Software

The latest version of iClone really ups the game for VFX as it's a virtual production platform to bring the latest in 3D technology to filmmakers, and is easier than ever to use. The official informations says: 

Sony's free firmware version 4.0 for the popular FS5 camera brings support for High Dynamic Range shooting in Hybrid Log Gamma and the option to change the minimum ISO from 3200 to 2000 when shooting in S-log2 or 3. It also gives support for 120fps continuous shooting in HD. But to enable this feature, you have to buy the new HFR firmware upgrade which costs around £562 or $499 for US customers. You can download the free firmware update HERE. The full info says:

The amazing Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro that we test in the latest Pro Moviemaker magazine gets a free upgrade from today as there's a new Camera Control remote control app available in the Apple App store. Users of the camera need to upgrade to Camera 4.4 firmware free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website to enable the camera's built-in Bluetooth which has so far not been enabled. Then download the Blackmagic Camera Control iPad app from the Apple app store. The official info says:

Magix's latest editing software is Video Pro X and includes 10-bit HEVC decoding/encoding and professional colour grading to 360° editing and precise audio mastering. Scalable proxy editing, preview rendering and hardware acceleration enable real-time video editing in HD, 4K and 360°. The software supports ProRes, HEVC 10-Bit, AVC and MPEG-2 and LUTs from the camera manufacturer or upload cinematic effect LUTs to create unique film styles. Lookup tables save colour grading information and can easily be imported and applied, or custom created and saved. The latest version of Video Pro X is now available in stores and online for £349.00. The official info says: 

Sony has revealed a raft of firmware updates to add extra functionality to its FS5, F55 and F5 cameras, as well as some other broadcast and consumer cameras, that will be released in July.

It's the changes to the FS5 that are more exciting, as they include:

Support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) by shooting in Hybrid Log-Gamma** (HLG) standard 
Support for continuous 120fps High Frame Rate (HFR) recording in 1080p with CBKZ-FS5HFR paid firmware upgrade (sold separately)
Option to change the minimum ISO sensitivity number to ISO 2000 from ISO 3200 when recording S-Log2/S-Log3
*4K: XAVC-Long 4:2:0 8-bit, HD: XAVC 4:2:2 10-bit.  

 Firmware 9 for the F55 and F5 adds:

Support for 4K RAW/X-OCN 72, 75, 90, 96 and 100FPS S&Q Motion (PMW-F55 with ASX-R7)
Support for CBK-WA100 XAVC proxy recording (PMW-F55/PMW-F5)
CBK-WA100 XAVC proxy file name and Rec Start/Stop timing are completely synchronised with the F55 and F5 material.

 

 

Now in its fifth year, the Festival of Color celebrates the importance of digital colour management for filmmakers and is held in the UK, France and Spain. X-Rite's ambassadors are on hand to explain how colour works and how to sort out your colour workflow from camera to monitor.

The press release says:

Blackmagic Design has revealed two upgrades for its Video Assist and 4K monitor. The 2.4 free firmware update adds multi-lingual support for 10 separate languages. This means customers can now use Video Assist in their native language.

And a second free update scheduled for June will see professional scopes added to the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model, including waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope and histogram that can be viewed full screen for accurately evaluating video signals.

The new scopes make the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model perfect for live production monitoring, as portable test scope for broadcasters, and even for balancing color when color grading using the RGB parade scope.

The new localised Video Assist adds interface support for Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. This broad language support now makes it easier for more customers to use Video Assist anywhere in the world.

“Video Assist has become an indispensable part of everyone’s production kit,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s the perfect portable field monitor and recorder. The addition of full blown professional scopes makes it even more exciting and useful for customers. Plus, the new multi-lingual interface will make it easier for non-English speaking customers to use it!”

 

 

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