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peter tours
Sony PDW-U1
on Sep 8, 2010 at 8:27:20 pm

I'm a P2 guy, so bear with my ignorance (actually a tape guy for the first 25 years)....

I have 24 x 23gb XDcamHD discs of B-roll I need to have handy during a project but don't want to rent a machine for an extended time.

Does it make sense to rent a PDW-U1, connect it to my Mac Pro and copy each disc to an external hard drive, and thus making the media files accessible as needed? And how would I view these files without ingesting them to FCP. Is there a mac or windows xdcamhd viewer app?

Thanks for all support in advance!

Peter Tours
TnT Video Services, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL


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Ian Cook
Re: Sony PDW-U1
on Sep 8, 2010 at 9:34:33 pm

Hi Peter,

Yes, you could easily hook up a U-1 drive and copy the discs to local/external storage. If you only need the hi-res MXFs (i.e. if there are no edit lists or other files you need access to) you really only have to copy the CLIP folder. This contains the full res MXFs plus XML reference files for each clip. Note that you'll need an optical driver for the U-1:

https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.com/sony-software-model-PDWU1.aspx

Make sure you install the driver before copying the files. Without the U-1 driver installed the disc will mount but show you a completely different directory structure containing the raw AV files-- these cannot be edited. With the Driver installed you'll see the correct structure with CLIP, SUB, EDIT, GENERAL and USER DATA folders.

There is no standalone Sony player for XDCAM Optical on the Mac but Clip Browser 2.6 has read-only support for HD MXFs. If you just need simple playback with TC reference and don't have FCP on the system you could use Clip Browser.

https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.com/sony-software-model-XDZP1.aspx

If you have FCP installed you can use XDCAM Transfer to view the files without actually importing them.

https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.com/sony-software-model-PDZKP1.aspx

There are also QuickTime MXF Components available from Calibrated Software that allow QT to play back MXF files.

http://www.calibratedsoftware.com/QXD.asp

Cheers,

Ian

Ian Cook
Sony Broadcast and Professional Company


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peter tours
Re: Sony PDW-U1
on Sep 12, 2010 at 12:31:20 pm

Ian - I think you just saved me a bunch of $$ as we thought we had to rent a F75. Would you know how long it would take to copy the clip folder to an E-SATA hard drive thru the Mac Pro (2009 Octo 2.93 OSX 10.5.8) from a full 25gb disc? And would there be a significant difference it I used my MacBook Pro for the job? Thanks for the thorough info so far and the links.

Peter Tours
TnT Video Services, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL


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Ian Cook
Re: Sony PDW-U1
on Sep 14, 2010 at 1:23:35 pm

Hi Peter-

The Mac Pro can obviously crunch data faster but you're limited by the USB / firewire bus and the read speed from the actual disc. In either case you should be at about 2-3x faster than real time.

Best,

Ian


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peter tours
Re: Sony PDW-U1
on Sep 20, 2010 at 6:13:51 pm

It's working perfectly. Good thing you gave me the heads up on the new driver as the drive did mount with the old directory format.

Great help, thanks very much!!! peter

Peter Tours
TnT Video Services, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL


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