Tricks and Tips re Version 3.0 of the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 4k Cine Alta Cameras

Now that version 3.0 has been out for the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Cine Alta cameras, we are learning some of the new workflow options.

This is just a really rough list for now, but I’ll be adding to it in the future.

1.  Playback of RAW footage now goes back through the camera – no need to use the Aux out SDI spigot on the AXS-R5.  It also letterboxes the signal so you can see the exact shot for framing.  Very nice.  One bad part:  when playing back clips from the AXS-R5 RAW recorder, you won’t see time code running on the side display of the camera, so it can be a little off-putting.  The trick is to look at the status in the upper left hand corner – it will give you the cue:

stdby – means the camera is ready to recordpause – means the camera is ready to playback
play – means the camera is playing

2.  Sony changed the way that scene files are stored.  It is now in groups of 5.