Sony PDW-F30, low-cost XDCAM HD deck designed as the perfect partner for i.LINK-based non-linear editing sys
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A low-cost XDCAM HD deck designed as the perfect partner for i.LINK-based non-linear editing systems
The PDW-F30 is built around the i.LINK interface for simple interoperability with DV and HDV-based NLEs and other devices. For high-speed integration the PDW-F30 offers i.LINK File Access Mode (FAM) capable of carrying both proxy and high resolution files faster than real-time. Using either a built-in the LCD screen or a monitor, you have full access to all the benefits of the advanced XDCAM workflow with Scene Selection, Thumbnail operations and high-speed file-based editing.
Quick and Slow Motion 4-60P Support
The PDW-F30 fully supports the Quick and Slow Motion feature of the PDW-F350 and will play back this content.
HD 1080 Recording at Selectable Frame & Bit Rates
XDCAM HD products can record video signals in 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P and native 23.98P - using a "MPEG HD" codec with industry standard MPEG-2 MP@HL compression. The user can also select the following bit rates; 35, 25 or 18Mb/s depending on picture quality and recording length requirements. Choosing the highest bit rate of 35Mb/s results in a recording time of approximately 60 minutes, while choosing 18Mb/s provides a recording time of approximately 120 minutes - the longest recording time offered by any current HD camcorder. MPEG HD images are recorded at 1440x1080 pixels with 4:2:0 sampling.
DVCAM Recording and Up/Down conversion
The PDW-F30 can record in the ubiquitous DVCAM format with a choice of NTSC/PAL and 16:9/4:3 modes using File Access Mode [FAM]. In addition, both camcorder and decks incorporate a down-conversion capability that allows material recorded in the MPEG HD format to be converted to DV signals and output via the i.LINK port - enabling users to edit the material using compatible DV-based nonlinear editors. DV/DVCAM footage can also be upconverted.
High-quality Audio Recording
XDCAM HD products can record two or four-channel, 16-bit, 48-khz uncompressed (Linear PCM) audio - delivering high sound quality.
File-based Disc Recording
Because the XDCAM system records video and audio as IT-type files rather than a linear AV stream, XDCAM HD products offer a range of tremendous benefits.
Instant random access to content
Automatic recording onto empty disc space (no need to worry about overwriting valuable content)
Easy integration into other IT-based equipment such as Non-Linear Editing and Archiving Systems
Advanced network-based workflow via i.LINK FAM (File Access Mode) or even Ethernet
High Speed File Transfer.
Advanced Scene Selection Functionality
The PDW-F30's 16:9 colour LCD displays enables easy access to advanced XDCAM features. For example, a thumbnail display provides immediate access to detailed metadata or key scenes (selected automatically and/or manually) for quickly reviewing content on site. You can even perform simple cuts-only editing on the deck itself.
Advanced Proxy Recording
XDCAM HD products automatically record low-resolution AV data simultaneously with the HD or SD resolution data on the same disc. This low resolution content - called "Proxy Data" - uses MPEG-4 to be high compact (1.5Mb/s for video and 0.5Mb/s for audio) while still offering reasonable quality. For a fast-breaking news story, Proxy AV could even be relayed over a low bandwidth link (e.g. mobile phone) and broadcast. In normal circumstances, Proxy AV applications include;
Immediate logging on location
Client Approvals Proxy Data can be browsed and edited on most popular NLEs. In addition, all XDCAM HD products are supplied with PDZ-1 Proxy Browsing software for Windows PC which supports drag-and-drop content transfers.
Analogue-like Jog Audio
One of the most popular features of Betacam SP decks was the top quality, near-analogue jog audio feature. This is almost exactly reproduced with PDW-F30, which offer near-continuous slow-motion speed down to 1% steps. Noiseless slow-motion is variable from -1.0 to +1.0.
Using the same interpolation filter technology as Digital Betacam, XDCAM HD decks offer stable and smooth picture quality during slow motion with minimal vertical jitter in both SD and HD.
High Level of Reliability
XDCAM HD decks share the same platform as the XDCAM SD products which have proven themselves in demanding applications all around the world. As there is no mechanical contact between media and recording heads, a high level of durability and long media life have been achieved. XDCAM products have also demonstrated exceptional resistance to shock, vibrations and extremes of climate. In addition, there is a Silver Support pack included as standard.
The PDW-F30 features a range of input-outputs and interfaces for maximum production flexibility.
Outputs: SD analogue composite, analog audio, timecode, XGA/VGA, audio monitor (L/R)
i.LINK interface supports;
FAM (HD & DV) In - Out
DV standard AV/C out (including HD down conversion capability)
TS (HDV) In - Out (option PDBK-102)
Other interfaces: RS-422A, RS-232C, Ethernet (PDBK-101 option)
Remote Commander™ supplied
Metadata recording: UMID, Extended UMID, Essence Marks
No matter how you work, the PDW-F30 offers productivity improvements impossible with tape-based media:
As soon as you insert a Professional Disc, the PDW-F30 will display a thumbnail index of each recorded scene either on a monitor or the built-in LCD screen
Any scene can be accessed instantly with no time-wasted due to fastforwarding/rewinding
No need to worry about accidentally overwriting precious content
'Essence Marks' can be reviewed and edited to identify critical scenes
Cut edit content on the deck itself - no need for a PC!
Import proxy files onto your PC at 40X speed for browsing and high-speed editing
Smart import only the full resolution content you require faster than real-time
Up to two hours recording at 18Mb/s MPEG HD - the longest recording time for any current HD camcorder
Built-in high quality 16:9 colour screen
Cost of ownership is critical. The PDW-F30 is designed to offer you the lowest total system cost in its class due to;
A true SD/HD nonlinear deck for the price of an entry-level DVCAM VTR
Compatibility with all existing DV-based NLEs via i.Link DV Stream
Compatibility with all existing HDV-based NLEs via i.Link TS Stream (option)
Versatility - HD/SD, NTSC/PAL etc. - means with one deck you really can cover almost any assignment
Little or no maintenance costs due to revolutionary optical drive
Silver Support pack supplied as standard
Traditional Sony build quality and design ensures high reliability
Professional Discs can be reused for 10,000 rewrite cycles, equivalent to 30 years at one use/working day - all for the same price of a single tape!
Multiple suppliers of Professional Disc media
Compatibility with today and tomorrow's workflow
The PDW-F30 is built around support for existing standards such as DV/DVCAM and open standards like MXF so you've got the maximum flexibility to use it just the way you want.
Stay with DV/DVCAM format to work with existing non-linear editors via traditional i.Link DV interface
i.LINK, analogue video, analogue audio interfaces for connectivity to a wide range of editing systems
i.Link File Access Mode (FAM) interface for high-speed, file-based connectivity to a PC
Optional network interface for sharing content on a standard IT-based network
i.LINK TS option for easy connectivity to HDV
MXF open standard ensures maximum compatibility with new generation NLEs
Long-term accessibility - storing content as files means you will always be able to access data in the future
Smarter, Faster Archiving
You don't need an expensive IT-storage system to revolutionise the way you store, retrieve and manage your archive material. While Professional Discs costs the same as tape, they're a true high-speed, non-linear media with a wealth of advanced meta-data automatically generated in camera.
Import metadata and/or low resolution proxies onto your PC hard drive for a smart, searchable mirror of your high resolution archive
Locate , watch and even edit proxy clips quickly using fast search of meta data, then instantly locate the archived high resolution content
Non-linear media means faster, more reliable access to valuable archive content
Professional Discs will retain information for 50 years in normal conditions
Because information is stored as data files, there's no worries about video standards not being around in years to come.