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Old September 13th, 2013, 10:58 AM   #16
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Old September 15th, 2013, 05:09 AM   #17
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So looks like I was right - nothing new:

NEX-FS700R (NEXFS700R) : Product Overview : United Kingdom : Sony Professional
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Old September 15th, 2013, 02:35 PM   #18
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No not much new.

FS700R is the same as FS700 with firmware version 3.0.1.
FS700RH is the same as FS700 with firmware version 3.0.1 and comes with the SELP18-200mm servo zoom lens.

Sony have discovered a bug in FS700 firmware version 3.0, so if you had a 3.0 update you will need the camera to go back to Sony for an update to version 3.0.1. Sony Prime support will be in touch in Europe to arrange this free of charge.

If you are going to IBC you can take your FS700 to the show for a free, while you wait update. After IBC Sony Europe are reducing the price of the update to 250 Euro. You can't do the update yourself as it requires a special programming device to be connected to a special port inside the camera, there are only 3 of the programming devices in Europe at the moment.
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Old September 16th, 2013, 12:56 AM   #19
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I think all the FS700s I've seen for sale (U, E etc) have been '4K ready', saying they're updated and ready for an external recorder. (at least I think that's what they're saying)
So presumably ones with the new firmware will be coming out of the factory as well from now on?
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Old September 16th, 2013, 01:45 AM   #20
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No not much new.

FS700R is the same as FS700 with firmware version 3.0.1.
FS700RH is the same as FS700 with firmware version 3.0.1 and comes with the SELP18-200mm servo zoom lens.

Sony have discovered a bug in FS700 firmware version 3.0, so if you had a 3.0 update you will need the camera to go back to Sony for an update to version 3.0.1. Sony Prime support will be in touch in Europe to arrange this free of charge.

If you are going to IBC you can take your FS700 to the show for a free, while you wait update. After IBC Sony Europe are reducing the price of the update to 250 Euro. You can't do the update yourself as it requires a special programming device to be connected to a special port inside the camera, there are only 3 of the programming devices in Europe at the moment.
I suppose at IBC they will upgrade to version 3.0.1. and not to 3.0. ??
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Old September 17th, 2013, 09:57 AM   #21
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Old September 17th, 2013, 10:01 AM   #22
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This should have been delayed to support SDHC/SDXC UHS-II and XAVC-S. This is being offered too soon as a minor upgrade. a 4K XAVC-S upgrade without XQD (meaning somehow they make XAVC-S work on SD cards) would totally work.

UHS-II cards are starting to be offered with 300MB/s peak read and write speeds. It shouldn't be hard to support the additional pins on the UHS-II cards compared to redesigning it for XQD.
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Old September 22nd, 2013, 12:33 PM   #23
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No not much new.
... After IBC Sony Europe are reducing the price of the update to 250 Euro. You can't do the update yourself as it requires a special programming device to be connected to a special port inside the camera, there are only 3 of the programming devices in Europe at the moment.
Alister,

Do you know if Sony is going to reduce the price of the update in the US too? If so, when?

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Old September 23rd, 2013, 03:58 PM   #24
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Sorry, I don't know about the USA pricing.

The XAVC codec as in the Z100, F5 etc uses a new two stage hardware encoder chip. The first stage analyses the incoming scene so that the second stage encoder can be adjusted for the optimum settings for that particular image. This is quite different to most conventional encoders that use a fixed encoding scheme. The differences over the default encoder settings are then encoded within the video streams metadata so that when the video is decoded the decoder can adjust it's parameters so that the video is correctly decoded. I doubt very much that the FS700 has this dedicated two stage XAVC encoder chip, so I doubt we will ever see an XAVC capable FS700. That would need new hardware.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 10:28 AM   #25
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Alister, that is pretty interesting.

So, the decoding process seems to be very complex. What does this mean for XAVC editing on the NLE side? I have not edited XAVC yet but will this decode process cause a huge CPU overhead on the desktop/post side?

Anyone know where I can download short XAVC samples? (or even XAVC-S?)

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Old September 24th, 2013, 02:35 PM   #26
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I was thinking at least XAVC-S would be a board swap so that you can have both AVCHD and XAVC-S recording on the same board, but from what it sounds like, that's not looking likely.

So it looks like a EA50 reboot with 4K may be more plausible.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:17 PM   #27
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Decoding XAVC is not too processor intensive. It's I frame so no need to store long GoP's or calculate what should be in a frame using motion vectors etc. I find XAVC very easy to work with.

XAVC-S on the other hand may be a very different story. Not sure what the support for XAVC-S will be, at the moment XAVC is gaining momentum (Adobe Premiere will soon be able to write to XAVC), but XAVC-S is a very different beast and I think it may take a while to get supported properly.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:38 PM   #28
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Well at least Sony XAVC Long GOP is supported natively in the upcoming Premiere Pro CC release in October. Adobe Premiere Pro CC October 2013 Release

But back to the FS700R...could a couple 700RH's conceivably be able to cut together nicely with the upcoming PXW-Z100? I know there's a DoF difference, but via picture settings somehow could it play nicely with the smaller sensor but higher bit rate Z100 primarily for event coverage? I know the Z100 isn't even out yet so this might be a guess, but I'm still curious.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:54 PM   #29
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And I still want to know if Sony has lowered the price of the FS700R compared to the FS700E?
CVS (Creative Ventures Shop) has the FS700R for preorder at €5.695+VAT while CVP has the FS700E for €6.200+VAT. That is a €500 difference! I hope the price is lowered and not just CVS trying to cash in on early buyers... Anyone know?
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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:56 PM   #30
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I expect the 700's 4K will have less CA right off the bat and less bayer artifacts if you use a good de-bayer algorithm to process the 4K RAW from the camera. I compared Alister's summer footage with the daylight footage from the AX1 from the sample video, and the CA and noise was certainly higher in AX1. Nighttime bayer bloom is very present in nighttime footage from the AX1.

The very least they could do without a codec swap is HDMI 2.0. Uncompressed HDMI 2.0 with 4k60p support would allow a single connection to external recorders without several SDI connections going to an external recorder. (since 4K RAW is disallowed to everything except the AXS recorders)
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