Sony has announced VENICE Version 5.0 Firmware that adds advanced HFR capabilities up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9, HD ProRes 4444 and more. The new Version 5.0 firmware update is planned to be released in January 2020.
Following the Version 4.0 firmware that is being released in June, which includes an HFR license to support 120fps at 4K 2.39:1, 110fps at 4K 17:9, 75fps at 4K 4:3 and 60fps at 6K 3:2, VENICE’s Version 5.0 update will add speeds of up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9/1.85:1.
“To date, more than 100 features and episodic productions have been shot on VENICE. The new Version 5.0 firmware will allow the camera to be even more flexible, ultimately increasing its benefit and versatility to all cinematographers”Sebastian Leske, Product Marketing Manager, Cinematography, Sony Professional Solutions Europe
The VENICE is starting to be used on a lot more productions. Notable projects shot on VENICE include this summer’s action thriller from STXfilms “21 Bridges” (DoP Paul Cameron, ASC), Sony Pictures’ “Bad Boys for Life” (DoP Robrecht Heyvaert) and the Johnny Depp drama “Minamata” (DoP Benoît Delhomme).
VENICE Version 5.0 Firmware
Ver5.0 also offers various features to achieve enhanced shooting usability and efficient production workflow. Highlights include：
- HFR Capabilities – Up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9.
- Apple ProRes 4444 – Record HD videos in the high picture quality on SxS PRO+ cards, without Sony’s AXS-R7 recorder. This is especially effective for HD VFX workflow.
- 180 Degree Rotation Monitor Out– Flip and flop images via viewfinder and SDI.
- High Resolution Magnification via HD Monitor Out – Existing advanced viewfinder technology for clearer magnification is now extended to HD Monitor Out.
- Improved User Marker Settings – Menu updates for easier selection of frame lines on viewfinder.
Sony has announced new commitments with key industry organizations dedicated to achieving the highest quality image and preserving the filmmaker’s creative intent. These include:
- ACES Support – VENICE has joined Sony’s F65, F55, and F5 in earning the ACES logo, meeting the specifications laid out in the ACES Product Partner Logo Program. With a newly available IDT and properly configured ACES colour managed workflow, VENICE ensures a consistent colour experience that preserves the filmmaker’s creative vision.
It’s good to see Sony continue to improve the VENICE and add features that were never promised at launch. This is very similar to what they did with the F5 and F55. While all of these firmware announcements are great, VENICE owners and users will probably be frustrated by how long it is going to take before they can use them.