PMW-500 Camcorder User Diagnostics

Learn how to troubleshoot, maintain, and support operators using a PMW-500 XDCAM-HD422 camcorder on a day-by-day basis

Price per delegate: €1,180

Duration: 2 days

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What will you learn

You will learn how to troubleshoot, maintain, and support operators, using a PMW-500 XDCAM-HD422 camcorder on a day-by-day basis. You will also learn about optical disc based video and the XDCAM-HD format using the MPEG-HD422 codec. Note : This course will show you how to replace the optical mechadeck as a complete item, but does not show you how to perform detailed realignment of the laser or spindle motor.

Who should attend

This course is intended for maintenance engineers and technicians who want to maintain a PMW-500 XDCAM‑HD422 camcorder in good working order. Previous experience in maintaining general broadcast products and broadcast technology is expected. Previous experience in maintaining professional tape based camcorders is useful.

Course contents


The course starts by explaining the reasons behind the development of high definition optical disc based broadcast quality equipment.

PMW-500 camcorder technology

The course includes an explanation of the technology behind the camcorder.

Camcorder operation

This part of the course explains how to set up and use a PMW-500 camcorder.

Workflow considerations

This part of the course examines how the PMW-500 fits into the XDCAM-HD production process. It shows how differences in the way recordings are made and the editing and postproduction process.

Signal Theory

This section is devoted to the explanation of the circuitry of the PMW-500 camcorder and the underpinning technology.

Practical sessions

The course includes sessions on PMW-500 camcorder alignment and service, including both electronic and mechanical operations.

Service support procedures

The final part of the course explains how to ensure that the PMW-500 camcorder operating conditions are maintained.


Courses can be run at various locations. Courses must have a minimum number of attendees in order to run. To discuss the exact location and times available please click ‘Enquire Now’ at the top of the page.