NAB 2017: Sony embraces HDR production with full end-to-end solution

NAB 2017: Sony embraces HDR production with full end-to-end solution

From products, to workflow and format, Sony offers users end-to-end HDR production capabilities from acquisition to display, for cinema, live production, online video and event production. These solutions meet the industry’s growing demand for a wider colour gamut and increased dynamic range that creates more realistic viewing experiences with enhanced levels of detail.

As previously announced, Sony’s expansion of HDR production includes the addition of HD HDR Live broadcasting and instant HDR workflow in products ranging from live camera systems, servers, monitors and camcorders, via updates to software or firmware.

Along with the accelerated trend of HDR content, series of Sony 4K/HD live cameras, including the HDC-4800, HDC-4300 and HDC-P43 with HDR capability, are widely adopted by broadcasters world-wide. To enhance its Live HDR production offering further, Sony added a new XAVC recording mode to optimise encoding for HDR into its PWS-4500 4K/HD live server, available to users through a software upgrade. This new recording mode improves HDR image quality in XAVC with detailed complexity, bright skin tone, colour reproduction and more. It enables the PWS-4500 to record and replay superior HDR images at the same time maintaining the smooth XAVC file workflow that is already well known in the production industry.

Furthermore, Sony offers RAW and X-OCN recording formats. RAW is recommended for premium productions and high-end cinema, where large volumes of data can be managed and supported. X-OCN (eXtended Tonal Range Original Camera Negative) is an optimised format with a fine balance between the picture quality and data size. It can be recorded using the AXS-R7 portable memory recorder, together with PMW-F55 and F5 motion picture cameras. The X-OCN format retains everything the sensor sees, delivering tonal gradation with 16-bit precision ideal for HDR image grading. To help extend the use of X-OCN beyond Sony solutions, Sony is working with other companies to develop X-OCN supporting products.

The X-OCN supporting companies have risen to 10, as of April, 2017: ASSIMILATE, Inc. , Autodesk , Avid Technology, Inc., Blackmagic Design , Colorfront , Filmlight Ltd. , Grass Valley , nablet , Pomfort , SGO.

Sony offers systems, workflows and flexible recording formats that deliver unprecedented flexibility in every HDR production, bringing added-value to broadcasters.

*PWS-4500 version 2.3 software is planned for release in June, 2017.

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IBC 2016: Sony announce updates for the F5/F55 and PXW-X400

IBC 2016: Sony announce updates for the F5/F55 and PXW-X400

Not in the market for a new camera currently? Sony don’t want you to feel left out. That’s why they’ve announced new firmware for the F5 and F55, plus a sensor update for the PXW-X400.

Version 8 of the F5 and F55 firmware will add support for Sony’s latest AXS-R7 on-board recorder and XQD G-Series cards (although these will require an adaptor).

Aside from new device support, the main update is that your F5 and F55 will now record XAVC class 480 in 4K/QFHD up to 30fps.

The X400, on the other hand, is going to get a sensor upgrade to turn it into a 4K camcorder. This is a hardware upgrade that’s available to Sony users through the Prime Support programme (itself relaunched at IBC).

The upgrade gives your X400 all the features of the PXW-Z450 we first saw at NAB in April.

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Sony announce details of upcoming FS7, F5 & F55 firmware

Sony announce details of upcoming FS7, F5 & F55 firmware

Sony have announced that the FS7, F5 and F55 will all be getting firmware updates in January 2016. Although the updates were originally promised slightly sooner, Sony say they’ve been holding them back in order to improve S&Q RAW recording with an external RAW recorder.

The updates – officially titled PXW-FS7 Version 3.0 and PMW-F5/55 Version 7.0 – will be available free of charge “within January 2016″.

Key features of PXW-FS7 Version 3.0 include:

– Support for adjusting the Focus Magnification area position.

– Support for “2K Full”, “2K Center” setting in Image Scan Mode.

– Support for Interval Recording function.

– Support for Noise Suppression setting in Cine EI mode.

– Expand lowest value of Zebra level to 0%.

– RAW image quality improvement at 240/200fps HFR shooting.

Key features of the PMW-F5/55 Version 7.0 include:

– Quick Menu for fast access via Subdisplay (Option Button).

– ITU-R BT.2020 Support in Custom Mode (F55 only).

– MPEG2 50Mbps (50i/ 59.94i) Proxy recording while XAVC 4K/QFHD (50p/59.94p) recording (F5 needs to have the CBKZ-55FX licence installed).

– Simultaneous recording to the same SxS Pro+ card of MPEG2 50Mbps 4:2:2 and 10 bit 4:2:2 4K XAVC in either 3840 x 2160 or 4096 x 2160. The files will have matching Timecode and file naming.

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Sony offering super savings on cameras for classrooms!

Sony offering super savings on cameras for classrooms!

Want to teach students the professional production skills they’ll need in their future careers (and attract prospective students)? Now’s the time to update your camera kit, as Sony are currently offering education institutions up to £1079* off cameras, including the PXW-X70 and FS7. It’s only on until 30th September though, so it’s a great excuse to dig into that budget!

The promotion covers a wide range of Sony’s professional cameras, from pro handheld up to film cameras. We’ve picked out our top cameras for education below, but if there are any other models that have caught your eye, or you need advice on what camera to plump for for a particular course or scenario, do get in touch with the team – as Sony Professional Solution Specialists, we’re here to help!

What’s on offer?

PXW-X70 – Great for all creative courses

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This 4K-ready camera was the first on the market to combine the dual benefits of a large sensor with a fixed lens, enabling incredibly shallow depth of field, with a real broadcast-quality workflow. A price tag of around £1500 means this camcorder is a professional and practical choice which isn’t going to break the bank. £1475 ex VAT (Save £216* with the Sony promo!)

PXW-X200 – Great for journalism courses

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A bit of a step up, the X200 features three 1/2-inch type Full-HD ExmorT CMOS sensors to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range, 17x Fujinon professional HD zoom, and support for the most popular video formats, shooting to SxX cards or even inexpensive XQD, SDXC and SDHC cards via an adaptor. £3915 ex VAT (Save £432* with the Sony promo!)

PXW-FS7 and PMW-FS7K – Great for film courses

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Sony’s FS7 is a complete large sensor camera system that delivers long-form recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, hand-held (and robust) design that makes it great for giving a cinematic sheen to students’ production. £4830 ex VAT (Save £288* with the Sony promo!)

PMW-F55 – Great for high-end production courses

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The F55 has a Super 35 4K CMOS sensor, global shutter technology that means far fewer artefacts, a wide colour gamut, and internal 4K recording to SxS Pro + cards at up to 60fps and 2K/HD at up 180fps. You can also simultaneously record XAVC 4K files and HD MPEG files to the same SxS Pro + card, for both backup and getting ready for grading.

We recently kitted out Staffordshire University with an F55, and Richard Mortimer, Media Centre Technical Team Leader, has been very impressed: “Now we’ve got mind-blowing technology we can put in front of students, things that they’re not going to see until they’ve been in industry a while and gotten their feet under the table.”

£17,500 ex VAT (Save £1079* with the Sony promo!)

– You can see the full range of Sony cameras here.

How does it work?

The promotion is only available to recognised public or private schools, colleges and universities providing full-time study. For that reason, we don’t apply the savings to the products on the website – you’ll need to get in touch with the team to put an order in, then we can apply your discount. Just remember, you only have until the 30th September 2015!

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*Savings are adjusted for exchange rates at time of publishing, and so are subject to change.

 

Sony release v2.0 update for F55, F5 and AXS-R5

Sony release v2.0 update for F55, F5 and AXS-R5

F5 and F55 users, we have exciting news. Sony have released a free update for the F55, F5 and ASX-R5 that unlocks 30 new creative features (you’ll need to update your camera and recorder to access them). 

Highlights of the new firmware include the introduction of High Frame Rate (HFR) support, comprehensive exposure tools, 24p support and the ability to control audio using the rotary dial.

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The download is available for free from the Sony site, but there are a couple of things to note before you hit download. First, you will need to update both your camera and recorder to access all the new features. Second, the download contains 15 files, and you shouldn’t attempt to install the update until all 15 have finished downloading. Third, if you find that after installing the update you still can’t access HFR features, do an ALL RESET on the camera, and that should sort if out.

If you’re using a DVF-EL100 or DVF-L700 viewfinder and want to get false colour, you’ll need to download the v2 software to your camera then send the viewfinders away to Sony Service to get this feature unlocked.

Download firmware version 2.0 for the F5, F55 and ASX-R5 now.

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Sony’s F5, F55, R5 and ASX memory card get firmware updates

Sony’s F5, F55, R5 and ASX memory card get firmware updates

Not to be outdone by WWDC, Sony have snuck out a fair few announcements of their own. Admittedly, they’re not quite on the level of a new Mac Pro, but these soon-to-be-available firmware updates are going to be welcome news for anyone shooting with an F5 or F55 (both of which are still available with up to 24 months’ 0% finance, by the way) or who uses an R5 recorder

Here’s the full feature list from Sony:

F55 / 5 v1.14 includes: 

– 2:1 de-anamorphic v/f (not SDI) display

– AXS card 3D naming (left, right and centre)

– APR alert – gives a warning after five days to run APR (black balance). Sony advise you to “please be sure to run it when suggested, we have put a lot of work into this it’s very powerful!”

– Various bug fixess including fan run control

Download v1.14 for the Sony F5 and F55 here

Download 3D LUTs for your F55 and F65 here, and see the F55’s Ultra Colour Gamut in action here 

R5 V1.20n includes:

– Support for interface unit for FS700 (HXR-IFR5)

– Improved memory card support and recovery function

– A number of bug fixes, so please update even if you’re using it with a freshly updated F55

Download firmware v1.20 for the AXS-R5 recorder here

AXSMemory card V1.20 includes: 

– Improved reliability and end of life indication (“Please update all your cards!” Sony remind us)

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