MCX-500 from Zero to Hero

This course will show you how to run and record a live event, presentation or programme using the Sony MCX-500

Price per delegate: €475

Duration: 1 Day

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What will you learn

This course will show you all you need to know to work as part of a team to run and record a live event, presentation or programme using the Sony MCX-500 Multi Camera Live Producer, Sony camcorders and various Sony accessories. You will learn how to set the switcher up, assign inputs and outputs and set up cuts, transitions and effects. You will also learn how to control the switcher during an event, performing live operations, working with a director and camera operators, and recording the programme for future use.

Who should attend

This course is intended for anyone wanting to use the Sony MCX-500 for a live event. Previous experience in using professional A/V live production equipment is desirable, but not essential. A basic understanding of video technology is also desirable, but not essential.

Course contents

Some essentials

The course starts with an overview of some of the important background topics you need to understand in order to get the best from the MCX-500.
This includes:

  • The difference between SD and HD.
  • The different types of HD.
  • What interlace and progressive are.
  • The difference between 50i and 60i modes.
  • Why 60i isn’t actually 60i.
  • What SDI and HDMI are.
  • What analogue and embedded audio are.

Switcher essentials
This part of the course introduces you to the basic concepts and operations performed by vision mixers and switchers.
This includes:
  • The concept of Preview and Program.
  • How the keyer, keys and DSK works.
  • What cuts, transitions and effects are.
  • Using the Multi-Viewer

Connecting the system
This part of the course shows you how to connect the switcher, remote controller, cameras and other equipment together.
This includes:
  • Connecting power and power adaptors.
  • Connecting video and audio inputs and outputs.
  • Connecting supported cameras and camcorders.
  • Connecting the RM-30BP remote controller.
  • Setting up multi-camera production.
  • Connecting a computer to the system.
  • Setting up and controlling tally.

Switching the system on and off
This part of the course explains how to switch all the various system components on and how to power the system down.
This includes:

  • Switching the system on.
  • Switching monitors and other components on.
  • Establishing connection across the system.

Setting the system up
This part of the course shows you how to set the MCX-500 up once the system is up and running.
This includes:
  • MCX-500 panel settings.
  • Setting system formats and format considerations.
  • Assigning video and audio inputs.
  • Resetting the switcher to default (first birthday).
  • Setting up a network connection to a computer.
  • Using the virtual control panel and remote settings.
Performing cuts and transitions
This part of the course shows you how to perform various kinds of cut and effects transitions with the MCX-500.
This includes:
  • Performing simple direct cuts.
  • Performing preview cuts.
  • Setting up and running a transition.
  • Adding effects.
  • Setting up and performing a chroma key.


Adding titles to a production
This part of the course shows how you can insert graphics and text into the MCX-500 and mix them into the programme output.
This includes:
  • Creating titles on a computer.
  • Passing title graphics into the MCX-500.
  • Mixing titles and graphics into the PGM output.

Working with audio
This part of the course will show you how to select, and mix audio inputs on an MCX-500.
This includes:
  • Assigning audio inputs.
  • Setting levels.
  • Switching channels on and off.
  • Setting up the internal audio test tone.
  • Using wireless audio.

Recording the programme
Part of the course will show you how to record the PGM output from the MCX-500 to internal SD media.
This includes:
  • Selecting a suitable media card.
  • Setting up a recording format.
  • Starting a recording.
  • Comparing internal and external recording.

Advanced production operations
This part of the course will show you some of the more details settings in the MCX-500, and how to operate as part of a production team.
This includes:
  • Customising the transitions patterns and effects.
  • Creating direction and a working methodology.
  • Building a reliable working hierarchy.
  • Looking for good shots.
  • Establishing good communication techniques.
  • Coping with errors and contingency planning.
  • Good rushes and finals recording techniques.
  • Post-production considerations and planning.









Courses can be run at various locations. Courses must have a minimum number of attendees in order to run. To discuss the exact location and times available please click ‘Enquire Now’ at the top of the page.