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(Movie) Characteristics of each file format

This camera provides high video quality features such as 10-bit color depth, 4:2:2 color sampling (4:2:0 during 8K movie recording), high efficiency MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec support, and Intra compression support, and also provides various file format support and recording formats related to editing work.
To connect the camera and the TV, use a Premium High Speed HDMI Cable (sold separately).

Refer to the descriptions below for the setting method and characteristics of each file format used for recording movies.

Setting method

Use the mode dial to set the shooting mode to (Movie) or S&Q, and then perform the following settings.

  1. MENU → (Shooting) → [Image Quality] → [File Format] →desired setting.
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    When recording 4K 120p/100p or 8K movies, [Shooting] becomes disabled and locked to [Off].
  2. MENU → (Shooting) → [Image Quality] → [Movie Settings] →Select an item to set, and then select the desired setting.

    To shoot slow-motion/quick-motion movies, perform the following settings.
    MENU → (Shooting) → [Image Quality] → [S&Q Settings] →Select an item to set, and then select the desired setting.
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    Although the format of the recorded movie will be the same as the [File Format] setting, you cannot select [XAVC HS 8K] for slow-motion/quick-motion shooting. If [XAVC HS 8K] has been selected, it will automatically switch to [XAVC HS 4K].
  1. XAVC S 4K/XAVC S HD

This setting records movies in the widely used MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec and therefore enables you to view and edit movies on various compatible devices.

To view movies on a TV

Example of recommended setting values
[File Format]: [XAVC S 4K]

Rec Frame Rate Record Setting
60p (NTSC)
50p (PAL)
150M 4:2:0 8bit

To edit movies

We recommend setting Record Setting to 10-bit 4:2:2 for editing movies since this setting assures rich gradation. This setting has high compatibility with video editing software and requires smaller file sizes than those required for XAVC S-I 4K/XAVC S-I HD (Intra compression).

Example of recommended setting values
[File Format]: [XAVC S 4K]

Rec Frame Rate Record Setting
24p (NTSC) 100M 4:2:2 10bit
60p (NTSC)
50p (PAL)
200M 4:2:2 10bit
  1. XAVC HS 8K/XAVC HS 4K

This format records high image quality movies with rich gradations and smaller file sizes using the MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec with 10-bit color sampling.

To view movies on a TV

As a HDR-compatible Picture Profile, the camera is equipped with HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), which is compatible with a wide color gamut BT.2020 color spaces.
If you connect a HDR (HLG)-compatible TV via HDMI, you can prevent over-exposure and under-exposure without performing the color grading process and enjoy watching movies that will appear more realistic as if they are viewed with the naked eye.

Example of recommended setting values
[File Format]: [XAVC HS 8K]

Rec Frame Rate Record Setting
30p (NTSC)
25p (PAL)
200M 4:2:0 10bit
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When you want to view 8K movies from the camera on a TV using a Premium High Speed HDMI Cable (sold separately), you can enable 8K resolution output by selecting MENU→ (Setup) → [External Output], and then setting [HDMI Resolution] to [4320p/2160p]. In that case, however, the output format is limited to 4:2:0 8bit. To properly display 8K movies from the camera on a TV manufactured by Sony, you need to change the image quality settings (gamma or color mode) for the TV according to the settings applied when shooting. You need to change the HDMI output settings on the TV depending on the 8K TV you are using. For details on the required settings and connection methods, refer to the operating instructions supplied with your TV.

Example of recommended setting values
[File Format]: [XAVC HS 4K]

Rec Frame Rate Record Setting Picture Profile
60p (NTSC)
50p (PAL)
150M 4:2:0 10bit PP10*1
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When the gamma settings are [HLG], [HLG1], [HLG2], or [HLG3], you can shoot HDR movies with a wide dynamic range.

To edit movies

We recommend setting Record Setting to 4:2:2 10bit (4K movies) if you want movies with rich gradation when you edit them, and to 4:2:0 10bit (8K movies) if you want movies trimmed with high resolution when you edit them.
When you edit movies shot with [XAVC HS 8K] or [XAVC HS 4K] on a computer, use a video editing software compatible with MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec.
We also recommend using a computer with high processing capability so that you can edit the movies with greater efficiency.
To play back movies on a Windows computer, the Video Codec extension provided by Microsoft must be installed on a computer with Windows10 or later.

Example of recommended setting values
[File Format]: [XAVC HS 8K]

Rec Frame Rate Record Setting
24p (NTSC) 200M 4:2:0 10bit

Example of recommended setting values
[File Format]: [XAVC HS 4K]

Rec Frame Rate Record Setting
24p (NTSC) 100M 4:2:2 10bit

To shoot movies for long periods

This format enables recording 4K movies with a small file size by taking advantage of the high compression rate.
When you want to record 4K movies in the memory card for an extended period, we recommend the setting values (example) given below.

Example of recommended setting values

Rec Frame Rate Record Setting
60p (NTSC)
50p (PAL)
45M 4:2:0 10bit

Notes

  • XAVC HS movies cannot be played back on Android smartphones. These movies cannot be shared with other devices via smartphones.
    (As of January 2021)
  1. XAVC S-I 4K/XAVC S-I HD

This format records movies in the widely used MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec and therefore XAVC S-I 4K/XAVC S-I HD with10-bit 4:2:2 sampling with rich gradation is suitable for editing movies. Since Intra compression compresses the movie frame by frame, there is less load on a computer when editing movies compared with Long GOP compression. Note, however, that the recorded file sizes will be larger than the files recorded with Long GOP compression.

To view the recorded movies as is on a TV, we recommend shooting in XAVC S 4K/XAVC S HD with 8-bit 4:2:0 or XAVC HS 4K with a 10-bit 4:2:0 setting.

Example of recommended setting values
[File Format]: [XAVC S-I 4K]

Rec Frame Rate Record Setting
60p (NTSC) 600M 4:2:2 10bit
50p (PAL) 500M 4:2:2 10bit
24p (NTSC) 240M 4:2:2 10bit

Memory cards that can be used

The memory card requirements vary depending on the file format.

For information about the memory cards that can be used, visit the following website.

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The menu screen images on this web page have been simplified for display purposes, and do not exactly reflect the actual screen display of the camera.

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