• 1080/59.94i, 50i, 25P, 29.97, 23.98P, 24P
• Down Convert
• HKDW-104 Allows 3-2 Pull Down
• HDV i.Link Input
• HDV Compatible
• Dolby E Record Capable
• Pre Read Editing
• 720p Output
• Legacy Playback Digital Betacam, MPEG IMX
• Frame Accurate Editing
  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications

The Sony HDW-D1800 is a CineAlta HDCAM studio editing recorder featuring a wide variety of advanced features, making the adoption of and integration of professional-grade high definition acquisition a more seamless transition than ever before. The HDCAM format has been widely accepted by top professionals as the HD format of choice and shows Sony's commitment to providing the highest quality solutions for the most demanding applications. The deck has the ability to fully integrate HDV content, as well as providing legacy playback for both Digital Betacam and MPEG IMX standard definition formats. Moreover, the HDW-D1800 can up and down-convert footage to HDCAM, making it ideal for mastering for broadcast or ingesting into an HDCAM post-production workflow.

HDCAM Format
The Sony HDCAM format has become an industry standard for high quality, manageable high definition acquisition. With its robust feature set and familiar tape-based workflow, professionals will feel right at home.
HDV Compatibility
The affordable HDV high definition format is becoming widely used in the professional arena for electronic news gathering (ENG) and b-roll applications. The HDW-D1800 makes it easy to incorporate these highly valuable tools by providing full cross compatible up conversion to HDCAM. Once upconverted, acquired HDV footage can be easily mixed with HDCAM footage during post-production. This advanced feature-set gives producers more options both in the studio and in the field on when gathering content. 1
Legacy Playback
The HDW-D1800 adds legacy playback capability for both Digital Betacam and MPEG IMX. This can be very useful for large studios with large SD backlogs, allowing archival footage to be viewed and mastered in high definition.
Frame Accurate Editing
Editing with digital cassette allows for frame accurate recording without the hassle of prerolling.
720p Output
The HDW-D1800 can output 720p footage from a 1080i signal, making it useful for applications where full-frame footage is needed.
HDCAM format The HDCAM format uses the same 12.65-mm width tape as the conventional Betacam series. It provides high definition images, offering up to two hours of recording. High-quality 20bit/48kHz digital audio is supported in HDCAM format and there are four digital audio input/output channels.
Control panel with LCD display The control panel contains an LCD display unit to display various types of information including time data. The display mode can be changed to show the video which is currently recorded or played back.
Function menu You can use the function buttons on the LCD display and the MULTI CONTROL knob to easily carry out many of the operations and make many of settings supported by the unit. The current settings can be checked on the LCD display.
DMC editing This allows automatic editing with a varying playback speed memorized beforehand for an edit segment.
Pre-read editing This allow you to playback pre-recorded video and audio material, edit it by applying effects with an external device, and then recorded in real time on the same tape.
Cross-fade editing In audio editing, you can fade the audio track. You can select cut-in, fade-in, fade-out or cross-fade.
Built-in down converter This unit has HD to SD down converter function and can output SD SDI and analog composite signals as well as HD SDI.
Remote control function This unit can be controlled from an external remote controller or editor through an interface complying with RS-422A (Sony 9pin). Additionally a parallel (50pin) interface is also fitted as standard, supporting easy external control through the parallel interface.
3-2 pull down playback and 720P output function (optional) The HKDW-104 option board can be installed in this unit to carry out 3-2 pull down playback and 720P output.
HDV (i.LINK) input (optional) The HKDW-105 option board can be installed in this unit to record the i.LINK (HDV) signals from HDV devices onto HDCAM tapes.
alog Audio Performance Specifications Detail:
A/D Quantization 20 bit/sample
Crosstalk Less than -80 dB
(at 1 kHz between any two channels)
D/A Quantization 20 bit/sample
Distortion Less than 0.05%
(at 1 kHz emphasis ON reference level)
Dynamic Range More than 95 dB
(at 1 kHz emphasis ON)
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
+0.5 dB/-1.0 dB (0 dB at 1 kHz)

Analog Composite Out Performance Specifications Detail:
Bandwidth Y: 0 to 5.75 MHz +0.5 dB/-2.0 dB
R-Y/B-Y: 0 to 2.75 MHz +0.5 dB/-2.0 dB
Differential Gain 2% or less
Differential Phase 2% or less
K factor (2T pulse) 1% or less
Output SCH Phase Based upon RS-170A/CCIR R.624-3
S/N Ratio 53 dB or more
Y/C Delay 20 ns or less

Digital Audio Performance Specifications Detail:
Headroom 20 dB (18 dB selectable)
Quantization 20 bits/sample
Sampling Frequency 48 kHz (synchronized with video)
Wow & flutter Below measurable level

Digital Video Performance Specifications Detail:
Channel Coding S-I-NRZI PR-IV
Compression Coefficient recording system
Error Correction Reed-Solomon code
Quantization 10 bit/sample (compression: 8 bit/sample)
Sampling Frequency Y: 74.25 MHz
R-Y/B-Y: 37.125 MHz

General Specifications Detail:
124 min (w/ BCT124HDL Caas) 59.94i
149 min (w/ BCT124HDL Cass) 50i
40 min (w/ BCT40HD Cass) 59.94i
48 min (w/ BCT40HD Cass) 50i
50 min (w/ BCT40HD Cass) 24PsF
Applications Studio Recorder/Player
Dimensions (W x H x D) 16 7/8 x 6 7/8 x 21 1/2 inches
(427 x 174 x 544 mm)
Fast Forward/Rewind Time Approx. 3 min with BCT-D124L cassette
Format HDCAM
Load/Unload Time 6 s or less (both L and S cassettes)
Operating Humidity 25 to 90%
Operating Temperature 41 to 104 °F (+5 to +40 °C)
Power Consumption 150 W
Power Requirements 100 to 240 V
50/60 Hz
Servo Lock Time 0.6 s or less (59.94i and 29.97PsF from standby on)
0.7 s or less (50i 25PsF 24PsF 23.98PsF from standby on)
Storage Temperature -4 to +140 °F (-20 to +60 °C)
Tape Format HDCAM
Weight 48 lb 8 oz (22 kg)

General - Search Speed Range Shuttle Mod Specifications Detail:
HDCAM Still to ±50 times normal speed playback (59.94i and 29.97PsF)
Still to ±58 times normal speed playback (50i and 25PsF)
Still to ±60 times normal speed playback (24PsF and 23.98PsF)

General - Search Speed Range Variable Mo Specifications Detail:
HDCAM -1 to +2 times normal speed playback
JOG Mode Still to ±1 times normal speed playback

General - Tape Speed Specifications Detail:
HDCAM 96.7 mm/s (59.94i and 29.97PsF)
80.6 mm/s (50i and 25PsF)
77.4 mm/s (24PsF and 23.98PsF)

Input/Output Specifications Detail:
Analog Audio Input (CH1/2/3/4/CUE)
XLR-3-pin type (female) x 5
Low off: -60 dBu high impedance balanced
High off: +4 dBu high impedance balanced
High on: -4 dBm 600 Ω termination balanced
Analog Audio Monitor Output XLR-3-pin type (male) x 2
+4 dBm at 600 Ω load
Low Impedance
Analog Audio Output (CH1/2/3/4/CUE)
XLR-3-pin type (male) x 5
+4 dBm (600 Ω load)
Low impedance
Analog Composite Output BNC x 3 (RS-170A including one character out and one WFM out)
Y: 1.0 Vp-p 75 Ω Sync Negative
Control Panel D-sub 15-pin
Digital Audio Input (CH1/2 3/4)
BNC x 2
Digital Audio Output (CH1/2 3/4)
BNC x 4
HD-SDI Input BNC x 1 (SMPTE 292M)
Serial Digital (1.485 Gb/s)
HD-SDI Output BNC x 3 (SMPTE 292M including one character out)
Serial Digital (1.485 Gb/s)
HD/SD Reference Video Input 1 BNC x 2 (with a loop-through)
Tri-level sync
0.6 Vp-p 75Ω Sync Negative
HD/SD Reference Video Input 2 BNC x 2 (with a loop-through)
Tri-level sync
0.6 Vp-p 75Ω Sync Negative
Headphone Output JM-60 Stereo phone jack
(-∞ to -12 dBu at 8 Ω load unbalanced)
Parallel Remote D-sub 50-pin (x1)
Remote 1 Input D-sub 9-pin (x2)
Sony 9-pin remote interface
Remote 1 Input/Output D-sub 9-pin (x2)
Sony 9-pin remote interface
Remote Control D-sub 9-pin
RS-232C interface
SDI Output BNC x 3 (SMPTE 259M including one character out)
Serial Digital (270 Mb/s)
Time Code Input XLR-3-pin type (female) x 1
0.5 to 18 Vp-p
10 kΩ
XLR-3-pin type (female) x 1
0.5 to 18 Vp-p
10 kΩ
Time Code Output XLR-3-pin type (male) x 1
2.2 Vp-p
Low impedance
Video Control D-sub 9-pin