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Sony FS5 Intensive Workshop

The Sony FS5 Intensive is a one-day workshop that teaches the operation of this camera, including how to acquire images in all of its recording formats. Particular attention will be paid to production and post-production workflows using Log. Attributes of picture profiles will be discussed, as will the ability to capture raw images, which is coming in a future firmware update. Lens options, signal output, and internal and external recording will also be covered.

Camera owners who made their purchase through AbelCine receive this class for free! Ask your salesperson for details. 

Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
Location: TBD

  • Firmware
    • Current version
    • Firmware update procedure
  •  Setting up projects
    • NTSC  / PAL
    • Codec / compression selection
    • Resolution
    • Frame rate
  • Customizing the camera
    • Assignable buttons
    • User menu
    • Assign dial
  • White balance options
  • Shutter options
  • Lens options
    • E-mount
    • Kit lens
    • Adapters
    • Clear Image Zoom
  • XAVC
    • GOP compression
    • Bit rates
    • Bit depth
  • SDI output
  • HDMI output
  • Slow & Quick recording
  • Color gamut
  • Gamma
  • Log Gamma
  • Exposing for Log
  • LUTs
  • Building LUTs
  • Hardware / software for LUTs
  • Picture profiles
  • AbelCine picture profiles
  • Internal vs external recording
  • Chroma Subsampling
  • Bit depth
  • External recorders
  • Thumbnail menu
  • Downloading media
  • DaVinci workflow

This course is designed for anyone who has purchased the Sony FS5 or plans to in the future.


Ian 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


Geoff Smith joined AbelCine in 2015 as a Camera 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


megan_4288B_adjMegan Donnelly is one of AbelCine’s Camera Technology Specialists. Originally from Mesa, Arizona, Megan graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.F.A. in Media Arts with a concentration in Cinematography. Prior to joining AbelCine, Megan was the Technical Manager at Fletcher Camera and Lenses / CineVerse in Chicago. 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. Most recently, one of her commercials won a Midwest Emmy in 2014. Follow Megan on Twitter: @cinemamegan