Sony FX3 gets Netflix Certification

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The Sony FX3 has been officially certified by Netflix. It now joins 13 other Sony cameras, including the various VENICE models, FX9 and FX6.

Here is the full list of certified Sony cameras:

  • Sony Venice
  • Sony Venice 2 6K
  • Sony Venice 2 8K
  • Sony FX9
  • Sony F55
  • Sony F65
  • Sony FS7
  • Sony FS7 II
  • Sony FX6
  • Sony PXW-Z450
  • Sony PXW-Z750
  • Sony FX3
  • Sony HDC-F5500

I think the recent Version 2.00 firmware update for the FX3 and the addition of the ability to be able to input timecode, probably went some way to helping the FX3 get certified.

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To be used on Netflix originals the FX3 has to be set to UHD 3840 x 2160 and the internal recording codec needs to be XAVC S-I 4K (ALL-I) 10-bit 4:2:2.

You can also record 4264 x 2408 ProRes RAW externally to a compatible Atomos device.

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You need to be aware that the Sony FX3 recording frame rates are indicated as the closest integer values in the camera. The actual corresponding frame rates are as follows:

  • 24p: 23.98 fps
  • 30p: 29.97 fps
  • 60p: 59.94 fps
  • 120p: 119.88 fps

Netflix also states that the Sony TC Adaptor Cable is required in order to jam the Sony FX3 to an external timecode source and is recommended.

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You also need to shoot in S-Gamut3Cine / S-Log3 or S-Gamut3 / S-Log3.

I think everyone knows my thoughts about streaming platforms’ camera certifications. If it was solely to do with picture quality, then there would be numerous other cameras on these lists.

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