Sony updates Xperia PRO-I for livestreaming
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Sony has released a new software update for the Sony Xperia PRO-I smartphone. The update adds new livestreaming capabilities to the flagship mobile device.

Xperia PRO-I refresher

Sony launched the Xperia PRO-I as the world’s first smartphone with a one-inch image sensor and phase detection autofocus (AF). It also had the world’s first native 4K 120 fps high frame rate recording in a smartphone. In addition, the Xperia PRO-I comes with two specialist apps for shooting video: Cinematography Pro and Videography Pro. These apps give you the sort of controls you would expect to find on a cinema camera or mirrorless camera.

You can now livestreaming

With the software update, you can now livestream quickly with the PRO-I. The new feature means that you can livestream directly to social streaming services from within the Videography Pro app on the PRO-I. In addition, you now have the option of selecting the phone’s front camera for additional creative shooting opportunities.

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Vertical video

The update to the Sony Xperia PRO-I also adds a feature to help videographers who shoot portrait aspect ratio video. Videography Pro will now detect when you are shooting vertically at up to 120 fps and when livestreaming. The vertical format of the video is also automatically included in the metadata of the file. This will speed up your workflow when shooting and editing vertical videos for social media content.

Shooting grip

Another new feature with the new update is aimed at video makers who use the optional GP-VPT2BT shooting grip. When you are using the Xperia PRO-I with the shooting grip, you can now instantly assign the C1 custom key directly from the application. This means it is now much easier for you to customize the functionality based on your preferred shooting styles.

Verdict

The Xperia PRO-I is already a great smartphone for mobile videographers. With the new update, it adds livestreaming to its arsenal of video tools and ups its value to streamers and content creators.

Availability

The livestreaming update for the Sony Xperia PRO-I smartphone is available now as an over-the-air (OTA) software update.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.