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. Watch the video above to learn more about working with this high quality HD format.