- December 10, 2018 at 9:44 pm
Can video shot on a Sony F350/F355 XDCAM disc camera be played back on a Sony F800 camera? I have a client that shoots on F800…and they want me to get a Sony disc type camera…please help.
Dallas, Texas USA
- December 11, 2018 at 7:06 pm
Pretty specific question! Why not just rent a Sony F800, which you know will be compatible? If the client’s going to specify camera package, they pretty much need to be willing to pay for the rental, especially if they’re going to specify a weird, out-of-date format.
Otherwise, I’d check with Sony on the compatibility.
- December 12, 2018 at 10:04 pm
Sorry you feel it’s unhelpful. Just pointing out that in this industry, a client’s requirement that a freelancer use a specific camera usually means that the freelancer rents that camera, rather than buying one. If your client suddenly decided they wanted you to use a RED setup that cost $50,000 to buy, would you consider it a reasonable request that you buy one out of your own pocket? Or would you rent it, and pass the rental fee along to the client, since they’re the one who is making that requirement?
Sorry also that you feel it’s unhelpful to suggest that Sony, who built these camera systems, is probably your best bet for getting helpful answers about interoperability of two cameras using out-of-date acquisition formats.
Their professional services division is likely to have the answer for this. Their contact information is here: https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.com/sony-service-contacts.aspx
I hope you don’t find this contact information to also be unhelpful.
- January 29, 2019 at 11:49 am
Yes the 35Mbps 420 footage shot on the 300 series 1/2″ XDCam cameras can be played back on a PDW-800 as that camera does support the record mode of 35Mbps 420 as an option besides its 50Mbps 422 default record mode.
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