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 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 →

Sony Green Screen Sample Footage


We recently had a client in that wanted to run some tests with the F55 on a green screen before taking it out on a shoot.  While we had the green screen set up I decided to shoot all of our cameras in front of … More →

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 … More →

Sony FS5 Slow Motion Review, Sample Footage

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Recording eight second bursts, the Sony FS5 slow motion capture is a great feature, once you get the hang of it. Over the weekend I got a chance to do some more playing around with the Sony FS5.  This time around I focused on the … More →

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 … More →