Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for its VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS camera/recorders that expands recording options and enables several operational and workflow improvements. This multifaceted upgrade was developed based on the practical requirements and input of cinematographers, DITs, rental and post houses and other VariCam partners.
Panavision has introduced the Millennium DXL Camera, developed through an unprecedented combination of three companies’ contributions: large format optics and modular accessories from Panavision, a brand new 8K sensor from Red Digital Cinema, and new color science and optimized workflow from Light Iron.
Media design and integration firm DigitalGlue is designing the facility for Sneaky Big Studios, set to be one of Arizona’s biggest production companies when it opens in July. Starting with a blank page, the company has selected Sony’s F55 4K cameras as its camera of choice.
AJA Video Systems has released new v1.3 firmware for the Cion 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD production camera that shoots edit-ready Apple ProRes files at up to 4K 60fps. Cion v1.3 firmware, available today as a free software download, was created based on customer feedback, and adds features that improve the Cion imagery pipeline.
Director James Gunn is using Red’s 8K Weapon camera on Marvel’s latest cosmic adventures in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Behind-the-scenes, Codex workflow systems, operated by Santa Monica, London and Atlanta based production services company Shed, are enabling the smooth and speedy transition of a river of 8K data from on-set into post production. The cinematographer on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is Henry Braham BSC, who previously used Red Epic cameras on The Legend of Tarzan. He is one of the first DPs to deploy the new Red Weapon camera, fitted with the 8K Red Dragon sensor, on a long-form show, describing it as “the little big camera. Perfectly counterintuitive. And perfect for this production.”
Panasonic has announced that a firmware upgrade for its AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3-inch handheld camcorder is immediately available.
Award-winning cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC recently shot a two-minute public service announcement for YouTube honoring International Women’s Day. The spot profiles seven YouTube creators from around the world who serve as Change Ambassadors in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign, using their voices to stand up for gender equality.
Panasonic has announced a number of cost-saving camera kit packages for the recently unveiled VariCam LT Super 35mm Cinema Camera, which begins shipping later this month. In addition, Panasonic has announced a 40-price reduction in the cost of expressP2 cards, the media used for recording on the VariCam LT and VariCam 35 cinema cameras as well as the VariCam HS action camera.
Panasonic has announced that an AG Remote Operation Panel application facilitating remote control of the AG-DVX200PJ 4K camcorder from an iPad is immediately available as a free download from the Apple App Store. Installation of a wireless module, AJ-WM30 or ASUS USB-N53 (both sold separately), is required. The firmware in the camcorder may need to be updated to the newest version. With iPad, iOS7.1, iOS8.1, iOS9 are supported. iPhone is not supported.
Panasonic today unveiled the VariCam LT, representing the next generation of 4K cinema cameras. The VariCam LT camcorder inherits the same super 35mm sensor and imaging capabilities of the award-winning VariCam 35, but with significant reductions in size, weight and price.