Panasonic Announces Free VariCam Firmware Upgrades

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Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:10 -- Nick Dager

Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for its new VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS camera/recorders that incorporates ProRes 422 HQ support for HD recording in both models.

Additionally, AVC-Intra 4K 4:4:4 12-bit recording, and AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 4K-LT (4:2:2) variable frame rate recording support up to 120fps are new to the VariCam 35.

The inclusion of ProRes 422 HQ positions the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS within a well-established and widely accepted HD production workflow. The VariCam 35’s AVC-Intra 4K 4:4:4 12-bit codec is optimized for the highest-quality field production (especially when extensive grading maybe be required) and graphics flexibility, and the expansion of VFR up to 120fps in the VariCam 35 enhances its utility in 4K and HD sports / VFX production.

The firmware upgrade also enables the LAN connection on both models so that Panasonic’s AK-HRP200 camera remote controller can be used with an Ethernet cable connection to facilitate camera matching during live production and staging. With this firmware version, LAN and WiFi connections are now available to utilize tools like Pomfort’s LiveGrade color grading (CDL/LUT) application software for in-camera color grading in both the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS.

Other firmware assets newly included in both VariCam models are a Multi Home Page system for easier set-up; a new user clip name function that adopts industry-standards for film-style nomenclature (Camera, Reel, Take); the addition of Skin Tone Detail control; and Window Burn, a workflow enhancement that improves identification and secures content. Further improvements exclusive to the VariCam 35 are the addition of 24.00p system frequency support in DCI 4K/2K mode, important for cinema production; and a Dual Native ISO menu function, so that DPs can select either the display of the VariCam 35’s native ISOs (800 and 5000) only, or the display of all available ISOs.

The upgrades are available for downloading at the Panasonic service support website.

For more information about the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS, visit