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An interview from the 2015 Cine Gear LA Expo at Paramount Studios with Shahpour Nosrati of Sony Electronics. Sony Electronics is a leading provider of audio/video electronics and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. In this interview Shahpour talks with us about the Firmware 2.0 update for Sony’s PXW-FS7, the newest addition to its large sensor line, a complete camera system that delivers long-form recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, hand-held design. The new PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 camcorder combines the flexibility of native E-mount technology, the recording efficiency of the XAVC-L codec; the transfer speed and intelligence of XQD memory cards; and comfortable, handheld ergonomics, including a new “Smart Grip.”

Firmware 2.0 has enabled two additional audio inputs via the built-in Multi-Interface “MI Shoe” located on the FS7 top handle; for a total of four, 24-bit, 48 KHz digital audio channel recording. The Audio Menu is enhanced to enable management of additional inputs. The high quality MI-Shoe interface allows connecting additional professional-quality micro-phones, mixing consoles etc. to the FS7. This intelligent interface automatically powers connected devices following the camera’s power switch. Version 2.0 enables compatibility with several optional audio accessories: XLR-KM2, this device provides two XLR connectors plus all necessary controls. The UWP-D digital wireless series provides robust transmission thanks to true diversity transmission - it has two discrete tuners, one for each antenna.

Additionally, Version 2.0 adds DCI compliant, 4096 x 2160, XAVC-Intra frame progressive recording at: 23,98p, 25p, 29.97p, and 59.94p. Slow and Quick Motion “S&Q” framerate selection in single frame increments is possible. The highly efficient XAVC-I codec is an ideal acquisition codec; providing mastering quality at a moderate bit rate. XAVC significantly cuts memory cards and HDD requirements. For example, XAVC-I requires only 600 Mbps to record 10-bit, 422, 4K at 60 fps; on the other hand, 4K Apple ProRes HQ requires 1.76Gbps.

This update also adds HD Apple ProRes HQ & 422 codecs to the optional XDCA-FS7 expansion module. Ver. 2.0 supports progressive and interlace Apple HD ProRes HQ or 422 recording to the camera’s XQD cards. Supported progressive frame rates include: 23.98p, 25p and 29.97p Supported interlaced at 50i and 59.94i.

For more information please visit: www.Sony.com

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