Panasonic’s New Firmware Update for VariCam LT Enables RAW Signal Output

Panasonic has released a new firmware update for the VariCam LT that adds RAW signal output via two 3G-SDI terminals to an external RAW recorder at 4K or UHD 60p. RAW recording will be compatible with the Odyssey 7Q and 7Q+ monitor/recorders from Convergent Design Inc. and the Atomos Inc. Shogun Inferno recording monitor. The recorded CinemaDNG file is compatible with DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1, Drastic Media Reactor 5.04 and upcoming versions of major NLEs and grading systems.

VaricamLT camera PL 3-mediumThe new firmware upgrade Ver. 4.0 is immediately available for downloading at http://eww.pass.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/content/download/EN/ep2main/soft/upgvlt_e.htm.

“VariCam has established itself as the 4K production camera of choice for those seeking the best image quality,” says Steven Cooperman, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic. “The breadth of industry support for this newly-enabled VariCam LT RAW output significantly furthers that position.”

Both Convergent Design and Atomos had announced support of VariCam LT RAW output at NAB 2016.

Odyssey RAW option from Convergent Design
The upcoming firmware update of the RAW Bundle option for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q monitor/recorders, expected by the end of September 2016, will support VariCam LT RAW. The customer who already has the RAW Bundle option will be able to upgrade at no additional cost.

Shogun Inferno from Atomos
Atomos announced new features for the Shogun Inferno recording monitor at IBC 2016 including a free upgrade to support VariCam LT RAW, which lets users record as CDNG, Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHR.

VariCam LT RAW is now wrapped into the CinemaDNG format. Details of this support follow:

  • Black Magic Design DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 now decodes VariCam LT RAW
  • Drastic Technology Media Reactor 5.04 supports Adobe Premiere Pro, the Autodesk Flame family, and Avid Media Composer
  • Assimilate Scratch Ver. 8.5 support of VariCam LT RAW will be available soon after IBC 2016
  • Digital Vision NuCoda support of VariCam LT RAW will be available soon after IBC 2016
  • Pomfort Silverstack 5.4 will have advanced camera support for VariCam LT RAW, including transcoding to ProRes for offline use, available in September 2016
  • Colorfront On-Set Dailies/Transkoder 2016 Update2 will support VariCam LT RAW in coming months.

 

The VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorder inherits the same super 35mm sensor and superb imaging capabilities that distinguish the award-winning VariCam 35, but with significant reductions in size, weight and price. The VariCam LT delivers 14+ stops of dynamic range with V-Log, and the esteemed cinematic VariCam image quality and color science, as well as the VariCam 35’s breakout innovation, dual native ISOs of 800/5000. Weighing just under six pounds and having superior capability to similar sized cameras, the VariCam LT is the ideal camera for handheld, Steadicam, jib, crane, drone, gimbal and overall cinema verité work. The VariCam LT is likewise tailor-made for owner/operators, independent filmmakers, documentary makers and corporate production creators.

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