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Sony PDW U2 XDCAM Pro Disc Drive USB3

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Sony PDW U2 XDCAM Pro Disc Drive USB3

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Sony PDW-U2 (PDWU2) XDCAM Professional Disc Drive Unit


Compact unit supports all XDCAM file formats

The PDW-U2 extends the IT credentials of XDCAM by offering a simple and portable drive that can be used with a PC or Mac for viewing purposes (using free Sony software) or full read/write access with a compatible NLE. As a highly successful alternative to the PWD-U, the PDW-U2 supports the use of four, double and single XDCAM Professional Disc media, offering capacity of up to 128 G. Rewritable Triple layer discs will be supported at a later stage.

Key Features

  • Handles all XDCAM file formats

    The PDW-U2 handles files in all formats: XDCAM HD422, XDCAM HD and XDCAM SD. The unit also allows data file recording using a User Data folder

  • Supports high capacity quad-layer Professional Discs

    The PDW-U2 supports quad-layer write-once (PFD128QLW), dual-layer (PFD50DLA) and single layer (PFD23A) Professional Discs, offering high capacity and new workflow capabilities, with over four hours of recording at HD422 50 Mbps.

  • High-speed read / write

    The PDW-U2 offers speeds 2.6 times (read) / 1.5 times (write) faster than the PDW-U1 with the newly developed 2-channel 1-head DCHS drive.

  • Access Professional Discs directly from a PC

    The PDW-U2 offers the ability to directly access files on Professional Disc from a PC connected via a USB cable. The system supports the Super Speed USB (USB3.0) interface and the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface.

  • Compact design

    The PDW-U2 is small and light, inheriting the concept of the PDW-U1. It can be operated either horizontally or vertically.


Technical Specifications

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


Power Requirements DC 12 V (AC adaptor supplied)
Power Consumption 19.2 W
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C 
42°F to 104°F
Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C 
-4°F to +140°F
Humidity 20% to 90% (relative humidity)
Mass 1.7 kg 
3 lb 12 oz
Dimensions (W x H x D) *1 67.4 x 164 x 219 mm (excluding protrusions) 
2 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 8 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), 
MPEG IMX (CBR, 50/40/30 Mbps) 
DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mbps)
Recording/Playback Format (Audio) MPEG HD422: 8 ch/24 bits/48kHz, 
MPEG HD: 4/2 ch/16bits/48kHz, 
MPEG IMX: 8 ch/16 bits/48 kHz, or 4 ch/24 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) 50 Mbps: Approx. 95 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min (PFD23A)
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) 25 Mbps: Approx. 185 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min (PFD23A)

Media Drive

Media Type Professional Disc Drive (x1)


USB Super Speed USB (USB 3.0) (x1)

Supplied Accessories

Supplied Accessories Operation manual (1) 
XDCAM Drive Software (1) 
XDCAM Browse Software (1)


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

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