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Old October 28th, 2009, 05:39 PM   #1
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New Memory for XDCAM EX ?

I just saw this new Sony Memory Stick Adaptor for XDCAM EX which will use the Sony Memory Stick Pro HG Duo. Do you know the list price for the adaptor yet ?

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Old October 29th, 2009, 03:50 AM   #2
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About 100 euro's according to this video.

MacVideo - Camera Technology - Features - World Debut: Sony PMW-EX1R; PMW-350; SxS-1 cards; MEAD-MS01 Memory Stick adapter


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Old October 29th, 2009, 04:45 AM   #3
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I just had a thought, this adaptor will work with the new EX1-R but will it work ok with the EX1 ?
Will the EX1 need another firmware update ?
I'm already using the MXR/Transcend so hopefully my EX1 is ready for the new sony adaptor.

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A firmware update is required for the EX1 and EX3. I have been told that this update will be available to end users to install at their own risk. I believe the new firmware prevents the camera from going into record before the previous clip has been written to the card, something which can lead to corrupt clips with SDHC adapters. Its all in my detailed review http://www.xdcam-user.com/?page_id=308
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Old October 29th, 2009, 04:55 AM   #5
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The MacWorld video mentions a firmware upgrade for this and for the lifed SxS-1 memory. I guess this will be so the camera shows the life countdown.

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Old October 29th, 2009, 05:43 AM   #6
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A firmware update is required for the EX1 and EX3. I have been told that this update will be available to end users to install at their own risk. I believe the new firmware prevents the camera from going into record before the previous clip has been written to the card, something which can lead to corrupt clips with SDHC adapters. Its all in my detailed review XDCAM-USER.com MEAD-MS01 adapter and Low Cost SxS (SxS-1) cards. PHX-MS240
Thanks for the reply Alistair.
So the new firmware stops the camera recording before the light turns green.
I'm well aware of the need to let the record light turn green so if this is all that the firmware changes then i'll watch the light manually instead of risking doing the upgrade.
That's if i can still use the adaptor with my current firmware, or are you saying that the adaptor won't work at all without that new firmware ?

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Old October 29th, 2009, 05:47 AM   #7
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A firmware update is required for the EX1 and EX3. I have been told that this update will be available to end users to install at their own risk.
That would be very welcome, Alister!

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I believe the new firmware prevents the camera from going into record before the previous clip has been written to the card, something which can lead to corrupt clips with SDHC adapters.
Interestingly, my current firmware (1.11 is it?) seems to do that already. For some 3-4 secs after stopping recording (i.e. before the slot light turns green again), my EX1 will NOT commence another take (in spite of pressing the Record button). I think this is the reason I never *ever* had any "media error" or "media needs to be restored" message with my MxM / Sandisk / ATP Pro combos.

I did however miss some shots, before I had realized how it works (and not having noticed that the red dot was not on in the viewfinder, I was sure the camera was recording after I pressed the button - when in fact, it wasn't :)).
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Old October 29th, 2009, 07:23 AM   #8
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The new MEAD-MS01 will not work without the firmware update, at least that's what I have been told.

The firmware update process is pretty straight forward and easy to do. It's quite hard to mess it up, but a power failure during the process could be disastrous. I will be willing to do both of mine when it becomes available.
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