Maxell Corporation of America has introduced its new Professional Disc optical media for XDCAM high definition video systems. This new Maxell media is designed to meet the needs of the increasingly popular direct-to-disc tapeless recording segment within the professional video and broadcast market.

Maxell’s new Professional Disc media combines high capacity storage, fast transfer rates and rugged characteristics making it extremely reliable for the rigorous demands of the professional video and broadcast environment. The Maxell Professional Disc for XDCAM systems employs a high precision, polycarbonate plastic cartridge to protect against dust, scratches, and finger prints and eliminates handling errors caused by heavy use.

“Direct-to-disc recording provides video professionals and broadcasters in all specialties with the speed, flexibility and physical capabilities that allow them to bring a new dimension to their work,” said Anthony Petruzziello, director of sales for Maxell Professional Products. “Our new Professional Disc for XDCAM systems provides an element of quality and performance that gives our customers confidence in what they capture and produce will end up on the screen as they envision it.”

Offering 23.3 GB of storage capacity, Maxell’s new re-writable Professional Disc media provides up to 122 minutes of record/playback time in the HD format (MPEG HD LP mode), more than 65 minutes in the HD format (MPEG HD HQ mode), approximately 45 minutes at 50 Mbps in the SD format (MPEG IMX) and up to 85 minutes in the SD format (DVCAM).

In addition, the new XDCAM Professional Disc media delivers a transfer rate of 72 Mbps with one optical head and 144 Mbps with two optical heads. The Maxell Professional Disc features a unique phase-change recording layer that creates a highly durable recording surface, low error rate and the ability to capture 1080i video and four tracks of audio. It also provides the additional convenience of file-based recording and fast random access.

Maxell will display the new Professional Disc for XDCAM systems at NAB 2007 in Las Vegas, April 16-19, in addition to other innovations for the video and broadcast industry.