While the Sony BURANO might take a good deal of the air out of any room in which it’s brought up these days, Sony is still hard at work providing some much-appreciated updates to its other flagship cinema cameras like the VENICE 2.
Set to receive its V3 update, the Sony VENICE 2 is set to get some new FPS recording features, plus some major enhancements for its high frame rates and support for its virtual production useability. Let’s take a look at the major function updates coming to the Sony VENICE 2 with firmware update version 3.0.
Sony VENICE 2 Firmware Update V3
As for this new firmware update, version 3.0 is set to add a new 33.333 fps recording format that could be helpful for those looking to shoot music videos or against LED walls to help avoid flicker. The VENICE 2 is also set to get enhanced high frame rates up to 90 fps now when using 2x anamorphic lenses. Plus even more added support features specifically for shooting in virtual production environments.
Here’s everything new coming to the Sony VENICE 2:
Added virtual production shooting support functions
- When shooting in an environment where background lighting from an LED wall used for in-camera VFX applications and real lighting are mixed, you can improve the color reproduction of human skin tones by setting the color temperature of the LED wall and the mixing ratio of the LED wall lighting and the actual lighting.
- When adjusting the genlock phase, the changed value is now reflected immediately. This makes for easy adjustment of the imaging phase relative to the panel light emission.
Enhanced functionality for live production
- When RM/RCP Paint Control is off (standard mode), you can now set whether to control the white balance function and shutter function from a remote control unit, such as the RM-B170.
- When RM/RCP Paint Control is on, the Look can now be selected as a LUT and applied to various video outputs. The use of User 3D LUT is also supported.
- Saturation and Skin Detail functions have been added. Configurable in the Paint menu when RM/RCP Paint Control is on.
Other improved functions
- An FPS value of 33.33 can now be set when the Project Frame Rate is set to 24/25/50.
- When the image mode is 5.8K 17:9, Zoom to Fit can now be set to 2.39:1 when the de-squeeze ratio is set to 2.0×. This enables high frame rate (HFR) shooting up to 90 fps even when shooting on the MPC-3628 with an anamorphic lens.
- Resolved the flicker and stuttering issues on the viewfinder screen when the Project Frame Rate is set to 23.98/24.00 and the frame rate is set to 60 fps during variable speed shooting (FPS set to Variable).
- Log(Legal) can now be selected as a LUT and applied to various video outputs. This setting enables S-Log3 data output in legal range to external editing equipment.
- The peaking display can now be turned on/off using an assignable button.
- ACES 1.0 Output-Rec. 709 can now be selected as a LUT to apply to the Monitor output video and viewfinder screen video when Input Color Space is set to ACEScct.
- The display of a 2.2:1 aspect marker is now supported.
- File data saved in internal memory, such as passwords and User 3D LUTs, can now be reset together with the menu settings by executing Factory Reset in the Maintenance menu.
To check out the firmware update yourself, you can go to Sony’s website here to download and install.
The Sony VENICE 2
Sony VENICE 2 Updates
While admitting that we’ve covered the BURANO quite a bit lately, we haven’t written about the VENICE 2 much. This is a shame because the VENICE 2 is a terrific high-end cinema camera that is truly capable of matching the quality of pretty much every other top-of-the-line option on the market.
Looking at its top camera package option on B&H, the Sony VENICE 2 offers 16-stops of dynamic range, internal recording onto high-speed ASX cards, and internal recording formats up to ProRes 4K 4444 and 422. The 8K Sony VENICE 2 Digital Motion Picture Camera includes an interchangeable sensor with updated usability and body design that should be ideal for any DPs, camera assistants, colorists, VR, and VFX departments thanks to its super-high-resolution capture and film-like imagery.
If you haven’t checked the specs in a while, here are the top selling points:
- VENICE 2 Digital Cine Camera (8K)
- DVF-EL200 1080p 0.7" OLED Viewfinder
- Permanent Full-Frame License
- Permanent Anamorphic License
- 6x1TB AXS S66 Memory Cards
This Sony VENICE 2 Camera Package put together by B&H combines the 8.6K VENICE 2 cine-style camera with a 0.7" OLED viewfinder, six 1TB AXS S66 memory cards, a permanent full-frame license, and a permanent anamorphic license.
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