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Old November 6th, 2007, 01:33 PM   #1
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New software released

Just to let everyone know that Sony have updated the software for reading and exporting EX1 files on the www.sonybiz.net website so it now handles all types of EX footage.
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Old November 6th, 2007, 01:41 PM   #2
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Awesome news Simon!
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Old November 6th, 2007, 02:21 PM   #3
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And I can confirm that it works as I've just re-wrapped 100 or so 1920x1080 files to MXF (zero quality loss, no recompresion needed) with it and loaded them straight onto a Vegas 8 timeline. :-)
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Old November 6th, 2007, 02:25 PM   #4
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Could you share just one of these files? Even a frame would do.
Thanks anyway, Simon.
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Old November 6th, 2007, 02:42 PM   #5
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Simon do you have Final Cut to try it?
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Old November 6th, 2007, 03:18 PM   #6
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The Mac software is different to the PC one. The Mac will need the new version of the transfer software.

But in answer to your question, I do indeed have FCP to try it on :-)
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And I can confirm that it works as I've just re-wrapped 100 or so 1920x1080 files to MXF (zero quality loss, no recompresion needed) with it and loaded them straight onto a Vegas 8 timeline. :-)
Excellent. My Avid loves MXF. Just curious, how long did it take the software to convert/rewrap 100 files?
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Old November 6th, 2007, 03:28 PM   #8
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Thanks Simon,

If you have the time it would be nice to know how easy it is to get 1920 x 1080 HQ into a FC time line.

Thanks you for all of you help learning the new EX over the last month.
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Old November 6th, 2007, 03:29 PM   #9
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It takes seconds to rewrap the file to MXF. Takes about as long as it would take to copy the file from one hard drive to another.
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Old November 6th, 2007, 03:55 PM   #10
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Thanks Simon that is good news as I expected. I look foward to shooting with the camera once it arrives.
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Old November 6th, 2007, 05:19 PM   #11
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Excellent. My Avid loves MXF. Just curious, how long did it take the software to convert/rewrap 100 files?
Hi David,
I see you're an Avid user (so am I). Will this conversion/wrapping process work for users of Avid Xpress Pro?
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Old November 6th, 2007, 05:43 PM   #12
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Hi David,
I see you're an Avid user (so am I). Will this conversion/wrapping process work for users of Avid Xpress Pro?
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Malcolm,

Yes. Avid Xpress and Media Composer has been able to use MXF for sometime now. I'm thinking though that HQ files might have to be converted, after the MXF rewrap, to a DNXHD type file because currently there isn't an MPEG 2 35mbit codec for those platforms. So I'm guessing that may end up being a slow process. On import you'll have to choose a DNXHD codec like DNXHD 145 or DNXHD 110. Hopefully Avid will quickly adopt a new long GOP 35mbit setting like they did for HDV "smart splicing" in a "near future" release.

But, I'm sure you will be able to edit in any number of project types, including 720/60p, 1080/24p, etc.using DNXHD and use MXF vs. OMF.

However, the SP datarate 25mbit should currently work fine, and should be much faster injest in an HDV project setting.

Also , Avid Liquid 7.2 is also MXF compatible and as I understand edit all flavors of MPEG 2 natively.
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For compatibility you'll have to speak with Avid. I'm afraid I do not know much about Avid compatibility in this regard.
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And I can confirm that it works as I've just re-wrapped 100 or so 1920x1080 files to MXF (zero quality loss, no recompresion needed) with it and loaded them straight onto a Vegas 8 timeline. :-)

Any chance we can share these files and get them tested in CS3 as well? I'm desperate to find out how they'll work!
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Old November 6th, 2007, 06:37 PM   #15
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I'm afraid I will be unable to share the files for copyright reasons. Although I will endeavor to shoot some test shots for this purpose and perhaps make them available for download. I can't guarantee anything though as I will be very busy over the coming weeks.
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