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Old February 12th, 2014, 10:43 AM   #1
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Batteries/memory cards for HXR-NX70E package

Hi Guys

To shoot videos for a company with a HXR-NX70E I want to be sure I order sufficient memory cards, batteries etc.

What quantities of them would you recommend? What types are best for recording in highest quality with maximum filming time?

Here is a spec that might be purchased. What would you amend or delete?

1 x Sony HXR-NX70E Camcorder
1 x PVD1800 LED Light KIT
1 x PVD-X12 Camcorder Bag
4 x SanDisk Extreme Pro SD 32GB (95MB/s)
1 x PVD2511 Tripod
1 x Vision DL-06 Dolly
1 x RODE NTG-1 Microphone
1 x RODE NTSM5 Suspension Mount
1 x RODE Deadcat Wind Cover
1 x XLR to XLR Short Cable
1 x Sennheiser ew 112-p G3
1 x PVD-860 Monitor
1 x Sony HXR-FMU128 Flashdrive Memory Unit
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Old February 12th, 2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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Re: Batteries/memory cards for HXR-NX70E package

Seems like a comprehensive kit.

Those memory cards will do just fine, keep in mind the NX70 isn't particularly high bitrate. For years I've been using Sandisk Ultra (30MB/s) 64GB cards with my NX70 and other Sony AVCHD cams, I recently added Sony 40MB/s 64GB SDXCs to the mix. Although the higher read speed will allow you to offload data to your computer if you have a suitably fast reader.

The FMU128 is not compatible with the NX70.
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Old February 12th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for your feedback Matt, very useful. I appreciate it.
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Old February 12th, 2014, 04:15 PM   #4
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What kind of/how many batteries would you suggest please?
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Old February 13th, 2014, 12:18 AM   #5
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I use Sony NP-FV100 batteries in the NX70 (and my VG30), stated range is 4-7 hours in the manual. I seldom have to swap batteries on location, most of my shoots aren't over 6-8 hour days. That being said I always carry at least one spare battery for each camera so there's always plenty to go around.

I use FV70 batteries with my CX700 and if it's a long day I always go through at least one. I'd rather not have to stop everything to change the battery so that's why I don't use them in the NX70.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 02:55 AM   #6
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Brilliant, thanks Matt
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Old February 13th, 2014, 05:09 AM   #7
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+1 to all that Matt said.

You might consider the Rode NTG3 in place of the NTG1 if your budget will allow.
I also use the FV100 batteries, and use a Tiffen Video Essentials filter kit of a clear filter, polariser (although this not so much), and a UV filter.
A quick search in this forum will bring up more info on filters, and possible mods to the lens hood.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 05:43 AM   #8
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Re: Batteries/memory cards for HXR-NX70E package

Peter,

Basic question. What are you shooting? This seems to be an attempt to turn an NX70 into a studio camera (with dolly etc.). It's a great little compact run & gun camera, with useful waterproof features.

I had an NX70 until last year, it was a very capable camera, but I disliked the ergonomics and upgraded to something bigger. Agreed on the Sandisk cards. I never used them though, the built-in 96GB memory was more than enough for any day's shooting at 50p.

Battery life is excellent on the camera. I think I had the supplied battery and one FV100. Lasted forever.

I used the Audio Technical AT875R on-camera. Great little mic, and perfect for the NX70. Just put it in the camera's own shock mount, the Rode one makes it too ungainly. An NTG3 would be way, way too big and heavy for this tiny camera.

Other mics are too big, and can protrude into the picture. Hairy "dead cats" should be avoided too, go for a Rycote one, preferably the mini windscreen kit with the black fur cover. Perfect for this camera.

Is that a kit from a supplier? The NX70 has a pretty good LCD and an excellent viewfinder, the monitor is probably overkill.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 05:45 AM   #9
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Check out my AT875R + Rycote setup here:

http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/sony-nxc...-nx70-mic.html

Compact on-board audio for a compact camera. Keep it small.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 05:49 AM   #10
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Actually, scrub all that crap I wrote about the AT875R. I always used the stock Sony mic that came with the camera, the AT875R was a boom mic or off-camera mic. The Sony was plenty good for on-camera ambient audio.

The Rodes are still too big and bulky for on-camera use on this camera though.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 01:01 PM   #11
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Good points, Mike!

I hadn't considered the NTG3 (or the 1) as an on camera mic - you are quite right about size, and the use of the standard supplied microphone.
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