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Sony VENICE V6 firmware announced

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Sony has announced details of the V6 firmware update for its flagship VENICE digital cinema camera. This firmware update will not be available until November

Most of the features in V6 are a direct result of feedback from VENICE customers and users.

V6 firmware will include the following features and additions:

  • HFR added- 5.7K 16:9 @72fps, 4K 6:5 @72fps, 3.8K @110fps
  • 3D LUT support in VF
  • Advanced Rendering Transform (new LUT system)
  • 2nd User Frame Line
  • New 9:16 & 1:1 Frame Lines
  • Gyro Tilt/Roll info stored as metadata (X-OCN & XAVC)
  • Genlock & Timecode Status on OSD
  • Fujinon Premista eXtended metadata
  • De-Squeeze ON/OFF can be assigned to a User Button
  • Maintain CamID+Reel# when loading ALL FILE
  • REC beep and ALARM volume now have individual settings

New HFR Capabilities

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5.7K 16:9

With V6 firmware the VENICE will get the ability to record 5.7K 16:9 (5674 x 3192) at up to 72fps. Previously this was limited to 30fps. You do need to have purchased the HFR License and the Full-Frame License to be able to capture 5.7K at up to 72fps.

4K 6:5

In the 4K 6:5 (4096 x 3432) anamorphic mode you will be able to capture up to 72fps. This was previously limited to 30fps. You do need the Anamorphic License and HFR License to take advantage of this mode.

3.8K 16:9

In 3.8K 16:9 (3840 x 2160) you can now record up to 110fps. Previously this was capped at up to 60fps. You need to HFR License to shoot above 60fps in this mode.

3D LUT support in VF

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Sony DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder

3D LUT support was a highly requested feature from VENICE users. With V6 firmware you will be able to assign a specific 3D LUT to the VF.

Advanced Rendering Transform

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This is quite a complicated subject and I will have a lot more detailed stand-alone article that you can also read.

Advanced Rendering Transform (.art) is a new LUT implementation that was developed by Sony and Technicolor. In Laymen’s terms, it is a better way of representing a LUT than a traditional 3D Cube LUT.

A .art file will give you a lot better results than using a 3D Cube LUT.

You will be able to take any regular 3D LUT and transform that into a .art file.

The new .art files will only be supported in the VENICE. You won’t be able to use them on any other Sony camera. .art will be supported by software such as Davinci Resolve.

2nd User Frame Line & New 9:16 & 1:1 Frame Lines

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The VENICE previously only had one user frame line, but with V6 firmware a second one will be added. This allows you to have two sets of frame lines up on the screen at once which is handy if you are shooting for multiple aspect ratios.

This is important because more and more productions are now having to frame and distribute content in multiple aspect ratios.

Sony has also added 9:16 and 1:1 custom frame lines.

Gyro Tilt/Roll info stored as metadata (X-OCN & XAVC)

The Gyro Tilt/Roll information that can be capture by the camera will be able to be stored directly within the metadata of the X-OCN and XAVC files.

This is mainly to help with post workflows where footage may need to be stabilized.

Genlock & Timecode Status on OSD

This new addition allows the user to see the genlock and timecode status directly on the on-screen display.

Fujinon Premista eXtended metadata

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Fujinon Premista 80-250mm T2.9-3.5

The Fujinon Premistalarge format zooms have the ability to output eXtended metadata. V6 firmware will allow the VENICE to take advantage of this.

De-Squeeze ON/OFF can be assigned to a User Button

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If you are shooting in any of the anamorphic modes that are available on the VENICE you will be able to set the De-Sqeeze ON/OFF function to any of the camera’s user buttons.

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