XDCAM General Info FAQ


What recording media does the XDCAM HD system use?

The same PFD-23A Professional Discâ„¢ media as in XDCAM standard definition recording. Only now the media delivers more maximum recording time: 120 minutes at 18 Mbps.

Where can I buy XDCAM Disc media?"

Heck, you can buy XDCAM Professional Disc media from TapeOnline.com.

What other manufacturers produce XDCAM media?

Fuji, Maxell, and TDK all sell XDCAM discs.

How much footage can be recorded to an XDCAM disc?

XDCAM Disc Record Times
Video Codec >> DVCAM MPEG IMX XDCAM HD XDCAM MPEG HD422
Single Layer Disc ~85 Minutes
@ 25 Mbps
~45 Minutes
@ 50 Mbps
~55 Minutes
@ 40 Mbps
~68 Minutes
@ 30 Mbps
~65 Minutes
@ 35 Mbps
~85 Minutes
@ 25 Mbps
~112 Minutes
@ 18 Mbps
~43 Minutes
@ 50 Mbps
Dual Layer Disc ~185 Minutes
@ 25 Mbps
~100 Minutes
@ 50 Mbps
~120 Minutes
@ 40 Mbps
~150 Minutes
@ 30 Mbps
~145 Minutes
@ 35 Mbps
~190 Minutes
@ 25 Mbps
~248 Minutes
@ 18 Mbps
~95 Minutes
@ 50 Mbps
Triple Layer Disc ~370 Minutes
@ 25 Mbps
~200 Minutes
@ 50 Mbps
~240 Minutes
@ 40 Mbps
~300 Minutes
@ 30 Mbps
~290 Minutes
@ 35 Mbps
~380 Minutes
@ 25 Mbps
~496 Minutes
@ 18 Mbps
~190 Minutes
@ 50 Mbps
Archival Disc ~450 Minutes
@ 25 Mbps
~240 Minutes
@ 50 Mbps
n/a
@ 40 Mbps
n/a
@ 30 Mbps
~360 Minutes
@ 35 Mbps
~480 Minutes
@ 25 Mbps
~600 Minutes
@ 18 Mbps
~240 Minutes
@ 50 Mbps

What is the warranty on Professional Disc media?

Sony warranties Professional Disc media from defects in material or workmanship for 90 days. See actual warranty for details.