Sony NEX-IFR5 interface unit delivers 2K and 4K RAW recording capability for the NEX-FS700 Camcorder

Sony’s new interface unit allows 2K RAW and 4K RAW recording directly from the NEX-FS700 camcorder, giving professional users a significant jump in performance, a broader choice of creative tools and unprecedented production flexibility. The NEX-IFR5 interface unit connects the NEX-FS700 to Sony’s new AXS-R5 RAW recording system, creating a powerful combination that takes full advantage of the camcorder’s 4K imager. The NEX-IFR5 interface receives the uncompressed bit-stream carrying RAW sensor data, metadata, timecode and start/stop commands from the NEX-FS700U via 3G-SDI. The FS700 RAW files are recorded to the AXS memory cards in the AXS-R5 RAW recorder, where they can be screened and converted using Sony’s free RAW Viewer software.

Users can simultaneously record 4K on the AXS-R5 while recording HD on the NEX-FS700, both with identical, start frame, stop frame and time code. The unit has an LCD panel for status indication including record mode, frame rate, timecode and battery and media remaining time. Large, tactile buttons control basic operation, menu and media management. When attached to the NEX-IFR5, the AXS-R5 can also act as a stand-alone playback unit for confidence monitoring and review through an on-board HD SDI 422 output. The NEX-IFR5 2K/4K RAW interface unit will be available in June for a suggested list price of $2,500.

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