Panasonic EVA1 firmware update Ver. 2.0 adds ALL-I codec recording and enables up to a 5.7K RAW output

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The Panasonic EVA1 firmware update Ver. 2.0 adds ALL-I codec recording and enables up to a 5.7K RAW output.

This new free firmware upgrade which will be available at the end of March certainly adds even more features to an already impressive camera. If you aren’t that familiar with the EVA1 I did an extensive review last year which you can see here.

RAW DATA OUTPUT

Panasonic EVA1 firmware update Ver. 2.0 adds ALL-I codec recording and enables up to a 5.7K RAW output
The EVA1 will be able to output up to a 5.7K RAW signal over SDI. This SDI stream will be able to output ancillary data such as time code, REC flag and also VANC metadata. The 5.7K RAW output can be done at frame rates of 1-30fps and it’s available in the cameras native Super-35 sized format. The EVA1 will also be capable of outputting a RAW signal in both 4K and 2K, but this can only be done in a Four-Thirds Frame sensor crop. In 4K you can record from 1-60fps, and in 2K the camera is capable of frame rates from 1-240fps.

Just how this RAW signal is going to be recorded and supported is still a bit unclear. When I asked Panasonic I was told: “The signal from the EVA1 will be uncompressed RAW in a Log structure.”

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.”

ALL-I INTRAFRAME CODECS

Panasonic EVA1 firmware update Ver. 2.0 adds ALL-I codec recording and enables up to a 5.7K RAW output
Along with the RAW output being enabled the EVA1 also receives the ability to record in the ALL-I Intraframe codec. This is a nice beefy codec that should satisfy most shooters needs. The ALL-I Intraframe codec will allow the EVA1 to record internally at 4K DCI or UHD in 10-bit 422 at 400Mbps. For 2K or FHD recording, you can choose to record in either 200Mbps or 100Mbps in a 10-bit 422 color space.

These new ALL-I Intraframe codecs, certainly give the EVA1 a lot of versatility with recording formats. With the new firmware, you now have the ability to choose to record in anything from an 8-bit 420 codec all the way up to the 10-bit 422 400Mbps Intraframe codec all internally.

ADDITIONAL INTERLACED RECORDING CODECS

Panasonic EVA1 firmware update Ver. 2.0 adds ALL-I codec recording and enables up to a 5.7K RAW output
If you are working in a news environment then you may well be required to shoot in an interlaced codec and it’s good to see that Panasonic has recognised this. The EVA1 has new added interlaced recording options that enable FHD 59.94I or 50I capture in either the ALL-I 100Mbps 10-bit 422 or LongGop 50Mbps 10-bit 422 codecs.

OTHER NEW ADDITIONS

Panasonic EVA1 firmware update Ver. 2.0 adds ALL-I codec recording and enables up to a 5.7K RAW output
Panasonic has enabled remote operation using third-party wired controllers, that will allow focus and iris control for a diverse range of lens options, as well as zoom control for the Canon compact cine servo zooms. Panasonic has also worked closely with Sigma so that the EVA1 will now support six of the Sigma ART lenses.

Other new features include LCD signal cloning for the HDMI output, as well as additional home screen indicators for improved monitoring. Another nice addition is the ability to be able to do interval recording (time-lapse) in both the LongGop and ALL-I codecs. Panasonic doesn’t specify in what resolutions this feature can be used in.

FIRMWARE UPGRADE VER. 2.0

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)

This new firmware update certainly adds a lot of functionality to the EVA1 and it’s good to see Panasonic making it free. My only concern is that they are announcing the firmware with very little details in terms of how the RAW output works and how it will be recorded. Nobody I have talked to has been able to give me any answers in relation to this, which is strange given the firmware release will be available to download next month.

What do you think about the new firmware update for the EVA1? Does it make the camera a more appealing option than say the Canon C200? Let us know in the comments section below.

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