The Sony UVW-1800 is a Beta SP edit deck that has been a workhorse in professional edit suites for about a decade. It plays and records small and large cassettes and of course takes in and spits out analog component video. Component video is what made the Beta SP format so endearing to news shooters, higher end industrial producers, and documentary filmmakers. Component analog video remains a great source of multigenerational integrity when the signals are put through the wringer in the (linear) editing process. The picture continues to look great (and like the original) generation after generation without the need to digitize. The UVW-1800 is almost a classic, indeed a required element in any comprehensive video studio set-up.
90 Minutes of Record Time
The UVW-1800 accepts both the small size cassettes (the size the cameras take) maximum 30 minutes, and large cassettes, maximum 90 minutes. Producers can put an entire program (or 3) on one cassette for economy and convenience.
Component Analog Video
The core of news and industrial quality video is the concept of analog component video. The UVW-1800 uses two separate tracks to record chrominance and luminance. Among the resulting advantages are cross color suppression and multigenerational picture performance.
High Quality Audio
Thanks to the high tape speed Betacam uses (118.6mm/sec.), and Dolby C, a proven noise reduction system, the UVW-1800 offers excellent audio specifications. The result is wide dynamic range even at high frequencies, minimum distortion, and excellent signal to noise ratio.
Time Code and RS-422 For Frame Accurate Linear Edits
Like many professional video components, the UVW-1800 has the ubiquitous 9-pin connector for editing precision. When attached by 9-pin cable to an edit controller, the deck is capable of frame-accurate insert and assemble edits for both audio and video. The built in time code generator can supply or accept time code to/from other editing components.
Built-In Character Generator
The UVW-1800 has a built-in character generator. The deck will superimpose characters on the video through the Monitor Out (Super) output BNC connector. This allows time code data (LTC and user-bits), CTL and VTR function status to be shown on a monitor. In addition, error and warning signals can also be displayed.
Optional Remote Control Operation and Set-Up
With its Control S connector, the UVW-1800 can take an outboard jog and shuttle remote control. The DSRM-20 is a small jog/shuttle dial with the standard front panel buttons like REC, PAUSE, PLAY, STOP, FAST FORWARD and REWIND. Another remote option is connecting a UVR-60 TBC remote for custom set-up to the 15-pin jack on the back panel of the machine.
- Signal System: NTSC
- Tape Format: Betacam SP Play and Record
- Tape Speed: 11.86 mm/second
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: Greater than 49dB
- Maximum Recording Time: 90 Minutes
- Audio Signal Format: HiFi Analog Audio
- Frequency Response: 50Hz to 12.5kHz
- Signal to Noise Ratio: Greater than 72dB
- Input and Output Connectors:Component Video- 3-BNC (x 1 input, 1 output)
Component Video- 12-Pin Dub (x 1 input, 1 output)
Composite Video- BNC (x 2 input, 3 output)
S-Video- 4-Pin (x 1 input, 1 output)
Reference Video- BNC (x 1 input)
Audio- XLR (x 2 input, 2 output)
Time Code- XLR (x 1 input, 1 output)
RS-422A- 9-Pin (x 1)
Control S- Mini Stereo (x 1)
Video Control- 15-Pin (x 1)
Headphones- 1/4-Inch Phono (x 1)
- Power Requirements: 90 to 132 Volts AC, 48 or 62 Hz
- Power Consumption: 85 Watts
- Operating Temperature: -4 to 104 degrees F ; 5 to 40 degrees C
- Dimensions: (WxHxD) 16 7/8 x 7 5/8 x 18 3/4 in. ; 427 x 193 x 474mm
- Weight: 41 lbs. 14 oz ; 19 kg