The PDW-HD1500 was designed by Sony to increase the appeal of XDCAM HD for high-end applications such as drama, documentary and natural history and for mainstream entertainment programmes that required a prestige quality look. File-based acquisition onto Professional Disc, with thumbnail and proxy operation also make the PDW-HDW-1500 ideal for networked applications where speed of production is a critical.
The PDW-HD1500 records and replays XDCAM HD 50 Mb/s 4:2:2 data to/from a 50 GB Dual-layer Professional Disc. With interfaces including i.LINK and Ethernet, it can operate at the heart of small or large scale file-based networked systems. VTR-like JOG/shuttle operation and video interfaces including HD-SDI and SD-SDI also makes the PDW-HD1500 ideal for operation in more traditional video-based installations.