Sony Digital Betacam DVW-500 PAL

DCP Creation Admin | 28 June 2011 | VTR & Post Rentals | | 0 Comments   
Sony DVW500 Digital Betacam VTR
Sony DVW500 Digital Betacam VTR


Digital Betacam is still being used in about 70% of all tape deliveries worldwide.


Our DVW-500 Sony Digital Betacam NTSC VTR is capable of playing Digital Betacam only and will not play analog tapes (Betacam SP).

Digital Betacam was launched in 1993. It supersedes both Betacam and BetacamSP, while costing significantly less than the D1 format. S tapes are available with up to 40 minutes running time, and L tapes with up to 124 minutes.


The Digital Betacam format records a lossless 2 to 1 DCT-compressed component video signal at 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 sampling in NTSC (720×486) or PAL (720×576) resolutions at a bitrate of 90 Mbit/s plus four channels of uncompressed 48 kHz / 20 bit PCM-encoded audio. A fifth analog audio track is available for cueing, and a linear timecode track is also used on the tape. It is a popular digital video cassette format for broadcast use.
Another key element which aided adoption was Sony’s implementation of the SDI coaxial digital connection on Digital Betacam decks. Facilities could begin using digital signals on their existing coaxial wiring without having to commit to an expensive re-installation.

Sony DVW500 Digital Betacam VTR

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