Digital Videocassette Recorder
Digital technology has opened up new opportunities in every business arena and professional video production
is no exception. The migration toward digital brings great advances in image quality and equipment versatility.
The DVCAM™ format, originated in 1996, offers professional reliability and system flexibility which meets the
demanding requirements of video professionals. Incorporating excellent editing capabilities, great picture and
multigeneration quality, and superb tape durability, the DVCAM format offers exceptional digital performance.
In terms of flexibility, DVCAM VTRs offer several integration alternatives by incorporating both digital and analog
interfaces for totally digital systems or hybrid analog systems. DVCAM VTRs incorporate a dual-size cassette
mechanism which accepts both mini and standard cassette tapes (without an adaptor) for record or playback
for up to 3 full hours! In addition, both Sony’s professional DVCAM format and consumer DV format use
advanced metal evaporated tape. This enables consumer DV recorded tapes to play back in DVCAM VTRs and
vice versa.
The DSR-80 Editing Recorder provides excellent editing performance with convenient features such as the
RS-422A Remote Control Interface, Time Code Generator/Reader, Frame Accurate Editing capability and more.
Incorporating an RGB Output, a Closed Caption function and Auto Repeat function with a Power-on Playback
capability, the DSR-60 Feeder Player is ideal for a wide range of applications not only in editing but also in a
large-screen, high quality video presentation.
The digital features such as ClipLink™ operation is achieved by the optional SDI and SDTI(QSDI™) interfaces.
Of course, a full complement of analog interfaces are available for easy integration into current analog systems.
Providing the superb performance of the DVCAM format and a wide range of operational functions, the
DSR-80 and the DSR-60 are the right choice for video professionals looking for creative tools in a high quality
digital environment.
* The SDTI (Serial Data Transport Interface) is defined as SMPTE 305M.
The SDTI(QSDI) is the DV signal interface which conforms to the SDTI.
The DVCAM Recording
Format - Digital Recording
for the Next Generation
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 offer superb picture quality,
multi-generation capability and production flexibility thanks to
the adoption of the new DVCAM digital recording format, which
has been developed by Sony for professionals working in the
digital environment.
16kbit IC memory, which stores data to enhance editing
efficiency. Two cassette sizes are available; DVCAM Standard
size cassette provides a maximum recording time of 184
minutes (PDV-184ME) and the DVCAM
Mini size cassette records up to 40
minutes (PDVM-40ME).
Tape Direction
<IC memory>
Sub Code
6.35 mm
(1/4 inch)
High Efficiency
in the Editing Environment
SDTI(QSDI) Digital Interface
ITI: Insert and Track Information
Playback Compatibility with Home-Use “DV”
The DVCAM digital recording format for video professionals is
an extension of the consumer DV format. Therefore, it maintains
playback compatibility with consumer DV recordings and has
the advantage that both standard and mini cassettes can be
used in the same machine.
By maintaining a wider track pitch, the DVCAM format ensures
high reliability for the professional editor.
The DVCAM Component Digital Recording
The DVCAM format uses 8 bit component digital recording
with a 5:1 compression ratio and sampling at the rate of 4:1:1 to
provide superior picture quality and multi-generation capability.
The DVCAM format employs an intra frame compression
scheme which is ideal for editing applications. Based on DCT
(Discrete Cosine Transform) techniques, each frame consists of
10 tracks. Each track has ITI (Insert and Track Information),
Audio, Video, and sub code areas. The ITI, which is a
reference signal used for precise tracking, and Time Codes on
the sub code area assure highly accurate editing performance.
This technique provides much greater operational flexibility for
complex multi-layering.
High Quality Digital Audio
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 provide two selectable audio
channel modes, two channels and four channels.
In order to ensure superb audio performance with a wide
dynamic range and an excellent signal-to-noise ratio, the PCM
(Pulse Code Modulation) digital stereo recording system is
used in both modes; 2CH of 16 bit, 48kHz sampling frequency
and 4CH of 12 bit, 32kHz sampling frequency.
Excellent Performance by the Professional
To gain maximum performance from high density digital
recording, new Advanced Metal Evaporated cassette tapes
have been developed for the DVCAM format. The result is
superior recording quality which is achieved by increasing the
RF video output by +4.5dB compared to that of Hi8® metal
evaporated tape. Higher durability is also ensured for
professional editing applications by enhancing protection with
DLCTM (Diamond Like Carbon) coating. Each cassette has a
The DSR-80 is equipped with a SDTI(QSDI) interface, while
this interface is available with the DSR-60 as an option
(DSBK-110 QSDI Output Board), which handles compressed
video as well as Sub Code data and digital audio signals of the
DVCAM recording format. The SDTI(QSDI) interface allows
degradation-free transfer of both video and audio signals
between the DSR VTRs and between the VTRs and a Sony
EditStationTM in a nonlinear editing system.
ClipLink Operation
The ClipLink system is a comprehensive data management
system of the shooting information which is necessary for the total
digital production process, ranging from acquisition to editing.
Incorporated into Sony DVCAM cassettes is an IC memory chip
which holds shot list information, called a ClipLink Log Data.
When the cassette is loaded into the DSR-80 or the DSR-60, the
ClipLink Log Data is uploaded into the Sony EditStation system for
immediate viewing of the images on the GUI (Graphical User
Interface) screen before actually being recorded onto the hard
drive. Then only the selected clips on the GUI screen may be
uploaded for time and space-saving efficiency of the hard drive.
Thus, both the DSR-80 and the DSR-60 perform highly effective
roles, when integrated into a nonlinear editing system with such as
Sony’s EditStation system.
Full Tape Dubbing with ClipLink Log Data
The DSR-80 has a full tape dubbing function which allows
you to make a dub of the recorded DVCAM tape information
(video/audio/sub code) along with the ClipLink Log Data in the
memory IC contained in the DVCAM cassette tape. The
dubbing is accomplished by operating the menu button on the
subcontrol panel via the SDTI(QSDI) interface and the RS-422A.
Versatility for Current
System Environments
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 have been specially designed
for easy integration into existing analog editing systems. In
addition to versatile digital interfaces, the DSR-80 and the
DSR-60 provide full analog interfaces.
Remote Control via RS-422A
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 are equipped with an RS-422A
serial communication port to interface with Sony VTRs and
editing controllers such as the PVE-500. In addition to VTR
control functions, the interface also enables the transfer of
ClipLink Log Data from the cassette memory in the DVCAM
cassette to a Sony EditStation system.
Analog Interfaces
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 provide a full complement of
analog interfaces for video and audio, which offers compatibility
with conventional analog equipment, such as Betacam SPTM ,
Hi8 and S-VHS for a smooth and gradual transition to digital
For video, composite, component and S-video connections are
provided. Four channel or two channel (selectable) inputs
(DSR-80 only) and outputs are provided for audio.
Comprehensive Editing Features
Built-in SMPTE Time Code Generator/Reader
A built-in time code generator (DSR-80 only) and reader are
in the DSR-80 and the DSR-60 to offer precise video editing.
The time code conforms to the SMPTE standard. Time code
written in the sub code is controlled via the RS-422A interface
port. Input (DSR-80 only)/output of time code is possible with
the optional DSBK-130 Time Code Input/Output Board.
Time Base Corrector
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 are equipped with a built-in time
base corrector for all analog outputs giving highly stable video
signals. Sync and SC phase adjustment is made from the front
panel, while the TBC control is possible with the optional
UVR-60 TBC Remote Control Unit.
accurate editing is assured in both modes, thanks to the
sophisticated servo control and built-in time code generator
(the DSR-80 only) and reader.
In the insert mode of the DSR-80, video, audio and time code
can be inserted independently or in any combination. In the
assemble mode, all of the prerecorded signals (video, audio
and time code) are erased and replaced with new signals.
High Speed Picture Search
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 offer high speed picture search
which provides a recognizable picture at various speeds over
a range of up to 32 times normal speed, in both forward and
reverse, to speed editing operations.
In JOG mode, frame accurate picture search is possible.
These functions are available using the optional DSRM-10
Remote Control Unit or with editing controllers equipped with
RS-422A capability.
*The search speed varies with the type of controllers.
In case of the DSRM-10, the search speed is up to 16 times.
Jog Audio
It is possible to reproduce four channels or two channels of
digital audio from the speed of 1/30 to 1 times normal playback
speed, both in forward and reverse, in the JOG mode. This
feature is helpful for quickly and precisely designating editing
points while monitoring the digital audio signals. The audio
data is held in memory and output according to search speed
for enhanced recognition.
Sony Integrated Remote Control System (SIRCS)
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 are equipped with a
SIRCS (Sony Integrated Remote Control System)
interface on the front panel, enabling connection
of the optional DSRM-10 Remote Control Unit
for controlling jog, shuttle, playback, record,
pause, fast forward and rewind functions.
Serial Digital Interface (SDI)
The SDI (Serial Digital Interface) which conforms to the
SMPTE broadcast standard, is supported by the optional
DSBK-120 to the DSR-80 and the optional DSBK-100 SDI
Output Board to the DSR-60 for simple connection with other
SDI equipped devices such as D-1 and Digital BETACAMTM
Digital Slow Function
The Digital Slow function takes advantage of digital
processing for playback at 0.39 times (DSR-80) and 0.33 times
(DSR-60) normal playback speed both in forward and reverse,
achieving noiseless slow-motion images. Either frame or field
accurate playback is possible.
Frame Accurate Editing Capability
When connected to RS-422A equipped editing controllers,
the DSR-80 and the DSR-60 function as an editing recorder and
an editing player for assemble or insert editing. Frame
Convenient Functions for
High Quality Video Playback
Auto Repeat and Power-on Playback Function
(DSR-60 only)
The auto repeat function enables either the entire tape or a
specific portion of the tape to be replayed continuously. By
simply selecting A and B points, or presetting the time codes
on the setup menu, the DSR-60 plays back the selected
segment repeatedly. Furthermore, the power-on function allows
the DSR-60 to playback video programs immediately upon
turning the power switch on.
RGB and Y/R-Y/B-Y for
High Picture Quality Video Presentation
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 are ideally suited for an RGB
environment, such as large-screen, high-quality video
presentations and computer environments. This is because
RGB signals can be converted into Y/R-Y/B-Y component
signals with minimum picture degradation.
With the RGB/Component Out switch set to RGB, the DSR-80
and the DSR-60 supply high-quality RGB signals, while the
DSR-80 also accepts input signals.
Closed Caption Function
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 have a closed caption function
which reproduces the program with the recorded signal on the
video area as video auxiliary data. Furthermore, the DSR-80
can record character data on the video area.
User Friendly Operation
Ease of Initial Set-up for Convenient Operation
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 have an initial setup menu
system. The setup menu is programmed in the form of a layer
structure. By simply going through the menu using the
subcontrol panel, users can easily initialize the VTR. This setup
menu allows many detailed operational parameters to be
preset. Once the menu is set, the DSR-80 and the DSR-60 will
memorize the options and retain them in memory even after the
power is turned off. By using these memorized set-up
parameters, the
DSR-80 and the
DSR-60 can be
immediately set
up for a specific
Built-in Character Generator
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 have a built-in character
generator which superimposes characters on the video signal
output from the VIDEO OUT 2 terminal. The time code data
(TC, User bit), VTR operation status, menu items, and all alarm,
warning, and error messages can be shown on a monitor.
Legible Front Panel Display
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 have a large, highly visible
display on their front panels. This display shows a variety of
information such as audio and video input mode, normal/high-
speed modes. ClipLink data and cassette memory status can
also be displayed.
Consumer DV Playback
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 have the capability to playback
consumer DV cassettes, thus enabling broader acquisition
program material to be used without the need for a special
adapter. Jog Audio and Digital Slow functions can still be used.
Therefore, the DV recordings can be used as editing sources in
the editing environment.
* The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 do not support LP mode of the consumer DV.
Reliable, Responsive and
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 were designed with a highly
responsive mechanism, which is an essential factor for efficient
editing operation. In addition, maintaining excellent responsive
performance, the DSR-80 and the DSR-60 offer ease of
servicing and maintenance by incorporating self-diagnostics,
an error log and hours meter.
Quick Responsive Mechanism
The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 assure high reliability in all
professional applications through U-loading, direct reel drive,
and an electronic tension servo. The FF/REW speeds are
impressive 85x, while maximum search speed is 32x with color
Self-Diagnostics and Error Log
Should an error be detected, an error message will be
displayed which will identify the problem area. In this way,
down-time can be minimized. Moreover, the error log function
makes it easier to detect the error by retaining the past status
data of the DSR-80 and the DSR-60 in memory.
Hours Meter
An hours meter is also built-in to assure simplified
maintenance by showing total operating time, drum rotation
time, transport operation time, and number of thread/unthread
operations. This information can be shown on a monitor screen
and the front panel display of the unit.
Appealing, Simple, Design
The attractive and functional appearance of the DSR-80 and
the DSR-60 has evolved through many years of experience. It
was designed to complement the Sony EditStation systems and
other Sony equipment for heightened esthetics demanded by
creative professionals. The DSR-80 and the DSR-60 are four
units high and are EIA standard 19-inch rack mountable with
Sony’s optional RMM-130 Rack Mount Kit.
System Configurations
Efficient Nonlinear Editing
This system shows an integrated digital editing system, from
image acquisition to final post production. It provides
maximum system multi generation picture quality
because the data is transferred via SDTI(QSDI)
interfaces without the process of compression
and decompression, or conversion between
Editing Recorder
analog and digital. Furthermore, the highly
efficient ClipLink operation enhances the
Editing Player
entire editing process.
Digital Camcorder
Digital Camcorder
Conventional Linear A/B Roll
Editing System
Editing Recorder
In the evolution of a conventional A/B roll editing system, the DSR-80
and the DSR-60 will be an essential element in the smooth transition
Analog Component
to a future digital system. When integrated with current UVW
series of VTRs, the DSR-80 shows its excellent
DME Switcher
performance as an editing recorder, while
the DSR-60 as an editing player,
Editing Player
takes advantage of its built-in
digital and analog
component interfaces.
Digital Camcorder
Editing Control Unit
Betacam SP Editing Player
Digital Camcorder
Digital Dubbing System
Digital dubbing can be done between the DSR-60 and the DSR-80 without
any additional controller.
The recorded DVCAM tape information (video/audio/sub code) along with
the ClipLink Log Data in the Cassette Memory can be dubbed with
degradation-free quality.
Editing Recorder
Editing Player
Peripheral Equipment
Digital Camcorder
(Consists of DSR-1 Digital Videocassette
Recorder and DXC-D30 Digital Camera)
Digital Camcorder
EditStation System
SDI Output Board
QSDI Output Board
SDI Input/Output Board
Time Code Input/Output Board
Remote Control Unit
Rack Mount Kit
TBC Remote Control Unit
Editing Control Unit
DME Switcher
Editing Remote Controller
Remote Control Cable (5 m, 10 m, 30 m)
Digital Video Cassette (Mini size)
PDVM-32N/40N (Mini size)
PDV-64N/124N/184N (Standard size)
Digital Video Cassette (Standard size)
PDVM-32MEM/40MEM (Mini size)
PDVM-12CL (Mini size)
PDV-12CL (Standard size)
(Standard size)
Digital Video Cassette (Master Tape)
Cleaning Cassette Tape
Digital Video Cassette (Non IC Type)
Power requirements
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Operating humidity
Storage humidity
(W x H x D)
Tape speed
Recording/Playback time
AC 100 to 120 V, 50/60 Hz
140 W
85 W
5 °C to 40 °C (41 °F to 104 °F)
-20 °C to 60 °C (-4 °F to 140 °F)
Less than 80 %
Less than 90 %
19 kg (41 lb 14 oz)
18 kg (39 lb 10 oz)
427 x 174 x 494 mm excluding external projections
(16 7/8 x 6 7/8 x 19 1/2 inches)
28.193 mm/s
Standard size: More than 184 min. w/PDV-184ME/184N
Mini size:
More than 40 min. w/PDVM-40ME/40N
Fast forward/Rewind time Standard size: Less than 3 min. w/PDV-184ME/184N
Mini size:
Less than 1 min. w/PDVM-40ME/40N
Search speed
When controlled via RS-422A:
Search speed is up to 32 times,
forward and reverse.
When controlled via optional DSRM-10:
JOG mode:
Frame by frame to x2, forward and reverse
8 steps, still to x16 normal speed,
forward and reverse
Digital slow mode:
3 steps, still, x1/5 and x1/10 normal
speed, forward and reverse
JOG audio mode:
x1/30 to x1, forward and reverse
Band width (via analog component I/O)
S/N ratio (via analog component I/O)
K-factor (K2T, KPB)
Y/C delay
30 Hz to 5.0 MHz ±1.0 dB
5.75 MHz +0/-3.0 dB (Typical measurement)
30 Hz to 1.5 MHz +1.0/-5.0 dB
More than 55 dB
Less than 2.0 %
Less than 30 ns
Frequency response
2CH mode (48 kHz/16-bit):
4CH mode (32 kHz/12-bit):
Dynamic range
Distortion (THD + N)
20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-1.0 dB
20 Hz to 14.5 kHz +0.5/-1.0 dB
More than 85 dB
Less than 0.05 %
Composite, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, sync negative
(BNC x2, loop-through connection)
Composite, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω,
(BNC x2, loop-through connection)
sync negative
RGB/COMPONENT* (BNC x3) *selectable
Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω,
sync negative
R-Y/B-Y: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 Ω (75 %)
R. G (w/o Sync). B: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 Ω
G (w/Sync):
1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, sync negative
S-Video (DIN 4-pin x1)
1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, sync negative
0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω (at burst level)
SDI* (BNC x2, active-through connection)
Conforms to Serial Digital
Interface (270 Mbps),
* Using Optional DSBK-120
(SDI Input/Output Board)
(XLR 3-pin female x4)
(XLR 3-pin male x2)
Time Code In* (BNC x1)
Conforms to SDTI (270 Mbps),
-9 dBu to 28 dBu,
600 Ω/10 kΩ, balanced
110 Ω, balanced
0.5 Vp-p to 18 Vp-p, 3 kΩ,
* Using optional DSBK-130
(Time Code Input/Output Board)
REF. VIDEO (BNC x1) Black Burst:
0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω, sync negative
Composite Sync*: 2.0 Vp-p, 75Ω, sync negative
*When not adding sync to RGB output.
VIDEO 1/2 (SUPER) (BNC x2) Composite, 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, sync negative
COMPONENT* (BNC x3) *selectable
Y: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, sync negative
R-Y/B-Y: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 Ω (75 %)
R. G (w/o Sync). B: 0.7 Vp-p, 75 Ω
G (w/Sync):
1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, sync negative
S-Video (DIN 4-pin x1)
1.0 Vp-p, 75 Ω, sync negative
0.286 Vp-p, 75 Ω (at burst level)
Conforms to Serial Digital Interface (270 Mbps), SMPTE 259M
SDI* (BNC x2)
* Using Optional DSBK-120 (SDI Input/Output Board) for DSR-80,
DSBK-100 (SDI Output Board) for DSR-60
Conforms to SDTI (270Mbps)
* Using optional DSBK-110 (QSDI Output Board) for DSR-60
AUDIO (XLR 3-pin male x4)
4 dBu, 600 Ω loading, low impedance, balanced
AUDIO MONITOR (RCA phono jack x1) -6 dBu, 47 kΩ, unbalanced
HEADPHONES (JM-60 headphone jack x1)
-16 dBu, 8 Ω, unbalanced
2 to 7 Vp-p,110 Ω, balanced
(XLR 3-pin male x2)
Time Code Out* (BNC x1) 2.2 Vp-p, 600 Ω, unbalanced
* Using optional DSBK-130 (Time Code Input/Output Board)
9-pin multi connector (x1)
D-sub 15-pin connector (x1)
Stereo mini jack (x1)
AC power cord (x1), RCC-5G Remote Control Cable (x1)
Operating instructions (x1), ClipLink Guide (x1)
*0dBu = 0.775Vrms
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Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
All non-metric weights and measures are approximate.
Sony, Betacam SP, DVCAM, Digital BETACAM, EditStation, i.LINK, QSDI, and ClipLink are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
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