Visual Impact Blog

  • Canon XF200/205 Camcorder Tutorials by Jem Schofield

    Sitting between the XF100/105 and the larger XF300/305, the XF200/205 is a serious video machine packing some serious features in a small body making it accessible and easy to use for video professionals, while enabling all to achieve stellar results.

  • Sony G-Series XQD Cards for 4K recording on the Sony PXW-FS7

    The new G Series is compliant to XQD Format Version 2, both PCI Express Gen.2 and USB3.0 interface are supported on a newly-developed controller for high performance. The G Series delivers increased read 400MB/s*1 and write 350MB/s*1 speeds, which is 3x times the speed of the previous N Series cards.

  • Sony FS7 Accessories by ARRI Coming in February

    Just before Christmas, ARRI announced a full complement of professional-quality accessories from its PCA range, specifically tailored to Sony’s PXW-FS7 camera. These accessories will be available individually, or in several competitively-priced sets, providing unrivalled reliability and compatibility with industry-standard tools.

    The ARRI Adapter Plate for Sony PXW-FS7 is compatible with ARRI's BP-8 and BP-9 bridge plates, as well as VCT-style tripod adapters such as the ARRI Quick Release Plate QRP-1 (when used with the supplied wedge adapter). Incorporating an ergonomic shoulder pad, the adapter plate also boasts sturdy extended rosettes that fit both Sony’s original telescopic handgrip and all rosette-based handgrips and handgrip extensions. There is a built-in 15 mm rod console and an optional 15 mm rear rod console for accessories such as image transmitters, displays and batteries.

    The ARRI Lens Adapter Support LAS-1 is a sturdy lens adapter support that fits an extensive range of third-party lens adapters, including EF and PL mount. The LAS-1 also supports special optical adapters such as the Metabones Speedbooster.

    The ARRI Top Plate for Sony PXW-FS7 is a low mode plate with numerous 3/8-16” and 1/4-20” threaded accessory interfaces, as well as an optically centered built-in console. Compatible with ALEXA’s CCH-1 handle, ALEXA M's CCH-2 handle and the original Sony FS7 top handle, the top plate incorporates two solid metal focus hooks positioned at the sensor plane level. Furthermore, the plate is slightly raised above the camera top surface, meaning accessory screws that are longer than the thickness of the plate will not damage the camera.

    The ARRI PCA accessories for the Sony PXW-FS7 will be available from February 2015.

    Sony FS7 Firmware Update Version 1.10


      • • 1.) Support for 'S-Log2 gamma' has been added.


      • • 2.) The operability of 'Iris setting' using the 'Iris dial' and the 'assignable dial' has been improved.


      • • 3.) 'Video Signal Monitor' display enabled condition has been changed as follows:


      • • (a) Default value of 'Output Format' has been changed - This allows 'Video Signal Monitor' display without changing the 'Output Format' from the default setting.


      • • (b) Video Signal Monitor display is now available in 'Edge Crop mode'.


        However, when the 'Rec Format' or the 'RAW Output Format' is set to 4096x2160 or 2048x1080, there will be no output on the View Finder.


      • • 4.) 'Zoom Ring Direction setting' is now saved after Power OFF.

    Download firmware version 1.10 and the instructions here.

    To order your Sony FS7 visit our website and for any accessories needs you can contact our ARRI & Sony specialists at 0208 977 1222.

  • ARRI Expands their AMIRA Camera Functionality with latest SUP 1.1 Firmware Update

    Announced at IBC 2013, the ARRI Amira continued legacy the highly regarded German film equipment manufacturer often associated with exceptional imagery and build quality. The Amira shares its sensor with the Alexa, whcih has been the most popular digital cinema camera for Hollywood productions for the past three years. The Amira has been shipping to customers for the last six months and since captured incredible imagery on various productions from commercials to documentary work and broadcast narrative drama.

  • Details on the latest Sony PMW-F5/F55 Firmware Update Version 5.0

    Sony recently released the latest firmware update version 5.0 for the PMW F5/F55 cameras further unlocking the potential of these amazing cameras. The new firmware update opens the path to internal 4K recording on the F5 (sold separately), the much awaited and desirable, Apple ProRes and Avid DnxHD recording (requires a board install), as well as some exciting accessories for broadcast work.

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