Sony RX0II Setup Guide
Updated over a week ago

Before you capture a performance, it's best to set up your Sony RX0 II software settings; the easiest way to do this is via the set IP network, which links your camera and all subsequent cameras together.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Item

Note

For issues & support with your Sony camera, please contact your Sony reseller. For Move AI required settings see below.

These are required to enable remote triggering & configuration of the cameras via the wired network.

Camera mount

You can use a tripod, clamp or any other stable attachment.

CAT6 Cables

To connect the cameras to the switch & the switch to the PC

PoE Network switch

Make sure that it meets the specifications required by the Sony cameras.

PC

This is necessary to control the cameras remotely if using the control boxes.

SD cards

Make sure that they meet the specification of the capture settings (resolution & fps) you are recording at. https://helpguide.sony.net/dsc/1910/v1/en/contents/TP0002077345.html?search=100m

https://helpguide.sony.net/dsc/1910/v1/en/contents/TP0002070241.html?search=100m

Objects or tape to identify the perimeter of the volume on the ground

This is helpful for the actor to understand the perimeter of the capture volume.

Please note: this is the recommended kit list for Move.ai motion capture. Move.ai is not liable for any faults with equipment.

First time setup of the cameras

The first time you use your cameras, you should configure these settings directly on the cameras prior to connecting them to your PC.

  • Set MENU → (Setup) → [Auto Power OFF Temp.] to [High] on each camera if you will be using cameras mounted in place for a long period of time when shooting with camera control boxes.

  • Set MENU → (Setup) → [USB Connection] to [PC Remote] on each camera when using camera control boxes.

  • Set MENU → (Setup) → [TC/UB Settings] → [TC Run] to [Free Run] on each camera when you want to use time-code synchronization.

  • Set one of the cameras to Master on the control box and set the rest to Client.

Connect

  1. Connect your Sony camera via PoE into your PoE switch, or directly to your laptop or desktop machine. Cable setup - https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/res/manuals/4735/56afef6ffa422461e9fc4ec2371884b4/47354331M.pdf

  2. Set the NIC settings on your laptop to auto IP.

  3. Open your web browser and access the Sony control hub on the following URL - 169.254.200.200.

  4. Each connected camera will be shown in its own panel.

💡 For support on the web interface: 

https://helpguide.sony.net/dsc/1760/v1/en/index.html

Settings

1. Select all cameras via the tick box and power them on using the button next to the power icon.

2. Select one camera to set the settings for that camera first, then you can copy the settings to the other cameras. The settings you need are as follows:

a. Shoot Mode - Movie Program Auto.

b. Focus - Preset Focus.

c. NEAR Mode in PF Off.

d. Movie File Format XAVC's HD.

e. Movie Recording Setting - This is the frame rate and data rate setting, so will depend on your shoot. We recommend - 100p 100m.

  • ‘p’ = framerate (this should be higher for faster movements)

  • ‘M’ = bitrate (set this as high as possible)

f. Configure white balance based on your environment

g. Configure 50/60hz refresh rate using the Video Sync Signal Setting in the Box tab in the top right corner


3. With the same camera still connected, click Copy in the Settings box on the left-hand side of the window, then select all cameras and click Reflect; this will copy all current settings.

4. Name cameras by double clicking on the camera names at the top of each camera tile. This can be applied to the file naming convention.

5. You can switch between “Low” and “Standard” as the live-view frame rate by double-clicking the live view tile. The current frame rate setting of the live view is displayed below the live view.

  • Setting the frame rate of the live view to “Standard” for multiple cameras may slow down the computer.

6. Select all cameras:


a. In the Box tab, select the Video Sync Signal Setting; this needs to match your choice of frame rate. If you have chosen 100p 100m, you will need a setting of 50p/50i/25p. Check that your cameras are showing both Video Sync and TC Sync (Time Code).

  • “Video Sync” appears in the shooting information field (camera information area) during exposure synchronization.

  • “TC Sync” appears in the shooting information field (camera information area) during time-code synchronization.

b. Mirror the date, time, and area settings on the computer to the date, time, and area settings on the camera using the Date/Time Link button


7. After you have chosen the settings for the cameras, they need to be initialized by accessing the Box tab at the top right Camera tab.

Capture

  1. Now that you're ready to record your calibration & action takes, check the sync is still active and then press record in the top right-hand corner.

  2. Stop recording when you’re finished and repeat these steps for all takes.


Import

  1. To import these files onto your machine, press Select in the Import section (this allows you to specifically choose the video files to download).

  2. Check that all cameras are showing all the takes recorded, then Select all images of all cameras and Add the Camera label (prefix).

  3. Click Start Import and the video files will go through a prep stage before downloading to your system.


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