Sony FS7

PMW-F55

Sony F5

PMW-F5

Sony FS7

PXW-FS7

Sony FS7 II

PXW-FS7 II

Sony FS5

PXW-FS5

Alpha a7S II

Alpha a7S II

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The brilliance. Without the baggage. Sony’s XAVC recording

Exquisite recording typically requires extreme bitrates, quickly filling up your cards, overwhelming your storage and bogging down your network. The answer is Sony’s clever XAVC encoding. Here’s the supple texture of 4K, beautiful super slow motion, extraordinary 10-bit contrast and precise 4:2:2 color—all at real-world bitrates. Here’s the quality you want with the savings you need.


DP Richard Wong used the F5 and the XAVC codec for “Man from Reno,” which won the Narrative Award at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival.
DP Richard Wong used the F5 and the XAVC codec for “Man from Reno,” which won the Narrative Award at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival.

The amazing imagery you deserve

Careful cinematographers and producers can work wonders within the conventional limits: grayscale graduation of just 8 bits per color component, 4:2:2 color coding, 30 frames per second and a maximum of 1920 x 1080 resolution. But there’s an amazing world of image creation beyond those limits. Sony XAVC recording can make that world a practical reality for you.


The 4:2:2 sampling of XAVC recording captures much more color information than conventional 4:2:0 or 4:1:1 sampling.
The 4:2:2 sampling of XAVC recording captures much more color information than conventional 4:2:0 or 4:1:1 sampling.

Vivid 4:2:2 color

Many entry-level camcorders save on bandwidth by using 4:1:1 or 4:2:0 color sampling. The XAVC codec’s 10-bit 4:2:2 color coding is substantially better than existing 8-bit formats. This makes for better rendition of edge detail, especially where an area of one color meets another, as where a red T-shirt appears against green grass. For this reason, the XAVC codec’s 4:2:2 color sampling is also far better than 4:1:1 or 4:2:0 for green screen compositing.


Without enough precision, color correction can cause banding, as in the sky (left). The XAVC codec delivers 10-bit recording for images that hold up better in post (right). (Simulated images for illustration purposes.)
Without enough precision, color correction can cause banding, as in the sky (left). The XAVC codec delivers 10-bit recording for images that hold up better in post (right). (Simulated images for illustration purposes.)

Beautiful 10-bit imagery

For decades, the workhorse digital formats have all used 8-bit digital precision, resulting in about 250 grayscale levels for each channel (Y, Cb and Cr). While 8-bit recording is good for broadcasting, it’s somewhat fragile in color correction. When you start to lift shadows or compress highlights, you may see “banding” across areas of flat color, such as sky. That’s why so many productions are moving to the more precise, more robust 10-bit recording, which provides about 1,000 grayscale levels per channel. Sony’s XAVC codec delivers 10-bit precision without any penalty in storage costs.


With more than four times the pixels of Full HD, 4K entails over 8 million pixels per frame. Sony XAVC recording helps you tame the beast.
With more than four times the pixels of Full HD, 4K entails over 8 million pixels per frame. Sony XAVC recording helps you tame the beast.

The superior texture of 4K

As cinematographers and moviegoers have discovered, 4K is a glorious image format. But 4K is a data hog, entailing more than four times the pixels of Full HD. The XAVC codec enables you to record 4K without spending quite so much money on storage. For example, XAVC-I recording captures 4K at 24p using only 240 Megabits per second (Mbps), while XAVC-L recording captures 4K at bit rates as low as 60 Mbps!


High Frame Rates
While maximum frame rates vary by camera, the F55, F5 and FS7 all achieve 60 fps at 4K and 180 fps in full HD

High Frame Rates

High Frame Rate (HFR) shots can turn everyday actions into slow-motion ballet, a visual celebration of elegant movement. But just as 4K can gobble up vast quantities of storage space, so can HFR. For example, 180 fps requires 7.5 times the data storage of conventional 24 fps recording. The XAVC codec helps manage the data flow, making HFR a more practical option.


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