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Canon has revealed new firmware for many of its cameras including the C700, C 100 Mark I and II, XC10, XC15 and ME series.

Of most interest is the change to the C100 Mark II which allows a shutter angle priority mode. This maintains the shutter angle when frames rate are changed and is ideal for switching between normal speed and slow-motion. Sony cameras have this feature and it’s been very popular.

The C100 Mark II also now works better with the popular EF 24-105 f/4 L Mark II lens, compensating for changes in aperture as you zoom. The Mark I C100 gets the similar peripheral illumination correction for the 24-105mm lens as well as 50mm f/1.8 STM, 35mm f/1.4L and 18-135mm EF-S zoom.

The range-topping C700 gets extra recording modes when using the Codex recorder, including 4K/QFHD ProRes, 4.5K Max at 100fps, 4.5K cinescope at 120fps and 422 HQ 10 bit at 60fps.

The XC10 and XC15 hybrid cameras get increased compatibility with 130-standard CFast cards, and the ME cube cameras have lots of updates including new auto exposure modes, improved white balance and monitor support, and support for more lenses.

All the firmware updates can be downloaded from the Canon download page.

 

 

 

 

Sony's popular A7S Mark II and A7R Mark II have had their prices cut in Europe. Official dealers are offering up £500 or 600Euros off the Sony mirrorless cameras which are often bought by filmmakers. In the UK, it means the high-resolution A7R Mark II has dropped from £2999 to £2499 and the more film-ready A7S Mark II from £2899 to £2499 at many retailers.

Both cameras has a similar price increase last summer, blamed on currency fluctuations and other global factors at the time.

The move fuels speculation that Sony is getting ready to reveal Mark III versions of the cameras.  

 

You've got just two weeks to get your short film into LaCie's new PushPlay filmmaking competition where there's an amazing money-can't-buy prize! There's an incredible prize of a full two-day mentoring session with Oscar-winning cinematographer Michael Paleodimos plus a £10,000 production suite.

The swag includes a seven-inch Blackmagic Video Assist monitor-recorder, Zoom H6 Portable Audio Recorder, LaCie 6big 24TB and LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt3 SSD 1TB hard drives, DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, MacBook Pro 15 inch, Blackmagic 4k Production Camera and DaVinci Resolve Studio.

The closing date is April 17 and a shortlist of the best films will be selected by a panel of industry experts. You can enter the Lacie #PushPlay contest here! #Ad #Promo

Lacie’s information says:

We want to shine a light on the best told stories in short film format. Regardless of the genre, every short submitted will be watched in full and critiqued against some basic criteria.

Is it shorter than 20 minutes in length?

Is it emotionally engaging? Does it make us feel something?

Is it thought provoking? Does it make us think from a different perspective?

Is it innovative? Is it something we've not seen before?

Is it a great story involving compelling characters with depth?

Big budgets, famous actors and fancy special effects are cool, but not part of our criteria. submit your story to #PushPlay for a chance at a once in a lifetime experience

 We want to unearth the brightest short film makers and support them on their journey to greatness. We'll set up the winner of #PushPlay with a once-in-a-lifetime mentoring session and a state of the art production suite. We'll also expose their work to the global filmmaking community.

Mentor

It pays to have someone in your corner who's already walked the path. We'll set up a once-in-a-lifetime, 2 day mentoring session with Oscar winning cinematographer, Michael Paleodimos, who will provide the winning filmmaker with expert advice, guidance and hands on demonstrations to equip them with the skills needed to enhance and elevate their work.

Gear

Assembling or refreshing your filmmaking equipment is not a cheap exercise. We'll gear up the winner with a full video production suite including:

Blackmagic Video Assist 7"

Zoom H6 Portable Audio Recorder with Interchangeable Capsules

LaCie 6big 24TB

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt3 SSD 1TB

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

MacBook Pro 15 inch TouchBar Quad i7 2.6GHz 16GB 256GB Pro 450 Silver

Blackmagic 4k Production Camera

DaVinci Resolve Studio

Exposure

We have a brand that is recognised around the world. We'll use our marketing channels to extend the reach of the #PushPlay winner’s short within the global filmmaking community.

Mega retailer CVP is joining up with filmmakers’ network Shadows and Light for a ‘Showreel Showcase’ at their Fitzrovia headquarters in central London tomorrow night, March 30.

The idea is that emerging filmmakers can have their showreels shown to a group of their peers, prior to an informal networking event. Attendees don’t have to be showing a showreel to attend, all are welcome.

It’s totally free to attend is to be the first of these type of events which will, in the future, have a theme. More details from the CVP Blog.

Legendary German manufacturer Leica has unveiled a range of nine lenses suitable for the largest sensor cameras. Available in a PL mount, the new Thalia lenses are based on Leica’s medium format stills camera lenses and have super-smooth bokeh due to their unique lens iris design. Prices haven’t yet been announced, but they aren’t going to be cheap! The full information says:

Atomos is offering a free CDNG Raw upgrade for users of its Shogun, Shogun Flame and Shogun Inferno monitor recorders. Atomos say it's the first time any manufacturer has offered CDNG Raw format recording free. The official information says:

Sony’s entry-level handheld XDCAM camcorders, the FS5 and Z150, are to get firmware upgrades in July to increase their capability to record HDR. For the FS5, Hybrid Log-Gamma will be supported, in addition to S-Log3. This mode can be set-up quickly through the option of the newly added picture profile. HLG mode will also be supported in the PXW-Z150. 

It’s part of a raft of changes Sony has made to expand the HDR capabilities of many of its professional products, to meet the growing requirements for HDR content across all production genres.

The new enhancements deliver HD HDR Live broadcasting and Instant HDR workflow in products ranging from live camera systems, servers, monitors and camcorders via updates to software or firmware.
High Dynamic Range adds increased realism to moving images and creates a significantly more immersive viewing experience.

 

 

 

 

 

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