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Sony’s File-based compatibility chart with NLE
 
Avid
MediaComposer 3.5
Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0.5
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
Sony Vegas Pro 9
Grass Valley Edius 5
 XDCAM HD
 HD422
 (1920*1080)
 50 Mbps
Yes
Yes
TBC
Yes
Yes
 HD420
 (1440*1080)
 18/25/35 Mbps
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 XDCAM
 IMX
 (PAL 720*576)
 (NTSC 720*480)
 30/40/50 Mbps
Yes
Yes
Yes, with MainConcept
plug-ins
Yes
Yes
 DVCAM
 (PAL 720*576)
 (NTSC 720*480)
 25 Mbps
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 XDCAM EX
 HD420
 (1920*1080)
 (1440*1080)
 35/25 Mbps
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 HDV
 M2T
 (1440*1080)
 25Mbps
Yes
Yes, with free
download plug-ins
Yes
Yes
Yes
 DVCAM
 (PAL 720*576)
 (NTSC 720*480)
 25Mbps
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Sony Recording Format
 
XDCAM HD
XDCAM SD
XDCAM EX
HDV
Codec
MPEG 2 Long GOP
MPEG 2 based
MPEG 2 Long GOP
MPEG 2 Long GOP
Container
MXF
MXF
MP4
M2T
Bitrate
Selection
50Mbps
35Mbps
25Mbps
18Mbps
25Mbps DVCAM
50Mbps IMX
40Mbps IMX
30Mbps IMX
25Mbps DVCAM
35Mbps
25Mbps
25Mbps
25Mbps DV25
Recording Media

Professional Disc

Professional Disc

SxS PRO

HDD

HDD

Compact Flash

Tape
Resolution 1920*1080
1440*1080
720*576 PAL
720*480 NTSC
(PAL & NTSC switchable)
1920*1080
1440*1080
1280*720
1440*1080
720*576 PAL

Sony Product Line Focus
 
XDCAM
XDCAM EX
HDV
Who? Broadcaster Production House Independent
Content Creator
Why? -Proxy Video
-Ease of Archive
-Ultra Fast Transfer
-Stunning picture quality
-HDSDI output
-Cost Efficient
-Portability
-Hybrid (Tape + CF)
Benefits -Pre-edit with PDZ-1
-Field-edit easy setup
-Instant postproduction starts
-Clip Browser conversion tools
-Reasonably priced
-Machine size good for extreme angle

Benefits of IT combined workflow
 
How?
Why?
When?
Metadata
Produced faster - Faster than realtime transfer - Non-Linear characteristic - Shooting
- NLE Edit
- Status Flag to keep track
with good shots and NG shots
Higher quality - Efficient compression
algorithm
- R&D from Sony’s Factory and Engineer - XDCAM invention - Warning generated from
feature like sudden audio
change assure you a perfect output
Fewer errors - Preview content is
almost instant
- No pre-roll time is needed as in the linear world - Filename can now be generated
automatically
- Proxy preview is ready for fast transfer
- Simple XDCAM file structure
Lower costs - Cheaper Storage
Media
- No need special
attention to
- Content stored in
Professional Disc
- Non-contact beam
recording mechanism
- Clip-base drag
and drop saves
dubbing time
- Video Content indexing tools in-built

Sony Userdata Folder Utilization
 
Description
Benefits
What is it? It is an area for users to store production related
materials
1) Organize project files in one go

2) Field application becomes more
efficient (PD replacing network transfer)

3) Achieving data security (out of reach
from hackers)
Why is it there? Providing users with handy access to script, voiceover,
graphics and log sheet
Where? Clip => Highres
Edit => EDL from PDZ-1
Sub => Lowres proxy video
General => up to 500MB storage
Userdata => no upper limit storage till Disc Full
How? Once formatted with XDCAM Device, this folder
generated automatically
When to use? Optimized for standalone edit workstation with no
network access

Cross platform data interchange between PC and MAC
Format
PC
MAC
NTFS Read / Write Read Only
FAT32 (Limited to 4GB/file) Read / Write Read / Write
XDCAM UserData (Exceed 4GB/file) Read / Write Read / Write
UserData area becomes a “portable share drive” that allow users to transport files till Disc Full

What’s Metadata?

Metadata describes…
content, quality, condition, and other characteristics about data
who, what, where, why, and how of a data set

Why Bother with Metadata?

Documenting data is critical to preserving its usefulness over time
– Where did the data come from?
– Where were they collected?
– How accurate are they?
– How are they to be appropriately used?

For data developers, metadata helps:

Avoid duplication saves storage space
• Share reliable information to achieve workflow efficiency
• Reduce workload by maximizing output

Proxy Video

Proxy Video is a form of metadata. It consists of highly compressed, very low resolution video (with sound) that mirrors a high resolution original master digital recording. Since proxy AV data is timecode synchronized with the original, much smaller in size, and can be sent faster than real-time over TCP/IP networks, it can be used quickly for viewing, scripting and editing. In many applications, such as television news, it saves time to edit the proxy AV data first and then automatically edit the high-resolution data based on the proxy. Using this method, editing can occur in the field.


Operation Improvement with metadata
 
Tape
File
Where is the benefit?
Clip Duration
No
Yes
Producer has total control over video content volume
Aspect Ratio
No
Yes
Avoid errors while migrating from SD to HD
Thumbnail Picture
No
Yes
0 cue up time, instant playback
Record Date/Time
No
Yes
Trace of shot taken information, sorting arrangement

Sony XDCAM with NLEs
 
Avid Users
Apple Final Cut Pro Users
Sony Vegas Pro Users
Adobe Premiere Pro Users
Thomson
Grass Valley Edius Users
 Features
-Proxy Edit
-PDZ-1 export aaf
-Open Format Timeline
-XDCAM Transfer
-Proxy Edit
-All Sony’s Format support
-PDZ-1 generated editlist support
-After Effects reads MXF now
-MPEG-2 native
support
 Advantages
-Minimum Disk Space
-Pre-edit anywhere
-XDCAM, XDCAM EX
and HDV content
mixing
-Sub-clip the needed
portion only
-Flexibility for producer to
pre-cut edit anywhere
and conform in Vegas
-MXF along Adobe line of products
-Less render time
 Benefits
-Save Cost
-Manpower best use
-Save on machine
time for format
conversion
-Being a complete
solution, this combo
ensure seamless
integration
-All Departments can share XDCAM
equipments
-Save on machine
lock up time

Conclusion

- Sony File-based Device – perfect for planning workflow
- XDCAM line of product – end to end solutions
- Integration with 3rd party software – adapt to wide range of setup

 
 


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