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About this NXCAM blog

Hi, my name is Adam and I’m an early adopter of the first Sony NXCAM, the HXR-NX5. And yes, the blog header image needs work, but I’ll get to that some day.

I’m a documentary filmmaker, writer and researcher. My aim is to find cost effective, high quality ways of telling stories that need to be told. I was a stills photog back in the analog film era (remember the 90s, anyone?) and am only recently getting seriously into digital imagery after years of doing other things. I’m not a major tech geek or an obsessive pixel-peeper, but I do believe in knowing enough about the technology to get the results you need.

I chose the NX5 for various reasons, primarily because it seemed the best camera that fitted in my budget. I work around the world, so I like the fact that with a WorldCam upgrade I can shoot a wide variety of frame-rates and formats.

Last Friday, 12 February 2010, I took delivery of one of the first production HXR-NX5’s to be released into the hands of normal mortals (an HXR-NX5U, the variant primarily for the US market). I pre-ordered one from B&H Photo and gone one from the first batch they received.

Although there are a few reviews of the NX5 on the web, they are all so far of prototype units, and the reviewers had very little time to work with the camera day in and day out, on real shoots. I decided to start this blog to document my learning curve with the NX5 and share tips, tricks and (yes) problems and frustrations I might experience while working with this camera and to provide a forum for others to do the same.

I’m going to be dealing with my footage in Final Cut Pro 7 running on a new MacBook Pro 15″ with 2.8 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 Gig of RAM. My previous video projects have all been tape-based, so I will also blog about my card-based media learning curve which is so steep right now it looks like a wall (especially when it comes to archiving issues).

I’ve not received a penny from Sony or anyone else to start this blog, and I aim to be as clear in my opinions and as objective in the facts I provide as possible. Please feel free to submit as many relevant comments as you like — there is no such thing as a dumb question around here, but random and space-wasting inputs will be edited or trashed with prejudice.

Cheers!

Adam Welz

PS: I’m not this Adam Welz, who also shoots video! He mostly does weddings, I do other stuff. We’re not too closely related I guess, though he does have a bit of my grandfather’s nose…

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott Cassie permalink
    March 4, 2010 1:31 pm

    Hi Adam. I’ve just ordered the NX5 as well (uk), hard to get stock just now – scheduled for delivery next week sometime.

    Did you get a replacment for the FMU128 flash drive yet?

    Cheers,
    Scott

  2. April 13, 2010 6:30 am

    I will soon buy a NXCAM, here in Canada.
    Great blog, with nice info. I would work a lil on the design…
    I am following your RSS.
    Keep up the good work!

    • adamwelz permalink*
      April 17, 2010 9:08 pm

      yes, the design needs work, but I am shooting too much to do that!

  3. October 4, 2010 1:55 am

    Stumbled upon this blog and I think it’s great, we at WitneyTV bought two NX5’s a month ago and moving from tape based Canon XL1, XM1 and XM2’s we found the NX5’s amazing, we thought about HDV but when we say the price of tapes decided to go the whole hog and get the NX5’s.

    Have to say they have increased productivity ten fold. We have also bought a MC50, when we saw it we thought, ‘it’s a toy!’ but have to say it’s footage is incredible for it’s size.

    Anyone thinking of buying an NX5 we would highly recommend them, we even thinking about buying another two of them or possibly the Ax2000 models which appear to offer near NX5 features.

    Anyways enough of my blab, keep the good work up and I for one will certainly be checking for updates on your blog regularly.

    All the best,

    Rich
    WitneyTV

  4. Melissa J permalink
    February 12, 2011 9:25 pm

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks for the blog… All your research and trial runs have helped me tremendously with my own NX5. I’m still trying to get a handle of the workflow, but it’s coming along. I am having one problem that I cannot figure out for the life of me! Shooting in SD, all my clips transfer fine. However when I shoot in HD modes, my audio is always mixed down to stereo, and I cannot separate the channels. What do you recommend I do to change this? Any advice will be appreciated!!!

    • adamwelz permalink*
      February 18, 2011 3:20 pm

      Are you using Final Cut Pro to edit? How are you handling the footage?

      Adam

    • adamwelz permalink*
      August 13, 2011 10:46 pm

      Melissa

      If you’re editing in FCP 7 you can put your clips on a timeline and de-link paired (stereo) audio by highlighting them and hitting option-L. This will allow you to delete one of the tracks or edit/manipulate them separately.

      Does this help?

      Cheers

      Adam

  5. Joseph permalink
    February 18, 2011 3:18 pm

    Hi Adam – it’s February 2011 and I’ ve just stumbled across your blog. I bought an NX5 a couple of days ago (although I’m in PAL-land-Ire-land, I’ve got the NX5U model with the Worldcam upgrade as it was going cheap(er than usual NX5E you would normally buy here)).

    This kind of blog is invaluable to new users so thanks.

    Looking forward to reading it properly.

    Joseph

  6. February 25, 2011 11:07 am

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks for sharing your material. I’ve just got hold of my NX5E – really pleased with it. I’m going to check through the settings according to your ones and see how I get on.

    Regarding optimum image and colour quality, do you have any pre-sets that you have developed that you like to use. It would be great to have some thoughts in this area based on your experience.

    regards
    Martin

    • adamwelz permalink*
      February 25, 2011 7:09 pm

      Hi Martin

      Boring as it sounds, I like the footage straight outta the cam, no profile adjustments. I’ll be playing around with those a bit in the near future, and will definitely be posting something.

      Cheers

      Adam

  7. March 27, 2011 12:33 pm

    Hi Adam

    We use the NX5 cameras for our wedding and event production business and all I can say is WOW…
    Fantastic picture and sound quality and what a pleasure to be able to record backup at the same time.
    We also make use of the MC50 cameras for b roll and various cut away shots, also a fantastic little camera. Thanks for you informative blog.

    Jonathan

    • adamwelz permalink*
      March 27, 2011 5:24 pm

      Thanks for the compliment! Feel free to subscribe.

      Adam

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