Sony DSR-1500 DVCAM Compact Player/Recorder

Sony DSR-1500 DVCAM Compact Player/Recorder

Rental price per day $ 75.00

DVCAM Half-Rack Studio Editing Play/Rcd, plays DV, DVCPRO25, DVCAM


The DSR-1500 incorporates the same innovative, high standard technology featured in the DSR-2000 into a compact, half-rack width design. The space-saving size makes the DSR-1500 ideal for such installations as in OB vehicles and with desktop editing systems. A key feature of the DSR-1500 is its playback compatibility of consumer DV (SP mode only) and DVCPRO 25 in addition to DVCAM, and its ability to automatically accommodate all cassette sizes without the need for an adapter or changing menu settings. The DSR-1500 is equipped with a wide range of standard analog outputs, and functions not only as a feeder for an analog editing system but also as a simple playback viewer.By configuring the unit from a full range of optional interface boards, the DSR-1500 can be equipped to meet a broad range of user requirements. There are a number of optional input and interface boards available for the DSR-1500.The DSBK-1501 SDI/SDTI/AES/EBU digital video and audio interface option board ensures a migration path to Digital Betacam, Betacam SX and other digital video systems. The DSBK-1503 i.LINK IEEE-1394 option board enable a quality deterioration-free transfer between the DSR-1500 and DV compression based systems. The simple connection of the i.LINK interface also offers an ideal solution for interconnecting the DSR-1500 with DV I/O equipped nonlinear editing systems.The DSBK-1504 analog input interface board which includes component, composite and audio connections provide the bridge to existing analog based systems and equipment, and also allows the analog information to be transferred E to E via the standard i.LINK DV I/O connection.The DSR-1500 is truly the most versatile digital VTR for its size, features and cost performance.


  • DVCAM Digital Component Recording Format
  • PCM Digital Audio
  • Playback Compatibility with DV (25 Mbps) Format
  • Triple-positioning Cassette Compartment
  • Compact Size
  • Digital Slow Motion and Jog Sound
  • Frame Accurate Editing
  • Audio Level Control
  • Full Range of Standard Analog Outputs
  • VITC Time Code
  • Built-in Signal Generator
  • Closed Caption
  • Control S Interface
  • Universal AC Powering System
  • Auto Repeat Function
  • RS-422A
  • The DVCAM format uses 8-bit digital component recording with a 5:1 compression ratio and a sampling rate of 4:1:1. The DV compression algorithm provides excellent picture quality and superb multigenerational performance.
  • The DSR-1500 offers superb PCM digital audio performance with a wide dynamic range and an excellent signal-to-noise ratio. There are two selectable audio recording modes: 2CH mode with 48 kHz/16-bit or 4CH mode with 32 kHz/12-bit.
  • The DSR-1500 offers excellent playback compatibility of DV (25Mbps) format recordings. The DV formats include DVCAM, DV (SP mode only) and DVCPRO 25*. These tapes can be played back and utilized directly as editing materials with +/-0 Frame accuracy.*Playback signal of DVCRO recorded tape is not available via SDTI(QSDI) or i.LINK interfaces.
  • Triple-positioning cassette compartment automatically accepts DVCPRO M-size cassette tapes in addition to standard and mini size cassette tapes of DV, DVCAM and DVCPRO. Cassette insertion is done without the need to attach an external adapter, or without the need to set the playback format mode before use.
  • The DSR-1500 is half-rack size, 3U high. With this compact design, the DSR-1500 can be easily installed in a variety of applications. Ideal uses include as an editor/ feeder for desktop nonlinear editing systems, or for installations in confined spaces, such as OB vehicles.
  • The DSR-1500 offers a variable speed playback function with a range of -0.5 to +0.5 times normal speed. Within this range, the unit can play back digital noiseless slow motion pictures and jog sound. This makes it possible to locate editing points quickly and accurately. This feature is available for all DV (25Mbps) format recorded tapes.
  • The DSR-1500 is equipped with an RS-422A remote control connection to interface with the other RS-422A equipment. i.LINK based control is also available by installing the optional DSBK-1503 board. Frame accurate editing is possible through either interface.
  • Audio levels can be adjusted with the control knobs on the front panel in either the record or playback mode.
  • The DSR-1500 is equipped with a comprehensive range of analog output interfaces for both video and audio: composite, component, S-Video (Y/C) for video, and two channels of audio (via XLR connectors) are all standard. *Composite, component or S-Video is selectable through the menu.
  • The DSBK-1501 optional board provides the DSR-1500 with SDI*, SDTI(QSDI)* and AES/EBU interfaces. SDTI(QSDI) allows practically degradation-free transfer of both video and audio signals.
  • The i.LINK (IEEE 1394) cable enables a single cable to simultaneously carry digital video and audio signals, as well as data and control signals, with practically no quality deterioration.
  • The DSBK-1504 analog input board provides a full range of analog interfaces: composite, component, S-Video (Y/C) and two channel analog audio (XLR connectors).
  • By integrating the DSR-1500 into a non-linear editing (NLE) system which supports ClipLink operation, the VTR is able to send ClipLink information data onto the NLE unit, providing great efficiency throughout the editing process.
  • The DSR-1500 is equipped with process control for both analog and digital outputs through the VTR menu. This feature helps to provide the unit with highly stable video signals. Composite, S-Video, component and SDI outputs can be controlled with the Process Control.
  • The DSR-1500 supports both time code in the tape’s sub code area, and also VITC through all video signal interfaces.
  • Equipped with a built-in signal generator, the DSR-1500 can generate color bars or black burst for video, and 1 kHz tone or mute signal for audio.
  • Closed Caption signals can be recorded and played back through analog and SDI interfaces.
  • The Control S (SIRCS) interface enables connection to the DSRM-10 remote controller Unit for remote control, including Jog/Shuttle operation.
  • The DSR-1500 provides a picture search function by use of the menu keys on the front panel. By pressing the left and right buttons, search speed of 10 times normal speed is available both in forward and reverse. The up and down buttons allow frame by frame picture search in forward and reverse. Also, search speed of 0.5 times is possible by continuously pressing these buttons.
  • The DSR-1500 employs a universal powering system to handle AC 100V to 240V, 50 or 60 Hz. The built-in regulator switches the unit to the appropriate voltage automatically. This allows the DSR-1500 to be used worldwide without the need for a transformer.
  • Auto repeat function is available through the VTR menu setting. Designated time code can also be set as start and stop points.
  • Power Requirements: AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
  • Power Consumption: Approx. 60 W (with all options)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 8 3/8″ x 5 1/8 x 16 5/8 inches
  • Weight: 13 lb. 3 oz
  • Operating Temperature: 41°F to 104°F
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 140°F
  • Operating relative humidity: Less than 80%
  • Storage Relative Humidity: Less than 90%
  • Tape Speed: 28.193 mm/s
  • Recording/Playback Time: Standard size: More than 184 min. with PDV-184MEMini size: More than 40 min. with PDVM-40ME
  • FF/REW Time: Standard size: Less than 3 minutesMini size: Less than 1 minutes
  • Search Speed: Max. 60 times normal speed, forward and reverse via RS-422A
  • Reference Video Input: BNC x 2, loop-through connection 0.286 Vp-p, 75W, sync negative
  • Audio Input: XLR 3-pin female x 2
  • Time code Input: BNC x 1
  • Composite Output: BNC x 3 0.286 Vp-p, 75W, sync negative
  • Component Output: BNC x 3 Luminance: 1.0 Vp-p, 75W, sync negative Chrominance R-Y: 0.7 Vp-p, 75W B-Y: 0.7 Vp-p, 75W
  • S-Video Output: BNC x 2 Y: 1.0Vp-p, 75W, sync negative C: 0.286Vp-p, 75W (at burst level)
  • Audio Output: XLR 3-pin male x 2
  • Audio Monitor Output: RCA Phono jack x 1
  • Headphone Jack: JM-60 stereo phone jack x 1
  • AES/EBU Output: BNC x 2 Conforms to AES-3id-1995
  • Time Code Output: BNC x 1
  • RS-422A: D-sub 9-pin x 1
  • Control S (SIRCS): Stereo mini jack x 1

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