by Graham Sheldon | 24th February 2017
We first learned that Panasonic was bringing a new member to the VariCam family during IBC 2016, and now we finally have footage from the new camera system, dubbed simply the “VariCam Pure”. Footage is below: The VariCam Pure is the result of a partnership between Panasonic and the on-location recording company Codex. The body of the camera is the same Varicam 35 platform we all know and love, with the addition of a Codex recorder that allows the Pure to capture 120fps in 4K Raw to SSD drives (Codex Capture Drives). Newly-released footage from the VariCam Pure: Watch our IBC 2016 interview with Panasonic HERE regarding the VariCam Pure. The Varicam Pure system is the latest attempt by Panasonic to push into a cinema space long dominated by the likes of ARRI and RED Cinema. Sony too has been struggling to make headway into studio and indie features with their F65, with the recent exception of Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and 2013’s Oblivion, directed by Joseph Kosinski. This early footage out of the VariCam Pure looks great and I’ll be interested to see more once the camera begins shipping and gets into the hands of independent operators. Image Credit: Panasonic Panasonic also announced upgrades for their existing line of VariCam cameras that add ProRes 2K support and additional ProRes codecs. They are available for download HERE. Technical Highlights: 4K Raw Up to 120 fps in Raw 4K 14+ Stops of Dynamic Range Dual Native ISO: 800/5000 ISO VRAW, Avid DNxHR, Apple ProRes, Integrated Camera Body (ie. no cables) Weight: 11 lbs What do you think? Has the newly-released footage from the VariCam Pure made you more likely to try out the camera when it begins shipping?Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 26th September 2016
The Canon EOS C700 was announced last month and raised a lot of interest, but also criticism among our readers. The new flagship model for Canon’s Cinema line was on display at IBC 2016 and we took the chance to take a closer look at the new camera. A Closer Look at the Canon C700 With the C700, Canon moved on to a different form factor for the first time in quite a while. The Canon EOS C700 is reminiscent of competitor cameras such as the Panasonic Varicam, Arri Amira or the Sony F55/F5, and its features and pricing clearly target it at the higher end of filmmaking. Like with their C300 and C500 line, there will be separate EF and PL versions of the camera. Both are already available for pre-order at retailers: US: EF Version PL Version Global Shutter Version EU: EF Version PL Version Global Shutter Version The Canon EOS C700 camera offers internal 4K recording to CFast 2.0 cards at up to 59.94p in XF-AVC (10-bit 4K) and also in ProRes (even in 4K 10-bit 422HQ, or 2K in ProRes 4444 at 12 bit). Sampling from a 4.5K sensor and using the optional, specifically-developed Codex CDX-36150 recorder, the Canon EOS C700 provides 120fps 4K RAW recording, which is probably its most mind-blowing feature. 4.5K RAW recording at up to 100fps is said to be coming at a later stage via a firmware upgrade. To read the full set of features check out this extensive article: LINKRead more
by Adam Plowden | 10th September 2016
Panasonic team up with Codex to add uncompressed 4K RAW 120 FPS with HDR recording to its leading cinematography camera, the VariCam Pure. Using Codex’s integrated camera package (with no cables), the VariCam Pure outputs RAW files to the Codex Capture Drives, which are solid state recording media of up to 2TB of storage and with a bandwith of 20Gb/s. The 4K recording is offered in uncompressed RAW, at up to 120 FPS. With its 14+ stops of dynamic range in HDR and with V-LOG, the VariCam Pure is used for leading television drama and cinematography capture, offering a modular configuration at a smaller size than the original VariCam setup even when the Codex is attached. The dual base ISO remains at 800/5000. Using the Codex Production Suite, file handling and workflow are simplified to deliver not just complete dailies, but also ProRes and other deliverable files. We’ll visit Panasonic at IBC. Let us know in the comments what you think of the latest development.Read more
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