Video Devices has today released their latest firmware for the Pix-E Series of monitor recorders, enabling simultaneous H.264 and ProRes recording. Pix-E Firmware 3.00 available now After its announcement at NAB earlier in the year, the new firmware upgrade to 3.00 allows users to record in both ProRes and H.264 formats simultaneously on their Pix-E devices. This is ideal for camera operators and DoP’s who need to deliver daily rushes as small files to directors or producers, and keep a high-quality version for the edit. The devices will be able to record in 4K in ProRes without a LUT applied, and for a faster workflow, the H.264 is downscaled to 1080p (with audio) with the addition of an applied LUT burnt into the footage, which is recorded onto the SD card. What is fantastic, is that the upgrade is completely free to Pix-E owners! When working on large projects, having smaller proxy files for offline editing is a real bonus, especially when you don’t have to transcode the footage. Here, the compressed H.264 files in the .mp4 format can be used, which speed up the editing time (especially if working remotely or on the go). Because of the compression of H.264, it can also be quickly uploaded online with an applied LUT, for an even faster turnaround. Click here to download the new firmware upgrade from Video Devices!Read more
The new firmware for the Atomos Shogun is here. AtomOS 6.4 released today adds FS700 RAW & FS7 RAW recording and some other anticipated features to the HD disk recorder. AtomOS 6.4 adds the following features: FS700 & FS7 4K-DCI RAW to ProRes/DNxHR record Anamorphic de-squeeze including 2x, 1.5x, 1.33x and Panasonic 8:3 modes Pre-roll recording (up to 8s in HD and 2s in 4K) Custom time lapse recording – Keyframe LUTs can be applied on output, in recording, on screen & split screen Playlist generation of all clips on the disk, user selected clips, cut edited favourite clips or a combination of both. Expanded meta data tagging – Wide shot, close up, Talent 1 or 2, Over exposed, Bad Audio, Colour correction and cut away. FCPX 1.4 XML upgrade Genlock activated for synced playback and play-out in Genlock environments It’s nice to finally see the Shogun becomes an alternative to the more expensive Odyssey 7Q+ in terms of recording the 14bit RAW outputs on the Sony FS700 & Sony FS7. However the Shogun can still only record in ProRes or DNxHR at 24/25/30p framerates. There’s no 240 frames per second recording and no recording to a 14bit RAW format (yet). Upgrade procedure: Download the update from www.atomos.com/support Put onto the root folder of an SSD Insert SSD into Shogun when it’s off Power on with AC power or a full battery Wait until the firmware upgrade is complete (can take a while)Read more
Today, Blackmagic Design released much-needed firmware updates (version 1.9) to their popular Pocket Cinema and Cinema Cameras. Now finally, these cameras will be able to show the recording time remaining on the cards, audio levels as well as histogram information. The same update was published for the 4K Production Camera about a month ago already – watch my friend James Miller’s little test film by clicking here.Read more
Today, Sony announced that their popular F5 and F55 cameras will be able to directly record in ProRes and DNxHD in the future (no time frame given). These are huge news for people working in broadcast. ProRes in all its flavors is the de facto standard editing codec on the Mac, especially under Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X. DNxHD on the other hand is Avid’s editing codec. While both Avid and Final Cut Pro X can handle different codecs, they simply work better with their respective “native” codecs.Read more
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