Sony DVCAM DSR-1500 w SDI & AES options sn0110126

Very low hours on this machine, and very good cosmetic condition.
Availability: 1 in stock

This deck served as a back up machine for a corporate viewing room.  These machines have multiple video outputs for a variety of monitoring options.

Hours Meter readings:

  • Drum 97
  • Tape 90
  • Thread 174
  • Operation 454

I/O Configuration BNC connectors:

  • Looping Reference Video In
  • Time Code In & Out
  • Video Outputs:
  • Y,R-y,B-y
  • Y/C
  • 3x Composite, 1 Composite w Super
  • 2x SDI
  • SDI Video Input


  • 2 Balanced XLR Outputs ch1/3, 2/4
  • 1 Unbalanced Monitor output RCA
  • 2 AES/EBU inputs and 2 outputs on BNCs (2 channels each jack)
  • 1 9 pin remote connector


The Sony Blurb:  Please note some of the references are for the 1500A, not the 1500.

The Sony DSR-1500A DVCAM VTR is a compact, half rack player/recorder that makes it ideal in production vehicles, desktop editing suites or in any location where space is at a premium. The deck is an excellent solution for the complex nature of professional video editing today.

In addition to DVCAM the deck plays back the consumer DV format as well as Panasonic's DVCPRO.  The unit will also record in DV making extra-long duration recordings possible.

Signal outputs include composite video, Y/C, and analog component video standard.

Aside from Firewire all the video inputs are optional. Separate supplementary digital input (DSBK-1501) and analog input (DSBK-1504) boards are required. With its test bars and tone signal generator, the DSR-1500A can be a cornerstone of a modern video edit suite. DVCAM / DV Play and Record DVCAM is the Sony professional offshoot of the ubiquitous DV format. The advantage of DVCAM is obvious. It offers better picture quality, better multigenerational dub characteristics, and better than CD quality audio. DV offers longer recording times (maximum 270 minutes versus 180 minutes in DVCAM) and more economical tapestock prices. The deck will play and record in both formats letting you decide which features are most significant. And the DSR-1500A will also playback DVCPRO recorded tapes, though it will not output DVCPRO through its optional digital boards. iLINK Interface Built-into the DSR-1500A VTR is the i.LINK interface, which is based upon the IEEE1394 (DV, Firewire) standard. The i.LINK enables a single cable to simultaneously carry digital video and audio signals, as well as data and control signals with virtually no quality degradation. This simple connection offers an ideal solution for connecting the DSR-1500A with i.LINK interface equipped compatible nonlinear editing systems and other computer-related products. Digital Slow Motion and Jog Sound The DSR-1500 offers a variable speed playback function with a range of -0.5 to +0.5 times normal speed. Within this range, the unit can play back digital noiseless slow motion pictures and jog sound. This makes it possible to locate editing points quickly and accurately. Frame Accurate Editing, the Old School Way The DSR-1500 is equipped with an RS-422 remote control connection to interface with the other RS-422 equipment. The deck has a full complement of analog outputs, component, Y/C and composite, built right in. Analog inputs can be added with the optional DSBK-1504 board. The deck is right at home in an analog edit systems such as those found around Betacam suites. A Control S connection is available for the DSRM-20 jog shuttle remote, also. Serial Digital Signals for Unsurpassed Studio Quality Uncompressed digital video signals, like those found in Digital Beta and D-1 environments can be input or output with the addition of the DSBK-1501 board. In addition to SDI, SDTI video and AES/EBU digital audio are also carried through these connectors. Test Signal Generator The DSR-1500A has a built-in test signal generator. The deck will output SMPTE color bars, black burst, and 1kHz audio tone. These signals are necessary as standards for consistent video and audio production. Auto Repeat Feature Auto repeat function is available through the VTR menu setting. Designated time code can also be set as start and stop points.