Sony SRW-5500 HDCAM SR Rentals

• HDCAM SR Play & Record
• HDCAM Play & Record
• Digital Betacam Playback
• RGB 4:4:4 SQ Record and Playback
• 12 Channels of 24bit Audio at 48kHz
• Format Conversion with HKSR-5001
• Dynamic Motion Control
• Records 1080 Interlace & Progressive
• MPEG 4 Studio Compession
• Audio Output Channel Selection
  • Accessories
  • Overview
  • Specifications
Sony HKSR-5001
Format Converter
Sony HKSR 5002
Digi Beta Playback
Sony HKSR-5003
RGB 4:4:4

The Sony SRW-5500 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. 1
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.
Dual-sync Operation
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.
Confidence Playback
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.
Pre-read Editing
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.
User-friendly Controls
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.
Easy Maintenance
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
  • Dual-sync operation
  • Off-speed playback capabiity
  • Built-in Tele-file read/write capability
  • Metadata handling
  • Newly designed DT-Head
  • New tape formula
  • Easy maintenance

Analog Audio Performance Specifications Detail:
Crosstalk Less than –80 dB (At 1 kHz between any two channels)
De-emphasis T1 = 50 μs
T2 = 15 μs (auto on/off)
Distortion Less than 0.05 % (At 1 kHz reference level)
Dynamic Range More than 100 dB (At 1 kHz)
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
+0.5 dB/-1.0 dB (0 dB at 1 kHz)
Sampling Frequency 24 bits/sample

Analog Composite Out Performance Specifications Detail:
Bandwidth Y: 0 to 5.75 MHz +5.0 dB/-3.0 dB
K factor (2T pulse) 1 % or less
Output SCH Phase Based upon RS-170A/CCIR R.624-3
S/N Ratio 56 dB or more
Y/C Delay 15 ns or less

Digital Audio Performance Specifications Detail:
Headroom 20 dB (or 18 dB selectable)
Quantization HDCAM-SR: 24 bits/sample
HDCAM: 20 bits/sample
Sampling Frequency 48 kHz (synchronized with video)
Wow & flutter Below measurable level

Digital Video Performance Specifications Detail:
Channel Coding S-NRZ
Compression MPEG-4 Studio Profile
Error Correction Reed-Solomon code
Quantization 10 bits/sample
Sampling Frequency Y: 74.25 MHz
Pb/Pr: 37.125 MHz

General Specifications Detail:
Applications Studio Recorder/Player
Dimensions (W x H x D) 427 x 218 x 544 mm
(16 3/4 x 8 5/8 x 21 1/2 inches)
Fast Forward/Rewind Time Approx. 4 min with BCT-124SR cassette
Format HDCAM - SR
Load/Unload Time 7.0 sec or less
Operating Humidity 25 % to 80 % (relative humidity)
Operating Temperature + 5 °C to +40 °C (+41 °F to +104 °F)
Playback Time (Digital Betacam): 124 minutes with BCT-D124L tape
Power Consumption 230 W
Power Requirements 100 to 240 V AC (±10 % 50/60 Hz)
Record/Playback Time( HDCAM): 155 min with BCT-124SR cassette (24 Hz) with BCT-124SRL or BCT-124HDL tape
Servo Lock Time 1.0 sec or less (from standby on)
Storage Temperature -20 °C to +60 °C (-4 °F to +140 °F)
Tape Format HDCAM-SR
Weight 30 kg (66 lb. 2 oz)

Input/Output Specifications Detail:
Analog Audio Monitor Output XLR-3-pin type (male x2)
Analog Audio Output (CH1/2/3/4/CUE)
XLR-3-pin type (male x5)
+4 dBm (with a 600 Ω load)
Low impedance Balanced
Analog I/O Down-converted Output Composite: BNC x1 with character out
1.0 Vp-p
75 Ω
sync negative
SD sync: BNC x1
Black Burst
0.286 Vp-p
75 Ω
sync negative
Analog I/O Reference Output 1125 Sync: BNC (x2)
Tri Level sync
0.6 Vp-p
75 Ω
Sync negative
Digital Audio Output BNC (x6 AES/EBU)
BNC (x6)
Format-Converter Output (Optional HKSR-5001 Required)
BNC (x2) with character out
HD Serial V/A Input BNC (x1 with monitoring loop-through)
Serial digital (1.485 Gb/s)
SMPTE 292M/BTA S-004/ITU-R.BT 709
HD Serial V/A Output BNC (x3 with character out)
Serial digital (1.485 Gb/s)
SMPTE 292M/BTA S004/ITU-R.BT 709
HD/SD Reference Video Input 1 BNC (x1 with loop-through)
Tri Level sync
0.6 Vp-p
75 Ω
Sync negative or
Black Burst
0.286 Vp-p
75 Ω
Sync negative
HD/SD Reference Video Input 2 (Optional HKSR-5001 Required)
BNC (x1 with loop-through)
Black Burst
0.286 Vp-p
75 Ω
Sync negative
Headphone Output JM-60 stereo phone jack
- ∞ to –12 dBu (with an 8 Ω load)
JM-60 stereo phone jack
-∞ to 12 dBu (with an 8 Ω load) Unbalanced
Monitor Output Connector XLR-3-pin type (male x2)
+4 dBm (with a 600 Ω load)
Low impedance
Network 10Base-T modular jack
Parallel Remote D-sub 50-pin (female)
Remote 1 Input D-sub 9-pin (female)
Sony 9-pin remote interface
Remote 1 Input/Output D-sub 9-pin (female)
Sony 9-pin remote interface
Remote Control RS-232C
D-sub 9-pin (male)
Remote Input D-sub 9-pin (female)
Sony 9-pin remote interface
Time Code Input XLR-3-pin type (female x1)
0.5 to 18 Vp-p
10 kΩ
Time Code Output XLR-3-pin type (male x1)
2.2 Vp-p
Low impedance
XLR-3-pin type (male x1)
2.2 Vp-p low impedance Balanced
Video Control D-sub 9-pin (female) (for optional HKDV-503)