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From PMW-EX1R to PMW-200

How the PMW-200 has built on the success of the PMW-EX1 and PMW-EX1R

From PMW-EX1R to PMW-200

PMW-200

The story of the professional PMW-200 XDCAM camcorder did not begin with its launch in August 2012, but long before, during the launch of the PMW-EX1 in the summer of 2007. No other camcorder has generated so much discussion in web forums, during shows and in business meetings. Videographers spoke about features, broadcasters about fluid workflow; they shared their footage, explained the best way to create stunning pictures and Sony listened, carefully, collecting their feedback.

At first, the PMW-EX1 was transformed into the PMW-EX1R, with additional SD recording. And today, the PMW-200 is a result of the joint work between worldwide end-users, official resellers and Japanese designers, all equally passionate about XDCAM. The PMW-200 is a mix of users’ inspiration and Sony technology. For five years we have seen the product at work and for five years Sony has collected customer opinions to improve the design and feature set.

Sony is pleased to present the advantages of the PMW-200 and also explain the main differences from the PMW-EX1R.

Better sensitivity of sensor

Comparison between the camcorders
More advanced 1/2-inch 3 Exmor CMOS sensors provide excellent sensitivity and depth of field characteristics. The PMW-200 has the same type and number of sensors as the PMW-EX1R, but uses another generation of technology. The sensitivity of the PMW-200 is F11 for 2000lx with S/N ratio of 56dB, while the PMW-EX1R has F10 for 2000lx with S/N ratio of 54dB.

Advantages of the PMW-200
Reduced budget for additional light, no need for post production correction. Better picture quality.

Better workflow

PMW-EX1R

Comparison between the camcorders
The PMW-200 has not only 420 35 Mbps MP4 file recording like the PMW-EX1R, but also 422 50 Mbps in MXF. Standard definition can be wrapped as .AVI and .MXF files. Recording the MXF files to UDF formatted SxS memory cards matches the broadcast workflows that have been established by the Professional Disc XDCAM product line-up.* Recording in 422 Full HD resolution with a high bitrate (50 Mbps) flow allows a better colour grade, fluid contrast, more information and more details. All MXF files can be copied directly to the Clip folder of an XDCAM Professional Disc using a PDW-U1 or PDW-U2 without any transcoding. It offers a faster, low cost and simple archive solution.

* The PMW-200 does not generate a proxy.

Advantages of the PMW-200
Quick turnaround for “On Air”. Better quality of picture with better contrast. Large colour-grading and more details ease post-production. Reducing time and the budget required for post production. Streamlines workflow. Faster, low cost and simple archive solution.

Better usability

Comparison between the camcorders
With direct access to thumbnails, the PMW-200 does not have to reboot for playback from “Camera” to “Media” modes, unlike the PMW-EX1R. To activate the quick start feature, just hold the REC button down and power on the camcorder at the same time. It will shorten the start up time even more and start recording straight away.

Advantages of the PMW-200
Capture the important moments. Increase flexibility during shooting: jump back and forth quickly between play and record without losing time.

Reduce the file management charge

Comparison between the camcorders
By activating the Continuous Recording function (as per the PMW-500), multiple clips can be recorded as a single clip. For customers who have to process many files, this can drastically reduce the file management charge. In this mode, the user can set the camcorder to add video to the current file rather than create a new file.

Advantages of the PMW-200
Workflow convenience. Reduced editing time. Ingest to the editing system is easy and faster.

Better audio quality

Comparison between the camcorders
One of the improvements on audio handling for the PMW-200 is the ability to record simultaneously up to 4 channels of 24-bit LPCM audio (compared to 2 channels 16-bit LPCM audio in 35 Mbps recording for the PMW-EX1R). The PMW-200 has also one internal stereo microphone with 2 separate channels (Int-L, Int-R) and 2 XLR inputs.

Advantages of the PMW-200
Easy mixing in post production and reduce the budget of audio equilibration.

Reduce the cost of remote control

Comparison between the camcorders
The PMW-200 can be remotely controlled by Wi-Fi from mobile devices such as Apple iPads or Android mobile devices, using the CBK-WA01 adaptor option. Activation of auto mode and also a number of manual settings are possible.

Advantages of the PMW-200
No need for additional special remote (RMB or RCP) and special cables. No need for additional training to work the remote on a mobile device. Makes it easier to shoot in hard access areas.

Better for multi-camera shoots

Comparison between the camcorders
The PMW-200 has a few additional inputs and outputs, including TC In/Out (BNC) - (switchable) and Genlock In/Composite Video Out (BNC) (switchable). HDMI and SDI outputs are available at the same time for easy connection with monitors and switchers simultaneously.

Advantages of the PMW-200
Genlock and TC In/Out makes the camcorder a cost effective alternative for use in multi camera events. Reduce the budget for multi-camera systems.

Wider dynamic range

Comparison between the camcorders
The Picture Profile (PP) settings of PMW-200 have the same structure as the PMW-EX1R, but with improved features. The PP menu integrates not just Cine gamma, but four Hyper Gamma curves. With the addition of this type of curve, the dynamic range of the PMW-200 is much wider than the PMW-EX1R. The Hyper Gamas allow the control of the contrast of a scene and hence the highlight roll-off.

Advantages of the PMW-200
Perfect matching with other camcorders (PMW-500, PDW-F800, PDW-700). Ease of shooting with different camcorders. Faster colour grading process in post production.

Easier and faster colour correction in post

Comparison between the camcorders
The Picture Profile (PP) settings of PMW-200 have the same structure as the PMW-EX1R, but with improved features. The PMW-200 has not only colour correction in Matrix mode (to change one colour), but also Multi Matrix mode (to change 16 distinct colours).

Advantages of the PMW-200
Reduce the time of colour correction and the budget for post production.

Better organisation and reduced time of production planning

Comparison between the camcorders
The PMW-200 is compatible with planning metadata software XMPilot (without video preview, since the camera does not create proxy during recording). By loading a pre-recorded Planning Metadata file (XML file) to the PMW-200, either from an SxS memory card or a USB memory, the metadata is automatically generated and recorded as described in the XML file, while recording. Also, the filename of a clip is automatically set as described in the XML file.

Advantages of the PMW-200
Reduce the file management charge. Reduce editing time. Better communication and faster exchange between production and shooting teams.

Longer life of camcorder

Comparison between the camcorders
Robust protection of all inputs, outputs and SxS slots reduces the dust ingest and extends the life of the PMW-200.

Advantages of the PMW-200
Safe shooting.

More comfortable shooting

Comparison between the camcorders
The PMW-EX1R has an additional button on the grip (Auto push Iris). For the PMW-200, Auto Push Iris could be assignable to one of four assignable buttons.

Advantages of the PMW-200
The PMW-200’s settings can be adapted to each user.

Larger choice of settings for better picture quality

Comparison between the camcorders
The PMW-200 has the additional Pure ATW mode in its general menu. It allows you to set Auto Tracing White in “Natural” White and “Pure” White, giving you better ATW balance reproduction depending on your profile settings: Natural for corporate shooting; Pure for PDW-680, PDW-700 and PDW-F800 matching in broadcast shooting.

Advantages of the PMW-200
Ease of shooting. Reducing time for camcorder setup.

Better resolution screen

Comparison between the camcorders
The LCD screen of the PMW-200 is the same size, but higher resolution, than the PMW-EX1R (3.5inch / 852x480 vs 640x480).

Advantages of the PMW-200
Video control is more accurate and more comfortable.

Keeping faith with the PMW-EX1R

From the PMW-EX1R ,Sony has kept the excellent professional 14x Fujinon lens, simple menu structure, Picture Profile settings and many others professional features appreciated by users.

If a videographer already owns other XDCAM camcorders (such as the PMW-EX3, PMW-EX1 or PMW-EX1R), the PMW-200 maintains consistency with the XDCAM battery range (BP-U type) and has the same recording media (SxS, XQD, SD, MS), thereby reducing the total cost of migrating to the PMW-200.

The total compatibility of recording codecs (.MXF and .mp4) with main NLE systems like Vegas, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier and Edius streamlines the workflow with the PMW-200. High quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbps recording is fully compliant with EBU recommendations for long form broadcast production and is widely accepted in broadcasting stations and production houses. This capability ensures the PMW-200 is ideal for a wide range of different applications, including newsgathering and documentary production.