Sony Two HXR-MC88 HD Camcorder Kit with MCX-500 Switcher

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Sony Two HXR-MC88 HD Camcorder Kit with MCX-500 Switcher
Key Features
  • 2 x Sony HXR-MC88 Full HD Camcorders
  • 14.2MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor
  • Record up to Full HD 1080p60 at 28 Mb/s
  • 29mm ZEISS Wide-Angle Lens
This Two HXR-MC88 HD Camcorder Kit with MCX-500 Switcher is a B&H Kit that provides two Full HD 1080p60 camcorders and a four-input production switcher that streams, records, and supports both 50 and 60 Hz frame rates. The two camcorders offer you the flexibility to shoot single-camera productions and have a backup camera, or shoot two-camera productions without having to source another camera. The 1" CMOS sensor has a native resolution of 14.2MP and enables the camcorder to capture images in light levels as low as 1.7 lux when in low-lux mode. An integrated 12x optical zoom lens and built-in ND filter wheel allows you to make fast adjustments in changing shooting conditions.
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Sony HXR-MC88 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sony HXR-MC88 Full HD Camcorder
  • 3Sony MCX-500 4-Input Global Production Streaming/Recording Switcher
  • 4Sony RM-30BP Wired Remote Controller

This Two HXR-MC88 HD Camcorder Kit with MCX-500 Switcher is a B&H Kit that provides two Full HD 1080p60 camcorders and a four-input production switcher that streams, records, and supports both 50 and 60 Hz frame rates. The two camcorders offer you the flexibility to shoot single-camera productions and have a backup camera, or shoot two-camera productions without having to source another camera. The 1" CMOS sensor has a native resolution of 14.2MP and enables the camcorder to capture images in light levels as low as 1.7 lux when in low-lux mode. An integrated 12x optical zoom lens and built-in ND filter wheel allows you to make fast adjustments in changing shooting conditions.

The MCX-500 is a streaming and recording mixer that features 3G-SDI, HDMI, and composite inputs which allow it to accept digital HD footage as well as analog NTSC/PAL video. Each of the inputs has its own frame synchronizer, making it possible to mix formats without requiring additional equipment. You can stream your switched program live or record it to an optional SD card.

Sony HXR-MC88 Full HD Camcorder

The HXR-MC88 Full HD Camcorder from Sony is designed for education, government, and individuals who require a lightweight HD camera solution. The HXR-MC88 features a 14.2MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS chip with a BIONZ X image processor that can work with as little as 1.7 lux illumination in low-lux mode for sharp images. The camera records up to Full HD 1080p60 at 28 Mb/s in the widely supported AVCHD format.

The Fast Hybrid autofocus system supports phase detection, face detection, and lock-on features to quickly capture sharp, in-focus images. Its fixed 29mm ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T wide-angle zoom lens features a 12x optical zoom and up to 48x digital zoom, and you can control iris, shutter, and ISO/gain via auto or manual operation. There is also a built-in neutral density filter wheel that cuts light by 2, 4, and 6 stops, allowing you to leave your individual ND filters at home.

The HXR-MC88 features one Sony Multi Interface (MI) Shoe which allows the attachment of proprietary accessories, such as lights and microphones. The camera includes an XLR handle that connects to the MI shoe and provides two 3-pin XLR audio inputs with 48V phantom power.

For live monitoring it has a 3.5" OLED touchscreen LCD monitor and an 0.39" viewfinder, both of which provide bright and accurate images. There is an HDMI type A as well as a multi-/micro-USB output. Video can be recorded to dual SDHC/SDXC card slots in relay or simultaneous modes; a Sony Memory Stick PRO-HG or PRO Duo (Mark 2) can be used in the first slot. A battery, AC adapter, lens hood, and lens cap are included.

Exmor RS CMOS Sensor

The 14.2MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor delivers beautiful background bokeh defocus effects and superior sensitivity for capturing high-quality images with less noise, even under dark or bright conditions. The sensor gives you low noise and less blur because more light reaches the sensor, offering clear and steady pictures even in a dark scene with 1.7 lux minimum illumination. The MC88 integrates an advanced BIONZ X image processor to capture the full pixel readout of the sensor without pixel binning for sharp, vivid imagery.

29mm Wide-Angle Lens

The built-in ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens features a 29mm-equivalent focal length when at its widest setting. The 12x optical zoom can be increased to 24x with Clear Image Zoom. In addition, the digital extender can double this range again, up to 48x zoom.

Built-In ND Filter Wheel

A built-in neutral density (ND) filter wheel includes positions for clear, 1/4 (two stops), 1/16 (four stops), and 1/64 (six stops). This makes it easier to get all the advantages of shallow depth of field even in exterior day shoots, with no need to use a separate ND filter.

Touchscreen 3.5" OLED LCD Panel

The MC88 has an enhanced 0.39" 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder and a 3.5" 1.5 million dot LCD. The high-resolution OLED viewfinder offers quality brightness, contrast, and response, giving you better control of manual focus operations and eliminating any color-breaking phenomenon.

Enhanced Fast Hybrid Autofocus

Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF (autofocus) comprises a number of features: phase-detection AF, face detection, and lock-on autofocus technology to estimate subject movement. They all work together seamlessly to capture fast-moving subjects with amazing sharpness. The HXR-MC88's intuitive touchscreen interface allows you to select an autofocus point with ease.

Dual Media Slots

To extend recording time and workflow flexibility, the HXR-MC88 is equipped with two memory card slots and is compatible with SDXC and SDHC cards as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) or PRO-HG Duo. Relay mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full; Simul mode allows for simultaneous recording to two memory cards (for example, to create an immediate backup version). The HXR-MC88's two start/stop buttons on the handle grip and camcorder body can independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.

Multi Interface (MI) Shoe with XLR Handle

The proprietary Multi Interface Shoe allows the camera to talk directly to a range of accessories from Sony without requiring separate wiring. The included dual XLR handle allows two 3-pin XLR inputs with 48V phantom power to connect to the MI shoe, and can be removed to utilize other MI accessories.

Other Connections

The HXR-MC88 features a standard 2.5 mm LANC input to remotely control focus, zoom, rec start/stop, and rec review using an optional RM-1BP or RM-30BP remote controller. The camera also features HDMI type A and multi-/micro-USB outputs for monitoring, a stereo headphone jack, and it features a built-in stereo microphone and mono speaker.

Assignable Lens Ring

The lens ring can be set to manually control focus, exposure, white balance, iris, or shutter speed to give you direct access without going through the camera's menu.

V-Series Battery

Support for Sony's professional V-series battery line means it has solid battery life performance; it comes with a 7.3V, 950mAh NP-FV970A battery.

Live Solutions

The HXR-MC88 is designed to work seamlessly with Sony's optional MCX-500 Multi-Camera Live Producer, a robust and cost-effective switcher that makes it easy for one person to run a multicamera live event shoot. When used with the separately available MCX-500 and Remote Commander RM-30BP, a tally indicator will automatically appear on each HXR-MC88's LCD panel and viewfinder with a red icon indicating when the shot is live (PGM), while green indicating preview mode (PVW). The MCX-500 supports up to nine video inputs, five channel stereo inputs including XLR with both internal recording, and live streaming via Ustream, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live.

Sony MCX-500 4-Input Global Production Streaming/Recording Switcher

Sony's MCX-500 4-Input Production Streaming/Recording Switcher is much more than just a portable four-input switcher. It is a global system that supports both 60 and 50 Hz production formats, so you can work with it virtually anywhere in the world. Four 3G-SDI inputs, two HDMI, and two composite (CVBS) inputs each feature a discrete frame synchronizer, allowing you to mix input sources. The unit internally processes the input footage at 1080i.

The MCX-500 combines a manual control surface with a touchscreen LCD that you can control locally or from a networked device. As you would expect from a professional mixer, cut, mix, wipe, and key effects are built into the unit. In addition to the program and multiview preview outputs, the switcher can also live stream to services such as Ustream via Ethernet, without requiring additional hardware. Likewise, the MCX-500 can record the program stream to an SD card, which is not included, via the built-in SD card slot. Beyond just the video switching capabilities, it is also a 5-channel audio mixer. You can control the switcher remotely via Mac, PC, or a tablet.

Firmware 2.0 Update

  • Facebook Live/YouTube Live support added
  • Stream to any private server; for example, schools and houses of worship
  • 1080p 60/50 input/output and XAVC S/AVCHD 1080p 60/50 recording
  • Change the names on the multiview
  • Border for PnP
  • Manual transition fader (touch panel)
  • Logo function activated

Eight Video Inputs and One Title Input

The MCX-500 features no less than eight video inputs (plus dedicated Title input) to easily accommodate small to medium-sized productions. Inputs include four 3G-SDI, two HDMI, and two composite video inputs, allowing you to connect a wide variety of cameras and other equipment.

Multiview Monitoring

Monitoring on the multiview output always displays the four selected inputs. It will also display the program and preview output on your monitor's screen in addition to the four inputs.

Configurable LCD Touchscreen

Tune your exact workflow requirements and map the LCD touchscreen control with ICON buttons, allowing you to trigger effects you've predefined with a single touch.

Titles and Effects

The MCX-500 allows you to easily create advanced video effects such as chroma key, transitions, and PiP (Picture-in-Picture).

Streaming Content

The MCX-500 allows you to live mix the output of multiple sources with direct streaming in real time using services such as Ustream.

Global Video Switcher

The switcher allows you to switch, output, and record a variety of HD standards depending. You can record AVCHD Full HD 1920 x 1080i/p 60/50, or 1440 x 1080i/p 60/50 to SD cards (not included), via the built-in SD card slot.

Tally

The MCX-500 supports sending tally signals to connected compatible camcorders. The tally indicator appears on each camcorder's LCD panel and Electronic Viewfinder. A red icon indicates when the shot is live (PGM), while green indicates preview (NEXT).
UPC: 027242904415

Sony RM-30BP Wired Remote Controller

Sony's RM-30BP Remote Controller features a compact form and can control most of the functions of your compatible NX5R or FS7 (v4.0) camera. The remote enables control of the one-push auto, manual focus, iris, and zoom of your lens. It also allows you to control the recording/display functions of your camera, as well as shutter speed and white balance adjustment. You can assign six buttons on the controller and control the functions and playback of up to three cameras, individually or simultaneously.

The remote incorporates an adjustment knob that can be set to control your camera's focus, iris, or electronic ND selection (if your camera features electronic ND). At the bottom of the unit is a zoom rocker with protective bar to help prevent accidental activation. You can daisy-chain together two RM-30BP units, allowing either remote to control your camera. You can also connect the remote to a Sony MCX-500, allowing for that switcher to control up to three cameras.

Status LEDs

A green status display on the unit indicates the condition of the connected and selected cameras. The unit also incorporates red/green record LEDs for each of the three cameras you may be connected to.

Pre-Programmed Buttons

The remote incorporates the following pre-programmed buttons:
Hold (slide switch)
Camera selector keys
Iris toggle
ND toggle
Focus toggle
3-Position slide switch (focus, iris, ND)
Rec Start/Stop
Assign key
Thumbnail key
Select/Set lever
Menu key
Cancel/Back key
Display key
Preset key
WB Preset A
WB Preset B
WB set
Shutter key
WB key
Gain key
Select key

Adjustment Knob

  • Focus: Pressing the center of the adjustment knob temporarily activates auto focus adjustment (PUSH AUTO FOCUS). Please note that the rotation and speed of the focus adjustment will vary depending on the camcorder being used. You can change the direction of the focus knob if you wish.
  • Electronic ND: If the connected camcorder has an electronically switchable ND filter you can adjust the density of the ND filter by using the adjustment knob.
  • Iris: Please note that the rotation and speed of the iris adjustment will vary depending on the camcorder being used. You can change the direction of the iris knob if you wish.

Zoom Rocker

The zoom rocker is protected from incidental activation by a protective bar. You can adjust the speed and direction of the zoom lever on the unit.

Connection Ports

  • Camera: The remote features three camera ports, allowing you to control up to three cameras either individually or simultaneously. Additional cables, not included, are required for this configuration.
  • The option connector enables connecting the RM-30BP to an MCX-500.
  • Remote: This connector allows you to daisy-chain two units together.
UPC: 027242903197

Sony HXR-MC88 Full HD Camcorder Specs

Imaging
Image Sensor1-Chip 1" CMOS Sensor
Sensor Resolution1920 x 1080 (14.2 MP)
Gain0 to 33 dB
Minimum Illumination0.8 lux at 1/15 Shutter Speed
White Balance Range2300 to 15,000K
Lens
Focal Length9.3 to 111.6mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length29 to 348mm
Optical Zoom Ratio12x
Max Digital Zoom48x ( in 1080p)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 4.5
Minimum Focusing DistanceWide: 0.4" / 1.0 cm
Telephoto: 39.4" / 100.0 cm
Filter Size62 mm
Control RingsFocus
Zoom
Image StabilizationOptical
Focus ControlAutofocus
Manual Focus
Camera
Shutter Speed1/8 to 1/10,000 sec
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Recording Media2 x SDXC/SDHC Card Slots
Recording
Broadcast System CompatibilityNTSC, PAL
Recording ModesAVCHD:
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (17 to 28 Mb/s) 
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (24 Mb/s) 
1440 x 1080i at 59.94 fps (5 Mb/s) 
1280 x 720p at 50/59.94 fps (9 Mb/s) 
Audio RecordingAVCHD: 2-Channel 16-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
Interfaces
Video Connectors1 x Multi/Micro-USB A/V Output
1 x HDMI Output
Audio Connectors1 x 3-Pin XLR Mic Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output
Other I/O1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control Input
1 x USB Mini-B 
Display
Display TypeLCD
Screen Size3.5"
TouchscreenYes
Screen Resolution1,560,000 Dots
EVF
EVF Display TypeOLED
Screen Size.39"
EVF Resolution2,360,000 Dots
Power
Battery TypeSony V-Series
Power Connectors1 x Barrel (8.4 VDC) Input
Power Consumption<5.3 W
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
General
Accessory Mount1 x Multi-Interface Shoe
Built-In LightYes
Dimensions8.8 x 4.76 x 4.09" / 223.5 x 121 x 104 mm (With Protrusions)
9.31 x 7.15 x 5.12" / 236.5 x 181.5 x 130 mm (With Handle)
Weight2.8 lb / 1260 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10 x 9.7 x 6"

Sony MCX-500 4-Input Global Production Streaming/Recording Switcher Specs

Signal System1080i/p: 59.94/50
RecordingFormat: AVCHD
Media: Memory Stick PRO Duo, SDHC
StreamingProtocol: MPEG-2 TS/RTMP
Input Connectors4 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI BNC, 75 Ohms
2 x HDMI Type A
2 x Composite BNC, 75 Ohms, 1.0 Vpp, negative sync
1 x Title: D-Sub 15-pin, female
Output ConnectorsProgram
1 x HD-SDI BNC (Program), 75 Ohms, 1.5 Gbps, 270 Mbps
1 x HDMI Type A
1 x Composite BNC, 75 Ohms, 1.0 Vpp, negative sync

Multiview
1 x HDMI Type A
Audio InputEmbedded
SDI/HDMI: 48 kHz, 16-bit

Analog
2 x Combo XLR/TRS (Ch-1, Ch-2)
Audio OutputEmbedded
SDI/HDMI: 48 kHz, 16-bit

Analog
1 x Phono jack (Ch-1, Ch-2)

Headphone
1 x Stereo mini jack
InterfaceLAN
2 x RJ-45 100/1000BASE-TX (PC UI streaming)

USB 2.0
1 x Mini-USB Type B

Option
1 x 3.5 mm jack

Tally
1 x D-Sub 9-pin (male)
Dimensions14.3 x 1.7 x 8.1" / 36.2 x 4.4 x 20.6 cm
Weight4.52 lb / 2.05 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)17.953 x 12.992 x 5.512"

Sony RM-30BP Wired Remote Controller Specs

EnvironmentalOperating
Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 80% or lower

Storage
Temperature: -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Dimensions3.2 x 1.3 x 6.9" / 8.3 x 3.4 x 17.5 cm
Weight10.2 oz / 290.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.835 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.9 x 5.85 x 5.05"
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