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SONY PRESS RELEASE : PDW850 Debuts At NAB
Posted by xdcam on 2014/4/23 8:45:22 (7 reads)

Sony boosts XDCAM range with new additions to its Professional Disc product line
Grants disc production license to Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd

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LAS VEGAS, April 06, 2014 [NAB Show – Booth #C11001] – Sony today announced two new additions to its XDCAM Professional Disc lineup, the PDW-850 XDCAM HD 422 camcorder and the PDW-HD1550 recorder. The new products are equipped with a host of features for greater operational performance. The PDW-850 incorporates newly-developed 2/3-inch CCD image sensors, and the PDW-HD1550 recorder supports both 3-layer (100 GB) and 4-layer (128 GB) high-capacity Professional Discs.
The multi-use PDW-850 shoulder-mount camcorder combines high performance and low power consumption in a lightweight form factor1. High-quality imaging (with a signal-to-noise ratio of 62 dB) and excellent mobility make it ideal for use across a wide range of news reporting, documentary and general production environments.

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SONY PRESS RELEASE : Sony's 2014 NAB Releases
Posted by xdcam on 2014/4/20 22:09:39 (10 reads)

At NAB 2014, Sony Unites Products, Systems and Services to Give 4K Content Creators New Ways to Express Themselves

Sony provides end-to-end 4K solutions for professional production and content creation customers


LAS VEGAS, April 06, 2014 [NAB Show – Booth #C11001] – At NAB 2014, Sony is expanding its theme of “Beyond Definition,” highlighting new and enhanced professional A/V solutions that deliver the highest performance and most dynamic viewing experiences. Sony is showcasing its latest developments in 4K technology, including new technologies that address the needs of content creators and unite its vast network of products, systems, services and expertise.



Sony’s stand at NAB 2014 highlights a full range of cameras, camcorders, switchers, professional audio equipment and monitors, alongside solutions for customer applications from shooting through production to archiving.



Summary of Sony key products at NAB 2014, covered further in this release:



4K technologies for shooting, storage and viewing
4K technologies to enhance HD production
Enhancements to PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 cameras
MVS switcher developments
PDW-850 XDCAM camcorder and PDW-HD1550 XDCAM recorder
HDVF-L770 and HDVF-L750 system camera viewfinders
PXW-X180 XDCAM handheld camcorder
UWP-D wireless microphone MI shoe adapter
Optical Disc Archive System developments
Updates to PVM-A OLED & LMD-A LCD series professional monitors


4K

Sony offers filmmakers the widest selection of 4K cameras, from the F65 used for major motion picture production, to the F5 and F55 cameras, and the new PXW-Z100 4K handheld camcorder. Many of the most popular television series currently or soon to be airing are shot with Sony’s 4K cameras including: “The Blacklist”, “Masters of Sex”, “Community”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Trophy Wife”, “Mom”, “Rake” (US version) and others.

4K technology – for content creation and live production – is advancing rapidly, from 4K live trials at the Confederations Cup and the X Games. Sony’s 4K technology, such as picture stitching, is also successfully being tested in sports applications, not only to produce a better resolution HD image now, but to create a more efficient 4K distribution pipeline for the future.

Broadcasters world-wide are conducting 4K production trials in an effort to make 4K broadcasting a reality in the near future. For example, In Japan, Sony is a member of the NexTV Forum that promotes next-generation high picture quality broadcasting such as 4K and 8K, with the support of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication. Sony has also developed complete 4K production systems that have already been widely used for motion picture, TV and live production, documentaries, and commercial production. At NAB, Sony is showcasing variations of 4K systems that offer easier set-up, HD-to-4K migration, and HD shooting based on 4K technology.



Shooting

New Products

Sony’s F65-based 4K Live Camera System with the combination of the PWS-4400, 4K/HD live server adds a new level of expression to live production, with its high-frame ability to shoot and record 4K 120p slow-motion images. To make use of a 4K Live Camera System based on the F55 launched last year, a new adapter was designed exclusively for the F65.

F65 equipped with SKC-4065, F65 adapter, CA-4000 Camera System Adapter (left), BPU-4000 Baseband Processor Unit (middle, top), HDCU-2000 (middle, bottom), PWS-4400 (right)



Recording

Sony’s new multi-port AV storage unit, model PWS-4400, is a 4K/HD live server system capable of supporting 4K/HD live production. It is XAVC ready and has four-channel 4K switchable inputs and outputs. It enables 4K 120 fps recording and HD 360 fps slow-motion image shot by the 4K live camera system. New HD functions are also added, such as the capability to do HD cut-outs from 4K images recorded, allowing zooming in on a goal scene and cutting it out in HD for replay. This brings new creative possibilities to producers of live television.



Editing

To handle the increased bandwidth of 4K, efficient encoding and decoding technologies are required. In 2012, Sony developed the high-picture quality video format “XAVC” that supports resolutions ranging from 4K to HD. XAVC is a flexible video format that makes it possible to reproduce high resolution and high frame rate content while keeping constant levels of data volume. In 2013, the “XAVC S” format was added, ideal for consumer 4K applications and furthering overall growth of the 4K market. The XAVC format and production workflow has been widely adopted as a standard video format in the industry. Up to this date, XAVC format supporters have risen to over 50, including editing software and hardware manufacturers.



Archive

The expansion of 4K has created the need for more robust archiving of high-bandwidth image data. Sony’s “Optical Disc Archive” data storage system has the longevity, robustness and intergenerational compatibility needed for image data archiving, and the line-up also features expandable Petasite™ library units with a maximum capacity of up to 1.5 TB for one cartridge. The capacity of one rack, composed of 6 libraries, is up to 800 TB.



Transmission

Technology Exhibition

To further the expansion of 4K, reliable and cost efficient transmission systems are required. The volume of information transferred by 4K video production is four times that of HD, meaning that as many as four times the amount of cabling may be necessary in comparison to HD (60p) production, adding significant costs and time to a production. Sony’s “AV over IP Interface” can transfer and switch in real-time 4K and HD video, audio, metadata and control and reference signals using a single network cable. This technology supports direct network connection of numerous types of production devices. It implements synchronous transmission to multiple points and noiseless source switching, and handles both HD and 4K video. Sony’s IP Live Production system, using an AV over IP Interface, is under development and planned to be available by the end of 2014.

See separate NAB press announcement: “Sony develops AV over IP Interface”.



Viewing

Technology Exhibition

Sony is demonstrating a technology exhibition of a 30-inch professional 4K OLED monitor. The monitor boasts 4096×2160 pixel resolution and colour reproduction with wide colour space under the Ultra High Definition standard, ITU-R BT.2020. The monitor is planned to be available in autumn, 2015.



Technology Exhibition

Sony is showing entertainment content shot by the F65 in RAW to produce 8K x 2K panoramic images and projected by two sets of 4K projectors using 4K edge-blending technology, to give viewers immersive reality and excitement.





New Expression added to HD production by 4K technology

Shooting

The 4K live camera system based on the F55 is now capable of high-frame rate HD capture at up to 360 fps, increased from conventional 240fps. At 60fps, 6X slow-motion can be replayed.



Evolution of the F55 & F5 Cameras

Technology Exhibition

The F55 and F5 cameras continue to evolve, enabling wider applications. A prototype of an ENG/EFP (1) style shoulder buildup kit planned to be available in spring 2014, will be showcased that optimises the cameras for single-person documentary style shooting and live production work.

(1) ENG: Electronic News Gathering, EFP: Electronic Field Production



In addition to the cameras’ current XAVC, RAW, MPEG-4 SStP and XDCAM HD capabilities, development of an option board implementing major HD non-linear editing codecs is in progress.

With collaborative support provided by Apple, the F55 and F5 will be enabled to employ the ProRes codec, expanding the cameras’ creative potential and workflow flexibility. This advantage allows the F55 and F5 to be very straightforward choices for users of Apple Final Cut Pro.

In addition, the F55 and F5 will implement Avid’s DNxHD format. The two companies’ collaboration has so far proved workflow integrity with a successful track record of XAVC and XDCAM workflow development. Through Sony’s implementing of DNxHD, the collaboration enters into a next level.

These developments will provide content creators with even more workflow choices, to ensure maximum post-production flexibility, speed and simplicity.

To date, over 3,500 units of PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 have been shipped worldwide.





4K Stitching

Sony’s PWA-TS4 4K stitching software works with the PWA-TS1 Telestrator software to add a wider range of graphics to HD cut-out views.



PWA-TS4 4K Stitching Software (output image) PWA-TS1 Telestrator Software (output image)

Note: Player data supplied by Sports VU System of STATS LLC (USA)



New Products in two way HD/4K

HDCE-200 Camera Extension Adapter

For further flexible live production operation, Sony’s HDCE-200 addresses the issue of supplying power to a camera when the camera control unit (CCU) is not used. By connecting the HDCE-200 to a baseband processor, users can supply power to the camera and transmit video signals between equipment using by a single SMPTE fiber cable. In addition, the HDCE-200 is capable of HD remote production when used with a third-party’s signal router.

HDCE-200





CNA-1 Camera Control Adapter

Through a software upgrade, Sony’s CNA-1 camera control adapter is capable of remote control of 4K and HD camera systems, giving users centralised control of brightness and colour adjustment from a remote control panel located in a broadcast station. This remote production operation can also be used for new applications such as controlling Sony’s BRC series Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras.



MVS-8000X and MVS-7000X Multi-format switchers

-4K options for MVS-8000X and MVS-7000X

A 4K software upgrade (BZS-7570X and BZS-8570X) adds real-time 4K processing capability to Sony’s existing MVS-8000X and MVS-7000X multi format switchers. Available effects include various wipe transitions, 2.5D key resizer, chroma key, MIX transition by aux bus and more. The MKS-8460X format converter board can up-convert HD video to 4K with Sony’s original database driven super resolution technology.

-Newly developed Control Panel for MVS-8000X and MVS-7000X



Technology Exhibition

The switcher control panel for the MVS-8000X and MVS-7000X has been redesigned with a flexible modular design and includes RGB indicators on the cross-point buttons, and OLED display for better visibility. In addition, a newly developed LCD button with facility for user-customised legends provides more flexibility for function to button assignments. Networked data management is another new feature which allows data to be easily shared among connected MVS-8000X and MVS-7000X models. Sony is also demonstrating new operation capabilities using Tablet PCs. The new panel is planned to be launched by the end of year 2014.

New panel image for MVS-8000X and MVS-7000X

*The design is not final and subject to change



Vision Presenter

Sony’s Vision Presenter 4K viewing system can simultaneously display multiple sources of information such as videos, still images, presentation slides, websites and video conferencing. It is also extremely easy to operate using either a conventional wireless mouse or tablet device. Sony’s Vision Presenter can handle diverse sources of information faster and easier, to provide effective presentation and collaboration.





New Workflow

New Products

PDW-850 and PDW-HD1550

Sony’s XDCAM Professional Disc lineup is strengthened with the addition of two new products. The PDW-850 XDCAM HD 422 camcorder has a new 2/3-inch CCD; and the PDW-HD1550 XDCAM HD 422 recorder can record to both 100-GB (3-layer) and 128-GB (4-layer) high-capacity Professional Discs.


PDW-850 PDW-HD1550


7-inch Full HD LCD Viewfinder

Sony has added two versions of a 7-inch Full HD LCD colour viewfinder, both using a high-definition LCD panel with 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution, to its line-up under the flagship HDVF-EL75 OLED 7.4-inch viewfinder. The HDVF-L770 offers a flexible position adjustment mechanism and large handle incorporating 6 assignable switches. The HDVF-L750 is a basic, easy-to use viewfinder, and various interfaces are available for multi-use of both viewfinders. Using a VF cable and V plate converter (1), the viewfinders can be attached onto HSC Series system cameras and XDCAM PMW Series camcorders in a studio configuration, with the ability to switch between return video and live image. The viewfinders can also be used with Sony’s 4K live camera system.

(1) only included with HDVF-L750

HDVF-L770 HDVF-L750 HDVF-EL750 fitted to HSC Series system camera


Workflow Solution

Sony’s XDCAM systems have emerged as the de facto standard for news production by broadcasters throughout the world. Sony’s XDCAM products have continuously promoted the development of file-based workflows, employing highly efficient MPEG-2 Long GOP encoding to enable rapid production and prolonged recording even at low bit rates. Now, Sony is also actively bringing its XAVC format and corresponding MPEG-4/H.264 Intra Frame and Long GOP encoding into the XDCAM product line – covering high resolution, high-bit-rate, high-frame-rate capabilities and low bit-rate production, extending the line’s usage into not only news production but also to TV program and commercial production. A new firmware upgrade adds XAVC support to the PMW-400 and PMW-300 memory camcorders, Sony is also working to further streamline XDCAM workflows in concert with the accelerated move towards file-based and networked-based implementations. Sony’s CBK-WA100 and WA101 wireless adapters enable network transfer and mobile viewing of proxy files, significantly reducing the time required to get time-critical location work on air. As its effort to offer a viable wireless workflow, Sony Media Cloud Services has built “Ci”, a cloud-based video production and collaboration platform for professional content creators. Furthermore, Sony is collaborating with Aframe and Forbidden Technologies, to accelerate a fast, efficient, trust-worthy new workflow. In addition, Sony’s MediaBackbone Conductor boosts the efficiency of the entire workflow, with comprehensive support for ingestion, editing, and distribution processes.









New Products

PXW-X180

As a new addition to the XDCAM handheld line-up, Sony is introducing the 1/3-type Exmor 3CMOS camcorder PXW-X180. The PXW-X180 is equipped with the newly developed Sony G lens which boasts 26mm wide angle and 25 times zoom capability. A new variable ND filter system enables wide range and linear ND control from 1/4ND to 1/128ND. The PXW-X180 has XAVC Intra and XAVC Long-GOP recording capability as well as MPEG HD422, AVCHD and DV. As a workflow solution, a wireless LAN module is included to enable the use of Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) functions for file transfer, monitoring and operating the camcorder remotely.

PXW-X180

Multi-Interface shoe adaptor for UWP-D series

The wireless receiver Sony’s recently launched UWP-D series wireless microphones can be attached to camcorders or interchangeable-lens cameras(3) that have an MI (Multi-Interface) shoe using the new MI shoe adaptor (SMAD-P3), eliminating the need for connecting cables. By using the MI shoe adapter, the audio signal can be passed from a wireless receiver to the camera. In addition, the wireless receiver can be powered from the camera and power ON/OFF can be controlled by the camera, simplifying power management.

(3) The SMAD-P3 is applicable to the new PXW-X180 camcorder and interchangeable lens digital cameras α7, α7R and α99. (as of April 2014)

UWP-D series wireless receiver on SMAD-P3 Multi-Interface Shoe adaptor with PXW-X180 camcorder



Wireless Studio Mobile

Offering easy control of the DWX series Digital Wireless Microphone System without a PC, Sony has launched the Wireless Studio Mobile application for Android, capable of operating DWX transmitters or receivers by WiFi remote control from mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets(4). This control enhancement further builds the power and flexibility of the unique DWX system.

(4) Details of supported models TBA.


Archiving

Sony’s Optical Disc Archive System, launched in 2013, now offers a growing line of powerful devices that deliver reliable file-based solutions. Using 12-disc cartridges for storage, the system supports high-capacity volumes while leveraging the technology and reliability of optical discs. The system is an ideal solution for video archiving, offering high capacity and low-cost, eliminating hassles with tape and HDD assets, and ensuring long-term playback compatibility.



Sony is collaborating with Dalet and Front Porch Digital to provide an enterprise MAM (media asset management) solution for TV Globo, Brazil’s major terrestrial broadcaster, who is deploying Optical Disc Archive as their main archive storage format. Plans call for expanding the system to additional TV Globo operations in coming years. Sony looks forward to delivering comprehensive solutions that meet TV Globo’s long term archive requirements. TV Globo was looking for a reliable and long lifetime media to archive their valuable entertainment programs such as novellas, series and shows.



The US satellite and cable station owned by NBC Sports Group, “The Golf Channel” is also looking at Sony’s solutions. The station has already deployed a hybrid solution combining LTO (linear tape-open) tape storage with Optical Disc Archive. The station is planning a gradual migration to a full Optical Disc Archive system, to gain the benefits of superior long-term storage.


In a similar development, The Weather Channel—another US satellite and cable station—has accepted and signed-on to a proposal for an archive solution consisting of Optical Disc Archive library system with SGL software.


Optical Disc Archive system has also been adopted by more than 100 customers worldwide and is rapidly spreading into various industries such as sports, finance, education and government, on top of broadcast and production.



Sony’s new PWS-100TD1 tape digitising server can facilitate the conversion of tape based assets into optical disc files. This server, powered by Sony’s original analytic software, monitors for errors during ingestion of VTR assets, and generates listings that enable efficient error resolution. The server enables easy conversion, and requires no specialised knowledge for setup or operation. It offers an effective and flexible solution for customers looking to move their assets into an optical disc archive.

Tape Digitising Server PWS-100TD1


To achieve higher capacity and faster transfer speed in the 4K era, Sony is establishing a format roadmap of the Optical Disc Archive system. Utilising the technology of “Archival Disc”, a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, the 2nd generation of Optical Disc Archive will achieve 3.6TB capacity, with the 3rd generation achieving high capacity of 6TB. Faster transfer speeds are planned due to the development of multi-channel laser heads. Optical Disc Archive guarantees inter-generational compatibility for long-term preservation of users’ assets.



Monitors

Sony’s professional monitor line up, the PVM-A OLED series and LMD-A LCD series are lightweight, slim and robust, and now upgraded by a new, free firmware Version 1.1, enabling better camera connectivity and easy recall of user presets and reset. At NAB, camera metadata display and a picture-and-picture function will be demonstrated. Sony’s TRIMASTER EL monitors have been well-received by critical users who demand professional-quality picture performance, resulting in total worldwide shipments of more than 30,000 units to date.



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SONY PRESS RELEASE : Sony PMW-F5 Bundle Offers Extended
Posted by xdcam on 2014/1/23 21:33:23 (253 reads)

Sony has announced that its very popular bundle offers on the PMW-F5 Super35mm digital cinematography camera have been extended until March 31st, 2014.
Two bundles are available for the standard price of the camera body, with choice of OLED or LCD viewfinders plus a range of accessories included. With the ability to capture stunning HD or 2K images in a range of codecs as standard, plus the option to fit an AXS-R5 recorder for shooting 2K or 4K RAW, the PMW-F5 is the most powerful cinema camera in its class.
Full details are at http://pro.sony.com.au/article/567544/section/promotions

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SONY PRESS RELEASE : Ver3.0 Firmware Update for Sony F Series
Posted by xdcam on 2014/1/23 21:20:36 (193 reads)

The much anticipated Ver3.0 firmware for Sony’s PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 Super35mm digital cinematography cameras was released at the start of this month. Ver3.0 adds close to thirty new features including Slow & Quick variable frame rate control over the cameras’ high speed shooting functions.
This now allows shooting at up to 180fps in HD and 2K plus the option of 240fps in 2K with the addition of the AXS-R5 RAW recorder. Other new additions include User LUTs, new S-Log3/S-Gamut3 log curve and colour gamut, QFHD (3840 x 2160) recording, Centre Scan mode for Super16mm lenses and AES/EBU audio inputs.
Full details are available on the Sony F55/F5 online Community at http://community.sony.com/t5/F5-F55/N ... on-3-0/m-p/255067#U255067

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SONY PRESS RELEASE : Sony 3-chip HXR-NX3 camcorder now shipping
Posted by xdcam on 2014/1/23 21:17:45 (254 reads)

Announced at the end of last year, Sony’s new 3-chip HXR-NX3 camcorder has now started shipping to dealers in Australia and New Zealand. This latest member of the NXCAM family is priced at $3,999 including GST (NZD$4,699 including GST) and offers a 20X optical zoom plus a wealth of powerful and innovative features. The HXR-NX3 is ideally suited to any production application seeking a simple to operate but high performance professional camcorder at a very keen price - such as event videographers, education and corporate production. Sony pro dealers are also offering a special deal on the ECM-VG1 shotgun microphone, when purchased with the HXR-NX3 camcorder. Sony authorised Content Creation dealers are listed at http://pro.sony.com.au/section/shop

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SONY PRESS RELEASE : Sony's New NXCAM HXR-NX3
Posted by xdcam on 2013/12/10 17:29:06 (314 reads)

Sony launches new NXCAM™ HXR-NX3 professional handheld HD camcorder with Exmor™ 3CMOS image sensors

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Sydney, 10 December 2013
: Sony today announced the HXR-NX3 handheld HD camcorder, the latest addition to the NXCAM line-up. Perfect for the professional videographer, the HXR-NX3 combines Sony’s exceptional imaging technology with the ability to connect seamlessly with other devices such as smartphones or tablet computers, with built-in WiFi technology allowing the camcorder to be controlled remotely.

The HXR-NX3 combines class-leading lens, sensor and LSI technologies to achieve impressive image quality. Sony’s Exmor™ 3CMOS sensor system with three 1/2.8” sensors provides a 1920x1080 Full HD effective pixel count. As a result red, blue and green light are independently and accurately captured by separate image sensors, contributing to high resolution, high sensitivity and wide dynamic range that creates extraordinary natural colour reproduction. A newly developed LSI that includes advanced noise reduction and several distortion correction technologies handles image processing, allowing clear, low-noise recordings to be captured, even in low light.

Sony’s G Lens delivers stunning image quality as well as a wide zoom range that offers a 28.8mm angle of view at the wide end, with a 20x optical zoom range that will easily cover most shooting situations.
In addition, the newly developed LSI contains leading-edge 40x “Clear Image Zoom” technology, which offers 1152mm(*1) focal length with virtually the same quality as optical zoom. The LSI also includes advanced noise reduction and several distortion correction technologies to handle image processing and deliver notable improvements in image quality. As a result, the recorded images are remarkably lifelike in both texture and detail.

The HXR-NX3 records video in AVCHD 2.0 format, which includes 1080/50P, for smooth, natural subject motion. 50i and 25p modes provide playback compatibility with Blu-ray players. The HDMI connector provides uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 while shooting and allows users to record stunning images to 3rd-party external video recorders. The ability to record in DV format is also provided for users who prefer a DV workflow and who need to work in a DV-compatible non-linear editing environment.

As well as outstanding imaging capabilities, the HXR-NX3 can connect effortlessly with other devices to be controlled remotely or transfer footage. iOS (versions 4.3 through 7.0) and Android (versions 2.3 through 4.3) smartphones or tablet computers can be used to remotely control the HXR-NX3 through a WiFi connection and video files can be transferred from camcorder to smartphone(*2). Remote control features include:

• Monitoring of camera material on the smartphone display
• Record start/stop
• Zoom
• Iris
• Touch AF (Auto Focus) function

The HXR-NX3 is capable of light MP4 file simultaneous recording. MP4 (720p, 3Mbps) is a network-friendly file that can be transferred wirelessly from the camcorder to a smartphone or tablet computer with the PlayMemories™ Mobile smartphone application (*3). Once transferred, the MP4 file can be uploaded to a cloud server, social media, video share site and other platforms (*4). PlayMemories™ Mobile can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or App Store.

The HXR-NX3 also has a leading edge NFC (Near Field Communication) chipset which allows users to establish a WiFi connection simply by touching an NFC-compatible smartphone or tablet computer on the camcorder.

Nick Buchner, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia & New Zealand, said: “The HXR-NX3 is a fantastic addition to the Sony NXCAM line-up particularly for filmmakers working on corporate, event, wedding and education videos. We also expect the MP4 function to make it a hit with web journalists who need to share images with colleagues as quickly as possible, while the WiFi remote and built-in LED video light help make shooting interviews easier. The HXR-NX3 is destined to become the ‘go to’ camcorder in the handheld field. As you would expect, it includes outstanding imaging capabilities that allow videographers to capture stunning footage in a range of environments. A wide range of additional features make the HXR-NX3 the perfect camera for any videographer looking for high quality performance, flexibility and ease of use.”

The HXR-NX3 also comes with a number of additional features for versatility when shooting and to minimise the need for additional equipment. The camcorder can capture footage in both slow and quick motion in full HD quality, with 2x slow motion and 50x quick motion easily achievable. Dual media slots allow simultaneous recording to two SD memory cards in ‘Simul’ mode, while ‘Relay’ mode switches recording automatically to the second memory card when the first is full. The two cards can also be controlled independently from two recording buttons. This flexible control allows users to start/stop recording on one memory card, while continuing to record on the other, for proof recording (*5). A built in LED video light is also included above the camcorder microphone, for convenient illumination in a wide range of shooting situations (*6).

The HXR-NX3 will be available in Australia and New Zealand from the end of January 2014.

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SONY PRESS RELEASE : Charles Sturt Studio Upgrade
Posted by xdcam on 2013/11/15 2:07:18 (282 reads)

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Major equipment purchases and studio upgrade

Sydney, 14 November 2013 – Charles Sturt University (CSU)’s Wagga Wagga Campus delivers a unique course in Broadcast Television Production, titled Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Television Production). This course has run in various guises for more than 20 years and has become a key provider of operationally ready graduates for the television and related industries. The Wagga Wagga Campus houses a three-camera purpose-built multi-cam studio, 12 edit suites, 3 audio suites, 20 field camera kits and a six-camera HD outside broadcast truck. With the studio facility due for a technical upgrade, CSU took the opportunity to bring it up to full HD production standards, a process that involved a significant amount of Sony equipment and one of Sony’s top Australian dealers, Videocraft.

CSU’s Television Production team explained, “We replaced the entire video chain in the studio including cameras, vision mixer, router, prompters, interfacing (glue) and recording and playback systems. The new equipment was required to be of an operationally equivalent standard to that commonly in use in the industry while fitting within our budgets and it needed to be reliable given that refits are approximately 10 years apart.”

Following an initial in-house design stage, Sony National Account Manager Randall Titus and Videocraft Sales Manager for the ACT and Southern NSW James Gilchrist worked closely with the CSU team in researching and proposing various products to meet the university’s requirements.

Patrick Sproule, who until recently was in charge of the television program at CSU, said that “Sony and Videocraft also negotiated on our behalf, seeking industry support for our course and endeavours through considerable discounts and or specification upgrades in an effort to help us meet both our budgetary and industry relevance requirements. Randall and James also organised product demonstrations both on-campus and at the SMPTE Conference and Exhibition in July in order to allow us to evaluate each device against our needs.”

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SONY PRESS RELEASE : Aerials shot with Sony PMW-F5 Super35mm Camera
Posted by xdcam on 2013/11/14 1:50:00 (295 reads)

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Sydney, 12 November 2013 – Aerial Film Australia (AFA) recently used of one of the world's most advanced stabilised gimbals for aerial cinematography - the Shotover K1 - combined with a Sony PMW-F5 camera to shoot the prestigious Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review from above Sydney Harbour.

AFA’s aerial cinematographer Peter Beeh explained, “The Shotover K1 gimbal delivers highly stabilised aerial images and is designed to take almost any kind of modern digital camera package. In particular it can carry large sensor cameras and cinema camera payloads. The producers asked me if AFA could help with this shoot and what camera I would suggest. As it was a night time presentation, the producers were particularly interested in using a large sensor camera in order to benefit from better low light performance, especially given that we would be showing wide angle city and harbour scapes. After extensive testing, and keeping in mind that the material would need to be used in a live feed and also for archiving purposes, I tested numerous cameras in detail. After all were assessed, the Sony PMW-F5 clearly proved to be the best overall camera for this shoot.”

As the biggest event seen in Sydney Harbour for many years the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review 2013 attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors. For Peter Beeh and AFA the brief to help shoot a live broadcast of the event stressed three main criteria.

Beeh added, “The ABC’s producers wanted high quality images and the best possible low light performance. We also had to be able to deliver a live HD feed and CCU camera control. The PMW-F5 met all those requirements and on the low light performance measure it simply excelled. The night time pictures were just jaw dropping, outperforming all other cameras on the broadcast including the leading studio OB rigs.”

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Even for an experienced aerial cinematographer such as Peter Beeh night time shoots can pose many challenges. Beeh’s decision to use the Sony PMW-F5 and Shotover K1 combination however paid dividends on the night.

Beeh continued, “I knew a large sensor camera would be better than a traditional 2/3" camera, but the improvement in performance in low light conditions had to be seen to be believed. The pictures from the F5 just sparkled. The Shotover system also introduced a fabulous new shot dynamic.”

Built on the success of Sony's PMW-F3, the F5 was developed in close consultation with DOPs across the globe and is well known as a camera that offers cinematographers a wide range of recording options in HD, 2K or 4K.


Commenting on the versatility of the Sony F5 during the Navy review Peter Beeh concluded, “The F5 camera is highly flexible and we were able to use it very much like one would a conventional video camera in an outside broadcast context. However, we were also able to record some additional shots separate to the broadcast and treat it much more like you would treat a cine camera to achieve a higher quality finish, including the ability to work with high frame rates up to 240fps. This was particularly useful for me on this shoot because rigging the camera into the Shotover mount takes a couple of hours and there wasn't time to change cameras. I’m delighted to say that the ABC was thrilled with the results and we received plenty of positive feedback from the production.”

For more information and footage of Aerial Film Australia using the Shotover K1 combined with a Sony PMW-F5 - camera go to: http://aerialfilmaustralia.com.au/shotover-k1

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Aerial Film Australia’s Shotover K1 stabilised gimbal combined with a Sony PMW-F5 camera

The Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review 2013 shot by AFA from above Sydney Harbour

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SONY PRESS RELEASE : Sony F5 F55 Version 2 Release
Posted by xdcam on 2013/10/31 22:20:00 (285 reads)

An overview of the V2 release for F5 and F55 from Sony Pro USA.

Andy Shipsides from AbleCine also has a closer look at Version 2 AbleCine

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SONY PRESS RELEASE : FS700R Metabones Lens Adapter Offer Extended
Posted by xdcam on 2013/10/26 3:09:02 (289 reads)

Offer extended:
Purchase a NEX-FS700R or NEX-FS700RH prior to 30th Novmeber 2013 a receive a free Meta bones Metabones EF Lens Adapter *Please note that the lens adapter will not ship with the camera* Promotion ends Nov 30th 2013 or when stock runs out.

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