While it may be easy to get all revved up at the news coming from Sony about their new High Frame Rate (HFR) mode in the latest firmware update for their flagship VENICE, let’s not get all Hobbs & Shaw about it yet. (Obligatory plug for The Rock’s new trailer here.)

While 4K at 120fps is exciting, let’s cool our jets a bit. First off, the firmware update probably won’t be available until summer 2019 since it was just announced and we’re not too far removed from firmware update 3.0.

Also, his HFR mode will be an optional addition included in the 4.0 firmware update that will probably cost you some hard cash (no indication on what that price might be yet).

However, for fans of the Sony VENICE, this is fair information to take an interest in. Let’s take a look at what we do know as announced by Sony.

Sony VENICE Firmware 4.0


In addition to the optional HFR mode (more on that below), here are the details regarding Firmware Update 4.0 for additional support and updates.

  • Support for Cooke’s latest /i3 and ZEISS eXtended Data technology

  • Extended Mask+Line setting in the Frame line set-up

  • Selectable functions for the assignable buttons of the DVF-EL200 viewfinder

  • Progressive HD-SDI output in 25p and 29p

  • 700 Protocol for remote controlling the VENICE

Optional High Frame Rate Mode

If you are interested in the HFR mode for the Sony VENICE, there will be an additional option when you download Firmware Update 4.0 to purchase a license key which you can use to unlock the update’s full potential.

What we do know about the Sony VENICE’s HFR mode:

  • 120fps at 4K 2.39:1

  • 60fps at 6K 3:2

  • 75fps at 4K 4:3 anamorphic

  • 110fps at 4K 17:9

We will keep you updated on this update along with pricing as soon as it’s announced.