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.