Cinemartin Introduces 8K Cinema Camera

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

There’s another 8K Cinema Camera coming, and it’s going straight at RED with a Vista Vision sensor to boot. But can it run up against the RED juggernaut and compete? The specs say maybe.

The Cinemartin FRAN offers a 50 megapixel 8K sensor that has an aspect ratio of 4:3, thanks to it’s 37x27mm dimensions. Cinemartin promises global shutter, 12 bit Raw recording and 15.5 stops of dynamic range.

FRAN’s Vista Vision sensor design will record at the original VV aspect ratio of 1.47:1, as well as full 4K in 4:3 and 16:9.

There is also a custom, OpenCV based programming interface for third party software development, which will give the camera custom features like object detection, adjustable frame rates, etc. The camera will also support 1TB and 2TB SSD media, as well as connecting a USB-C or TB3 drive. There is a backup feature which will archive footage to those drives with a touch of a button located on the side camera controller module.

Other Specs include:

  • 50 MP (4:3), 24 fps at 47.7mp
  • Global Shutter
  • VV sensor support – 1.47-1
  • 4K 4:3, 16:9
  • Multicrop adjustments
  • multiple frame rates
  • 15.5 Stops DR
  • Up to 2.8 GBps
  • 12 bit RAW, uncompressed
  • LUTs
  • Histogram, false color, focus assist tools
  • face detection, user defined color temperature, white balance, sharpness
  • ProRes 4444, 433
  • Cinema DNG
  • uncompressed 422p on board processing
  • EF mount

Chasis wise, Fran will look similar to the RED Weapon, with an all aluminum, modular design that will have a controller, audio module, built in wireless, USB 3 gigabit Ethernet, TB3, and HDMI ports for external monitoring in 4K.

The current design has one short fall though, and that’s color recording is only initially going to be available up to 6K, and monochrome up to 8K. Cinemartin says that a planned firmware update will bring the camera up to the 8K spec in 2019. It’s also a shame that Cinemartin isn’t adding ProRes RAW support, because that would be a killer add-on.

However, the camera looks to be in its early stages of development, with no real prototype photos or test footage to show for. Nor, is there an announced price. But Cinemartin does say that it will be comparable or even less expensive than the competition, and that FRAN is projected to be available in limited quantities in the fall of this year, though I’m betting more likely 2019. Say, around next year’s NAB?

Hat Tip – RSN

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About James DeRuvo 801 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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