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Old December 2nd, 2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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PDW-f350 Mac OSX problem

Hi,
My old Mac Book Pro(2007) is dying(video card) and taking with it my ability to pull files from the camera using FAM for FTP transferes. Since El Capitan came along I can't find drivers to support the camera, so a new MBP won't solve the problem.

The camera is still useful to me for shooting news, and I hate to replace it just yet.

Does anyone know if an f350 will still work with recent PC computers?

Any good solutions with alternate recording devices onboard the camera?

Thanks for any thoughts or help.

Peter Newsom
Ottawa, Canada
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Old December 2nd, 2018, 06:53 PM   #2
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Re: PDW-f350 Mac OSX problem

Yes the Sony FAM 64-bit software will work with the later Win operating systems. Just install the latest FAM 2.30 (ProDisc) drivers. You obviously need a Firewire to PC connection. Most late model PCs don't have a Firewire port so it usually means using a desktop with an additional Firewire card installed or an earlier laptop that has a Firewire port. I have found it's best to make sure the camera is also running the latest firmware which in the case of your 350 is v2.0. You can download both the ProDisc FAM and camera upgrade versions from here:

https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.co...?model=pdwf350

I have every version of the camera firmware should you need to upgrade incrementally as in some cases you had to go through certain earlier upgrades before you could install the latest version. If you need them don't hesitate to ask.

I have used the old Convergent Design NanoFlash with these and other SDI cameras mounted on a wireless bracket. This then gives you access to the XDCam 422 50-Mbit codec which is still widely used world wide in news. You can run up to 280-Mbit. It runs Compact Flash cards and triggers off the camera stop start button. Transfer is real easy and very fast obviously as you just need a good a good USB 3 card reader. A USB 2 will work but it is so much faster using USB 3. Here is a shot of a camera mounted Nano from Alistair Chapman's site:

http://www.xdcam-user.com/2009/11/pm...no-right-side/

Chris Young
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Old December 4th, 2018, 07:38 AM   #3
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Re: PDW-f350 Mac OSX problem

Thanks Chris! I'll look to fixing or replacing my current lap top with a used one and run the older OS. I made a Disk image from it, would I be able to boot with it in a later model MBP?

I may just look at upgrading camera and computer.
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Old December 4th, 2018, 07:46 AM   #4
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Re: PDW-f350 Mac OSX problem

With regards to the MBP I would think so Peter but have no personal experience with that so will leave it up to others more knowledgeable in that area to advise.

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