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Old February 16th, 2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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questions re checking/updating my firmware

Hi there,
I shipped my EX-1 off to Sony last June for a firmware upgrade... supposedly from v1 to v1.2
I'm thinking of getting a 64GB SxS card, so I checked for compatibility and see that I need v1.25 or higher.

I just checked my camera, by following these instructions:
"You can check the firmware/ by pressing and holding down Menu, the Select thumbwheel, and Cancel all at the same time to enable the service menus. Roll all the way down to the “IF” (Information) menu, and check the firmware Version #. Then turn the camera off to disable the service menus (if you leave the service menus enabled and select some of their options by accident, you can really screw up your camera. Look if you want, but don’t touch!)"

... and it says I've got v1.1

Shall I ask Sony why they didn't upgrade my firmware to 1.2, as they were supposed to do, or shall I try to upgrade myself, from 1.1 to 1.25 (or higher).
Thanks for your advice,
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Old February 16th, 2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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Hi, I have got the PMW-350, but I have read on the instruction for upgrade to Ver. 1.25 that procedure can be made by end user, and that is what I have done. I just logged in into Sony Web site, downloaded the SW, followed the instruction and Bum, done without any trouble.
BTW, I loaded the sw upgrade into a 64GB SxS card, and had no problem, and my FW was 1.1 as well.
My advise based on my personal experience, is do it, it is very easy and explanation coming with the sw are very clear and extremely easy to follow.
Hope this would help.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 04:01 PM   #3
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thanks for the note...
Question: do I have to worry that, if I upgrade my firmware to allow for the use of this 64GB card, that my 8GB, 16GB and 32GB cards might no longer work?
It would be ridiculous if that were to happen, but I thought I should check.
Thanks, Malcolm
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Old February 16th, 2011, 04:25 PM   #4
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Malcom,
for what I am aware of, you shouldn't be worried about, the new FW Ver. 1.25 ADD support to SxS 64GB Cards, which to me means that all other "sizes" still be usable.
Anyway, here is the link for the FW update were you would be able to find all the answer you might need.

Sony | Cameras - Broadcast & Production | XDCAM

Hope this would help.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 05:13 PM   #5
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thanks again Danny. I've just downloaded it...
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Old February 16th, 2011, 05:24 PM   #6
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You are very welcome, just let us all know if you had any problem updating to FW Ver. 1.25
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Old April 27th, 2011, 07:55 AM   #7
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Re: questions re checking/updating my firmware

On my EX1R, I tried the Menu/select/cancel buttons, but didn't get to the information readout (?)
Any suggestions?
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Old April 27th, 2011, 08:44 AM   #8
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Re: questions re checking/updating my firmware

I said I'd post back, so (belatedly) here it is: I did, successfully, update my firmware. Many thanks to everyone for their help.

Robert, I'm sure you read these directions:
"You can check the firmware/ by pressing and holding down Menu, the Select thumbwheel, and Cancel all at the same time"

Did you hold all of them down simultaneously, for a few seconds?

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Old April 27th, 2011, 09:42 AM   #9
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Re: questions re checking/updating my firmware

i tried the 3 buttons again and finally found the firmware version somehow way at the bottom below "media". I didn't see it before.(?)

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Old April 27th, 2011, 09:54 AM   #10
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Re: questions re checking/updating my firmware

The EX1 and EX1r have a few differences and how you update or check the firmware version is one of them.

With the EX1r you can check the firmware and update the firmware via the normal menus.

With the EX1 you have to do the multi button trick and use the specific instructions with the hidden USB port to update the firmware.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 10:03 AM   #11
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ahhh. well, I must have just scrolled down to the bottom of the regular menu then. good to know!
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Old April 27th, 2011, 12:41 PM   #12
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Re: questions re checking/updating my firmware

As for EX1 to view the firmware version, you don't need any trick.
Access MENU (MENU button) - select OTHERS - scroll down to the end (below the "Format Media") - Vesion: V1.20.
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Old April 29th, 2011, 10:56 AM   #13
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Re: questions re checking/updating my firmware

Whether the version is or is not displayed in the EX1 may be a function of the firmware currently on the camera, so if you can't find the version at the bottom of the 'others' menu, use the three finger salute to get into the maintenance menu.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 12:02 AM   #14
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Re: questions re checking/updating my firmware

tried the v1.20 from Sony.
Macbook Pro 2011 Spring
Froze at 12.7% and would not get past that after 4 hours.
Took it to Sony Coquitlam today and they said they would look at it tomorrow.
We'll see what in in for.
Hopefully not a horror story.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 07:26 PM   #15
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Re: questions re checking/updating my firmware

Fixed and camera checked, FB reset.$120 and less than 24 hours too.
Well done Sony Coquitlam.
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