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Sony PDW-HD1200 XDCAM HD422 Professional Disc Deck

code: PDW-HD1200
  • £10,952.00
  • RRP: £13,361.00
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Sony PDW-HD1200 (PDWHD1200, PDW HD1200, PDW/HD1200, pdw-hd1200) XDCAM HD422 Professional Disc Deck - single head, Interlace Rec only

The PDW-HD1200 single laser head (drive) Professional Disc recorder provides a wide range of AV and IT interfaces including HD-SDI, SD-SDI, i.LINKâ„¢ and Ethernet. The high-performance disc recorder has less features than the PDW-HD1500 but maintains the same field-proven operability, making it an ideal companion to the affordable PDW-680 Professional Disc camcorder. 

Compact, flexible recording device 

The PDW-HD1200 provides outstanding MPEG HD422 picture quality as well as an uncompromising 8 channel (HD-SDI), 24 bit audio recording capability, all packed in a compact half-rack-size deck. With its unique ability to support three different power sources (AC, DC, or battery power), its large 4.3-inch* LCD, and its built-in speaker, the PDW-HD1200 performs as a versatile and high-quality recorder suitable for both in-house and field operations. 

Viewable area, measured diagonally.

HD and SD recordings and playback for a broad range of applications 

The PDW-HD1200 can record and playback in MPEG IMX and DVCAM formats in the SD domain as standard. Additionally, it is equipped with an up/down converter, which is highly useful when employing both HD- and SD-format materials in mixed operation. What's more, the RS-422 interface and Gigabit Ethernet enables the PDW-HD1200 to be used as a player deck for linear editing and a feeder deck for non-linear editing. 


With innovative high performance and sophisticated operability, the PDW-HD1200 is an affordable yet highly reliable recording tool for a broad range of HD production applications.



Power Requirements AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, DC 12 V

Power Consumption

Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C 

42°F to 104°F

Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C 

-4°F to +140°F


Mass 6.5 kg 

14 lb 5 oz

Dimensions (W x H x D) *1 210 x 132 x 396 mm (excluding protrusions) 

8 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches (excluding protrusions)

Recording/Playback Format (Video) MPEG HD422 (CBR, 50 Mbps) 


- HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mbps) 

- SP mode (CBR, 25 Mbps) 

- LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mbps) *2  

MPEG IMX (CBR, 50/40/30 Mbps) 

DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mbps)

Recording/Playback Format (Audio) MPEG HD422: 8 ch/24 bits/48 kHz 

MPEG HD: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz 

MPEG IMX: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz or 8 ch/16 bits/48 kHz 

DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz

Recording/Playback Format (Proxy Video) MPEG-4

Recording/Playback Format (Proxy Audio) A-law (8 ch/8 bits/8 kHz)

Recording/Playback Time (MPEG HD422)

Recording/Playback Time (MPEG HD) 35 Mbps, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min (PFD23A) 

35 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min (PFD23A) 

25 Mbps, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min (PFD23A) 

25 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min (PFD23A) 

18 Mbps, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min (PFD23A) 

18 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 265 min (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min (PFD23A)

Recording/Playback Time (MPEG IMX) 50 Mbps: Approx. 100 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min (PFD23A) 

40 Mbps: Approx. 120 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min (PFD23A) 

30 Mbps: Approx. 150 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min (PFD23A)

Recording/Playback Time (DVCAM)

Search Speed Range (Shuttle Mode)

Search Speed Range (Variable Mode)

Search Speed Range (Jog Mode)

Search Speed Range (Fast Forward/Reverse)

Media Drive

Media Type


Reference Input BNC (x2) (including loop-through), HD Tri-level sync (0.6 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative) or SD blackburst/composite sync (0.286 Vp-

p/75 Ω/negative)

HD-SDI Input BNC (x1) 

(HD/SD switchable) 

HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio) 

SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio)

Analog Audio Input XLR-type 3-pin (female) (x2) (channel selectable), +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 10 kΩ, balanced

Timecode Input BNC (x1), SMPTE timecode, 0.5 Vp-p to 18 Vp-p/3.3 kΩ/unbalanced

Analog Composite Output BNC (x2), 

1: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative, SMPTE 170M 

2: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/negative, SMPTE 170M, character On/Off

HD-SDI Output BNC (x2), 

1: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio) 

2: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), character on/off

SD-SDI Output BNC (x2), 

1: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio) 

2: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), character on/off

HDMI Output TYPE A 19-pin (x1) 

Video : 1080i, 480i, 480P, 576i, 576P 

Audio : 2 ch/16 bits/48 kHz

Analog Audio Output

Analog Audio Monitor

Headphone Output JM-60 Stereo phone jack (x1), -13 dBu, 8 Ω, unbalanced

Timecode Output BNC (x1), SMPTE timecode, 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω/unbalanced

i.LINK IEEE 1394 6-pin (x1) 

File Access Mode

Ethernet RJ-45 (x1) 

1000BASE-T: IEEE 802.3ab 

100BASE-TX: IEEE 802.3u 

10BASE-T: IEEE 802.3


Remote Input (9-pin) D-sub 9-pin (female) (x1), RS-422A

DC Input (12 V) XLR-type 4-pin (male) (x1)

DC Output (12 V) 4-pin (female) (x1), DC 12 V, 7.5 W

AC Input AC Input (x1), 100 V to 240 V, 50/60Hz

Video Performance

Sampling Frequency Y: 74.25 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.125MHz


Error Correction Reed Solomon Code

Processor Adjustment Range

Video Level -∞ to +3 dB

Chroma Level -∞ to +3 dB

Set Up/Black Level -30 IRE to +30 IRE/-210 mV to +210 mV

Chroma Phase -30° to +30°

System Sync Phase -15 μs to +15 μs

System SC Phase 0 ns to 400 ns

Audio Performance

Sampling Frequency 48 kHz

Quantization 24 bits

Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-1.0 dB (0 dB at 1 kHz)

Dynamic Range More than 90 dB

Distortion Less than 0.05% (at 1 kHz)


Other Equipment

Built-in Display 4.3-inch type color LCD monitor

Built-in Speaker Monaural (x1)

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