Sony HDCAM HDW-1800

DCP Creation Admin | 28 June 2011 | VTR & Post Rentals | | 0 Comments   


This tried and true industry broadcast HDCAM format has loyally served the film industry since the early emergence of HD in the early 2000s. The HDW-1800 VTR is one of the recent iterations and format evolutions, that result in an easy-to-use all-purpose robust VTR for application that do not require HDCAM-SR.

Still today, the HDCAM format is an important exhibition format in many film festivals all over the world, as well as a critical delivery element by many worldwide distributors. While it has lost some of its charm to the HDCAM-SR, the HDW-1800 still offers great quality at an affordable price for any content producer.

Our VTRs come with the following:

3-2 pull down for down conversions to standard definition (HKDW-104).

720/50P or 720/59.94P output.

The HDW-1800 offers 4 channels of audio, making it a great delivery format for international by including stereo and M&E.

The HDW-1800 is apable of recording and playback HDCAM 1080/59.94i, 50i, 25PsF, 29.97PsF, 23.98PsF and 24PsF formats. This deck inherited all editing functions from HDW-2000 series, such as DMC, audio split, pre-read and audio cross-fade editing. A color LCD panel on the control panel displays various type of information including audio level meter and time data. The LCD unit also displays video when playback or recording. Built-in down converter enables to output 480/59.94i or 576/50i. Up to 3 packets of VANC metadata can be recorded and played back. Non-audio recording is available such as Dolby-E or AC3.

HDCAM uses an 8-bit DCT compressed 3:1:1 recording, in 1080i-compatible downsampled resolution of 1440×1080, as well as 24p and 23.976 PsF modes(progressive segmented frame). The HDCAM codec uses rectangular pixels and as such the recorded 1440×1080 content is upsampled to 1920×1080 on playback. The recorded video bitrate is 144 Mbit/s. Audio is also similar, with 4 channels of AE3 20-bit/48 kHz digital audio.

The main competitor to HDCAM is DVCPro HD



format offered by Panasonic. It uses a similar compression scheme and bitrates ranging from 40 Mbit/s to 100 Mbit/s depending on frame rate.

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