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Sony Announces PMW-1000 Memory Recording Deck
01 Feb 2013 : By IFTN reporter
Sony has launched the new PMW-1000
Sony Announces PMW-1000 Memory Recording Deck
Sony has announced its new PMW-1000 Memory Recording Deck, which it says enhances Sony’s memory-based workflow and is suitable for both in-house and field operation.

The half-rack sized recorder, with two SxS memory card slots and VTR-like jog/shuttle operations, meets the needs of broadcasters and individuals in studio or outside broadcast vans, and is suitable for the production of commercials, documentaries, or corporate and education videos, at an affordable price.

Fabien Pisano, strategic marketing manager at Sony Europe, said the PMW-1000 was the “next natural step to bring enhanced and easy workflow support”. He added: “The versatility of the PMW-1000 in terms of interfaces, coupled with linear-like operation and the ability to record the XAVC HD format on SxS media, make it an ideal choice for broadcasters and production houses looking for an affordable, quality production solution or for a smooth transition from SD to HD.”

What does a PMW-1000 customer get for their money? According to Sony:

Smooth migration from SD to HD

PMW-1000 users can select recording and playback formats from HD (XAVC, MPEG HD422 and MPEG HD420 50/35/25Mbps) and SD (MPEG IMX 50/40/30Mbps* and DVCAM 25Mbps) in a variety of frame frequencies. This flexibility can help to save on investment costs as broadcasters move towards HD operations. In addition, with its up-and-down conversion function, the PMW-1000 is ideal for integration into existing SD production systems that are looking to upgrade to HD in the future.

XAVC HD support

Besides MPEG HD422, the PMW-1000 also supports XAVC Intra HD record/playback**, enhancing the XDCAM HD workflow in the operation of cameras such as Sony’s new PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 CineAlta cameras. The PMW-1000 is currently the only recorder which can record the XAVC HD format on SxS media***. It can also playback XAVC HD recorded content on professional monitors.

Enhanced XDCAM HD422 workflow even in linear operations

Non-linear production has become increasingly popular, and the role of the recording deck is now less significant in non-linear environments. However, linear-like operations are still required especially by 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. The VTR-like jog/shuttle dial and RS-422 control also come into play when ingested 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 a high quality eight channel (HD-SDI) 24-bit audio recording capability, all packaged in a compact deck.

Numerous interfaces for versatile operation

The PMW-1000 provides a wide range of AV and IT interfaces including HD-SDI, SD-SDI, HDMI, and composite outputs. An RS-422 interface enables the PMW-1000 to be used as a feeder for linear editing while a Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T) port allows for high-speed file transfer in network or non-linear operations. The PMW-1000 also includes a HDMI output at the rear for easy monitoring on HD displays. A USB interface located on the front panel enables easy connection of external USB HDDs without a PC for the direct copying of clips, saving unnecessary costs and simple, quick copying or backup.

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