Welcome to Z Systems

Z Systems is a Twin Cities based provider of solutions for the pro video community. By eliminating the technical headaches of video production, we fuel the creativity of editors, broadcasters, production artists, and field shooters. We are authorized resellers for the top brands such as Avid, Apple, Sony, Panasonic, Canon, AJA, Blackmagic Design, Digital Rapids, Telestream and many other manufacturers. We offer a full suite of video equipment rental, sales, design, consultation, installation, training, repair, and maintenance services to our customers.

FS7 VS FS5 Noise

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Quick noise comparison test between the PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS5 cameras from Sony. I took some time this morning to do a side by side comparison of noise between the FS7 and FS5 cameras.  I shot them both in HD to give the FS5 a fair … Continue reading

CatDV Support Now Available During US Business Hours

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Square Box Systems, maker of popular asset management software CatDV, is expanding its technical support team to better accommodate customers across the pond. CatDV has now expanded their technical support team to cover the US workday. Because of this, U.S. users should see a faster response … Continue reading

Archiware P5 Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Archiware P5? It’s software from a German company called Archiware. This software automates the backup, archiving, and synchronization of data. What’s the difference between backup and archive? A backup is like a spare tire – if you lose your original data, it can … Continue reading

Product Spotlight: Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 Lens

Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21

With the new ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 Zeiss is introducing a super wide angle lens for compact Sony full-frame cameras with E-mount.   Zeiss has recently started shipping the third lens in its Loxia series, the Loxia 2.8/21. It’s a compact, super-wide angle MF lens designed … Continue reading

Now Hiring: Sales / Business Development Representative


Z Systems is hiring! We are looking for a motivated and professional individual to work with our sales team.  Primary responsibilities will be the identification of new opportunities and closing net new business. Key responsibilities include: Prospecting and making outbound phone calls to various types … Continue reading

What Is HDR and Why Is It Important In 4K TVs?


Lately the term HDR (high dynamic range) has been popping up in some coverage of new 4K TVs, and soon, if not already, you’ll hear the phrase bounced around at electronics stores and dealer showrooms. So what, you’re probably asking, is HDR for TVs and … Continue reading

Sony FS5 Test Footage

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We’ve had our Sony FS5 for a few weeks now and I’ve gotten a chance to do some shots to get test footage.  I wanted to see how the image quality of the new Clear Image Zoom function of the camera would hold up, so … Continue reading

Spectra Logic: Deep Storage for Exponential Data

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Spectra Logic understands the digital archive challenges in the world of pro video, with its exponentially increasing storage requirements. Together, with key industry partners, Spectra offers end-to-end workflow solutions. Spectra solutions are backed by more than three decades of experience and emphasize ease of use, … Continue reading

Sneak Peek: Sony F5 / F55 Firmware Version 7


Sony has done a great job of releasing updates on a regular basis. This time, they have expanded the functionality of the quick menu, implemented Rec. 2020 colorspace (the native colorspace for 4K Ultra HD) and expanded the options available for simultaneous recording. Here is … Continue reading

Sony FS5 Review: First Look

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We got our new Sony PXW-FS5’s this week and I’ve had a few days to play with our rental unit, here is a brief Sony FS5 review with some of my first impressions.   Lens We ordered a unit with the kit lens for our … Continue reading