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Sony FX6

Camera wiring

Due to the FX6 protocol, one FX6 can be controlled by only one device. You can't put 2 FX6 on the same device.

But solutions exist:

  • one camera : one FX6 and one RCP
  • multiple cameras : one RCP per FX6
  • multiple cameras : one RIO-live per FX6 and a single RCP
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FX6 is controlled over IP. Works over Ethernet (with USB-C to Ethernet adapter) or Wi-Fi (embedded Wi-Fi module). Even if the Wi-Fi control works, it's not recommended to use it as it's not reliable and has a lot of latency.

USB-Ethernet for FX6

Sony recommends a specific USB dongle but it's not listed on their website. Contact your Sony reseller for more information.

Some clients reported that dongles using the chip RTL 8153 works fine. This one for example.

To check if your dongle is compatible:

  • Plug the dongle in your FX6
  • Setup a fixed IP in your FX6 (through the menus)
  • Ping the FX6 from your computer

Note : you can usb USB dongles with a USB-C to USB-A adapter as long as the chip of the ethernet dongle (USB-A) is compatible with your FX6

Basic

One Cyanview RCP controls one FX6.

Multi camera

Multiple RCP's

Multiple Cyanview RCP's control multiple FX6's.

Single RCP

Multiple Cyanview RIO-live's control multiple FX6's. And a single RCP imports the RIO-live's cameras allowing you to control all your FX6 from a single RCP.

Camera control

ControlFX6
White balance (R/B and Color temp)
Exposure (Iris, Gain, Shutter, Variable, ND filter)
REC toggle
Scene file : save/recall

Camera configuration

Tested on V2 and V3 firmware.

Camera in shutter mode

In menu > Shooting > Shutter, ensure Mode is in Speed

Camera in dB mode

In menu > Shooting > ISO/Gain/El, ensure Mode is in dB

Camera network

If LAN/Ethernet (prefered)

In menu > Network > Wired LAN:

  • Setting is set to On
  • Cam. Remote Ctrl is set to Enable
  • And that you have a valid static IP in Detail Settings:

In Detail, it is mandatory to setup:

  • DHCP to Off
  • IP Address
  • Subnet Mask
  • Gateway (should be compatible with the ip/mask, but the IP doesn't really matter)
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At this step, ensure you can ping the camera from your computer to validate that the dongle is working and that the IP is correct.

If LAN/Wi-Fi (unstable/slow)

In this example, I connect my FX6 to my RIO acting as an Wi-Fi AP. More information can be found here

In menu > Network > Wireless LAN, set Setting to Station Mode

In menu > Network > ST Mode Settings:

  • Cam. Remote Ctrl is set to Enable
  • Scan Networks, select your Wi-Fi AP in the list, enter the password
  • Once connected, your AP is displayed in Connected Network:
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In this example, the Wi-Fi AP is my RIO (using a USB dongle). The FX6 is connected to the RIO and the RIO acts as a DHCP server so I can let my FX6 in DHCP mode. You can indeed setup a static IP in the FX6 if you want. Pay attention that if you bridge Wi-Fi AP and ethernet on RIO, then there is no DHCP server anymore and you need to setup a static IP in the FX6.

RCP configuration

Set up a new camera via the RCP Configuration UI:

  • Enter a custom number, name, etc.
  • Select Sony brand
  • Select Sony FX6 for the model
  • Enter the IP of your camera
  • Enter your login/password
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If your camera is in a different range than your RCP (i.e. not 10.192.0.0/16), follow this guide to add a new IP to the RCP.

This should look like this:

And once correctly connected, it should be green:

Troubleshooting

Check the following:

  • Prefer using a wired connection when possible (as FX6 Wi-Fi is not reliable)
  • Ensure the camera IP is static and in the range of the RCP (see guide)
  • Check wiring, cables, etc.
  • Check from your computer if you can ping the camera IP

If you can't ping the camera, the RCP can't control it.

FX6 is compatible with some USB Ethernet dongles. Some clients have reported success with USB Ethernet dongles with USB-C adaptors. But not all of them are compatible. Check with Sony to see if your dongle is compatible. Try another one.

If you can ping the camera, but the RCP can't control it, check the following:

  • Ensure the RCP IP is in the same range as the camera (see guide)
  • Ensure your camera is in gain mode (not ISO)
  • Ensure your camera is in shutter speed mode (not angle)
  • Ensure your camera is not in Automatic mode