Panasonic EVA1 Gets External Raw and InterFrame Recording (Updated)

Panasonic’s EVA 1 version 2.0 firmware update is now available from the Panasonic website here. Panasonic has also opened up External Raw recording, supporting the Atomos line of external monitor recorders.

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

At long last, the Panasonic EVA1 will finally receive uncompressed external raw recording for its 5.7K cinema camera. Moreover, their firmware 2.0 update coming at the end of March will also give users the option os All-I inter frame recording with 10Bit 4:2:2 color gamut. Pretty nice.

“When the Panasonic EVA1 was announced last summer, we promised a major expansion in its functionality in early 2018,” said Mitch Gross, Cinema Product Manager at Panasonic Media Entertainment Company, in a prepared statement. “EVA1 v2.0 fulfills that promise with features like raw output and all-intra recording as well as with such unannounced, user-requested features as a 2K at 240fps raw output and additional interlaced HD recording formats.”

Image credit – Taylor DeRuvo

Firmware version 2.0 provides external Raw and All-I recording, but also time lapse and interlaced HD formats. All available in the free v2.0 firmware upgrade. If you’re not sure what All-I is, it stands for All-Intra frame recording, where each frame is individually compressed, as opposed to intra frame recording, where a group of similar frames are compressed together. Intra frame can save file space on your card, but your image quality drops as most of the information from similar frames are thrown out. All-I keeps all the information from frame to frame, compressing it. But even then, it’s a much larger file size.

Variable frame rates in the Panasonic EVA1 will also be recorded, with the ability to image from 1-30fps in 4K and 1-120fps in 2K and HD. Panasonic has also opened up 2K Raw recording at up to 240 fps, or you can shoot full 5.7K Raw at up to 30fps, or 4K at 60fps. Shooting Raw in 4K and 2K will be available in 4/3s frame sensor crop. Additionally, Long-GOP codecs are also supported as well.

A breakdown of the various recording formats are as follows:

Resolution Frame coding Bit rate Bit depth/color subsampling Frame rates
4K All-I 400 Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p
UHD All-I 400 Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 29.97p/25p/23.98p
2K/HD All-I 200 Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 59.94p/50p
2K All-I 100 Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p
HD All-I 100 Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 29.97p/25p/23.98p
HD All-I NA 10-bit 4:2:2 59.94i/50i
HD Long-GOP NA 10-bit 4:2:2 59.94i/50i

Another feature of firmware vs. 2.0 is support for Canon’s compact cine servo zooms via FIZ remote control with third party controllers, or through the Panasonic EVA1 Remote operations panel (EVA ROP) wirelessly via iOS or Android app and Panasonic’s optional AJ-WM50 wireless controller module.

Total features opened up in ver. 2.0 include:

  • RAW DATA OUTPUT
    5.7K- SUPER-35 FRAME 1-30fps
    4K- FOUR-THIRDS FRAME 1-60fps
    2K- FOUR-THIRDS FRAME 1-240fps
  • ALL-I INTRAFRAME CODECS
    4K- 400Mbps 10-BIT 422
    UHD- 400Mbps 10-BIT 422
    2K/FHD- 422 200Mbps 10-BIT
    2K- 100Mbps 10-BIT 422
    FHD- 100Mbps 10-BIT 422
  • ADDITIONAL INTERLACED RECORDING CODECS
    FHD (1920X1080)- ALL-I 100Mbps 10-bit 422 59.94I/50I
    FHD (1920X1080)- LongGop 50MMbps 10-bit 422 59.94I/50I
  • INTERVAL RECORDING (TIMELAPSE) IN LONGGOP & ALL-I REMOTE OPERATION SUPPORT
  • POPULAR 3RD PARTY WIRED CONTROLLERS
    – FOCUS, IRIS, REC, USER SWITCH AND MENU
    – ZOOM CONTROL OF CANON COMPACT CINE SERVO ZOOMS
  • EXPANDED LENS COMPATIBILITY / SUPPORT
    SIX ADDITIONAL SIGMA ART LENSES (AS OF FIRMWARE 1.12)

    – 12-24 F4 DG HSM
    – 24-70 F2.8 DG OS HSM
    – 14MM F1.8 DG HSM
    – 30MM F1.4 DC HSM
    – 85MM F1.4 DG HSM
    – 135MM F1.8 DG HSM
  • IMPROVEMENTS
    MFT MIX 2.2K MODE IMAGE IMPROVEMENTS
  • MONITORING / INTERFACE
    – LCD SIGNAL CLONING TO HDMI (PARTIAL)
    – HOME SCREEN ADDITIONAL CONTROLS
    – WAVEFORM: ACCESS & IMAGE IMPROVEMENTS
    – IMPROVED FILE PLAYBACK (ALL-I & LONGGOP)

The main feature, however, external Raw recording will be streamed from the camera via SDI and will support metadata such as time code, REC flag, and VANC.  Consequently, while shooters can now stream their Raw image to an external recorder, according to NewsShooter.com, there isn’t much in detail about how that stream will be sent or what external recorders will be supported.  “When I asked Panasonic I was told: “The signal from the EVA1 will be uncompressed RAW in a Log structure,” writes cinematographer Matthew Allard, “I asked Convergent Design how they were going to record the RAW signal from the EVA1 and was told: “We are still in discussions with Panasonic on what will be supported with the EVA with current and future products.”

So while the option is out there, third party external recorders will have to catch up with firmware updates of their own. But that’s only a matter of time.  Likely, by the end of March when version 2.0 drops. So soon thereafter.

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About James DeRuvo 341 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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