Cine Gear Expo 2019: Sony Announces Firmware Updates And New Production Center

The Sony Venice full-frame cinema camera in action during Cine Gear Expo 2019, at the Sony booth.

During Cine Gear Expo 2019, Sony announced a new firmware update for its Venice motion-picture camera. It made the announcement at its new production center, which attracted a large crowd, including scores of cinematographers, content creators and photographers.

Firmware Updates for Venice cinema camera

During the presentation at the new facility, Sony said a new Venice firmware update (Version 4.0) would be released this June and include an HFR license to support the following frame rates and resolution settings:
• 120fps at 4K 2.39:1
• 110fps at 4K 17:9,
• 75fps at 4K 4:3
• and 60fps at 6K 3:2

Additionally, Sony said Venice’s Version 5.0 firmware update “will further enable cinematographers to shoot at speeds of up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9/1.85:1. This addition enables Venice to capture three times slow motion at 24p, even in 6K. Cinematographers can utilize the same camera across multiple speeds, maintaining the full-frame shallow depth of field, as well as the high picture quality of oversampling in 6K.” Unfortunately, creatives will have to wait until January 2020 for Version 5.0.

One of the production rooms for video editing and post production at Sony’s new Digital Media Production Center.

New Sony Digital Media Production Center

Sony made the new firmware announcements at its new Digital Media Production Center (DMPC), which the company is planning on making available to content creatives of all types. According to Sony, “The DMPC features a professional production stage for cinema camera and lens testing, along with a workflow suite for ingest and grading, and a viewing room with both 4K projection and Sony’s Crystal LED (CLED) display. At more than 23 feet wide, the CLED display has an aspect ratio of 2:66:1, ideal for 6K anamorphic Venice content. New to the relaunched DMPC is a photo studio for hands-on classes with Sony’s Alpha cameras and E-Mount lenses, and a Sony Pro Support service center.”

For more on the new firmware updates and the new Sony Digital Media Production Center, see the press release below, or visit sony.com/news

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Sony’s VENICE Continues to Evolve with High Frame Rate up to 90 Frames per Second at 6K

Sony Electronics – 05/30/2019

Version 5.0 Firmware Offers Advanced HFR Capabilities up to

90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9, HD ProRes 4444 and more

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA – May 30, 2019 – At the grand opening of Sony’s Digital Media Production Center (DMPC), the industry’s most complete capture to display facility, Sony Electronics is connecting users and creators to deliver the artists’ intent by driving hands-on experiences with the latest technology in Cinema. The DMPC in Hollywood is the flagship of several such facilities around the world, and is designed to be a resource for cinematographers, photographers, and anyone involved in image making. The venue* will host a press conference tonight revealing technology advancements with its VENICE full-frame digital motion picture camera. VENICE will receive additional High Frame Rate (HFR) capabilities and added workflow flexibility with a new Version 5.0 firmware update planned for January 2020.

Following the Version 4.0 firmware release this June, which includes an HFR license to support 120fps at 4K 2.39:1, 110fps at 4K 17:9, 75fps at 4K 4:3 and 60fps at 6K 3:2, VENICE’s Version 5.0 update will further enable cinematographers to shoot at speeds of up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9/1.85:1. This addition enables VENICE to capture three times slow motion at 24p, even in 6K. Cinematographers can utilize the same camera across multiple speeds, maintaining the full-frame shallow depth of field, as well as the high picture quality of oversampling in 6K.

“Through an ongoing dialogue with cinematographers, we have continued to evolve VENICE to meet the needs of top talent,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Product and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “To date, more than 100 features and episodic productions have been shot on VENICE. The new Version 5.0 firmware will allow the camera to be even more flexible, ultimately increasing its benefit and versatility to all cinematographers.”

Notable projects shot on VENICE include this summer’s action thriller from STXfilms “21 Bridges” (DoP Paul Cameron, ASC), Sony Pictures’ “Bad Boys for Life” (DoP Robrecht Heyvaert) and the Johnny Depp drama “Minamata” (DoP Benoît Delhomme).

VENICE Version 5.0 Firmware

Version 5.0 also offer various features to achieve enhanced shooting usability and efficient production workflow.

Highlights include:

  • HFR Capabilities– Up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9.
  • Apple ProRes 4444– Record HD videos in high picture quality with SxS PRO+, without Sony’s AXS-R7 recorder; this is especially effective for HD VFX workflow
  • 180 Degree RotationMonitor Out – Flip and flop images via viewfinder and SDI
  • High Resolution Magnificationvia HD Monitor Out – Existing advanced viewfinder technology for clearer magnification is now extended to HD Monitor Out
  • Improved User Marker Settings – Menu updates for easier selection of frame lines on viewfinder

Commitments to Best Imaging & Workflow Practices

In addition, regardless of VENICE firmware version, Sony has announced a new commitment with a key industry organization dedicated to achieving the highest quality image and preserving the filmmaker’s creative intent:

  • ACES Support– VENICE has joined Sony’s F65, F55 and F5 in earning the ACES logo, meeting the specifications laid out in the ACES Product Partner Logo Program; with a newly available IDT and properly configured ACES color managed workflow, VENICE ensures a consistent color experience that preserves the filmmaker’s creative vision

Cine Gear Expo

To see VENICE in person, including the Version 4.0 HFR capabilities and the popular VENICE Extension System, visit Sony at booth #S101 in Stage 6 of Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios.

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