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Sony PMW-F5 Quick Reference Manual

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PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide.
For On-Line Help See:
sensor-camera-F5-F55
For Tutorials and Tips see: http://www.xdcam-user.com.
This document has been prepared without the direct support of Sony. I have
tried to make it as accurate as possible, but cannot guarantee that there may
not be some errors or omissions. Comments and suggestions are welcome
via www.xdcam-user.com.
You can download the latest version from here:
http://www.xdcam-user.com/2014/04/pmw-f5-and-pmw-f55-quick-reference-
guide/
HOW TO USE THE DOCUMENT:
Anything in italics, like this (System – Base Settings) indicates the menu
page or menu setting that you may need to change or where to look for the
settings mentioned in the text.
This document is copyright, but please feel free to copy and distribute it
without modification, keeping all copyright notices etc for not-for-profit
purposes, i.e.– you may not sell this document, but you can give it away as a
free hand-out.
There are several sections:
HELP SOMETHINGS NOT
WORKING.
S&Q, SLOW MOTION AND CENTER
CROP.
OTHER GOTCHAS AND USEFULL
THINGS TO KNOW
CINE EI MODE AND LUTS
CUSTOM MODE.
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This revision: V8 5
Copyright Alister Chapman 2014.
http://community.sony.com/t5/F5-F55/bd-p/large-
July 2014 Firmware V4.1
If the camera doesn't work as
expected, crashes won't power up or
you can't turn something on, check in
this section.
Anything to do with S&Q motion
check here. Also information on
shooting 2K raw or using the camera
in Center Crop or Full Frame Modes.
Problems and issues that don't live in
any of the other sections including
media issues, APR and Noise
Reduction.
Information about using the Cine EI
Mode and LUT's
Information about using Custom
mode with some notes on Gamma
Matrix and other paint settings.
www.xdcam-user.com

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  • Page 1 For Tutorials and Tips see: http://www.xdcam-user.com. This document has been prepared without the direct support of Sony. I have tried to make it as accurate as possible, but cannot guarantee that there may not be some errors or omissions. Comments and suggestions are welcome via www.xdcam-user.com.
  • Page 2 PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide. HELP! SOMETHINGS NOT WORKING: CAMERA UNRESPONSIVE Remove battery wait a few seconds and replace battery. Check the (Lens Interface) settings and turn the (Lens Interface) to OFF unless you are using lenses with the Arri or Cooke interface.
  • Page 3 PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide.   CAN’T SELECT SStP SR (HDCAM You can only select the SStP SR 422 SR) CODEC codecs when the camera is in YPbPr mode and you can only select SStP 444 when in RGB mode. You cannot use SStP and RAW with the R5 at the same time.
  • Page 4 PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide. S&Q, SLOW MOTION AND 2K SENSOR CROP: CAN’T SELECT S&Q, MENU Camera must be set to YPbPr XAVC OPTION GREYED OUT. or RAW to record S&Q. S&Q will not work if the camera is set to RGB, MPEG or SStP (System –...
  • Page 5 PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide.   NO LUT”S WHEN SHOOTING S&Q LUT operation is restricted/limited when in S&Q. You can only have LUT’s ON or all LUT’s OFF. There is no option to split the LUT’s between the internal recordings and SDI/HDMI outputs.
  • Page 6: Noise Reduction

    PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide. OTHER GOTCHA”S AND THINGS USEFUL TO KNOW:   RESTORE MEDIA Never perform a media restore on a camera with a different firmware version to the one that shot the material. Otherwise this is a...
  • Page 7 PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide. WHICH CODEC? The camera has several codec options. (System – Rec Format). MPEG The same as the XDCAM codec, 8 bit, 422 at 50Mb/s. Good for news, quick turn-around, small file size. Max Frame rate 29.97fps HD only.
  • Page 8 PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide. CINE EI MODE AND LUTS. WHAT IS CINE EI MODE This is a mode that mimics film camera operation. Recordings are In depth guide to CineEI here: always done at the camera’s native http://www.xdcam- ISO (1250 on F55, 2000 on F5).
  • Page 9 PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide.   WHICH LUT OR LOOK This is down to personal preference. Use the one that looks right to you or gives the most pleasing image. There is no best LUT/LOOK or right or wrong LUT/LOOK. If unsure I...
  • Page 10 PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide. CUSTOM MODE GAMMA CURVES AND MATRIX. WHEN TO USE CUSTOM MODE Custom mode is good for creating a baked in look in camera or for workflows where the amount of post production will be minimal. Do also...
  • Page 11: Color Matrix

    PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide.   HYPERGAMMAS Special extended range gammas that are close to standard gammas so More info here: http://www.xdcam- grade very easily but offer greater user.com/tech-notes/correct- dynamic range and a more film like exposure-with-cinegammas-and- highlight roll-off. Exposure levels...
  • Page 12 PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide.   CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATRIX Standard for normal shooting. High Saturation for strong vivid colors. FL Light – to remove green color cast present when shooting under some fluorescent or LED lights. Cinema – Subdued colors to mimic film style colors.
  • Page 13: White Clip

    PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Quick Reference Guide.   APERTURE A frequency based edge sharpening effect that makes the image look sharper. Tends to be less aggressive and more natural looking than detail correction but again I recommend you turn Detail OFF as you can always...

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