Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit

Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit

Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit

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Product Highlights

  • Use with HXR-NX5U, NEX-FS700, NEX-EA50M
  • 128GB Flash Memory
  • Record AVCHD and MPEG2 SD Formats
  • Store 11 Hours with HXR-NX5U
  • Store 10 Hours at 28 Mbps with FS700
  • 12 Hrs at 24Mbps/10 at 28Mbps with EA50M
  • Quick and Easy Data Transfer
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Sony HXR-FMU128 overview

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The Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit is an optional recording device compatible with Sony's HXR-NX5U, NEX-FS700, and NEX-EA50M camcorders. It allows you to record to two devices simultaneously, (drive and SD card) realizing an instant backup in the desired format.

The device is capable of recording exceptionally long run-times. For use with the HXR-NX5U, it attaches directly to the back of the camera and can record 11 hours of footage without offloading. Used with the NEX-FS700, it slips into a slot in the camera and stores 10 hours of HD at the camcorder's highest quality (28 Mbps). Used with the NEX-EA50M, it permits extended recording times exceeding 12 hours at 24 Mbps and 10 hours at 28 Mbps.

Hybrid Recording
The device is capable of simultaneous recording of HD and HD video footage, along with the combination of HD and SD, realizing an instant backup in the desired format. The 128-GB storage capacity provides continuous recording for almost half a day at the highest bit-rate. Incredible in a unit of such compact size. This is an ideal option for recording music festivals, seminars, and weddings, and documentaries; all of which require extended recording times.
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Sony HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit
  • USB Cable
  • Case
  • Label
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony HXR-FMU128 specs

    Drive Capacity 128 GB (Fat32)
    Recording Capacity The following are figures for use with the HXR-NX5U, for which this drive was originally designed:

    Linear PCM 2-Channel
    FX (24 Mbps): 11 Hours, 40 Minutes
    FH (17 Mbps): 15 Hours, 30 Minutes
    HQ (9 Mbps): 26 Hours, 10 Minutes
    LP (5 Mbps): 41 Hours, 30 Minutes

    Dolby Digital 2-Channel
    FX (24 Mbps): 12 Hours, 40 Minutes
    FH (17 Mbps): 16 Hours, 20 Minutes
    HQ (9 Mbps): 29 Hours, 50 Minutes
    LP (5 Mbps): 51 Hours, 20 Minutes

    Standard Definition HQ Mode: 32 Hours, 40 minutes
    Operating Systems Supported Windows XP SP3 (64-bit Editions and Starter Edition are not supported)
    Windows Vista SP2 (Starter Edition is not supported)
    Windows 7
    Mac OS X (v10.4 or Later)
    Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Inputs/Outputs USB: USB 2.0 Mini-B (x1 Output)
    Power Requirements 5VDC (Power Supplied by Camera)
    Power Consumption 0.9W (Power Supplied by Camera)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.3 x 3.4 x 0.7" (5.4 x 8.5 x 1.7cm)
    Weight 2 oz (80 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 5.7 x 4.1"

    Sony HXR-FMU128 reviews

    HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 107.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from This SSD is as good as it is overpriced Yes, this unit is so overpriced, but if you don't want that your SD card went dead one day, you'll need the FMU128. You can record HD-HD or HD-SD: very comfortable. The unit comes in video tape like case and is barely bigger or heavier than one MiniDV tape. It would be great, if it were possible to record AVCHD FullHD to SD card and some more edit friendly FullHD format to FMU128. Also, if you have NX5 with serial number from 210001 to 211460 and want to use both, the FMU128 and SD cards at the same time, you can't do that unless you upgrade you camcorder firmware from 1.0 to 2.0 version. If you don't do that, you'll get error, saying Buffer Overflow.
    Date published: 2011-07-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 128 Flash - Superior tapeless workflow! I am a professional videographer I shoot weddings/music videos/ corporate work, etc. This product works along side my Sony HXR-NX5U. It is the best accessory the camera has. It allows you to record 11 hours of 1920x1080 HD 30p at 24 mb/sec. Need I say more? The content is easily ingested into Premiere or Final Cut with the click of a button. Makes turn around time into post a cinch! I have had absolutely no problems with the unit. However, I have heard that there are buffering issues when utilizing an SD card at the same time as the unit. However, I have yet to experience this myself. For the money this is absolutely the best way to go in my opinion if you want tapeless work flow!
    Date published: 2010-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Revolutionary I purchased this with my NX5 and have been using it over the past few weeks. The memory unit truly does revolutionize my workflow. Before I was using HDV tapes, and now I can record up to 11 hours of full quality footage on just one of these units. Files transfer relatively fast, although I do with this unit had a Firewire port in addition to the USB. The flexibility that this unit offers is truly unrivaled, and was a primary factor in my decision to purchase the NX5. Sony has created a system architecture that gives video producers a workflow that is efficient, redundant, and smart.
    Date published: 2010-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, Awesome product, I'm buying more! This is a great addition to the NX5 camera (I wish it came with the camera). To be able to record 11 hours of HD footage is unbelievable. Being a solid state drive it's so quick, hit record and the timecode starts rolling. As for transferring back to the computer, that's easy too. Coming from always using tape, I was reluctant to go fully tapeless but now, I don't think I would go back. The only benefit I se of tape now is that it's a cheap way of archiving footage and if you don't have room on your computer then you can just hold onto the tape until there is room to capture. Great product, I'll be buying a few of these for sure!
    Date published: 2011-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great backup! Maybe calling it a backup is a bad choice of words. I think SD cards are now my backup. It was great after shooting an event and wanting to quickly review footage, just hooking the FS100 up to a TV and being able to have access to everything shot all day without having to switch out cards. Now my cards are securely stored while the memory unit is doing the footage ingest. Super easy to use too. Pop it in, tell the camera to record to it or both it and cards. Done. Definitely a great piece to have!
    Date published: 2012-06-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple to use As others have cited, this is an expensive data bucket, but compared to other proprietary media solutions (P2 or SxS media cards), it's probably about right. I like that it fits into the FS700 body so neatly, and that it allows for dual roll on both the SD and FMU media simultaneously. The peace of mind that having a backup brings is worth the extra cost to me. With the added benefit of faster media transfers, I think it's a reasonable value for money. You get about 11 hours in 1080 at the highest quality on the FS700.
    Date published: 2012-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing ive been using this for about a month with the NX5U and from using tapes all my life... this thing is a dream. Yes, sd cards are easy and you can probably save some money getting a few sd's, but the FMU is killer. Having days worth of footage on this thing in your back pocket is great and it just plugs into a computer nice and easy. Also with the ability to dual record between this and SD is nice if you want HD on one and standard on the other. Only problem is that it's really expensive, but if you can get one (discounts?) then dont second guess.
    Date published: 2010-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock Solid on the FS700 I have to be honest... SD cards kind of freak me out. You've got HOW MUCH data on that little thing? It's flimsy plastic, cheap, and easily lost or mistaken for another nearby card. On a shoot with frenetic changes or DIT going on, that's just a bad recipe for repeated success every time. I've seen SD card readers fail often, and that's also bad news no matter how you look at things. Don't get me wrong - I love having the option to roll to an SD card. After all, they are cheap, and they do store quite a bit of video media. I can put a dozen in a case and roll all week long on most shoots. But, there's something about the ability to roll to two storage devices simultaneously on my FS700 that just gives me peace of mind. I realize the video is of identical quality, and the end product is no better for me having the FMU. But, again, I know there's GOING to be an end product for sure!
    Date published: 2013-02-19
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