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Sony Digital Camcorder
HDW-F900
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System Configuration
BKW-LVF1
(Made-to-order)
Exploring New Horizons
in Movie Making
Internal light system
(option)
WRR-855A(Adapter reguired)
(option)
The new Sony HDW-F900 is a ground-breaking
digital HDCAM™ camcorder that extends both
the company’s unique digital heritage and its
unrivalled experience in the art of imaging. The
physical resemblance of the HDW-F900 to the
highly successful Digital Betacam™ camcorders is
intentional, although there are some subtle but
very relevant changes that further enhance
operational familiarity and ease of use. Because
of its outstanding picture quality and operational
flexibility, this camera offers an important new
alternative to 24-frame film origination for major
television productions and commercials. The
HDW-F900 is already accepted as the Digital
Movie Camera, ideal for exploring new horizons
in digital movie-making.
What distinguishes the HDW-F900 from any
contemporary camcorder is its ability to capture
BKW-401
(option)
BKDW-701
(option)
MSA-4A/8A/16A
AC-550/550CE
HDVF-C750W
Monitor,etc
HD-SDI
HDCA-901
Viewfinders
VCT-14
HDVF-20A
2-inch HD B/W Viewfinder
and record digital high definition pictures – at 24
progressive frames per second – just like a
conventional film camera. Moving pictures are
digitally imaged in accordance with the CIF
(Common Image Format) standard, which
specifies a sampling structure of 1920 active
pixels horizontally by 1080 active pixels
vertically. What makes the HDW-F900 so
universally exciting is that, as well as recording
at 24P, it is switchable to record at 25P, 30P
progressive scan, and also at either 50 or
60 Hz interlaced.
Battery Chargers
BP-L60A
BC-L50/L50CE
(BP-L60A NP-1B/BP-90A
in DC-L1/L90)
BC-L100/L100CE
(BP-L60A NP-1B/BP-90A
in DC-L1/L90)
AC-DN2A
BC-410/410CE
(for BP-90A)
DC-L90
BP-90A
8-pin
RM-B150
Video Cassettes
BNC
LC-HD7
Carrying Case
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Monitor
BCT-40HD/22HD
BCT-HD12CL
3
4
4
System Configuration
BKW-LVF1
(Made-to-order)
Exploring New Horizons
in Movie Making
Internal light system
(option)
WRR-855A(Adapter reguired)
(option)
The new Sony HDW-F900 is a ground-breaking
digital HDCAM™ camcorder that extends both
the company’s unique digital heritage and its
unrivalled experience in the art of imaging. The
physical resemblance of the HDW-F900 to the
highly successful Digital Betacam™ camcorders is
intentional, although there are some subtle but
very relevant changes that further enhance
operational familiarity and ease of use. Because
of its outstanding picture quality and operational
flexibility, this camera offers an important new
alternative to 24-frame film origination for major
television productions and commercials. The
HDW-F900 is already accepted as the Digital
Movie Camera, ideal for exploring new horizons
in digital movie-making.
What distinguishes the HDW-F900 from any
contemporary camcorder is its ability to capture
BKW-401
(option)
BKDW-701
(option)
MSA-4A/8A/16A
AC-550/550CE
HDVF-C750W
Monitor,etc
HD-SDI
HDCA-901
Viewfinders
VCT-14
HDVF-20A
2-inch HD B/W Viewfinder
and record digital high definition pictures – at 24
progressive frames per second – just like a
conventional film camera. Moving pictures are
digitally imaged in accordance with the CIF
(Common Image Format) standard, which
specifies a sampling structure of 1920 active
pixels horizontally by 1080 active pixels
vertically. What makes the HDW-F900 so
universally exciting is that, as well as recording
at 24P, it is switchable to record at 25P, 30P
progressive scan, and also at either 50 or
60 Hz interlaced.
Battery Chargers
BP-L60A
BC-L50/L50CE
(BP-L60A NP-1B/BP-90A
in DC-L1/L90)
BC-L100/L100CE
(BP-L60A NP-1B/BP-90A
in DC-L1/L90)
AC-DN2A
BC-410/410CE
(for BP-90A)
DC-L90
BP-90A
8-pin
RM-B150
Video Cassettes
BNC
LC-HD7
Carrying Case
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Monitor
BCT-40HD/22HD
BCT-HD12CL
3
4
4
Panavision 11:1 Primo digital® Zoom,
9.5-105 mm T1.6
Panavision 4.5:1 Primo digital Zoom,
6-27 mm T1.6
Canon HJ18 x 7.8B KLL-SC,
HD Digital Cinematography zoom
lens
Canon HJ9 x 5.5B KLL-SC,
HD Digital Cinematography zoom
lens
Canon HJ18 x 7.8B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Canon HJ15 x 8B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Canon HJ9 x 5.5B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Angenieux / Zeiss HD adapter
for 35 mm prime lenses
ARRI Ultra Prime series
with Angenieux / Zeiss HD adapter
Optex EC 40,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 50,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 80,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 150,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 200,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 300,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 120 MACRO,
HD EC lens
Angenieux 11.5 x 5.3
HD Digital cinematography zoom lens
Angenieux 10 x 5.3
HD Electronic zoom lens
CineAlta™ — Liberating Movie Makers
CineAlta – a name we proudly introduce to symbolize the bond
between cinematography and Digital High Definition imaging. It
distinguishes a Sony family of products and systems that offer new
creativity in the production, post production and exchange of motion
pictures. It brings together the quality and universality of 24-frame
cinematography with the real-time capability, efficiency and
flexibility of Digital High Definition technology. It stimulates the
convergence of Motion Picture Film and Digital High Definition
production on a global basis.
CineAlta products, delivering cinema-quality pictures at selectable
frame-rates, are simplifying International Programme Exchange by
minimizing the need for standards conversion. Equally, they are
opening up new possibilities for international co-production.
Movie making has been liberated with the creative empowerment of
the cinematographer. It is facilitated by real-time HD image
evaluation on-set, instant replay of a full-color high-resolution digital
“take”, real-time image optimization while shooting, a 50-minute
shooting load and, most importantly, by the significant cost-benefits
associated with this digital medium.
CineAlta products also ensure a seamless bridge between 24-frame
film originals and a final 24P digital master. A frame of film now has
a one-to-one correspondence with a progressive HD frame. The
CineAlta environment readily interfaces with the computer graphics
world, liberating post production. The direct color conversion of
progressive 24P masters to film, and to a multiplicity of international
digital HDTV and SDTV distribution formats, are the final liberation.
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HDCAM –
Cinema-quality
Digital Recording
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For a number of years, Widescreen Digital
Betacam has achieved remarkable success in the
16 mm market area. The new HDW-F900
camcorder offers high definition image-capture
equivalent to the picture quality associated with
24-frame 35 mm film. Widescreen Digital
Betacam rivals the image quality of Super 16 mm
film reproduction (especially when the latter is
“blown-up” to 35 mm for theatrical release). 24P
HDCAM imaging elevates this image quality to
the ranking of a 35 mm film release print derived
from a 35 mm original capture.
* A certain model may not be available in some countries. For the detail, please contact each manufacturer.
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Panavision 11:1 Primo digital® Zoom,
9.5-105 mm T1.6
Panavision 4.5:1 Primo digital Zoom,
6-27 mm T1.6
Canon HJ18 x 7.8B KLL-SC,
HD Digital Cinematography zoom
lens
Canon HJ9 x 5.5B KLL-SC,
HD Digital Cinematography zoom
lens
Canon HJ18 x 7.8B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Canon HJ15 x 8B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Canon HJ9 x 5.5B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Angenieux / Zeiss HD adapter
for 35 mm prime lenses
ARRI Ultra Prime series
with Angenieux / Zeiss HD adapter
Optex EC 40,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 50,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 80,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 150,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 200,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 300,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 120 MACRO,
HD EC lens
Angenieux 11.5 x 5.3
HD Digital cinematography zoom lens
Angenieux 10 x 5.3
HD Electronic zoom lens
CineAlta™ — Liberating Movie Makers
CineAlta – a name we proudly introduce to symbolize the bond
between cinematography and Digital High Definition imaging. It
distinguishes a Sony family of products and systems that offer new
creativity in the production, post production and exchange of motion
pictures. It brings together the quality and universality of 24-frame
cinematography with the real-time capability, efficiency and
flexibility of Digital High Definition technology. It stimulates the
convergence of Motion Picture Film and Digital High Definition
production on a global basis.
CineAlta products, delivering cinema-quality pictures at selectable
frame-rates, are simplifying International Programme Exchange by
minimizing the need for standards conversion. Equally, they are
opening up new possibilities for international co-production.
Movie making has been liberated with the creative empowerment of
the cinematographer. It is facilitated by real-time HD image
evaluation on-set, instant replay of a full-color high-resolution digital
“take”, real-time image optimization while shooting, a 50-minute
shooting load and, most importantly, by the significant cost-benefits
associated with this digital medium.
CineAlta products also ensure a seamless bridge between 24-frame
film originals and a final 24P digital master. A frame of film now has
a one-to-one correspondence with a progressive HD frame. The
CineAlta environment readily interfaces with the computer graphics
world, liberating post production. The direct color conversion of
progressive 24P masters to film, and to a multiplicity of international
digital HDTV and SDTV distribution formats, are the final liberation.
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HDCAM –
Cinema-quality
Digital Recording
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For a number of years, Widescreen Digital
Betacam has achieved remarkable success in the
16 mm market area. The new HDW-F900
camcorder offers high definition image-capture
equivalent to the picture quality associated with
24-frame 35 mm film. Widescreen Digital
Betacam rivals the image quality of Super 16 mm
film reproduction (especially when the latter is
“blown-up” to 35 mm for theatrical release). 24P
HDCAM imaging elevates this image quality to
the ranking of a 35 mm film release print derived
from a 35 mm original capture.
* A certain model may not be available in some countries. For the detail, please contact each manufacturer.
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Optional Accessories
Sony HDVF-20A,
HD Electronic Viewfinder
Sony Viewfinder Eyepiece,
A-8262-537-A (High magnification)
A-8262-538-A (Low magnification)
A-8267-737-A (Standard magnification with
special compensation for aberrations)
Sony BC-L100/L100CE,
Battery Charger
Sony BKW-401,
Viewfinder Rotation Bracket
Sony BVM-D9H5U,
Color Video Monitor
Sony Memory Stick,
MSA-4A/8A/16A
Sony BC-L50/L50CE,
Battery Charger
Sony VCT-14,
Tripod Adapter
Sony VF-508,
Monitor ENG kit for Sony 9-type
monitors
Sony AC-DN2A,
AC adapter
Sony WRR-855A,
Wireless Microphone Receiver
(Adapter required)
Sony LC-HD7,
Carrying case for HDW-F900
The state-of-the-art, Sony HDCAM compression
scheme is a frame-based digital compression
strategy, where every frame of the signal is treated
as a single entity. HDCAM maintains
exceptionally high picture quality and
multi-generation robustness for both progressive
and interlace signals.
Sony Viewfinder Eyepiece,
A-8314-798-A
(High-performance, x3)
Advanced digital pre-filtering and dynamic
bit-allocation for luminance and chrominance
components (based on the statistical analysis of
the picture content) are combined with a mild
compression ratio of only 4.4 to 1 to give a total
on-tape recorded data rate of a modest 185 Mb/s
at 60i. This, in turn, ensures high-integrity
camcorder recording in the most hostile of
environmental conditions.
Sony BP-L60A,
Lithium-ion Battery
The frame rate switchability of the camcorder
allows 24, 25 or 30 progressive frames per
second capture as well as a choice of either 50 or
60 Hz interlace – all at the push of a button. In
the same way that a film camera runs longer at a
lower frame rate, the HDW-F900 records longer
runs when operating at the lower frame rates.
Consequently a BCT-40HD cassette, the same
size as the familiar 40-minute Digital Betacam
cassette, records 40 minutes of 60i or records 50
minutes of 24P, cinema-quality, material. This is
a major boon to film production.
Sony BKDW-701,
Servo Filter Unit
Sony RM-B150,
Remote Control Unit for HDW-F900
The 24-frame progressive capability of HDCAM
converges digital and film imaging, offering a new
and novel creative flexibility for prime time
television production and movie-making.
Sony Fog-proof filter, 1-547-341-11
Sony 1/8ND filter, 3-174-685-01
Sony 1/32ND filter, 3-174-683-01
Sony Cross filter, 3-174-682-01
Sony Mount ring, 3-186-442-01
Sony Memory Stick carrying case,
MSAC-A3
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Since Sony introduced the HDCAM format in
1997, it has been well proven in the USA and
Japan, where it has offered highly mobile and
compact 1080/60i digital acquisition and
recording solutions. This highly reliable and
robust format delivers superb picture quality
efficiently packaged onto 1/2-inch tape.
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Extended Viewfinder
Color Viewfinder
The Sony extended viewfinder, the BKW-LVF1*, is of particular interest to
The availability of this LCD-based color viewfinder is particularly relevant to
crews that are used to film-style shooting. It facilitates operation of an
crews used to film shooting with video-assist. It helps picture composition and
HDW-F900 when shooting in the same style as with a film camera.
framing. It also gives a good impression of overall color balance.
*Order-based
*The liquid crystal display fitted to this unit is manufactured with high precision technology, giving a
functioning pixel ratio of at least 99.99 %. Thus a very small proportion of pixels (at most 0.01 %) may be
“stuck”, constantly on or constantly off. In addition, over a long period of use, because of the physical
characteristics of the liquid crystal display, such “stuck” pixels may appear spontaneously. These problems
have been kept to absolute minimum, but are an unavoidable characteristic of liquid crystal technology.
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Optional Digital Cinematography Accessories
work with film.
Recognizing the acceptance of the HDW-F900 for Digital Cinematography
A range of special lens optimized for the HDW-F900 is now emerging from
productions, many film-related manufacturers are now developing appropriate
leading manufacturers. A number of these lenses are calibrated in T-stops
film-type accessories for this model. These include special digital
rather than F-stops, have a cinematic-style focus ring, include the relevant gear
cinematography zoom and prime lenses, base plates, matte boxes, follow focus
teeth for follow focus kits. There is also a range of HD prime lenses for
units, etc. These initiatives have been welcomed by crews who principally
2/3-type B-4 mounting.
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‘In-Camera’ Creativity
The digital camcorder is a powerful new creative
tool intended to allow the cinematographer to
work smoothly and confidently, with minimum
distraction. This is particularly relevant for
picture acquisition systems that serve the most
demanding and creative talents of the movie
industry and high-end television production. The
combination of camera design and operator’s
skills has a profound effect on the final look of an
entire production. With this in mind, and
leveraging the digital heritage and unrivalled
imaging expertise of Sony, we launched the
design of the new Digital 24P HDCAM camcorder
– something that many in the film community had
long urged us to implement. The result is the
HDW-F900, created with the sole purpose of
producing superb pictures. From the very first
camera shot in a production, the cinematographer
is now empowered to make new and unique
creative contributions during shooting. So much
more can now be done “in-camera” that is in
defiance of conventional wisdom. The new
HDW-F900 delivers outstanding “in-camera”
creativity.
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Enhancing
Digital Movie-making
Creativity
Inside the compact and stylish body of the
HDW-F900 are many technological innovations.
They are brought together to enable creation of
some of the most versatile and outstanding visual
experiences of the coming century, which will
certainly witness the widespread adoption of
digital movie-making tools.
The Art of Image-making
The progressive scan CCD sensor at the heart of the
HDW-F900 marks a significant advance in Sony HAD CCD
technology. It is a development that now makes possible
image capture over a range of frame rates, and ensures that
their quality is at the highest possible level. This progressive
scan CCD sensor provides a sensitivity of f10 at 2,000 lux (at
60i) providing subjectively noise and grain-free pictures. At
24 fps, with a 1/48-second shutter speed (equivalent to a
180º film camera shutter setting), the exposure index of the
HDW-F900 is approximately equivalent to 300 ISO*. It
allows the acquisition of gain-free imagery in deeply
shadowed areas of a scene.
Superb CCD highlight-handling greatly extends the Exposure
Latitude of the camera,
allowing directors the
dramatic freedom to shoot
and capture extreme
highlights in otherwise
low-key scenes.
*Sony measurement.
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One World – One Model
Sony’s multi-frame-rate switchable HDCAM digital
equipment complies with the new 1999 ITU
709-03 recommendation for High Definition
Production and International Programme
Exchange. All products with CineAlta mark are
designed for worldwide use and for smooth,
straightforward, international collaboration and
program material interchange. They may conform
and be certified to comply with the local
regulations but fundamentally it is always the
same model for the whole world. This heralds an
important new era in professional program-making
equipment.
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The Mastery of Signal Processing
New Ergonomics
Picture Tonal Reproduction is substantially enriched by the
adoption of a new, wide dynamic range CCD and innovative
design of a 12-bit A/D converter that is then followed by
powerful, high-speed, Advanced Digital Signal Processing
(ADSP). ADSP allows the active manipulation of many
picture parameters to expand the use of in-camera effects.
Menu-driven camera set-up, pioneered by Sony, has become
widely accepted among Digital Cinematographers. Naturally,
it has been extended in the new HDW-F900. The well
known Setup Card used to store set-up parameters in Digital
Betacam camcorders is replaced by the novel Sony Memory
Stick™. This allows five versions of the camera set up to be
stored and recalled whenever they are required. This
includes all the factors relating to colorimetry and tonal
reproduction adjustment, so that at any time (such as scene
re-shoot) these settings can always be readily accessible.
To help maximize the camera image-making capabilities,
special attention has been
paid to the careful design of
the camera menus so that
access to certain image
parameters is user-friendly and
intuitive.
There are very good reasons why every camera –
photographic, movie or video – has its own fundamental
shape and appearance. The way the lens is attached, how
the recording medium is loaded, and the way in which the
camera is most frequently operated, all influence its basic
design. To make the new HDW-F900 appear like a movie
camera would not do justice to its attributes. This is
fundamentally a digital camera – so its body has been
designed to serve the digital cinematographer in the most
proficient manner. At Sony we have been perfecting
camcorder body design over many years, always trying to
make them user friendly and practical as well as stylish and
appealing.
The HDW-F900 incorporates a B-4 lens mount that
facilitates quick lens replacement and reinforced to accept
heavy lenses.
All switches, meters and indicators are in the most logical
places and are positioned for optimum functionality and ease
of use. This has been achieved through meticulous
consideration of the human physiology and the application
of fundamental ergonomic principles. The operation of every
single switch and button reflects our thorough understanding
of the operator’s needs and working practices. We have been
making professional cameras for over 20 years, and for all
that time we have listened very carefully to what users have
had to say about refining camera body design.
The superb weight distribution and balance combined with a
low optical axis make the HDW-F900 particularly suitable for
hand-held shots. It also sits comfortably on the shoulder and
can be carried with minimum fatigue. It can be readily
mounted on a Steadicam™ or mounted on a tripod,
geared-head or motion-control system. Even with the
viewfinder, battery, cassette, microphone, and a small
variable or fixed-focal length lens, the total weight is only 8
kilograms (about 17 pounds). This astonishingly compact and
lightweight camera opens new possibilities for creative
camera work while delivering uncompromising picture
quality. Inside the familiar, compact and stylish body of the
HDW-F900 are some highly innovative technologies. They
are brought together to enable the creation of what will be
some of the most versatile and outstanding visual
experiences of the coming years.
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Internal Light System
A two-pin socket provides up to 50 watts of power
from the attached lithium-ion battery. This can be used
to power a variety of ancillary devices, including a
front-light that can be mounted on the
upper part of the handle. The
power can be switched on and
off manually or, when in Auto
mode, it can be set to be
synchronized with the
operation of the Record
button.
Cassette Loading
The cassette loading is fast, simple and reliable. It takes
less then 5 seconds* for cassette change. This facility
and long recording runs (40-50 minutes depending on
the selected frame-rate) offer new levels of efficiency
on location. The loading mechanism is robust and
designed to be dust and drip proof. The vertical
cassette loading also helps to minimize the risk of
anything unwanted getting into the tape mechanism.
*Sony measurement.
Optical Filter Wheels
For the optical picture treatment, two independent filter
wheels (each with four filter positions) are provided,
one with for Neutral Density (ND) and one with Color
Correction (CC) filters are installed. An optional servo
filter drive unit, the BKDW-701, can also be fitted
allowing filter settings to be changed with the
RM-B150 Remote Control Unit.
Safe Area Markers
Extended Clear Scan
The Extended Clear Scan function is particularly useful
when shooting scenes that contain computer or TV
screens as it minimize the horizontal bars that can
appear. The ECS shutter speed is continuously variable.
When the camera is operated at 24P with a
1/48-second shutter speed, it exactly emulates the
motion blur of a film camera operating at 24fps with a
180º shutter.
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To allow for individual production requirements, the
HDW-F900 provides safe-area markers for any aspect
ratio.
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Enhancing Digital Movie-making Creativity
The Future Direction of Movie Making
The CineAlta brand is a guarantee of high
production values ensured by outstanding picture
quality and sophisticated digital image treatments.
A high degree of production security is assured by
the immediacy of the medium and the comfort of
instant HD review of the material on location
(direct playback from a camcorder or VTR).
Improved production speed and cost-effectiveness
is the result of a subsequent direct entry to digital
post production. There are no costs for film
processing and telecine transfer – and an absence
of the associated time delays. The substantially
lower cost of raw stock is a significant factor in
enhancing production cash flow by substantially
lowering up-front production costs. And the
digital tape can always be reused if desired!
Over the years, Sony has carefully pioneered the
concept of Digital Cinematography. With the
arrival of the HDW-F900 this concept is
strengthened. Undoubtedly this camera will
produce some of the finest and most faithful
pictures. A more cinematic or film-like look can
be achieved with the use of appropriate camera
settings, operational accessories and lenses, and
of course, the added craftsmanship of the
cinematographer. The creative versatility of this
camcorder, together with cinematic-style
shooting, lighting and appropriate grading in post
production provides very rewarding results.
Program material produced under these conditions
closely matches the performance of 35 mm film
origination that is processed in the traditional
manner and projected in cinemas.
Prominent lens and film accessory manufacturers
are already developing the infrastructure required
to make this new 24-frame progressive camcorder
meet the expectations of cinematographers.
Combining this with the close co-operation that
has already developed between Sony and several
distinguished moviemakers is encouraging
continuous refinement of operational features,
thus ensuring that the HDW-F900 will continue to
meet the evolving requirements of the most
demanding of productions.
Stereo Audio Output
A stereo audio line output is available from the 5-pin
XLR connector on the rear of the camcorder. This
provides two analog audio output channels, which can
be selected to be either Channel-1/2 or Channel-3/4.
LCD Status Panel and Diagnostic System
All the main operational controls and switches are
located on the left-hand side of the camcorder. The
LCD panel is on the same side, and shows a wide
range of status and diagnostic displays such as Tape
Remaining, Battery Level, Audio Levels, etc.
Assignable Button
You can assign Viewfinder Return, Record and other
functions to this switch.
Electronic Shutter
The electronic shutter
helps in capturing clear
images of fast-moving
objects by selectively
minimizing motion blur.
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Creative Versatility
Creative Versatility
The journey from a scripted story to the “silver
screen” is long and laborious, but also exciting
and fascinating. Each story calls for different
visual treatment and usually a specific look. To
help this creative process we have made it very
easy to customize the settings of many image
parameters, and then digitally save and recall
these settings. This is why we introduced a simple
and intuitive menu driven set-up which has
transformed camera set up from being an
engineering exercise into a uniquely creative
process. Up to five versions of a camera’s set-up
parameters can be stored, and these can be
transferred to and from the Memory Stick storage
medium. This represents a major advance in
operational flexibility and creative versatility
when compared to some conventional
techniques. In addition, the newly designed menu
“page layout”, setting up an HDW-F900 is easier
than ever. This combined with “page
customization” speeds up the operation by
allowing relevant parameters to be grouped
together in the most appropriate way.
The camera setup menu features relating to the
most important
picture parameters are
described in the
following paragraphs.
Motion-capture
This is the area where film and video have, up until now,
differed most. Every film camera exposes a succession of still
images (most usually 24 frames per second) that, when
projected, effectively reproduce motion. Because of the time
required for a film transport to move from frame to frame,
half of the action is not registered and this gives material
originated on film its specific footprint. On the other hand,
digital cameras record interlaced images where two fields
with temporal offset are used to capture one frame. This
covers almost the entire action, giving a smoother motion
portrayal than film images captured at lower frame rate.
When an HDW-F900 is set to a 24P frame rate and with a
shutter speed of 1/48 second, it captures moving pictures in
precisely the same manner as the film camera and produces
results with the same motion footprint as footage shot on
film. The overall result is comparable to 35 mm film
origination.
As well as a 24P frame rate, the HDW-F900 has a unique
range of optional frame rates available. The progressive CCD
sensor is able to capture progressive images at frame rates at
23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 frames per second. Traditional
interlace material can also be captured when an HDW-F900
is set to field rates of 50, 59.94 and 60 Hz interlace. The
extent of these frame rates provides the ability to shoot in
both the film and television program genres. It also offers the
means for some creative speed change for special effects (for
example shoot at 30P and playback at 24P slow motion).
Stop Motion and Time Lapse
The HDW-F900 also has a frame-by-frame recording
capability that provides stop-motion and time-lapse modes of
operation in-camera. This offers new and innovative creative
opportunities in both animation and model shooting.
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Highlight Handling
Picture Stability
Colorimetry
Sony Advanced TruEye™ processing allows much improved
highlight handling, with faithful color reproduction.
By its very nature any digital or video camera delivers rock
steady pictures. The HDW-F900 is no exception. There is
none of the picture weave usually associated with material
originated on film. The picture stability is particularly
relevant for productions incorporating multi-layered
compositing special effects. Image weave, compounded by
noise, is the enemy of all compression algorithms. The
emergence of highly compressed MPEG-based delivery
systems, including DVD and digital transmission using
multiple GOPs (Group of Pictures) calls for a high level of
picture stability to maintain picture quality – and here digital
acquisition is a major boon.
The HDW-F900 produces pictures with astonishing color
reproduction accuracy. Its Multi Matrix function also offers
unique possibilities for creative intervention by allowing
selective color enhancement or alteration. Multi Matrix
allows a particular color to be selected and its hue changed
over a range of approximately 20 degrees. The level of
saturation can also be modified. This permits some very
interesting “in camera” effects – similar to the secondary
color correction normally reserved for post production
special effects work – and is performed at the full bit depth.
Conventional Video Equipment
Multi Matrix ON
Texture
TruEye
Because of the very good signal to noise ratio performance,
the HDW-F900 delivers subjectively noiseless and grain-free
pictures having the finest, most delicate and almost
transparent texture. This can exploit the use of subtle
cosmetics on the human face, as well as superb reproduction
of fine-textured materials. This has high benefit in
commercial production. It is also particularly useful when
working on productions that require multi-layering and
blue-screen effects. The separation between useful
information and unwanted grain or noise is straightforward
and delivers accurate and spectacular results.
Color Balance
Color balance is widely accepted as one of the key settings
for any shot. There are a number of ways of setting this when
working with the HDW-F900. Auto White (and Black)
balance gives an accurate overall color balance.
A Paint functions permits color levels to be adjusted on-set
according to the cinematographer’s creative needs, while
Color Temperature Control makes it possible to dial in the
required color temperature of the camera. In addition, the
overall color balance of the picture can be changed
electronically to make it ‘warmer’ or ‘colder’. This feature
can be used very creatively, particularly in scenes with
mixed color lighting.
3,200K
6,300K
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Creative Versatility
Contrast Range
In a similar way to film, the new HDW-F900 can handle a
very impressive contrast range. For the most challenging of
light settings and associated scene conditions, a number of
useful operational features are available that allow image
optimization in real-time to help capture the desired mood of
a shot.
A vital factor in achieving an appropriate contrast range is
the gamma curve of the medium, as this determines the
transfer characteristic of a normal exposed scene. In a film
camera, gamma is primarily pre-determined by the film
stock. However in a digital camera, gamma is readily
adjustable on set. The overall (master) gamma curve of the
HDW-F900 is very smooth because its 12-bit A/D converter
and ADSP (Advanced Digital Signal Processing) provide
multiple gamma points to ensure very natural overall tonal
reproduction. While the master gamma can be changed
using either a remote control unit or via the set-up menu,
several fixed master gamma curves are available. These are
all accessed via the set-up menu.
Another interesting feature of the HDW-F900 is RGB Gamma
Balance. By changing gamma balance it is possible to
change the color balance of the mid-tones without affecting
black or white balance. Finally, Black Gamma allows fine
adjustment of tonal reproduction in the shadows (black) to
be made. This can help to bring out details from the dark
parts of the picture without affecting mid-tones and with the
Definition – Picture Sharpness
absolute black level remaining unchanged. It is particularly
helpful for dark scenes when the black has to stay black, but
there is a requirement to pull out more detail.
The range of creative possibilities offered by modifying
gamma settings is quite inspiring and, when mastered by a
cinematographer, offers a great advantage in achieving a
desired ‘look’.
The HDW-F900 produces extremely delicate pictures having
fine detail that is similar to that of a 35 mm film release
print. The CCDs, each with 2.2 million pixels, faithfully
capture images with natural sharpness. The HDW-F900 also
incorporates some new and innovative image enhancement
functions, allowing very precise control of the way the
picture texture and edges are represented.
The first of these new features is Soft Focus. The Soft Focus
adjustment is particularly convenient for those who find
conventional digital images to be too sharp and allows
cinematic or film-like pictures to be created. In concert with
optical filtration, this additional digital filtration can add a
new creative extension to the treatment of image softness –
and it can be optimized in real-time on the shoot.
The second feature, Adaptive Detail Control (also known as
Knee Aperture), allows the image detail enhancement in the
highlight areas to look more natural.
The third of these new features is Skin Tone Detail. This
controls the detail level of objects with specific color
tonality. It is particularly useful when shooting talents with
the intent to creatively alter and soften the texture of their
facial appearance while the remainder of the scene retains its
full crispness. Within selected areas, details can be enhanced
as well as softened. This can be a powerful imaging tool not
available in film shooting. Three sets of such correction
parameters can be applied simultaneously.
Conventional Video Equipment
Adaptive Detail Control
Standard Gamma
Film Gamma
Ch 1 ON
Film Gamma with Black Gamma
16
Soft Focus ON
Ch 2 ON
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Creative Versatility
Contrast Range
In a similar way to film, the new HDW-F900 can handle a
very impressive contrast range. For the most challenging of
light settings and associated scene conditions, a number of
useful operational features are available that allow image
optimization in real-time to help capture the desired mood of
a shot.
A vital factor in achieving an appropriate contrast range is
the gamma curve of the medium, as this determines the
transfer characteristic of a normal exposed scene. In a film
camera, gamma is primarily pre-determined by the film
stock. However in a digital camera, gamma is readily
adjustable on set. The overall (master) gamma curve of the
HDW-F900 is very smooth because its 12-bit A/D converter
and ADSP (Advanced Digital Signal Processing) provide
multiple gamma points to ensure very natural overall tonal
reproduction. While the master gamma can be changed
using either a remote control unit or via the set-up menu,
several fixed master gamma curves are available. These are
all accessed via the set-up menu.
Another interesting feature of the HDW-F900 is RGB Gamma
Balance. By changing gamma balance it is possible to
change the color balance of the mid-tones without affecting
black or white balance. Finally, Black Gamma allows fine
adjustment of tonal reproduction in the shadows (black) to
be made. This can help to bring out details from the dark
parts of the picture without affecting mid-tones and with the
Definition – Picture Sharpness
absolute black level remaining unchanged. It is particularly
helpful for dark scenes when the black has to stay black, but
there is a requirement to pull out more detail.
The range of creative possibilities offered by modifying
gamma settings is quite inspiring and, when mastered by a
cinematographer, offers a great advantage in achieving a
desired ‘look’.
The HDW-F900 produces extremely delicate pictures having
fine detail that is similar to that of a 35 mm film release
print. The CCDs, each with 2.2 million pixels, faithfully
capture images with natural sharpness. The HDW-F900 also
incorporates some new and innovative image enhancement
functions, allowing very precise control of the way the
picture texture and edges are represented.
The first of these new features is Soft Focus. The Soft Focus
adjustment is particularly convenient for those who find
conventional digital images to be too sharp and allows
cinematic or film-like pictures to be created. In concert with
optical filtration, this additional digital filtration can add a
new creative extension to the treatment of image softness –
and it can be optimized in real-time on the shoot.
The second feature, Adaptive Detail Control (also known as
Knee Aperture), allows the image detail enhancement in the
highlight areas to look more natural.
The third of these new features is Skin Tone Detail. This
controls the detail level of objects with specific color
tonality. It is particularly useful when shooting talents with
the intent to creatively alter and soften the texture of their
facial appearance while the remainder of the scene retains its
full crispness. Within selected areas, details can be enhanced
as well as softened. This can be a powerful imaging tool not
available in film shooting. Three sets of such correction
parameters can be applied simultaneously.
Conventional Video Equipment
Adaptive Detail Control
Standard Gamma
Film Gamma
Ch 1 ON
Film Gamma with Black Gamma
16
Soft Focus ON
Ch 2 ON
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Highlight Handling
Picture Stability
Colorimetry
Sony Advanced TruEye™ processing allows much improved
highlight handling, with faithful color reproduction.
By its very nature any digital or video camera delivers rock
steady pictures. The HDW-F900 is no exception. There is
none of the picture weave usually associated with material
originated on film. The picture stability is particularly
relevant for productions incorporating multi-layered
compositing special effects. Image weave, compounded by
noise, is the enemy of all compression algorithms. The
emergence of highly compressed MPEG-based delivery
systems, including DVD and digital transmission using
multiple GOPs (Group of Pictures) calls for a high level of
picture stability to maintain picture quality – and here digital
acquisition is a major boon.
The HDW-F900 produces pictures with astonishing color
reproduction accuracy. Its Multi Matrix function also offers
unique possibilities for creative intervention by allowing
selective color enhancement or alteration. Multi Matrix
allows a particular color to be selected and its hue changed
over a range of approximately 20 degrees. The level of
saturation can also be modified. This permits some very
interesting “in camera” effects – similar to the secondary
color correction normally reserved for post production
special effects work – and is performed at the full bit depth.
Conventional Video Equipment
Multi Matrix ON
Texture
TruEye
Because of the very good signal to noise ratio performance,
the HDW-F900 delivers subjectively noiseless and grain-free
pictures having the finest, most delicate and almost
transparent texture. This can exploit the use of subtle
cosmetics on the human face, as well as superb reproduction
of fine-textured materials. This has high benefit in
commercial production. It is also particularly useful when
working on productions that require multi-layering and
blue-screen effects. The separation between useful
information and unwanted grain or noise is straightforward
and delivers accurate and spectacular results.
Color Balance
Color balance is widely accepted as one of the key settings
for any shot. There are a number of ways of setting this when
working with the HDW-F900. Auto White (and Black)
balance gives an accurate overall color balance.
A Paint functions permits color levels to be adjusted on-set
according to the cinematographer’s creative needs, while
Color Temperature Control makes it possible to dial in the
required color temperature of the camera. In addition, the
overall color balance of the picture can be changed
electronically to make it ‘warmer’ or ‘colder’. This feature
can be used very creatively, particularly in scenes with
mixed color lighting.
3,200K
6,300K
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Creative Versatility
Creative Versatility
The journey from a scripted story to the “silver
screen” is long and laborious, but also exciting
and fascinating. Each story calls for different
visual treatment and usually a specific look. To
help this creative process we have made it very
easy to customize the settings of many image
parameters, and then digitally save and recall
these settings. This is why we introduced a simple
and intuitive menu driven set-up which has
transformed camera set up from being an
engineering exercise into a uniquely creative
process. Up to five versions of a camera’s set-up
parameters can be stored, and these can be
transferred to and from the Memory Stick storage
medium. This represents a major advance in
operational flexibility and creative versatility
when compared to some conventional
techniques. In addition, the newly designed menu
“page layout”, setting up an HDW-F900 is easier
than ever. This combined with “page
customization” speeds up the operation by
allowing relevant parameters to be grouped
together in the most appropriate way.
The camera setup menu features relating to the
most important
picture parameters are
described in the
following paragraphs.
Motion-capture
This is the area where film and video have, up until now,
differed most. Every film camera exposes a succession of still
images (most usually 24 frames per second) that, when
projected, effectively reproduce motion. Because of the time
required for a film transport to move from frame to frame,
half of the action is not registered and this gives material
originated on film its specific footprint. On the other hand,
digital cameras record interlaced images where two fields
with temporal offset are used to capture one frame. This
covers almost the entire action, giving a smoother motion
portrayal than film images captured at lower frame rate.
When an HDW-F900 is set to a 24P frame rate and with a
shutter speed of 1/48 second, it captures moving pictures in
precisely the same manner as the film camera and produces
results with the same motion footprint as footage shot on
film. The overall result is comparable to 35 mm film
origination.
As well as a 24P frame rate, the HDW-F900 has a unique
range of optional frame rates available. The progressive CCD
sensor is able to capture progressive images at frame rates at
23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 frames per second. Traditional
interlace material can also be captured when an HDW-F900
is set to field rates of 50, 59.94 and 60 Hz interlace. The
extent of these frame rates provides the ability to shoot in
both the film and television program genres. It also offers the
means for some creative speed change for special effects (for
example shoot at 30P and playback at 24P slow motion).
Stop Motion and Time Lapse
The HDW-F900 also has a frame-by-frame recording
capability that provides stop-motion and time-lapse modes of
operation in-camera. This offers new and innovative creative
opportunities in both animation and model shooting.
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Enhancing Digital Movie-making Creativity
The Future Direction of Movie Making
The CineAlta brand is a guarantee of high
production values ensured by outstanding picture
quality and sophisticated digital image treatments.
A high degree of production security is assured by
the immediacy of the medium and the comfort of
instant HD review of the material on location
(direct playback from a camcorder or VTR).
Improved production speed and cost-effectiveness
is the result of a subsequent direct entry to digital
post production. There are no costs for film
processing and telecine transfer – and an absence
of the associated time delays. The substantially
lower cost of raw stock is a significant factor in
enhancing production cash flow by substantially
lowering up-front production costs. And the
digital tape can always be reused if desired!
Over the years, Sony has carefully pioneered the
concept of Digital Cinematography. With the
arrival of the HDW-F900 this concept is
strengthened. Undoubtedly this camera will
produce some of the finest and most faithful
pictures. A more cinematic or film-like look can
be achieved with the use of appropriate camera
settings, operational accessories and lenses, and
of course, the added craftsmanship of the
cinematographer. The creative versatility of this
camcorder, together with cinematic-style
shooting, lighting and appropriate grading in post
production provides very rewarding results.
Program material produced under these conditions
closely matches the performance of 35 mm film
origination that is processed in the traditional
manner and projected in cinemas.
Prominent lens and film accessory manufacturers
are already developing the infrastructure required
to make this new 24-frame progressive camcorder
meet the expectations of cinematographers.
Combining this with the close co-operation that
has already developed between Sony and several
distinguished moviemakers is encouraging
continuous refinement of operational features,
thus ensuring that the HDW-F900 will continue to
meet the evolving requirements of the most
demanding of productions.
Stereo Audio Output
A stereo audio line output is available from the 5-pin
XLR connector on the rear of the camcorder. This
provides two analog audio output channels, which can
be selected to be either Channel-1/2 or Channel-3/4.
LCD Status Panel and Diagnostic System
All the main operational controls and switches are
located on the left-hand side of the camcorder. The
LCD panel is on the same side, and shows a wide
range of status and diagnostic displays such as Tape
Remaining, Battery Level, Audio Levels, etc.
Assignable Button
You can assign Viewfinder Return, Record and other
functions to this switch.
Electronic Shutter
The electronic shutter
helps in capturing clear
images of fast-moving
objects by selectively
minimizing motion blur.
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Internal Light System
A two-pin socket provides up to 50 watts of power
from the attached lithium-ion battery. This can be used
to power a variety of ancillary devices, including a
front-light that can be mounted on the
upper part of the handle. The
power can be switched on and
off manually or, when in Auto
mode, it can be set to be
synchronized with the
operation of the Record
button.
Cassette Loading
The cassette loading is fast, simple and reliable. It takes
less then 5 seconds* for cassette change. This facility
and long recording runs (40-50 minutes depending on
the selected frame-rate) offer new levels of efficiency
on location. The loading mechanism is robust and
designed to be dust and drip proof. The vertical
cassette loading also helps to minimize the risk of
anything unwanted getting into the tape mechanism.
*Sony measurement.
Optical Filter Wheels
For the optical picture treatment, two independent filter
wheels (each with four filter positions) are provided,
one with for Neutral Density (ND) and one with Color
Correction (CC) filters are installed. An optional servo
filter drive unit, the BKDW-701, can also be fitted
allowing filter settings to be changed with the
RM-B150 Remote Control Unit.
Safe Area Markers
Extended Clear Scan
The Extended Clear Scan function is particularly useful
when shooting scenes that contain computer or TV
screens as it minimize the horizontal bars that can
appear. The ECS shutter speed is continuously variable.
When the camera is operated at 24P with a
1/48-second shutter speed, it exactly emulates the
motion blur of a film camera operating at 24fps with a
180º shutter.
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To allow for individual production requirements, the
HDW-F900 provides safe-area markers for any aspect
ratio.
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Enhancing
Digital Movie-making
Creativity
Inside the compact and stylish body of the
HDW-F900 are many technological innovations.
They are brought together to enable creation of
some of the most versatile and outstanding visual
experiences of the coming century, which will
certainly witness the widespread adoption of
digital movie-making tools.
The Art of Image-making
The progressive scan CCD sensor at the heart of the
HDW-F900 marks a significant advance in Sony HAD CCD
technology. It is a development that now makes possible
image capture over a range of frame rates, and ensures that
their quality is at the highest possible level. This progressive
scan CCD sensor provides a sensitivity of f10 at 2,000 lux (at
60i) providing subjectively noise and grain-free pictures. At
24 fps, with a 1/48-second shutter speed (equivalent to a
180º film camera shutter setting), the exposure index of the
HDW-F900 is approximately equivalent to 300 ISO*. It
allows the acquisition of gain-free imagery in deeply
shadowed areas of a scene.
Superb CCD highlight-handling greatly extends the Exposure
Latitude of the camera,
allowing directors the
dramatic freedom to shoot
and capture extreme
highlights in otherwise
low-key scenes.
*Sony measurement.
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One World – One Model
Sony’s multi-frame-rate switchable HDCAM digital
equipment complies with the new 1999 ITU
709-03 recommendation for High Definition
Production and International Programme
Exchange. All products with CineAlta mark are
designed for worldwide use and for smooth,
straightforward, international collaboration and
program material interchange. They may conform
and be certified to comply with the local
regulations but fundamentally it is always the
same model for the whole world. This heralds an
important new era in professional program-making
equipment.
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Operational
Accessories
A full range of operational accessories is available
to take full advantage of the versatility and
operational features of the HDW-F900. In many
cases accessories developed for Digital Betacam
and HDW-700A models are also be applicable for
this new 24P HDCAM camcorder.
HD-SDI Camera Adapter (Optional)
The HDCA-901 Camera
Adapter attaches to the
HDW-F900 HD Camcorder
to provide access to all four
tracks provided by the HD
tape format. Tracks 1 and 2
are accessed via the Audio
In Ch-1/Ch-2 connectors of
the camcorder, and tracks 3
and 4 are accessed via the
Audio In Ch-3/Ch-4
connectors of the HDCA-901
Camera Adapter. The
HDCA-901 has the following
features:
HD-SDI Outputs
Two HD-SDI output connectors to allow full monitoring of recorded video
and audio signals, expanding flexibility in the field.
Monitoring Functions
An audio monitor output connectors (XLR-5-pin type, stereo) and a
headphones output connector (stereo phone jack) are provided. The
HDCA-901 can be used to select the monitoring signal to be either from
Ch-1/Ch-2 connectors on the HDW-F900 or the Ch-3/Ch-4 connectors on
the HDCA-901.
Alternative Power Supply Options
Power supplied to the DC In connector (XLR-4-pin type, Male) on the
HDCA-901 can be used to power the HDW-F900 Camcorder. A
connector is also provided to power other equipment, such as the Sony
WRR-860A UHF Wireless Microphone Synthesised Diversity Receiver.
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Extended Viewfinder
Color Viewfinder
The Sony extended viewfinder, the BKW-LVF1*, is of particular interest to
The availability of this LCD-based color viewfinder is particularly relevant to
crews that are used to film-style shooting. It facilitates operation of an
crews used to film shooting with video-assist. It helps picture composition and
HDW-F900 when shooting in the same style as with a film camera.
framing. It also gives a good impression of overall color balance.
*Order-based
*The liquid crystal display fitted to this unit is manufactured with high precision technology, giving a
functioning pixel ratio of at least 99.99 %. Thus a very small proportion of pixels (at most 0.01 %) may be
“stuck”, constantly on or constantly off. In addition, over a long period of use, because of the physical
characteristics of the liquid crystal display, such “stuck” pixels may appear spontaneously. These problems
have been kept to absolute minimum, but are an unavoidable characteristic of liquid crystal technology.
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Optional Digital Cinematography Accessories
work with film.
Recognizing the acceptance of the HDW-F900 for Digital Cinematography
A range of special lens optimized for the HDW-F900 is now emerging from
productions, many film-related manufacturers are now developing appropriate
leading manufacturers. A number of these lenses are calibrated in T-stops
film-type accessories for this model. These include special digital
rather than F-stops, have a cinematic-style focus ring, include the relevant gear
cinematography zoom and prime lenses, base plates, matte boxes, follow focus
teeth for follow focus kits. There is also a range of HD prime lenses for
units, etc. These initiatives have been welcomed by crews who principally
2/3-type B-4 mounting.
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Optional Accessories
Sony HDVF-20A,
HD Electronic Viewfinder
Sony Viewfinder Eyepiece,
A-8262-537-A (High magnification)
A-8262-538-A (Low magnification)
A-8267-737-A (Standard magnification with
special compensation for aberrations)
Sony BC-L100/L100CE,
Battery Charger
Sony BKW-401,
Viewfinder Rotation Bracket
Sony BVM-D9H5U,
Color Video Monitor
Sony Memory Stick,
MSA-4A/8A/16A
Sony BC-L50/L50CE,
Battery Charger
Sony VCT-14,
Tripod Adapter
Sony VF-508,
Monitor ENG kit for Sony 9-type
monitors
Sony AC-DN2A,
AC adapter
Sony WRR-855A,
Wireless Microphone Receiver
(Adapter required)
Sony LC-HD7,
Carrying case for HDW-F900
The state-of-the-art, Sony HDCAM compression
scheme is a frame-based digital compression
strategy, where every frame of the signal is treated
as a single entity. HDCAM maintains
exceptionally high picture quality and
multi-generation robustness for both progressive
and interlace signals.
Sony Viewfinder Eyepiece,
A-8314-798-A
(High-performance, x3)
Advanced digital pre-filtering and dynamic
bit-allocation for luminance and chrominance
components (based on the statistical analysis of
the picture content) are combined with a mild
compression ratio of only 4.4 to 1 to give a total
on-tape recorded data rate of a modest 185 Mb/s
at 60i. This, in turn, ensures high-integrity
camcorder recording in the most hostile of
environmental conditions.
Sony BP-L60A,
Lithium-ion Battery
The frame rate switchability of the camcorder
allows 24, 25 or 30 progressive frames per
second capture as well as a choice of either 50 or
60 Hz interlace – all at the push of a button. In
the same way that a film camera runs longer at a
lower frame rate, the HDW-F900 records longer
runs when operating at the lower frame rates.
Consequently a BCT-40HD cassette, the same
size as the familiar 40-minute Digital Betacam
cassette, records 40 minutes of 60i or records 50
minutes of 24P, cinema-quality, material. This is
a major boon to film production.
Sony BKDW-701,
Servo Filter Unit
Sony RM-B150,
Remote Control Unit for HDW-F900
The 24-frame progressive capability of HDCAM
converges digital and film imaging, offering a new
and novel creative flexibility for prime time
television production and movie-making.
Sony Fog-proof filter, 1-547-341-11
Sony 1/8ND filter, 3-174-685-01
Sony 1/32ND filter, 3-174-683-01
Sony Cross filter, 3-174-682-01
Sony Mount ring, 3-186-442-01
Sony Memory Stick carrying case,
MSAC-A3
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Since Sony introduced the HDCAM format in
1997, it has been well proven in the USA and
Japan, where it has offered highly mobile and
compact 1080/60i digital acquisition and
recording solutions. This highly reliable and
robust format delivers superb picture quality
efficiently packaged onto 1/2-inch tape.
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Panavision 11:1 Primo digital® Zoom,
9.5-105 mm T1.6
Panavision 4.5:1 Primo digital Zoom,
6-27 mm T1.6
Canon HJ18 x 7.8B KLL-SC,
HD Digital Cinematography zoom
lens
Canon HJ9 x 5.5B KLL-SC,
HD Digital Cinematography zoom
lens
Canon HJ18 x 7.8B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Canon HJ15 x 8B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Canon HJ9 x 5.5B IRS/IAS,
HD Electronic zoom lens
Angenieux / Zeiss HD adapter
for 35 mm prime lenses
ARRI Ultra Prime series
with Angenieux / Zeiss HD adapter
Optex EC 40,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 50,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 80,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 150,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 200,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 300,
HD EC lens
Optex EC 120 MACRO,
HD EC lens
Angenieux 11.5 x 5.3
HD Digital cinematography zoom lens
Angenieux 10 x 5.3
HD Electronic zoom lens
CineAlta™ — Liberating Movie Makers
CineAlta – a name we proudly introduce to symbolize the bond
between cinematography and Digital High Definition imaging. It
distinguishes a Sony family of products and systems that offer new
creativity in the production, post production and exchange of motion
pictures. It brings together the quality and universality of 24-frame
cinematography with the real-time capability, efficiency and
flexibility of Digital High Definition technology. It stimulates the
convergence of Motion Picture Film and Digital High Definition
production on a global basis.
CineAlta products, delivering cinema-quality pictures at selectable
frame-rates, are simplifying International Programme Exchange by
minimizing the need for standards conversion. Equally, they are
opening up new possibilities for international co-production.
Movie making has been liberated with the creative empowerment of
the cinematographer. It is facilitated by real-time HD image
evaluation on-set, instant replay of a full-color high-resolution digital
“take”, real-time image optimization while shooting, a 50-minute
shooting load and, most importantly, by the significant cost-benefits
associated with this digital medium.
CineAlta products also ensure a seamless bridge between 24-frame
film originals and a final 24P digital master. A frame of film now has
a one-to-one correspondence with a progressive HD frame. The
CineAlta environment readily interfaces with the computer graphics
world, liberating post production. The direct color conversion of
progressive 24P masters to film, and to a multiplicity of international
digital HDTV and SDTV distribution formats, are the final liberation.
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HDCAM –
Cinema-quality
Digital Recording
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For a number of years, Widescreen Digital
Betacam has achieved remarkable success in the
16 mm market area. The new HDW-F900
camcorder offers high definition image-capture
equivalent to the picture quality associated with
24-frame 35 mm film. Widescreen Digital
Betacam rivals the image quality of Super 16 mm
film reproduction (especially when the latter is
“blown-up” to 35 mm for theatrical release). 24P
HDCAM imaging elevates this image quality to
the ranking of a 35 mm film release print derived
from a 35 mm original capture.
* A certain model may not be available in some countries. For the detail, please contact each manufacturer.
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System Configuration
BKW-LVF1
(Made-to-order)
Exploring New Horizons
in Movie Making
Internal light system
(option)
WRR-855A(Adapter reguired)
(option)
The new Sony HDW-F900 is a ground-breaking
digital HDCAM™ camcorder that extends both
the company’s unique digital heritage and its
unrivalled experience in the art of imaging. The
physical resemblance of the HDW-F900 to the
highly successful Digital Betacam™ camcorders is
intentional, although there are some subtle but
very relevant changes that further enhance
operational familiarity and ease of use. Because
of its outstanding picture quality and operational
flexibility, this camera offers an important new
alternative to 24-frame film origination for major
television productions and commercials. The
HDW-F900 is already accepted as the Digital
Movie Camera, ideal for exploring new horizons
in digital movie-making.
What distinguishes the HDW-F900 from any
contemporary camcorder is its ability to capture
BKW-401
(option)
BKDW-701
(option)
MSA-4A/8A/16A
AC-550/550CE
HDVF-C750W
Monitor,etc
HD-SDI
HDCA-901
Viewfinders
VCT-14
HDVF-20A
2-inch HD B/W Viewfinder
and record digital high definition pictures – at 24
progressive frames per second – just like a
conventional film camera. Moving pictures are
digitally imaged in accordance with the CIF
(Common Image Format) standard, which
specifies a sampling structure of 1920 active
pixels horizontally by 1080 active pixels
vertically. What makes the HDW-F900 so
universally exciting is that, as well as recording
at 24P, it is switchable to record at 25P, 30P
progressive scan, and also at either 50 or
60 Hz interlaced.
Battery Chargers
BP-L60A
BC-L50/L50CE
(BP-L60A NP-1B/BP-90A
in DC-L1/L90)
BC-L100/L100CE
(BP-L60A NP-1B/BP-90A
in DC-L1/L90)
AC-DN2A
BC-410/410CE
(for BP-90A)
DC-L90
BP-90A
8-pin
RM-B150
Video Cassettes
BNC
LC-HD7
Carrying Case
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Monitor
BCT-40HD/22HD
BCT-HD12CL
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4
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HDW-F900 Specifications
General
Mass
Approx. 8 kg (17 lb. 0 oz) with typical ENG lens, cassette and BP-L60A Battery
Power requirement
DC 12 V (+5.0 V/-1.0 V)
Power consumption
42 W (With 12 V power supply, REC mode, with HDVF-20A)
Operating temperature
0 °C to +40 °C (+32 °F to +104 °F)
Storage temperature
-20 °C to +60 °C (-4 °F to +140 °F)
Operating humidity
25 % to 80 % (Relative humidity)
Continuous operating time
Approx. 80 min (With BP-L60A)
Inputs/outputs
Genlock video input
BNC, 1.0 Vp-p 75 Ω
Time code input
BNC, 0.5 V to 18 Vp-p, 10 kΩ
Audio CH1/CH2 input
XLR-3-pin type (Female), -60 dBu/+4 dBu selectable, high impedance, balanced
MIC input
XLR-3-pin type (Female), -60 dBu
Monitor output
BNC (x3, Y/PB/PR), 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, unbalanced
XLR-5-pin type (Male), 0 dBm
Audio output
BNC, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω
Time code output
Earphone
Mini-jack, 8 Ω, - ∞ to –18 dBs variable
DC input
XLR-4-pin type (Male), 11 to 17 V DC
DC output
11 to 17 V DC, Max. 100 mA
12-pin
Lens
Remote
8-pin
VTR section
Recording format
HDCAM
Tape speed
Approx. 77.4 mm/s (24P mode)
Playback/Recording time
Max. 50 min with BCT-40HD (24P mode)
Fast forward/rewind time
Approx. 6 min with BCT-40HD
Recommended tape
Sony BCT-40HD/22HD
Y: 75.25 MHz, PB/PR: 37.125 MHz
Sampling frequency
Quantization
10 bit/sample of input-output signals (8 bit sample for internal compression process)
Error correction
Reed-Solomon code
Error concealment
Adaptive three dimensional
Audio performance (Playback with standard HDW-F500)
Frequency response
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0.5 dB/-1.0 dB
Dynamic range
More than 85 dB (Emphasis ON)
Distortion
0.08 % Max.
-70 dB
Cross talk
Below measurable limit
Wow & flutter
Camera section
3-chip 2/3-type FIT type CCD
Pickup device
2,200,000 pixels
Picture elements
F1.4 prism system
Optical system
A: Cross B: 3200 K C: 4300 K D: 6300 K
Built-in filters
1: Clear 2: 1/4 ND 3: 1/16 ND 4: 1/64 ND
1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 (sec)
Shutter speed (1080/60i mode)
(ECS) 24 to 7000 Hz (Minimum setting depends on frame rate selected)
Clear scan
Special bayonet mount
Lens mount
f10.0 at 2000 lux, 89.9 % reflective, At 24 fps,
Sensitivity
with a 1/48-second shutter speed (equivalent to a 180º film camera shutter setting),
the exposure index is approximately equivalent to 300 ISO.
Viewfinder
2.0-type monochrome
CRT
Brightness control, Contrast control, Peaking control, Tally switch, Zebra Pattern switch, Display/Aspect switch
Controls
500 TV Line (At center)
Horizontal resolution
Ultra-directional (Detachable)
Microphone
Supplied Accessories
HDVF-20A, HD Electric Viewfinder (1)
Microphone, Super cardioid directional, external power supply type (1)
VCT-14, Tripod Adapter (1)
Shoulder strap (1)
Rain cover (1)
Operation manual (1)
Maintenance manual (1)
Optional Accessories
HDCA-901, HD-SDI adapter
HDVF-C750W, HD LCD Color Viewfinder
BP-L60A, Lithium-ion battery
BC-L100/L100CE, Battery charger
AC-550/550CE, AC adapter
BCT-40HD/22HD, HDCAM tape cassette
BKW-401, Viewfinder rotation bracket
RM-B150, Remote control unit
C-74, Microphone
LC-HD7, Carrying case
Part No. 1-547-341-11, Fog-proof filter
Part No. 3-174-685-01, 1/8 ND filter
Part No. 3-174-683-01, 1/32 ND filter
Part No. 3-174-682-01, Cross filter
Part No. 3-186-442-01, Mounting ring
Part No. A-8314-798-A, Viewfinder eyepiece (High performance x3, with soft cushion)
Part No. A-8262-537-A, Viewfinder eyepiece (High magnification)
Part No. A-8262-538-A, Viewfinder eyepiece (Low magnification)
Part No. A-8267-737-A, Viewfinder eyepiece (Standard magnification with special compensation for aberrations)
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Reproduction in whole or in part without the written permission of Sony is prohibited.
Features and specifications subject to change without notice.
All non-metric weights and measures are approximate.
Sony and HDVS are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation, Japan.
CineAlta, HDCAM, Digital Betacam, Memory Stick, TruEye and Power HAD are trademarks of Sony Corporation, Japan.
All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
24P is used as a generic name in this literature, describing the Sony 24PsF method.
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