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Sony Instant Savings on Mirrorless Cameras and Lenses

by Keith Mullin Sony recently announced a wave of instant rebates on many of their most popular Mirrorless cameras and lenses.  Savings range from $100 to $500 on camera bodies and from $25 to $100 on lenses.  Almost all cameras and lenses have at least some amount of instant savings […]

Blackmagic Design URSA Broadcast

Game Changer: Blackmagic Design Announces Hybrid UHD Studio/ENG Camera – And It’s Super Affordable.

by Frederick Gotfredson Attention community cable television stations, college video departments and houses of worship: With the announcement of the Blackmagic Design URSA Broadcast Camera, you can now get a true, professional studio camera system with state-of-the-art imaging and advanced camera controls starting at $3,500 (for the camera body). The […]

What Is An Eye Pattern – And Why Do I Care?

by John Zdechlik We just came across this video (Thanks Dave Baum!) and it really explains what an eye pattern is and how you can use this testing methodology to evaluate the quality of a digital signal (digital video for us … right?). Yes, it is long and yes, it […]

LTO-8 And The Latest LTO Roadmap

by John Zdechlik Just a quick post with this graphic. I’m always looking for it and thought it would be easiest just to put it on our website! The big news here is that LTO-8 drives can not read  LTO-6 tapes.  They can read and write LTO-7 tapes.  In the […]

How To Use Promax’s PLATFORM As An After Effects Render Node

By John Zdechlik One of the many uses of PLATFORM is as an After Effects rendering node. It makes a ton of sense – this big, beefy server is just sitting there most of the time. Serving up data isn’t that hard. And once you click ‘render’ at your AE […]

Sony Service Plus and Technical Support – How to get help, parts, and repairs on for Sony Pro Video Equipment

By John Zdechlik Several years back, Sony made some big changes to their service and support infrastructure.  What used to be done a lot by dealers and resellers is now mostly done by Sony directly. We at Z Systems are here to help you get back up and rolling as […]

Demystifying “Crop Factor”

By: Keith Mullin What Is It? “Crop Factor” is the idea that imagers smaller than a full 35mm stills frame effectively increase the focal length of any given lens.  Essentially they “crop in” on the image being transmitted from the lens onto the focal plane.  For example, the most common […]

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