Sony Electronics has announced the next generation of its tape-based HDCAM SR 4:4:4 high-definition (HD) acquisition product line, which now includes a new HDCAM SR camcorder (SRW-9000). The camcorder, to be available by the end of the year, provides an upgrade path to 35mm imaging and file-based production.
New SR memory solid-state media, a new version of Sony’s SRW recorder and more cost-effective BCT-SR series tape pricing were also announced.
Across the SR range, Sony can deliver up to 1080/60p and 50p recording at a 880Mb/s data rate, and that range also now includes a next-generation file transfer and storage technology.
Rob Willox, director of Sony Electronics’ content creation group, said the SR format is file-based, and currently supports data recording in resolutions up to 4K as DPX files. The addition of solid-state media enhances the format’s inherent file-based design.
The new SRW-9000 camcorder combines the SR format’s image quality with the versatility of a one-piece camcorder. The full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution camcorder uses 2/3in CCDs with a 14-bit A/D converter and digital signal processing to capture up to 1080/60p images.
In addition, recognizing the market’s need for a 35mm “B” camera to complement Sony’s high-end F35, the company is unveiling an optional upgrade path for the SRW-9000 to a 35mm imager and PL mount to increase the camcorder’s flexibility and protect a user’s investment.
The company also announced the latest in HDCAM SR compression, “SR Lite,” which is a 220Mb/s data rate codec based on the MPEG-4 SStP (Simple Studio Profile) format and will be supported as an MXF wrapped file. This will help ensure high picture quality and enable near real-time exchange over a fast GB Ethernet connection. Content recorded on HDCAM tape can also be integrated into the MXF SStP file-based operation since the system is backwards compatible.
Three different transfer rates — 880Mb/s, 440Mb/s and 220Mb/s — will all be available in future HDCAM SR products.
The SRW-5800/2 deck, to be available next summer, will support MXF file transfer and the 220Mb/s data rate as well as the ability to record and playback 4:4:4 content at 2X real time. These capabilities will also be available to existing SRW-5800 owners through optional hardware upgrades.
A series of new SR solid-state memory cards will deliver transfer rates of more than 5Gb/s and a storage capacity of up to 1TB. This new SR memory technology is designed to be the ideal media for future high-end production, with native acquisition capabilities for applications such as 3-D 1080p and higher resolutions up to 4K. Sony also plans to deliver an upgrade to SR memory on the existing SRW-9000 camcorder together with a memory adapter for the F35 and F23.
For the immediate future, the company’s new pricing structure for small-shell HDCAM SR cassettes will begin in January 2010, offering a near 25 percent cost reduction on the BCT40SR, the preferred model for SR production, as well as other cost savings on the BCT6SR and BCT33SR models.
Future US's leading brands bring the most important, up-to-date information right to your inbox
Thank you for signing up to TV Tech. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.