Atomos, Sony and Canon Beef Up Pro Features With Firmware Updates

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

There’s a host of new firmware hitting this week, including new features for the Sony FS5, which gets an HDR Update, Canon’s Cinema EOS line expands iris and zoom control, and Atomos goes Raw. Welcome to Firmware Friday!

“We are very proud and excited to break yet another industry convention by offering Raw recording for free from our great partners Sony, Canon and Panasonic. Not only are these the worlds’ first monitor-recorders to offer CDNG recording on a single SSD, they are also the world’s first monitor-recorders to offer CDNG Raw to end users for free.” – Atomos Press Release

Shogun_Inferno_02First let’s talk about Atomos, which after a rather long beta test, has finally added CinemaDNG Raw to its Shogun line, and they’re doing it for free. The original Shogun, the HDR centric Shogun Flame, and Inferno models will be able in the open source Raw codec, though admittedly, the new feature has been scaled back some what with certain camera models.

Shogun models will be able to record CinemaDNG Raw in full 4K and 2K for the Sony FS5, FS7, and FS700 with frame rates of 24, 25, and 30p, while Canon’s C300 Mk. II and C500 will be able to record CDNG in 4K DCI and UHD at similar frame rates. Atomos has also added a Raw record to ProRes/DNxHR recording option as well, and have added Panasonic’s Varicam LT to the mix.

Atomos reps have said that the reason it took so long for them to bring CinemaDNG to the quiver was that there are heavy read/write speed requirements to record using the codec and Atomos didn’t want to have to rely on recording to dual SSDs simultaneously like other recorders. After a long development, they have managed to crack it and can record to Raw using a single SSD source. The update is available now here.

Sony PXW-FS5
The Sony FS5

Moving to the Sony FS5, the camera wills soon be able to record in HDR using Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) along with the Z-150. The free firmware update will be released in July of 2017, and will deliver 4K HDR video with greater dynamic range than the standard Rec 709, without being bogged down with metadata tagging, as is required for shooting in HDR10 or Dolby Vision.

To upgrade, however, shooters will need to upgrade their hardware for each stage of the update, but it also means that shooters can incrementally add the capability as needed.

The Canon C100

Finally, Canon is planning to update both the Cinema EOS C100 and C100 MK. II models with some expanded control functions for iris control, shutter angle and zoom operations. The C100 Firmware includes:

  1. The following features are enabled when these lenses are attached: CN7x17 KAS S/E1*, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN20x50 IAS H/E1*3.
    • Saving and displaying metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance of the lens attached.
    • Support for peripheral illumination Correction.
    • Manual Iris control via the camera’s control dial on the grip.
    • Zoom operation via the joystick on the camera’s.
    • Control of focus, zoom and iris using the separately-sold Remote Controller RC-V100.
    • Automatic aperture and push auto iris functions.
    • Operation of REC start/stop via the lens’s grip unit.
      *The lens firmware also needs to be updated. If you have CN7x17 KAS S/E1 or CN20x50 IAS H/E1, please contact to Canon Support Center.
  2. Adds Peripheral Illumination Correction for the following lenses:
    • EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
    • EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
    • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    • EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

While the Firmware incorporates the following enhancements for the Canon EOS C100 Mark II:

  • Shutter Angle Priority has been added. A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed.
  • Support for peripheral illumination correction when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens is attached, has been added.

The Canon C700 even gets some additional new recording modes and housekeeping fixes in Firmware including:

  1. Adds the following new recording modes: 4.5K RAW and Apple ProRes in CDX-36150*1
    • RAW Format
    • Media: Capture Drive 2.0 (Resolution / Max. Frame Rate)
    • [4.5K] 4512×2376 / 100 fps
    • [4.5K Cinescope] 4512×1920 / 120 fps
    • [2K Crop] 2048×1080 / 240 fps- ProRes Format*2
    • Media: Capture Drive 2.0 (Resolution / Codec / Max. Frame Rate)
    • 4096×2160 / ProRes 422 HQ / 60 fps
    • 3846×2160 / ProRes 422 HQ / 60 fps
    • 2048×1080 / ProRes 422 HQ / 120 fps
    • 2048×1080 / ProRes 4444 XQ / 60 fps
    • 2048×1080 / ProRes 4444 / 60 fps
    • 1920×1080 / ProRes 422 HQ / 120 fps
    • 1920×1080 / ProRes 4444 XQ / 60 fps
    • 1920×1080 / ProRes 4444 / 60 fps
    • 2048×1080 (Crop) / ProRes 422 HQ / 240 fps
    • 1920×1080 (Crop) / ProRes 422 HQ / 240 fps
  2. Allows CDX-36150 firmware to be updated through the camera menu. *3
  3. Fixes communications with the Remote Controller RC-V100.
    *1 Codex Digital Recorder module.
    *2 When you initialize a Capture Drive with the main recording format set to [ProRes (Capture Drive)], the recordable space will be reduced to approximately half of the Capture Drive’s nominal capacity to ensure a highly reliable format thanks to the use of multi-stream processing.
    *3 For the latest Firmware Version please check Codex Digital’s website.

Canon has also updated the firmware for the Canon XC10 and XC15 to include support for CFast Cards, while the Me20F-SH similar new control modes for iris control, focus and zoom control via the RC-V100 controllers, and three new camera modes. Downloads are available at Canon’s support site here.

So, a TON of new firmware updates, with a lot more functions for shooters. While Atomos and Canon users can update their gear right away, Sony users will have to wait until this summer. But I’m betting you’ll be able to get a look at what’s coming next month at NAB!

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