Sony have confirmed the release of a new batch of firmware for their PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 XDCAM shoulder mounted camcorders.
Both models will receive the same new features, and the free firmware updates will provide parity with the PXW-Z450 – the world’s first 2/3″ 4K shoulder mounted camcorder. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s what with the upgrade packages…
USB 3.0 Host support
Clips recorded on SxS memory cards can now be copied to storage or USB media connected to the camcorder’s USB 3.0 interface. This is especially handy for speeding up workflows when out in the field, and you’ll be able to save yourself the hassle of lugging a laptop around for copy or backup.
Partial hi-res clip transfer
The free Content Browser Mobile app for iOS and Android has been updated to version 2.4, and allows users to mark In/Out timecode points of high resolution files recorded on SxS cards before FTP or Cloud upload. This saves time and data upload volume when out in the field, and ensures the user only transmits relevant content to be pushed to the station FTP server for editing and playout later on.
New Full HD proxy recording formats
Sony have added a host of Full HD proxy file formats for improved HD workflow integration, which can be played on air right away without any visible progressive strobe effect. With the latest lot of firmware updates, the PXW-X500 and PXW-X400 now support HD/SD Auto, 1920 x 1080 50i and 1280 x 720 50p proxy files, which can be recorded in 9Mbps or 6Mbps on an SD proxy card.
New streaming formats
Thanks to version 5.0 on the PXW-X500 and version 3.0 on the PXW-X400, users can now select 0.3Mbps and 0.2Mbps low streaming bit rates. Nicely, lower streaming bit rates are available within the bandwidth constraints of BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) Inmarsat satellite transmission.
Added user menu items
Users can now find Scene Files in the File Menu, offering a bit more freedom and flexibility in camcorder setup and configuration.
You can download the latest firmware packages from the links below:
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