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.

Sony FS7 Firmware V3.0 To Be Released In December


(via 4kshooters.net) Sony just announced that their best selling Super 35 chip camera – the Sony PXW-FS7 is finally going to receive the much awaited firmware version 3.0 with some awesome new features in December 2015. They did say earlier in the year that the firmware update should drop before the … Continue reading

Remote Monitoring Solutions

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Based on customer requests, we recently took it upon ourselves to come up with a viable remote monitoring solution for directors and producers on set.  Our goal was to create a wireless, high quality video monitoring system with long lasting battery power in a hand … Continue reading

QTAKE – The Most Advanced Video Assist


QTAKE took the power of Apple hardware and years of filmmaking experience to build the most advanced video assist system. Instant record and playback, powerful clip database, real-time image processing, intuitive editing, multi-camera support, stereoscopy, RED and Alexa meta-data… these are just a few features … Continue reading

New Retina 5K iMac = No Target Display Mode


While we are always happy with Apple’s latest and greatest offerings, we were left shaking our heads after we came across the following article:   As it turns out, 2015 iMac computers will not allow Target Display Mode when set up as an external display.(See here)   … Continue reading

The Sony Alpha A7S II is here


We received our initial shipment of the brand new Sony Alpha A7S II cameras yesterday.  We added one to our rental pool and I am excited to take it out and see what it can do.  Identical on the outside to the A7R II that … Continue reading

XAVC vs ProRes 422HQ

Slider Comparison

Last week I wanted to spend a little bit of time with our Sony PMW-F55 while it was in the shop before going out to have its ProRes board installed.  Without having anything in particular to shoot I decided to put the camera on our … Continue reading

Alpha a7S II – 4K low-light ISO comparison movie

Sony a7S II low light comparison

This video demonstrates the Alpha a7S II ‘s spectacular sensitivity — up to ISO 409600*, with wide dynamic range. Capturing your vision requires superior sensitivity to reveal the subtle nuances of a situation. With enhanced imaging of ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO 409600* and extra-wide … Continue reading

Project Spotlight – Cache-A Rebuild

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When a customer brought us a non-functioning piece of hardware that had been discontinued, with no parts available, we rebuilt it to a working state. We had a piece of hardware, called a Cache-A, come in from a customer recently. It was non-functioning, and the … Continue reading

New Product Spotlight: Manfrotto Slider

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Manfrotto Sliders and Manfrotto Slider Systems are part of the core professional videographer and photographer offering. These products enable professional image makers to easily add extra creative value to their work with a portable and high quality solution that’s quick and simple to set up. … Continue reading

Odyssey7Q+ To Support Sony PXW-FS5 Camera

Odyssey 7Q+ and Sony FS5

Convergent Design announced full support of the new Sony PXW-FS5 camera. The two companies have worked to provide compatibility between the Odyssey7Q+ monitor/recorder and the new camera. No other monitor/recorder offers this level of integration. Upon initial release in November, the FS5 will output QFHD … Continue reading