HDW-F900R Feature Set Explanation

HDW-F900R Feature Set Explanation
HDW-F900R Feature Set Explanation
HDW-F900R NEW CineAlta Production Camcorder
The HDW-F900R is a smaller, lighter green (lead free) version of the versatile CineAlta “workhorse” HDW-F900. R stands for Refined, incorporating market driven enhancements, such as
image inversion and hyper gamma which further extend creative control and versatility. In spite of
its modern design, the HDW-F900R image performance is equivalent and fully interchangeable
with non-R CineAlta HDW-F900. In addition, the optical axis is retained from the non-R HDWF900; so that all existing 3rd party rail systems, sunshades and other accessories may be used
interchangeably without any modifications.
Camera Specifications
Sensitivity F10 @ 2000lx - equivalent to film ISO 320 ~ 400 (depending on setting)
2/3 inch, 1920 x 1080 Power HAD™ FIT CCD x 3
12-bit A/D
Supported frame rates: 23.98P, 24P, 25P, 29.97P, 50i, 59.94i
Smear rejection -135 dB
Main Features
Compact and Light Weight design (5lbs lighter than HDW-F900)
Low Power Consumption
Two built-in HD-SDI Outputs.
Down Conversion Capability with 2-3 Pull-down (with the new optional HKDW-902R board)
Slow Shutter Capability plus Image Inversion (with the new optional HKDW-905R board)
Picture Cache and Interval Recording Capabilities (with the optional HKDW-703 board)
Four AES/EBU Digital Audio Inputs
Enhanced Gamma Feature (Hyper Gamma and User Gamma features)
HD-SDI Pool-feed Function
Assignable Switches & Buttons
Adjustable Shoulder Pad
Microphone Record Level Knob Guard
Cooling Fan OFF Mode
Turbo Gain
Memory Stick™ media slot
Built-in slot-in for Wireless Receiver
UMID Recording
HDW-F900R additional capabilities
Slow Shutter
Pix. Cache REC.
Image Inverter
Hyper Gamma
AES/ EBU input
HDSDI Pool-feed
Requires optional: HKDW-905R board
Requires optional: HKDW-703 board
Requires optional: HKDW-905R board
2 BNCs, one BNC may be set for SD-SDI (SDI requires 902R option)
Requires optional: HKDW- 902R board.
Four presets
Four channels
VTR Remote via HDSDI
New Optional Boards:
HKDW-902R NEW 2-3 Pull-Down optional board with down convert capability.
2-3 Pull Down Function 23.98Psf → 59.94i (for monitoring)
Down Conversion Function: HD → SD (NTSC/PAL)
One of the rear HDSDI Outputs reverts to SD SDI
VBS Output
HKDW-905R- NEW Slow Shutter& Image Inverter Optional Board
Slow Shutter
Image Inverter Functionality
Camera head only Suggested List Price $84,000
Suggested Systems List Prices range from $84,780 ~ $91,430
Although the suggested list price of the HDW-F900R is similar to the previous model,
the suggested system price is about $5K lower, as the R version incorporates two
HDSDI outputs, obviating the need for a 3rd party HDSDI adapter.
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Dual HD-SDI Outputs as Standard
In response to the strong requirement for convenient and high-quality on-set monitoring, two HDSDI outputs have been incorporated into the HDW-F900R camera body as standard. This is an
enhancement to the previous HDW-F900, which offered HD-SDI output only through the use of
optional external camera adaptors. Moreover, using one of the HD-SDI outputs, the HDW-F900R
can feed uncompressed 1920 x 1080, 4:2:2 signals to external record devices such as
Sony’s SRW-1 HDCAM-SR™ portable recorder.
4:2:2 1920 x 1080
Down Conversion with 2-3 Pull-down (Requires the optional HKDW-902R board)
By installing the optional HKDW-902R, 2-3 Pull-Down & Down-converter Board, the HDW-F900R
allows on-set SD monitoring of 1080/23.98P signals using a conventional NTSC monitor. This
board also enables SD output to the HDW-F900R’s viewfinder output connector, or to a monitor
connected to the camcorder for monitoring 23.98 native signals without the flicker that usually
occurs from 23.98P recording. The down-converted SD-SDI or analog composite signal outputs
are enabled via the camcorder’s set-up menu.
Slow Shutter and Image Inversion (Requires the optional HKDW-905R board)
The HKDW-905R Slow Shutter and Image-Inverter Board greatly enhances the operational and
creative versatility of the HDW-F900R. When the HKDW-905R is installed, the camcorder can
slow its shutter speed beyond 360ْ, in discreet increments, up to a 64-frame accumulation period*.
During such a long frame period, electrical charges accumulate on the CCD’s, dramatically increasing sensitivity. This helps camera operators to shoot in extremely dark environments, without any increase in noise. In addition, thanks to the picture blur which occurs when shutter speed
is reduced, the HKDW-905R allows operators to intentionally blur images to produce creative images of moving objects.
The image-inversion function of the HKDW-905R also allows the use of a variety of image –
inverting lenses, including the Canon 1.85:1 Anamorphic Lens Adapter or PL mount 35mm cine
lens to B4 2/3-inch lens adapter.
* The slow-shutter function and the image-inversion function cannot be used simultaneously.
The slow shutter speed may be adjusted to a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4, -5, 6-, 7-, 8-, 16, 32-, or 64-frame period.
** The Slow shutter function and the image inversion function CANNOT be used at the same time.
(When one of those functions is in use, the other function cannot be activated).
Picture Cache and Interval Recording (Requires the optional HKDW-703 board)
The HKDW-703 Picture Cache Board, which was originally developed for the HDW-750 series
camcorders, is also compatible with the HDW-F900R. It provides up to eight seconds of loop
recording using its built-in solid state memory cache. Thus, when the REC start button is pushed,
events that happened up to eight seconds before the trigger was pressed are recorded to tape.
In addition, time-lapse and frame-by-frame recording capabilities, known as the interval recording
function, are made available by this accessory board.
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AES/EBU Digital Audio Inputs
The HDW-F900R’s two 3-pin XLR connectors on the rear connector panel can be
switched to accept two or four AES/EBU
digital audio input channels. The AES/EBU
enables establishing a highly functional digital EFP audio system using portable digital
mixer such as the Sony DMX-P01.
Enhanced Gamma Features (Hyper Gamma and User-Gamma features)
In addition to artistic and skilful lighting, in-camera gamma setting plays an important role dealing
with diverse lighting conditions giving a specific “look” to the image. In order to meet a broad array of creative demands, the HDW-F900R offers flexible options to faithfully reproduce a desired
“look” of the image. One option, called Hyper Gamma provides four preset gamma curves. Another option is the “user-gamma” capability which enables the creation of custom gamma curves
by using the CVP gamma editor PC software.
Hyper Gamma
Hyper Gamma is a set of new transfer functions designed to achieve powerful contrast handling
by using the entire bit-depth of the Digital Signal Processor’s “DSP” capacity to capture the full
dynamic range or latitude that the Power HAD CCD sensor in the HDW-F900R is capable of.
Hyper Gamma’s Powerful Contrast Handling Benefits:
Makes maximum use of the capacity of the PowerHAD CCD sensor to achieve natural
tonal reproduction in scenes with wide or narrow latitude.
New contrast processing algorithm, provides four Gamma curves, each optimized for
faithfully reproducing details in the shaded and highlighted areas of an image.
Greater exposure flexibility (more tolerance in overexposed areas)
Fully adapted to HDCAM and HDCAM-SR recording characteristics (directly compatible).
Hyper Gamma’s Comprehensive Operation:
Quick MENU access: With great flexibility, the camera operator can choose between
four Hyper Gamma settings (see table below)
The Hyper Gamma allows direct monitoring for immediate assessment of picture
tone, or editing without any intermediate step or external processing equipment.
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How to use Hyper Gamma:
The camera operator simply selects between four Hyper Gamma settings, depending upon production style: HD or DI (Film-Out) workflow, and light condition as shown in the table below:
Low Light Conditions
High Contrast Scenes
If Aiming for HD Workflow
(White Clip: 100%)
Hyper Gamma 1
Hyper Gamma 2
If Aiming for DI or Film out
Workflow (White Clip: 109%)
Hyper Gamma 3
Hyper Gamma 4
If Aiming for HD Workflow:
1. Choose a gamma curve, either HyperGamma 1 or Hyper Gamma 2
• HG 1: Enhancement of Low-key Areas Reproduction is needed
• HG 2: Capturing full latitude of high contrast scenes
2. White clip level should be set to 100% in order to remap contrast range within 0~100%
video level.
Benefit: Safeguard HD signal integrity through the entire workflow, suitable for distribution directly
without modification. Natural tonal reproduction within a “legal” signal by never exceeding 100%
white level.
If Aiming for DI or Film-out Workflow:
1. Choose a gamma curve, either Hyper-Gamma 3 or Hyper-Gamma 4
• HG3: Enhancement of low-key areas reproduction is needed.
• HG4: Capturing full latitude of high contrast scenes.
2. White clip level can be set to 109% for capturing full CCD latitude. Benefit: This setting
utilizes the entire HDSDI or HDCAM format’s 10 bit depth; thus, an extra 9% digital quantization levels are utilized to capture maximum CCD latitude. Note: 109% white-clip level
may exceed the dynamic range handling capabilities of a device along the chain.
Hyper-Gamma-1 & Hyper-Gamma-3: curve-shapes and
processing are optimized for low-light & low contrast
Useful in low light conditions when the over-all light &
digital signal level are low and there is a need to bring
out details in the blacks, without using gain or IRIS control. For instance, these curves become beneficial when
shooting with available light at night, twilight or sunset
(see example).
An example of low light condition
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Hyper-Gamma 2 & Hyper-Gamma 4: For High
Contrast Scenes
These gamma curves naturally reproduce the information from the low-key and high-key areas, making
maximum use of the dynamic range of the sensor.
Both Hyper-Gamma 2 & 4 are useful when dealing
with high contrast scenes, for instance for backlight or
sunny exterior shooting.
Scene with wide dynamic range
Access to complementary functions:
There is no basic difference when monitoring gamma signals optimized for HD or Electronic
Cinematography, but the difference in maximum white level may require readjustment of the
contrast knob of the viewfinder or monitor and the setting of the zebra, to compensate for the
greater latitude.
Hyper-Gamma affects all video levels including nominal white. Therefore:
1. -3dB Gain position must not be engaged when using a Hyper-Gamma which was
optimized for high dynamic range (Hyper-Gamma 2 & Hyper-Gamma 4).
2. Standard GAMMA and KNEE setup are locked out by Hyper-Gamma.
3. Automatic White Balance requires underexposure for normal AWB operation.
4. Automatic Iris may need to be compensated via IRIS OVERIDE.
5. Zebra settings must be reconsidered according to the operator’s requirements.
BLACK GAMMA, DETAIL & MATRIX may be adjusted with Hyper-Gamma ON
User Gamma (custom gamma) Capability
This is a powerful creative feature for producers and cinematographers who require custom-made
gamma curves for their projects.
Running the Sony gamma creation software called CVP File Editor in a Windows® PC makes it
possible to quickly create, modify and load custom gamma curves. The CVP file editor software
allows the gamma curve to be visually edited on the PC screen by simply plotting the x and y values of each point of the curve. Once the gamma curve has been created, it can be easily loaded
into the HDW-F900R using an optional Memory Stick® media card.
The CVP File Editor is accessible for download from the software download site available to Sony
Business & Professional customers.
HD-SDI Pool-feed Function (with HD-SDI Remote Function)
Pool-feed shooting allows sharing SDI/ HDSDI 422 camera content without using any special interface boxes, only a single BNC cable and ordinary HD-SDI distribution amplifier such as the
optional Sony HKPF-SP003 board, installed to the PFV-3100/3300 signal processing unit (a
number of distribution amplifiers are also available from third parties). The HDSDI remote
function permits controlling an external record device through the HDSDI interface. This feature
may be also used for backup recording.
Remote control over HDSDI is realized by embedding the REC-Start and REC-Stop “VTR control”
commands originated by the HDW-F900R camcorder into the HD-SDI output signal. VTRs’ that
can read the “VTR control packet” are the HDW-S280/1 and the HDW-250 portable HD VTRs;
effectively slaving the RECORD START/ STOP function to the camera trigger. Because the control codes are embedded in the HD-SDI signal, the control signal is available even after the HDSDI signal is distributed. The pool-feed function may be activated by changing the setting of
“HDSDI REMOTE I/F”, which is a newly added item to the “Function 3” page of the maintenance
menu (the default setting is OFF).
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Fan Off Mode
The HDW-F900R operator is able to turn the cooling fan OFF in order to lower equipment noise
such as when absolute silence is required (It does not mean that the F900R will be “completely” silent.) This feature is activated via set-up menu.
Caution: Turning off the cooling fan will bring about rapid temperature increase in
the camera body, which may remarkably affect the longevity of the product.
Turbo gain
The HDW-F900R provides a Turbo Gain function, which is capable of boosting the gain level up
to +42dB at just one push of the button. The gain value of the Turbo Gain is selectable from -3, 0,
3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, and 42 dB. Turbo Gain can be assigned to the assignable button.
Memory Stick System
The HDW-F900R has a Memory Stick slot, so that it can save various scene-file settings. The
F900R has the capability to save up to 5 scene files in the camcorder memory and up to 100
scene files on Memory Stick media. Data stored on the Memory Stick media can be loaded to the
camcorder, and vice versa, so that a scene file may be easily saved for use at a later time, or
copied to other camcorders.
Slot-in Wireless Receiver
The camcorder body has a built-in slot for an optional Sony wireless microphone receiver model
WRR-855A/B. No cable connection is required. Using the in-slot wireless receiver not only helps
maintain camcorder balance, but also keep the camcorder body clean and compact to avoid any
loss of mobility.
UMID* recording
The UMID is a globally unique identifier for picture, audio and data material that is created. The
HDW-F900R automatically generates and records UMID on tape at every scene change. By adding UMID information during the acquisition process, future benefits such as easy search of material during editing, and archive will be realized. Sony supports UMID as well as Extended UMID**
for further operational convenience.
* UMID is standardized as SMPTE 330M.
** Extended UMID adds signature meta-data, time, positioning, and user information to the basic UMID.
@2006 Sony Corporation. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written
permission is prohibited. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice. Sony,
CineAlta, HDCAM SR, and Memory Stick are trademarks of Sony Corporation. Windows is a
trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
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