Sony Announces PMW-1000 XDCam Deck

For our customers who work in broadcast and post production this should be a bit of interesting equipment news. Sony has announced the PMW-1000 XDCam SxS deck. The compact, affordable PMW-1000 SxS memory recording deck has two SxSExpressCard memory card slots providing a wide variety of HD and SD recordings and playback, including 50 Mbps XDCAM HD422. The half-rack size recorder has SD / HD-SDI interfaces and Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T) interfaces for non-linear network operations, as well as an RS-422 interface and jog/shuttle control to allow “linear like” ingest and editing.

Non-linear production has gradually taken over most of the industry, and the role of a recording deck has less emphasis in non-linear environments. However, “linear-like” operation is still required especially by the broadcasters. The PMW-1000 drives enhanced XDCAM HD422 workflow with tape-like operation including linear ingest with RS-422 control and linear editing (as player) with jog/shuttle control. This similar operability to tape-based devices brings familiarity to operators accustomed to them. The VTR-like jog/shuttle dial and RS-422 control also come into play when ingesting is done in baseband through an ingest controller at broadcast stations where a content server may be in operation. The PMW-1000 also provides outstanding MPEG HD422 picture quality as well as high quality eight channel (HD-SDI) 24-bit audio recording capability, all packed in a compact sized deck.

The PMW-1000 also supports 100 Mbps XAVC (1080/29.97p/25p/23.98p/59.94i/50i)* recordings on SxS media and allows easy XAVC HD playback and monitoring, making it an ideal recorder/player to work with the PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 CineAlta cameras. It also allows high-speed recorded content from both cameras to be played back in slow motion. However, 4K is not supported. The PMW-1000 is scheduled to ship this summer. Post by Eric C. Petrie