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Panasonic will reveal its new Cinema Camera at Cine Gear Expo 2017 in California this week. The official Preview session is on Friday, June 2nd, in the Paramount Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles. The camera is though to be a mid-size rival to cameras like Sony's FS5 and FS7 and the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro. Check out this video from Panasonic as the tensions mounts for Friday's big announcement!

 

Emmy award-winning filmmaker and photographer Lance Murphey is the lucky winner of a Fujifilm MK 18-5mm zoom lens in a competition run at the NAB show in Las Vegas recently. Fujifilm's information says: 

Sony has revealed a pair of wideangle lenses for its full-frame E-mount cameras like the A7 series. The 16-35mm f/2.8 is from their premium G-Master range, while the 12-24mm F/4 lens is the widest available to fit the format. 

The SEL1635GM will start shipping in Europe from August 2017 priced at approximately £2,300. The SEL1224G will start shipping in Europe from July 2017 priced at approximately £1,700. Sony's information says:

Software experts Magix have released Sound Forge Pro Mac 3 audio software and revealed new versions of Audio Studio and Pro versions, with a promise that a whole sweep of upgrades will come in the next 12 months. The official information says: 

Magix's latest editing software is Video Pro X and includes 10-bit HEVC decoding/encoding and professional colour grading to 360° editing and precise audio mastering. Scalable proxy editing, preview rendering and hardware acceleration enable real-time video editing in HD, 4K and 360°. The software supports ProRes, HEVC 10-Bit, AVC and MPEG-2 and LUTs from the camera manufacturer or upload cinematic effect LUTs to create unique film styles. Lookup tables save colour grading information and can easily be imported and applied, or custom created and saved. The latest version of Video Pro X is now available in stores and online for £349.00. The official info says: 

Freefly have upped the game in motorised image stabilisers with their huge new Movi XL which can take very large cinema cameras and can work at up to 100mph! But the price tag is similarly large, £22,000.

The XL can handle a 20lb payload, and is wireless for both command and power using lithium batteries.

It can be mounted in underslung or overslung mode without changing any settings by just flipping the unit over. The unit works with the current Freefly ecosystem, so you can use MIMIC or Movi Controller.

Click here for more details on the Movi XL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony has revealed a raft of firmware updates to add extra functionality to its FS5, F55 and F5 cameras, as well as some other broadcast and consumer cameras, that will be released in July.

It's the changes to the FS5 that are more exciting, as they include:

Support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) by shooting in Hybrid Log-Gamma** (HLG) standard 
Support for continuous 120fps High Frame Rate (HFR) recording in 1080p with CBKZ-FS5HFR paid firmware upgrade (sold separately)
Option to change the minimum ISO sensitivity number to ISO 2000 from ISO 3200 when recording S-Log2/S-Log3
*4K: XAVC-Long 4:2:0 8-bit, HD: XAVC 4:2:2 10-bit.  

 Firmware 9 for the F55 and F5 adds:

Support for 4K RAW/X-OCN 72, 75, 90, 96 and 100FPS S&Q Motion (PMW-F55 with ASX-R7)
Support for CBK-WA100 XAVC proxy recording (PMW-F55/PMW-F5)
CBK-WA100 XAVC proxy file name and Rec Start/Stop timing are completely synchronised with the F55 and F5 material.

 

 

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