By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Panavision’s Light Iron division is stepping up support for their large format 8K Millennium DXL camera with new tools aimed to give shooters more creative options while filming. From wirelessly controlled lenses, to an HDR-centric OLED Viewfinder and iPhone support, these new tools promise to give the Millennium DXL great performance and tons of options.
“Filmmakers have chosen the (DXL) camera to shoot major motion pictures, commercials and TV shows. We’ve been listening to filmmakers and developing top-notch capabilities for the camera, as well as fine-tuning what’s next for its ecosystem. These savvy tools continue our solution-focused efforts to deliver the best in class.” – Michael Cioni, Panavision and Light Iron Senior Vice President of Innovation
First on the list of tools is the Panavision Primo Viewfinder, which they call the industry’s first OLED viewfinder designed with HDR in mind. Providing 600 nits of brightness, as well as image smoothing, a heater for cold weather, and custom ground glass to keep the image sharp and the eyes from getting tired, the Primo Viewfinder offers an insane contrast ratio of 1,000,000 to 1.
The viewfinder was crafted using feedback from Panavision’s veteran client base who responded to what they want in an EVF. The result was the Primo.
“We have been extremely transparent with our trusted customers and shown them iterations along the way,” explains Cioni. “Their fingerprints go into this camera, because it’s their hands that touch the buttons.”
Next comes a prototype of Panavision’s PX-Pro color spectrum filter. Creating a combination UV and IR filter, the PX-Pro is designed to improve color clarity, while reducing noise and infrared contamination that distort the digital image. The result is a significant increase in color separation and gamut, Panavision promises.
“PX-Pro was custom made for DXL,” says Haluki Sadahiro, director of Panavision Electronics and Product Development. “It has been specially designed to allow for a wider range of precise color that supports all color palettes and flare characterizes of lenses new and old, while reducing many of the optical artifacts we see on digital cinema cameras.”
Panavision is also bringing to Cine Gear their exclusive line of Prime Artiste prime lenses, which offer T/1.8 speed across the entire series. Designed with a large format sensor in mind, these lenses are wireless, so their internal motors can be controlled from a distance, while still giving the shooter a vintage look of a classic optical design.
The lenses also provide metadata, provides aberration and breathing control, field illumination, and extreme close focus. The Artiste lenses will be available by year’s end in eleven focal lengths (27mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 80mm, 100mm, 125mm, 150mm, 200mm, and 250mm), with expanded focal lengths available in 2018.
But the Millennium update isn’t all about hardware, as the DXL will be getting an update to its camera menu system. This is thanks to DXL Control software, which will give users the ability to wirelessly control, using an iPhone or iPad. “It’s got all the familiar buttons and displays,” says Cioni. The app will be available in the iTunes App Store, and will support every DXL rental.
To check out these new tools, plus Light Iron’s HDR Video Village Cart footage, visit the Panavision booth at Cine Gear, at their booth in Stage 2 (#S302) until June 3rd.