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Sony PDW-U1, XDCAM external USB drive for reading and writing* of all supported XDCAM file-formats

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Sony PDW-U1

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Brief Overview:

The PDW-U1 is the most affordable addition to the XDCAM line-up

XDCAM is the bestselling, most affordable and most widely supported tapeless acquisition system for broadcast and professional applications. Both SD and SD/HD switchable XDCAM products are available now.

The PDW-U1 extends the IT credentials of XDCAM by offering a simple and portable drive that can be used with a PC or Mac for viewing purposes (using free Sony software) or full read/write* access with a compatible NLE.

The PDW-U1 also supports the use of Dual Layer XDCAM media. Recording onto Dual Layer discs (50GB) is a feature of a range of new Sony products, including the PDW-F355 and PDW-F335 XDCAM HD camcorders, and the PDW-F75 XDCAM HD deck.

* The initial version of the PDW-U1 is read-only. Writing capability back to Professional Disc is scheduled to be available with a software upgrade targeted for release in Q1 2008.


Standard IT interface

The PDW-U1 uses a standard USB2.0 interface - found on all the latest PC's and Mac's. Simply 'plug and play'

Full XDCAM compatibility

The PDW-U1 can be used with all available XDCAM SD & HD recording formats. (DVCAM / MPEG IMX / MPEG HD)

Dual Layer Ready

The PDW-U1 houses a drive that supports both Single layer (23GB) and Dual layer (50GB) media[br]- Dual layer discs allow over 3 hours of DVCAM and over 4 hours of MPEG HD to be recorded at 18Mb/s, and more than 145 minutes at 35Mb/s.


The PDW-U1 is the most affordable deck in the XDCAM product line-up.

Easy integration with industry leading partners

The PDW-U1 will offer full interoperability with leading editing systems.


Lightweight and Portable. This unit can be used in the office or in the field.

Bundled Utilities (PC & MAC)

Allowing the user to manage drive data including multi-clip access (Proxy or Hi-res) using the PC viewer.

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