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Sony PDW HD1500 XDCAM HD422 Professional Disc recorder

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Sony PDW HD1500 XDCAM HD422 Professional Disc recorder

£19,602.00 (inc VAT) £16,335.00 (exc VAT)

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Sony PDW-HD1500 (PDWHD1500 PDW-HD1500/1) XDCAM HD422 Professional Disc recorder up to 50 Mb/s


The XDCAM production system was first introduced in 2003, offering revolutionary file-based acquisition onto optical Professional Disc. In 2005, XDCAM HD was launched with camcorders and decks recording high definition pictures at up to 35 Mb/s onto the same 23 GB Professional Discs.

At IBC 2007, Sony demonstrated the latest development of products to expand of the XDCAM HD line up - the PDW-700 camcorder and the PDW-HD1500 deck.

The PDW-HD1500 will record and replay XDCAM HD 50 Mb/s 4:2:2 data onto 50 GB Dual-layer Professional Disc. With interfaces including i.LINK and Ethernet, the PDW-HD1500 can operate at the heart of small or large scale file-based networked systems. VTR-like JOG/shuttle operation and video interfaces including HD-SDI and SD-SDI also makes the PDW-HD1500 ideal for operation in more traditional vide-based installations.

The PDW-HD1500 has been designed to increase the appeal of XDCAM HD for high-end applications such as drama, documentary and natural history and for mainstream entertainment programmes that required a prestige quality look.

File-based acquisition onto Professional Disc, with thumbnail and proxy operation will also make the PDW-HD1500 ideal for networked applications where speed of production is a critical.

Key Features

  • i.LINK interface


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 *3  (CBR, 50/40/30 Mbps) 
DVCAM *3  (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 *3 : 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz or 8 ch/16 bits/48 kHz 
DVCAM *3 : 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) 
Optional PDBK-S1500 hardware key is required for MPEG IMX recording.
Recording/Playback Time (DVCAM) 25 Mbps: Approx. 185 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min (PFD23A) *3 
Search Speed Range (Shuttle Mode)  
Search Speed Range (Variable Mode) -2 times to +2 times normal speed
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
Digital Audio Input (AES/EBU) BNC (x2), 4 ch (2 ch each, 1/2 ch and 3/4 ch), AES-3id-1995
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
Analog Audio Output  
Analog Audio Monitor  
Digital Audio Output (AES/EBU) BNC (x2), 4 ch (2 ch each, 1/2 ch and 3/4 ch), AES-3id-1995
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 or HDV TS*(1080i/720p) (selectable) 
*Optional PDBK-201 is required for HDV IN/OUT.
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 manual (1) 
Installation manual (1) 
XDCAM Application Software CD-ROM (1)


Note [*1] The values for dimensions are approximate. 
[*2] Playback only. 
[*3] Optional PDBK-S1500 hardware key is required for DVCAM and MPEG IMX recording.

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