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Sony PDW-F70 XDCAM HD Recorder/Player

Sony PDW-F70 XDCAM HD Recorder/Player

We are offering a lightly used Sony PDW-F70 XDCAM HD Recorder. The recorder comes installed with Sony PDBK-101 Option, and Sony PDBK-104 Option. Combined these are an estimated additional $4,000 worth of installed options. Description of optional boards is found below the picture gallery. Deck hours information is contained in the picture gallery.

Asking price is $5,550 obo, plus shipping to your location. The deck will be packed well and handled with care.

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– Sony PDBK-104 is an input board for the PDW-F70 VTR deck. This board gives additional ability to the VTR by making it capable of up-converting standard definition footage to MPEG HD used by XDCAM products. This greatly improves integration of archived footage with newly acquired high definition XDCAM footage, increasing post production work flow efficiency.

– Sony PDBK-101 is an optional plug-in board for the PDW-F70 and PDW-F30 XDCAM decks. This board provides network connectivity which enables the transfer of MXF files. These universal media files can be used to transfer both video/audio signals as well as important metadata. This metadata can hold pertinent information including camera settings and scene/take information.

The Sony PDW-F70 is an optical recorder used for XDCAM HD applications. Built upon blue laser technology the XDCAM HD line of products takes advantage of non-linear workflow, while keeping the same archiving infrastructure professionals are accustomed to with tape-based formats. This recorder is perfect for either feeding or recording footage into non-linear workstations.

The deck has a jog-wheel style dial providing control professionals are familiar with. The difference is in the non-linear nature of the format, adding many new features that make it increasingly efficient when looking through footage. Users can randomly search through clips either with an editing workstation or the attached LCD. These features, plus the ability to up and downconvert between standard definition (DVCAM) and high definition (MPEG HD) make this a versatile recorder for all XDCAM HD applications.

Multiple Formats
The PDW-F70 can play back and record both MPEG HD and DVCAM formats, giving added flexibility for mastering and delivery. When recording to MPEG HD there are three choices of bit rate, providing the user with options between higher quality or longer run times. With an additional board, the F70 can even record SD footage upconverted to MPEG HD.
Non-Linear Scene Selection
Possibly the greatest attribute of working with non-linear optical recording is the ability to access scenes independently. This along with multiple viewing options makes XDCAM HD extremely powerful, increasing post-production efficiency. Sony’s thumbnail scene selection tool makes looking for shots a breeze. Using the on board LCD, simply cycle through the list of clips to find what you need.
Up and Down Conversion
Either convert DVCAM to MPEG HD or vice-versa, and output them via the HD analog component input connection. Upconversion gives users the ability to migrate existing SD footage to HD; This can be a valuable “insurance policy” for clients that might request older standard definition projects in HD. Downconversion can be useful as well, especially for mastering tapes to broadcast-ready standards or in the instance where it’s undesirable to distribute your HD masters.
Proxy Browsing
Proxy Browsing refers to Sony’s included Proxy software program from PC workstations. The software connects via i.LINK or Ethernet interfaces, and features easy access to clips. Search by metadata settings and make simple cuts. The cuts are saved as a “Clip List” and stored back on the disc. This function is powerful for streamlining the editing process during short deadlines. Proxy data can be accessed up to 20x real-time, making the process incredibly efficient
Expand Function
The player allows easy access to longer clips by dividing them into 12 smaller, more manageable ones. The beginning of each division is shown as a thumbnail and enables quick viewing through longer shots. This feature is great for quick access to time-critical footage and can be especially helpful for news gathering where deadlines are crucial.
HDV Compatibility
The PDW-F70 can be interfaced with Sony’s full line of affordable HDV products with the optional PDB-K102 input card.