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Sony PMW-PZ1 4K SxS Memory Player

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Sony PMW-PZ1 4K SxS Memory Player
Key Features
  • Multi-Format Capability in 4K and HD
  • XAVC Intra, XAVC Long
  • 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98 Progressive FPS
  • Single SxS Media Card Slot
Sony's PMW-PZ1 4K SxS Memory Player makes playing back 4K footage as easy as inserting your SxS card and pressing play. It features a single SxS card slot, HDMI output, 4 x 3G/HD-SDI outputs, analog audio output, and a 3.5-inch LCD. This combination enables the seamless playback, copying, and monitoring of 4K and HD video across a diverse range of applications not only for video production but also for development of 4K equipment and 4K video walls at events, exhibitions, museums, and other venues.
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Sony PMW-PZ1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Multi-Format
  • 3Direct Playback and Viewing
  • 4Simple Copy and Back-Up
  • 5Versatile Control
  • 6Interface

Sony's PMW-PZ1 4K SxS Memory Player makes playing back 4K footage as easy as inserting your SxS card and pressing play. It features a single SxS card slot, HDMI output, 4 x 3G/HD-SDI outputs, analog audio output, and a 3.5-inch LCD. This combination enables the seamless playback, copying, and monitoring of 4K and HD video across a diverse range of applications not only for video production but also for development of 4K equipment and 4K video walls at events, exhibitions, museums, and other venues.

The player supports XAVC Intra and XAVC Long at frame rates up to 59.94p, with planned future updates to expand the formats the unit supports. You can connect an optional USB drive and copy directly from an SxS card to the USB, choosing the level of data verification you wish. The built-in 3.5" LCD monitor lets you watch playback without requiring any additional hardware. The VTR-style buttons allow you to control playback without engaging a menu system.

Multi-Format
The PMW-PZ1 supports multi-format playback capability for 4K and HD. It can playback a variety of formats including XAVC Intra, XAVC Long, with further format support planned. It also supports playback of material recorded at a variety of frame rates including 4K at 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, and 23.98p
Direct Playback and Viewing
You can playback footage from SxS memory cards or from an external USB storage device (real time playback from external drives not guaranteed). Please use appropriate media depending on bit rate of the data. (Sony recommends SSD or RAID-type HDD)
Simple Copy and Back-Up
The USB interface is designed for connection to an external USB storage device. This enables users to copy data in SxS media directly to external storage without the need for other devices. The PMW-PZ1 creates a copy log (csv format) in the external USB storage device, which helps users to easily check the file names of copied files. For greater accuracy in the copy process, users can activate a verify function before copying to avoid any copy errors.
Versatile Control
You can control the PMW-PZ1 directly from the front panel, which features a high-quality, 3.5-inch, color, LCD front screen. Control is also possible with USB mouse through the USB interface.
Interface
The PMW-PZ1 incorporates a host of versatile input and output interfaces, including a HDMI port and four 3G/HD-SDI outputs. The HDMI port allows you to connect to professional monitors and projectors, or even consumer TVs. Independent analog audio output are built into the unit, for independent monitoring or connection to speakers. Two USB interfaces, one for connection to external USB storage and the other to a mouse device for the user to control the PMW-PZ1, provide access and control over an optional external drive.

Sony PMW-PZ1 Specs

LCD
1 x 3.5" color LCD
960 x 540
16:9
Media Card Slots
Single SxS card slot
Playback Formats
4K: XZVC Intra (4096 x 2160)
QFHD: XAVC Intra, XAVC LONG (3840 x 2160)
HD: XAVC Intra, XAVC LONG (1920 x 1080)
Frame Rate (fps)
Progressive: 59.94 / 50 / 29.97 / 25 / 23.98
File System
SxS: exFAT
XQD: exFAT
External: exFAT, NTFS
Outputs
HD/3G-SDI: 4 x BNC ( 2-Sample Interleave output, SMPTE 424, 425 (Level A/B) / SMPTE 292M standards)
HDMI 4K/HD: Type A 19-pin (1), output, up to 4K 60P 4:2:0 8bit
Analog Audio: RCA jack (L,R) -17dBu (Reference Level)
Headphone: 1 x stereo mini jack
Interface
USB: 1 x USB (for mouse)
USB 3.0: 1 z USB 3.0 (for external storage)
Power
Input: 1 x DC jack
11 to 19.5 VDC
Packaging Info
Package Weight
7.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
12 x 11.2 x 8.2"

Sony PMW-PZ1 Reviews

not as good as advertised

By John
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2018-06-08

Bad instructions, does no intergrate well with other equipment such as a Black Magic Monitor or a Sony HDV 1080i DV Cam. Sony SxS-1 memory cards are almost impossible to find same goes for aftermarket card readers. Think I will chalk this up to a bad buy, set it on the shelf and give Panasonic a try.

Highly NOT RECOMMENDED

By Catalin
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-16

what is happening with Sony ? No more creations ? this product is a very bad conception or error of fabrication ( made) .This model need be se RECORD -PLAYER ,the second generation to the pmw-ex30 .Normally a better product or more evaluate .Is a big disaster this product .I recommend to Sony to see more reasonable and try to understand professional users like me .In one product like this one I need : Butond record pause .i need more compatibility record : AVCHD ,H264,H265 ,MP4 ,MPEG 2 Long GOP ( HD and FHD) DV ,2 K and 4K .and 2 Slots and fire wire .is a big disaster conception this Sony product .i think is a created by amator ,not by professional ,I'm disappointed with this product ,I don't recommend this product .very bad conception

Nice field deck for SxS transmission via SDI

By Andrew
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-03-07

This unit arrived with the original v1.0 firmware and needed to be immediately updated v1.1 in order to playback many of the XAVC 1080 formats. It was a major feat to hunt down the new firmware version on the web. Additionally, the current firmware will not playback MPEG 720/60p that can be recorded in the PMW F5/55. Some major clients like ESPN, Fox and ABC still want delivery via SDI in 720p. Also, in the copy function needs a way to rename the root files with an alpha numeric menu function not just a random number generation. Its not as easy as plugging in a card and hitting play. There is some menu levels to go thru before the unit will play clips.

Very bad conception ,

By Catalin Montreal
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2015-07-19

I can't bealive ,Sony dint have more engineers ? this product is a very big disaster ,like conception . This xdcam unit need to be se recorder and player .And with the button REC PAUSE .and with many compatibility format : H264 ,H265 ,MPEG 2Long GOP ,HD and FHD ,2 K and 4 K . Fire wire ,ISO 400-800 . Never I don't buy one item like this bad creation .I recommended very highly to engineer of Sony to returned at school and try to re edited this product with the specification what I ask more up ,to be see more benefit for professional users like me .

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question

Will this deck playback XQD cards in a SxS adaptor , footage from a Sony Fs7 or via USB ?
Asked by: Tim
This will play the file of the FS7 on a XQD card in a SXS adapter or possibly from a USB drive. (real time playback from external drives not guaranteed.)
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

I have Sony FS5. May I use SxS to SDXC adapter to play footage on this device?
Asked by: Alexander
We are unable to test so it is our opinion that since the PMW-PZ1 can read the formats that you can record on the SDXC card, it should work. However, possible performance issues may occur.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Can you create playlists on this device?
Asked by: Aaron O.
you can place any of your 4K material on a hard drive that you connect to the player and it will play that material....yes, you can create your own material to play out in your own order
Answered by: m r.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

can this unit playback 1080-60i?
Asked by: Matthew Z.
Yes. It can playback formats native to Sony PMW-F5/55 cameras in MPEG1080i/XAVC1080p/MPEG 720p as well as 4K. Sony has just released a firmware upgrade to v1.2 to allow MPEG 720p playback. XAVC S 3840 2160?23.98P/25P/29.97P/50P/59.94P XAVC S 1920 1080?23.98P/25P/29.97P/50P/59.94P XAVC Intra 1920 1080?50i/59.94i XAVC Long 1920 1080?50i/59.94i XDCAM MPEG HD422 1920 1080?23.98P/25P/29.97P/50i/59.94i XDCAM MPEG HD420 1920 1080?23.98P/25P/29.97P/50i/59.94i4KXAVC Intra Class 480 40962160:29.97P/25P/23.98P XAVC Intra Class 480 38402160:29.97P/25P/23.98P XDCAM EX MPEG HD420 19201080:29.97P/25P/23.98P/59.94i/50i XAVC Intra 1280720:59.94P/50P XAVC Long 1280720:59.94P/50P XDCAM MPEG HD422 1280720:59.94P/50P XDCAM MPEG HD420 1280720:59.94P/50P XDCAM EX MPEG HD420 1280720:59.94P/50P
Answered by: Andrew K.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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