In 2011, the NEX-FS100 was released as Sony’s first small-bodied, large-sensor video camera for the professional market. Equipted with interchangeable lenses and Sony’s new Exmor Super35 sensor, the camcorder brought high-end features and performance together at an affordable price. In 2102, Sony released a professional NXCAM camcorder NEX-FS700(FS700U, FS700UK) with a low price. In fact, it is an update to the popular NEX-FS100 interchangeable-lens professional model. Comparing to FS100, the pro FS700 has more great capabilities, it does high-frame-rate recording at up to an astounding 960 fps (not a typo). The most eye-catching is that it supports both 2K recording and 4K recording.
What video format does the NEX-FS700 record?
The FS700 4K camcorder uses the H.264 AVCHD (HD)/MPEG-2 PS (SD) compression technology, which can records .mts or .m2ts files at a max rate of 28 Mb/s to a MemoryStick/SD card slot, an optional solid-state FMU unit, or both simultaneously for backup (relay recording is not possible). And it can shoot video formats up to 1080@60fps(50fps for PAL) on Memory Stick.
Detailed Recording Formats:
PS max 28 Mbps, 1920 x 1080/60p, 50p (16:9)
FX max 24 Mbps, 1920 x 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p (16:9), 1280 x 720/60p, 50p (16:9)
FH approx. 17 Mbps (ave), 1920 x 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p (16:9), 1280 x 720/60p, 50p (16:9)
HQ approx. 9 Mbps (ave), 1440 x 1080/60i, 50i (16:9)
LP approx. 5 Mbps (ave), 1440 x 1080/60i, 50i (16:9)
HQ approx. 9 Mbps (ave), 720 x 480/60i, 720 x 576/50i (16:9, 4:3)
FS700 recorded 1080p AVCHD footages FAQs:
Q1: I am taking video with Sony new 4K FS700 camera. I would like to record in the highest quality, which is AVCHD 60p 28m, and then edit in iMovie. But I cannot transfer these files to iMovie. When I try, the video file is “grey” and will not let me select?
A1: iMovie doesn’t support 60p and 50p AVCHD videos directly, even the latest iMovie`11 (version 9.0.4). It works well with AVCHD formats at 60i, 50i, 30p, 24p, ect fram rate. We’d better convrt the 60p AVCHD to a comaptble format before getting to iMovie.
Q2: How do I import AVCHD 1080/50p Files from NEX FS700 into Final Cut Pro 7? I can’t see any file in Log and Transfer windows. Help me please!
A2: I knew many FS700 users met the same issue. In fact, 1080 50p and 1080 60p are new and unstandard formats, the 1080 50p/60p AVCHD footages aren’t supported by L&T plugin. The FCP’s native format is Apple ProRes.
Editing Pro NEX FS700 AVCHD recordings tips for Mac users
1. If you wnat to natively edit FS700 AVCHD with iMovie on Mac OS X, you’d better set your camcorder to avoid exporting 50p/60p cips. Please note the version of iMovie is higher, the compatibility is better. In adition, the Final Cut Express doesn’t
2. FS700 1080 AVCHD videos at 50fps or 60fps aren’t be recognised by FCP 5, FCP 6 and FCP 7, but they are supported well with FCP X 10.0.4 and above without any pugin.
3. If you can’t solve the incompatible question for your FS700, you can use the prfessional Mac AVCHD Converter for transcoding its recordings to supported file formats for Editing Softwares with original video quality.
Have a good time on handling your FS700 and enjoying the recorded HD movies.