About the Sony PDW-HD1550 Disc Recorder
This compact yet powerful recorder can realise smooth jog/shuttle
operation by creating proxy data, which feels to the user like
The Sony PDW-HD1550 XDCAM HD422 recorder provides advanced XAVC Intra 422 at 100 Mbps recording capabilities on all types of Professional Disc, including Quad Layer and Triple Layer disc, and is an ideal bridge solution for SxS recordings and as a straight recorder
and playback feeder for editing and archive, supporting XAVC Intra 422
The recorder from Sony also provides an USB interface that supports an SxS and Professional Disc bridge solution.
As well as XAVC, the disc recorder also records MPEG HD 422 at 50 Mbps and MPEG HD 420 at 35 Mbps and 25 Mbps, as well as MPEG IMX and DVCAM.
Features of the Sony PDW-HD1550 disc recorder
High definition XAVC recordings
The PDW-HD1550 provides high definition XAVC Intra 422 recordings
at 1920 x 1080 at various bitrates, including 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p,
23.98p and 25p.
Multi-format recording and playback capabilities
The PDW-HD1550 has a highly flexible multi-format recording and
playback capability as standard. As well as XAVC, users can select
recording and playback formats from HD (MPEG HD422 50 Mbps and MPEG
HD420 35 Mbps and 25 Mbps) and SD (MPEG IMX50/30 and DVCAM) in a variety
of frame frequencies.
SxS and Professional Disc bridge solution
For SxS users, the PDW-HD1550 is equipped with a USB interface
that supports an SxS and Professional Disc bridge solution. USB storage
support is provided with external USB HDD and SxS memory card media
support using an external SBAC-US20 card reader.
Support for Quad Layer and Triple Layer Professional Discs
The recorder supports the latest Professional Disc media,
including Quad Layer PFD-128QLW, Triple Layer PFD-100TLA, Dual Layer
PFD-50DLA and Single Layer PFD-23A.
Smooth jog/shuttle dial operation
The PDW-HD1550 is equipped with a jog/shuttle dial and RS-422
control, providing VTR-like operation (Jog: -1 to +1 times normal speed;
Variable: -2 to +2 times normal speed*; Shuttle: -20 to +20 times
normal speed). Created proxy data can support smooth frame-by-frame
transitions even in XAVC format, which is equivalent to HD422 quality
and helps the user to not miss any frame when checking recorded clips.
* -1 to +2 times normal speed in XAVC format.
8 channels of digital audio
Uncompressed PCM recording of 24-bit 48 kHz audio enables 8-channel audio recording at high sound quality.
SD up-convert function
This unit features a standard up-convert function, allowing SD
signals to be input to the SD/HD-SDI INPUT connector and recorded as HD.
The unit can also output HD signals while playing in SD material,
allowing SD material to be utilised in an HD environment.
HD down-convert function
The unit is provided with a down-convert function. HD playback
signals can be down-converted to SD signals and then output as SD-SDI or
composite signals. This allows you to use SD non-linear editors and
monitors for editing and programme output.
This unit supports cross-conversion output. It can output 720
while playing 1080, material and output 1080 while playing 720 material.
HD-SDI remote recording
HD-SDI connections can be made to camcorders with remote HD-SDI support.
Recording of proxy AV data
Proxy AV data is a low-resolution (1.5 Mbps video, 64 kbps per
audio channel), MPEG-4 based version of a full resolution data stream.
Whenever this unit records full resolution XAVC or MPEG HD 422 data, it
simultaneously generates and records low-resolution proxy AV data.
Because of its small size, proxy AV data can be transferred quickly over
computer networks, easily edited in the field with laptop computers,
and readily used in a wide variety of applications, such as content
management on small-scale servers.
Colour LCD display and tilt-up front panel
The unit is equipped with a 16:9, 4.3-inch colour LCD which
allows you to check the contents of the disc and use the menu system
without connecting an external monitor. The compact recorder also
features a tilt-up front panel.
Supports a variety of interfaces
This unit supports HD-SDI video, 8-channel audio input and
output, SD-SDI video, 8-channel audio input and output (the SD/HD-SDI
input connector doubles as an SD-SDI input connector), SD composite
output, AES/EBU digital audio 4-channel input and output, analogue audio
2-channel input and output, remote RS-422A (D-sub 9-pin x1) and video
remote (D-sub 9-pin x1), plus HDMI output.
Equipped with network connector
The unit features a Gigabit Ethernet connector as standard
equipment. Via this connector, you can connect the unit to computers and
networks to enable listing of the video, audio, and metadata files
recorded on the Professional Disc, and rapid file transfers. Support for
FTP commands makes it easy to carry out network file transfers from
4.3-inch colour LCD screen
An easy-to-view colour 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 also be displayed.
Three types of power supply
The PDW-HD1550 provides AC, DC and battery power, allowing it to
be used in a wide variety of applications, including in the studio and
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