Sony PDWHD1500 Professional Disc Recorder

Sony Updated: 2008-08-04 RSS
Sony PDWHD1500 Professional Disc Recorder

The PDW-HD1500 is a compact HD recorder which provides outstanding picture quality of MPEG HD422 as well as an eight-channel (HD-SDI), 24-bit audio recording capability. What's unique about this deck is its ability to operate on AC, DC or power. With its large 4.3-inch LCD and built-in speaker, it performs as a versatile and high-quality recorder which is suitable for both in-house and field operations. It comes equipped with a multi-format up/down converter, which is highly useful when employing both HD- and SD-format materials at the same time. Measured diagonally.


* HD recording at up to 50 Mb/s using MPEG HD422
* Support for existing XDCAM HD and XDCAM SD formats
* 1080i and 720P recording
* Dual-layer disc (50 GB, PFD50DLA) and single-layer disc (23.3 GB, PFD23A) support
* Long recording time (at 50 Mb/s); Approximately 95 minutes on dual-layer disc and 43 minutes on single-layer disc
* Thumbnail operation
* Proxy data and metadata recording
* Built-in up-conversion to HD from SDI input when recording
* HD/SD conversion and cross conversion between 1080 and 720 at the output during playback
* Multi-format compact HD/SD Recorder *Video format (4:2:2 HD 1080 50i, 59.94i) *High-quality eight-channel audio recording
* Dual optical pick-up for higher-speed file transfer
* 4.3-inch type* color LCD display *Tilt up front panel
* VTR-like jog/shuttle operation
* Video control (via front panel and remote)
* Compact and lightweight at 13 lb 14 oz (6.3 kg) in a half-rack width
* AC, DC, or battery powered
* Ethernet interface
* i.LINK interface


Recording Bit Rates: - MPEG-2 422p@HL format - Bit rate is 50Mbps for both 1080 and 72 - Audio Format 24bit x 8ch (PDW-700 can record up to 4ch Audio at the same time)
Multi-Format & Legacy Format Support: Legacy formats (DVCAM, MPEG IMX® 30/40/50 Mbps, MPEG HD 420 18*/25/35Mbps) are supported for both recording and playback. An optional software product (CBKZ-MD01) is necessary for the SD recording/playback function. (* 18Mbps is playback only)
Record Time: Longer recording time with the Dual Layer Professional Disc Media. The single layer disc is also supported 50GB: Single layer (23.3GB) Dual MPEG HD 422 (50Mbps) Approx. 43 min. Approx. 95 min. MPEG HD 420 (35Mbps) Approx. 60 min. Approx. 145 min MPEG HD 420 (25Mbps) Approx. 90 min. Approx. 190 min MPEG IMX (50Mbps) Approx. 45 min. Approx. 100 min. DVCAM Approx. 85 min. Approx. 185 min.
Compact and Light Weight Design: - Half rack size - Weight : 6.5Kg
3 types of power supply: AC / DC / Battery
Well-constructed Body: Tilt up front panel.
3.5-inch* Widescreen: An easy-to-view color LCD screen provided on the camcorder side panel enables advanced operations such as Thumbnail Search and Scene Selection. Status indicators such as four-channel audio meters, and disc and battery remaining time can also be displayed. Camera set-up menus can be displayed, too. *Viewable area measured diagonally.
Dual Optical Pick-up: - Provides High speed file transfer - FTP Get speed(through Gb-Ethernet) : 220Mbps - i.Link read speed : 200Mbps
Easy and Intuitive Search Operation: - Thumbnail Search function - Expand function - Equipped with a Jog/Shuttle dial, providing VTR-like operation (Jog: -1 to +1 time normal speed, Variable: -2 to 2 times
Built-in Multi Format Converter: The following conversion is possible in Playback mode: Downconversion from HD to SD, Upconversion from SD to HD, Cross conversion between 1080 and 720 *Available fall 2008
Video Process Control: Front panel operation using the function keys & mlti-dial 9pin video control remote
Control for Linear Editing Player: RS-422A control for linear editing player
Advanced Clip Operation: -Thumbnail search, "Expand" thumbnail search, Skip scroll, etc - Remote Recording over HD-SDI connection (with PDW-700 and HDW camcorders) - PDW-HD1500 can be installed into the XDCAM CART (for both PDJ-C1080 and PDJ-A640)
Clip Continuous REC: This mode allows users to create a single, large clip with multiple rec. start & stop. The Rec. start Essence Mark (EM) is recorded to every rec. start frame. The benefits of using this mode are: - Capable of having more than 300 "takes" on a disc - Faster transfer speed by sending a single clip. (No over-head for file open/close process)