Sony adds 4K* consumer camcorder to its Handycam portfolio

Date: 05/09/2013

New FDR-AX1E allows fresh creative expression with four times the resolution of Full HD

  • Shoot 4K Ultra HD images withExmor R CMOS sensor, professional image processor and high-quality G Lens with 20x optical zoom and SteadyShot
  • Stores 4K video in efficient new XAVC S format, with relay recording with dual XQD media card slots
  • Enjoy 4K videos with one-cable HDMI connection to your BRAVIA TV
  • Extensive manual controls for pro-style operation plus XLR audio connectors
* 4K refers to 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution throughout this press release
Today Sony unveils its first 4K consumer camcorder, the new Handycam® FDR-AX1E. Now video enthusiasts can capture 4K content for expressive, powerful imaging with incomparable levels of clarity and exquisite colour in every scene.
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Four times the detail of Full HD
The FDR-AX1E camcorder records 4K and HD movies in the XAVC S format, using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Long GOP for video and Linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in an MP4 wrapper. The XAVC-S format allows longer recording times, storing almost two hours of 4K video on a 64GB XQD memory card, making 4K recording easier and more convenient. Switching to Full HD recording can store almost 3 hours of 1920x1080 50p footage on a single card. For further compatibility with existing consumer devices, AVCHD format is planned to be updated by the middle of 2014.
The FDR-AX1E camcorder features a 4K image sensor that is essential to the stunning image quality it can achieve. The 1/2.3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor captures true 4K resolution (3840x2160) images, containing four times the picture detail of Full HD, and has the output speed required by the massive 4K 50 fps data stream. The powerful image processor, identical to those found in professional 4K camcorders, rapidly processes signals transmitted from the CMOS sensor and finalizes images in real time at 50p.
Pristine imagery is also assured by the high quality Sony G Lens which redefines what an aspheric lens and special low-dispersion glass combination can reproduce. The G Lens is specially tuned to capture qualities of definition and colour that put this groundbreaking Handycam® camcorder in a class of its own. In addition, the lens offers a broad zoom range from wide-angle to 20x optical (31.5-630mm 35mm equivalent); while Optical SteadyShot keeps footage crisp and stable, even at telephoto mode.
Creative controls and pro-style ergonomics
The FDR-AX1E camcorder offers several functions to enhance users creativity, including three ND filters to adjust the amount of light entering the image sensor from the lens. Four settings: Off (Clear), 1/4 filter, 1/16 filter and 1/64 filter - give users the ability to modify light conditions, while maintaining desired shutter angle and aperture even on bright sunny days. Five paint functions (white balance, gamma, detail, skin detail and matrix) can be combined and altered to create expressive movie styling and cinematic looks.
Matching its impressive 4K picture quality, the camcorder features two external pro-style XLR connectors to complement its high-performance internal microphone for premium sound. These XLR jacks allow the addition of stereo microphones to capture balanced audio synchronized to the video for clearer ambient sounds and dialogue, which can be mixed with recordings made using the internal mic.
For ease of use during shooting, the FDR-AX1E is designed with two strategically placed start/stop buttons and a zoom lever on the handle for convenient access from low angles. Dedicated controls are also provided for auto/manual focus, and seven custom buttons can be reassigned to users preferred function. Assigned functions for on-the-fly adjustments include Marker, Zebra, Peaking, Focus Magnifier, Auto Exposure Level, SteadyShot, Colour Bars and Rec Lamp.
Equipped with two media card slots, the FDR-AX1E uses XQD memory cards for smooth, high-speed reading and writing of 4K video. As featured on Sony professional camcorders, relay shooting seamlessly switches recording between two media cards so theres no need to worry about running out of storage mid-scene. Video makers can even hot swap cards, removing a full card from one of the camcorders two slots and slipping in fresh storage while shooting continues uninterrupted.
Ultimate 4K viewing experience
Playing back 4K content captured on the FDR-AX1E is simple - just connect the camcorder to a compatible 4K TV with the single HDMI cable. Sony BRAVIA TVs specially brings out the full quality of 4K/50p recordings, with TRILUMINOS Display to deliver an even more vibrant palette of rich colours that are closer than ever to real life.
For those without a 4K TV, the FDR-AX1E can output 1920x1080 images to a Full HD TV, by simply changing the output settings on the camcorder. Theres a growing choice of 4K-capable editing software packages makes it easy to trim HD images from original footage with huge amounts of picture detail.
HDMI 2.0 a new industry standard
The FDR-AX1E will offer support for the brand-new HDMI Version 2.0 specification, with an easy firmware update via the Internet.
Newly released by the HDMI Forum, the HDMI 2.0 industry standard offers an option to transmit 4K/50p signal using a single HDMI cable. With this HDMI 2.0 update, the FDR-AX1E will be able to output 4K/50p images not only to 4K BRAVIA, but to other HDMI 2.0 compatible TVs and devices.
New ultra-fast XQD N Series memory cards for 4K shooting
Sony also introduces a new range of ultra-fast XQD N Series memory cards that are ideal for 4K shooting with the Handycam® FDR-AX1E.
Available from October this year, the new cards offer a read speed of 120 MB/sec and 80 MB/sec write speed on the QD-N64 (64GB version) and 60 MB/sec on the QD-N32 (32GB version). Ultra-fast transfer speeds are enabled by a newly-developed intelligent controller and optimised high-speed flash memory.
The new Handycam® FDR-AX1E 4K consumer camcorder by Sony is available in Europe from [DATE].  For a complete 4K experience, the camcorder comes supplied as a special bundle with Vegas Pro 12 Edit software and a 32GB XQD media card included in the box at no extra cost.


Tags: Sony | AX1E | 4K | Handycam | BRAVIA | XAVC | MP4 | AVCHD | G Lens | Steadyshot | XQD
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The World Literacy Foundation recently announced the winners of its World Literacy Awards – honors given to those who proactively foster literacy skills among the 773 million people across the globe who, according to UNESCO research, still cannot read and write.

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Rise Awards Announces Shortlist for 2021 Posted: 21/10/2021
Rise Awards Announces Shortlist for 2021

Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for women in the broadcast media technology sector, is thrilled to reveal the shortlist for this year’s Rise Awards.

The judges saw an outstanding selection of global nominations from women in a variety of roles across the industry in several categories including: Business, Marketer/PR, Product Innovation, Production Support Engineer, R&D Engineer, Rising Star, Sales, Technical Operations, Woman of the Year, and this year’s three new categories, Company Award For Investment in Women, Influencer and Student.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 18 November from 17:00 BST as part of the DPP Leaders’ Briefing event in London and streamed globally, courtesy of Red Bee Media. The winners will be announced during the live ceremony with attendees in person and virtually.

Details on attendance will be announced shortly.



Tags: Rise Women in Broadcast | Rise Awards 2021 | Rise Up | Rise Up UTC Mentoring Programme
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DPA Captures Sound for Netflix Original Film Posted: 21/10/2021
DPA Captures Sound for Netflix Original Film: Oxyg and egrave;ne

When it came time to record the Netflix original French-language film, Oxygène (Oxygen in English), the audio team had quite the challenge in front of them. The premise of the scientific horror film focuses on a scientist, played by French Actress Melanie Laurent, who has lost her memory, awakens, trapped in a medical pod and must find her way out before the oxygen levels diminish. Given the setting, the pod is used for 90 percent of the film and, with its tight quarters, Production Sound Mixer Ken Yasumoto and Boom Operator Josselin Panchout knew they needed a reliable and unobtrusive microphone solution, which they found in DPA Microphones.

Tags: DPA Microphones | film sound | subminiature mics
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Back to Broadcast at IBC 2021 Posted: 21/10/2021
Back to Broadcast at IBC 2021

Calrec is looking forward to meeting up with customers and partners again at IBC 2021 (stand 8.F56). The broadcast market is rapidly evolving as it rises to the challenges of greater competition and the issues created by Covid. At IBC 2021 Calrec will show a range of solutions that enable broadcasters to meet these challenges, with a focus on remote working, virtualization, remote production and IP.



Tags: Calrec | audio | IBC | broadcast | IP | consoles | Brio | Artemis | TypeR | IBC 2021
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Spectra Logic Transforms Entire Product Portfolio with Attack-Hardened Data Management and Storage Solutions that Unify and Secure Data Across Multiple Clouds, Multiple Sites and On-Premises Posted: 20/10/2021
Spectra Logic Transforms Entire Product Portfolio with Attack-Hardened Data Management and Storage Solutions that Unify and Secure Data Across Multiple Clouds, Multiple Sites and On-Premises

Spectra Logic, a global leader in data management and data storage solutions, today announced the transformation and expansion of its entire product portfolio with Attack Hardened™ and multi-cloud solutions. The introduction ofSpectra’s Vail®is a pivotal addition to Spectra’s new data storage and management ecosystem. Vail is a distributed multi-cloud software designed to provide universal access and placement of data across multi-site and multi-cloud storage, enabling seamless hybrid and multi-cloud workflows.

Tags: Spectra Logic | Spectra’s Vail® | Vail | Distributed Multi-Cloud Software | data management | data storage | BlackPearl | StorCycle | Spectra Stack Tape Library | hybrid cloud | multi-cloud | cloud | NAS | S3 | Storage Lifecycle Management | Attack-Hardened | IBC 2021
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Ghost VFX Artists Reveal How They Created Emmy-Winning Effects for Star Trek Posted: 20/10/2021
Ghost VFX Artists Reveal How They Created Emmy-Winning Effects for Star Trek: Discovery and ldquo;Su and rsquo;Kal and rdquo;

Ghost VFX artists received a 2021 Emmy® for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Single Episode for the Star Trek: Discovery installment “Su’Kal.” Led by Supervising Producer / Lead VFX Supervisor Jason Michael Zimmerman, the Emmy-winning Ghost team included VFX Supervisor Ivan Kondrup Jensen and VFX Producer Kristen Prahl. Also taking home Emmys were VFX Supervisor Ante Dekovic, VFX Producer Aleksandra Kochoska, Lead VFX Artist Charles Collyer, and On Set VFX Supervisor Alexander Wood.

Tags: ghost vfx | vfx | behind the scenes
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DoPchoice Intro Light Directing Tools for Aputure Nova P600c New Snapbags Snapgrid Rabbit Ear Mount Adapter Posted: 20/10/2021
DoPchoice Intro and rsquo;s Light Directing Tools for Aputure Nova P600c New Snapbags and reg;, Snapgrid and reg; and amp; Rabbit Ear Mount Adapter

DoPchoice now offers light directing Snapbag® soft boxes and Snapgrids® to make the most of Aputure’s new P600c LED fixture. To complement this panel light, DoPchoice has designed a dedicated new Snapbag® soft box and Rabbit Ears Mount Adapter, plus a host of other choice tools.

Tags: DoPchoice GmbH | Light Modifiers | ARRI Orbiter | Obiter | Lightbank | Snapbag | lighting | cinematography | Local 728 | Local 80 | gaffer | light control | cinema tools | LED | Rabbit Rounder | Snapgrid | TRP Worldwide | Snapbag | reflective fabric | internal 3D Baffle | IBC 2021
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HPA Young Entertainment Professionals Program Opens Call for Applications Posted: 20/10/2021
HPA Young Entertainment Professionals Program Opens Call for Applications

HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) has opened the call for applications for the 2022 Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) program. Since its inception in 2015, the growing YEP program has supported the careers of talented creative, technical, project management and administrative professionals between the ages of 21 and 32 through mentorship, community building and educational offerings. Applications are due Monday, November 8 and applicants will be notified of their status in early December. The 2022 YEP class will begin in January 2022.

Tags: HPA | HPA YEP | professional development
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Lead Singer Billy Lunn Puts Neve Firmly At The Heart Of His Latest Recordings Posted: 20/10/2021
The Subways and rsquo; Lead Singer Billy Lunn Puts Neve Firmly At The Heart Of His Latest Recordings

Billy Lunn, lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer of the rock band The Subways, has made Neve outboard units the centrepiece of his new studio after recognising the positive impact Neve equipment had on the sound of the band’s second album, All or Nothing.

Released in 2008, All or Nothing was produced by Butch Vig and recorded on a Neve® 88R desk at Conway Studios in Los Angeles.

Tags: Billy Lunn | The Subways | AMS Neve | Neve 1073SPX | Neve Pre Amps | Butch Vig
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TSL Products Hosts Virtual and Interactive Showcase to Spotlight New Products and Latest Advancements Posted: 20/10/2021
TSL Products Hosts Virtual and Interactive Showcase to Spotlight New Products and Latest R and amp;D Advancements

TSL Products will spotlight its latest product developments in audio monitoring, control systems and power solutions with a virtual and interactive showcase. The new digitalplatform will allow customers to visit a virtual representation of TSL’s tradeshow booth, with access to product demos and exclusive interviews, as well as the opportunity to speak live with product specialists via a custom-built set up based out of TSL’s Marlow office.

Tags: TSL Products | NAB 2021 | virtual tradeshow
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Pebble continues 2021 expansion with new hires Posted: 20/10/2021
Pebble continues 2021 expansion with new hires

Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, is pleased to announce a range of new hires across its business as it continues to build on its successes over the last year. The company announced an impressive set of figures for H1 2021 last month, buoyed by an up-tick in all key financial metrics over the Covid-impacted 2020, including revenue, pre-tax profits, and net cash.

Tags: Pebble | automation | content | channel | hires
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