A high definition VTR for prestige and mainstream programme production
Sony recognises that your needs as a programme maker will vary depending upon the type of programme being made. This has driven the development of a multi-format high definition product offering, including HDV for entry-level high definition operation, HDCAM for mainstream and prestige productions, CineAlta for 24P applications, and HDCAM SR for productions where only the ultimate quality will suffice.
HDCAM has long been associated with the production of the most prestigious movies, commercials and television programmes. The recent expansion of the HDCAM product line up has transformed the economics of HD for mainstream television production, with new models such as the HDW-730S camcorder making HD acquistion accessible to those working on standard definition budgets. And the HDCAM family continues to evolve.
A recent enhancement to the HDW-M2000P HDCAM VTR has added CineAlta 24P recording for the first time. This enhanced model, the HDW-M2000P/20, operates at the frame rates used for prestige and mainstream content creation and distribution. It offers HDCAM recording and playback at 1080/50i, 1080/59.94i, 1080/25P, 1080/29.97P, 1080/23.98P and 1080/24P.
The HDW-M2000P/20 is ideal as part of an end-to-end HDCAM production chain. It also makes business sense even when post production and programme distribution remains at 625/50 standard definition. An inbuilt HD to SD downconverter provides a standard definition output from your high quality HDCAM original recordings. Compatible replay of Betacam, Betacam SP, Betacam SX, MPEG IMX and Digital Betacam tapes also helps smooth your transition to the world of high definition.
HDCAM recording and playback
HDCAM uses intra-frame DCT compression using a compression ratio of about 7:1. There are four channels of 48kHz digital audio at 20-bit resolution.
Selectable frame rates
The HDW-M2000P/20 can record and replay at 1080/50i, 1080/59.94i, 1080/25P, 1080/29.97P, 1080/23.98P and 1080/24P.
Compatible replay of standard definition cassettes
Betacam, Betacam SP, Betacam SX, MPEG IMX and Digital Betacam cassettes can be replayed. The HDW-M2000P/20 is optimised for analogue 625/50 Betacam and Betacam SP playback, but can replay 525/60 Betacam and Betacam SP tapes and provide a monitoring quality output. Full playback quality is achived when replaying Betacam SX, MPEG IMX and Digital Betacam 525/60 tapes.
Built-in up and down converters
The HDW-M2000P/20 has a built in HD to SD downconverter and a built-in SD to HD upconverter. Downconversion allows tapes shot in HDCAM to be output in standard definition for subsequent post production or distribution. The downconverted image can be squeezed or cropped within the VTR for display on a 4:3 monitor.
No compromise in editing performance
Assemble, insert and pre-read editing is provided. When used in pre-read mode, the HDW-M2000P/20 can be used to insert titles into video material using a single VTR.
Broadcast quality slow motion
The HDW-M2000P/20 has DT (Dynamic Tracking) heads as standard. Broadcast quality pictures can be replayed in the range ?1 to x2 speed from HDCAM tapes, and from ?1 to x3 speed when replaying Betacam, Betacam SP, Betacam SX, MPEG IMX and Digital Betacam cassettes.
High quality picture search and jog
Selecting edit points is easy with the HDW-M2000P/20. Pictures and sound can be searched at up to x50 normal speed.
The HDW-M2000P/20 uses a 4U chassis design, in common with MPEG IMX VTRs and the new DVW-M2000P series Digital Betacam VTRs.