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Sony PDW-U2 USB 3.0 XDCAM Disc Drive

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Product Highlights

  • External USB 3.0 Drive
  • Dual-Channel Head for Fast Read & Write
  • Up to 333 Mb/s Read Speed
  • All XDCAM File Formats: HD422, HD & SD
  • All XDCAM Professional Disc Types
  • Single-, Dual- & Quad-Layer Discs
  • For Editing & Logging Operations
  • Backwards-Compatible with USB 2.0
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You Pay: $3,695.00

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The Sony PDW-U2 USB 3.0 XDCAM Disc Drive is an external drive for conveying media to and from all XDCAM Professional Discs, whether SD or HD, single-, dual- or even quad-layer. The drive sits on your desk either horizontally or vertically and connects to your computer via USB 3.0, for extremely high data transfer speeds. (USB 3.0 is also backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, for compatibility with older systems.)

The PDW-U2 features a dual-channel head system that puts two optics on one head to achieve much faster read and write speeds compared to previous-generation technology: reading is 2.6x faster, and write speed is 1.5x higher. For its speed, media compatibility, compact size, and convenient connection interface, the drive is well-suited for any edit suite or logging/transfer station.

Handles files in all formats: XDCAM HD422, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM SD
Direct access to files on Sony XDCAM Professional Disc media from a USB-connected PC
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface – backwards-compatible with high-speed USB 2.0 interface
Handles quad-layer write-once (PFD-128QLW) in addition to dual-layer disc (PFD-50DLA) and single-layer disc (PFD-23A)
High capacity and a new workflow via quad-layer, write-once media support. The quad-layer disc offers over four hours of recording of HD422 (50 Mb/s) material, which means you can reduce your facility's cost-per-media-capacity and even use memory media material as storage media
High-speed read/write with the newly developed two-channel, single-head DCHS drive. Read 2.6x faster and write 1.5x faster than the previous-generation drive with single-/dual-layer discs
Small and light form factor – can be operated either horizontally or vertically
Data file recording using a User Data folder
Up to 333 Mb/s read speed
Interface SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Compatible Formats Video
MPEG HD422 (50 Mb/s)
MPEG HD (35/25/18 Mb/s)
MPEG IMX (50/40/30 Mb/s)
DVCAM (25 Mb/s)

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MPEG HD422: 8-channel / 24 bits / 48 kHz
MPEG HD: 4/2-channel / 16 bits / 48 kHz
MPEG IMX: 8-channel / 16 bits / 48 kHz, or 4-channel / 24 bits / 48 kHz
DVCAM: 4-channel / 16 bits / 48 kHz

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A-law: 8/4/2-channel / 8 bits / 8 kHz
Read Speed Up to 333 Mb/s
Power Requirement 12V DC (AC adapter supplied)
Power Consumption 19W
Operating Temperature 41 to 104 °F (5 to 40 °C)
Storage Temperature -4 to 140 °F (-20 to 60 °C)
Operating Humidity 20-90% (relative humidity)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 6.5 x 2.7 x 8.6" (164 x 67.4 x 219mm)
Weight 3.75 lb (1.7 kg)
Sony PDW-U2 USB 3.0 XDCAM Disc Drive
  • XDCAM Application Software CD-ROM
  • AC Adapter
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty

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    SonyPDW-U2 USB 3.0 XDCAM Disc Drive

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    Too much hassle...

    By Thomas MZ

    from Sao Paulo, Brazil

    About Me Business Owner

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      • Extremely Poor Manual
      • Lacks Information
      • Limited Compatibility

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        Comments about Sony PDW-U2 USB 3.0 XDCAM Disc Drive:

        I was very excited after purchasing my PDW-U2, since it seemed an upgrade from the U1 albeit only the USB 3.0 was added. Looking forward to deliver a 26 x 52' episodes TV-series, it looked like the perfect match for my post-production workflow. To my bad surprise, after successfully exporting a few short clips for advertising, I started having troubles exporting a 52 minute movie clip from my NLE system (FCP 7, originally). Needless to say, I had already purchased the 50Gb discs for the operation. I bumped into many complaints after a quick web survey, and talks about different NLE systems and issues on compatibility. Couldn't find a word from the manufacturer addressing the issues that everyone is talking about on the web. I even went further as upgrading my entire hardware to the latest MacPro (8-core, 16Gb Ram), tried FCPX, Adobe Premiere CS6, etc, tried variations on the OS (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks) and none of them seem to have fixed the bugs that keep the U2 from working swiftly as we would expect from a Sony product. Very disappointed now, having to outsource copying services to have my discs exported and spending loads of money I was certain to save when I invested on this gear. I'd love to receive feedback from Sony as to what efforts are in progress to solve this issue that seem to affect all NLE systems exporting to PDW-U2.

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        Expensive but Worthy

        By Eduardo Virtuoso

        from Santos, Brasil

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer


        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality


        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Sony PDW-U2 USB 3.0 XDCAM Disc Drive:

        Need to download at least two apps to work.

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