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The new Sony cameras put some of the other cool products on the booth into the shade. Yes, Sony had some new toys for us editors too. Video and info after the break.

No matter what camera you shoot on, you will still have to get the media into an NLE for editing. Out of the limelight, Sony showed two new XDCAM HD machines. We are very curious to find out more about the XDS-PD2000 as it seems to be able to record a signal and stream it at the same time. We're also a sucker for any machine that features that rubber jogwheel; only today a producer was whining on again about how rubbish the J3 control knob is! Sony are also launching the PDW-U2, the successor to the PDW-U1 which has probably been sitting on your desk for the last few years. The PDW-U2 will support the new four layer 128 GB discs.

Checkout the video from 3:16 onwards to see both models

Here is the full Sony XDCAM HD press release.


LAS VEGAS, April 11, 2011 – At NAB 2011, Sony is introducing a range of new technologies and prototype concepts to enhance the XDCAM HD® workflow.

“Sony continues to develop powerful and unique solutions for the XDCAM HD optical family, especially as the demand for robust archive solutions increases,” said Bob Ott, vice president, product marketing and management, Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America group. “These technologies can be an effective bridge between the studio and the field, or between the Professional Disc™ media and the SxS memory card. Sony is focused on enhancing the total XDCAM workflow.”

A new version of the XDCAM Professional Disc will be a quad (four) layer version with a 128 GB capacity. The new disc is ideal for long-form recording and archiving, and users can store more than four hours of XDCAM HD422 50Mbps content.

Sony is also highlighting its next generation of drive technology – the PDW-U2. The drive uses a dual optic head system (with 330 Mbps read speed), and supports the new quad layer 128 GB optical disc. The drive is backwards compatible with the 23 GB and 50 GB versions of the XDCAM system’s Professional Disc media. Sony is also releasing new XDCAM drive software for the PDW-U2.

Sony is demonstrating workflow solutions that take advantage of each type of XDCAM tapeless media – the optical Professional Disc and the solid-state SxS memory card. The XDCAM Station hybrid media recorder will feature internal hard-disc or solid state drive storage, a Professional Disc drive, SxS memory card slots and a VTR-like control panel.

The XDCAM Station will be the core of XDCAM workflows in networked environments. Beyond providing an effective bridge solution between XDCAM optical media and SxS memory card media, it also enables multi-task and multi-access capabilities and can enhance the functionality and the performance of network. Several versions will be available: XDS-PD2000 (internal storage: 0.5 TB SSD, SxS and Professional Disc); XDS-PD1000 (internal storage: 1 TB HDD, SxS and Professional Disc); and the XDS-1000 (internal storage: 1 TB HDD, SxS only).

The PDW-U2 and XDS series can also be used for high-speed file back-up.

Sony’s XDCAM “Juke” Library, model XDJ-1000, is a compact automated XDCAM Professional Disc library, designed to enhance an XDCAM workflow by allowing for more efficient disc ingest, interchange and archiving. It has 30 slots (128GB/Quad Layer Discs/120 Hours at 50 Mb/s), and supports XDCAM MXF and Data files, and uses a simple FTP and web browser interface via Gigabit Ethernet.

Other convenient functions include remote browsing and maintenance, as well as disc formatting and duplication functionality.

Sony is unveiling a new version (1.5) of its powerful archiving system called XDCAM Archive. This is an integrated media content management system designed for

file-based and baseband media workflows. It features a web based GUI for easy access and management, and allows users to easily capture, store, manage, exchange and share content, as well as browse on-line and off-line material.

Sony’s XMPilot is an XDCAM metadata workflow technology, and at NAB, the technology is being demonstrated with enhanced functionality. The XMPilot technology is now integrated with compatible Sony XDCAM camcorders, allowing users to input metadata directly into the camcorder at the start of the content creation workflow. Users can also install a Wi-Fi adapter that connects mobile devices and XDCAM camcorders, enabling users to register metadata on-site. This metadata can be embedded as electronic data into an archive file, to further enhance an organization’s efficient workflow.

Finally, Sony is showing a prototype triple-layer version of the XDCAM Professional Disc media, re-writable up to 100 GB capacity.

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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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