Rent Sony PDW-U1 XDCAM Drive


Rent Sony PDW-U1 XDCAM Drive


By Sony



The Sony PDW-U1 XDCAM Drive is a compact, mobile and highly cost-effective drive that is suitable not only for use with nonlinear editing systems but also for simple viewing and logging operations with a lap-top or desk top computer. It can handle Professional Disc media (PFD23A) recorded in both HD and SD formats, as well as the new “dual-layer” disc (PFD50DLA). The PDW-U1 uses a USB 2.0 interface which is the most widely available interface in the IT world. Simply connect the PDW-U1 to the computer and it will show as an external drive on the screen. Its highly compact and lightweight design allows for installation in virtually any working environment. And its cost effectiveness makes it ideal for integration in current systems.


  • Handles files in all formats of XDCAM HD and SD
  • Both single-layer disc (PFD-23A) and dual-layer disc (PFD-50DLA) support
  • Hi-speed USB (USB2.0) interface
  • Highly compact and lightweight design
  • Direct access to files on Professional Disc media from a USB-connected computer.


  • PDW-U1 can handle files in all formats of XDCAM SD and HD
  • PDW-U1 uses a USB 2.0 interface which is the most widely available interface in the IT world.
  • VFAM (Virtual File Access Mode) interface is fully compatible with the current FAM (File Access Mode) Interface. VFAM interface allows computer access audio and video interleaved file. SAM (Simple Access Mode) interface allows computer access to Video and Audio files independently. SAM and VFAM folder structures can be seen at the same time.


Recording/Playback Format:


  • MPEG HD422 (50 Mb/s)
  • MPEG HD (35/25/18 Mb/s)
  • MPEG IMX (50/40/30 Mb/s)
  • DVCAM (25 Mb/s)

Proxy Video: MPEG-4


  • MPEG HD422: 8 ch/24 bits/48 kHz
  • MPEG HD: 4/2 ch/16bits/48kHz
  • MPEG IMX: 8 ch/16 bits/48 kHz, or 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz
  • DVCAM: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz

Proxy Audio: A-law (8/4/2 ch/8 bits/8 kHz)

Recording/Playback Time:


  • 50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min. (PFD23A)


  • 35 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min. (PFD23A)
  • 35 Mb/s, 2-ch audio: More than 150 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min. (PFD23A)
  • 25 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
  • 25 Mb/s, 2-ch audio: Approx. 200 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min. (PFD23A)
  • 18 Mb/s, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min. (PFD23A)
  • 18 Mb/s, 2-ch audio: More than 265 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min. (PFD23A)


  • 50 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min. (PFD23A)
  • 40 Mb/s: Approx. 55min. (PFD23A)
  • 30 Mb/s: Approx. 150 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min. (PFD23A)


  • 25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)

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