Sony’s recent rollout of SR 2.0, beginning with a December 2009 conference, brings with it a new and fully upgradeable camcorder, the SRW9000 HDCAM-SR, as well as the 5800/2 deck (with separate-eye 3D-recording capability, a timely option given the recent and continuing resurgence of that technology).
"People have been using SRW tape for DPX file conversion for a long while, so the workflow is already in place."
—Chris Marchitelli, Senior Marketing Manager, Sony’s Content Creation Division
“Going back to Betacam SP and as far ahead as HDCAM and HDCAM-SR, our tape decks have always been backwards-compatible,” notes Chris Marchitelli, senior marketing manager for Sony’s Content Creation Division. “Our customers always have a bridge from the old tech to the new, and now this focus extends beyond media to camera as well. The SRW9000 is in many ways taking the place of the 900 for digital cinema. Lighter and easier to manage for Steadicam shooting, it’s a true shoulder-mount, one-piece camcorder, which feedback to us had indicated was an option many strongly preferred to have. Previously, with both the F23 and the F35, the SRW-1 [recorder] had to be mounted onto the camera body; the only other option was to use a camera cable for capture onto it.”