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XDCAM HD422 Recording Deck
Sony’s top-of-the-line XDCAM HD422 Series is being
embraced around the world for its file-based recording capability utilizing high-capacity and highly reliable Professional Disc media. Thanks to its newly developed MPEG HD422 codec, the XDCAM HD422 Series provides high-quality video and audio recording
capabilities, with an image resolution of 1920 x 1080
and eight-channel 24-bit uncompressed audio.
Now, Sony is proud to announce a new addition to the
series - the PDW-F1600 deck. The PDW-F1600 offers
multi-format recording flexibility as standard - including SD recording and a frame rate of 23.98P in 1080
The foundation of the PDW-F1600 deck incorporates
the features of the PDW-HD1500, and acts as more
than just a file-based recording deck. With its insert/
assemble editing capability, it can be used as a recorder in a linear editing system - just like a conventional VTR.
This product comes with PrimeSupport – fast, hasslefree repairs and a helpline offering expert technical
advice. Which gives you the peace of mind that Sony
is looking after your equipment, and your business.
Multi-format HD/SD Recording/Playback Capability
- HD recording at up to 50 Mb/s using MPEG HD422
(MPEG-2 4:2:2P@HL compression)
- Recording and playback in the MPEG HD format
(MPEG-2 MP@HL compression)
- 1080i and 720P recording and playback
- Up/Down conversion and cross conversion between
1080i and 720P*
- Three types of picture output mode are supported
for down-conversion: Edge crop, Squeeze and Letterbox (16:9/14:9/13:9)
High-speed file transfer
- i.LINK File Access Mode (FAM)
- FTP via Gigabit Ethernet
RS-422 9-pin remote control interface, which the
deck to be used as a feeder for linear editing
A wide variety of video and audio inputs and outputs, including two HD-SDI outputs
Compatible with XDCAM Carts: the PDJ-C1080 and
the PDJ-A640
Compact and lightweight: half-rack size and 6.5 kg
(14 lb 5 oz)
AC, DC or battery powered
Built-in audio speaker
Low power consumption: 65 W (typical) and 54W (in
power save mode)
A large easy-to-see 4.3-inch* type color LCD display
*Viewable area measured diagonally
Trigger REC function (synchronized recording with
compatible camcorders**)
**PDW-700, HDW-730/750 series, HDW-790 and
HDW-F900R camcorders.
TBC Control, by front panel operation or remote
control panel via RS-422
Easy and intuitive search operation
- Thumbnail Search function
- Expand function
- Equipped with a Jog/Shuttle dial, providing VTR-like
operation (Jog: -1 to +1 time normal speed, Variable:
-2 to 2 times normal speed, Shuttle: ±20 times normal speed)
Clip Continuous REC function
Compatible with the HDCA-702 MPEG TS Adaptor
High-quality eight-channel (HD-SDI) 24-bit audio
Handles both the dual-layer disc (PFD50DLA) and
single-layer disc (PFD23A)
IT/Network Friendly
In the Sony XDCAM series of products, recordings are
made as data files in the industry-standard MXF
(Material eXchange Format) file format. This allows
material to be handled with great flexibility in an ITbased environment - easily available for copying,
transferring, sharing and archiving. All these operations are accomplished without the need for a digitizing process.
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
for material to be viewed directly on a PC, simply by
linking it to the XDCAM unit via an i.LINK connection.
This works in just the same way as a PC reading files
on an external drive.
The PDW-F1600 XDCAM HD422 deck comes equipped
with IT-friendly, computer-based interfaces. These include an i.LINK interface supporting File Access Mode
as standard, and the Ethernet interface.
Easy Maintenance and High Reliability
XDCAM HD422 products use the same platform as the
XDCAM products in wide use around the world. They
share the advantage of no mechanical contact
between the equipment and the recording media,
achieving both a high level of durability and a long
media life. XDCAM HD422 products also offer the
same high resistance to shock and vibration as other
XDCAM products.
Powerful Nonlinear Recording
The XDCAM HD products use a large-capacity nonlinear optical disc for recording, called the Professional
Disc media, which Sony has developed specifically for
professional recording applications.
The PFD50DLA and PFD23A are 12-cm, reusable optical discs. The PFD50DLA is a dual-layer disc with an
overwhelming capacity of 50 GB, while the PFD23A is
a single-layer, 23-GB disc. The large capacity of the
PFD50DLA makes it possible to record up to approximately 95 minutes of high-quality MPEG HD422 material.
The Professional Disc 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.
Non-contact recording and playback also makes it an
ideal medium for long-term storage of AV assets.
Whereas traditional tape archive systems must be rewound on a periodic basis to remove magnetic
powder debris, the Professional Disc completely eliminates this process.
Its reliability has already been demonstrated by the
huge number of XDCAM products deployed worldwide
since 2003.
Highly Streamlined Workflows
At the same time as recording its high-resolution
video and audio data, the XDCAM HD products also
record a low-resolution version of this AV data on the
same 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).
Because of its lower resolution, Proxy Data can be
transferred to a standard PC at an amazingly high
speed, and easily browsed and edited using the PDZ-1
Proxy Browsing Software (or other compatible editing
software offered by many industry-leading manufacturers). What’s more, with the PDZ-1 software, it can
be converted to the popular ASF format for playback
on Windows™ Media Player, providing dramatic improvements in production workflows. Proxy Data can
also be viewed directly on a PC without data transfer
using an i.LINK (File Access Mode) connection, and
can even be sent over a standard Ethernet network.
The overall flexibility of Proxy Data means that it can
be used for a variety of applications, such as immediate logging on location, off-line editing, daily rushes
of shooting on location, client approvals, and more.
All XDCAM HD422 products are capable of recording a
variety of metadata, which provides a huge advantage when searching for specific data after an initial
recording has been made. Information such as production dates, creator names and camera setup parameters can be saved, together with the AV material,
on the same 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 desired frames to
make them easy to recall in subsequent editing processes. Clipflag* is another convenient metadata
which users can add to their desired clips as "OK",
"NG" or "Keep".
Technical Specifications
Power requirements
Power consumption
AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60
Hz, DC 12 V
AC: 80 W, DC: 65 W,
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
+5 to +40°C (+41 to 104°F)
-20 to +60°C (-4 to +140°F)
25 to 90% (relative
6.5 kg (14 lb 5 oz)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
(excluding protrusions)
210 x 132 x 396 mm
(8 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 15 5/8
MPEG HD422 (CBR: 50 Mb/
HQ mode (VBR, maximum
bit rate: 35 Mb/s)
SP mode (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
LP mode (VBR, maximum bit
rate: 18 Mb/s) (Playback
MPEG IMX (CBR, 50/40/30
DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
Recording/Playback time
50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min.
(PFD50DLA), Approx. 43
min. (PFD23A)
35 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: More
than 145 min. (PFD50DLA),
More than 65 min. (PFD23A)
35 Mb/s, 2-ch audio
(playback only): More than
150 min. (PFD50DLA), More
than 68 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min. (PFD50DLA),
Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
25 Mb/s, 2-ch audio
(playback only): Approx.
200 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 4-ch audio
(playback only): More than
248 min. (PFD50DLA), More
than 112 min. (PFD23A)
18 Mb/s, 2-ch audio
(playback only): More than
265 min. (PFD50DLA), More
than 122 min. (PFD23A)
Proxy Video:
MPEG HD422: 8 ch/24 bits/
48 kHz
MPEG HD: 4 ch/16 bits/48
MPEG IMX: 4 ch/24 bits/48
kHz or 8 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
50 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min.
(PFD50DLA), Approx. 45
min. (PFD23A)
40 Mb/s: Approx. 120 min.
(PFD50DLA), Approx. 55
min. (PFD23A)
30 Mb/s: Approx. 150 min.
(PFD50DLA), Approx. 68
min. (PFD23A)
Proxy Audio:
A-law (8 ch/8 bits/8 kHz)
Search speed range
25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min.
(PFD50DLA), Approx. 85
min. (PFD23A)
Jog mode:
-1 to +1 time normal speed
Variable mode:
-2 to +2 times normal speed
Shuttle mode:
-20 to +20 times normal
-35/+35 times normal speed
Reference input
BNC x 2 (including loop
HD Tri-level sync (0.6 Vp-p/
75 ohms/negative)
or SD blackburst/composite
sync (0.286 Vp-p/75 ohms/
HD-SDI input
Analogue audio input
Digital audio input (AES/
Time code input
Analogue composite
HD-SDI output
SD-SDI output
Analogue audio output
Analogue audio monitor
Digital audio output
Headphone output
Time code output
Video control
BNC x 1
(HD/SD switchable)
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/
embedded audio)
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/
embedded audio)
XLR 3-pin (female) x 2
(channel selectable)
+4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable)
10 k ohms, balanced
BNC x 2, 4 ch (2 ch each,
1/2 ch and 3/4 ch),
BNC x 1, SMPTE time code,
0.5 to 18 Vp-p/3.3 k ohms/
BNC x 2
1: 1.0 Vp-p/75 ohms/negative, SMPTE 170M
2: 1.0 Vp-p/75 ohms/negative, SMPTE 170M ,character
BNC x 2,
1: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio)
2: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), character On/Off
BNC x 2,
1: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
2: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), character On/Off
XLR 3-pin (male) x 2
(channel selectable), +4/0/
-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 600
ohms, Lo-z, balanced
XLR 3-pin (male) x 2, +4
dBu, 600 ohms, Lo-Z,
BNC x 2, 4 ch (2 ch each,
1/2 ch and 3/4 ch),
JM-60 Stereo phone jack x
1, -13 dBu, 8 ohms,
BNC x 1, SMPTE time code,
1.0 Vp-p/75 ohms/
D-sub 9-pin (female) x 1,
EIA RS-423
IEEE 1394 6-pin x 1*, File
Access Mode, (Option:
PDBK-201) HDV 1080i/720P
*AV/C (DV) stream is NOT
RJ-45 x 1, 1000Base-T:
IEEE802.3ab, 100Base-TX:
IEEE802.3u, 10Base-T:
Remote (9P) input
DC input (12 V)
DC output (12 V)
AC input
D-sub 9-pin (female) x 1,
XLR 4-pin (male) x 1
4-pin (female) x 1, DC 12 V,
7.5 W
USB x 2
x 1, 100 to 240 V, 50/60Hz
Video Performance
Sampling frequency
Error correction
Y: 74.25 MHz, Pb/Pr:
8 bits/sample
Reed Solomon Code
Processor Adjustment Range
Video level
Chroma level
Set up/black level
Chroma phase
System sync phase
System sync phase
System SC phase
-infinity to +3 dB
-infinity to +3 dB
± 30 IRE/±210 mV
± 30°
± 15 us
0 to 400 ns
0 to 400 ns
Audio Performance
Sampling frequency
Frequency response
Dynamic range
48 kHz
24 bits
20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-1.0
dB (0 dB at 1 kHz)
More than 90 dB
Less than 0.05% (at 1 kHz)
20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)
Built-in display
Built-in audio speaker
4.3-inch(*) type color LCD
*Viewable area measured
x 1, monaural
Supplied Accessories
Operation manual
Installation manual
XDCAM Application Software
Batteries and Power Supplies
B P - G L95
BP - L 8 0 S
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
Remote Controls and Panels
R M - 280
Editing Controller