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Sony PDW-1500

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The PDW-1500 is a half-rack sized recorder optimized for use with non linear editing systems. Despite its compact size, this deck offers high-speed data transfer between compatible nonlinear devices, creating a powerful editing tool for video productions. It features MPEG IMX/DVCAM switchable recording, DVCAM compression recording at 25Mbps up to around 85 min, MPEG IMX compression recording at 30Mbps up to 68 min, 40Mbps up to 55 min and 50Mbps up to 45 min. Also, proxy AV and variety of metadata can be created and stored into the disc. Two optical heads allows transfer speed of 5x for DVCAM file and 2.5x for MPEG IMX (@50Mbps) file as well as up to 50x for proxy AV file. Equipped with AV interfaces (SDI, Composite with RS-422A) as well as i-LINK File Access Mode and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. As with other PDW series products, it offers a thumbnail search operation and scene selection operation, also supports stream conversion from MPEG IMX to DVCAM, output DVCAM stream over i-LINK, which can allow to record and keep high picture quality with MPEG for on-line quality while processing edit, scripting/logging work with DV infrastructure. The Sony XDCAM series of Optical Disc products will have 7 years "Powertrain" Warranty for its laser block. This "Powertrain" Warranty is unprecedented for Sony and demonstrates the confidence Sony has in its XDCAM products


  • MPEG IMX/DVCAM recording
  • Two optical heads allowing transfer speeds of 5x for DVCAM and 2.5x for MPEG IMX (@50Mbps)
  • High-speed of transfer of proxy AV file at up to 50-times speed
  • Proxy AV data recording
  • Metadata recording
  • A variety of interfaces
  • Thumbnail search operation
  • Scene selection operation
  • Search speed (in color): JOG: -1 to +2 times normal speed / Shuttle: +/-50 times normal speed
  • Voice-over recording
  • Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  • DVCAM stream output from MPEG IMX playback
  • Mass: 7.4 kg (16lb 5oz)
  • 7 years "Powertrain" Warranty for XDCAM laser block


New “Non-linear” Recording Medium

Professional discs have a natural advantage since they suffer no mechanical contact during recording or playback, making the format ideal for continuous use and re-use (up to 10 000 times!). The Professional Disc is also highly resistant to dust, shock and scratches, packaged in an extremely durable and dust-resistant cartridge. It is resistant to heat, humidity and X-rays– factors that make the Professional Disc ideal for use in harsh field environments, and also allows for long media life and long-term storage (50 Years). Finally, despite all its inherent benefits - Instant access, high speed transfer and exceptional reliability - professional discs still cost the same price as a tape and consequently can be perceived as a media.

Enhanced ergonomic

With all Sony XDCAM products, a thumbnail is automatically generated to represent each recording made. As is common in non-linear editing systems, these thumbnails allow for instant access and playback of clips. The Essence Marks used in Sony XDCAM products are also a very useful form of metadata, and provide a most effective way of searching for recordings via thumbnail pictures. Essence Marks can be set during the shoot either manually or automatically.

Benefits of Proxy AV Data

Proxy AV Data is a low-resolution, MPEG-4 based version of the full-resolution MPEG IMX/DVCAM stream. When a recording is made, a Proxy AV stream that is time code synchronized with the full-resolution stream, is also recorded automatically on the disc. This Proxy AV Data, which is smaller in size, is easier to work with and can be transferred over common networks at much greaterspeeds. Proxy AV Data is highly effective for tasks where video and sound quality are of less concern, but content delivery speed is essential. The typical benefits of its use include ‘Remote Content Browsing’ and ‘Proxy Editing’.

IT-friendly System

In the Sony XDCAM Series of products, recordings are made as data files – one for each video or audio clip. This allows material to be handled with great flexibility in an IT-based networked environment – and easily available for copying, transferring, sharing and archiving to other IT-based devices. This file-based recording system also allows material to be viewed directly on a PC linked to the XDCAM decks or camcorders via an i.LINK (file access mode) connection – just as a PC reads files on an external drive.

Service and support

XDCAM products are provided with a 7 Years laser warranty !

Seamless Integration into Current VTR-Based Systems

In order to achieve seamless integration into current tape based systems, a great deal of thought has been put into the development of Sony XDCAM products. A range of conventional AV interfaces including SDI, analogue video and analogue/digital audio I/Os allows easy connectivity to current equipment, including a wide variety of VTRs, linear and non-linear editors, and audio mixers.

Technical Specifications:

Power requirements : AC 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz

Dimensions (W x H x D) : 210 x 130 x 415 mm

Recording format Video: MPEG IMX (50/40/30 Mb/s), DVCAM (25 Mb/s)

- Proxy Video: MPEG-4

Search speed (in color) Jog mode / Shuttle mode: -2 time to +2 times normal playback speed / plus/minus 35 times normal

playback speed

Signal inputs -: Analog reference input (BNC x2)

Analog composite input (BNC x2)

SDI input (BNC x1)

Analog audio input (XLR x2)

Digital audio input (AES/EBU, BNC x2)

Time code input (BNC x1)

Signal outputs -: Analog composite video output (BNC x2)

SDI output (BNC x2)

Analog audio output (XLR x2)

Audio monitor output (RCA x1)

Digital audio output (BNC x2)

Headphone output

Built-in audio speaker

Time code output (BNC x1)

Other inputs/outputs -: i.LINK : IEEE 1394, DV IN/OUT or file access mode, 6-pin x 1

Ethernet : GB

RS-422A : (x1)

Supplied Accessories

PDZ-1 proxy browsing software x 1

Operation manual x 1

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