Sony PMW F5 recording to Gemini 10 bit 4444 Dual Link Recording Workflow

The unit comes with 2 SSD Cards that hold 512 Gigs of data each

You will get 84min of 4:4:4:4 10 bit recording on the two cards

Load them into the Gemini by flipping down the metal doors in the back of the unit and sliding the cards in. They only go one way so don't force them. Insert them with the sata connection towards the unit and the labeling facing up.

Power connections for the Gemini

When the unit powers on you will see both green lights signaling both SSD cards are being accessed

Next step is to format the SSD cards.

Click on "Menu"

Click on "Gemini" SSD's > Format Both – OK

Formatting please wait – Takes about 1 min per card to format
Each card is about 512 gigs

Gemini does support spanning but try to avoid it.

Next go to the "Setup" menu and set that to >Project>Frame Rate> Follows Input

This will set the Gemini to record the same frame rate as the camera is outputting.

Set the Gemini to start recording when the camera starts recording.

Go to Menu>Record>Trigger>Camera

Plug in the SDI 1 and SDI 2 Out of the F5 into the SDI A and B Input on the Gemini

SDI A and B Input on the Gemini

Plug into the Gemini

SDI 3 which has the camera menu overlays plug into the monitor input

Turn on the Sony F5 using the on switch

Use the knob to Navigate through the menus and press the knob to select the menu item

Go to System Menu

Reset the camera to defaults

Go to System>System Settings

Scroll down to All Reset and choose Reset

Will have to power cycle the camera

Go to System > Record Format> HD

Select the Record Format

These are the choices>you can only choose the XAVC 1920x1080 because the Gemini does not work with the XAVC 2048 x 1080 you have to use the SXS Pro cards or the sony external recorder to record these formats

Use these Sony SXS Pro cards to record 2048 x 1080 2K footage

32 gig will hold 40 min and the 64 gig will hold 80 minutes

Choose the basic HD XAVC 1920 x 1080P setting

Next got to
Go to Recording Menu

Choose>SDI Rec Control Setting set to "On"
This will put the Gemini in record when you press record on the camera

On the Gemini select the >Record>Trigger> Camera to place the Gemini in the "Camera Control" mode

Note on the Gemini that the unit shows that the recording will be controlled by the camera

Currently the camera is set to YPbPr. The Gemini will see a 1080PSF 23.98 4:2:2 signal

Go to >System>Base Setting>Main Operation>Change the setting to RGB

NOTE we don't have RAW recording capabilities

Confirm the changes by choosing Execute

Double check to make sure to set the color space

Go to the >System>
>Base Setting>
Color Space

Go to >Color Space>S-Gammut/Slog2

The Gemini now auto detects the 1080PSF signal to be 4:4:4 1080PSF 23.98

To check the Input status to make sure we are recording dual link click on the soft key 1080PSF 23.98

The Input Status should read SDI A: 1080PSF 23.98 4:4:4
SDI B: 1080PSF 23.98 4:4:4

Dual Link 3G DPX 10 Bit

The color should look correct on the Gemini Monitor

Now set to record press record on the Sony F5 camera and it will begin recording on Gemini too

Gemini in Record mode

Press the SSD Save Eject and Eject the 1 and 2 cards

The only way to turn off is to unplug the unit

Remove the cards and load them into the USB card reader in the Gemini Kit

Connect the USB to the computer to offload the media

Now we need to load the files into a computer for editing

Open Adobe Media Encoder

Go to File>Add Source

Make sure the Cineon/DPX File Sequence is checked and then navigate to the firs file of the folder with the lowest number

Then Click "Open"

Change the Format to QuickTime

Click on the "Yellow" Preset to set the quicktime settings

Choose the following:
Format – Quicktime

Export Video only

Choose the Apple ProRes 4444
Video Codec

Video Settings set to 100

Frame rate 23.98
Square Pixels
24 bit

Choose to save and click OK

Click on Output File


Click the green arrow to start the encode

Open AVID and create a AVID 1920 x 1080 Color Space - RGB


Click on Options

Choose Image sized for current format

Choose the 601 or 709 Pixel to Video Mapping

Click OK

Choose the file and the resolution as Apple ProRes 4444 MXF and select the Storage drive as the destination for the AVID file

The import will fast import the video. You should see the term Fast Import or else the image is not coming in at 10 bit 4444