Sony HDW-2000/20 HDCAM Video Recorder

by Sony
Sony HDW-2000/20 HDCAM Video Recorder
Sony HDW-2000/20 HDCAM recorder with CineAlta 24P record feature.

HDCAM Studio Editing Recorder. Records and plays HDCAM at frame rates: 1080/23.98, 1080/24PsF, 1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97PsF, and 25 PsF (note: Pulldown output is not available in this model). Built-in down-conversion of HDCAM tapes (except those recorded at 23.98 Hz or 24Hz) to 480i is a standard feature. Metadata handling, UMID (Unique Material Identifier Data) record capability, simplified menu setups and firmware upgrades via Memory Stick(R) media are standard features. Capable of recording and playing back Dolby-E and AC-3 compressed audio streams..

HDCAM native recording and playback
Supports 1080/59.94i, 23.98 PsF& 24 PsF (playback ONLY), 29.97PsF, 50i, 25PsF and 1035/59.94i
Built-in down conversion (from 1080i/59.94)
Metadata handling
Dolby-E, AC-3 compatibility

Compact Body, 4RU height and low power consumption
Dynamic Motion Control (DMC)
Pre-read editing
standard line conversion for 1035/1080
Records UMID (Unique Material Identifier Data) as part of the Metadata stream


HDCAM format: high picture quality, long record time of up to 124 minutes, compatible camcorders available.
Built-in down-conversion: 1080i HD recordings can be simultaneously output in Standard Definition; HD material can be used in today's standard definition environments; SD output allows selection from squeeze, letterbox, and edge crop modes.
Metadata handling: Ancillary date can be recorded in a dedicated portion of the vertical interval; this "metadata" can be used for user-defined data. Can also record UMID (Unique Material Identifier Data) as part of the Metadata stream.
Pre-read Editing: Allows applications such as titling with a single VTR or A/B roll with just two VTRs.
Tele-File System: This VTR is equipped with Sony's Tele-File system allowing the VTR to read the data directly from a Tele-File label attached to the video cassette; the labels allow easy cataloging of information about the video, including shot marks, scene numbers, and script information.


Analog Audio Performance Specifications:
A/D Quantization 20 bit/sample
Crosstalk Less than -80 dB
(at 1 kHz between any two channels)
D/A Quantization 20 bit/sample
Distortion Less than 0.05%
(at 1 kHz emphasis ON reference level)
Dynamic Range More than 95 dB
(at 1 kHz emphasis ON)
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
+0.5 dB/-1.0 dB (0 dB at 1 kHz)

Analog Composite Out Performance Specifications:
Bandwidth Y: 0 to 5.75 MHz +0.5 dB/-2.0 dB
R-Y/B-Y: 0 to 2.75 MHz +0.5 dB/-2.0 dB
Differential Gain 2% or less
Differential Phase 2% or less
K factor (2T pulse) 1% or less
Output SCH Phase Based upon RS-170A/CCIR R.624-3
S/N Ratio 53 dB or more
Y/C Delay 20 ns or less
Digital Audio Performance Specifications Detail:
Headroom 20 dB (or 18 dB selectable)
Quantization 20 bit/sample
Sampling Frequency 48 kHz (Syncronized with video)
Wow & flutter Below measurable level

Digital Video Performance Specifications:
Channel Coding S-I-NRZI PR-IV
Compression Coefficient recording system
Error Correction Reed-Solomon code
Quantization 10 bit/sample (compression: 8 bit/sample)
Sampling Frequency Y: 74.25 MHz
R-Y/B-Y: 37.125 MHz
General Specifications Detail:
124 min (w/ BCT124HDL Caas) 59.94i
149 min (w/ BCT124HDL Cass) 50i
40 min (w/ BCT40HD Cass) 59.94i
48 min (w/ BCT40HD Cass) 50i
Applications Studio Recorder/Player
Dimensions (W x H x D) 16 7/8 x 6 7/8 x 21 1/2 inches
(427 x 174 x 544 mm)
Fast Forward/Rewind Time Approx. 3 minutes
(with BCT-124HDL cassette)
Format HDCAM
Load/Unload Time 6 s or less (both L and S cassettes)
Operating Humidity 25 to 90%
Operating Temperature 41 to 104 oF (+5 to +40 oC)
Power Consumption 220 W
Power Requirements 100 to 240 V
50/60 Hz
Servo Lock Time 0.6 s or less (59.94i and 29.97PsF from standby on)
0.7 s or less (50i 25PsF 24PsF 23.98PsF from standby on)
Storage Temperature -4 to +140 oF (-20 to +60 oC)
Tape Format HDCAM
Weight 50 lb 11 oz (23 kg)

General - Search Speed Range Shuttle Mod Specifications:
HDCAM Still to +/-50 times normal speed playback (59.94i and 29.97PsF)
Still to +/-58 times normal speed playback (50i and 25PsF)
Still to +/-60 times normal speed playback (24PsF and 23.98PsF)

General - Search Speed Range Variable Mo Specifications:
HDCAM -1 to +2 times normal speed playback
JOG Mode Still to +/-1 times normal speed playback

General - Tape Speed Specifications:
HDCAM 96.7 mm/s (59.94i and 29.97PsF)
80.6 mm/s (50i and 25PsF)
77.4 mm/s (24PsF and 23.98PsF)

Input/Output Specifications :
Analog Audio Input (CH1/2/3/4/CUE)
XLR-3-pin type (female) x 5
Low off: -60 dBu high impedance balanced
High off: +4 dBu high impedance balanced
High on: -4 dBm 600 Ohm termination balanced
Analog Audio Monitor Output XLR-3-pin type (male) x 2
+4 dBm at 600 Ohm load
Low Impedance
Analog Audio Output (CH1/2/3/4/CUE)
XLR-3-pin type (male) x 5
+4 dBm (600 Ohm load)
Low impedance
Analog Component Output BNC x 3 for 1 set
1.0 Vp-p
75 Ohm
Sync negative
Analog Composite Output BNC x 3 (RS-170A including one character out and one WFM out)
Y: 1.0 Vp-p sync negative
R-Y/B-Y: 0.7 Vp-p 75 Ohm
Control Panel D-sub 15-pin
Digital Audio Input (CH1/2 3/4)
BNC x 2
Digital Audio Output (CH1/2 3/4)
BNC x 4
HD-SDI Input BNC x 1 (SMPTE 292M)
Serial Digital (1.485 Gb/s)
HD-SDI Output BNC x 3 (SMPTE 292M including one character out)
Serial Digital (1.485 Gb/s)
Headphone Output JM-60 Stereo phone jack
(-∞ to -12 dBu at 8 Ohm load unbalanced)
Parallel Remote D-sub 50-pin
Remote 1 Input D-sub 9-pin
Sony 9-pin remote interface
Remote 1 Input/Output D-sub 9-pin
Sony 9-pin remote interface
Remote Control D-sub 9-pin
RS-232C interface
SDI Output BNC x 3 (SMPTE 259M including one character out)
Serial Digital (270 Mb/s)
Time Code Input XLR-3-pin type (female) x 1
0.5 to 18 Vp-p
10 k Ohm
XLR-3-pin type (female) x 1
0.5 to 18 Vp-p
10 k Ohm
Time Code Output XLR-3-pin type (male) x 1
2.2 Vp-p
Low impedance
Video Control D-sub 9-pin
D-sub 15-pin

In the Box

Sony HDW-2000/20 Operation manual (1)
Sony HDW-2000/20 Installation manual (1)


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