Robert Dew - Broadcast & Production
Robert Dew – Videopro Business Solutions: Broadcast & Production

New Sony PMW400

Sony Boosts XDCAM Range with PMW-400 Shoulder Camcorder
Sony today announced its new PMW-400 shoulder-mount camcorder at the NAB Show 2013 in Las Vegas. The latest addition to Sony’s widely-used XDCAM HD422 line-up, the PMW-400 incorporates 2/3-inch Exmor™ Full HD 3CMOS sensors for capturing beautiful images with high sensitivity and low noise. It’s been designed with a host of features that make it a great fit for a wide range of applications including ENG or live production.
“The PMW-400 reflects Sony’s continued commitment to bringing quality imaging solutions to market, with products that are at the top of their class,” said Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony ANZ. “We’ve designed the PMW-400 to acquire high quality, clean images especially in low-light environments. It’s very ergonomically-balanced, easy to operate and includes features that make it fit seamlessly into various types of productions and workflows.”

Higher Picture Quality with XDCAM HD422 Codec
Capable of MPEG HD422 50Mbps recording, the PMW-400 is unique among the field of 2/3-type camcorders thanks to its noise reduction capabilities and rich selection of recording formats. Its Three Dimensional Noise Reducer (3DNR) accurately detects and processes images to reduce noise, achieving a Signal-to-Noise (S/N) ratio of 60dB which is outstanding among 2/3-type camcorders. A wide variety of formats are supported by the PMW-400, including MPEG2 HD422@50Mbps, HD420@35Mbps/25Mbps, MPEG IMX@50Mbps, and DVCAM. The PMW-400 will also offer future XAVC support for HD2 so users can be well-placed to meet the ever-increasing demands for high quality image capture.

Improved Viewfinder
The supplied viewfinder features improved panel resolution of quarter HD 960(H) x 540(V) compared to previous models that had a resolution of VGA 640(H) x 480(V). In addition, contrast, and viewing angles are considerably better in the new viewfinder.

Flash Band Compensation via Internal Processing
The PMW-400 incorporates a valuable new feature – an internal Flash Band Reducer based on a processing circuit installed inside the camcorder. In addition to current flash band reducing processes using Content Browser software after recording, the camcorder also employs a special algorithm to detect and process flash banding inside the camcorder before recording. This provides greater flexibility in reducing flash banding across different shooting environments.

Operational Flexibility
To enhance convenience and flexibility during program production, the PMW-400 is built with two SDI connections that enable, for example, the director and cameraman to concurrently check or review content shot via two different monitors.
An optional CBK-CE01 50-pin interface lets the PMW-400 connect to two types of camera adapter, for greater creative possibilities through multi-camera operation. By connecting to the CA-FB70 optical fibre adapter or CA-TX70 digital triax camera adapter, the PMW-400 can be used in a studio camera configuration for live productions and transmit signals over long distances while maintaining high picture quality.

R&D Prototype: Wireless Adapter for 3G/4G/LTE and Wi-Fi Connections
For easy transmission across wireless networks and efficient field operation using Wi-Fi, a wireless adapter is under development. The adapter is directly connectable to the PMW-400 to enable proxy files generated on the microSD card to be transmitted via 3G/4G/LTE/Wi-Fi. With this easy transmission of proxy files from the shooting location to a broadcast station via a network connection, ENG workflows can be accelerated tremendously. Using Wi-Fi transmission, the adapter can also be used with mobile applications on tablet PCs and smartphones. Additionally, to drastically improve field operation, a range of features are under development including file browsing management, proxy file preview, camera signal stream viewing, file transfer for proxy and high-resolution source files as well as metadata input and remote camera control.

The PMW-400 will be on display at Sony’s booth #C11001 at the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, C-5, and it will be available from August 2013 onwards.

If you want to know more out the PMW-400 please email me at r.dew@videopro.com.au.

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