Sony PMW-F5 Now Features Internal 4K Recording

Sony’s part number CBKZ-55FX is an optional license key that activates XAVC 4K/QFHD recording and playback, 4K SDI and 4K HDMI Playback Output as well as simultaneous recording of XAVC 4K/QFHD, and MPEG HD in the PMW-F5. The license key is $998. v5.0 firmware is required on the PMW-F5 prior to installing the license key. The CBKZ-55FZ is installed by the end user. The customer can place an order for CBKZ-55FX with their Sony Authorized Reseller and the Reseller will ship the envelope to their end user customer. The end user customer must follow the instructions provided in the envelope to download/install the license key.

You might be asking, with this upgrade what are the remaining key differences between the F5 and the F55? The F55 has some upgraded hardware and offers a much more advanced  image sensor and Color Filter Array, including the global shutter. Additionally, the F55 features live 4K signal output for live 4K production work, which the F5 will not.

As of this writing the F5 bodies currently sell for $16,490. Factoring in the internal 4K upgrade and this puts the camera body total at $17,488.

F5

The Atomos Shogun is Now Shipping

Record straight from the camera’s sensor in pristine 4K Apple ProRes or Cinema DNG Raw* over HDMI and 12G-SDI. Seamlessly switch between 4K cameras with HDMI to SDI and SDI to HDMI conversion. For HD recording, the Shogun is Atomos’ most advanced product to date. Boasting 10-bit Apple ProRes recording, high frame rate 1080p120/60/50 and 2-way conversion between HDMI and SDI. Atoms has tamed the complexity and cost of 4K. Record 5 hours of 4K ProRes 422 HQ on a 2TB HDD using Atomos’ optional RAID caddy system for less than $100, or to SSD or CFast. There are no hidden leasing costs for codecs after purchase – its all included in the price with Shogun. A stunning 7.1” 1920 x 1200 320ppi screen with 178˚ viewing angle, makes Shogun perfect as a director’s monitor. With class leading features like waveform, focal assist, zebra, calibration and 2:1 zoom it’s the perfect tool for perfect shot setup.

Atomos Shogun

All About the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+

Convergent Design has begun shipping the new flagship model of the Odyssey Family of Products, the Odyssey7Q+. The Odyssey7Q+ expands on the capabilities of its predecessor the Odyssey7Q, while maintaining all of the functionality, performance and ease of use. The addition of HDMI 1.4b input means that the Odyssey7Q+ can capture 4K and Ultra-HD video over HDMI.

With the addition of 4K/UHD recording over HDMI, the Odyssey7Q+ continues to be the most advanced, most capable, most versatile monitor/recorder in the world. The Odyssey7Q+ can record HD/2K/UHD/4K. It can record them via SDI and HDMI. It can record RAW (with Record Options), uncompressed DPX, and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). The Odyssey7Q+ weighs a little over one pound, is just one inch thick and can run on any power source from 6.5-34 volts.

The Odyssey7Q+ offers uncompressed HD/2K recording in DPX stacks as well as HD/2K/UHD/4K video recording in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), all included in the unit. In addition, Record Options for the Odyssey7Q+ are available for purchase. Options include ARRIRAW (ALEXA), Canon Cinema RAW (C500), FS RAW (Sony FS7 & FS700) and POV RAW (IO Industries and Indiecam cameras). In addition to capturing RAW data from these cameras, on certain cameras the Odyssey7Q+ also supports converting the RAW data into video and recording it as UHD or HD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).

The Sony FS RAW recording option will deBayer the RAW data and convert it to a 1920×1080 video signal for viewing on the Odyssey7Q’s OLED panel as well as output over the Odyssey7Q’s SDI and HDMI ports. The Odyssey7Q will also playback recorded Sony FS RAW files, and allow switching between Sony S-log, REC709 and REC709 (800%) images.

The Sony FS cameras can output Sony RAW in 4096×2160 (4K) or 2048×1080 (2K). Frame rates in 4K are up to 60p and in 2K up to 240p. On the FS700 there is also burst mode to allow brief 4K shooting at up to 120p. Sony RAW is recorded by the Odyssey7Q in 12-bit .DNG files and is readable in any post program capable of reading Cinema DNG files.

The Sony FS RAW record option also features a unique “4K2HD” mode. A 4K RAW data signal is deBayered and converted to 4K video, then super-sampled to a high quality HD video signal, which is then recorded as Apple ProRes 422(HQ) in HD up to 60p.

The FS cameras will be compatible with 4K RAW to 4K Apple ProRes. A 4K RAW data signal is deBayered then the high quality RAW signal is compressed to Apple ProRes 422(HQ) in Ultra HD 3840×2160 up to 30p.

Odyssey 7Q+

All About the Sony XDCA-FS7 Expansion Module

The Sony XDCA-FS7 is perhaps one of the most intriguing parts of the new FS7 camera. By building certain key features into an optional expansion dock Sony is able to offer the FS7 camera body at a lower price with out cannibalizing their other cameras. The FS7 camera sells for $7,999, the expansion module sells for $1,999. Together this puts the camera system at about $10,000, in between the $6000 FS700 and the $16,500 F5.

But what does the XDCA-FS7 module do? And, most importantly, do you need to buy one? The module is wonderfully designed fitting seamless onto the back of the camera, only adding a couple of inches and about a pound to the overall size of the camera. It attaches the the camera via a custom multi-pin connector that transfers all data and power. It is not some ungainly “rig” that needs another 4 pounds of rods and rails to hold it together.

The module enables several key features. It upgrades the cameras battery system from the BP-U series batteries to V-Lock brick batteries. This will allow you to use full size batteries capable of delivering true all-day runtimes. It also ads 4-pin DC power input and 4-pin Hirose power output for expanding the power options of the FS7 even further.

Probably the biggest feature that will draw most people to the XDCA-FS7 is the enabling of 12-bit RAW output of the camera. With out the module the camera can output uncompressed video via SDI but the module allows for 4K RAW to be output at 12-bit sampling up to 60fps. It also allows for 2K 12-bit output up to 240fps. When combined with the Odyssey 7Q recorder/monitor this becomes a very powerful acquisition tool. The FS700 can natively output 12-bit RAW to external recorders, the F5 can natively output 16-bit RAW to be recorded. By making the RAW output an optional module for the FS7 it allows people who won’t use it to skip it and save some money at the same time.

The XDCA-FS7 also contains a codec board for Apple ProRes 1080p encoding. By attaching the module to the back of the camera the camera now has the ability to record ProRes in-camera, natively, to the same XQD cards that you would normally record XAVC to. It’s very similar to what Sony has done with the F5 & F55, selling optional ProRes boards that, when installed, provide fully native ProRes recording in-camera.

Finally, the XDCA-FS7 provides studio-style connectivity for multi-camera live switching productions. This includes Gen-lock, Reference, & Timecode in and output. This completes the true “broadcast” feature set of the camera, putting it on par with larger, more expensive broadcast camera connectivity.

FS7 Expansion Module

All About the Sony PXW-FS7

Physical Design

The FS7 has a unique new compact design meant to be used on the shoulder “out of the box” with a built-in adjustable grip and handle which features zoom control (for compatible lenses). No rig required. The camera has 4 built-in ND’s which are mechanically switchable with a dial similar to the one on the F5 and F55. The LCD viewfinder comes with a newly designed attachable loupe. The camera has been purpose-built to provide a versatile range of creative shot options while sitting comfortably on the shoulder, even after hours of operation. The supplied grip, easily adjustable viewfinder and fully-sealed, die-cast magnesium chassis have been designed to provide robust usability in dusty or humid environments and for ‘run and gun’ applications.

The FS7 grip, designed for easy handling and oper- ability, is the result of exhaustive consultation with vid- eographers and cinematographers, as well as the pro- duction of various prototypes.The shape supports long periods of camera use and flexibly accommodates subtle differences among various users’ gripping styles. The angle of the grip can be easily adjusted with the press of a button. In addition to a zoom button and Rec Start/Stop, the grip also has several programmable buttons that can be customized for easy access to any other functions such as the focus magnifier function.

The length of the arm section of the FS7 can be ad- justed just by turning a knob. Another knob at the joint makes it easy to adjust the angle of the camera. So a user can choose a comfortable style that suits his or her physique and shooting position. The FS7 is equipped with a shoulder pad for stable shoulder-style shooting. Users can also choose oth- er supported shooting styles including handy style, chest style (using the curved rear part of the FS7), tripod shooting, etc. depending on conditions.

What it Records

It can shoot 4K in XAVC (up to 600Mbit/s in 60p, 300Mbit/s in 30p) in 10-bit 4:2:2 I-Frame in up to 60 frames per second. It can shoot slow motion in up to 180fps in proper 1080p resolution, also in 10-bit 4:2:2 I-Frame 100Mbit/s compression . Support for QFHD 3840 x 2160 resolution is available now but 4096 x 2160 resolution support will be provided by firmware update scheduled for early 2015. The camera can or will support for a variety of recording formats including XAVC Intra, Long GOP, MPEG HD422 (XDCam422) and Apple ProRes 422 (some codecs available early 2015 by firmware update).

SlowMotion up to 180fps or even Full High Definition with 60/50 progressive frames is possible. By using the optional extension unit FS7 is capable of natively recording in Apple ProRes 422 codec, planned to be available in early 2015 by firmware update. In addition the optional extension features optional RAW interface, meaning the PXW-FS7 is capable of 4K/2K 12-bit RAW recording up to a maximum 240fps with the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q.

Sensor, Media, Lens Mount

The FS7 features the same image sensor that is found in the much more expensive PMW-F5. The PXW-FS7 is able to capture great image quality without needing significant lighting support. It has high-speed image readout characteristics, such as 240 fps while recording 2K RAW on an external recorder, responsive sensitivity (ISO 2000) and a high signal-to-noise ratio. The PXW-FS7 supports QFHD up to 60 fps with an upgrade to 4K 4,096 x 2,160 resolution due to be made available in early 2015.

The FS7 uses Sony’s Alpha E-mount system. There is a wide variety (and growing number) of high quality light weight lenses that are natively design for the E-mount system. The E-mount features a very shallow flange. When this is combined with the nearly universal compatibility of the Super35mm size image sensor the camera can be adapted to nearly any lens mount in the world. It is very common, and easy, to adapt the E-mount to Canon EF, Nikon F, Arri PL, or even Sony’s Alpha A-mount lens lines.

The FS7 uses a media called XQD. This is not a proprietary media card. Rather, it was developed in conjunction with the Compactflash Association to be the Next Generation media that takes over as Compactflash reaches its final limitations. XQD gives the necessary read and write speed to handle the very high bit rate XAVC codec at the high frame rates that todays media professionals require. The FS7 features two internal XQD memory card slots.

PXW-FS7

Panasonic GH4 Now Available at Professional Video

From the “Better Late then Never” department, the very popular Panasonic GH4 is now available at the Northwest’s cinema equipment leader, Professional Video. “Why has it taken this long” you ask? The most important thing to keep in mind is that giant companies like Panasonic aren’t one big company, they’re a group of small companies all working under the same main brand name. We have been Panasonic Broadcast dealers for nearly 25 years. However, the GH4 was not developed by or sold by the broadcast devision, it is a “consumer photo” division product.

Up until recently Panasonic Consumer Imaging required a company to be a “full-line” dealer if they were going to sell any of their products. We couldn’t just sell the GH4, we also had to sell the lower end photo cameras as well. After months of knocking on the door Panasonic approached us and said that they’ve finally decided to move to a business format that would allow for certain cross-over Consumer/Broadcast products. The GH4, logically, is one of the first major items to be considered in this crossover category.

Now you know the whole story. I’m selling the Panasonic GH4 and all associated accessories. I have a GH4 now on my shelf for demonstration, evaluation, and rental. I’m selling it (as of this writing) for $1,698 body only or $2498 for the kit including the professional connector dock. It’s renting for $90 body only or $135 for a kit including the Metabones EF Speedbooter adapter, the professional connector dock, and a high capacity battery system. Fin the IN STOCK today. Post by Eric C. Petrie

GH4 In Stock

Atomos Shoguns Are Now Shipping

I have great news. We’ve received our first batch of Atomos Shogun 7” monitor and 4K video recorders. This has been a very hotly anticipated product. It offers 4K recording via HDMI and 1080p recording up to 120 frames per second. It is a naturally perfect match for the Sony A7s as well as the Panasonic GH4.

My first wave of pre-order customers already have theirs in there hands. I have a few more pre-orders to fill and then I’ll have them on the shelf ready for sale or rental. Post by Eric C. Petrie

Shogun first batch