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Old October 20th, 2007, 09:55 PM   #1
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Ex Operator's Manual?

Does anyone know if it was released yet and if not when it might be?
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Old October 20th, 2007, 10:09 PM   #2
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As soon as it appears on an official Sony site, we'll link to it from here. Don't expect it to happen until just after the first cameras start to ship.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 10:19 PM   #3
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Thanks Chris, I'll be looking forward to it.
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Old October 31st, 2007, 10:17 PM   #4
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This was posted earlier tonight....

the manual is embeded in the browser file....

http://www.sonybiz.net/biz/view/Show...=1193315622075
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Old October 31st, 2007, 11:30 PM   #5
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Included in that link are EX1 Manuals for 7 languages.

Mac and Windows SxS Device Driver Software Installer
ReadMe for the above in 7 languages.

XDCAM EX Clip Browsing Software Installer
Windows XP/Vista Japanese & English and Mac OSX
Manual for the above in 7 Languages

Links to 9 National/regional Sony sites
USA Product registration link.
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Old November 1st, 2007, 12:04 AM   #6
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I get an error when I click that link.

Is it still up?

Note: figured it out, thanks!

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Old November 1st, 2007, 12:15 AM   #7
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http://www.sonybiz.net/biz/view/Show...=1193315622075

The previous link seems truncated.

This works for me.
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Old November 1st, 2007, 05:28 AM   #8
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I've read the whole manual and there is 1 thing that is worrying me:

On page 34:


"...Recording cannot be restarted after you stop recording until the ACCESS lamp lights in green..."

I tend to do quick takes in event videos - Stopping and starting recording almost immediately. With DVCAM tape I had to give that 1-2 seconds time gap to be able to to this. With SxS will it take longer or shorter? Does the camera take long to conclude writing to the card once the recording has been stopped? Can the ones who have already used it enlighten us please?
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Old November 1st, 2007, 05:59 AM   #9
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I've read the manual as well, and there is more than one thing that dismays... Like not limit to AGC, no limit to iris closing in auto exposure, only 6 Picture Profiles in camera memory without external storage/loading... In SP, no mention of 25(30)PSF within the 50(60)i streams... Strange shutter speeds (what happened to 1/25th? - unless 1/25th with 25p is simply shutter off)

Correction: Actually, the AGC limit is there (and much more...) - in the all new Total Level Control System!

Correction 2: Yes, you can store all camera settings to the SxS card - so in each setting, you can have a different set of 6 PPs, I suppose!
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Old November 1st, 2007, 06:57 AM   #10
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For those having i.LINK disk drives: in the OTHER menu you can configure the camera's Start/Stop recording button to operate on SxS only, both, or i.LINK device only - very nice, I'm gonna use my DR60 in SP mode for as long as 32GB SxS cards are too expensive to be a practical alternative (of course, I'm counting on the PQ of the EX1 being superior to my V1E HDV PQ even in the former's SP mode).

The caveat being there is no 25(50)PsF mode vaialable within 50(60)i HDV streams, which is strange as the 24PsF mode (with pulldown) is there!
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Use the following link to download Zipped PDF copies of the Operations Manual in English and other languages:
http://www.sonybiz.net/res/attachmen...3315621810.zip
Open the EX CD-ROM FINAL folder
Open Clip browser files folder
Open PMW-EX1 folder
Open 3280015111, the second PDF file from the top, to open the English Operations Manual for the PMW-EX1
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I've been working my way through the manual tonight too and so just noticed the following.

"No audio recording is made if the recording frame rate is different from the playback frame rate".

I don't know if this is typical amongst cameras that can over/under crank but it would probably make me think twice about using it. I guess if you wanted slow sound too you'd have to shot another take at normal speed and slow down the audio in post.

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The caveat being there is no 25(50)PsF mode vaialable within 50(60)i HDV streams, which is strange as the 24PsF mode (with pulldown) is there!
But there is a plain 25p mode, right?
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Old November 1st, 2007, 08:46 PM   #14
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720p60 will have audio. I think they're referring to those odd frame rates as per "recording frame rate is different from the playback frame rate."

So can you record at 4fps and set playback to 4fps? That's a question.

BTW see page 60 of the manual for more details and an example to clarify.


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I've been working my way through the manual tonight too and so just noticed the following.

"No audio recording is made if the recording frame rate is different from the playback frame rate".

I don't know if this is typical amongst cameras that can over/under crank but it would probably make me think twice about using it. I guess if you wanted slow sound too you'd have to shot another take at normal speed and slow down the audio in post.

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Old November 2nd, 2007, 03:53 AM   #15
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But there is a plain 25p mode, right?
Yes of course in HQ: 1920x1080/25p and 1280x720/25p.
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