Sony is announcing new updates
and developments for its VENICE CineAlta
motion picture camera system including version 2 firmware, which has been
advanced and will now be available in the beginning of July 2018.
is announcing the development of its new VENICE Extension System
designed for expanded flexibility and enhanced ergonomics. Also being announced
is Sony’s plan for high frame rate support for the VENICE system.
“VENICE was born from the
voice of cinematographers,” said Peter Crithary, marketing manager for motion
picture cameras, Sony Electronics. “Their voices continue to fuel the ongoing
development of this powerful camera with the mission to make a real difference
in their daily work. These new enhancements provide professionals more freedom
to hone their craft, and also protects their investment.”
Version 2 firmware
2 adds new features and capabilities specifically requested by
production professionals to deliver more recording capability, customizable
looks, exposure tools and greater lens freedom. Highlights include:
Dual base ISO - With 15+ stops of exposure latitude, VENICE will
support high Base ISO of 2500 in addition
to existing ISO of 500, taking full
advantage of Sony's unique sensor for superb low light performance with
exceptional dynamic range from +6 stops to -9 stops as measured at 18% middle
gray. This increases exposure indexes at higher ISOs for night
exteriors, dark interiors, working with slower lenses or where content needs to
be graded in High Dynamic Range, while maintaining the maximum shadow details.
FPS (off speed) –
in individual frame increments, from 1 to 60.
Additional Imager modes – V2.0 newly adds several Imager Modes, 25p in 6K
Full-Frame, 25p in 4K 4:3 Anamorphic, 6K 17:9, 1.85:1 and 4K 6:5 Anamorphic
User up-loadable 3D LUTs – users can customize their own looks and save
them directly into the camera.
Wired LAN remote control
– users can remotely control and change key
functions, including camera settings, FPS,
EI, iris (Sony
E-mount lens), rec start/stop, and built-in optical ND filters.
–users can remove the PL mount and use a wide
assortment of native E-mount lenses.
VENICE Extension System
At Cine Gear 2018, Sony will demonstrate the VENICE
Extension System, a Full-Frame tethered extension system
that allows the camera body to detach from the actual image sensor block with
no degradation in image quality up to 20 feet apart. These are the result of Sony’s
long-standing collaboration with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.
new tethering system is a perfect example of listening to our customers,
gathering strong and consistent feedback, and then building that input into our
product development,” added Crithary. “The ‘Avatar’ sequels will be among the
first feature films to use the new VENICE Extension System, but it also has tremendous
potential for wider use with handheld stabilizers,
drones, gimbals, and remote mounting in confined places.”
High Frame Rate
Sony is also announcing the details of a planned optional upgrade to support
high frame rate – targeting speeds up to 60 fps in 6K, up to 90 fps in 4K, and up to 120 fps in 2K to be released in North
America in the spring of 2019.
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