Sony PMW-F55 News

Camera Shootout: Sony F55 vs RED Helium 8k vs RED Dragon 6k

Which one wins the title? They are all great cameras. We tested for skin tones, dynamic Range, noise, rolling shutter and more. by Keith Mullin, Z Systems Inc. High End Camera Shootout We recently had the opportunity to do a camera shootout with Don’t Blink, which owns a couple of RED […]

Sony XOCN Codec

The New Sony X-OCN Codec: Sample Footage, Comparison, and Details

We got our new Sony AXS-R7 RAW recorder for the F5/F55 cameras recently and we were eager to get it onto our F55 and test out the new Sony X-OCN codec. We shot some X-OCN sample footage which you can download below. The X-OCN codec is a 16-bit compressed codec […]

Sony F55 AXS-R7

New AXS-R7 Recorder for Sony F55 / F5 Will Enable New Compressed RAW Codecs

X-OCN ST and X-OCN LT are the new compressed RAW codecs that will arrive with the AXS-R7 recorder and firmware version 8.0. The new codecs promise 30% smaller file sizes compared to the current Sony F5/F55 RAW format. The two new codecs are X-OCN ST and LT, or ‘eXtended Original […]

Z Systems Project Update: “Air Lock” Week 1

Z SYSTEMS PROJECT UPDATE: “AIR LOCK” WEEK 1 This past weekend was the first shoot for “Air Lock”, a project written and directed by Z Systems Integration Technician Conrad Flemming, and shot by Z Systems Rental Manager Keith Mullin.  Airlock is a science fiction/psychological horror short film.  We wanted to […]

Project Spotlight: Sony F55 ENG Kit Buildup

The Sony F55 is billed primarily as a digital cinema camera, but it becomes a fantastic ENG camera with a Sony build-up kit and a few other accessories. We recently built up three Sony PMW-F55 ($28,990) cameras for a customer for ENG use. These kits are obviously built around a […]

American Cinematographer Cover, March 2016, 'Vinyl'

Read: Cinematographers Craft a Unique Period Feel on HBO’s New Series ‘Vinyl’ — Shot on a Sony F55

American Cinematographer Magazine recently published a front-page article about HBO’s new series, ‘Vinyl,’ a project hatched by Martin Scorsese, Terry Winter and Mick Jagger. The series stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, the head of a fictional record company in the 1970’s on the verge of collapse. The pilot was […]

Making Custom LUT’s in Photoshop CC

By Keith Mullin, Rental Manager It was brought to my attention at our last Sony Camcorder User’s Group meeting that it is possible to export LUT’s directly from Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.  When I heard this I got excited.  I am much more proficient with Photoshop than DaVinci Resolve, so […]

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