When your production requires quick set up and delivery, we use the versatile Sony PMW-EX3. The camera's photographer friendly design makes hand-held work effortless. When paired with the state-of-the-art Sound Devices Pix 240 video recorder we can record video, audio and time code from an HD-SDI stream onto Compact Flash cards or solid state drive at a much higher quality bitrate employing the Sony 4:2:2 MPEG2 codec for compression, turning the EX3 into a high production camera.
The PMW-EX3 compact camcorder with an interchangeable lens system incorporates three ½-inch type Exmor™ Full HD CMOS sensors, each with an effective pixel count
of 1920 x 1080, delivering stunning-quality HD images in 1080P, 720P, and 1080i HD resolutions. A rich variety of features for creative shooting are incorporated into this camcorder such as "Slow & Quick Motion", which is also commonly known as "over-cranking" and "under-cranking", selectable gamma curves, slow-shutter, interval recording and the Picture Profile™ feature. The native output of the EX3 is 4:2:0
35Mb/s XDCAM EX.
The Sony EX3 matched with our Sound Devices PIX 240 video recorder, records 10bit 4:2:2 HD-SDI or HDMI video out from the EX3 camera in both Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs allowing the EX3 to deliver industry accepted broadcast standard video files. These files are recorded onto either a solid-state hard drive (SSD) or Compact Flash card where at the end of the assignment the files may be transferred to the client's hard drive via laptop computer.
Color correcting 10bit ProRes and DNxHD video files out of the PIX 240 10bit 4:2:2 video recorder allows your editor to dig more into the highlights and shadows, easily correct over and under exposure problems and the video doesn't break down. 10 bit over 8 bit recording increases your color value from 256 colors to 1024 colors per RGB channel giving you a lot more data or shades of colors to work with during color correction. You are literally going from millions of colors at 8bit to over a trillion colors at 10bit (1024x1024x1024).