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  • where do I get xdcam transfer software?

     Daniela Udoff updated 5 years ago 12 Members · 21 Posts
  • Jason Brown

    November 10, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I’ve searched and searched on Sony’s website…I can’t find a download for the Sony XDCAM transfer software.

    I got the file XDCAM from a friend…so I’ve been running that, but don’t I need to install it? I’m very new to mac’s, I don’t understand how this “app” thing works! Also, I’d like to get it for another machine that we may be ingesting some EX footage.

    Any ideas? Thanks!


  • Michael Palmer

    November 10, 2009 at 1:33 am
  • Jason Brown

    November 10, 2009 at 1:39 am


    I actually had found this link, but was confused…maybe I’m missing something (I don’t shoot XDCAM, but I’ve needed to ingest content from cards)

    The version seems to count up…(current being 2.10.0), but there is notation after the software name…I initially thought these were codecs…I assumed that I was downloading the XDCAM codecs to play back?

    Is it appropriate to get v2.10.0? I’m using Leopard with Final Cut Studio 3.

    Thanks for the help.


  • Michael Palmer

    November 10, 2009 at 1:50 am

    I’m using FCS3 with this download, works for me

    Good Luck
    Michael Palmer

  • Craig Seeman

    November 10, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Sony hires professional web designers who work under usability designers to make sure it is impossible for anyone to find anything on their website. My bet is you’re looking at the USA site. I think Rubik designed it after he finished with the Rubik’s Cube.
    Look at Download . . . and you won’t see it.
    Click on View All in that frame
    and you’ll see something cryptically called
    NLE Editing and File Transfers
    Click on that
    and you’ll see something written in Klingon
    PDZ-KP1 Version 2.7
    PDZ-KP1 is Klingon for Sony XDCAM File Transfer. The version number. 2.7 is also wrong.
    Click on Click Here to Download Software.
    It’s very tiny to ensure no one over 40 can read it.
    You then find that PDZKP1 is described as
    XDCAM Transfer Plug-In for Final Cut Pro (MAC). To the left of that you’ll note that the Product Category is
    Videotape Recorders
    This is to let you know that you are downloading the Videotape Recorder for your tapeless camera.
    Click on the Klingon PDZKP1 and it takes you to
    You’ll see Kit Part Numbers which lets you know that there as many types of PDZP1 in Klingon as there are words for snow in Eskimo
    Look for Kit Part Number FPDZKP1A2
    The Kit Description will be
    Which may well be a later version than 2.7 previously mentioned unless Klingon uses a different numbering system than found on most places on this planet.
    Note how the Description includes XDCAMHD422 which is not XDCAMEX420 to discourage download if you’ve actually gotten this far.
    Click on Download Now Free of Charge next to the above Kit Description and you will have the current version of XDCAM Transfer Software for Final Cut Pro and you don’t even have to use it as a plugin even though they called it that a few pages back.

    Of course if you have Snow Leopard you will likely discover a Thumbnail Cache bug which Sony neglects to mention and has not yet provided an update to fix.

    Only people who were very good at those old computer puzzle solving adventure games like MYST can find Sony XDCAM Transfer 2.10.

    You are now a member of a very small and select group who know were to find the current version of Sony XDCAM Transfer on the USA site. You can not tell anyone unless they know the secret Klingon password.

  • Michael Palmer

    November 10, 2009 at 1:53 am

    What are you actually doing? You need a driver for the SxS cards too, if you are working with a MBP and the express 34 slot.

    Good Luck
    Michael Palmer

  • Jason Brown

    November 10, 2009 at 2:01 am

    In addition to the XDCAM file I copied from my friend, I got a DMG installer for the SxS, so that is working…

    I am working with the EX cards in a MBP…but also will be (eventually) working with the discs on my tower…just wanted to get the software on my machines *correctly* 🙂

  • Michael Palmer

    November 10, 2009 at 2:03 am

    You’re on the right track, should be OK

    Good Luck
    Michael Palmer

  • Jason Brown

    November 10, 2009 at 2:03 am

    And, I forgot to mention…that when I load the software, I get an error saying that the MPB is missing a “FAM driver”. So I assume that the full installer will take care of that issue? I’ve researched and found that that is needed when connecting XDCAM via firewire…so it’s not even an issue currently.

  • Michael Palmer

    November 10, 2009 at 2:10 am

    That’s why it is a secret Craig

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