Sony Announces Firmware Updates for Fs5, RAW Coming Soon

The Sony Fs5 has received a new free firmware 2.0 update. One of the key features is an auto Neutral Density filter function changes the strength of the electronically controlled variable N.D. filter. This is an excellent use of Sony’s amazing new electronic N.D. By adjusting the N.D. the user is allowed to adjust exposure without affecting aperture, shutter speed, or gain values. This translates to all elements of the image such as depth of field, motion blur, and noise, being unchanged while simultaneously adjusting exposure values of the image. Other additions include expanded zebra functions as well as GPS capability.

Ever since the camera was announced Sony has alluded to the coming capability of RAW recording. For those who wish to record RAW with the FS5 you must acquire the newly announced RAW upgrade option for 600 dollars, model number CBKZ-FS5RIF. This then allows, though the 3G-SDI connector, continuous output of DCI 4K 60p and up to 240p RAW in 1080p. If you have right recorder you can then record 12-bit RAW video or you can also choose to convert this to Apple ProRes for recording. This workflow has proved popular with FS7 users who pair the camera with the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+. Unlike the FS7 however, the FS5 has an extra trick. It can also record DCI 4K at up to 120 fps for up to 4 second bursts. It does this by using the internal cache recording function of the camera. The images are buffered in camera and then played out of the 3G-SDI port at a regular frame rate for recording, once image capture has finished. This system will be familiar to anyone who has the FS-Raw option on the FS700 which features the same ability. Both the free and the paid firmware updates will be available in June.

FS5 kit

Atomos Announces Shogun Inferno

What is hotter then a flame? An INFERNO! Hot on the heels of Atomos shipping the new Flame series recorders they have now announced a new top-of-the-line Inferno. The Inferno appears to be similar to the Shogun Flame in most ways but the Inferno is capable of recording 4K up to 60p, HD up to 240p, and it will allow for for RAW input, and features quad SDI connectors.

As seen in the new Atomos Shogun Flame and Atomos Ninja Flame HDR is now a killer feature when shooting in flat or log profiles Atomos have introduced the AtomHDR image processing to capture with the high brightness range of your camera’s Log profile while maintaining vibrant true-to-life colors. The 10-bit monitor expands the colour range to over 1 billion colours, giving a near true reproduction, and the 1500nit brightness allows for easy monitoring of wide dynamic range scenes or in bright sunlight conditions. The Shogun Inferno will be $1,995.

 Shogun Inferno

Atomos Announced New “Flame” -Series Monitor/Recorders

Today Atomos has announced the new “Flame” -series of monitor/recorders. The Flame series sets itself apart featuring 1500 nits, 10 stops of dynamic range, and 10-bit color. From Atomos: “The Atomos Flame Series delivers the world’s most advanced 7” field monitor, delivering the luminance detail of Log with HDR Post Production color accuracy for the first time in a field monitor. The AtomHDR engine not only resolves HDR brightness detail, with 10-bit monitor processing it also resolves 64 times more color information than traditional 8-bit panels. For Rec709 standard dynamic range scenes the 1500nits brightness aids with outdoor shooting as does the upgraded power management system that will keep you shooting longer in the field. Of course you also get the professional 4K/HD ProRes/DNxHR Recording, Playback and Editing that has made Atomos famous.”

These appear to be essentially new versions of the existing Shogun and Assassin monitor/recorders but with new hi-brite displays. Atomos has a unit called the Shogun Flame which is selling for $1,695. They also have a model called the Ninja Flame (should it be the Ninja Assassin Flame? Is that too much?) selling for $1,295.

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All About the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+

Convergent Design has begun shipping the new flagship model of the Odyssey Family of Products, the Odyssey7Q+. The Odyssey7Q+ expands on the capabilities of its predecessor the Odyssey7Q, while maintaining all of the functionality, performance and ease of use. The addition of HDMI 1.4b input means that the Odyssey7Q+ can capture 4K and Ultra-HD video over HDMI.

With the addition of 4K/UHD recording over HDMI, the Odyssey7Q+ continues to be the most advanced, most capable, most versatile monitor/recorder in the world. The Odyssey7Q+ can record HD/2K/UHD/4K. It can record them via SDI and HDMI. It can record RAW (with Record Options), uncompressed DPX, and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). The Odyssey7Q+ weighs a little over one pound, is just one inch thick and can run on any power source from 6.5-34 volts.

The Odyssey7Q+ offers uncompressed HD/2K recording in DPX stacks as well as HD/2K/UHD/4K video recording in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), all included in the unit. In addition, Record Options for the Odyssey7Q+ are available for purchase. Options include ARRIRAW (ALEXA), Canon Cinema RAW (C500), FS RAW (Sony FS7 & FS700) and POV RAW (IO Industries and Indiecam cameras). In addition to capturing RAW data from these cameras, on certain cameras the Odyssey7Q+ also supports converting the RAW data into video and recording it as UHD or HD Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).

The Sony FS RAW recording option will deBayer the RAW data and convert it to a 1920×1080 video signal for viewing on the Odyssey7Q’s OLED panel as well as output over the Odyssey7Q’s SDI and HDMI ports. The Odyssey7Q will also playback recorded Sony FS RAW files, and allow switching between Sony S-log, REC709 and REC709 (800%) images.

The Sony FS cameras can output Sony RAW in 4096×2160 (4K) or 2048×1080 (2K). Frame rates in 4K are up to 60p and in 2K up to 240p. On the FS700 there is also burst mode to allow brief 4K shooting at up to 120p. Sony RAW is recorded by the Odyssey7Q in 12-bit .DNG files and is readable in any post program capable of reading Cinema DNG files.

The Sony FS RAW record option also features a unique “4K2HD” mode. A 4K RAW data signal is deBayered and converted to 4K video, then super-sampled to a high quality HD video signal, which is then recorded as Apple ProRes 422(HQ) in HD up to 60p.

The FS cameras will be compatible with 4K RAW to 4K Apple ProRes. A 4K RAW data signal is deBayered then the high quality RAW signal is compressed to Apple ProRes 422(HQ) in Ultra HD 3840×2160 up to 30p.

Odyssey 7Q+

All About the Sony XDCA-FS7 Expansion Module

The Sony XDCA-FS7 is perhaps one of the most intriguing parts of the new FS7 camera. By building certain key features into an optional expansion dock Sony is able to offer the FS7 camera body at a lower price with out cannibalizing their other cameras. The FS7 camera sells for $7,999, the expansion module sells for $1,999. Together this puts the camera system at about $10,000, in between the $6000 FS700 and the $16,500 F5.

But what does the XDCA-FS7 module do? And, most importantly, do you need to buy one? The module is wonderfully designed fitting seamless onto the back of the camera, only adding a couple of inches and about a pound to the overall size of the camera. It attaches the the camera via a custom multi-pin connector that transfers all data and power. It is not some ungainly “rig” that needs another 4 pounds of rods and rails to hold it together.

The module enables several key features. It upgrades the cameras battery system from the BP-U series batteries to V-Lock brick batteries. This will allow you to use full size batteries capable of delivering true all-day runtimes. It also ads 4-pin DC power input and 4-pin Hirose power output for expanding the power options of the FS7 even further.

Probably the biggest feature that will draw most people to the XDCA-FS7 is the enabling of 12-bit RAW output of the camera. With out the module the camera can output uncompressed video via SDI but the module allows for 4K RAW to be output at 12-bit sampling up to 60fps. It also allows for 2K 12-bit output up to 240fps. When combined with the Odyssey 7Q recorder/monitor this becomes a very powerful acquisition tool. The FS700 can natively output 12-bit RAW to external recorders, the F5 can natively output 16-bit RAW to be recorded. By making the RAW output an optional module for the FS7 it allows people who won’t use it to skip it and save some money at the same time.

The XDCA-FS7 also contains a codec board for Apple ProRes 1080p encoding. By attaching the module to the back of the camera the camera now has the ability to record ProRes in-camera, natively, to the same XQD cards that you would normally record XAVC to. It’s very similar to what Sony has done with the F5 & F55, selling optional ProRes boards that, when installed, provide fully native ProRes recording in-camera.

Finally, the XDCA-FS7 provides studio-style connectivity for multi-camera live switching productions. This includes Gen-lock, Reference, & Timecode in and output. This completes the true “broadcast” feature set of the camera, putting it on par with larger, more expensive broadcast camera connectivity.

FS7 Expansion Module

Blackmagic Design URSA Update: Shoulder Kit

We’ve already had a small handful of URSA cameras come through our doors. I still haven’t really had a chance to get “hands on” with one yet. But i do know it is heavy. I’m willing to bet it’s heavier then the published 17 pounds. I also know that it can’t be used right out of the box in any other way then mounting it on a tripod.

Enter the Blackmagic Design URSA Shoulder Kit. Or, as i like to call it, stuff that should be on any camera right out of the box. I don’t know if BMD always intended on creating this kit or if they rushed it out based on user feedback, but it does strike me as odd that this kit was not in the URSA literature until a few weeks ago, just before the camera started to ship.

The Shoulder Kit for the URSA provides the bottom of the camera with a shoulder pad, a V wedge plate for a long ENG-style tripod plate, and a rosette on ether side of the camera to mount front handles on the camera. Now it seems to be that tripod quick release, front handles, and padding on the shoulder are all features that most users will want. The shoulder kit is selling for $345. So add that to the $5,995 for your URSA purchase. Your going to want it.

URSA Shoulder Kit

Odyssey 7Q Price Slash

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q is the industries leading portable field recorder solution. We highly recommend it paired with the Canon C500, Sony FS700, and Sony FS7. We’re so darn excited about getting the Odyssey 7Q in the hands of as many customers as possible we’re slashing the price. Normally the Odyssey 7Q is a great price at $2,299. Right now we’re offering it for $1,799. Put the power of ProRes 1080p, ProRes 4K, RAW 4K, 240fps capture in your hands. Oh, by the way, have i mentioned that its one of the best field monitors on the market? We have it on the shelf ready for your to evaluate it. We’re also running a promotion where you can get a Sony FS700 for $5,999, you get a free EF-mount Canon lens adapter and Odyssey for $1,799. Your total would be $7,798, plus the FREE Canon EF lens adapter.

Odyssey7Q

Blackmagic URSA Begins Shipping

We have begun receiving our first Blackmagic Design URSA cameras. Unfortunately at this point we still haven’t had a chance to go fully hands-on with one yet. Hopefully we’ll have a demo model soon. If you are interested in seeing this camera please call us at 503-598-9142 or email epetrie@provideoandtape.com. Although it’s still early we’re quoting people about 2-4 weeks for delivery if you place your order right now. Of course Sony has recently announced the FS7 which appears to be positioned to steal a bit of the URSA’s thunder. It’s also a semi-shoulder mount camera that shoots 4K natively in-camera. It can record 4K RAW externally, the URSA can do so internally. The Sony has up to 240fps recording. The URSA has a 10 inch screen. 10 inches!

URSA Screen URSA

Sony’s XDCA-FS7 Expansion Dock Explained

UPDATE: November 17th. We will be including a FREE Metabones Canon EF lens adapter with the purchase of the Sony FS7 cinema camera. Thats a $300 value, absolutely FREE.

Along with the exciting new FS7 cinema camera Sony has shown the XDCA-FS7 expansion module. This is a small box that mounts directly to the back of the camera. This box provides a few upgrades to the FS7. First, it changes the nature of the power supply of the camera from the Sony BP-U style compact batteries to full size V-Lock batteries. The dock also adds several industrial connections such as Timecode I/O, Genlock, and 4-pin XLR power. Additionally it is via this box that the camera gains the ability to output RAW 12-bit 4K up to 60fps or 2K up to 240fps. Finally the box contains a ProRes encoding board that gives the camera the ability to capture ProRes422 internally to the XQD card. The XDCA-FS7 will be selling for $1,999. It will be a must-have addition for many FS7 owners.

FS7 Expansion Module FS7 w/ Expansion Module

Odyssey 7Q Gains ProRes 422 at 4K Resolution

Earlier this year Convergent Design added the hotly requested ability to record 1080p in ProRes to their extremely popular Odyssey 7Q recorder. Previously it did RAW in 4K, 2K, or 1080p. But for people wanting 4K resolution full RAW was still the only option, resulting in massive file sizes. Now C.D. has officially announced they will be adding 4K ProRes capture to the Odyssey 7Q. This will provide a huge boost in flexibility to the Odyssey workflow. You’ll have the ability to have ready-to-edit 4K clips come strait off of the recorder and into your NLE.

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q has quickly become the go-to industry standard for portable high quality field recorder. We love to pair it with the Canon EOS C500 or the Sony FS700. Soon it will make a great companion for the forthcoming Sony FS7. Because its so light weight and double functions as a high quality LCD monitor it is very unobtrusive on the cameras footprint.

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