or erase this ID. For example, if you don’t want this ID signal to appear on a TV display, this ID can be erased. If the video signal passes through an editing or effects system this ID signal is often removed. The DSR-1500AP can re-record it.



The DSR-1500AP supports not only LTC timecode conforming to the EBU format but also Vertical Interval Time Code (VITC) through all video signal interfaces. VITC enables video and timecode signals to be copied with just a single BNC cable via either the composite or SDI interfaces. It also allows users to record other timecode data in the auxiliary data area of the VITC which is especially helpful for off-line editing.



The DSR-1500AP supports the ClipLink function. Being integrated into a NLE system with Sony EditStations, the DSR-1500AP plays an active role by sending the ClipLink information data onto the EditStations to provide great efficiency through the whole editing process. Also, the DSR-1500AP has a capability of full tape dubbing with ClipLink Log Data either through i.LINK or a combination of SDTI (QSDI) + RS-422A.


Internal Signal Generator

The DSR-1500AP incorporates an internal signal generator. This generates either colour bars (100% or 75%) or black /burst signals for video and a 1 kHz tone or silence for audio. This function is convenient for recording a pre-striped tape prior to editing.


Reduction of mosaic noise in panning pictures

By improving the DCT motion detector, the DSR-1500AP offers improvements in the picture quality especially when viewing panning pictures.


Picture quality in Slow motion

Employing the same Y-Add filter as that been used in Digital Betacam or Betacam SX VTRs, the DSR-1500AP offers smooth digital slow motion picture by greatly reducing vertical jitter. This ability of the DSR-1500AP is particularly apparent in the range of less than 0.5 times normal speed.


Auto Repeat function

The DSR-1500AP has an Auto Repeat function that enables continuous playback between user defined IN and OUT points.





Automatic DV format change

Playback of three sizes of DV, DVCAM and DVCPRO cassettes

No need to dub up to other higher formats, which is often required on other DV VTRs

i.LINK interface as standard

Consumer DV (SP) recording capability

Compact design

The wide aspect ID (16:9) can be recorded or erased

Minimised video degradation

No Generator required to record a pre-striped tape

Technical Specifications:

Power requirements AC 100 V – 240V

50 – 60 Hz

Power consumption 55 W (with all options)

Operation Temperature 5 C – 40 C

Storage temperature -20C - +60 C

Operating relative humidity Less than 80%

Storage relative humidity Less than 90%

Mass 6 kg

Dimensions 210(w) x 130(h) x 400 (d) mm

Tape speed 28.221 mm/s

Recording/Playback time DVCAM :

DV :

: 184 minutes (Standard size), 40 minutes (Mini size)

276 minutes (Standard size), 60 minutes (Mini size)

FF/REW time Standard size

Mini size

: Less than 3 minutes

Less than 1 minutes

Search speed Max.: 85 times normal speed, forward and reverse via RS-422A


Video performance

Bandwidth Luminance

Chrominance: 25 Hz to 5.0 MHz +1.0/-1.5 dB

25 Hz to 2.0 MHz +1.0/-2.0 dB

S/N ratio More than 55 dB

K-factor Less than 2.0%

Y/C delay Less than 30 ns


Audio performance

Frequency response 2CH mode (48kHz/16bit)

4CH mode (32kHz/12bit)

: 20 Hz to 20 kHz +/-1.0dB

20 Hz to 14.5kHz +/-1.0dB

Dynamic range More than 87 dB

Distortion (THD + N) Less than 0.07%


Input/Output signals

REF. Video Input (BNC x 2): 0.3 Vp-p, 75 ohm, sync negative

Video Input (BNC x 2, usnig DSBK-1504P)

Output (BNC x 3): Composite, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohm, sync negative

Component Input (BNC x 3, using DSBK-1504P)

Output (BNC x 3): Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohm, sync negative

R-Y: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 ohm (100%)

B-Y: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 ohm (100%)

S-Video Input (BNC x 2, using DSBK-1504P)

Output (BNC x 2): Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohm, sync negative

C: 0.3 Vp-p, 75 ohm (at burst level)

SDI Input (BNC x 1, using DSBK-1501)

Output (BNC x 2, using DSBK-1501): Conforms to Serial Digital Interface (270 Mb/s),

ITU-R BT.656

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