Shooting with the Sony FS700 & R5 4K Recorder in Haiti – Video Update

Posted on August 22, 2013

We finally got most of the gear up and running and kicked it up a notch to start filming the machete fighters in slow motion on a steadicam.

To break down the setup, we’ve got the Sony FS700 (left) owned by DP Richard Patterson. This camera was released with a future 4K upgrade in the pipeline which just came out. The 4K requires two additional devices, the HXR-IFR5 interface (center) and the AXS-R5 recorder (right). The IFR5 interface connects to the camera through the SDI port and the recorder holds the SSD media for recording. AbelCine rented the R5 recorder to the production at a discount and the IFR5 was purchased from Sony.

To me, more appealing than the 4K from this setup is the ability to shoot unlimited slow-motion at 2K at 120 fps. Normally when shooting slow-motion on the FS700 you only have an 8 second window to record the action, then you have to wait for the camera to buffer the recording before you can shoot again. It’s a lot of down time and not ideal for recording machete fights with subjects not used to the technicalities of film production. This setup lets us record slow-motion at 2K (or 4K with buffering) for as much memory as we have, which is 20 minutes of action on a 512 GB SSD card.

I’m writing a full hands-on review of the experience when we’re done with production for Filmmaker Magazine, so there will be lots more information about the camera and some of the issues we ran into. There will also be a lot of insight from Richard, who will have worked with the setup firsthand for two weeks.

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If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll work on answering it.

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  1. I think this is made for developing film industry like Nepal.

  2. Great read and video you guys. I had a chance to play with it last month, but I didn’t get the teradek in time and the follow focus fried on me!! damn, hard to get the extras when I’m based in Hong Kong. My rig used was the steadicam zephyr and tango. Would be great one day to sit and discuss it with you sometime haha

    Here’s my one from Sony

    I’m finishing up some of the 4k stuff soon.

    all the best,


  3. Nice looking rig! You can get up to 240FPS in 2K mode with the R5, by the way, not just 120FPS. I know this because I’m editing hours of 2K 240FPS footage literally right now 🙂

    FS700 is a diamond of a camera. Incidentally, you can record the 8~9 second buffer as a 10bit 422 60i stream out of the SDI port into something like an Atomos Blade / Samurai. You just need to set the record mode to END Trigger, and set the Video Out 1080i (not the usual 1080p). Technically it’s 8 bit data in a 10 bit package but regardless we have it confirmed with Sony that it’s pre-AVCHD. Shame the only way to get 12 bit is via 2K or 4K … the hardware conversion from the sensor’s resolution down to HD knocks the bitrate from 12 to 8. Good luck with the rest of the Haiti shoot.

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