Sony PDW-HD1200 Professional Disc Recorder

Compact professional disc recorder

Sony PDW-HD1200 Professional Disc Recorder

Sony PDW-HD1200 Professional Disc Recorder

Compact professional disc recorder


Cat no: 9175

  • Easy and intuitive file-based operation
  • Three-way power source selection
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Multi-format capability in HD and SD
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£11,400.00 (ex vat) £13,680.00 (incl vat)

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Sony PDW-HD1200 Professional Disc Recorder

Smooth migration to tapeless, file-based HD operation
The Sony 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.

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.

Viewable area, measured diagonally.
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.

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Product Specification

Power Requirements: AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, DC 12 V
Power Consumption: AC: 65 W, DC: 55 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: 25% to 90% (relative humidity)
Mass: 6.5 kg (14 lb 5 oz)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 210 x 132 x 396 mm (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): 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)
Search Speed Range (Shuttle Mode): -20 times to +20 times normal speed
Search Speed Range (Variable Mode): -1 times to +1 times normal speed
Search Speed Range (Jog Mode): -1 time to +1 time normal speed
Search Speed Range (Fast Forward/Reverse): -30/+30 times normal speed

Media Drive
Media Type: Professional Disc Drive (x1)

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: XLR-type 3-pin (male) (x2) (channel selectable), +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 600 Ω, Lo-z, balanced
Analog Audio Monitor: XLR-type 3-pin (male) (x2), +4 dBu, 600 Ω, Lo-Z, balanced
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
USB: (x2) for Maintenance, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse
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
Quantization: 8 bits/sample
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)
Headroom: -20/-18/-16/-12 dB (selectable)

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

1 x Operation Guide
1 x XDCAM Application Software CD-ROM

* Finance available to UK incorporated limited companies only

Photolease Company Finance from £256.27 (ex VAT) per month.

All lease figures below exclude VAT. Finance available to UK incorporated limited companies only.

Term (months) First Payment Monthly Payments Admin Fee Total Payment
60 £356.27 £256.27 £100.00 £15,476.32
48 £403.24 £303.24 £100.00 £14,655.52
36 £482.81 £382.81 £100.00 £13,881.23
24 £641.27 £541.27 £100.00 £13,090.53
12 £1,116.08 £1,016.08 £100.00 £12,292.98

Select "Photolease finance" as the payment option at checkout. Finance is only available to UK incorporated limited companies. A minimum basket total of £1,000.00 applies, Photolease will normally contact you within one hour of receipt of your application if sent during business hours of 9am - 5pm (BST), Monday to Friday.

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