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Sony SRW-5500 HD VTR

Sony SRW-5500 HD Deck Rental

Specs | Brochure

Rates: $900 / Day | $2,500 / Week


  • HDCAM SR and HDCAM recording
  • MPEG 4 Studio Profile Compression
  • 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 (optional) record capability
  • 10 bit per sample video record capability - log or linear
  • Records 1080 line (Interlace and/or Progressive) and 720 line Progressive images
  • Records 12 channels of audio at 24 bits per sample
  • Optional Digital Betacam playback
  • Pre-Read Editing, Edit/Record Confidence Playback
  • Records non audio AES/EBU data in audio tracks
  • Internally routable audio outputs

The SRW-5500 is Sony's first dual format recorder. Switchable between Sony's HDCAM and HDCAM SR record formats, this new VTR provides an ideal solution for professionals requiring multi-format flexibility. With the additional ability to simultaneously produce HD and SD output, as well as playback and up-convert Digital Betacam recording, the SRW-5500 can rightfully be considered a technology bridge to the future. Capable of recording 23.98/24/25/29.97/ 30PsF, 1080/50i/59.94/60i, and 720/59.94P, the SRW-5500 was created to meet all common worldwide delivery requirements.

The HDCAM SR format is capable of recording the gamut of HD frame/line rates in both 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 formats using the highly efficient MPEG-4 Studio Profile compression scheme. The SRW-5500 records HDCAM SR format video at 440 Mbps, 10 bit Log or linear, at 2.7:1 compression ratio in 4:2:2, and 4.2:1 compression ratio for 4:4:4. It can also record 12 channels of audio at 24-bit per sample resolution. HDCAM format recording offers the standard 4 channels of uncompressed audio.

The optional HKSR-5001 Format Converter provides 3/2 pull down sequence for conversion of 23.98 or 24 fps recordings to 59.94 interlaced output. It also provides conversion of 1080 to 720/59.94P, and 720P to 1080. With the optional HKSR-5002 Digital Betacam decoder board, Digital Betacam tapes can be played back and up converted to either 1080i or 720/59.94P formats. The optional HKSR-5003 interface board allows for full bandwidth 4:4:4 RGB recording, via dual link HD SDI. RGB 4:4:4 recordings can be internally converted to 4:2:2 output via the HKSR 5001 format conversion board in real-time during record or playback.