Sony HDCAM SR BCT-64SRL
- 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.
- Also called 64SR, formerly the BCT-64SRL/3 now the BCT-64SRL/4
HDCAM SR Recording Time Chart
What is the Advantage of HDCAM SR?
HDCAM SR is the continuation of HDCAM tapes, a technology first introduced in 1997 but then reinvented in 2003. HDCAM tapes were made for Digital Betacam camcorders. In 2003 these High Definition tapes were introduced to the professional market. What makes HDCAM SR tapes so sophisticated? The new tapes offered a total data rate of over 800 megabits and allowed the capture of more bandwidth of an HDSDI signal. The fact that HDCAM SR used an MPEG-4 compression format was also very significant, as this is the best format for preserving quality even after editing.
Many working professionals in the entertainment industry like using HDCAM SR tapes because of their reliability and high quality. The best HDCAM SR tapes can provide over 60 minutes of HD/HDTV recording time. Ceramic armor metal particles are used in the construction of these tapes to allow for a maximum level of output and to filter out noise. (The metal particles improve the magnetism of the coating layer) These tapes are also more durable, even in less than ideal circumstances, such as exterior shooting or long time storage for archival purposes.
HDCAM SR tapes are used in the filming of most television programs, many of which now say they are broadcast in HDTV (High Definition Television). The high quality of the tapes, which allows for better quality video and less noise, can be expensive. Even six minutes of recording time will cost you over $40 while two hours may cost about $200. MPEG-4 is regarded as a state of the art algorithm not only for its high quality but also for its universal acceptance on practically any medium. It allows for recording of full bandwidth images with no losses, as would be expected by other formats.
You can understand why HDCAM SR is the choice for professionals who work regularly with editing. Now you can have the same quality as the programs you see on TV with HDCAM SR tapes. You can buy HDCAM SR tapes at TapeOnline and know you'll be getting the highest quality cassettes at the best price.
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