Sony is expanding the capabilities of its Venice digital motion picture camera and its FX9 full-frame camera to offer greater expression and usability for cinematographers and their collaborators in production and post. These firmware upgrades build on the two cameras’ image capture and color science. Venice offers more monitoring options and high frame rate, and FX9 expands shooting as well as recording capabilities for content creators.
Version 6.0 of Venice firmware will allow the import of Advanced Rendering Transform (.art) files that improve monitoring picture quality and viewing options on set. These .art files can be generated by Sony’s Raw Viewer software from users’ own 3D LUT files. Additionally, Sony is collaborating with Technicolor color scientists to create a new “look library” for the Venice camera, which will be available online as a resource for creatives wishing to quickly access some of Technicolor’s established looks.
Another enhancement in Venice v6.0 firmware is the ability to shoot with a second user frame line. This enables DPs to more easily take advantage of Venice’s large sensor size to shoot for both horizontal and vertical distribution within the same composition.
Venice v6.0 features also include:
• Expansion of HFR capabilities – up to 72fps at 5.7K 16:9 and 110fps 3.8K 16:9, which simplifies post of slow-motion, especially for TV drama workflows that have quick turnarounds. In addition, up to 72fps at 4K 6:5 imager mode for Anamorphic lens operation.
• Improved 3D LUT monitoring – 3D LUT look can be fed to camera viewfinder
• Gyro information in metadata – camera’s Tilt & Roll data can be referenced by VFX teams
FX9 was launched in 2019 to bring full-frame imaging to run-and-gun, documentary and independent productions. Employing the form factor, ergonomics and workflow of Sony’s FS7 and FS7II camera, FX9 brings color science from Venice and auto focus (AF) technology from Sony’s interchangeable lens camera, Alpha, to creatives desiring a small camera footprint.
Version 2.0 of FX9 firmware supports 4K 60p/50p recording through oversampling from a 5K cropped area of 6K full-frame sensor. Version 2.0 also enables output of a 4K 16-bit raw signal to an external recorder with the optional XDCA-FX9 accessory. This additional bit depth beyond the camera’s internal 10-bit recording is ideal for projects requiring more intensive post production.
Additionally, FX9 v2.0 firmware will expand the camera’s operability with Eye AF technology and touch-screen operation for focus control and menu setting on the viewfinder.
FX9 v2.0 also includes:
• 180 fps full-frame HD recording
• 4K (4096×2160) DCI recording
• Ability to load user 3D LUTs
• HDR shooting function recorded in Hybrid Log Gamma
Version 6.0 of Venice firmware is planned for release in November 2020, and Version 2.0 of FX9 firmware is planned for an October 2020 release.