XDCAM / XDCAM HD video on Professional Disc (PFD)
red-tinted translucent plastic cassette, roughly square with arched top

Maxell 50GB dual-layer, rewritable Professional Disc

introduction to XDCAM transfer

XDCAM is a series of products for digital recording to Professional Disc, an optical disc format introduced by Sony in 2003.

We offer a range of delivery formats for our video transfers. Following International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives TC-06 guidelines, we deliver FFV1 lossless files or 10-bit uncompressed video files in .mkv or .mov containers for archives. We can also produce Apple ProRes mezzanine files for ease of editing. We provide smaller viewing files as H.264 encoded .mp4 files or on DVD. We're happy to create any other digital video files, according to your needs.

We can provide the appropriately-sized USB delivery media for your files, or use media supplied by you, or deliver your files online. Files delivered on hard drive can be for any operating system MacOS, Windows or GNU/Linux and filesystems (HFS+, NTFS or EXT3).

Due to variation in media duration and physical degradation, it’s not always appropriate to create fixed prices for our services. We’ve found that assessing media prior to confirming costs is a more accurate and fair method.

We offer free assessments please contact us to discuss your project.

XDCAM HD machines

At Greatbear we use the following XDCAM machines:

Sony PDW-F75 XDCAM HD Professional Disc recorder.

Sony PDW-U1

XDCAM / XDCAM HD format variation

red-tinted Professional Disc with label 2.4x speed PD-50DL

Maxell 50GB rewritable Professional Disc in clear plastic case

Black and silver-coloured XDCAM machine with colour bars on LCD display

Sony PDW-F75 XDCAM HD Professional Disc recorder

front and back views of Professional Disc, with rulers indicating c.13cm square width by height

Professional Disc: 12cm diameter optical disc inside 13 x 13 x 0.7cm plastic caddy

XDCAM / XDCAM HD risks & vulnerabilities

XDCAM / XDCAM HD recording history