Sony HDW-1800


HDCAM Digital Videotape Recorder

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A high definition VTR for prestige and mainstream programme production
Sony recognises that your needs as a programme maker will vary depending upon the type of programme being made. This has driven the development of a multi-format high definition product offering, including HDV for entry-level HD operation, HDCAM for mainstream and prestige productions and HDCAM SR for productions where only the ultimate quality will suffice.

HDCAM has long been associated with the creation of the most prestigious movies, commercials and television programmes. The recent expansion of the HDCAM product line up has transformed the economics of HD for mainstream television production, with models such as the HDW-730S HDCAM camcorder making HD acquisition accessible to those working on standard definition budgets. And this expansion now continues with the addition of the even more affordable HDW-1800/HDW-D1800 VTR to the HDCAM line-up.

The HDW-1800/HDW-D1800 operates at the frame rates used for prestige and mainstream content creation and distribution. It offers HDCAM recording and playback at 1080/50i, 1080/59.94i, 1080/25P, 1080/29.97P, 1080/23.98P and 1080/24P.

The HDW-1800/HDW-D1800 is ideal as part of an end-to-end HDCAM production chain. It also makes business sense even when post production and programme distribution remains at 625/50 standard definition. An inbuilt HD to SD downconverter provides a standard definition output from your high quality HDCAM original recordings, (HDW-D1800 - Compatible replay of MPEG IMX and Digital Betacam tapes also) helping smooth your transition to the world of high definition.

• HDCAM recording and playback
• Selectable frame rates
• Built-in down converter
• Optional 1080/50i to 720/50P converter
• New control panel with built-in LCD display
• Editing via 9-pin remote control
• Broadcast quality slow motion
• High quality picture search and jog
• Optional HDV input via i.LINK
• Compact chassis
• Surround sound


Weight Approx. 23 kg
Audio Input Analogue Audio: 2 x XLR 3-pin (CH 1 and 2) Digital Audio (AES/EBU): 2 x BNC (CH1/2 and CH3/4) Time Code: 1 x XLR 3-pin
Dimensions (WxHxD) 427mm x 174mm x 544mm
Humidity 25% to 90% (relative humidity)
Storage Temperature -20C to +60C (-4F to +140F)
Operating Temperature +5C to +40C (+41F to +104F)
Audio Output Analogue Audio: 2 x XLR 3-pin (CH 1 and 2) Digital Audio (AES/EBU): 2 x BNC (CH1/2 and CH3/4) / 4 x BNC (CH1/2, CH3/4, CH5/6*, CH6/7*) Time Code: 1 x XLR 3-pin Monitor Output: 2 x XLR 3-pin
Video Output Analogue composite / SDI / HD-SDI: 3 x BNC (one with character display)
Power requirement AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60Hz
Video Input Analogue reference / (2)* / HD-SDI / i.LINK (HDV) with HKDW-105: 1 x BNC with loop through / 1 x BNC (SMPTE 292M) 1.485Gbps / 1 x 4-pin
Recording Format(s) HDCAM (1080/50i, 59.94i, 25P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 24P)

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