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The Sony SRW-5500/2 HDCAM-SR Studio Recorder is a full-bandwidth HDCAM-SR studio VTR. The deck is used in conjunction with Sony's top-quality CineAlta line of cameras, to deliver the pinnacle in high-definition program ingest and transfer. The HDCAM-SR format has been widely accepted by top professionals as the HD format of choice due to Sony's commitment to providing the highest quality solutions for the most demanding cinematographers and HD broadcasters.
The SRW-5500/2 is capable of recording and playback of both HDCAM-SR and HDCAM video formats. Additionally, the /2 upgrade adds 444 RGB SQ recording and playback, which means the HKSR-5003 board is no longer necessary. This--combined with legacy playback of Digital BETA (using the optional HKSR-5002 board) and a host of other pro features--makes the SRW-5500/2 the ideal solution for top-end HDTV, broadcast, commercial, and digital cinema production.
The SRW-5500/2 player adopts the HDCAM-SR format and plays back 1920 x 1080 resolution high-definition signals using the MPEG-4 Studio Profile compression scheme with a very mild compression ratio of 2.7:1 (4:2:2), 4:1 (4:4:4 SQ) or 2:1 (4:4:4 HQ) and 10-bit color depth. It enables both full-bandwidth 4:4:4 RGB and high-quality 4:2:2 Y/Cb/Cr playback, delivering optimal picture performance to suit many different production requirements.
HDCAM Format Recording
In addition to the HDCAM-SR format, the SRW-5500/2 enables HDCAM recording and playback in all frame rates specified by the HDCAM format, including 1080/23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30PsF, and 1080/50, 59.94, 60i. It supports the full editing capability of HDCAM format recordings, including independent editing of the four audio channels.
The HDCAM format does not support 720p recording and RGB 4:4:4/1080 recording.
Legacy Playback Capability
Using the optional HKSR-5002 board, the SRW-5500/2 can play Digital Betacam format tapes for more flexible operation.
Internal Format Conversion
The SRW-5500/2 is optionally equipped with a powerful internal format converter that enables many different types of conversion such as 3:2 pulldown, upconversion, downconversion, cross-conversion and color-space conversion. This powerful optional HKSR-5001 format converter board makes the SRW-5500/2 very versatile in post-production.
Easy Management of Setup/System Menus
The SRW-5500/2 offers a highly effective way to manage its System Menu. Up to eight groups of parameters in the System Menu and Setup Menu can be individually saved as bank memory onto the internal memory of the VTR. They can also be saved onto Memory Stick media, enabling them to be copied onto other SRW-5500 VTRs for quick and consistent setup of multiple VTRs.
Furthermore, equipped with an Ethernet interface, the SRW-5500 allows operators to remotely view the setup parameters saved in the VTR's memory bank, and to select a bank they want to use through a PC.
Frame-accurate Insert/Assemble Editing
The SRW-5500/2 is capable of insert or assemble editing with frame accuracy. Each video and audio channel is independently editable, and users can execute precise editing on HDCAM-SR or HDCAM tapes in machine-to-machine or A/B roll configurations.
A unique feature of the SRW-5500/2 allows users to seamlessly integrate the VTR into a 59.94 editing environment. In doing so, users can directly perform insert editing--from a 23.98PsF master tape to either a 1080/59.94i or a 525/59.94i recording--without having to first dub the master to 59.94 format.
Audio Output Channel Selection
The SRW-5500/2 is equipped with a unique internal audio-output router, which enables flexible audio-output channel routing without the use of an external audio-routing device. Any of the tape's available channels can be assigned to the embedded HD-SDI (Ch 1-12) and SDI (Ch 1-8) audio-output channels. This feature provides the flexibility needed when recording audio to different tape formats.
High-Speed Color Picture Search
The SRW-5500/2 provides recognizable color pictures in Shuttle mode at speeds of up to 42 times normal playback for the HDCAM-SR format, and at speeds of up to 50 times normal playback for the HDCAM and Digital BETACAM formats.
Long Recording Time on a Single Cassette
Utilizing the technologically advanced HDCAM-SR format's high-density recording capability and compression technology, the SRW-5500/2 is capable of recording up to 155 minutes at 1080/24PsF and up to 124 minutes at 1080/59.94i or 720/59.94p on a single L-sized cassette. S-sized cassettes can also be used, offering up to 50 minutes of recorded material at 1080/24PsF and up to 40 minutes at 1080/59.94i or 720/59.94p.
Separate dedicated playback heads immediately follow the recording heads so that actual audio and video recorded to tape can be monitored while recording. Confidence playback can be used to verify the quality of a recording without interrupting production.
The SRW-5500/2 is equipped with advanced playback heads that allow pre-read editing, enabling functions such as titling and voice-over with a single VTR.
Noiseless Picture Playback
The SRW-5500/2 comes with a Dynamic Tracking playback capability that provides high-quality pictures in a range of -1 to +2 times normal playback speed during the playback of HDCAM-SR tapes.
Dynamic Motion Control (DMC) Playback
The SRW-5500/2 also provides a DMC playback capability, memorizing tape-speed trajectory over the dynamic tracking speed range (-1 to +2 times normal speed).
Digital Jog Sound
In Jog mode, all 12 audio digital channels of the HDCAM-SR format or all four channels of the HDCAM format can be reproduced with a responsiveness and sound quality reminiscent of analog audio. This feature is essential to quickly and precisely establish an editing point while monitoring digital audio signals that remain synchronized with the pictures.
Off-speed Playback Capability
In order to play back material at different speeds for applications such as slow-motion or fast-motion, the SRW-5500/2 is equipped with a built-in off-speed playback capability.
Selectable Picture Modes
Three modes of operation--SQUEEZE, LETTER BOX, and EDGE CROP--are available to provide the correct presentation for each application type.
Playback of Tapes Recorded by SRW-1
The SRW-5500/2 VTR is capable of playing back tapes recorded by the SRW-1 recorder in several unique modes: channel A or B; 1080/4:2:2/60p; or Select FPS mode.
The front control panel of the SRW-5500/2 is extremely user friendly, with a design and functionality inherited from the widely used HDW-F500. In addition, the control panel has a large 6.4" type LCD display that provides comprehensive information, including color thumbnails for quick location of parameters, which is used in combination with eight menu buttons placed along the side of the display.
Drum maintenance is always a concern for VTR users. So, just like the majority of VTRs from Sony, the SRW-5500/2 drum assembly has been designed with an auto-adjustment function that simplifies and reduces maintenance time.
Audio output channel routing, can route audio to any HD-SDI or SDI output