If you are one of the lucky editors who will work with 4K RAW or SR codec footage from the Sony F65 camera, then you'll need to know how to get the footage off the cards and into your NLE.
First of all, no news here on the FCXP import plugin for F65 footage that Sony let slip was in development when we talked to them at IBC last year. This workflow is for FCP7 and Avid with a bit about Vegas thrown in too.
Getting to the footage isn't just a straight case of inserting the card and away you go. There's a lot of data transfer going on as the SR Memory cards can record F65RAW video at up to 120fps. Andy Shipsides at AbelCine has put together three videos demonstrating the workflow processes of transfering the data off the cards and getting the F65 footage into FCP7 and Avid.
Slight problem here is we cannot embed the first video as there is a problem with it on Vimeo. Andy got back to us with the suggestion we use the version on Viddler. Loading isn't as snappy as Vimeo though.
No such problem with the second and third parts of the workflow.
Part Three is all about using the SR Codec
In this third part of my series on the Sony F65 Workflow, I go over how to use Sony’s SR Compression format. In the latest firmware revision, the F65 is able to record in the SStP (Simple Studio Profile) video format, also known as the SR Compression format. This is the same format found in the F35 and other HDCAM SR recording cameras. Right now, the F65 can record in the SQ Mode (at 440 Mbps) to the SR Memory cards, with HQ and Lite options available in the future.
We were able to get our hands on the new F65 firmware and grab a few quick shots. I downloaded the footage onto a hard drive using the same methods as shown in Part 1 & 2 of this series. Clips are stored in a standard MXF format and can be read with either Sony’s SR Viewer or by using plugins for AVID and Final Cut Pro. You can find all of these tools on the Sony F65 microsite, under the television section.