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Old November 28th, 2015, 09:24 AM   #1
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I saw there's a software update for the NX3. It looks like it adds recording/playback/output in XAVC S HD format at 50mbs.

Anyone here updated? What's your experience?
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Old November 28th, 2015, 10:23 AM   #2
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Yes, there is a new Software: HXR-NX3 : Binary Package V2.00

NEW FEATURES
1.) Recording/playback/output in XAVC S HD format.
2.) HDMI REC CONTROL
3.) Operation stability improvement
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Old December 5th, 2015, 11:00 AM   #3
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Here's a link for the NX3 software update. Software: HXR-NX3 : Binary Package V2.00 (Win + Mac) : Software/Drivers : Bulgaria : Sony Professional
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Old December 7th, 2015, 11:17 PM   #4
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I did the update yesterday, and it went well. You have to update without a card in the camera, which is something not immediately obvious in the instructions. You also can't update when powering from a battery - you must have the camera connected to AC power.

I just shot a few quick test shots in the new codec today. It's significantly better at capturing detail, as I would expect. I am not using an external recorder, so I don't much care about the HDMI trigger function, although it's nice to know it's there now.

Oh, and one more thing... You apparently can't shoot S&Q in the new codec... Bummer.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 04:18 PM   #5
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I found this step-by-step instruction page very helpful and more complete than the instructions with the app.
https://pro.sony.com/bbsccms/assets/...0_manual_e.pdf
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Old December 12th, 2015, 09:57 PM   #6
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I have just update my firmware as well to version 2 the main thing i noticed i was recording in AVCHD and getting 352 minutes on a 64gig card did the update and now shows 151 minutes per card, tried getting onto Sony site to find out file recording size but link does not open just sits there got no problem with recording times just keep changing cards just curious on all specifications on changes after update.
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Old December 12th, 2015, 10:32 PM   #7
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The XAVC S codec records at 50 Mb (Megabits)/sec. The FX quality AVCHD codec records at 24 Mb/sec. So, it's just slightly more than twice the bitrate, and so that's borne out in the number of available minutes showing on your media.
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Old December 13th, 2015, 01:41 AM   #8
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Hi Eric, with the latest update do you know if the NX3 support SD cards over 64gig I was thinking of purchasing some 128gig cards if comparable.
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Old December 13th, 2015, 10:24 AM   #9
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I'm using two 128 GB SDXC cards in the camera, so yes. :)
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Old December 14th, 2015, 03:32 AM   #10
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Thanks Eric for that information just ordered 2 x SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro UHS-I SDXC from B and H today it is cheaper for me to purchase from them even with Aussie dollar and PayPal charges I get only 70c in the dollar at the moment total cost $175AU for both cards including freight from America, to buy here in Australia $220 each plus $15 freight for exactly the same items total $455.00 ridiculous mark-up
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Old July 27th, 2017, 10:34 AM   #11
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The XAVC S codec records at 50 Mb (Megabits)/sec. The FX quality AVCHD codec records at 24 Mb/sec. So, it's just slightly more than twice the bitrate, and so that's borne out in the number of available minutes showing on your media.
Do we know if it is 10 bit 4:2:2 @ 50mb or 8 bit 4:2:0 @ 50mb. If the former I will upgrade and keep the cam. On that same quality note, can I get some input on the 3 1/3 sensors in the NX3, NX5R and PXW 160/180? They all seem to have the same overall specs but I would have to think the PXW cams have upgraded sensors. Anybody have the breakdown on the aforementioned camcorders and their respective sensor quality?
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Old July 27th, 2017, 01:32 PM   #12
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The camera is always 8-bit. The HDMI output is uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit. The internal codecs are always 4:2:0 8-bit.
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