Firmware Friday Brings Fixes to Sony and Blackmagic Cameras

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

It’s Friday and that means firmware updates, doesn’t it? This time it’s for the Sony α9, which improves the continuous autofocusing features, and Blackmagic has an update to reduce image lag. It’s all a part of Firmware Friday!

While making the performance of Sony’s α9 continuous autofocus feature faster, the update also makes image stability smoother while zooming.  Sony has also opened up the user interface to allow for IPTC metadata input to image files when created beforehand with the IPTC Metadata Preset app. Sony has also assigned the camera’s serial number into every metadata file for easy reference. This makes it easier to determine which camera took which image or video file, handy if you’re trying to color grade from multiple cameras.

Other firmware improvements in version 2.0 include:

Continuous AF Enhancements:

  • Enhanced performance of continuous autofocus on moving subjects
  • Enhanced stability of the AF-C when zooming

Added Functions:

  • Adds the function to assign Protecting images to custom Key
  • Adds the function to transfer (FTP) protected files at once (Note: Only for images protected using version 2.00 or higher.)
  • Displays wired LAN MAC address
  • Inputs IPTC metadata to files (Note: IPTC information must be created beforehand using the IPTC Metadata Preset software.)
  • Inputs camera serial number to metadata

Other Improvements:

  • Improves operational stability
  • Improves accuracy of the overheating warning function

Users can download firmware version 2.00 for macOS and Windows computers directly from Sony at the links referenced.

Meanwhile, over at Blackmagic, the company has addressed an issue in the URSA Mini  4K and URSA Mini Pro which was causing a 4-5 frame lag in viewing video footage through the LCD monitor and SDI outputs. The lag cause many shooters who use the camera for live productions to complain that it was making their job harder to time the switching between multiple outputs.  Blackmagic has managed to reduce latency to less than one frame run the Version 4.9 update.  The update also includes many of the updated features included in last month’s Camera 4.8 update as well, including the ability to switch between shutter speed and angle while recording.

Blackmagic has added compatibility to the Canon 18-80m, 18-135 STM and USM, and the 17-55 USM zoom lenses, and expanded support for the URSA Mini SSD recorder.  Also addressed was an issue where pressing the camera’s ‘still’ button would cause a crash in the URSA Mini Pro.

Other improvements for the URSA Mini in Camera update 4.9 include:

  • Added support for URSA Mini SSD Recorder on URSA Mini 4K.
  • Lowers SDI output latency to less than 1 frame for live production.
  • Lowers LCD monitoring latency.
  • Added ability to switch between shutter speed and angle.
  • Added scrubbing support for playback in camera.
  • Added autofill option for lens manufacturers in metadata slate.
  • Improved keyboard for metadata slate.
  • Improved support for B4 lenses.
  • Fixed zoom control bug on Canon 18-80mm T4.4
  • Fixed focus control on Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 STM and USM lenses.
  • Fixed iris control on Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM zoom lens.
  • Fixed bug where lens change was not recognised in metadata if powered off.
  • Added new SDI Camera Control v1.2 documentation to URSA Mini Manual.
  • Fixed a bug where pressing the ‘still’ button causes a crash in the URSA Mini Pro.

URSA Mini users can download the Camera 4.9 update at the Blackmagic support page here, and read the installation notes here.







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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