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Sony PDW HD1200 XDCAM HD 422 Studio Deck

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Sony PDW HD1200 XDCAM HD 422 Studio Deck

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The PDW-HD1200 single laser head (drive) Professional Disc recorder provides a wide range of AV and IT interfaces including HD-SDI, SD-SDI, i.LINK™ and Ethernet. The high-performance disc recorder has less features than the PDW-HD1500 but maintains the same field-proven operability, making it an ideal companion to the affordable PDW-680 Professional Disc camcorder. 

Compact, flexible recording device 

The PDW-HD1200 provides outstanding MPEG HD422 picture quality as well as an uncompromising 8 channel (HD-SDI), 24 bit audio recording capability, all packed in a compact half-rack-size deck. With its unique ability to support three different power sources (AC, DC, or battery power), its large 4.3-inch* LCD, and its built-in speaker, the PDW-HD1200 performs as a versatile and high-quality recorder suitable for both in-house and field operations. 

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HD and SD recordings and playback for a broad range of applications 

The PDW-HD1200 can record and playback in MPEG IMX and DVCAM formats in the SD domain as standard. Additionally, it is equipped with an up/down converter, which is highly useful when employing both HD- and SD-format materials in mixed operation. What's more, the RS-422 interface and Gigabit Ethernet enables the PDW-HD1200 to be used as a player deck for linear editing and a feeder deck for non-linear editing. 

With innovative high performance and sophisticated operability, the PDW-HD1200 is an affordable yet highly reliable recording tool for a broad range of HD production applications.

Key Features

Technical Specifications

Please be aware that the features/specifications can differ from country to country


Power Requirements AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, DC 12 V
Power Consumption  
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C 
42°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C 
-4°F to +140°F
Mass 6.5 kg 
14 lb 5 oz
Dimensions (W x H x D) *1 210 x 132 x 396 mm (excluding protrusions) 
8 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches (excluding protrusions)
Recording/Playback Format (Video) MPEG HD422 (CBR, 50 Mbps) 
- HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mbps) 
- SP mode (CBR, 25 Mbps) 
- LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mbps) *2  
MPEG IMX (CBR, 50/40/30 Mbps) 
DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mbps)
Recording/Playback Format (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
Recording/Playback Format (Proxy Video) MPEG-4
Recording/Playback Format (Proxy Audio) A-law (8 ch/8 bits/8 kHz)
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG HD422)  
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG HD) 35 Mbps, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min (PFD23A) 
35 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min (PFD23A) 
25 Mbps, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min (PFD23A) 
25 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min (PFD23A) 
18 Mbps, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min (PFD23A) 
18 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 265 min (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min (PFD23A)
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG IMX) 50 Mbps: Approx. 100 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min (PFD23A) 
40 Mbps: Approx. 120 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min (PFD23A) 
30 Mbps: Approx. 150 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min (PFD23A)
Recording/Playback Time (DVCAM)  
Search Speed Range (Shuttle Mode)  
Search Speed Range (Variable Mode)  
Search Speed Range (Jog Mode)  
Search Speed Range (Fast Forward/Reverse)  

Media Drive

Media Type  


Reference Input BNC (x2) (including loop-through), HD Tri-level sync (0.6 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative) or SD blackburst/composite sync (0.286 Vp-
p/75 Ω/negative)
HD-SDI Input BNC (x1) 
(HD/SD switchable) 
HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio) 
SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)
Analog Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2) (channel selectable), +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 10 kΩ, balanced
Timecode Input BNC (x1), SMPTE timecode, 0.5 Vp-p to 18 Vp-p/3.3 kΩ/unbalanced
Analog Composite Output BNC (x2), 
1: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative, SMPTE 170M 
2: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative, SMPTE 170M, character On/Off
HD-SDI Output BNC (x2), 
1: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio) 
2: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), character on/off
SD-SDI Output BNC (x2), 
1: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio) 
2: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), character on/off
HDMI Output TYPE A 19-pin (x1) 
Video : 1080i, 480i, 480P, 576i, 576P 
Audio : 2 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
Analog Audio Output  
Analog Audio Monitor  
Headphone Output JM-60 Stereo phone jack (x1), -13 dBu, 8 Ω, unbalanced
Timecode Output BNC (x1), SMPTE timecode, 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/unbalanced
i.LINK IEEE 1394 6-pin (x1) 
File Access Mode
Ethernet RJ-45 (x1) 
1000BASE-T: IEEE 802.3ab 
100BASE-TX: IEEE 802.3u 
10BASE-T: IEEE 802.3
Remote Input (9-pin) D-sub 9-pin (female) (x1), RS-422A
DC Input (12 V) XLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1)
DC Output (12 V) 4-pin (female) (x1), DC 12 V, 7.5 W
AC Input AC Input (x1), 100 V to 240 V, 50/60Hz

Video Performance

Sampling Frequency Y: 74.25 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.125MHz
Error Correction Reed Solomon Code

Processor Adjustment Range

Video Level -∞ to +3 dB
Chroma Level -∞ to +3 dB
Set Up/Black Level -30 IRE to +30 IRE/-210 mV to +210 mV
Chroma Phase -30° to +30°
System Sync Phase -15 μs to +15 μs
System SC Phase 0 ns 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 1 kHz)

Other Equipment

Built-in Display 4.3-inch type color LCD monitor
Built-in Speaker Monaural (x1)

Supplied Accessories

Supplied Accessories Operation guide (1) 
XDCAM Application Software CD-ROM (1)


Note [*1] The values for dimensions are approximate. 
[*2] Playback only.

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