Panasonic Issues CineLive Firmware Update for VariCam LT Camera

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Well, it’s a little late, but Version 6.0 of the Panasonic Varicam LT firmware, is finally here, bringing live broadcast and multi camera control, with a host of other new video management features that will give your broadcast a cinematic look.

Ver. 6.0 firmware brings broadcast shading and multi-camera control plus tally and return video management to the VariCam LT. Now you can put the cinematic look and low-light performance VariCam LT is known for to work in live and near-live productions. – Panasonic.com
With this new firmware update, the Varicam LT becomes an ideal solution for broadcast applications. The Varicam LT offers 14+ stops of dynamic range, super shallow depth of field, an dual native ISO for great low light performance.
Features include:
  • Bring VariCam image quality and color science to multi-camera environments
  • Create cinematic shallow depth of field with VariCam’s award-winning Super 35mm sensor
  • Work with 14+ stops of dynamic range
  • Shoot with Dual Native 800/5,000 ISOs
  • Capture brilliant images in low-light environments
  • Compensate for stop loss when shooting with long zooms and ⅔-inch optical adapters
Plus, with Panasonic’s CineLive workflows, users have two different ways to shoot. There’s Live broadcast, which will enable multi camera support and remote color grading on the fly, plus dual output for clean broadcast live and then one for archival, markers and menus. The Varicam LT can also use fiber connectivity with third party transport systems like DTS, ERECA, Multidyne and Telecast.
Next comes the Near-Live applications. This is where you’re recording live performances such as concerts, sitcoms and theater, for broadcast later. In this arena, the new firmware will enable the Varicam LT to shine in 4K with shade color and multiple camera support, or HD with 4:4:4 color space in AVC-Ultra or ProRes.
CineLive color management can also work with both a live broadcast color shading, and independent Color Grading using LUTs and CDLs (color decision lists) to manage in camera color with a dedicated color pallet that can be applied to all cameras in the chain.
There’s also a remote operation feature using the Panasonic AK-HRP1000 Remote Control Panel. This provides:
  • ¼ rack size
  • 3.5-inch LCD panel
  • Camera serial control and IP control (with RJ45 LAN cable)
  • Supports PoE — power supply via Ethernet
  • Remote paint and control for Panasonic VariCam LT, camera recorders, convertible cameras and HD integrated cameras
  • Allows for studio camera scene file registration and retrieval
  • Equipped with SD memory card slot for saving user files and updating firmware versions
VariCaM LT shooters can upload Version 6 here.

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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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