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Sony HDCAM SR BCT-40SR
- The most advanced metal particle tape in Sony's 1/2 broadcast family of professional tape products
- Metal particles 50% smaller than HDCAM tape with improved magnetic characteristics yielding: 2X the output (6-7dB), 2.7X the recording density of HDCAM tape, and 3.3X the density of D5-HD tape
- Tele-File label with IC memory built on cassette to capture content metadata
- Specially designed locking album case with improved tape protection characteristics
- By providing full bandwidth RGB, HDCAM SR helps bridge the gap between acquisition and Digital Intermediate workflows.
- HDCAM SR's ability to store RGB images in real time, cost effectively and in a timely manner, will lead to higher quality composite effects and film to tape archiving.
- The HDCAM SR contains metal particles that are approximately half the size of HDCAM allowing for a much higher density recording layer that provides an additional 6 dB of signal saturation.
- Along with the higher density recording, the smaller particles allow the cassettes to capture recording wavelength to 0.29um representing the highest performance of metal tape in the broadcast family.
- HDCAM SR has recording lengths up to 50 minutes for the small size cassette, and 155 minutes for the large cassette in 24P mode.
- HDCAM SR utilizes the 4:4:4 capture. At 24P it will facilitate the highest quality transfers to motion picture film and support enhanced blue/green screen compositing and the creation of contemporary special effects. Using 4:4:4 RGB HDCAM SR uses no chroma subsampling, but instead yields more of the full bandwidth of the HDSDI signal.
HDCAM SR Recording Time Chart
Why Should You Shoot With HDCAM SR?
Everybody is shooting their projects in HDCAM SR tape format these days. Why not? High Definition certainly offers some tremendous advantages. The first point to understanding High Definition is that it offers much higher resolution than ordinary video, even digital video. Additionally, digital content requires less bandwidth if sufficient video compression is used. This explains why it's not a problem to broadcast hundreds of channels of HDTV on satellite television. What are the best features of HD format?
You get much higher resolution, such as a 1280 x 720 picture, which will provide you with more image and much more detailed colors. High Definition format also provides progressive scanning and interlaced scanning as well as higher frame rates per second. Many of the major networks are now broadcasting their most popular shows in HDTV. The biggest studios in the industry are relying on HD format through HD DV camcorders and Digital Betacam cameras. The professionals always use HDCAM SR tapes for the highest quality. Whether they are shooting situation comedies or nature shows and natural wildlife, it is important to get a higher caliber of resolution to create a clearer, crisper picture.
HDCAM SR tapes are the tapes commonly used with HD format, as they enhance the quality of compression and storage, just as HD cameras enhance the filming quality. HDCAM SR tapes offer a data rate of over 800 megabits and allow for more capture of bandwidth. HDCAM SR tapes use MPEG-4 compression format, which is state of the art technology that is both superior in technical operation and universal when it comes to working on a number of platforms.
Additionally, HDCAM SR tapes are made using ceramic armor metal particles. This allows better magnetism of the coated layer, which helps in durability and in noise filtering. Because of their superior technology, HDCAM SR can be expensive, at least to the average shopper who is used to buying standard DV tapes. HDCAM SR tapes can cost you upwards of $200 for a full two hours of content. HDCAM SR tapes may not be cheap but once you see the results on your computer or television you will appreciate the difference.
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