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Welcome to Sony’s online resource for technical information, industry-related news, and updates on the latest products and technology. The Sony Tech Guy and other leading authorities will keep you informed with topicalarticles to help improve your workflow, day-to-day video production, and expand your video and audio knowledge. You’ll also be the first to learn about new product version upgrades and downloads.

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Onward and upgrades

New firmware continues to improve Sony’s handheld cameras
Written by  |  August 14, 2015

The age of fixed feature lists in professional cameras has yielded to the era of free firmware upgrade paths. And owners of Sony® cameras are reaping the benefits. First Sony delivered on a comprehensive roadmap of upgrades for our CineAlta® cameras. Now we’re expanding the capabilities of the handheld PXW-FS7, PXW-X200, PXW-X180 and PXW-X70. In addition, we’re releasing the promised 4K upgrade license for the ultra-compact PXW-X70 – complete with a special customer loyalty incentive for early adopters.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are discovering an added home field advantage this season, through an A/V system installed by Sony Electronics. Sony’s Solutions Development and Integration group served as the prime contractor, working with system integrator Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment Group to design and install a new video control room using Sony HD broadcast technology that provides the Pirates with additional enhancements to the game presentation.

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Shooting a Documentary at a Nunnery in Myanmar with the Sony FS7

My Experience with the Sony PXW-FS7K Made Me a Convert
Written by  |  June 9, 2015
The story of how I became a cinematographer surprises even me. Although I've always loved watching films, I had no idea one could make a career out of being a cameraperson and I never imagined that cameras would create such extraordinary ways to interact...
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Sony Delivers New Entry-level Professional Camcorder with 1.0” Type Sensor

HXR-NX100 Combines High Sensitivity, Enhanced Resolution and Accurate Color Reproduction; Ideal for Web Content Creation, Student Filmmaking, Documentary and Event Video Production
Written by  |  June 2, 2015
Sony’s new HXR-NX100 expands its line of professional compact camcorders that deliver the benefits of a 1.0” type sensor.  The new model delivers high resolution, superb low-light performance, and accurate color reproduction, and...
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A 19-day shoot covering more than 35,000 miles requires a very special type of camera. For me that was the FS7 and its servo zoom E-Mount lens (FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS – SELP28135G), which I put through their paces in some very challenging conditions.
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Sony Announces New 4K/HD Memory Player

New PMW-PZ1 Delivers Multi-format Support, Flexible Interfaces and Cost-effective Playback and Storage
Written by  |  March 11, 2015
Sony’s new 4K/HD SxS memory player, the PMW-PZ1, is a cost-effective playback and storage solution for 4K/HD shooting and post-production applications. The multi-format player supports 4K (24p to 60p) and HD video, and a variety of formats including XAVC Intra...
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Sony Expands Trimaster EL Series with First OLED Designed for Pro Video Production

New BVM-X300 Master Monitor Delivers 4K Resolution, Unequalled High Dynamic Range and Expanded Color Gamut Flexibility
Written by  |  February 13, 2015
Sony’s new BVM-X300 is its first OLED master monitor to combine 4K resolution, High Dynamic Range and a Wide Color Gamut display. The new 30-inch model expands Sony’s Trimaster EL series and provides an OLED option for professional video production applications including color grading, on-set monitoring and quality control in a 4K...
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Music Benefit Concert Film and Documentary Find the "Perfect Note" with Sony's PXW-X180

Sony PXW-X180 Is "the perfect tool for what we were doing"
Written by  |  February 3, 2015
“Notes for Notes®” has a unique mission: designing, equipping, and staffing free after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs. These “drop-in” recording studio environments give youth aged six to 18 the opportunity to explore, create and record music – from engineering and theory to instrumentals and songwriting. The...
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Sony PXW-X180 Camera Review

1080 60p, Variable ND, and a load of great features found in this versatile hand-held camera.
Written by  |  November 23, 2014
Just when you thought 1/3 inch cameras were on the way out, Sony goes ahead and makes a versatile hand-held camera with quite a few surprisingly good features.  From professional codecs, great slow-motion capabilities and a ND filter upgrade that really needs to be included in all of Sony's cameras.  When...
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Chernobly Project - A Personal Documentary Project with Sony's 4K FS700 Camcorder

Showing more than the typical journalistic point-of-view
Written by  |  June 20, 2014
My passion for digital imagery has been with me my whole life. I started in photography when I got my first camera at age 13. It was fully manual so I had to learn how to do it all myself. Then I got into video, using my father’s VHS home video...
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