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Sony with XDCAM format provided the solution to those professionals looking for better performance and quality in their recordings. This is how it evolved over last 15 years.

Repair damaged Sony PMW 300 XDCAM files

Sony introduces XDCAM format

Professional Disk (PFD) as recording media.
Huge capacity, reliable and ready for field work.

Repair damaged Sony XDCAM HD files


New recording media is used, the Memory Stick.
Up to 70 minutes of HD video on a 16GB card.

Repair damaged Sony XDCAM EX files


Sony's answer to Panasonic P2 cards.
HQ and SP recording modes in a 4:2:0 color space.

Repair damaged Sony XDCAM HD22 files

Sony XDCAM HD422

Sony SxS Pro+ cards supporting up to 50 Mbit/s.
Clip Continuous REC mode and Metadata flags
features to Rapid Cut-only Editing.

Recorder manufacturers like VITEC and Convergent Design use XDCAM HD422 codec.

XDCAM files are routinely repaired by our service

How to figure out the pixel size...

Tools needed: HexEdit or any other hex editor

1. Open the file in HexEdit and find hex pattern: 000001B3

2. Now check that it corresponds to a real XDCAM frame.

3. Inspect now the 24 bits after the key-frame marker.

4. Pixel size has just been found.

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Failure modes

Main causes of failure reported by XDCAM users, leading to a repair of corrupted files, are:

Software failures

  • Clip Browser bug makes clips unplayable when importing to AVID
  • XDCAM Transfer issues after rewrapping files for Final Cut Pro
  • Orphaned MP4 files in the BPAV folder structure
  • Metadata in BPAV CLPR clips folder not copied
    Ex: .XML, .PPN, .BIM, .SMI files missing
  • Missing or malformed KLV in MXF container

Storage failures

  • Corruption while copying from CF card in nanoFlash recorder
  • Footage accidentally deleted before transfer to hard disk
  • A bridged clip between 2 cards did not get transferred
  • Card ejected too early from MxR adapter
  • Card is unreadable after shooting ends

The equipment used by customers is usually:

  • Camera Sony EX1, EX3, JVC GY-HM100, or through nanoFlash recorder
  • Sony SxS card or class 10 32GB Transcend SDHC card
  • Canon XF series (C300, XF305, XF300, XF105, XF100)

This doesn't imply that this equipment is not robust, just that it's the most frequently used.


All different families (XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX and XDCAM HD422) as well as special applications like nanoFlash, are supported.

Footage is encoded using a Video track that is organized in keyframes and inter-frames.
XDCAM frames are not stored in playback order. The offset between decode time and display time is stored in a table.

Repair process consists of reindexing the video frames. Frame reordering task is simple when the pattern is predictable.

The Audio tracks often come in raw PCM 'sowt' or 'twos' formats, as for example 48kHz stereo 16 bits. Sometimes the audio has some overlapping between frames, thus requiring a special scraping process.

Solution: Your Repair Kit, developed by our technicians

Rewrapping: MP4, MOV and MXF files

Since XDCAM HD422 introduction, the container used in XDCAM files is MXF.

Using our service, the repaired XDCAM clips are wrapped in same MXF container to make them indistinguishable from a non damaged file.

Only when using older flavors XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX, might be rewrapping needed.

Repaired files, presented as QuickTime .mov files, are not always properly supported on the Windows side.

But editing software (AVID, Edius, Vegas Pro, Premiere...) can import the repaired files, once rewrapped into .MXF files.


In those cases we got you covered providing two different workflows to ingest the footage.