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Sony PXW-X70 & Sony HXR-NX80


The Sony PXW-X70 and Sony HXR-NX80 are camcorders that are capable of recording in both full HD and 4K. These camera models operate very similarly. Much of the instructional content may apply to both.

Sony PXW-X70 camcorder

The following video the basics to operating the Sony PXW-X70 video camera.

This next video provides a more in-depth overview on how to use the Sony X70.

We highly recommend reviewing the UC Berkeley Multimedia Journalism Guide to using the Sony PXW-X70.

Further questions may be addressed by consulting the official user manual.

Sony HXR-NX80 camcorder

This video goes over the basics for recording with the NX80.

The next video goes over recording audio with the NX80.

Further questions may be addressed by consulting the official user manual.

Transferring footage/images to your computer (for both cameras):

For AVCHD formatted footage refer to this guide.

For 4K footage:

  • Insert SD card into computer or use a USB card reader
  • SD card will appear on desktop
  • Double click SD card to reveal contents
  • Open folder titled PrivateM4ROOT CLIP
  • Copy whichever files you need by selecting one or more and dragging them to your computer or external hard drive

For more assistance, you can speak to Media Studio consultants during regular studio hours, or you can email Jessica Weaver-Kenney ([email protected]).


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