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The PMW-EX1R succeeds the PMW-EX1 and delivers several enhancements which have been established through customer feedback. These include the capability to perform SD (Standard definition) recording in DVCAM format, Cache Recording, Picture Inversion and more. The EX1R is the ideal solution for customers such as broadcasters, independent videographers and film makers who need exceptional HD picture quality and state-of-the-art workflow from a compact and affordable handheld camcorder.
The XDCAM EX professional product range from Sony is designed to exploit the ultimate high performance of SxS memory cards. It combines a proven, non-linear XDCAM workflow with the only Full HD resolution sensor system available in a compact camcorder. This advanced imaging system consists of three1/2-inch-type Exmorâ„¢ CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920x1080, to produce images in full HD resolution. In addition, there's a purpose-built Fujinon Professional HD 14x zoom lens and a unique dual focus ring mechanism.
IMPROVEMENTS & NEW FEATURES OVER THE PMW-EX1:
REMOVED FEATURE: EX1R DOES NOT HAVE S-VIDEO OUTPUT
XDCAM EX â€“ A New Generation of HD Recording System:
New Nonlinear Recording Media, SxS PRO - For Greater Efficiency, Operability & Reliability
The XDCAM EX series adopts the SxS PRO memory card for its recording media that is developed specifically for professional content-creation applications, and is based on the SxSâ„¢ memory card specification. The SxS PRO memory card is an
ultra-compact nonlinear medium that uses flash memory with a number of distinguishing features:
1920 x 1080 HD Recording Using the â€œMPEG-2 Long GOPâ€ Codec
The PMW-EX1 camcorder records 1920 x 1080 HD images using the â€œMPEG-2 Long GOPâ€ codec,which conforms to the MPEG-2 MP@HL compression. This highly efficient â€œMPEG-2 Long GOPâ€ codec â€“ that is also adopted in the XDCAM HD and HDV 1080i series of products â€“ enables users to record stunning-quality HD video and audio over a long period of time by efficiently compressing the data.
Selectable Bit Rates
The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a choice of bit rates â€“ either 35 Mb/s (HQ mode) or 25 Mb/s (SP mode) â€“ depending on the desired picture quality and recording time. The HQ mode supports both 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720 resolutions. The SP mode supports 1440 x 1080 resolution at 25 Mb/s, which provides compatibility with HDV 1080i products. Footage recorded in the SP mode can be seamlessly integrated into HDV-compatible editing systems by connecting the camcorder via the i.LINKâ„¢* (HDV) interface. It can also be recorded on XDCAM HD's optical disc through the use of the supplied Clip Browser software.
Long Recording Time
Combining the moderate bit rates produced by the efficient MPEG-2 Long GOP compression to large-capacity SxS PRO memory card, the PMW-EX1 records high-quality HD images for a long recording time of 70 minutes on a single 16-GB SxS PRO memory card. Equipped with two SxS PRO memory card slots, the PMW-EX1 achieves up to 140 minutes of recording using two 16-GB memory cards in the SP mode and a minimum of up to 100 minutes in the HQ mode. When a clip spans across two cards, the transition is seamless without any artifacts or frame loss. The SxS PRO memory card can be hot-swapped while shooting without interrupting the recording. This feature makes the PMW-EX1 an ideal camcorder for a wide variety of long form content-production applications.
Multiple-format Recording - 1080/720 and Interlace/Progressive Switchable Operation
The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a wide array of recording formats for multiple content creation applications. Scanning mode is switchable between 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and 1440 x 1080 resolutions. Frame rate is also selectable from interlace and progressive â€“ 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 25P, and native 23.98P*. In addition, 59.94P, 50P, 25P, and native 23.98P progressive recording is available in 1280 x 720 mode. The SxS PRO memory card can simultaneously hold a mix of multiple files of any of these recording formats, allowing for flexible use of the memory card.
With the PMW-EX1 camcorder, recordings are made as data files in the â€œMP4â€ format,which is widely used in a number of
recent electronic portable devices and has been standardized by ISO. The file-based recording allows material to be handled with great flexibility in a commonly available IT-based environment for copying, transferring, sharing, and archiving. All these operations are accomplished lossless without any â€œre-digitizingâ€ process required. File-based data copying allows lossless dubbing of AV content,which can be performed easily on a PC. The file-based recording system also allows for material to be viewed directly on a PC â€“ simply by inserting the SxS PRO memory card into the ExpressCard slot on a PC, or by linking a PC to the XDCAM EX unit via a USB connection. This works in just the same way as a PC reads files on an internal or external drives. The high speed file-based operation and SxS PRO memory card can dramatically improve the efficiency and quality of professional video applications.
No Accidental Overwriting of Footage, Immediate Recording Start
By virtue of recording on flash memory card, the PMW-EX1 camcorder makes each new recording on an empty area of the card. This is extremely convenient, as camera operators do not have to worry about accidentally recording over good takes, and they don't have to search through footage for the correct position to start the next recording. In short, it means the camera is always ready for the next shot!
Instant-access Thumbnail Search With â€œExpandâ€ Function
Each time a recording is started and stopped on the PMW-EX1 camcorder, the video and audio signals are recorded as one clip. During playback, users can cue-up to the next or previous clip simply by pressing the 'Next' or
'Previous' button, as you would do on a CD or DVD player. Furthermore, thumbnails are automatically generated for each clip as a visual reference, allowing operators to cue-up to a desired scene simply by guiding the cursor to a
thumbnail and pressing the 'Play' button. For further convenience, the 'Expand' function allows one selected clip in the Thumbnail display to be divided into 12 even-time intervals, each with their own thumbnail identifier. This is
useful if you want to quickly search for a particular scene within a lengthy clip.
Cutting Edge Camera Technology:
1/2-inch type Three â€œExmor Râ€ CMOS Sensors
The PMW-EX1R camcorder is equipped with three newly developed 1/2-inch type â€œExmor Râ€ CMOS Sensors, each with an effective pixel count of 1920 (H) x 1080 (V),which delivers excellent picture performance with full HD resolution. This 1/2-inch type image sensor, with Sony's accumulated sensor technologies, allows the camcorder to provide an excellent sensitivity of F10, a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio of 54 dB, and high horizontal resolution of 1000 TV lines*. It also greatly reduced power consumption and associated heat dissipation of the PMW-EX1R camcorder,which made possible the unique use of 1/2-inch type sensors on the handheld camcorder. In addition, this large 1/2-inch type image sensor can capture images with a shallower depth of field than all other handheld camcorder's smaller-size image sensors, giving users more creative freedom of expression.
Wide-angle Fujinon 14x Zoom Lens
The PMW-EX1 camcorder is equipped with a high-quality, high-definition Fujinon 14x zoom lens specifically designed for the PMW-EX1 to offer optimum picture performance and unprecedented functionality. It offers a wide angle of view of 5.8 mm (equivalent to 31.4 mm on a 35 mm lens), and many convenient features for diverse shooting situations.
Unique Focus Operation â€“ Professional Manual Focus and Auto Focus
The lens adopts a newly developed and unique focus ring mechanism,which offers two types of manual focus, plus an auto focus operation. The PMW-EX1 camcorder is equipped with two independent focus wheel mechanisms,which can be switched by sliding the focus ring itself back and forth. When the focus ring is in the front position, the lens works in the same way as a typical auto focus lens on a handheld camcorder. In this case, either manual or auto focus mode can be selected by the AF/MF switch on the lens. On the other hand,when the focus ring is set to the back position, the lens has an absolute focus position, and works in the same way as interchangeable-lens,which professional users are familiar with.
Three Independent Rings
In addition to the unique focus ring, the PMW-EX1 camcorder is equipped with independent rings for zoom and iris adjustment; all have physical stops and absolute markings permitting precise adjustments. The location, rotational range and feel are identical to other manual high-end HD lenses. This gives users a high level of familiarity and operational comfort.
Optical Image Stabilizer
To minimize the blurring effect caused by hand-shake, the new lens of the PMW-EX1 camcorder incorporates an optical image stabilizer function that provides highly stable images.
The AF (Auto Focus) Assist function of the PMW-EX1 camcorder enables operators to manually change focus positions using the focus ring during AF mode. This means that AF reference focus positions can be positively shifted manually to a new position.
The MF (Manual Focus) Assist function of the PMW-EX1 camcorder helps to precisely focus on the target subject when shooting in MF mode. When the MF Assist is enabled, the auto focus is momentarily activated by
pressing the corresponding button, the camera will then finely focus on the subject closest to the focal point of the lens at that time.
At the touch of a button, the center of the screen on the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the PMW-EX1 camcorder can be magnified to about twice the size,making it easier to confirm focus settings during manual focusing.
The Peaking function of the PMW-EX1 camcorder can help operators to quickly and accurately adjust the camera's focus by altering the way pictures are displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder. It can enhance the outline of the image which the camera focuses on most, and changes its color to make it stand out. Enhance levels can be selected from a choice of â€œHIGHâ€,â€œMIDDLEâ€, and â€œLOWâ€, and the outline color from â€œREDâ€,â€œWHITEâ€,â€œYELLOWâ€, and â€œBLUEâ€.
Creative Recording Modes and Settings:
23.98P Native Recording
The PMW-EX1 camcorder, a new member of Sony's legendary CineAlta family, offers the long-awaited native 23.98P* recording capability on its handy body. This feature, accompanied with other creative features makes the
camcorder ideal for cinema production.
Slow & Quick Motion Function
The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a powerful Slow & Quick Motion function â€“ commonly known as over-cranking and under-cranking by filmmakers â€“ that enables users to create unique 'looks' or slow and fast-motion special effects.
The PMW-EX1 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 fps (frame per second) to 60 fps in 720P mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080P mode, in increments of 1 fps. For example,when viewed at 23.98P, images captured at 60
fps will appear 2.5 times slower than normal. Conversely, images captured at four fps will appear six times faster than normal. With the Slow & Quick Motion function of this camcorder,
images are recorded natively with no padded frames and at full resolution. The obtained quality of the slow- and fast-motion images is extremely high and incomparable from those created in the editing process.
In addition, these slow- and quick-motion images can be played back immediately after shooting, without using any converters or processing on nonlinear editing systems.
Slow Shutter Function
The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a Slow Shutter function for capturing clear images in low-light environments. The Slow Shutter function not only increases camera sensitivity but also produces a special blurring effect when shooting a
moving object, for enhanced shooting creativity. The shutter speed is selectable from 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 16-, 32-, and 64- frame accumulation periods.
Selectable Gamma Curves
The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers a wide variety of gamma curves to flexibly handle contrast, and give a specific 'look' to an image. In addition to four types of standard gamma curves, the PMW-EX1 provides four types of CINE Gamma
(CINE 1, 2, 3, and 4),which are identical to those on high-end CineAlta camcorders. Operators can select the best-suited preset gamma curve depending on scenes.
Interval Recording Function
The PMW-EX1 camcorder offers an Interval Recording function that records one frame at pre-determined intervals. This is convenient for shooting over long periods of time, and also when creating special effects of extremely quick
Frame Recording Function
Frame Recording is a unique feature of the PMW-EX1 camcorder that is especially useful for clay animation shooting. Using this function, images for pre-determined frames are recorded every time the Record button is
Shutter Angle Settings
In addition to traditional electronic shutter speed controls adjustable in fractions of a second, the PMW-EX1 also has a â€œshutter angleâ€ control â€“ which is familiar to filmmakers. By setting the shutter adjustment mode to â€œangleâ€, the PMW-EX1 automatically sets the proper exposure time, based on the selected frame rate and shutter angle.
Picture Profileâ„¢ Feature
The Picture Profile feature of the PMW-EX1 camcorder allows camera operators to easily call up customized picture-tonal settings to suit particular shooting conditions, rather than having to readjust the camera each time â€“ giving users greater operational efficiency. Up to six different picture-tonal settings such as the parameters of matrix, colour correction, detail, gamma, and knee can be saved in the memory. These settings are displayed on the LCD monitor at
the touch of a button.
Shot Transitionâ„¢ function
The Shot Transition function of the PMW-EX1 camcorder, with a simple push of a button, allows for smooth, precise and repeatable automatic scene transitions to occur. The operator can program the duration and select from three transition profiles: Linear, Soft Stop, or Soft Transition. Many lens parameter such as the start and end settings for zoom, focus, and/or camera parameters such as white balance and gain can be programmed to transition in unison. It works by automatically calculating the intermediate values during the scene transition. The Shot Transition function can be triggered manually or synchronized with the camera's REC start function. The transition progress can be checked on a bar graph on the LCD monitor. In addition, a start timer function is also available for the Shot Transition function, helping to prevent operators from missing a shot. This function is very useful when precise, simple or complex changes to the lens or camera settings are required during the scene â€“ for example,when changing the focus from the background to the foreground of a scene.
A Depth-of-field graphic can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the PMW-EX1 camcorder to help camera operators easily read the actual depth-of-field of a scene, and assist setting up the lens and exposure for optimum depth-of-field control.
The average brightness level of the center of a frame can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the PMW-EX1 camcorder as a percentage. This is useful when a waveform monitor is not available for shooting.
The Histogram Indicator can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the PMW-EX1 camcorder, allowing operators to easily evaluate the distribution of brightness of the currently captured images. This enables proper exposure control of iris, gain, and gamma.
3.5-inch* Color LCD Screen
The PMW-EX1 camcorder is equipped with a newly developed, large, easy-to-view, color LCD screen with a high resolution of 1920 x 480 pixels,which conveniently pivots under the built-in stereo microphone for storage. The LCD screen is located in the front, and can be flexibly rotated for accessible viewing from any shooting angle. The ease of focusing offered by this high resolution panel, location and adjustability permits using it as a viewfinder or camera assistant operator panel. It can also be used to instantly review recorded footage, as well as access the camera's set-up menus and view thumbnails, display status indications such as audio meters, depth-of-field indicators, remaining memory capacity and battery time. What's more, the use of the hybrid LCD screen â€“ which comprises transmissive and reflective panels â€“ offers clear viewing in both studio and â€œfull sunâ€ field shooting conditions.
Four Assignable Buttons
Frequently used functions can be programmed onto four assignable buttons, allowing operators to make rapid changes when working in the field. These can be functions such as ATW, Freeze Mix, Rec Review, Expanded Focus, Depth-of-field indicator, and more.
The hand grip of the PMW-EX1 camcorder can rotate approximately 120 degrees,which allows camera operators to flexibly adjust the angle of the grip. This gives users greater control and comfort when holding the camera from any shooting position.
On-handle Zoom Switch and REC Start/Stop Button
In order to facilitate zoom control and recording operation during low-angle shooting, an additional zoom switch and record start/stop button are located on the carrying handle.
Long Battery Operating Time
With the supplied BP-U30 battery attached, the PMW-EX1 camcorder can record continuously for approximately two hours, while the optional BP-U60 battery extends the operating time to approximately four hours.
Easy-to-see Color LCD Viewfinder
The 0.54-inch color LCD viewfinder of the PMW-EX1 camcorder displays high-resolution color pictures of approximately 250,000 pixels in a wide-screen aspect ratio of 16:9. Operators can switch the display mode between colour and monochrome according to their preference.
Built-in Stereo Microphone and Two-channel Audio Input
The PMW-EX1 camcorder comes equipped with a built-in stereo microphone and two XLR audio input connectors for connecting professional microphones or feeding an external-line audio source. These allow high-quality, two-channel 16-bit, 48-kHz linear PCM uncompressed audio to be recorded on the PMW-EX1 camcorder.
Wide Array of Interfaces
The PMW-EX1 camcorder comes equipped with a wide range of interfaces optimized for a variety of operational needs, wide interoperability and flexible workflow. These include an HD-SDI output, down-converted SD-SDI output, i.LINK (HDV) input/output, and analogue composite/component output.
XDCAM EX Application Software:
The PMW-EX1 camcorder comes with three application software packages that provide powerful and intuitive management of recorded contents in an easy way. Included are two versions of Clip Browser, one for Macintosh and PC respectively as well as the XDCAM Transfer application software for Apple Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing systems.
The Clip Browser software for the PMW-EX1 camcorder is a simple-to-use PC application software that allows users to easily browse and copy video clips recorded by the PMW-EX1 camcorder to other devices such as hard disk drives. The Clip Browser software is compatible with both Windows-based PCs and Macintosh computers.
PDZK-P1* Ver. 2.0 XDCAM Transfer for Apple Final Cut Pro Nonlinear Editing System
The PDZK-P1 XDCAM Transfer is plug-in software for Apple Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing systems that provides support for MP4 files recorded by XDCAM EX systems. With this software installed on a Macintosh computer, the PMW-EX1 camcorder or SxS PRO memory card can be mounted on Mac Finder directly, and users can seamlessly import and edit recorded material.