Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


The PXW-X320 is a high-performance SxS memory camcorder which inherits field-proven operability from the reputable PMW-320. The PXW-X320 has become a part of the XDCAM HD422 family, comes equipped with cutting-edge imaging technology – three 1/2-inch-type Full-HD Exmor CMOS sensors with an extremely high S/N ratio – with Flash Band Reducer feature to provide outstanding picture quality.

The PXW-X320 supports XAVC offering high quality content creation in the HD domain. In addition to XAVC, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD, MPEG IMX, and DVCAM are supported. Two HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, i.LINK™, and composite outputs provide a wide range of AV and IT interfaces. The PXW-X320 also supports wireless operation using an optional adapter, the CBK-WA101. This enables easy and quick clip data transmission to broadcast stations, saving the time and transportation cost of shot clip delivery.


Catalyst Edit focuses on video editing while you focus on creativityThe flexible timeline makes cutting 4K, XAVC, and Sony RAW files as fast and easy as HD. Take advantage of your camera’s wide color gamut and high dynamic range to deliver the full emotional experience. The streamlined Catalyst Edit multichannel audio workflow simplifies complex audio production, from camera to delivery. Tight Catalyst Prepare integration combines powerful media ingest with fast editing for maximum efficiency. For Mac and Windows, its contemporary, touch-friendly interface helps accelerate your workflow. Experience focused, fast cutting for 4K, RAW, and HD video with Catalyst Edit.Catalyst Prepare bridges the gap between acquisition and editing

Use it to move the media preparation process and “data wrangling” out of the edit bay. With Catalyst Prepare you deliver the correct media to streamline postproduction and keep your creative energy focused on your vision.


World’s first 4K system camera with three authentic 4K image sensors

The new HDC-4300 is the world’s first camera to use three 2/3-inch 4K image sensors. It provides the ability to use the high magnification wide zoom range lenses currently employed by HD 2/3-inch systems while maintaining an adequate depth of field to accurately show all the action during live event broadcasting.

Not the most exiting start to NAB, Sony have cameras for everyone and this shallow NAB presentation proves it. Why invent a 4K system camera when most broadcasters are still using HD system cameras and down converting their output to SD ? With sparse HD transmission in the UK I feel there is little need for 4K in this field…yet !

Catalyst Edit…Another first for Sony, is the bell toiling for Vegas or are Sony hoping to take FCPX, AVID and Adobe head on, this must be the strangest progression of the Catalyst branding yet, unless as it has been pointed out you are stuck with Adobe’s CS6 and you own a PXW-X70, Catalyst Edit might just be a saviour !


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

One thought on “NAB 2015 from the Sony stand

  1. Can’t find any more information on Catalyst Edit. Using X70 and ‘Prepare’ if Edit works for X70 it would be much better than PPCS6. Do you have any more information?

    HDW : I never gave a thought for those of you stuck with CS6, I will try to get some more info.

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