Panasonic Has Released the New 4:3 Anamorphic Firmware for the GH4

While their V2.0 firmware added some interesting new features related to different aspect ratios, they've now finally released version 2.2, which adds true 4:3 anamorphic at a resolution of 3328 x 2496, which uses the entire height of the 4:3 sensor. We talked with Panasonic about this during NAB just last week (this new firmware update does not include V-log):

Video is no longer available: www.youtube.com/watch?t=110&v=rzaVp7cSaf4

Here's more on the HDMI behavior from the PDF of version 2.2:

     About the HDMI output during recording when using [Anamorphic (4:3)]

  • The HDMI output cannot be used during recording when [Bit Mode] in [HDMI Rec Output] is set to [4:2:2 8bit].
  • If you use the HDMI output when [Bit Mode] in [HDMI Rec Output] is set to [4:2:2 10bit], black bars appear on the right and left sides of the image. As a result, the image will appear on the screen in a smaller size (2880k2160). In addition, you cannot record motion pictures while using the HDMI output.

Though they are in different leagues as cameras, the GH4 actually can now record in an anamorphic resolution very similar to the ARRI ALEXA in Open Gate mode (which is 3.4K). It should be noted as was said above that this will give you a 1.33 (4:3) aspect ratio, which when shot with a 2X anamorphic lens gives you 2.66:1 for an aspect ratio. This would then need to be cropped slightly if you want a more standard 2.39/2.40:1 ratio. It will need to be desqueezed in post either way to view back properly (or on a monitor or recorder that is capable).

You can find the new firmware over at the links below.     

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V-Log... in camera... for free...
V-Log... in camera... for free...
V-Log... in camera... for free...
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And that´s it...! :-)

April 22, 2015 at 5:13AM

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João Marco
Independent Director/Writer
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I know right!? I wonder why they can't just allow RAW via HDMI as well? I REALLY want a reason not to buy a Black Magic Pocket Camera and this V-LOG delay is not helping.

April 22, 2015 at 7:13AM

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I never liked the GH4 look and I don't care about 4k either. But V-Log and 4:3 shooting ratio are the things that got my interest. Anamorphic format is something that I really like. If you guys haven't see the latest anamorphic video I've shot you can check it here https://vimeo.com/125774095

April 23, 2015 at 2:11AM

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Einar Gabbassoff
D&CD at Frame One Studio
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Take a look at this:
Panasonic 4K Anamorphic and V-Log L - Official Video
http://www.eduardoangel.com/2015/04/17/shooting-anamorphic-with-panasoni...
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Really Nice...

April 22, 2015 at 5:21AM

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João Marco
Independent Director/Writer
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Thank you João. Here's a brand new V-Log L test (officially announced this morning). http://bit.ly/GradingVLOG

September 1, 2015 at 10:20AM

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Eduardo Angel
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"Cannot record motion pictures while using the HDMI output."

Does this mean you can't use the 4:3 anamorphic mode while recording at 4:2:2 10-bit using the Shogun or external recorder?

April 22, 2015 at 6:17AM, Edited April 22, 6:17AM

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Torsten Pearson
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He addresses that in the video. Output sounds like its rigged a certain way. Monitor or outside recorder would be 4:3 10 bit to work in post. I may have messed that up too.

April 22, 2015 at 7:09AM

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Chris Hackett
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So no live view of the actual cinemascope footage AND it has to be destrechted in post? What's the purpose of it then? Why not use 4:3 UHD photo mode video recording or native 4k and crop the sides manually?

Maybe an anamorphic shooter can elaborate :)

April 22, 2015 at 7:03AM

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Paul-Louis Pietz Pröve
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Great, too bad nobody is going to be able to afford it...

April 22, 2015 at 8:52AM

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jack khorram
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This is huge and will be massive if people catch on.
the combination of the GH4 4k, a speedbooster and vintage anamorphic produces something quite extraordinary, it takes off alot of teh "video" quality of the image. . Eduardo angels post is really helpful but there are a few things i might add. GH4 is small there are also some very powerful anamorphic adapters that are small from factor also (Bolex, etc), its possible and recomended to shoot a much lighter set up to take advantage of this..
The letus and slr adpaters do work , and should be commended but they are not in the same league as some of the classics.
Its not really that big of a deal composing shots while image is squeezed, it doesn't really affect composition.
2. focusing is a nightmare, (ask ridiley scott ),one thing some people are unaware of focus is nigh impossible at wider stops on some anamorphic lenses.
3. a lot of anamorphics change the squeeze proportions depending on focus range, personally prefer to stretch by eye in post.
3. EOSHD is the primary source for low budget anamorphic info.

April 22, 2015 at 9:12AM, Edited April 22, 9:12AM

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Procter
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What makes you think that? Veydra already has affordable lenses on the way...

April 22, 2015 at 7:02PM

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"Affordable"....they said under 5,000$ for a prime and I'm guessing it's going to be between 2,000$-4,000$ per prime. That kind of money for a 4/3 prime is ridiculous, I don't care if it's anamorphic. I can see people renting them but that's about it.

April 22, 2015 at 8:12PM

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jack khorram
Cinematographer
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Can someone explain to me a little more about this? Do I NEED an anamorphic lens? Will it work without it? If I don't have an anamorphic lens, is this upgrade useless for me? Please, anyone?

April 22, 2015 at 12:55PM

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Tommy Plesky
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Useless.

Like every firmware update of the gh4 for the majority of users. As a matter of fact the only exciting feature is the one they re holding back.

April 22, 2015 at 2:40PM

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Paul-Louis Pietz Pröve
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Paul, if you need anamorphic lenses, the firmware is not for the majority of users... That is what he is asking for.

April 22, 2015 at 3:16PM, Edited April 22, 3:17PM

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Carlos Luis Pujol
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Paul-Louis, It was (finally!) announced this morning and will be available in two weeks.

September 1, 2015 at 10:22AM, Edited September 1, 10:22AM

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Eduardo Angel
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You need anamorphic lenses. I don't think the squeeze is done digitally (how? Is against logic) I haven't watched the video though...

April 22, 2015 at 3:14PM, Edited April 22, 3:14PM

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Carlos Luis Pujol
Director of Photography
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if there is no anamorphic lens in front of a sensor, you'll get regular 4:3 video.

April 23, 2015 at 2:35AM

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Einar Gabbassoff
D&CD at Frame One Studio
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I can barely see any excitement over this update, so I guess I'm in good company.

April 22, 2015 at 5:31PM

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Bob Omulo
DOP
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really nice post

April 23, 2015 at 1:39AM

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looking forward

April 23, 2015 at 2:10AM, Edited April 23, 2:11AM

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Einar Gabbassoff
D&CD at Frame One Studio
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So this is only the anamorphic update, and doesn't include the V-Log?

April 24, 2015 at 10:00AM

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Dan Horne
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Dan, the firmware we used for the Anamorphic project included V-Log, but only today it was officially announced will be available to the public in two weeks.

September 1, 2015 at 10:25AM, Edited September 1, 10:25AM

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Eduardo Angel
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Hi,
I use the anamorphic option to shoot in 4/3 ! Is that possible to have a regular 4/3 like that, or there is a compression of the image ?

August 9, 2020 at 3:53PM

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