Sony PXW X70–The Update We’ve Been Waiting For

Well, it’s here.

This is the link . Sony V2.00 Update

Here are the exact instruction on how to install the update: V2.00 update procedure

There are several reports that, in combination with FCPX’s last update, you can now natively import XAVCL into FCP.

This update does not automatically give you 4K.  There’s another step (purchase) which hasn’t been made very clear at this date, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon. However, if you want to record in XAVCL right now, you can.

And here’s the link for obtaining and activating 4K. X70 4K Upgrade Key

And this comment from the FB X70 User Group regarding a rebate for early adopters of the X70:

 The 4K upgrade is here! It’s easy to install and Sony has the loyalty program. The box will have a sticker that tells users to visit a webpage where they get contact info for POSC…. gives you ‘inside’ access and can help you upgrade in 5 – 10 minutes. Sony wants to show their appreciation to early adopters of the PXW-X70 camcorder: End-user purchasers of PXW-X70 who took delivery of their product on or before March 31, 2015 and who purchase a CBKZ-X70FX 4K license key between June 15, 2015 and August 31, 2015 are eligible to receive a $300 mail-in rebate from Sony!

8 responses

  1. I’ve been looking forward to this update for the live streaming aspect. I wasn’t aware that they were going to make the XAVC files now compatible with FCPX, which they are. Unfortunately, the video and audio files come out separately in FCPX.. Easy fix to synchronise but a pain in the ass.


  2. One thing to note – if you check the limitations on p. 17 of the updated manual it sounds like there are quite a few limitations when shooting in 4K and/or with the new proxy media function. For example, no face detection in 4K… Not complaining but as Joe wisely mentioned in his review of the X70, if you need a 4K camera then go and buy a 4K camera. Maybe we’ll see some of these functions back into the X70’s 4K mode in the future but for now it looks like Sony didn’t give this puppy enough horsepower to perform all the bells and whistles and still give us 4K.

    As a side note – I received my X70 a week or so ago and have been too busy with other things to give it much of a look but my first few hours with it confirm everything that Joe mentioned about this camera – I have no regrets (no buyer’s remorse). Thanks Joe!


  3. Gerry – I wonder what they changed. I use Media Composer with XAVC-L and I’m concerned that changes Sony made will have a negative impact on my workflow. Any insight?


    • Steve – I don’t know anything about Avid’s Media Composer or how the V2.0 firmware upgrade will affect it. Have you been able to work with XAVC-L in MC before the upgrade? All I know is that when I called Sony Pro support a few weeks ago, I was told that Sony engineers are working with Apple engineers to resolve the inability for FCP X to import XAVC-L from the X70. I guess Sony has changed the “wrapper” for the clips to allow FCP X to see them. I suggest contacting Sony and Avid support if it’s not working for you. It’s complicated.


      • Hi Gerry – I’ve been using XAVC-L in media composer for a while now. My concern is that changes in v2.0 might break compatibility. Do you know if one can revert back from 2.0 to 1.2? Thanks


  4. It should be noted that only XAVC-L video recorded on a SDXC card formatted under firmware v2.0 can be imported directly into FCP X. Anything before v2.0 will have to first be transcoded with Sony’s Catalyst Browse (free) or Editready from Divergent Media ($50).


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