PDW-F355 / PDW-F335
XDCAM HD Camcorders
XDCAM HD Recording Deck
XDCAM HD Viewing Deck
Drive Unit
XDCAM™: The Sony Family of Tapeless Products for File-Based Production
Combining the best of the AV and IT worlds and ideal for
quick turnaround projects where deadlines are tight.
XDCAM is the family name of the Sony line-up of tapeless
camcorders and decks. The HD line-up is now stronger than
ever, and with a choice of XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD and
XDCAM HD 422, offers the most flexible path to file-based
production. All use MPEG-2 HD data compression to record
breathtaking pictures. Simply choose the format best suited
to the programme being created.
XDCAM EX represents an exciting new low-cost entry point
into the world of HD. The first professional HD camcorder to
record onto Sony-manufactured “SxS PRO™” memory cards
which comply with the ExpressCard™ standard, XDCAM EX can
record up to 100 minutes of content onto two removable 16GB
cards when recording at 35 Mb/s. Switchable between 1080
and 720 line operation and supporting the major international
recording standards up to CineAlta 1080/23.98PsF, XDCAM EX
makes it fast and easy to shoot, edit and distribute great quality
high definition pictures.
XDCAM HD unites high definition picture quality with all the
benefits of non-linear, file-based workflow and exceptionally
affordable media costs. Featuring camcorders with 1/2-inch
interchangeable lenses, and based on the same XDCAM
Professional Disc™ technology that has already transformed
operational efficiency in the Standard Definition world,
XDCAM HD offers an elegant path to HD for cost-conscious
users looking to switch analogue production or DVCAM™.
High Definition
MPEG HD encoding ensures crisp, clear image quality with
true 1080-line HD resolution. Recording rates of 18 Mb/s, 25 Mb/s
and 35 Mb/s, and with the newest models now supporting 50GB
Dual Layer Professional Disc, allows picture quality or record
duration to be maximised. Support from more than 35 XDCAM
partner vendors also ensures that XDCAM HD fits seamlessly into
today’s most popular non-linear editing environments.
XDCAM HD 422 (New for 2008)*
XDCAM HD 422 sits at the top of the range in the XDCAM family.
The stunning HD picture quality delivered at recording and
playback rates of up to 50 Mb/s, with 2/3-inch 1920 x 1080
resolution CCDs, 14 bit A/D conversion and 4:2:2 recording will
increase the appeal of Professional Disc for applications such as
European TV drama, documentary and for mainstream
entertainment programmes that require a high quality look.
File-based acquisition with thumbnail and proxy operation is
also ideal for fast turnaround news and live applications where
speed of production is a critical requirement.
file-based production
* This brochure contains details of XDCAM HD products. Please refer to separate
brochures for XDCAM EX and XDCAM HD 422 for further information on these models.
XDCAM EX Camcorder
Disc-based Production with Powerful New Features
Sony introduced XDCAM HD in response to rapidly growing expectations for a
wider choice of high definition (HD) video production tools. Since launch, XDCAM HD
camcorders and decks have been widely adopted around the world by cinematographers,
production facilities, broadcasters and video professionals. XDCAM HD not only offers
breathtaking HD picture quality, but also enables advanced non-linear recording onto
“Professional Disc” - an optical disc media based on blue-violet laser technology. Users
have been quick to benefit from the many great features of disc-based operation,
including instant random access to recorded material and network capability.
Sony has evolved its XDCAM HD family by introducing two new camcorders, the PDW-F355
and PDW-F335, and a new deck, the PDW-F75, to provide much greater operational flexibility.
One of the most significant benefits of the new line-up is a longer recording time of approximately 4.5 hours of 1080i HD video. This is achieved by the use of a newly developed Dual Layer
Professional Disc, the PFD50DLA, which has a large storage capacity of 50GB*.
The full line-up now comprises two 1/2-inch three-CCD camcorders, the new PDW-F355
and PDW-F335, plus two decks, the new PDW-F75 and the PDW-F30. The addition of the new
PDW-U1 drive unit, which offers compact, mobile, and low cost operation puts the power of
XDCAM onto the desktop. It serves as an external PC drive, connected via the Hi-Speed USB
(USB 2.0) interface, and allows users to instantly view material recorded to Professional Disc
media on their PC. It can also be used as a source feeder to non-linear editing systems.
With greater system flexibility and powerful new features, the enhanced line-up of Sony
XDCAM HD products further expands the world of HD for all types of production.
* The PFD50DLA disc cannot be used in the PDW-F30 deck.
Versatile, Disc-based HD Recording System
XDCAM HD is a highly versatile production system
from Sony that offers flexible recording features
including a choice of video frame rates, interlace
and progressive scanning, selectable recording
data rates and both SD* and HD operation.
* Selectable between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios.
High Quality Uncompressed Audio Recording
In addition to HD video recording, high quality audio
is an equally significant feature of the XDCAM HD system.
XDCAM HD products can record four-channel, 16-bit, 48-kHz
uncompressed audio.
HD/SD Switchable Recording
and Up/Down Conversion
HD 1080 Recording using “MPEG HD” Compression
XDCAM HD products record
1080-line high definition video using
“MPEG HD” encoding that uses
industry-standard MPEG-2 compression. The use of MPEG-2
compression ensures compatibility with many other devices
such as non-linear editing systems and servers.
XDCAM HD camcorders
and the PDW-F75 deck* can record in DVCAM™ format in
NTSC/PAL and in 16:9 and 4:3, as well as in the MPEG HD format.
In addition, both the XDCAM HD camcorders and decks
incorporate a down-converter that allows material recorded in
HD to be converted to SD and output via the SD video output
connectors (including SD composite and i.LINK™** ). This
enables users to view the material on an SD monitor or transfer
it to other SD-based equipment such as a VTR or editor.
The PDW-F75 and PDW-F30 decks also feature an up-converter,
which allows material recorded in the DVCAM format to be
converted to HD and output via the HD-SDI*** or HD analogue
component connectors. These features allow users to easily
integrate XDCAM HD into their current infrastructure and to
migrate to HD at their own pace.
Selectable Bit Rates
Choosing the highest bit rate of 35 Mb/s results in the
highest-quality pictures and a recording time of up to
150 minutes*. Choosing the 18 Mb/s bit rate provides
a longer recording time of up to 265 minutes*.
*Approximate time in two-channel audio recording mode
with the PFD50DLA (50 GB disc).
Wide Choice of Video Format – Interlace
and Progressive Including Native “23.98P”Mode
XDCAM HD products offer a choice of video formats for both
frame rates and scanning mode. These include 1080/59.94i, 50i,
29.97P, 25P, and native 23.98P.
* The PDW-F75 deck provides DVCAM recording via the SD-SDI or SD analogue
composite interfaces, which require the optional PDBK-104.
** i.LINK is a Sony trademark used only to designate that a product is equipped with
an IEEE1394 connector. Not all products with an i.LINK connector are guaranteed to
communicate with each other. Please refer to the documentation that comes with
any device having an i.LINK connector for information on compatibility, operating
conditions, and proper connection.
*** HD-SDI output is only available on the PDW-F75.
XDCAM HD Recording Specifications
HD Video Codec
Sampling Rate
Bit Rate and
Recording Time*
PFD23A(23.3 GB)
35 Mb/s VBR
145 minutes (4-ch audio)
65 minutes (4-ch audio)
150 minutes (2-ch audio)
68 minutes (2-ch audio)
25 Mb/s CBR
190 minutes (4-ch audio)
85 minutes (4-ch audio)
200 minutes (2-ch audio)
90 minutes (2-ch audio)
18 Mb/s VBR
248 minutes (4-ch audio)
112 minutes (4-ch audio)
265 minutes (2-ch audio)
122 minutes (2-ch audio)
Number of Pixels
SD Video Codec
Sampling Rate
4:1:1 (NTSC)/4:2:0 (PAL)
Bit Rate and
Recording Time*
1440 x 1080
PFD23A(23.3 GB)
185 minutes
85 minutes
Active Lines Per
480 (NTSC)/576 (PAL)
None (Linear PCM)
of Channels
2 or 4, selectable
48 kHz
16 bits/sample
*When recording in HQ (35 Mb/s) or LP (18 Mb/s) mode, recording time may be more
than the above specified figures depending on the actual bit rate that is adopted
during VBR encoding.
File-based Disc Recording
In addition to its impressive HD picture quality,
what makes the XDCAM HD system unique is its
file-based disc recording onto optical professional
disc. This brings significant benefits including
instant random access and IT connectivity.
Powerful Non-linear Recording
onto Professional Disc Media
XDCAM HD products use
a large capacity non-linear optical disc for recording.
This Professional Disc media has been developed by Sony
specifically for professional recording applications.
The PFD50DLA and PFD23A are 12 cm, reusable optical discs.
The PFD50DLA is a Dual Layer Disc with a capacity of 50GB
and the PFD23A is a Single Layer, 23 GB disc. The large capacity
of the PFD50DLA makes it possible to record up to 265 minutes*
of HD material. Professional Disc media is highly reliable and
durable because it experiences no mechanical contact during
recording or playback, and is packaged into an extremely
durable and dust-resistant disc cartridge. The non-contact
recording and playback also makes it an ideal media for
long-term storage of AV assets.
State of the Art Dual Layer Recording
The development of the new Dual Layer Professional Disc,
PFD50DLA brings a much longer recording time to the
XDCAM HD system. This large capacity disc and compatible
disc drive, is based on four new technologies:
1 > Increased recording density and the Dual Layer Disc
structure offer more than twice the capacity of the
Single Layer Disc.
2 > The new substrate and production method enhance
the stable reflection and transmission of the laser.
3 > The new pickup uses much higher laser power - enough
to record on a Dual Layer Disc, while maintaining a long life
equivalent to the pickup used for Single Layer Disc recording.
4 > The newly developed servo-control mechanism - which is
resistant to the noises that occur at laser reflections and
transmissions at each layer - ensures fewer access errors,
even in unstable situations.
In addition to these new technologies, the Dual Layer Disc
provides the same exceptional robustness and reliability
as the Single Layer Disc.
*This figure is approximate. The precise recording duration
will depend on the bit rate selected.
Professional Disc
Single Layer Disc
Disc Substrate
Recording Layer
Cover Layer
One Reflection
Dual Layer Disc
Disc Substrate
Recording Layer 0
Space Layer (25μm)
Recording Layer 1
Cover Layer (75μm)
One Reflection and Two
Transmissions Require More
Laser Power
File-based Disc Recording
IT/Network Friendly
Scene Selection Function
Sony XDCAM HD products record material as data files
using the industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format)
file format. This allows material to be handled with great
flexibility in an IT-based environment - easily available for
copying, transferring, sharing and archiving. These operations
are accomplished without the need for “digitising”. File-based
data copying allows for degradation-free dubbing of AV
content, which can be performed easily on a PC. The file-based
recording system also allows material to be viewed directly
on a PC, simply by linking it to the XDCAM unit via an i.LINK or
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) connection*. This works in the same way
as a PC reading files on an external drive.
The Scene Selection function allows simple cuts-only editing*
to be performed within the camcorder or deck. The result
of the edit can be saved as an XDCAM EDL (known as a
“Clip List”), which can be written back to the original disc to
stay with the material. The disc can then be replayed
according to the Clip List so that only selected portions are
played out in the required order. The Scene Selection function
presents dramatic improvements over conventional workflows,
especially when transferring material to a non-linear editor or
server, or when searching for material or edit points in linear
editing systems. When GUI-based operation is preferred, the
Scene Selection operation can also be performed on a PC
running the PDZ-1 Proxy Browsing Software. This is supplied
with all XDCAM products, providing a visually familiar working
XDCAM HD camcorders and decks are equipped with
IT-friendly, PC-based interfaces. These include an i.LINK
interface supporting DV OUT and File Access Mode as
standard, and a Gigabit Ethernet interface available on the
PDW-F75 and PDW-F30 decks as an option. Connecting the
XDCAM HD system to an Ethernet network offers users a
new style of network-based operation that can dramatically
improve the efficiency of their workflow. The PDW-U1** drive
uses the common USB interface for easy connectivity and
wide compatibility with most PCs.
*Supported interfaces vary by products.
**The initial version of the PDW-U1
is read-only, and cannot write files
onto Professional Disc media.
This capability will be available
with a software upgrade
targeted for release in Spring 2008.
No Overwriting of Footage
Instant recording with no overwriting of existing footage
makes each new recording on an empty area of the disc.
This prevents accidental recording over good takes and
eliminates the need for searching for the correct position
to start the next recording. In short, it means the camcorder
is always ready for the next shot.
*The video and audio of a clip cannot be edited independently.
Selectable Modes of File Recording
XDCAM HD camcorders and the PDW-F75 deck provide two
modes for file recording. In standard operation, one clip file is
created each time recording is started and stopped*. The
other mode, called Clip Continuous REC mode, which is a
feature of the PDW-F335, PDW-F355, and PDW-F75**, allows one
clip file to be created containing a number of takes*. Although
it is a single clip, Thumbnail searching and the Expand function
are available as if individual clips had been created. Users can
choose the most suitable mode depending on the type of
*Each take needs to be longer than two seconds.
**Available when recording is remotely controlled via an RS-442A or RS-232C
interface, or during Trigger REC mode via an HD-SDI interface.
Normal Mode
Clip 1
Clip 2
Take 1
Take 2
Thumbnail Pictures for Instant Access to Files
Clip 3
Clip Continuous REC Mode
Clip 1
With all XDCAM HD products, video and audio are
recorded as a clip file each time a recording is started
and stopped. During playback, cue-up to the next or previous
clips is possible simply by pressing the ‘Next’ or ‘Previous’
button, as you would do on a CD or DVD player.
Furthermore, thumbnails are automatically generated for
each clip as a visual reference, allowing operators to cue-up to
a desired scene simply by guiding the cursor to it. The ‘Expand’
function allows one selected clip in the Thumbnail display to
be divided into 12 even-time intervals, each with their own
thumbnail identifier. This is useful when searching for a specific
scene within a lengthy clip.
Expand Function
Take 3
Other Features
Proxy Data for Streamlined Workflow
At the same time as recording high-resolution video and
audio data, XDCAM HD also records a low-resolution version
of this AV data on the disc. Called “Proxy Data”, this is much
smaller in size than the high-resolution data (1.5 Mb/s for video
and 0.5 Mb/s for audio), and its format is identical to that used
in the standard definition XDCAM line-up.
Because of its lower resolution, Proxy Data can be transferred
to a standard computer at a much higher speed, and can be
browsed and edited using the PDZ-1 Proxy Browsing Software
(or other compatible editing software offered by many industryleading manufacturers). The PDZ-1 software can also convert
the Proxy Data to ASF format for replay via Windows Media
Player for widespread viewing on the desktop. Proxy Data can
also be viewed directly on a PC without data transfer using an
i.LINK (File Access Mode) connection, and can be transferred
via a standard Ethernet network. The flexibility of Proxy Data
means that it can be used for a variety of applications, such as
immediate logging on location, off-line editing, client approvals
and more.
All XDCAM HD camcorders and decks can record metadata,
as well as the video and audio essence. Information such as
production dates, creator names and camera setup parameters can be stored together with the AV material on the disc
using the supplied PDZ-1 software. This makes it possible to
organize and search through all recordings effectively. One
particular metadata, called EssenceMark™ (Shot Mark), is a
convenient reference that can be added to selected frames
for instant access during editing.
Easy Integration into Editing Systems
XDCAM HD products are equipped with both conventional
AV and IT-based interfaces for integration into a wide array of
editing environments. These interfaces* include HD-SDI, HD
analogue component video, analogue/digital audio and
RS-422A 9-pin remote control - for connection to a wide variety
of VTRs, linear and non-linear editors and audio mixers. SD
interfaces**, including SD-SDI and SD analogue composite,
are also provided for down-converted SD outputs, allowing the
XDCAM HD system to be integrated into conventional SD-based
editing environments as well.
XDCAM HD devices** also provide an i.LINK interface that
supports DV OUT and File Access Mode. Recordings made in
both MPEG HD and DVCAM formats can be output as DV files
via the i.LINK port and for use in DV-based non-linear editing
systems. The i.LINK (File Access Mode) allows not only SD
(DVCAM) files but also HD (MPEG HD) files to be written
(recorded) onto and read from Professional Disc media.
This allows the user to implement an extremely compact and
affordable HD non-linear editing system, using an XDCAM HD
camcorder or deck and an i.LINK-compatible laptop PC.
Another new, powerful, yet cost-effective option for desktop
editing is the PDW-U1 drive unit. This can serve as an external
drive of a PC via its USB interface, and performs high-speed
transfer of material from Professional Disc media to a non-linear
editing system***.
EssenceMark (Shot Mark 1) Display
Easy Maintenance and High Reliability
Unlike tape-based systems, there is no mechanical contact
between the equipment and recording media. This ensures a
high level of durability, long media life and high resistance to
shock and vibrations.
*The supported interfaces vary by product.
**Except on the PDW-U1.
***The initial version of the PDW-U1 is read-only, and cannot write files onto
Professional Disc media. However, this capability will be available with a
software upgrade targeted for release in Spring 2008.
XDCAM HD Camcorders
PDW-F355/PDW-F335 Camcorder
The PDW-F355 and PDW-F335 are highly versatile and cost-effective high definition camcorders. They are
equipped with three 1/2-inch HD CCDs and record 1080/50i, 59.94i, 23.98P, 25P and 29.97P pictures.
Both models can also record in DVCAM mode. The PDW-F355 and PDW-F335 are packed with features for
creative shooting such as interval recording, slow-shutter operation and a selection of gamma curves
for precise image control. In addition, the PDW-F355 provides a “Slow & Quick Motion” function, for film-like
“over-cranking” and “under-cranking”.
Disc recording provides a number of benefits that are especially useful during shooting. For example,
because new footage is always recorded onto an empty area of the disc, there is no need to cue-up to
the next recording position before shooting. This means that operators can start recording without the worry
of accidentally recording over existing footage.
In short, XDCAM HD camcorders are ideal for a broad range of applications, including news gathering,
field production, event shooting, TV entertainment and documentaries.
Product Features
Three 1/2-inch Power HAD HD CCDs
Slow & Quick Motion (PDW-F355)
The PDW-335 and PDW-355 are equipped with three 1/2-inch
HD Power HAD™ CCDs, each with a high density of approximately 1.56 megapixels (1440 x 1080). These extremely highperformance CCDs provide a sensitivity of F9 (at 2000 lx, 3200K),
a signal-to-noise ratio of 54 dB, and a low vertical smear level
of -120 dB.
The PDW-F355 offers a powerful Slow & Quick Motion function.
This enables users to create elegant fast- and slow-motion
footage - commonly refered to as over- and under-cranking
in the film world. The PDW-F355 can capture images at frame
rates selectable from four fps (frame per second) to 60 fps
in increments of 1 fps. For example,when viewed at 23.98P,
images captured at four fps will appear six times faster than
normal. Conversely, images captured at 60 fps will appear
2.5 times slower than normal. The quality of the slow- and
fast-motion images created using the Sony PDW-F355
camcorder is extremely high. Users can see the results directly
in the camcorder’s LCD screen. This ensures maximum creativity
during the shooting process.
12-bit A/D Conversion
XDCAM HD camcorders incorporate high-integrity 12-bit A/D
converters which allow images captured by the Power HAD
CCDs to be processed with great precision. This high-resolution
A/D conversion allows the contrast to be reproduced faithfully
in both mid-to-dark tone and bright areas of the picture.
Advanced Digital Signal Processing (ADSP)
A key to quality in Digital Signal Processing is how many bits
are used in non-linear processes, such as gamma correction.
The ADSP used in XDCAM HD uses more than 30 bits, minimising
rounding errors to maintain a high quality image. The ADSP also
provides highly sophisticated image controls, such as skin tone
detail control and Dynamic Contrast Control.
Multi-format Recording in HD/SD
and Interlace/Progressive
Users can record in either HD (MPEG HD) or SD (DVCAM) and in
interlace (50i or 59.94i) or progressive (23.98P, 25P, 29.97P) mode.
Creative Versatility for Movie Making
The PDW-335 and PDW-355 ,
camcorders are part of Sony’s
CineAlta family, and provide many creative features for movie
production. Slow & Quick Motion (PDW-F355 only) provides
stunningly impressive slow and fast motion images and Interval
Recording can be used for “Time-Lapse” operation.
4P-60P in 1P increments
4P-50P in 1P increments
*When capturing at 31-60 fps (in 23.98P/29.97P mode)/26-50 fps (in 25P mode),
the camcorders provide lower vertical resolution than in normal capturing mode.
*This function is available when the recording mode is set to “MPEG HD”.
Multi-camera operation in 23.98P Mode
The PDW-F355 camcorder has a Genlock video input that can
accept a 23.98PsF signal input. This allows multi-camera operations in 23.98P mode. The camcorder can also output 23.98PsF
pictures as well as 2-3 pull-down converted images from the
HD-SDI connector.
Interval Recording Function
XDCAM HD camcorders feature Interval Recording, which
records pictures at pre-determined intervals. This is ideal for
shooting over long periods of time and also when creating
pictures with special effects such as fast motion “Time-Lapse”.
Selectable Gamma Curves
Operators can choose from five gamma curves (Standard,
CINE 1, 2, 3 and 4). The CINE 1-4 gamma curves provide natural
tonal reproductions for scenes with wide dynamic range.
The CINE 1 and 2 curves are inherited from HyperGamma,
which is available in the top-of-the-range HDCAM CineAlta
XDCAM HD Camcorders
A Wide Choice of Lenses
Picture Cache Recording
A variety of 1/2-inch HD lenses are available from major
manufacturers for use with XDCAM HD camcorders.
A 2/3-inch lens* can also be used with an optional LO-32BMT
lens adaptor. This allows users to choose from a broad range
of lenses, including cinema-style lenses, according to their
shooting requirements.
Picture Cache Recording provides up to 12 seconds of loop
recording using solid state memory. When the camcorder is
in Standby mode and the REC button is pressed, everything
that happened up to 12 seconds before that moment can be
recorded to disc. Valuable shots, which would otherwise have
been missed, can be captured.
*In this configuration, the resulting focal length will be 1.37 times
the actual focal length of the lens.
Precise Image Control
Advanced image control features such as Skin Tone Detail and
Dynamic Contrast Control allow operators to create stunning
High Quality Audio
Four channels of uncompressed digital audio can be recorded
at 16 bit resolution and 48kHz sampling.
Compact and Lightweight
Low-Light Shooting With ‘Slow Shutter’ and ‘Turbo Gain’
A compact, lightweight and ergonomically well balanced design
provides a high level of mobility and comfort in various shooting
situations. The camcorders weigh only 5.5 kg (12 lb 2 oz) including
viewfinder, microphone, disc, and BP-GL95 battery.
XDCAM HD camcorders offer Slow Shutter and Turbo Gain for
shooting in low-light conditions. These can be used separately
or together depending on the shooting conditions or the
operator’s preference.
The Slow Shutter function allows shutter speeds longer than the
frame rate to be used to intentionally blur images of moving
objects. The Turbo Gain function allows the camera gain to be
increased by up to +48 dB.
Rugged, Reliable Operation
Noise Reduction
3.5-inch* Colour LCD Screen
XDCAM HD camcorders incorporate noise reduction
to reproduce low-light scenes more clearly.
A large, easy-to-view, colour LCD screen on the camcorder’s
side panel enables operators to instantly review recorded
footage, as well as access the camera’s set-up menus and view
status information such as the audio meters and the remaining
disc and battery time. It also enables advanced operations such
as Thumbnail Search and Scene Selection.
A number of unique design features are used to minimise errors
caused by shock or by dust entering the disc drive. The disc drive
entrance is concealed by two lids, helping to prevent dirt or
moisture from entering the drive. In addition, four rubber dampers are used to hold the disc drive block in place and to absorb
mechanical shocks.
*Viewable area measured diagonally.
Product Features
Wide Variety of Interfaces
Other Camcorder Features
XDCAM HD camcorders are equipped with a wide range
of interfaces as standard. These are listed in the table below:
> Built-in ND filter wheel: Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND
> Down-converted output: MPEG HD playback can be
Front stereo microphone,
audio (2-ch), timecode,
Front stereo microphone,
audio (2-ch), timecode*,
HD-SDI/SD-SDI, SD analogue
composite, timecode,
audio (XLR 5-pin)
HD analogue component**/SD
analogue component (selectable), SD analogue composite,
timecode*, audio (Pin jack)
*The timecode input and output of the PDW-F335 share the same connector.
**1080/23.98P recordings are output as 1080/59.94i signals via 2-3 pull-down.
2-inch Monochrome Viewfinder
The PDW-F355 and the PDW-F335 are equipped with a
DXF-20W 2.0-inch* monochrome viewfinder as standard.
This enables precise manual focusing when shooting in HD
in 16:9.
*Viewable area measured diagonally
“Live & Play” Function
The PDW-F355 camcorder has a“Live & Play”function that can
simultaneously output both playback signals (images already
recorded) and incoming camera signals (images seen through
the viewfinder). Both signals are fed to their respective output
and viewfinder connectors independently and can be viewed
at the same time. This allows users to frame the next shot, adjust
the exposure and focus the lens while the camcorder is
playing back recordings from the disc.
converted to SD and output via the SD composite,
component*, or i.LINK (DV OUT) connector
> Freeze Mix: superimposes a pre-recorded image in the view
finder. This allows the operator to quickly and easily frame
or reposition a subject when a shot must be taken from
the same position as a previous take
> Thumbnail Search operation
> Expand function
> Scene Selection function for in-camera cuts-only editing**
> Ability to write an EDL (the result of Scene Selection)
back onto disc
> Proxy Data recording
> Four assignable buttons: two on the camera handle and two
on the inside panel,which enable operators to assign
frequently used functions
> Auto Tracing White Balance for automatic adjustments of
camera colour temperature according to lighting changes
> Memory Stick™ and Memory Stick Pro™ media (up to 2 GB):
for storage of camcorder setup files
> Metadata recording: UMID, Extended UMID, EssenceMark
(Shot Mark)
> A Sony WRR-855 Series Wireless Microphone Receiver can be
attached to the camcorder via the CA-WR855 adaptor
> Remote control operation via the Sony RM-B150 and RM-B750
remote control units
> Intelligent light system synchronises strobe on/off to the
REC button
> Four types of software supplied***: PDZ-1 Proxy Browsing
Software, PDZ-VX10 XDCAM Viewer Software, Proxy Viewer
Software and PDZK-P1 XDCAM Transfer Software (for use with
Apple Final Cut Pro™)
*SD component output is only available on the PDW-F335.
**The video and audio cannot be edited independently.
***The latest versions of software can be downloaded from the Sony Website.
Please contact your nearest Sony office for details.
Example of Use for News Gathering
Camera Reporter
Pre-recorded material from Disc
XDCAM HD Camcorders
Connector Panel (PDW-F355)
Connector Panel (PDW-F335)
Camcorder System Diagrams
Unless specified as “supplied”, all the components below are optional.
Electric Condenser Microphone
ECM-674/678 require K-1502 3-pin
to 5-pin Conversion Cable
Light System
Camera Adaptor
Memory Stick Pro
WRR-855B Wireless
Microphone Receiver*
*WRR-861 or WRR-862 Series of
wireless microphone receiver
can also be used. (requires
A-8278- 057-B bracket)
Memory Stick
HD/SD Analogue
Component (PDW-F335)
1/2-inch Type Lens
SD Analogue Composite
2/3-inch Type Lens
2/3-inch Type
Lens Mount Adaptor
Recording Media
Professional Disc
Battery Chargers
Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
(supplied with PDW-F355/F335)
AC-DN10 AC Adaptor
RM-B150 or
Remote Control Unit
XDCAM HD Decks / Drive
PDW-F75 Recording Deck / PDW-F30 Viewing Deck / PDW-U1 Drive Unit
XDCAM HD decks are highly versatile and are ideal for many different applications including HD video
recording, editing, playout, archiving and presentations at large exhibition or conference venues.
The PDW-F75 is a fully-featured recording deck that can record in both high definition (MPEG HD) and
standard definition (DVCAM) modes*. It can record onto both PFD50DLA Dual Layer and PFD23A Single
Layer Professional Disc and provides up to 4.5 hours of HD recording onto one PFD50DLA. The PDW-F75
is equipped with a comprehensive range of interfaces for integration into both AV and IT-based systems.
HD-SDI input and output, HD analogue component and composite outputs and more are provided.
The PDW-F30 is a viewer and NLE feeder, which can also record MXF files (in both MPEG HD and DVCAM)
via its i.LINK (File Access Mode) or Ethernet** interfaces. It works with PFD23A Single Layer Professional Discs.
Both models can also input and output a 25 Mb/s HDV stream (MPEG-2 TS) for interfacing with HDV™
products or HDV-based non-linear editors via their i.LINK port***.
The PDW-F75 and PDW-F30 have been designed to offer maximum speed of operation. They are equipped
with a VTR-like jog dial, providing familiar and fast control of playback. In addition to the random-access
capability, “Thumbnail Search”, “Expand” and “Scene Selection” functions significantly increase operational
*Possible from inputs via the SD-SDI or SD analogue composite interfaces, which require the optional PDBK-104 board.
**Requires the optional PDBK-101 board.
***Requires the optional PDBK-102 board.
Product Features
Common Features of the PDW-F75 and PDW-F30
> Playback of MPEG HD and DVCAM material
> Down-converted output: replayed HD pictures can be
HD analogue component
• w/PDBK-103
SD analogue composite
Digital audio
Analogue audio
HD analogue component
SD analogue composite
Digital audio
• w/PDBK-103
• w/PDBK-104
• w/PDBK-104
l w/PDBK-102
l w/PDBK-101
RS-422, RS-232C
• w/PDBK-102
• w/PDBK-101
RS-422, RS-232C
Analogue audio
Audio monitor
i.LINK (File Access Mode)
converted to SD signals and output via the SD-SDI*,
SD composite, and i.LINK (DV OUT) connectors.
> Up-converted output: replayed DVCAM can be converted
to 1080i HD and output via the HD connectors.
> Thumbnail Search operation
> Expand function
> Scene Selection function for in-deck cuts-only editing**
> Equipped with a Jog/Shuttle dial, providing
Jog: +/1 times normal speed
Variable: -1 to +2 times normal speed
Shuttle: +/-20 times normal speed
> 16:9, 3.5-inch*** colour LCD screen for displaying replayed
pictures, audio monitors, timecode and setup menus
> Repeat playback
> A simple Remote Commander™ unit is supplied.
> Gigabit Ethernet capability for network-based file transfer
(requires the optional PDBK-101 board)
> Input and output of a 25 Mb/s HDV stream (MPEG-2 TS) for
interfacing with HDV products or HDV-based non-linear editors
via an i.LINK port (requires the optional PDBK-102 board)
> Compact and lightweight design; can be placed either
horizontally or vertically
> Four types of software supplied****: PDZ-1 Proxy Browsing
Software, PDZ-VX10 XDCAM Viewer Software, Proxy Viewer
Software and PDZK-P1 XDCAM Transfer Software
(for Apple Final Cut Pro)
* SD-SDI interface is available only on the PDW-F75 deck.
** The video and audio cannot be edited independently.
*** Viewable area measured diagonally.
**** The latest versions of software can be downloaded from the Sony Website.
Please contact your nearest Sony office for details.
Interface Options
Four optional boards are available:
> PDBK-101: Provides a Gigabit Ethernet interface with
the PDW-F75 and PDW-F30
> PDBK-102: Allows a 25 Mb/s HDV stream (MPEG-2 TS) to
be input and output between the PDW-F75/F30 decks
and an HDV device
> PDBK-103: Adds HD analogue component and
RGB inputs to the PDW-F75 (these inputs share the
same BNC connectors)
> PDBK-104: Adds the SD-SDI and SD composite inputs
to the PDW-F75
* Only one of the PDBK-102, PDBK-103 or PDBK-104 boards can be installed
at any one time.
XDCAM HD Product Features
The PDW-U1* is a powerful addition to the XDCAM HD line-up,
which brings XDCAM HD operation to the desktop.
The PDW-U1 allows material recorded on Professional Disc
media to be viewed directly on a PC via its USB interface.
It can also be used as a source feeder for non-linear editing
systems. The PDW-U1 can handle both XDCAM HD and SD discs,
providing a high level of versatility.
Its compact and lightweight design makes it equally ideal
for field and in-house operation.
> Handles files in all XDCAM HD and SD formats
> Handles both the new Dual Layer Disc (PFD50DLA) and
Single Layer Disc (PFD23A)
> Supports the Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) interface - compatible
with most PCs
> Direct access to files on Professional Disc media from a
USB-connected PC
> High-speed file transfer
> Material browsing using the supplied PDZ-VX10 XDCAM Viewer
software** and PDZ-1 Proxy Browsing software**
> Compact and lightweight
> Dimensions (W x H x D): 59 x 164 x 226 mm
PDW-U1 Drive Unit
(2 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 9 inches)
> Mass: 1.4 kg (3 lb 1 oz)
> Can be operated either horizontally or vertically
* The initial version of the PDW-U1 is read-only, and cannot write files onto Professional
Disc media. This capability is scheduled to be available with a software upgrade
targeted for release in Spring 2008.
** The latest versions of software can be downloaded from the Sony Website.
Please contact your nearest Sony office for details.
Power requirements
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Strage temperature
DC 12 V
10 W
5 to 40 °C (+41 to +104 °F)
-20 to +60 °C (-4 to +140 °F)
20 to 90% (relative humidity)
1.4 kg (3 lb 1 oz)
playback format
(availaible Spring 2008)
59 x 164 x 226 mm
(2 3/8 x 6 1/2 x 9 inches)
MPEG HD (35/25/18 Mb/s)
MPEG IMX (50/40/30 Mb/s)
DVCAM (25 Mb/s)
Proxy Video
MPEG HD: 4/2 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
MPEG IMX: 8 ch/16 bit/48 kHz,
or 4 ch/24 bit/48 kHz
DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bit/48 kHz
Proxy Audio
A-law (8/4/2 ch/8 bit/8 kHz)
Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) x1
Supplied accessories
Operation manual (x1)
PDZ-1 Proxy Browsing Software (x1)
PDZ-VX10 XDCAM Viewer Software (x1)
Proxy Viewer Software (x1)
PDZK-P1 XDCAM Transfer Software (x1)
Setup utility software (x1)
Optional Accessories
For PDW-F355/F335 Camcorders
Professional Disc
Professional Disc
2/3-inch Lens Mount Adaptor
5-inch type B/W Viewfinder
Lithium-ion Battery Pack
*Requires optional accessory shoe kit (A-8274-968-B)
Lithium-ion Battery Pack
Remote Control Unit
Wireless Microphone Receiver
*Requires optional mounting
bracket (A-8278-057-A)
Rain Cover
Battery Charger
Remote Control Unit
Shotgun-type Electret
Condenser Microphone
Battery Charger
Camera Adaptor for
Shotgun-type Electret
Condenser Microphone
Battery Charger
Wireless Microphone Receiver
Carrying Case (Hard)
AC Adaptor
Wireless Transmitter
Carrying Case (Soft)
*Requires K-1502 3-pin to
5-pin Conversion Cable
Memory Stick Pro
i.LINK Cable
(4-pin to 6-pin,1.5 m/3.5 m)
i.LINK Cable
(6-pin to 6-pin,1.5 m/3.5 m)
Wireless Microphone
Memory Stick
Optional Accessories
1/2-inch Type HD Lenses* and accessories for PDW-F75/F30 Decks
KH21ex5.7 IRSE
KH16ex5.7 IRSE
KH10ex3.6 IRSE
KH20x6.4 KRS
KH13x4.5 KRS
For PDW-F75/F30 Decks
Professional Disc
SD Input Upconverter
Professional Disc
Editing Controller
Network Board
Remote Control Cable (5 m)
* For details, please contact each manufacturer.
** The PFD50DLA disc cannot be used in the PDW-F30 deck.
*** Only one of the PDBK-102, PDBK-103 or PDBK-104 boards can be installed at any one time.
MPEG-2 TS In/Out Board*
i.LINK Cable
(4-pin to 6-pin,1.5 m/3.5 m)
HD Analogue Input Board*
i.LINK Cable
(6-pin to 6-pin,1.5 m/3.5 m)
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Tailor-made design, installation and project management of
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XDCAM HD Application Software
All XDCAM HD products come with a variety
of free software applications that maximise
the benefit of the XDCAM system.
PDZ-1 software is an easy-to-use PC application that allows
users to browse and storyboard video clips recorded by an
XDCAM system. It runs on Windows-based PCs and supports
three types of interface: i.LINK (File Access Mode), Ethernet,
and USB (only for connection with the PDW-U1).
Once Proxy Data recorded on a Professional Disc media is
transferred to a PC with the PDZ-1 software installed, users
can view and storyboard recorded footage directly on the
PC. The PDZ-1 software also provides a variety of tools for disc
operations including entire or partial disc copy (dubbing),
and transfer between two XDCAM devices.
Storyboarding on a PC not only allows users to preview their
edited sequences instantly, it also provides other powerful
benefits such as the creation of ASF files (playable on
Windows MediaPlayer), the creation and export of EDL data in
various formats, and the transfer of high-resolution clips selected
in the edited sequence.
PDZ-1 Main GUI
PDZ-1 Features
> Supported interfaces: i.LINK (File Access Mode),
Ethernet, and USB (only for connection with the PDW-U1)
> High-speed ingest of Proxy Data from an XDCAM device
> Browsing of Proxy Data recorded by the XDCAM systems
(including those recorded in SD operation)
> Simple and quick cuts-only editing (storyboarding)* with the
following fuctions;
• Preview a result of the storyboard on the PC
• Save the results as a Clip List (XDCAM EDL)
• Convert the Proxy Data on the storyboard to an ASF file for
replay on Windows Media Player
> Export the Clip List in AAF, BE-9100, NewsBase™ XML, and ALE
(Avid Log Exchange) formats
> Transfer high-resolution clips according to the Clip List
> Disc copy – entire disc (all clips) or only selected clips
> Transfer selected clips with margins at the head and tail
of the clips
> Registration of metadata such as “title”, “creator”, or
“comments” for a disc or clip
> Registration of “EssenceMark” metadata for instant cue-up
to desired scenes. Names for the EssenceMark can also be
easily assigned
> Automatic renaming of clips by predetermined rule
(use-predetermined prefix plus sequential numbers)
> Clip search function using the registered metadata
as a keyword
> Print function allows metadata such as thumbnails, creation
date, and comments to be printed out in an easy-to-see
storyboard view
* The video and audio of a clip cannot be edited independently.
Print Function
System requirements
OS: Windows XP (SP2 or later) (for PDW-F355/F335/F75/F30/U1)
Windows Vista Business 32 bit/Ultimate 32 bit (for PDW-U1)
CPU: Pentium M Processor or higher
NOTE: When using Live Logging Mode, recommended CPU
is Pentium 4 2GHz or higher
RAM: 512 MB or more
Others: Internet Explorer 6.0 (SP1 or later), DirectX 8.1b or later
XDCAM HD Application Software
PDZ-VX10 Sony XDCAM Viewer
Proxy Viewer
The PDZ-VX10 software allows users to view
high-resolution and Proxy MXF files recorded by
XDCAM systems on their PC. With this software
installed, thumbnails for all clips can be displayed
in Windows Explorer, enabling the contents of the
disc to be scanned through easily and quickly.
The Proxy Viewer is a simple application to playback Proxy Data
on a PC.
System requirements
OS: Windows XP (SP2 or later) (for PDW-F355/F335/F75/F30/U1)
Windows Vista Business 32 bit/Ultimate 32 bit (for PDW-U1)
CPU: Intel® Core™ Duo processor 1.83GHz or higher
or Intel Pentium 4 3GHz or higher
RAM: 1 GB or more
Others: Internet Explorer 6.0 (SP1 or later), DirectX 9.0c or later
System requirements
OS: Windows XP (SP2 or later) (for PDW-F355/F335/F75/F30/U1)
Windows Vista Business 32 bit/Ultimate 32 bit (for PDW-U1)
CPU: Pentium M Processor or higher
RAM: 512 MB or more
Others: Internet Explorer 6.0 (SP1 or later), DirectX 8.1b or later
The video playback performance will vary depending on the video format,
file size, and the performance of the computer used. For more details on system
requirements, please contact your nearest Sony office.
PDZK-P1 XDCAM Transfer to Apple Final Cut Pro™
non-linear editing systems
PDZK-P1 is a plug-in for Apple Final Cut Pro that provides
native support for MXF files input from a XDCAM device.
With this software installed, XDCAM devices can be mounted
on Mac Finder via a FireWire/i.LINK connection and users can
seamlessly import, edit and export recorded material.
System requirements
OS: Mac OS X version 10.4.10 or later
CPU: PowerPC G5 2GHz, Intel Core2Duo
2GHz, Intel Xeon 2GHz or higher
Others: QuickTime version 7.2 or later
Final Cut Pro version 6.0.1 or later
The latest versions of PDZK-P1 software can be downloaded from the Sony Website.
Please contact your nearest Sony office for details.
XDCAM HD Camcorders Specifications
Power requirements
Approx. 3.9 kg (body, 8 lb 10 oz)
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Continuous operating time
Recording format
Proxy Video
Proxy Audio
HQ, 35Mb/s VBR
Recording/Playback time
SP, 25Mb/s CBR
LP, 18Mb/s VBR
Signal Inputs
Approx. 3.8 kg (body, 8 lb 6 oz)
DC 12 V +5.0 V/-1.0 V
Approx. 34 W (while recording, with
Approx. 30 W (while recording, with viewfinder,
viewfinder, colour LCD ON, manual lens)
colour LCD ON, manual lens)
-5 to 40 °C (+32 to +104 °F)
-20 to +60 °C (-4 to +140 °F)
0 to 90% (relative humidity)
Approx. 150 min. w/BP-GL95 battery
Approx. 160 min. w/BP-GL95 battery
DVCAM (25 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)
MPEG HD: 4 ch or 2 ch, 16 bits/48 kHz
DVCAM: 4 ch, 16 bit/48 kHz
A-law (4 ch/2 ch, 8 bit, 8 kHz)
PFD50DLA(50 GB) and PFD23A (23.3 GB)
185 minutes and 85 minutes
145 minutes (4-ch audio) and 65 minutes (4-ch audio)
150 minutes (2-ch audio) and 68 minutes (2-ch audio)
190 minutes (4-ch audio) and 85 minutes (4-ch audio)
200 minutes (2-ch audio) and 90 minutes (2-ch audio)
248 minutes (4-ch audio) and 112 minutes (4-ch audio)
265 minutes (2-ch audio) and122 minutes (2-ch audio)
BNC x1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
XLR-3pin (Female) x2, line / mic / mic +48 V selectable
BNC x1* XLR-5-pin (Female, stereo) x1
Genlock video
Audio input
Mic input
Signal Outputs
SDI output
Component (HD/SD analogue) video output
Composite video output
Audio output (CH-1/CH-2)
Other Inputs/ Outputs
BNC x1* HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
BNC x1* SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
BNC x1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Mini-jack x1 (stereo)
XLR-5-pin (Male, stereo) x1
BNC x3, Y/Pb/Pr, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Pin-jacks x2, -10 dBu, 47 Ω
BNC x1, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10 Ω
BNC x1, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Timecode input
Timecode output
DC input
DC output
BNC x1 (input or output, selectable),
(input: 0.5 to 18 Vp-p, 10 kΩ, output: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω)
12-pin or 14-pin type hot-shoe
2-pin, DC 12 V, max. 50 W
XLR-4-pin (Male) x1
4-pin (for wireless microphone receiver), DC 12 V (MAX 0.2 A)
IEEE 1394, 6-pin x1, AV/C (DV stream output) or File Access Mode
Audio performance
Frequency response Pickup device
Effective picture
Dynamic range
Wow & flutter
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/-1.0 dB
More than 85 dB
Less than 0.08% (at 1 kHz, reference level)
Less than -70 dB (at 1 kHz, reference level)
Below measurable limit
20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)
Camera section
Pick-up device
Effective picture elements
Optical system
Built-in optical filters
Shutter speed
Slow Shutter (SLS)
Slow & Quick Motion function
(*MPEG HD mode only)
Lens mount
Sensitivity (2000 lx, 89.9% reflectance)
Minimum illumination
Gain selection
Smear level
S/N ratio
Modulation depth at 21 MHz
Geometric distortion
3-chip 1/2-inch type HD Power HAD CCD
Approx. 1.56 Mega Pixels (1,440 x 1,080)
F1.4 prism
1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/16ND, 4: 1/64ND
1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 ,1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
1/40, 1/60, 1/120, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
1/32, 1/48, 1/96, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS
1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS,
1/33, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, ECS, SLS
1 to 8, 16, 32, and 64 frame accumulation
Selectable from 4 to 60 frame/sec
as recording frame rate
Selectable from 4 to 50 frame/sec
as recording frame rate
SONY 1/2-inch type bayonet mount
F9 (typical)
Approx. 0.004 lx (F1.4 lens, +48 dB turbo gain, with 64 frame accumulation)
-3, 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48 dB
-120 dB (typical)
54 dB (typical, HD output)
45% (typical)
Below measurable level (w/o lens)
2.0-inch type monochrome
Built-in LCD monitor
DXF-20W Viewfinder (x1)
Supplied accessories
Electret condenser stereo microphone (x1), L ns mount cap (x1), Shoulder belt (x1), VCT-U14 Tripod Adaptor (x1), Frange focal length adjustment test chart (x1), Operation manual (x1), PDZ-1 Proxy
Browsing Software (x1), Proxy Viewer Software (x1), Professional Disc PFD23A (x1)
* HD-SDI output and SD-SDI output share the same connector.
XDCAM HD Decks Specifications
PDW-F75 Recorder
Power requirements
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Recording format
Proxy Video
Proxy Audio
Playback format
Proxy Video
Proxy Audio
HQ, 35Mb/s VBR
Recording/Playback time
SP, 25 Mb/s VBR
LP, 18Mb/s VBR
PDW-F30 Viewer
100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
70 W
+5 to +40 °C (+41 to +104 °F)
-20 to +60 °C (-4 to +140 °F)
20 to 90% (relative humidity)
7.2 kg (15 lb 6 oz)
307 x 100 x 411 mm (12 1/8 x 4 x 16 1/2 inches)
HQ mode (VBR,maximum bit rate : 35 Mb/s),
SP mode (CBR, 25 Mb/s),
LP mode (VBR,maximum bit rate : 18 Mb/s)
DVCAM (CBR,25 Mb/s) (Option: PDBK-104)
MPEG HD: 4 ch or 2 ch, 16 bits/48 kHz
DVCAM: 4 ch, 16 bit/48 kHz
A-law (4 ch/2 ch, 8 bit, 8 kHz)
MPEG HD (MPEG-2 MP@HL): HQ mode (VBR,maximum bit rate : 35 Mb/s),
SP mode (CBR,25 Mb/s),LP mode (VBR,maximum bit rate : 18 Mb/s),DVCAM (CBR,25 Mb/s)
MPEG HD: 4 ch or 2 ch, 16 bits/48 kHz
DVCAM: 4 ch, 16 bit/48 kHz
A-law (4 ch/2 ch, 8 bit, 8 kHz)
PFD50DLA (50GB)** and PFD23A (23.3GB)
185 minutes (Dual Layer)
85 minutes
145 minutes(4-ch audio) (Dual Layer)
65 minutes(4-ch audio) (Single Layer only)
150 minutes(2-ch audio) (Dual Layer)
68 minutes(2-ch audio) (Single Layer only)
190 minutes(4-ch audio) (Dual Layer)
85 minutes(4-ch audio) (Single Layer only)
200 minutes(2-ch audio) (Dual Layer)
90 minutes(2-ch audio) (Single Layer only)
248 minutes(4-ch audio) (Dual Layer)
112 minutes(4-ch audio) (Single Layer only)
265 minutes(2-ch audio) (Dual Layer)
122 minutes(2-ch audio) (Single Layer only)
Signal Inputs
Search speed (in colour)
Jog mode
Variable Speed
Analogue reference input
Shuttle mode
Analogue composite input (option: PDBK-104)
Analogue HD component input (option: PDBK-103)
HD-SDI input
SD-SDI input (option: PDBK-104)
Analogue audio input
Digital audio input
Timecode input
Signal Outputs
Analogue composite video output
Monitor output
Built-in display
HD-SDI output
Audio output (CH-1/CH-2)
Analogue audio output
Audio monitor output
Headphone output
Digital audio output
Timecode output
±1 time normal speed
-1 to +2 times normal speed
±20 times normal speed
BNC x2(including loop through),
HD Tri-level sync or SD composite sync
(0.3 Vp-p/75 Ω/sync negative)
BNC x1, RS-170M
BNC x4, Y/Pb/Pr/(Sync) or G/B/R/(Sync)
BNC x1, SMPTE 292M
BNC x1, SMPTE 259M
XLR x2 (channel selectable), +4/0/-3/-6
dBu (selectable),10 kΩ, balanced
AES/EBU, BNC x2, 4 channels
BNC x1, SMPTE Time code
BNC x1, (1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/sync negative) , RCA-pin x1,(1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/sync negative)
D-sub 15-pin (G/B/R or Y/Pb/Pr)
3.5-inch type colour LCD monitor
BNC x2, SMPTE 292M
BNC x1, SMPTE 259M
XLR x2 (channel selectable), +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 600 Ω load, balanced
RCA x2 (L, R, Mix), -6dBu, 47 kΩ, unbalanced
Stereo phone jack, -14dBu, 8 Ω, unbalanced
AES/EBU, BNC x2, 4 channels
BNC x1, SMPTE Timecode
Other Inputs/ Outputs
i.LINK(HDV 1080i) (option: PDBK-102)
Ethernet (option: PDBK-101)
IEEE1394, 6-pin x1, AV/C (DV stream output) or File Access Mode
IEEE1394, 6-pin x1, HDV 1080i IN/OUT
1000Base-T (RJ-45)
D-sub 9-pin x 1
D-sub 9-pin x 1
D-sub 9-pin x 1
Video performance
Sampling frequency
Analogue composite output(DV)
Y: 74.25 MHz, R-Y/B-Y: 37.125 MHz
8 bits/sample
Frequency response : 0 to 4.2 MHz +1.0/-3.0 dB (525), 0 to 4.8 MHz +1.0/-3.0 dB (625)
S/N(Y) : 53 dB or more, Y/C delay : ±25 ns or less, K-factor(K2T) : 2% or less
Processor adjustment range
Video level
Chroma level
Set up/black level
Chroma phase
System sync phase
System sync phase (fine)
±3 dB
±3 dB
±30 IRE
±30 deg
±3 µs
±200 ns
Audio performance
Sampling frequency
Frequency response
Dynamic range
48 kHz
16 bits/2 channels or 16 bits/4 channels
20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-1.0 dB(0 dB at 1 kHz)
90 dB or more
0.05% or less (at 1 kHz)
20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)
Supplied accessories
Operation manual (x1),Vertical installation stand (x1), Infrared remote commander (x1), PDZ-1 Proxy Browsing Software (x1), Proxy Viewer Software (x1)
* Only one of the PDBK-102, PDBK-103 or PBDK-104 boards can be installed at any one time.
** The PFD50DLA disc cannot be used in the PDW-F30 deck.
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