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Quick Start for Sony Cameras

AbelCine’s Quick Start for Sony Cameras gets attendees ready to use these cameras on their next project. The class teaches the fundamentals of prepping and operating Sony cameras and is designed for ACs or anyone already familiar with basic camera operation.

This half-day, hands-on class covers what to look out for during a rental prep, such as back focus, firmware, and lens mount options, as well as common methods for trouble shooting in the field.

Experienced AbelCine trainers will walk participants through menu operation, project set up, and user buttons. Practical shooting scenarios and configurations will be used to demonstrate workflows from prep to the field to handing media off to post production.

Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates


Wednesday, Jul 26th - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: AbelCine, Chicago
Quick Start Sony Cameras - CHI 7/26/17: $99.00

Workshop Bundles

AC 101 + AC 201 Workshop Bundle – New York
Purchase this workshop as part of a bundle at a discounted rate.

Bundle Price: $198.00 $168.30

Custom Training

Custom Camera Training
Schedule a 1-on-1 or group training. We provide custom training at our offices or at your location.

Price: From: $225.00

  • Where to go in the menus for Project Set up including:
    • Frame Rates, Resolution, Compression Ratios, White Balance, Shutter Angle, Exposure, Media Formatting and Clip Naming, Off-Speed Recording, and Framelines
  • User Buttons – Tools for the AC and DP
  • Video Outputs
  • Using an External Recorder
  • Jamming the camera with time code for sync sound
  • Lens mount and adapter options
  • Color and Look settings
  • RAW setup
  • Accessories
  • Cabling
  • Back focus
  • Loading firmware
  • Factory reset
  • General data workflow

This class is designed for camera assistants or anyone who wants to learn how to prepare Sony’s CineAlta line of cameras for production.


Corey Christian joined the AbelCine team incorey 2016 as a Camera Technology Specialist based out of the NY office. When he isn’t behind a computer, he’s usually out testing gear or capturing new perspectives with his drone. Corey is an Avid Media Composer certified editor, and has previously taught Advanced Editing & Cinematography courses in NYC. Behind the camera, he has shot everything from lifestyle and non-profit stories, to destination weddings with his production company, Going Home Productions. Originally from Farmingville, NY, he attended Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Media Production & Cinema and Media Studies. See more of his work: goinghome.co

Geoff Smith joined AbelCine in 2015 as a Camerageoffsmith_bio Technology Specialist with a focus on workflows from capture to post-production. Geoff has a background in technology from web development to content management at companies like VMware, Lucasfilm and Silicon Graphics (SGI). Prior to joining AbelCine, he worked on an independent feature as a DIT and Assistant Editor. A passionate photographer, his editorial and fine art work has been published in newspapers and magazines, as well as exhibited in New York City and online. Originally from New York, Geoff graduated from California State University, Chico earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design with an emphasis in Media Arts. Follow Geoff on Twitter: @geoffsmithphoto


Ianbio_2013Ian McCausland is one of AbelCine’s Camera Technology Specialists and Trainers. He holds a BA in Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and his credits include the 1999 Black Sabbath concert video The Last Supper and the 2008 Smashing Pumpkins documentary If All Goes Wrong. As one of the original Abel staff members, Ian was integral to the formation of the company’s rental department in 1990. In 1997, he reprised his role when he moved out West to launch Abel’s Burbank rental department. Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanMcCausland


Megan Donnelly joined the AbelCine team in 2015 as the company’smegan_4288b-150x150 first Camera Technology Specialist based out of Chicago.Prior to joining AbelCine, Megan was the Technical Manager at Fletcher Camera and Lenses / CineVerse in Chicago, where she provided technical and workflow support for multiple features and TV series.She also developed the curriculum for the International Cinematographer’s Guild Digital Loader Workshops, which she taught nationwide.Megan is an accomplished Director of Photography for commercials, music videos, and narratives. One of her TV pilots was a finalist in the New York Television Festival in 2013, while another pilot won the Chicago Television Pilot Competition in 2014. Follow Megan on Twitter: @cinemamegan

“Taking AbelCine’s QuickStart Sony Cameras course greatly expanded my existing knowledge of working with Sony’s cameras. Coming from an AC background, my previous experience has been limited to prepping cameras based on the DP’s requirements, and not really furthering my education as to ‘why’ or ‘what’ those camera settings actually meant or did. After taking the course, all those questions of ‘why’ and ‘what’ Sony cameras were capable of were definitely answered, and I am now more confident working with them for a prep or shoot. Thanks AbelCine!”

Brian, AbelCine Burbank Student

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