Canon asserts Cinema and Broadcast position
Posted on Sep 29, 2022 by Samara Husbands
Canon cements its position in cinema and broadcast with a series of releases, securing seamless workflow for broadcasters and filmmakers
Capture the world cinematically: CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1
A superb combination of focal range, compact size, and light weight culminate in the brilliant CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1, supporting Super 35mm cameras across a range of cinema and broadcast productions. Expect versatility from the focal range as the CN8x15 spans a wide 15mm up to an impressive 120mm telephoto. It can further extend up to 180mm via the built-in 1.5x extender whilst offering full frame sensor coverage. 8K optical performance is maintained across the full focal length will support future productions, guaranteeing consistently high image quality.
Designed to be consistent, the CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1 features Canon’s renowned warm colour science, matching the existing range of its cinema lenses, and beautifully smooth bokeh is produced via an 11-blade aperture. Anticipate outstanding optical performance, as the CN8x15 supports EF mount communication and advanced metadata capture, resulting in breath-taking image quality for HDR, 4K and 8K productions. This is the first Cine-Servo lens to enable Zeiss eXtended Data™ (XD) communication when using the PL Mount. You’ll find the same 16-bit encoder from Canon’s broadcast and existing Cine-Servo lenses, providing accurate lens position, zoom, focus and iris metadata – all communication features that are paramount to VFX, virtual and cinema productions.
The Cine-Servo CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1 is available in both EF and PL mount, featuring a powerful and removable servo motor drive unit. This provides broadcast-friendly shoulder operation for ENG/EFP and documentary style shooters and access for accessories needed for cinema productions.
EU-V3: Modular expansion unit for live production, compatible with the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III
In line with the move towards large format cameras in the broadcast, event and live sports production space, Canon has shifted its focus to user requirements for the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III. Large format camera provides viewers with a unique perspective when watching their favourite teams play, while expanding specific functionality for multi-camera and live productions – amplifying the user experience.
An exclusive SDI return feature on the EU-V3 makes it stand out, allowing real-time monitoring of a live broadcast fee from a production switcher. The return output destination can be selected from the VIDEO, EVF-V50, MON/HDMI and SDI-OUT terminals. The EU-V3 also enables Tally support via Ethernet, using XC protocol – when the extension unit receives a Tally signal, lights on the camera body can be utilised, a Tally On-Screen display is shown, and it can relay the signal to an external device via Hirose 4-pin. Both functions are essential for informing operators of when their camera feed is live, alongside the status of the production.
The lens focus position can also be displayed on-screen when using the EU-V3 – with compatible broadcast and Cine-Servo lenses via 12-pin communication. The Focus Position Meter, which users can choose to display along the top or right side of the screen, allows users to register multiple focus positions on a distance scale and highlight when focus is achieved during manual operation – such as when selecting the finish line for a race.
Vitally, the EU-V3 can be combined with the CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1, on both the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III.
Cinema EOS Firmware: expanding horizons
Canon strengthens its capabilities for the live and mid-to-low end broadcast market via a new Cinema EOS Firmware update for the EOS C500 and EOS C300. The update enables both cameras to be used within live environments and workflows.
Key updates include:
- Implementing XC protocol: integration into multi-camera solutions, supporting direct control via RC-IP100 and ethernet connections.
- Strengthening of AF features: 120p / 100p AF support, alongside face detection during Slow and Fast Shooting Mode.
- Audio 4ch display: the audio level display will show all four audio channels when this mode is selected.
- New accessory and lens support: allowing the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III to work perfectly with both the CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1 and EU-V3, as well as support for the Flex Zoom series of lenses.
DP-V2730: 4K HDR display for the new generation
This advanced 4K HDR monitor, the DP-V2730, has a 4K UHD panel and 1,000 cd/m² full screen peak brightness. With Canon’s local dimming technology an ultra-low black level of 0.001 cd/m² is produced, making it a great option for both filmmakers and broadcasters. A 27-inch screen achieves high brightness with minimal noise which is ideal for on-set and post-production environments. Anticipate blinding brightness, detailed shadows and wide colour gamut across the entire screen, meeting Dolby Vision’s certification and Grade 1A in EBU TECH3320 standards. The suite of award-winning monitoring tools – we’re talking waveform monitor, histogram, frame luminance monitor and RGB parade – are driven by Canon’s latest processing platform for class-leading performance. The display is the perfect companion for broadcast and filmmaking, delivering high-end 4K HDR performance for on-set studios, OB Vans and post-production editing, VFX and colour grading.
If you’re looking for seamless integration into multiple workflows, the DP-VV2730’s HDMI input and 12G-SDI Terminals deliver 4K60P 4:2:2 10-bit or 4K30P 4:4:4 12-bit signals, and can easily be linked to a computer, tablet or smartphone – and even multiple Canon displays. The remote-control Web UI is a touch-optimised interface which provides live image viewing, detailed signal information and direct control over inputs, monitoring tools and settings.
Strengthened products across the Pro AV portfolio
Completing the line-up is the latest PTZ camera, the CR-N700, alongside the XA65, XA60, XA75, XA70 and Canon LEGRIA HF G70.The CR-N700 is a 4K60P 4:2:2 10-bit PTZ camera with 12G-SDI connectivity, designed for high-end broadcast production. On the compact camcorder front, XA65, XA60, XA75, XA70 and Canon LEGRIA HF G70 meet the demand for sharing content with new UVC compatibility.
For more information, head the Canon website.