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Panasonic LUMIX GH5 DSLM Camera Featuring the World’s First 4K 60p/50p and 4K 30p 4:2:2 10- bit Video Recording Function

Panasonic has today announced the LUMIX GH5, the latest flagship model of LUMIX G DSLM cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The new camera delivers a high-end, hybrid performance to photo enthusiasts and professional videographers looking to capture moments in 4K 60p/50p video and 6K PHOTO.

Defying all the general concepts of what a mirrorless camera can do, the LUMIX GH Series has reached a number of milestones with this introduction. Packing a host of innovative advancements in picture quality, response and performance into an unimaginably small-sized body, the new LUMIX GH5 opens the door to a new stage of photographic and cinematographic culture.

Unprecedented Picture Quality in the History of LUMIX Cameras

The LUMIX GH5 is able to achieve high-quality images with real-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Its new Digital LIVE MOS Sensor increases the pixel count by 25% compared to the GH4, from 16.05 to 20.3 megapixels, while also removing the low-pass filter.

The camera also comes with a new image processor Venus Engine, which achieves improvement especially in natural texture expression. The engine’s Multi-pixel Luminance Generation renders clear, sharp images by referring to a 9x larger area of pixel information during the de-mosaic process for precise detail reproduction. With Intelligent Detail Processing, the characteristic of every single pixel is analyzed to detect whether the pixel is located at a flat, detail or edge part of the picture. Optimum processing according to the characteristic of each pixel is then applied. This results in high-precision yet natural images with stunning detail suppressing false colors at its edges.

Also, Three Dimensional Color Control detects not only hue and saturation, but also brightness, and applies optimum control according to the value of each factor. This achieves rich color reproduction from shadows to highlights of the image. The conventional Multi Process NR (Noise Reduction) is upgraded to High Precision Multi Process NR. It boasts 4x the noise identification accuracy compared to the previous engine and preserves details even after the noise reduction process. As a result, photos can be clearly shot even at high sensitivity ISO values of up to 25,600.

The LUMIX GH5 also incorporates the 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer) 23, which suppresses blurring in more powerful and advanced ways for both photo and video recording, including 4K video. Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), it compensates for larger movements which were conventionally uncontrollable. The LUMIX GH5’s high-precision gyro sensor controls both the O.I.S. and B.I.S. compensation by studying the focal length and shooting conditions, making it possible to use a max. 5-stop slower shutter speed4. This is highly beneficial not only for wide-angle and telephoto shots, but also in adverse situations, such as at night-time or when shooting with one hand.

The world’s first DSLM camera that meets professional quality standards 

The LUMIX GH Series created an epoch-making industry sensation by achieving outstanding video recording performance with advanced features that meet the needs of professional quality levels and standards.

With the LUMIX GH5, the signal readout speed has been accelerated by max 1.7x in the new Digital Live MOS Sensor, and the new Venus Engine processes signals at max 1.3x higher speed. This synergy realizes 4K 60p/50p ultra high-definition, smooth, video recording for the first time in a DSLM camera. It is also capable of internal 4:2:2 / 10-bit video recording, which is the color subsampling commonly used for film production, for even more faithful color reproduction5.

The high-sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine effectively suppress rolling shutter distortion and realize high-speed readout of full digital signals. This ensures an outstandingly high image quality for every single frame. In addition, the focal length in video recording is kept the same as that in photo shooting (no cropping).

Users can freely choose between MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD formats at a variety of frame rates, and there is no recording time limit for both FHD and 4K video. Professional users working globally can set the system frequency to 59.94Hz, 50.00Hz or 24.00Hz.

While ‘Cinelike D’ and ‘Cinelike V’, which have similar gamma setting characteristics for film production, are available in Photo Style for video recording, the LUMIX GH5 also provides ‘Like 709’ for compatibility with HDTV. A paid software upgrade to support V-LogL video recording is also available.

In response to requests from professional users, the LUMIX GH5 comes with a Waveform Monitor and Vector Scope. It also embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods, which makes it easy to synchronize multiple video footage or sound sources in the post production workflow. Luminance levels can be selected between 64-1023 / 64-940 / 0-1023 (10-bit). Synchro Scan mode suppresses flicker and Color Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) are also available.

New AF system with advanced DFD Technology never misses a once-in-a-lifetime moment

The LUMIX GH5 comes with a newly improved Depth from Defocus6 and Contrast AF technology, which not only calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating two images with different sharpness levels, but also analyzes the form, size and even motion of the subject comprehensively. Thanks to the new Venus Engine, the time for measuring the distance to the subject is 6x faster, while factoring the distance into in-plane or in-depth is 2x faster.

The speed of sensor drive during auto focusing in photo shooting mode has been increased to 480 fps, which is 2x faster than that of the GH4. Consequently, the LUMIX GH5 realizes ultra-high-speed AF of approximately 0.05 sec7  and 12 (AFS) / 9 (AFC) fps high-speed burst shooting using a mechanical shutter in full resolution. By analyzing every single frame precisely, it achieves a maximum 200% higher precision frame detection with minimum motion detection error for higher tracking tolerance against moving subjects.

For even more precise focusing, the number of focus areas has been increased from 49 to 225. Users can create a group of focus areas depending on the composition and can control it easily with a new joystick located on the thumb position, without taking your eyes off the subject. This is possible even when using the LVF or releasing the finger off the shutter button.

If focus is not exactly as the user intended when the shutter is pressed, the LUMIX GH5’s Post Focus function8 enables users to select the specific focus point even after shooting – particularly helpful in situations like macro shooting where severe focusing is required. In addition, the camera also features a Focus Stacking function. Taking a single macro photo with specific areas in focus can sometimes be difficult, Focus Stacking enables users to take multiple images of the same frame with different focus points. You can then combine them into one image with the defocus as you like.

The LUMIX GH5’s new 6K PHOTO9  function makes it possible to capture unmissable moments at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of the 6K burst file (in 3:2 or 4:3 aspect) to save as an approximately 18-megapixel equivalent high resolution photo. 4K PHOTO has also been upgraded enabling 60 fps high speed capture in approximately 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. In 6K/4K PHOTO, three exclusive modes are available to choose from depending on the situation; 6K/4K Burst, 6K/4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 6K/4K Pre-burst.

By compensating the signal information between the frames, the Venus Engine makes it possible to apply Post Recording Refinement over the pictures to correct distortion and reduce noise when playing back or cutting images out of the 6K/4K burst file. As a result, the picture quality of 6K/4K PHOTO shot at high shutter speed in high sensitivity or those shot in panning are dramatically improved.

High mobility in rugged design for heavy field use

To be tough enough to withstand even heavy field use, the LUMIX GH5’s main structure is composed of a magnesium alloy, full die-cast front/rear frame. Secure construction and the sealing of every joint, dial, and button makes the camera not only splash/dust-proof, but also freeze-proof down to -10 degrees Celsius.

The LUMIX GH5 is equipped with a double SD Memory Card slot compatible with high-speed, high capacity UHS-II for the first time in the LUMIX digital cameras. Users can flexibly choose the recording method either in Relay Rec, Backup Rec or Allocation Rec.

The LUMIX GH5 has a large LVF (Live View Finder) with a stunningly high magnification ratio of approximately 1.52x / 0.76x (35mm camera equivalent). The high-precision, high-speed OLED display features 3,680K-dot high resolution and 100% field of view. Adopting a static-type touch control system, the 3.2-inch free-angle rear screen in 3:2 aspect with 1,620K-dot high resolution achieves approximately 100% field of view.

Finally, the shutter unit is durable for approximately 200,000 releases.

Expandability, optional accessories, other features

•    The LUMIX GH5 integrates Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi® 5GHz (IEEE 802.11ac) connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.
•    The LUMIX GH5 is compatible with the new Battery Grip DMW-BGGH5. By using two batteries, one in the camera and the other in the grip, the DMW-BGGH5 extends the battery life for longer time shooting.
•    The optionally available microphone adaptor DMW-XLR1 is a plug-in type adaptor for XLR microphone to record high quality stereo sound.
•    To save power, the camera automatically enters sleep mode after detecting the eye is off the LVF sensor. Various shutter systems are available with the LUMIX GH5: A mechanical shutter with maximum 1/8000 sec, an electronic-first curtain shutter with maximum 1/2000 sec which can be used with flash while suppressing the shutter shock, and an electronic shutter without shutter shock with maximum 1/6000 sec. Firmware updates will add: Full HD 4:2:2 10bit video recording capability (scheduled for April 2017); 400Mbps 4:2:2 10bit All-Intra video recording in 4K 30p/25p/24p; Full HD, high resolution video recording in Anamorphic mode; Hybrid Log Gamma in Photo Style mode which enables popular 4K HDR video recording and USB tethering (all scheduled for second half of 2017).

The Lumix GH5 will be available (body only) in late March for $1999.99.  For more information please visit LumixLounge.com.  Panasonic is proud to share that the GH5 is a CES 2017 Innovation Award Honoree.

[1] As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera as of 4 January, 2017

[2] As an interchangeable lens system camera as of 4 January, 2017

[3] 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 can be used with the H-FS12060 and H-FS14140 (requires firmware update) lenses as of January 4, 2017. The firmware for the use of 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 with H-RS100400 will be released in February 2017. The newly introduced lenses H-ES12060, H-HSA12035, H-HSA35100, H-FSA45200 and H-FSA100300 are all compatible with 5-axis Dual I.S. 2.

[4] Based on the CIPA standard [Yaw/Pitch direction: focusing distance f=50-140mm (35mm film camera equivalent f=100-280mm), when H-FS14140 is used.

[5] 4:2:0 8-bit in 4K60p/50p recording on SD Memory Card

[6] Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses.

[7] In AFS, at wide-end with H-ES12060 (CIPA).

[8] The Post Focus function needs to be activated manually in the camera menu.

[9] 6K PHOTO’ is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts a still image out of a 4:3 or 3:2 video footage with approx.18-megapixel (approx. 6000 x 3000 effective pixel count) that the 6K image manages.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Newark, NJ, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The company offers a wide range of consumer solutions in the U.S. including products from VIERA Life+ Screens, Blu-ray players, LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Beauty, Grooming, Wellness and Personal Care products and more. Panasonic was featured in Fortune Magazine’s 2016 ranking of 50 companies that are changing the world and doing well by doing good.  Specifically cited were its smart and sustainable technologies, including its contributions to smart cities and the electric vehicle revolution. To learn more about our products, visit panasonic.com. Follow Panasonic on Twitter @panasonicUSA; additional company information for journalists is also available at us.panasonic.com/news.

LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W PUSHES TV DESIGN INTO A NEW DIMENSION AT CES 2017

Featuring Picture-on-Wall Design, Dolby Vision™, Dolby Atmos®, Color Science Expertise by Technicolor,
Most Premium OLED TV Delivers Unrivaled Home Cinema Experience

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 — LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its new flagship LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W-series as the pinnacle of its new lineup of flat-panel TVs at CES® 2017. Featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound, the new lineup includes a total of ten different models, highlighted by the 2017 CES Best of Innovation Award winner, the 77-inch LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W, featuring an entirely new Picture-on-Wall design.

“Led by the LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W-series, our TV lineup at CES 2017 demonstrates our commitment to innovation and leadership in OLED and the premium TV market globally,” said Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “With Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos integrated into our newest OLED products, viewers can recapture the magic of the cinema and experience their favorite movies with their original clarity, depth and imagination intact.”

The LG 2017 OLED TV lineup, consisting of the following models: the 77- and 65-inch W7, 77- and 65-inch G7, 65- and 55-inch E7, 65- and 55-inch C7 and 65- and 55-inch B7. Each model in the 2017 lineup will continue to live up to the unrivaled ability of OLED to reproduce the most lifelike images of any display technology, with perfect blacks, infinite contrast, expanded color gamut, and wider viewing angles. LG’s latest OLED TVs are built on a foundation of excellence and come with a number of new cutting-edge features designed to transform the TV into a comprehensive entertainment hub. LG’s 2017 OLED TVs feature the amazing blade-slim design of the B7 and C7 series, Picture-on-Glass design of the E7 and G7 series, and the unique Picture-on-Wall design of the newest W7 series.

The innovative design of the W7 series follows LG’s “less is more” philosophy, removing all unnecessary elements to emphasize the beauty of the screen alone. The W7’s sleek, razor-thin profile makes the TV appear to be levitating in mid-air, adding a sense of unparalleled immersion. The OLED panel, measuring only 2.57mm thin in the 65-inch model, can be mounted directly on the wall, eliminating any gap between the TV and the wall.

The W7 OLED TV series builds on LG OLED’s revolutionary pixel dimming control technology, which renders perfect black without any light leakage to offer a limitless contrast ratio, and over one billion possible colors. What’s more, all LG’s 2017 OLED TVs use ULTRA Luminance technology to deliver greater brightness where needed. The superior picture quality delivered by the LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W-series is complimented by incorporating next-generation Dolby Atmos surround sound for an unrivaled home entertainment experience.

 
As the first TV in the world to incorporate Dolby Atmos, 2017 LG OLED TVs can deliver content with both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound technologies simultaneously, creating an entertainment powerhouse. Together, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos deliver a comprehensive solution supported by professional content creators and distributors the world over. Over 80 studio titles are compatible with Dolby Vision and more than 100 titles are currently available for Dolby Atmos, with 25 available in both formats. What’s more, over 100 hours of original content is available in Dolby Vision across leading OTT providers worldwide, and soon consumers will have access to Dolby Vision titles on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, with anticipated availability in 2017.

Leveraging the high dynamic range (HDR) technology that powers Dolby’s most advanced cinemas around the world; Dolby Vision elevates the home TV viewing experience by delivering greater brightness and contrast as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Dolby Atmos puts viewers inside the action with rich sound that fills the entire room – even the space overhead – with powerful, moving audio that flows around the audience. Dolby achieves this by isolating the relative location of each sound to create incredibly intricate audio that is as rich and multi-layered as the real world.

The W7 series and all LG 2017 OLED TVs feature Active HDR for displaying next-generation HDR content designed to render brighter scenes and greater shadow detail. Active HDR allows LG TVs to process the picture frame-by-frame, inserting dynamic data where needed. This technology allows the TV to offer the best possible picture even if the original HDR content contains static or no metadata at all. And all of LG’s 2017 OLED TVs support a variety of HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), and are ready to support Advanced HDR by Technicolor technology. This versatility is enhanced by the new HDR Effect feature that processes standard definition content to improve brightness in specific areas, enhance contrast ratios and render more precise images.

The new LG OLED TVs embed cutting edge technology and renowned color science expertise from Technicolor. They apply the same technology and expertise used in the majority of premium Hollywood productions from moves to episodic series. This allows consumers to enjoy the most vibrant and lifelike viewing experiences while accurately recreating the artistic intent of content creators. Because of the superior picture quality of OLED technology, Technicolor is working with LG to expand the capabilities of OLED TVs for use in production facilities all around the world.

 

Featuring the latest version of LG’s intuitive webOS smart TV platform, version 3.5, viewers will have no trouble accessing premium HDR content online. In order to offer viewers access to the most convenient home cinema experience possible, LG has partnered with leading digital content providers such as Amazon, Netflix and Vudu. To demonstrate the capabilities of HDR content on LG’s OLED TVs, HLG programming from DIRECTV, Dolby Vision content from Netflix and HDR10 titles from Amazon Prime Video will be featured at LG’s booth at CES. LG is also showcasing Channel Plus at CES 2017 — a free service powered by XUMO available on LG’s webOS smart TVs beginning in 2016. Channel Plus integrates 70+ free streaming digital channels including sports and news from national broadcast networks such as Fox Sports, Newsy, Sports Illustrated, TIME, Bloomberg, People, Funny or Die, Fail Army and more into your existing over-the-air TV channel options.

Best Buy is one of the first places customers can get a sneak peek of the new LG SIGNATURE W7 OLED TV in person, beginning tomorrow. The new TV will be on display in seven Magnolia locations at Best Buy across the country, in cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas, Boca Raton, FL, and Paramus, NJ. Customers can visit BestBuy.com starting tomorrow for more information on store locations and to sign up for notifications about the new TV.

LG’s newest generation of OLED TVs including LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W can be seen firsthand at CES 2017 from Jan. 5-8 in Booth #11100 in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information on LG’s OLED TV lineup at CES, go to CES2017.lgnewsroom.com.

LG BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH 2017 SUPER UHD TV LINEUP FEATURING NANO CELL TECHNOLOGY

Combining Stunning Color from Technicolor, Active HDR with Dolby Vision and Minimalistic Design,
LG’s 2017 Offerings Set New Standards for Premium UHD TVs

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 2, 2017 — Employing its most advanced color-enhancing LCD panel technology to date, LG Electronics’ SUPER UHD TVs (models SJ9500, SJ8500 and SJ8000) feature Nano Cell technology and are expected to take LCD TV viewing to a whole new level at CES® 2017 in Las Vegas.

The third generation LG SUPER UHD TV lineup features Nano Cell technology, which will render highly nuanced and accurate colors while maintaining picture quality at wider viewing angles. All of LG’s SUPER UHD TV models offer Active HDR with Dolby Vision™ supporting multiple HDR formats, granting users access to the full spectrum of high-quality HDR content. Featuring the latest version of LG’s intuitive webOS smart TV platform, powerful audio capabilities, and a thin, aesthetically pleasing design, consumers will have no trouble finding the perfect LG SUPER UHD TV model to fit their needs and expectations.

“Our 2017 SUPER UHD TV lineup with LG’s proprietary Nano Cell technology is a breakthrough in display technology that advances the LCD TV viewing experience by combining an expanded color gamut with the ability to more accurately create those colors, resulting in superior picture quality regardless of viewing angle,” said Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “Nano Cell is another example of how LG is innovating and pushing the boundaries of display technology to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

Nano Cell LCD displays offer a technological advantage by employing uniformly-sized particles approximately one nanometer in diameter to create more subtle, accurate colors that can be viewed from wider angles than other LCD TVs. Ideal for large, high-resolution TVs, LG SUPER UHD TVs with Nano Cell technology deliver consistent colors at wider viewing angles with virtually no color difference for viewers seated directly in front of the screen, or for those watching from off-center angles.

Nano Cell technology achieves such impressive results by absorbing surplus light wavelengths, enhancing the purity of the colors displayed on the screen. These light absorbing capabilities allow LG’s new LCD displays to filter distinct colors with much greater precision, rendering each color exactly as it was intended by the original content creator. For example, the color green on conventional TVs can blend with other color wavelengths – such as yellow or blue – causing the color to fade and take on yellowish or cyan hues. LG Nano Cell technology dramatically reduces instances of color fading, image instability and other color degradation issues. Nano Cell technology also reduces reflectivity to maintain high picture quality even in environments with ambient lighting.

To build on the groundbreaking color technologies of LG’s Nano Cell SUPER UHD TVs, LG has partnered with Technicolor, Hollywood’s expert in image and color to offer TV image that accurately recreate the artistic intentions of content creators. This partnership enhances the already impressive color reproduction technologies of LG’s 4K TVs to deliver the most vivid colors to consumers. Home movie lovers will benefit from Technicolor’s renowned color science, applied to the majority of Hollywood’s premium content, through Technicolor Expert Mode, which will be added in 2017 and is designed to deliver the most accurate colors possible in LG’s SUPER UHD TVs.

Furthermore, LG’s new Nano Cell SUPER UHD TVs use improved ULTRA Luminance technology to deliver brighter, crisper image highlights. The new lineup also includes Active HDR with Dolby Vision which supports a variety of HDR technologies, including Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), and is ready to support Advanced HDR by Technicolor. This process allows the TV to offer the best picture possible, even when playing HDR10 content which only contains static metadata, or HLG content which uses no metadata at all. This versatility is compounded by the new HDR Effect feature that raises image quality for SDR content. With the HDR Effect feature, SDR images are processed frame-by-frame to improve brightness in specific areas, enhance contrast ratios and render more precise images.

The implementation of the latest webOS Smart TV platform helps make LG’s entire lineup of premium TVs simple to navigate and incredibly user-friendly. LG webOS 3.5 is equipped with enhancements for easier control and faster access when using the improved Magic Remote and the new Magic Link feature. Viewers can instantly access their favorite content provider by pressing a single button on the remote, tapping into a wide variety of entertaining 4K programming. The new Magic Link capability provides instant recommendations for finding your favorite content and accessing information about actors and characters on-screen. And with the enhanced Magic Zoom, viewers can enlarge and record any part of the screen they wish to see close up. Connecting the TV to a mobile phone or PC with a USB cable allows one to enjoy eye-popping 360-degree VR content. Additionally, LG is showcasing Channel Plus at CES 2017 — a free service powered by XUMO which was added to webOS sets beginning in 2016. Channel Plus integrates 70+ free streaming digital channels including sports and news from national broadcast networks such as Fox Sports, Newsy, Sports Illustrated, TIME, Bloomberg, People, Funny or Die, Fail Army and more into your existing over-the-air TV channel options.

LG SUPER UHD TVs feature the stunning Ultra Slim design with the unique crescent-shaped stand, which gives the 55-inch SJ9500 – only 6.9mm at its thinnest point – the illusion of floating in the air. Whether attached on top of a TV stand, included as part of an entertainment center, or mounted on the wall, the beautifully designed LG SUPER UHD TV will enhance the visual appeal of any home.

LG’s newest generation of SUPER UHD TVs can be enjoyed at CES in LG’s booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center (Central Hall – 11100) from Jan. 5-8.

New from Convergent Design: Titan HD Extract, VariCam LT RAW, ProRes Proxy, and more…

Firmware v2016.10 Is a Pretty Big Deal….

With this update our team is bringing Odyssey and Apollo owners something to really get excited about. Titan HD Extract is now available as an upgrade for both Odyssey and Apollo. The Odyssey RAW Bundle now supports Panasonic Varicam LT RAW, we’ve added the lightweight Apple ProRes Proxy codec, EDL support (Apollo/Titan Live Switching), ARRIRAW 4:3 and a bunch of other features and fixes.

Keeping your firmware up to date is always a good idea and Odyssey/Apollo firmware v2016.10 makes it even better! Visit our website to find out more about the new features and get the latest firmware today!

View Firmware v2016.10 Release Notes here.

Download Firmware here


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Multi-Camera Production from a Single 4K Source

The Titan HD Extract upgrade for Odyssey & Apollo uses one 4K camera to create three HD video signals. One frame is a Supersample of the full image area and two are windows selected from within the original input. These windows can be panned smoothly through the 4K field and the three angles can be Live-Switched. All four HD signals can be recorded simultaneously in Apple ProRes with matching timecode and filenames.

Titan HD Extract is available now as an upgrade option for Apollo, Odyssey7Q/7Q+. Contact us for pricing.

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Panasonic VariCam LT RAW Recording…

The long-awaited addition to the Odyssey RAW Bundle is here! Our team has worked closely with Panasonic to enable RAW recording from the amazing Panasonic VariCam LT on the Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+. Already own the Odyssey RAW Bundle? Great news…just update your device to firmware v2016.10. If you haven’t purchased the Odyssey RAW Bundle yet then visit us online at Convergent-Design.com to upgrade to the best RAW recording solution available on the market today!

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Apple ProRes Proxy Now Supported…

We’ve rounded out our Apple ProRes support to include Apple ProRes Proxy. This lightweight codec takes up a a lot less storage while maintaining a high level of quality…the best news? It’s now available in all 4:2:2 recording modes for Odyssey and Apollo when your device is running firmware v2016.10.

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Odyssey/Apollo Firmware v2016.10
New Functions, Fixes, Improvements, Software Updates

Applies to: Apollo / Odyssey7Q+ / Odyssey7Q / Odyssey7


NEW FEATURES: TITAN HD Extract (Upgrade) for APOLLO, ODYSSEY7Q/7Q+

Titan HD Extract (Upgrade)

Titan 4K/UHD -> 3xHD MultiFrame HD Extract

  • Use one 4K/UHD input to generate three HD images
    • One 4K/UHD->HD SuperSample, two HD pixel-to-pixel windows
    • Record three generated HD images simultaneously (Apple ProRes)
    • Record & output Live-Switch between three HD images
    • Live finger-drag pan/tilt windowed images with motion smoothing
  • 4K/UHD 24p/25p/30p generates three 1080p video streams**
  • 4K/UHD 50p/60p generates three 720p video streams
  • Input 4K/UHD 24p/25p/30p (6G-SDI/Dual-3G-SDI, HDMI*)**
  • Input 4K/UHD 50p/60p (Quad-3G-SDI)**

*NOTE: Odyssey7Q does not support 6G-SDI or 4K/UHD over HDMI

**NOTE: On 4K 4096×2160 input signals, Titan extracts all HD frames from the 3840×2160 UHD image area.

Titan FS RAW 4K -> 3xHD MultiFrame HD Extract

  • Use one FS RAW 4K input to generate three HD images
    • One 4K->HD SuperSample, two HD pixel-to-pixel windows
    • Record three generated HD images simultaneously (Apple ProRes)
    • Record & output Live-Switch between three HD images
    • Live finger-drag pan/tilt windowed images with motion smoothing
  • FS RAW 4K 24p/25p/30p generates three 1080p video streams
  • FS RAW 4K 50p/60p generates three 720p video streams

NOTE: Titan extracts all HD frames from the 3840×2160 UHD image area.


NEW FEATURES: APOLLO & ODYSSEY APOLLO OPTION (ODYSSEY)

Quad-HD: EDL Support for all Live-Switch Modes

  • Generates Edit Decision List (EDL) of cuts & fades made when recording
  • EDL recorded as .EDL file in CMX3600 standard
  • EDL also generated in Titan Option
  • Up to 1000 events per clip
  • Support for standard post systems including FCP7, FCPX, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Avid Media Composer (see White Paper “Working with EDLs from Apollo and Titan” on CD website)
  • Link: https://convergent-design.com/edl

Quad-HD: Live-Switch in All Modes

  • Added Live-Switch to A/B/C/D and Quad-Split modes
  • Live-Switch output as video to SDI B OUT; switching recorded in EDL

Quad-HD: 1080p 50/60 Live-Switch Support

  • Added Live-Switch to Quad-HD 1080p 50/60
  • Live-Switch output as video to SDI B OUT; switching recorded in EDL

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support

  • 4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080i 50, 59.94
  • 720p 50/60

NEW FEATURES: ODYSSEY RAW BUNDLE (ODYSSEY7Q+/7Q)

Panasonic VariCam LT Support [Link]

  • Record RAW in CinemaDNG from the Panasonic VariCam LT
  • 4K/UHD 12-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 25, 29.97
  • 4K/UHD 10-bit RAW -> 4K CinemaDNG 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
  • VariFrame frame rates available from 2-60fps

ARRIRAW 4:3 Support

  • Record RAW in .ARI from ALEXA cameras outputting a 4:3 signal
  • 23.98-48p

Sony FS RAW to Apple ProRes Support (Update)

  • Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
  • 4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94

Canon Raw to Apple ProRes Support (Update)

  • Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
  • 4K/UHD 23.98-29.97

NEW FEATURES: ALL MODELS (APOLLO, ODYSSEY7/7Q/7Q+)

Canon CLog3 Preset LUTs [Link]

  • LUTs for Canon CLog3 added as presets in LUT menu

Sony REV Preset LUTs

  • Revised LUTs for use with Sony FS5 and FS Raw -> Apple ProRes Modes added as presets in LUT menu

System LOG File

  • Text file that reside outside of the clip folder on a record SSD, includes information about record, power up, on time, and setup.

8-Channel Audio Out (Headphone) Selection

  • Select audio channels to output over 3.5mm Audio Out port
  • Select on 8-Channel SDI embedded audio
  • Select embedded audio channel pairs 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8
  • Also available in Apollo and Titan Options

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support

  • 4K/UHD 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080i 50, 59.94
  • 720p 50/60

NEW FEATURES: ODYSSEY7

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) Support

  • 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94
  • 1080i 50, 59.94
  • 720p 50/60

FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

Apollo

  • FIXED Fade/Cut transitions
  • FIXED Issue with UHD25p over 6G-SDI
  • IMPROVED SDI B Out carries embedded audio

Odyssey RAW Bundle

  • FIXED Rare Canon RAW -> Apple ProRes frame issue
  • FIXED Pixel Zoom causing monitored image shift when recording FS 4K RAW -> 4K/UHD Apple ProRes at 50/59.94p
  • FIXED Frame Rate detection in Canon RAW
  • IMPROVED Sony FS7 4K FS RAW -> 4K/UHD Apple ProRes debayer color fringing issue (yellow artifact at sharp edges)
  • IMPROVED Playback Scrubbing artifacts of RAW recordings

Odyssey7Q+/7Q

  • FIXED DPX support for Sony F35
  • FIXED Issue with UHD25p over 6G-SDI (7Q+ only)
  • IMPROVED Playback of 4K Apple ProRes
  • IMPROVED Playback scrubbing artifacts in 4K Apple ProRes

All Devices

  • FIXED Guides interaction with Hide function
  • FIXED Apple ProRes recording artifacts 2016.06
  • FIXED Adobe “Green Screen” Issue with file not run via the ProRes Tool
  • FIXED Adobe audio issue with 8-channel audio and CC 2015.4
  • FIXED Intermittent issue of first frame corrupted in various RAW formats
  • FIXED FS700 issues with changing frame rates
  • FIXED Safe-Eject “Error 11” and related errors
  • FIXED C300 Mark II audio issues with 8-channel audio
  • FIXED FS5 Glitching (Intermittent issue)
  • FIXED Rental issues with various modes
  • IMPROVED 4K SDI Detection
  • IMPROVED FS RAW Files
  • IMPROVED Playback in all modes

SOFTWARE UPDATES

[Download Here]

CD Apple ProRes Transfer Tool v2.5

  • Minor Bug Fixes
  • Windows and Mac versions available

CD RAW / DPX Wave Timecode App

  • For timecode syncing Wave audio files with RAW & DPX files in Resolve
  • Can be used with current and previous firmwares
  • Mac Only

Good Dog Digital is Pleased to Announce we are the First Canadian Dealer for Lume Cube Products

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Lume Cube

The Lume Cube 1500 Lumen Light features a 6000K color temperature, and the unit’s output is dimmable from 0 to 1500 Lumens. The light is suitable for use as either a video light or a still photo strobe. It incorporates a rechargeable battery that lasts 20 minutes at full brightness and two hours plus at 50% brightness.

  • Waterproof
  • Dimmable
  • Mountable
  • Bluetooth / App Control

Available in Black, Silver and Gunmetal Grey. View Product Page

Special pricing for Dual and Quad Lume Cube kits. Contact Us for more information.

Additional Lume Cube Accessories:

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Hot Shoe Mount

The Hot Shoe accessory allows you to mount your Lume Cube on any camera with a Hot Shoe mount. View Product Page

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GoPro Dual Mount 

The GoPro Arm allows you to mount two Lume Cubes on any GoPro including Hero 3, 4 and Session.  View Product Page

Good Dog Digital With the Original Lume Cube Prototype at CES 2015

Call or email info@gooddogdigital.com for Lume Cube sales and rental pricing.

 

Sony announces new PXW-FS5 4K XDCAM Super 35

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Bringing a smaller, handheld form factor to Sony’s line of digital cinema cameras, the PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System captures UHD video using a Super 35mm-sized sensor for cinematic imagery. Though small in size, it incorporates professional features that differentiate it from consumer and DSLR/mirrorless cameras and make it suitable for use on productions as diverse as cinéma vérité-style documentaries, reality TV, and commercial and corporate applications.

The camera’s E-mount is machined from stainless steel and allows you to use E-mount lenses or accept most 35mm lenses with the use of adapters, including PL, EF, Leica, and Nikon lenses. The camera records in your choice of XAVC-L or AVCHD. It incorporates two SD media card slots that support simultaneous or relay recording. Outputs include both HDMI and SDI and Sony’s proprietary Multi-Terminal. The body also incorporates an Ethernet connector, headphone jack, and XLR audio inputs. All connectors and card slots are covered to protect from dust incursion. The camera supports Wi-Fi and NFC functionality, allowing you live stream from the camera, or control it from a wireless device.

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Specifications:

  • Sensor Size: 4352 x 2662, 11.6 Megapixels (8.4 Megapixels Effective)
  • Sensor type – EXMOR 4K Super35mm
  • E-Mount Lens type
  • S-Gamut3.Cine & S-Log3
  • Native 3,200 ISO with 14 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Built in Electric Variable ND from 1/4 to 1/128
  • Codec XAVC-L (not higher spec I version)
  • 3840 x 2160 8-bit, 4:2:0, up to 30fps continuous.
  • 1080 10-bit 4:2:2 up to 60fps continuous (but only 4:2:0 in 4K)
  •  S&Q Mode: 120, 240, 480, 960 fps (buffered like FS700)
  • Less than 5 sec boot time, Direct Access Menu, No rebooting for Rec format changes, etc.,
  • 2K Center Crop
  • Smart Grip like FS7
  • Magnesium frame & body with active cooling
  • 4K 4096×2160 output capable with paid future firmware upgrade
  • 4K RAW via output Future Firmware
  • Dual SD Card Slots
  • Built in microphone
  • Dual XLR input (one on body, one on handle)
  • Multi-Interface Hot Shoe
  • 3G-SDI, 4K HDMI, WiFi, Wired LAN,
  • Same batteries FS7
  • Weight: 0.8kg

List Price: $6,700 without lens

Canon Announces EOS C300 Mark II

The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera is an evolutionary 2nd generation Cinema EOS 4K camera system with a wide range of new and improved features including 4K/2K/Full HD internal and external recording (including 4K RAW output) and a new 10-bit Canon Log 2 Gamma. This powerful new camera also features an expanded dynamic range of 15 stops, improved Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus, innovative focus assist engineering and CFast recording technology. Redesigned with the help of user input, the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera helps to deliver more creative flexibility for professional studio motion picture production applications, as well as independent productions, TV dramas, commercials, news features, sports and more.

The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera integrates a re-designed imaging system of advanced components. These include a newly developed 8.85 Megapixel Canon Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS image sensor that supports up to 4K (DCI) recording with a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels and a high-speed readout for reduced rolling-shutter distortion. Working in concert with its dual Canon DIGIC DV5 image processors, data from the 4K sensor delivers Over-Sampling HD Processing for reduced-moiré 2K(DCI)/Full 1080-60p HD recording and Dual-Pixel CMOS Auto Focus with an expanded focusing area and Face Detection (in combination with Canon EF lenses). The dual DIGIC DV5 image processors also help to reduce visual noise and enable high-sensitivity shooting at a maximum speed of ISO 102,400 (+54dB) for sharp, clear image capture using only ambient lighting. In addition to its sensor and processors, the EOS C300 Mark II camera also incorporates a trio of XF-AVC H.264 codecs that enable in-camera 4K (DCI) recording to dual CFast card slots and 2K/Full HD recording to an SD card slot. For external recording and monitoring, twin 3G-SDI outputs capable of 4K RAW output are included on the rear of the camera body Users can choose among multiple recording modes, resolutions and frame rates to meet their production needs.

Creative flexibility is also greatly enabled by the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera’s compatibility with the full range of more than 100 Canon EF and EF-S photographic lenses (including specialty tilt-shift and fisheye models) and Canon CN-E Cinema prime and zoom lenses (including the “ENG-style” Canon CINE-SERVO zooms). New Dual-Pixel CMOS AF capabilities of the EOS C300 Mark II are enabled by the AF motors in Canon EF lenses. The improved EF lens communication capabilities of the EOS C300 Mark II camera allow for the display of CN-E Cinema lens T-values, lens metadata acquisition, and chromatic aberration correction on the camera’s LCD Monitor/EVF/Output display.

Operability improvements of the Canon EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera that further facilitate operation and creative freedom include full manual control, an Ultra-High Resolution 1.77 Megapixel color OLED EVF with adjustable 60º tilting angle, a built in internal mono reference microphone, a removable hand grip, an improved camera handle extension with additional attachment points, and a removable LCD Monitor and control panel with XLR inputs. The modular design of the EOS C300 Mark II camera also allows for many kinds of industry-standard accessories to be added or removed as needed. Built-in dual-band Wi-Fi functionality allows for LiveView camera display at multiple locations and control of the EOS C300 Mark II camera from a Web browser.

Learn more at Canon

New Features & Support in Odyssey Firmware v5.10.10

Convergent Design has released a firmware update update for the Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+. With this update they have added expanded support for Apple ProRes, Remote Trigger Support, High quality supersampling of 4K/UHD video signal over HDMI and more.

More Apple ProRes Support
In addition to Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Odyssey now supports Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422(LT) allowing you to select the best bitrate for your workflow and deliverables.

  • 4K/UHD/2K/1080/720 resolutions all supported 4K/UHD up to 30p; 2K/1080/720 up to 60p

4K/UHD Supersampling
High quality supersampling of 4K/UHD video signal over HDMI yields 2K/HD video superior to that available directly from cameras like the GH4 and A7S.

Remote Trigger Support
The Convergent Design Odyssey Remote Trigger is a pushbutton active remote start/stop trigger for Odyssey monitor/recorders. Remote Trigger feature has been enabled in firmware version 5.10.100 for HD Apple ProRes recording only.

Sony FS7/FS700 Record Option Adds Apple ProRes 422 & 422 (LT)
(Odyssey7Q/Odyssey7Q+ FS7/FS700 Record Option Required.)
Option of Apple ProRes 422 or Apple ProRes 422 (LT) for
4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes 23.98
4K RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97
4K RAW -> 2K Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
4K RAW -> HD Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94

Sony FS7 Record Option Adds Apple ProRes 422 & Apple ProRes 422 (LT)
(Odyssey7Q/Odyssey7Q+ FS7/FS700 Record Option Required.)
Option of Apple ProRes 422 or Apple ProRes 422 (LT) for
4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes 23.98
4K RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97
4K RAW -> 2K Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
4K RAW -> HD Apple ProRes 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94

Sony FS700 Record Option Adds High Speed Burst in 2K/HD Apple ProRes
(FS7/FS700 Record Option Required. Feature only available for FS700.)
Option of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple 422 or Apple 422 (LT) for
4K RAW Burst -> 2K Apple ProRes 100p, 120p
4K RAW Burst -> HD Apple ProRes 100p, 120p

Canon C500 Record Option Adds Apple ProRes 422 & Apple ProRes 422 (LT)
(Canon RAW Record Option Required.)
Option of Apple ProRes 422 or Apple ProRes 422 (LT) for
4K RAW -> 4K Apple ProRes 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30
QHD RAW -> UHD Apple ProRes 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30

Sony F35 12-bit/10-bit RGB 4:4:4 Support
12-bit or 10-bit RGB 4:4:4 recording in uncompressed DPX stacks Dual-link capture, 23.98, 25, 29.97

Recording Option Upgrades

Why Record Options?
The Odyssey7Q and Odyssey7Q+ are the most versatile monitor/recorders in the world. They can be used to view and capture the outputs from hundreds of different cameras and video devices, greatly enhancing the quality of recording possible. With some cameras, the quality improvement is dramatic.

Download Firmware. You will be directed to a page where the firmware can be downloaded, with release notes, and updating instructions. Learn more about Convergent Design.

SWIT Releases S-8U63 Battery Pack Compatible with Sony FS7

SONY PMW-EX1/3/F3/200/FS7 Compatible

Similar battery as SONY BP-U60
Display remaining power info

S-8U63 is the replacement battery for Sony BP-U60, complete compatible with SONY Camcorder PMW-EX1/EX1R/EX3/F3, PMW-100/200, and the latest PXW-FS7, PXW-X160/180. S-8U63 can exchange digital info with the camera, and display remaining power info on the camera viewfinder.

63Wh / 4.4Ah High Capacity

With 14.4V nominal voltage, the S-8U63 has 63Wh / 4.4Ah capacity,
higher than the original battery, and can run approx 4.5 hours on SONY PMW-200 camcorder when LCD monitor is on.

Build-in D-tap DC Output Socket

A D-tap DC output socket is equipped on the side of S-8U63 battery, for DC14.4V (Nominate) connection. You can connect on-camera LED light, monitor or wireless transmitter on the D-tap socket, and get power simultaneously with camera.
The Max power from D-tap is 50W, 3.5A.
The D-tap socket can also be used as charging input, by SWIT portable charger S-3010B.

Build-in 5V/1A USB Socket

Use S-8U63 as Power Station to your cell phone! It’s rather a
fantastic function to have a USB socket on the DV battery! Connect
your smart phone or pad to the USB socket, press the “Check”
button, and then the S-8U63 starts to output 5V/1A power to charge
your devices!

4-level LED Power Indicator

The S-8U63 battery has the 4-level LED power indicators to check the battery remaining capacity. You can get a quick view of capacity before using. The “Check” button can also be used to trigger USB charging.

Easy Charging

The S-8U63 can be charged on SWIT Dual channel charger S-3602U or SONY original charger BC-U1 single channel charger. It takes about 2 hours and 50minutes to charge from empty to 100%. And you can also use SWIT S-3010B Portable D-tap Charger for S-8U63. It will take 3 hours to fully charge.

Features

  • Li-ion battery pack of 14.4V nominal votage
  • Complete compatible with SONY EX1/3/F3/100/200
  • Display remaining power info on camera viewfinder
  • 63Wh / 4.4Ah capacity
  • 4-level LED power indicator
  • 14.4V D-tap DC output
  • 5V/1A USB charging output
  • Multiple circuit protections

View Product Page.

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