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June 3, 2011

Sony Releases 4:4:4 S-Log Upgrade and New Firmware for F3 Camera

Sony has released version 1.1 of the F3's firmware, which adds simultaneous HD-SDI/HDMI output, ND filter color correction, Planning Metadata (file naming convention schemes), and other new features. They've also released the much-touted S-LOG upgrade, the tongue-twisting CBK-RGB01 paid upgrade, which adds awesome uncompressed output capability -- for a price.

According to AbelCine, the $3,680 upgrade comes on a SxS card and, contrary to what some believed, does not require sending in the camera for any hardware modifications:

When you purchase the key you are actually buying an SxS card with a special encoded key on it. This will allow you to enable RGB & S-Log on one camera. Once the functions are active you can remove the SxS card from the camera for safety or continue to use it as a standard SxS card. It is possible to move the RGB / S-LOG functions from one camera to another by uninstalling the key from one and re-installing it on another. They are using some serious encryption on the card to prevent multiple installations.

I'm still curious to see how much dynamic range the camera will gain in S-LOG mode, but so far there's only been speculation. We'll see once formal tests hit. On the non-paid front, find the link for the free firmware update below.

Link: Sony PMW-F3 Firmware Version 1.1

[via CineTechnica]

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There was a test done in Vegas, can't recall what it was, but they said it gives you about two extra stops of latitude, which is awesome.

June 4, 2011

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$3,680 they've lost their minds, no doubt this will be a piece of software targeted for exploit.

Any news on the FS100? I'd love to see this available or hacked for that camera.

June 5, 2011

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Lostfootage

Are they nuts? They ask $3680 for a firmware update that should be inclusive in the overpriced camera to start with. They cannot even give the F3 a descent Viewfinder like the EX3 has...

June 8, 2011

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TTTulio

Here's the S-Log video from a couple of months ago pre-release; http://vimeo.com/22540499
Unfortunately for Sony, this being a purely software update will invite cracker groups to take on the challenge of defeating the encryption, and every encryption can be defeated.
On the plus side for Sony, only serious people will buy an F3 to begin with, so they're probably serious enough to either buy the firmware or not use cracked versions.

June 9, 2011

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Saying this, I would like to see cracker groups unleash the 4444 on the Sony fs100u.

March 28, 2012

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Rob