• HD recording at up to 50 Mb/s using MPEG
  • Support for existing XDCAM HD/SD
  • 1080i and 720P recording
  • Dual-layer disc (50 GB, PFD50DLA)
  • Long recording time (at 50 Mb/s)
  • Thumbnail operation
  • Proxy data and metadata recording
  • Built-in up-conversion to HD from SDI input
  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications

The Sony PDW-HD1500 is a half rack XDCAM HD recorder for Sony's line of optical disc-based cameras, including the PDW-700. Built upon blue laser technology, the XDCAM HD line of products takes advantage of non-linear workflow, while keeping the same tape-based archiving infrastructure that professionals are accustomed to.

The deck is small and provides all the necessary features needed for high definition ingestion and finishing. Features include high speed file transfer, metadata recording, along with multiple format capabilities. Sony's thumbnail search operation means no more winding through an endless amount of recorded tape; each shot is right at your fingertips.

Multiple Formats
The PDW-1500 can play back and record both XDCAM SD and HD, along with MPEG IMX and DVCAM formats, giving added flexibility for mastering and delivery. When recording to MPEG IMX there are three choices of bit rate, providing the user with options between higher quality or longer run times.
High Transfer Speeds
The deck has two optical heads that provide extremely fast transfer rates to editing workstations. The DVCAM format transfers at 5x normal speed while MPEG IMX run up to 2.5x. Proxy AV transfers provide 50x data rates. High speed is boosted by both FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.
Non-Linear Scene Selection
Possibly the greatest attribute of working with non-linear optical recording is the ability to access scenes independently. This along with multiple viewing options makes XDCAM HD extremely powerful, increasing post-production efficiency. Sony's thumbnail scene selection tool makes looking for shots a breeze, simply cycle through the list of clips to find what you need.
Rack Mountable
The PDW-1500 is rack mountable, taking up one half of any standard 19" racking system.
Seven Year "Powertrain" Warranty
Sony's commitment to XDCAM and XDCAM HD technology, along with their unwavering confidence in the equipment translates into an unprecedented seven year "Powertrain" warranty for the laser block.
Features Benefits:
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 (PDBK-S1500) 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)
General Specifications Detail:
Power Requirements AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, DC 12 V
Power Consumption AC: 80 W, DC: 65 W, SAVEMODE(DC): 55 W
Operating Temperature +5 to +40°C (+41 to +104°F)
Storage Temperature -20 to +60°C (-4 to +140°F)
Humidity 25 to 90% (relative humidity)
Mass 6.5 kg (14 lb 5 oz)
Dimensions (W x H x D) (Excluding Protrusions) 210 x 132 x 396 mm
(8 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches)
Recording/Playback Format Video:
MPEG HD422 (50 Mb/s)
HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s)
SP mode (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mb/s) (Playback only)
MPEG IMX* (CBR, 50/40/30 Mb/s)
DVCAM* (CBR, 25 Mb/s)

Proxy Video:

MPEG HD422: 8 ch/24 bits/48 kHz
MPEG HD: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
MPEG IMX*: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz or 8 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
DVCAM*: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz

Proxy Audio:
A-law (8 ch/8 bits/8 kHz)

*Optional PDBK-S1500 hardware key is required for DVCAM and MPEG IMX recording.
Recording/Playback Time MPEG HD422:
50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min. (PFD23A)

35 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min. (PFD23A)
35 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 265 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min. (PFD23A)

50 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min. (PFD23A)
40 Mb/s: Approx. 120 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min. (PFD23A)
30 Mb/s: Approx. 150 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min. (PFD23A)

25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)

*Optional PDBK-S1500 hardware key is required for DVCAM and MPEG IMX recording
Search Speed Range Jog mode:
-1 to +1 times normal speed

Variable mode:
-2 to +2 times normal speed

Shuttle mode:
-20 to +20 times normal speed:

-35 to +35 times normal speed

Inputs/Outputs Specifications Detail:
Reference Input BNC x 2 (including loop through), HD/SD
HD Tri-level sync (0.6 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative), HD/SD
or SD blackburst/composite sync (0.286 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative), HD/SD
SDI Input BNC x 1, HD
(HD/SD switchable)
SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), HD
SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), HD
Analog Audio Input XLR 3-pin (female) x 2 (channel selectable)
+4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable)
10 kΩ, balanced
Digital Audio Input (AES/EBU) BNC (x2) - 4 ch (2 ch each, 1/2 ch and 3/4 ch) AES-3id-1995
Time Code Input BNC x 1, SMPTE time code, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p/3.3 kΩ/unbalanced
Composite Ouput BNC (x2)
1: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative, SMPTE 170M
2: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative, SMPTE 170M ,character On/Off
SDI Output BNC (x 2), HD
1: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), HD
2: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), character On/Off, HD

BNC (x 2), SD
1: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), SD
2: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), character On/Off, SD
Analog Audio Output XLR 3-pin (male) x 2 (channel selectable)
+4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 600 Ω, Lo-Z, balanced
Monitor Audio XLR 3-pin (male) x 2, +4 dBu, 600Ω, Lo-Z, balanced
Digital Audio Output (AES/EBU) BNC (x2) - 4 ch (2 ch each, 1/2 ch and 3/4 ch) AES-3id-1995
Headphone Output JM-60 Stereo phone jack x 1
-13 dBu, 8 Ω, unbalanced
Time Code Output BNC x 1, SMPTE time code, 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/unbalanced
Video Control D-sub 9-pin (female) x 1, EIA RS-423
i.LINK IEEE 1394 6-pin x 1*
File Access Mode
(Option: PDBK-201) HDV 1080i/720P IN/OUT

*AV/C (DV) stream is NOT supported.
Ethernet RJ-45 x 1
1000Base-T: IEEE802.3ab
100Base-TX: IEEE802.3u
10Base-T: IEEE802.3
Remote (9P) Input D-sub, 9-pin (female) (x1), RS-422A
DC Input (12 V) XLR 4-pin (male) x 1
DC Output (12 V) 4-pin (female) x 1, DC 12 V, 7.5 W
Maintenance USB x 2
AC Input x 1, 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz

Video Performance Specifications Detail:
Sampling Frequency Y: 74.25 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.125MHz
Quantization 8 bits/sample
Error Correction Reed Solomon Code

Processor Adjustment Range Specifications Detail:
Video Level -∞ to +3 dB
Chroma Level -∞ to +3 dB
Setup/Black Level ±30 IRE/±210 mV
Chroma Phase ±30°
System Sync Phase ± 15 μs
System Sync Phase (Fine) 0 to 400 ns
System SC Phase 0 to 400 ns

Audio Performance Specifications Detail:
Sampling Frequency 48 kHz
Quantization 24 bits
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-1.0 dB (0 dB at 1 kHz)
Dynamic Range More than 90 dB
Distortion Less than 0.05% (at 1kHz)
Headroom 20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)

Built-In Display Specifications Detail:
Built-In Display 4.3-inch type color LCD monitor

Built-In Audio Speaker Specifications Detail:
Built-In Audio Speaker x1, monaural