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Sony PDW-HD1550
Professional Disc Recorder

OUR PART #  PDWHD1550

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Sony's PDW-HD1550 is a compact HD recorder that delivers outstanding picture quality of MPEG HD422 as well as eight-channel (HD-SDI), 24-bit audio recording capability. The unique thing about this deck is its ability to add an option (sold separately) to record/playback XAVC HD material from Professional Disc. With a large 4.3-inch* LCD and onboard speaker, it performs as a versatile and high-quality recorder, suitable for both in-house and field use. It features a multi-format up/down converter—highly useful when employing both HD- and SD-format materials simultaneously.
*Note: Measured diagonally.

Sony PDW-HD1550 Feature Highlights:

  • HD recording at up to 50 Mb/s using MPEG HD422
  • Support for existing XDCAM HD and XDCAM SD formats
  • 1080i and 720P recording
  • Triple-layer disc (100 GB), dual-layer disc (50 GB, PFD50DLA) and single-layer disc (23.3 GB, PFD23A) support
  • Long recording time (at 50 Mb/s); Approximately 190 minutes on triple-layer disc, 95 minutes on dual-layer disc and 43 minutes on single-layer disc
  • Thumbnail operation
  • Proxy data and metadata recording
  • Built-in up-conversion to HD from SDI input when recording
  • HD/SD conversion and cross conversion between 1080 and 720 at the output during playback
  • Multi-format compact HD/SD Recorder:
    • Video format (4:2:2 HD 1080 50i, 59.94i)
    • High-quality 8-channel audio recording
  • Dual optical pick-up for higher-speed file transfer
  • 4.3-inch type* color LCD display
    *Note: Measured diagonally.
  • VTR-like jog/shuttle operation
  • Video control (via front panel and remote)
  • Compact and lightweight at 13 lbs, 14 oz (6.3 kg) in a half-rack width
  • AC, DC, or battery powered
  • Ethernet interface

Sony PDW-HD1550 Specifications:

  • General:
    • Power Requirements: AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, DC 12 V
    • Power Consumption: AC: 80 W, DC: 65 W, SAVEMODE(DC): 55 W
    • Environmental:
      • Operating Temperature: +41 to +104°F (+5 to +40°C)
      • Storage Temperature: -4 to +140°F (-20 to +60°C)
      • Humidity: 25 to 90% (relative humidity)
    • Physical:
      • Weight: 14 lbs, 5 oz (6.5 kg)
      • Dimensions (excluding Protrusions): 8-3/8" W x 5-1/4" H x 15-5/8" D (210 x 132 x 396mm)
    • Recording/Playback Format:
      • Video:
          ›MPEG HD422 (50 Mb/s)
          ›MPEG HD:
             -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 only)
             -MPEG IMX* (CBR, 50/40/30 Mb/s)
             -DVCAM* (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
      • Proxy Video:
          ›MPEG-4
      • Audio:
          ›MPEG HD422: 8-ch/24-bits/48 kHz
          ›MPEG HD: 4-ch/16-bits/48 kHz
          ›MPEG IMX*: 4-ch/24-bits/48 kHz or 8-ch/16-bits/48 kHz
          ›DVCAM*: 4-ch/16-bits/48 kHz

*Note: Optional PDBK-S1500 hardware key is required for DVCAM and MPEG IMX recording (sold separately).

    • Proxy Audio: A-law (8-ch/8-bits/8 kHz)
    • Recording/Playback Time:
      • MPEG HD422: 50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min. (PFD23A)
    • MPEG HD:
      • 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)
    • MPEG IMX:
      • 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)
    • DVCAM:
      • 25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
  • Inputs/Outputs:
    • Reference Input:
      • BNC x 2 (including loop through), HD/SD
      • HD Tri-level sync (0.6 Vp-p/75 Ohms/negative), HD/SD or SD blackburst/composite sync (0.286 Vp-p/75 Ohms/negative), HD/SD
    • SDI Input:
      • BNC x 1, HD (HD/SD switchable)
      • SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), HD
      • SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), HD
    • Analog Audio Input:
      • XLR 3-pin (female) x 2 (channel selectable)
      • +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable)
      • 10 kOhms, balanced
    • Time Code Input: BNC x 1, SMPTE time code, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p/3.3 kOhms/unbalanced
    • Composite Ouput:
      • BNC (x2)
        1: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ohms/negative, SMPTE 170M
        2: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ohms/negative, SMPTE 170M, character On/Off
      • SDI Output  BNC (x 2), HD
        1: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), HD
        2: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), character On/Off, HD
      • BNC (x 2), SD
        1: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), SD
        2: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), character On/Off, SD
    • Analog Audio Output:
      • XLR 3-pin (male) x 2 (channel selectable)
      • +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 600 Ohms, Lo-Z, balanced
    • Monitor Audio: XLR 3-pin (male) x 2, +4 dBu, 600 Ohms, Lo-Z, balanced
    • Time Code Output: BNC x 1, SMPTE time code, 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ohms/unbalanced
    • Ethernet:
      • RJ-45 x 1
      • 1000Base-T: IEEE802.3ab
      • 100Base-TX: IEEE802.3u
      • 10Base-T: IEEE802.3
    • Remote (9P) Input: D-sub, 9-pin (female) (x1), RS-422A
    • DC Input (12 V): XLR 4-pin (male) x 1
    • DC Output (12 V): 4-pin (female) x 1, DC 12 V, 7.5 W
    • Maintenance: USB x 2
    • AC Input: x 1, 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz
  • Video Performance:
    • Sampling Frequency: Y: 74.25 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.125MHz
    • Quantization: 8-bits/sample
    • Error Correction: Reed Solomon Code
  • Processor Adjustment Range:
    • Video Level: -infinity to +3 dB
    • Chroma Level: -infinity to +3 dB
    • Setup/Black Level: ±30 IRE/±210 mV
    • Chroma Phase: ±30°
    • System Sync Phase: ± 15 µs
    • System Sync Phase (Fine): 0 to 400 ns
    • System SC Phase: 0 to 400 ns
  • Audio Performance:
    • Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
    • Quantization: 24-bits
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-1.0 dB (0 dB at 1 kHz)
    • Dynamic Range: More than 90 dB
    • Distortion: Less than 0.05% (at 1kHz)
    • Headroom: 20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)
  • Onboard Display:
    • Onboard Display: 4.3"-type color LCD monitor
  • Onboard Audio Speaker:
    • Onboard Audio Speaker: x1, monaural

Sony PDW-HD1550
Professional Disc Recorder

OUR PART #  PDWHD1550

Product Information:

Sony's PDW-HD1550 is a compact HD recorder that delivers outstanding picture quality of MPEG HD422 as well as eight-channel (HD-SDI), 24-bit audio recording capability. The unique thing about this deck is its ability to add an option (sold separately) to record/playback XAVC HD material from Professional Disc. With a large 4.3-inch* LCD and onboard speaker, it performs as a versatile and high-quality recorder, suitable for both in-house and field use. It features a multi-format up/down converter—highly useful when employing both HD- and SD-format materials simultaneously.
*Note: Measured diagonally.

Sony PDW-HD1550 Feature Highlights:

  • HD recording at up to 50 Mb/s using MPEG HD422
  • Support for existing XDCAM HD and XDCAM SD formats
  • 1080i and 720P recording
  • Triple-layer disc (100 GB), dual-layer disc (50 GB, PFD50DLA) and single-layer disc (23.3 GB, PFD23A) support
  • Long recording time (at 50 Mb/s); Approximately 190 minutes on triple-layer disc, 95 minutes on dual-layer disc and 43 minutes on single-layer disc
  • Thumbnail operation
  • Proxy data and metadata recording
  • Built-in up-conversion to HD from SDI input when recording
  • HD/SD conversion and cross conversion between 1080 and 720 at the output during playback
  • Multi-format compact HD/SD Recorder:
    • Video format (4:2:2 HD 1080 50i, 59.94i)
    • High-quality 8-channel audio recording
  • Dual optical pick-up for higher-speed file transfer
  • 4.3-inch type* color LCD display
    *Note: Measured diagonally.
  • VTR-like jog/shuttle operation
  • Video control (via front panel and remote)
  • Compact and lightweight at 13 lbs, 14 oz (6.3 kg) in a half-rack width
  • AC, DC, or battery powered
  • Ethernet interface

Sony PDW-HD1550 Specifications:

  • General:
    • Power Requirements: AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, DC 12 V
    • Power Consumption: AC: 80 W, DC: 65 W, SAVEMODE(DC): 55 W
    • Environmental:
      • Operating Temperature: +41 to +104°F (+5 to +40°C)
      • Storage Temperature: -4 to +140°F (-20 to +60°C)
      • Humidity: 25 to 90% (relative humidity)
    • Physical:
      • Weight: 14 lbs, 5 oz (6.5 kg)
      • Dimensions (excluding Protrusions): 8-3/8" W x 5-1/4" H x 15-5/8" D (210 x 132 x 396mm)
    • Recording/Playback Format:
      • Video:
          ›MPEG HD422 (50 Mb/s)
          ›MPEG HD:
             -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 only)
             -MPEG IMX* (CBR, 50/40/30 Mb/s)
             -DVCAM* (CBR, 25 Mb/s)
      • Proxy Video:
          ›MPEG-4
      • Audio:
          ›MPEG HD422: 8-ch/24-bits/48 kHz
          ›MPEG HD: 4-ch/16-bits/48 kHz
          ›MPEG IMX*: 4-ch/24-bits/48 kHz or 8-ch/16-bits/48 kHz
          ›DVCAM*: 4-ch/16-bits/48 kHz

*Note: Optional PDBK-S1500 hardware key is required for DVCAM and MPEG IMX recording (sold separately).

    • Proxy Audio: A-law (8-ch/8-bits/8 kHz)
    • Recording/Playback Time:
      • MPEG HD422: 50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min. (PFD23A)
    • MPEG HD:
      • 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)
    • MPEG IMX:
      • 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)
    • DVCAM:
      • 25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
  • Inputs/Outputs:
    • Reference Input:
      • BNC x 2 (including loop through), HD/SD
      • HD Tri-level sync (0.6 Vp-p/75 Ohms/negative), HD/SD or SD blackburst/composite sync (0.286 Vp-p/75 Ohms/negative), HD/SD
    • SDI Input:
      • BNC x 1, HD (HD/SD switchable)
      • SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), HD
      • SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), HD
    • Analog Audio Input:
      • XLR 3-pin (female) x 2 (channel selectable)
      • +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable)
      • 10 kOhms, balanced
    • Time Code Input: BNC x 1, SMPTE time code, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p/3.3 kOhms/unbalanced
    • Composite Ouput:
      • BNC (x2)
        1: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ohms/negative, SMPTE 170M
        2: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ohms/negative, SMPTE 170M, character On/Off
      • SDI Output  BNC (x 2), HD
        1: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), HD
        2: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), character On/Off, HD
      • BNC (x 2), SD
        1: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), SD
        2: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), character On/Off, SD
    • Analog Audio Output:
      • XLR 3-pin (male) x 2 (channel selectable)
      • +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 600 Ohms, Lo-Z, balanced
    • Monitor Audio: XLR 3-pin (male) x 2, +4 dBu, 600 Ohms, Lo-Z, balanced
    • Time Code Output: BNC x 1, SMPTE time code, 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ohms/unbalanced
    • Ethernet:
      • RJ-45 x 1
      • 1000Base-T: IEEE802.3ab
      • 100Base-TX: IEEE802.3u
      • 10Base-T: IEEE802.3
    • Remote (9P) Input: D-sub, 9-pin (female) (x1), RS-422A
    • DC Input (12 V): XLR 4-pin (male) x 1
    • DC Output (12 V): 4-pin (female) x 1, DC 12 V, 7.5 W
    • Maintenance: USB x 2
    • AC Input: x 1, 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz
  • Video Performance:
    • Sampling Frequency: Y: 74.25 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.125MHz
    • Quantization: 8-bits/sample
    • Error Correction: Reed Solomon Code
  • Processor Adjustment Range:
    • Video Level: -infinity to +3 dB
    • Chroma Level: -infinity to +3 dB
    • Setup/Black Level: ±30 IRE/±210 mV
    • Chroma Phase: ±30°
    • System Sync Phase: ± 15 µs
    • System Sync Phase (Fine): 0 to 400 ns
    • System SC Phase: 0 to 400 ns
  • Audio Performance:
    • Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
    • Quantization: 24-bits
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-1.0 dB (0 dB at 1 kHz)
    • Dynamic Range: More than 90 dB
    • Distortion: Less than 0.05% (at 1kHz)
    • Headroom: 20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)
  • Onboard Display:
    • Onboard Display: 4.3"-type color LCD monitor
  • Onboard Audio Speaker:
    • Onboard Audio Speaker: x1, monaural
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