PDW-HD1200 (PDWHD1200)

XDCAM HD422 compact cost effective Professional Disc recorder

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Overview

Smooth migration to tapeless, file-based HD operation
The PDW-HD1200 single laser head (drive) Professional Disc recorder provides a wide range of AV and IT interfaces including HD-SDI, SD-SDI, i.LINK™ and Ethernet. The high-performance disc recorder has less features than the PDW-HD1500 but maintains the same field-proven operability, making it an ideal companion to the affordable PDW-680 Professional Disc camcorder.

Compact, flexible recording device

The PDW-HD1200 provides outstanding MPEG HD422 picture quality as well as an uncompromising 8 channel (HD-SDI), 24 bit audio recording capability, all packed in a compact half-rack-size deck. With its unique ability to support three different power sources (AC, DC, or battery power), its large 4.3-inch* LCD, and its built-in speaker, the PDW-HD1200 performs as a versatile and high-quality recorder suitable for both in-house and field operations.
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HD and SD recordings and playback for a broad range of applications

The PDW-HD1200 can record and playback in MPEG IMX and DVCAM formats in the SD domain as standard. Additionally, it is equipped with an up/down converter, which is highly useful when employing both HD- and SD-format materials in mixed operation. What's more, the RS-422 interface and Gigabit Ethernet enables the PDW-HD1200 to be used as a player deck for linear editing and a feeder deck for non-linear editing.

With innovative high performance and sophisticated operability, the PDW-HD1200 is an affordable yet highly reliable recording tool for a broad range of HD production applications.

Features

Powerful nonlinear recording on Professional Disc media
Media characteristics are critical to video production workflow. Sony's Professional Disc media are highly reliable yet cost effective, and specifically developed with utmost consideration for professional recording applications. Sony's media provide many exceptional features including superb operational flexibility via split-second random accessibility, without the need to cue up when starting recording. Professional Discs also provide exceptional cost efficiency with long archival life and long recording times in MPEG HD422 – up to 95 minutes (50 Mbps) with the PFD-50DLA (recordable time depends on the total number of recorded files, and recording conditions).
Multi-format capability in HD and SD
The PDW-HD1200 has a highly flexible multi-format capability as standard. Users can select recording and playback formats from HD (MPEG HD422 and MPEG HD420) and SD (MPEG IMX50/40/30 and DVCAM) in a variety of frame frequencies. In addition, with its up- and down-conversion function, the PDW- HD1200 is ideal for integration into an existing SD production system and also for future HD operation. Interlace mode only. Progressive mode is not supported.
Variety of interfaces
The PDW-HD1200 is a perfect addition to an existing NLE system, thanks to its versatile input and output interfaces: RS-422 9-pin remote control interface, enabling the deck to be used as a feeder for linear editing
Easy and intuitive file-based operation
With XDCAM HD422 products, video and audio signals are recorded as clip files and their thumbnails are automatically generated. The PDW-HD1200 provides a Thumbnail Search function that enables users to search for a particular scene with ease, and this greatly increases editing efficiency.
Similar operability to tape-based devices
The PDW-HD1200 is equipped with a jog/shuttle dial, providing VTR-like operation (Jog: -1 to +1 times normal speed, Variable: -1 to +1 times normal speed, Shuttle: -20 to +20 times normal speed by proxy). This makes operating the PDW-HD1200 feel very familiar, and enables easy migration from tape-based operation.
Three-way power source selection
This Professional Disc recorder can operate on AC, DC, and battery power, making it highly versatile and suitable for both in-house and field operations (for example in a studio or OB vehicle). The battery is attached with an optional BKP-L551. Power consumption of the PDW-HD1200 is lower than that of the PDW-HD1500 by approximately 11 W.
Compact and lightweight
This compact recorder is ideal for space-limited operation in, for example, an OB vehicle or helicopter thanks to its halfrack- size body and light weight of just 6.5 kg (14 lb 5 oz).
Beneficial functions for field operation
The PDW-HD1200 is equipped with a large easy-to-see 4.3-inch colour LCD display and a built-in audio speaker that enables users to quickly search and check recorded clips.

Specifications

General
Power Requirements
AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, DC 12 V
Power Consumption
AC: 65 W, DC: 54 W
Operating Temperature
5°C to 40°C
42°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature
-20°C to +60°C
-4°F to +140°F
Humidity
25% to 90% (relative humidity)
Mass
6.5 kg
14 lb 5 oz
Dimensions (W x H x D) *1
210 x 132 x 396 mm (excluding protrusions)
8 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches (excluding protrusions)
Recording/Playback Format (Video)
MPEG HD422 (CBR, 50 Mbps)
MPEG HD:
- HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mbps)
- SP mode (CBR, 25 Mbps)
- LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mbps) *2 
MPEG IMX (CBR, 50/40/30 Mbps)
DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mbps)
Recording/Playback Format (Audio)
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
Recording/Playback Format (Proxy Video)
MPEG-4
Recording/Playback Format (Proxy Audio)
A-law (8 ch/8 bits/8 kHz)
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG HD422)
50 Mbps: Approx. 95 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min (PFD23A)
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG HD)
35 Mbps, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min (PFD23A)
35 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min (PFD23A)
25 Mbps, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min (PFD23A)
25 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min (PFD23A)
18 Mbps, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min (PFD23A)
18 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 265 min (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min (PFD23A)
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG IMX)
50 Mbps: Approx. 100 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min (PFD23A)
40 Mbps: Approx. 120 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min (PFD23A)
30 Mbps: Approx. 150 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min (PFD23A)
Recording/Playback Time (DVCAM)
25 Mbps: Approx. 185 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min (PFD23A)
Search Speed Range (Shuttle Mode)
-20 times to +20 times normal speed
Search Speed Range (Variable Mode)
-1 times to +1 times normal speed
Search Speed Range (Jog Mode)
-1 time to +1 time normal speed
Search Speed Range (Fast Forward/Reverse)
-20/+20 times normal speed
Media Drive
Media Type
Professional Disc Drive (x1)
Input/Output
Reference Input
BNC (x2) (including loop-through), HD Tri-level sync (0.6 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative) or SD blackburst/composite sync (0.286 Vp-
p/75 Ω/negative)
HD-SDI Input
BNC (x1)
(HD/SD switchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Analog Audio Input
XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2) (channel selectable), +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 10 kΩ, balanced
Timecode Input
BNC (x1), SMPTE timecode, 0.5 Vp-p to 18 Vp-p/3.3 kΩ/unbalanced
Analog Composite Output
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
HD-SDI Output
BNC (x2),
1: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
2: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), character on/off
SD-SDI Output
BNC (x2),
1: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
2: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), character on/off
HDMI Output
TYPE A 19-pin (x1)
Video : 1080i, 480i, 480P, 576i, 576P
Audio : 2 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
Analog Audio Output
XLR-type 3-pin (male) (x2) (channel selectable), +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 600 Ω, Lo-z, balanced
Analog Audio Monitor
XLR-type 3-pin (male) (x2), +4 dBu, 600 Ω, Lo-Z, balanced
Headphone Output
JM-60 Stereo phone jack (x1), -13 dBu, 8 Ω, unbalanced
Timecode Output
BNC (x1), SMPTE timecode, 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/unbalanced
i.LINK
IEEE 1394 6-pin (x1)
File Access Mode
Ethernet
RJ-45 (x1)
1000BASE-T: IEEE 802.3ab
100BASE-TX: IEEE 802.3u
10BASE-T: IEEE 802.3
USB
(x2) for Maintenance, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse
Remote Input (9-pin)
D-sub 9-pin (female) (x1), RS-422A
DC Input (12 V)
XLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1)
DC Output (12 V)
4-pin (female) (x1), DC 12 V, 7.5 W
AC Input
AC Input (x1), 100 V to 240 V, 50/60Hz
Video Performance
Sampling Frequency
Y: 74.25 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.125MHz
Quantization
8 bits/sample
Error Correction
Reed Solomon Code
Processor Adjustment Range
Video Level
-∞ to +3 dB
Chroma Level
-∞ to +3 dB
Set Up/Black Level
-30 IRE to +30 IRE/-210 mV to +210 mV
Chroma Phase
-30° to +30°
System Sync Phase
-15 μs to +15 μs
System SC Phase
0 ns to 400 ns
Audio Performance
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 1 kHz)
Headroom
20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)
Other Equipment
Built-in Display
4.3-inch type color LCD monitor
Built-in Speaker
Monaural (x1)
Supplied Accessories
Supplied Accessories
Operation guide (1)
XDCAM Application Software CD-ROM (1)
Notes
Note
[*1] The values for dimensions are approximate.
[*2] Playback only.