Sony today has announced the firmware version 5.0 for VENICE camera, with advanced HFR capabilities up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9, HD ProRes 4444 and more.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – May 30, 2019 – At the grand opening of Sony’s Digital Media Production Center (DMPC), the industry’s most complete capture to display facility, Sony Electronics is connecting users and creators to deliver the artists’ intent by driving hands-on experiences with the latest technology in Cinema. The DMPC in Hollywood is the flagship of several such facilities around the world, and is designed to be a resource for cinematographers, photographers, and anyone involved in image making. The venue* will host a press conference tonight revealing technology advancements with its VENICE full-frame digital motion picture camera. VENICE will receive additional High Frame Rate (HFR) capabilities and added workflow flexibility with a new Version 5.0 firmware update planned for January 2020.
Following the Version 4.0 firmware release this 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 further enable cinematographers to shoot at speeds of up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9/1.85:1. This addition enables VENICE to capture three times slow motion at 24p, even in 6K. Cinematographers can utilize the same camera across multiple speeds, maintaining the full-frame shallow depth of field, as well as the high picture quality of oversampling in 6K.
“Through an ongoing dialogue with cinematographers, we have continued to evolve VENICE to meet the needs of top talent,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Product and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “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.”
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
Version 5.0 also offer 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 high picture quality with SxS PRO+, without Sony’s AXS-R7 recorder; this is especially effective for HD VFX workflow
• 180 Degree Rotation Monitor Out – Flip & 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
Commitments to Best Imaging & Workflow Practices
In addition, regardless of VENICE firmware version, Sony has announced a new commitment with a key industry organization dedicated to achieving the highest quality image and preserving the filmmaker’s creative intent:
• 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 color managed workflow, VENICE ensures a consistent color experience that preserves the filmmaker’s creative vision
Cine Gear Expo
To see VENICE in person, including the Version 4.0 HFR capabilities and the popular VENICE Extension System, visit Sony at booth #S101 in Stage 6 of Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios.
Additionally, Sony will present the following screenings and seminars during Cine Gear Expo:
• Free Screening of the Netflix feature Wine Country, which was Shot on VENICE
Friday, May 31 | 7:00pm | Paramount Theater
In honor of Rebecca (Rachel Dratch)’s 50th birthday, Abby (Amy Poehler) plans a scenic Napa getaway with their best, longtime friends. Workaholic Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), post-op Val (Paula Pell), homebody Jenny (Emily Spivey), and weary mom Naomi (Maya Rudolph) are equally sold on the chance to relax and reconnect. Yet as the alcohol flows, real world uncertainties intrude on the punchlines and gossip, and the women begin questioning their friendships and futures. A hilarious and heartfelt comedy directed by Poehler, Wine Country co-stars Tina Fey, Jason Schwartzman and Cherry Jones.
• 6K Imaging with a Powerfully Small Camera Package
Friday, May 31 | 4:30pm | Sherry Lansing Theater
DIT Arthur To (The Revenant, Live by Night, End of Watch) is no stranger to harsh production environments. When it came time to shoot a documentary about a humanitarian program in Iraq, he chose Sony’s VENICE camera to handle the demanding needs of a war-zone situation. Hear how to pair a Sony Alpha 7R III and Sony’s G-Master lenses with VENICE’s time-saving features to craft a nimble approach that maximized his creative freedom. Moderated by Debra Kaufman, frequent contributor to ETCentric.
• Get the Best Image Quality with the Fastest Turnaround
Saturday, June 1 | 10:15am | Screening Room #5
Cinematographer Alister Chapman will give a practical, live demo of just how easy it is to work with the amazing data available in the 16 bit X-OCN files of Sony’s VENICE camera. Chapman will then examine the many other ways VENICE provides efficient solutions for creating great images, including the internal ND filter system, using different LUTs for monitoring and exposure checking in addition to adding your creative look to the camera’s output, and the ease of swapping lens mounts or detaching the imaging block to utilize the VENICE Extension System.
• Crafting the Look of Guilty Pleasure TV
Saturday, June 1 | 11:30am | Screening Room #5
Join DP Star Berry, 1st AC Colin Duran and DIT Eric Henson for a case study of their work on the CW series Dynasty. Moderated by Jay Holben – producer, director and frequent contributing writer for cinematography publications.
• Mixing Cameras in Documentary Production
Saturday, June 1 | 2:45pm | Sherry Lansing Theater
In documentary filming, where you need to capture every single moment with the maximum excitement, there are often situations when a single camera cannot cover the best shot. Using examples from a production chasing thrill-seeking paragliders, award-winning cinematographer Robert William Scribner will share the ease of matching several different cameras in post-production using an S-Log workflow. See how a variety of Sony cameras — including FS7 II, FS5 II, Alpha 7R III and RX0 II — were utilized in this high-altitude adventure shoot.