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.

Z Systems Project Update: “Air Lock” Week 4

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Z SYSTEMS PROJECT UPDATE: “AIR LOCK” WEEK 4 Principle photography is wrapped on “Air Lock” and we are looking forward to getting into the editing room and start cutting things together.  We had some special effects shots which were fun, and gross, and we did … More →

FS5 Auto ND Demonstration

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FS5 Auto ND Demonstration Sony recently released firmware v2.00 for the PXW-FS5.  Some of the new features added include GPS positioning information, enhanced Zebra functionality, headphone output control, and the option for a paid upgrade to output 4k RAW via the SDI output.  The coolest … More →

Z Systems Project Update: “Air Lock” Week 3

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Z SYSTEMS PROJECT UPDATE: “AIR LOCK” WEEK 3 We had a very busy weekend of shooting for Air Lock.  I was excited to try out some new gear and unique rigging, which I will go over in this update.  We managed to cram in 6 … More →

Z Systems Project Update: “Air Lock” Week 2

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Z Systems Project Update: “Air Lock” Week 2 Unfortunately our plans to shoot last weekend were derailed by an unexpected illness so we were unable to capture any new footage or play with any new toys.  That doesn’t mean we were idle this past week.  … More →

Z Systems Project Update: “Air Lock” Week 1

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Z SYSTEMS PROJECT UPDATE: “AIR LOCK” WEEK 1 This past weekend was the first shoot for “Air Lock”, a project written and directed by Z Systems Integration Technician Conrad Flemming, and shot by Z Systems Rental Manager Keith Mullin.  Airlock is a science fiction/psychological horror … More →

Sony to Increase Prices on May 15th

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We don’t have all the details, but on May 15th, Sony prices are going up on at least some studio, BRC, and high-end camcorder accessories, professional monitors and select pro audio products. Sony has not announced how large the price increases will be, nor exactly … More →

Field Monitor Calibration


Calibrating Your Monitor to Your Camera Monitor calibration can seem like a daunting task, but when you go into the field to shoot it is important to have tools that give you a clear idea of what you are capturing.  In much the same way … More →

Project Spotlight: Sony F55 ENG Kit Buildup

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The Sony F55 is billed primarily as a digital cinema camera, but it becomes a fantastic ENG camera with a Sony build-up kit and a few other accessories. We recently built up three Sony PMW-F55 ($28,990) cameras for a customer for ENG use. These kits … More →

Making Custom LUT’s in Photoshop CC

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By Keith Mullin, Rental Manager It was brought to my attention at our last Sony Camcorder User’s Group meeting that it is possible to export LUT’s directly from Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.  When I heard this I got excited.  I am much more proficient with … More →

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 … More →

Sony Firmware Update Overview for FS7 and F5/55 Cameras


Sony this week released another round of free firmware updates for the F5, F55 and FS7.  The new firmware adds great new functionality to the cameras and proves that Sony is committed to keeping their cameras at the cutting edge of imaging technology and rewarding … More →