Panasonic AJ-HD1800 DVCPRO HD Studio VTR, 3.5" LCD, DVCPRO50/25, DVCAM/DV Playback, IEEE 1394 & HD-SDI Interfaces

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About Panasonic AJ-HD1800

The Panasonic AJ-HD1800 DVCPRO HD Studio VTR offers recording/playback in the world's major formats for broadcast, post production and mobile production. This recorder combines all of the popular features of its predecessor, the AJ-HD1700, with many new enhancements including 720/50 recording, a built-in up/down/cross-converter, UMID/VANC metadata recording/playback and professional video/audio interfaces ranging from IEEE 1394 and HD/SD-SDI to digital AES/EBU.

The HD1800 records 126 minutes at 100 Mbps with 4:2:2 sampling and intra-frame compression on a single XL DVCPRO HD cassette in both 1080i and 720p, including 720/50p. It plays back all DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50/25, DVCAM and DV sources. The versatile VTR offers flexible conversion capabilities including the ability to convert 720/23.98p (over 59.94) and 720/25p (over 60p) footage from Panasonic AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema cameras to 1080/24p or 1080/25psf, allowing the VTR to act as a source deck in a 1080p-based linear or non-linear editing bay.

Panasonic AJ-HD1800 Features

  • Frame-accurate insert/assemble and audio-split editing
  • Expanded interface capabilities with IEEE 1394, HD/SD-SDI input/outputs and SD analog composite output
  • Down-conversion outputs include SDI or NTSC Composite
  • Discrete digital audio (with 16-bit quantization and 48-kHz sampling) to fulfill requirements for 5.1 surround sound and SAP or multi-language programming
  • 3.5-inch LCD monitor on front panel for quick viewing of content
  • RS422 remote control, RS-232C and encoder remote controls
  • Jog and shuttle dial with up to 32X normal speed in forward/reverse
  • Variable HD slow motion playback of -1.0 to +2.0 normal speed (-1.0 to +1.1 for DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO playback)
  • Four user memory settings
  • Up to 60 cue points
  • 4U-size body fits into a 19" rack

Panasonic AJ-HD1800 Specifications

Recording Format
Recording Video Signal
1080i/59.94Hz and 1080i/50Hz switchable
720p/59.94Hz, 720p/50Hz and 720p/60Hz (VariCam) switchable
480i/59.94Hz and 576i/50Hz switchable
Recording Audio Signal
48 kHz, 16 bit, 8 CH
Recording Track
Digital Video: helical track
Audio: helical track
TC: Subcode area
Cue: 1 longitudinal track
CTL: 1 longitudinal track
Tape Speed
67.64mm/s (59.97Hz mode), 67.70mm/s (60Hz/50Hz mode)
Rec/Play Time
Max. 126 minutes with AJ-HP126EXG
1/4" metal particle
Approx. 1.5 minutes with AJ-HP126EXG
Search Speed
Editing Accuracy
±0 frame (TC)
Tape Timer Accuracy
Tape Timer Accuracy: ±1 frame (continuous CTL)
Servo Lock Time
Within 0.3 sec (standby ON)
Loading/Unloading Time
Approx. 4 sec (M, L cassette), Approx. 6 sec (XL cassette)
Sampling Frequency:
Y: 74.176 MHz, PB/PR: 37.088 MHz (1080/59.94i, 720/59.94p)
Y: 74.25 MHz, PB/PR: 37.125 MHz (1080/60i, 720/60p)
Quantization: 8 bits
Compression Method: DV-Based Compression (SMPTE370M/317M)
Compression Ratio: 1/6.7
Rate: 100 Mbps
Digital Audio
Sampling Frequency: 48kHz
Quantization: 16 bits
Response: 20Hz to 20kHz, ±1.0dB (reference level)
Dynamic Range: More than 90dB (1kHz, emphassis off)
Distortion: within 0.05% (1kHz, emphassis off, reference level)
Cross Talk: Less than -80dB (1kHz, between any 2ch)
Headroom: 20/18/12 dB switchable
Cue Audio
Frequency Response: 300Hz to 6kHz (±3dB)
Video Input
HD SDI: BNC x 1 (SMPTE 292M/296M/299M), BNC x 1 (active through)
BNC x 1 (SMPTE 259M-C/272M-A, ITU-R BT.656-4)
BNC x 1 (active through)Reference:
Black burst or HD tri-level sync switchable
BNC x 2 (loop-through), 75Ohms On/Off
Video Output
BNC x 3 (SMPTE 292M/296M/299M),BNC x 1 (monitor output with superimpose)
BNC x 1 (SMPTE 259M-C/272M-A, ITU-R BT.656-4), BNC x 1 (monitor output with superimpose)
Analog Composite:
BNC x 3 (SD playback or down-convert), VIDEO1, VIDEO2, VIDEO3 (superimpose on/off)
Audio Input
Analog: XLR x 4 (CH1/2/3/4), +4/0/-3/-20 dBu switchable, 600Ohms/high-impedance switchable
AES/EBU Digital: BNC x 4 (CH1/2, CH3/4, CH5/6, CH7/8)
HD SDI: BNC x 1 (SMPTE 292M/296M/299M), BNC x 1 (active through)
BNC x 1 (SMPTE 259M-C/272M-A, ITU-R BT.656-4)
BNC x 1 (active through)Cue:
XLR x 1, +4/0/-3/-20 dBu, -60 dBu switchable, 600Ohms/high-impedance switchable
Audio Output
Analog: XLR x 4 (CH1/2/3/4), +4/0/-3/-20 dBu switchable, Low-impedance
AES/EBU Digital: BNC x 4 (CH1/2, CH3/4, CH5/6, CH7/8)
Cue: XLR x 1, Low-impedance, +4/0/-3/-20 dBu switchable
HD SDI: BNC x 4 (SMPTE 292M/296M/299M)
SD SDI: BNC x 2 (SMPTE 259M-C/272M-A, ITU-R BT.656-4)
Monitor: XLR x 2 (L/R), Low-impedance, +4/0/-3/-20 dBu switchable
Phones: M6, variable level control, 8Ohms
Video Output Adjustment Range-1
Component style (HD SDI, SD SDI and Composite Out):
Y Output Gain: - infinity to + 3 dB
PB Output Gain: - infinity to + 3 dB
PR Output Gain: - infinity to + 3 dB
Y Black Level: ±10%
Composite style (HD SDI, SD SDI and Composite Out):
Video Output Gain: - infinity to + 6 dB
Output Gain: - infinity to + 3 dB
Chroma Phase: ±30deg. (In 50Hz/25Hz, adjustable only SD SDI/composite SD playback.)Y Black Level: ±10%
Video Output Adjustment Range-2
1080_59.94,60i ±1H (±2200 sample/13.5 ns step)
1080_50i ±1H (±2640 sample/13.5 ns step)
1080_23.98, 24psf ±1H (±2750 sample/13.5 ns step)
720_59.94, 60p ±1H (±1650 sample/13.5 ns step)720_50p ±1H (±1980 sample/13.5 ns step)
NTSC: ±1H (±1716 sample/37 ns step)
PAL: ±1H (±1728 sample/37 ns step)
Composite Out:
NTSC:±1H (±1716 sample/37 ns step)
PAL: ±1H (±1728 sample/37 ns step)
Composite Out SC:more than ±180deg.
Audio Output Adjustment Range:
Level: - infinity to + 12 dB
Other Input/Output
6-pin x 1, 400/200/100 Mbps switchable
IEEE1394-1995, IEC61883-Part1/Part2 and
AV/C Command Set standard
TC IN: XLR x 1, 0.5 to 8.0 Vp-p, 10 kOhms
TC OUT: XLR x 1, Low-impedance, 2.0Vp-p ±0.5Vp-p
RS-422A IN: D-sub 9 pin RS-422A I/F
RS-422A OUT: D-sub 9 pin RS-422A I/F
RS-232C: D-sub 25 pin RS-232C I/F
Parallel IN/OUT: D-sub 50 pin
Remote: D-sub 15 pin
LCD Monitor
3.5" LCD color monitor (approx. 210,000 pixels)
Power Supply
AC (100-240) V ±10%, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption
Operating Temperature
5deg.C to 40deg.C (41 deg.F to 104 deg.F)
Operating Humidity
10% to 80% (non dew)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
424 x 175.2 x 417 mm (16.7" x 6.9" x 16.4")
20 kg (44.1 lbs)
Mfr #
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