with multi-format recordings including XAVC
Sony's PXW-X500 has three 2/3-inch type Full HD CCD sensors, offering a high sensitivity and low noise image.
The camcorder gives broadcasters a high degree of flexibility, allowing you to shoot in a wide variety of HD and SD formats, including XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, MPEG SStP 422 Lite (HDCAM SR), MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD 420, as well as MPEG IMX and DVCAM.
Options allow the camcorder to record directly in Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes, offering direct compatibility with NLEs. The camcorder also has a host of leading professional features, such as Slow & Quick Motion up to 30 fps for MPEG HD 422 (as standard) and up to 120 fps for XAVC (as an option), wireless operation, picture cache recording, built-in GPS, Digital Extender, variable ND filter control, HyperGamma, and many more. A wide range of connectors, including 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI and USB, increase the flexibility further.
Three 2/3-inch type HyperHAD FX Full HD CCD sensors offer high sensitivity and improved S/N ratio - The PXW-X500 is equipped with three 2/3-inch type Full HD CCD sensors. Based on the latest on-chip lens structure, this type of CCD offers a high sensitivity of F12 at 50i (F11 at 60i) and improved S/N ratio of 60 dB (with NS on). The camcorder also offers minimum illumination of 0.003 lx (typical) in 1080/59.94i mode +42 dB gain, with 16-frame accumulation.
High quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Log GOP recordings - The PXW-X500 supports not only MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps in MXF (Material eXchange Format), which is widely accepted by major broadcasters worldwide, but also XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. XAVC technology is based on the H.264 standard, which provides an exceptional performance compression technology. XAVC Intra (frame) compression means that every frame is encoded independent of the other frames – providing a better quality picture, without compromises. With a Long GOP codec, only certain frames are encoded individually. This allows the codec to squeeze the video into a much smaller bitrate than Intra technology. The main benefit is faster ingest and editing. XAVC Long GOP files also require less storage space than XAVC Intra files, providing budget savings on recording media. The XAVC codec adopts 10 bit sampling for high definition recording with rich tonal expression. The bite rate of XAVC recording is 111 or 112 Mbps at 1080/59.94i or 50i and 89, or 112 Mbps at 1080/23.98P or 25p. The high bit rate gives a better quality picture.
Switchable recordings for greater flexibility - As well as shooting at XAVC HD, MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps and MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps, the camcorder also supports MPEG SStP 422 Lite (HDCAM SR), as well as SD MPEG IMX and DVCAM at 25 Mbps in MXF file format. MPEG HD 422 gives a high quality image with more detailed colour reproduction, as well as being ideal for chromakeying. MPEG SStP is offered at 1080 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 23.98p and 25p. High-quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbps is fully compliant with the latest EBU recommendations for long-form broadcast production and is widely accepted in broadcasting stations and production houses. This recording capability makes the PXW-X500 ideal for a wide range of different applications, including newsgathering and documentary production.
Real world open workflows with Avid DNxHD codec and Apple ProRes codec recording options - Sony understands a fundamental truth: working cameras require practical workflows that provide open standards. That's why the PXW-X500 is part of a larger production platform that includes affordable media cards, affordable card readers and compatibility with popular NLEs and finishing tools. Recording directly in Apple ProRes codec and Avid DNxHD codec are also available as hardware options.* The DNxHD or ProRes files can stored in the easy-to-manage MXF OP-1a wrapper, and recorded onboard to Sony’s SxS PRO+ memory card format, which was specially designed to handle mission-critical production applications.
* ProRes codec option PXWK-501 and DNxHD codec option PXWK-502.
* Slow & Quick Motion function for XAVC is available as an option.
Wireless operation - Lens, camera and media WiFi Remote or XMPilot live logging from a tablet or smartphone is achievable with built-in wireless module.
Proxy recording on SD card - The PXW-X500 can record proxy video H.264 on an SD card. The resolution and bitrate of proxy video can be changed for a more flexible workflow. The proxy files are recorded in MP4 format for better compatibility with broadcast systems. The lightweight proxy video files are generated separately from the main line recording and recorded to SD cards for quick sharing of content over low-bandwidth mobile networks.
Dual SxS media slots, “Simul” or “Relay” recording, and independent record control - The PXW-X500 is equipped with two SxS memory card slots. The camcorder is compatible with SxS PRO+ and SxS-1 memory cards, XQD, SDXC and SDHC cards can be also used with an appropriate card adaptor. Two media slots can record in either “Simul” or “Relay” mode. “Simul” mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards, while “Relay” mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full. The user can set up the two Start/Stop buttons on the PXW-X500, one on the grip and one on the camcorder body, to independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.
ND filter control mechanism - The PXW-X500 is equipped with a variable ND Filter function, allowing you to choose four conventional mechanical ND filter positions from Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND to 1/64ND.
Wide choice of connections - The camcorder offers numerous connections to suit the broadcast workflow, including 3G HD-SDI, HDMI®, USB, composite output, timecode input/output and genlock input. The 3G-SDI connector is able to output the 1080/59.94P or 50P signal. Down-conversion output from HD to SD is also possible. Simultaneous output from both SDI and HDMI is possible. The Rec Trigger signal can be sent through SDI and HDMI to link an external recording device.
2/3-inch lens mount - The PXW-X500 is fitted with a 2/3-inch B4 lens mount.
GPS functionality - The PXW-X500 is equipped with a GPS device. The GPS data is automatically recorded in two file locations.
High resolution 16:9 LCD - The PXW-X500 incorporates a 3.5-inch 1,555K dot LCD, offering high resolution and flexible composition options.
Viewfinder options - The camcorder allows various functions to be displayed in the viewfinder, including Focus Mag and Waveform/Vectorscope/Histogram. Viewfinder options include the HDVF-20A, HDVF-200 and CBK-VF02.
HyperGamma and User Gamma - Four types of HyperGamma curve – inherited from Sony's CineAlta camcorders – are provided in addition to six standard gammas.
Digital Extender - The Digital Extender function of the PXW-X500 enables images to be digitally increased in size 2x, 3x or 4x. Unlike lens extenders, the Digital Extender function performs this increase without any F-drop phenomenon (i.e., without loss of image sensitivity).
ALAC (Automatic Lens Aberration Compensation) - This feature decreases any chromatic aberration caused by the lens. ALAC is activated only with some third-party lenses that incorporate compensation data. (Please check with lens manufacturers for ALAC support.)
24-bit four-channel audio recording - The PXW-X500 records uncompressed four-channel, 24-bit 48 kHz audio in XAVC Intra and XAVC Long MPEG HD 422 mode or MPEG IMX mode. Each channel level can be adjusted independently by individual level controllers.
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