Panasonic Expands VariCam 35/HS Capabilities With Latest Firmware Upgrade
Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for its VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS camera/recorders that expands recording options and enables several operational and workflow improvements.
This firmware upgrade –Version 6.0 — is immediately available for downloading at the Panasonic service support website, http://pro-av.panasonic.net/en/varicam/index.html#anchor_whatsnew.
The upgrade encompasses support for writing data to Panasonic’s newly-released B series expressP2 cards for 4K and high frame-rate recording, which feature faster read/write speeds and will include an increased capacity 512GB card along with a standard capacity 256GB card. Viewfinder and Viewfinder-SDI outputs will now be able to display in different selected color settings. The update also includes compatibility with Panasonic’s new AJ-WM50 wireless module that facilitates dual-band connectivity at both 2.4 and 5GHz in a smaller unit.
Other key features of the Version 6.0 upgrade:
- In-camera color corrections can be non-destructively applied to footage played back from camera; this allows operators to view LUTs/CDLs created for footage shot in V-log when playing clips directly from the camera without requiring the looks to be “baked in” to the image
- Color control files created in camera can be saved separately on SD cards for easy access as stand-alone files; previously, these LUTs/CDLs were saved to a file and stored on P2 media along with videos
- A new “2.201:1” aspect ratio indicator can be superimposed over image for shot framing
- “BEEP” sounds can be played at REC START/STOP
- When using the AU-VEXT1G extension module, the camera will indicate an error in recording if there is an interruption in the signal between camera head and recorder
- Image quality is improved when V-709 MAIN recording is selected
- AUDIO VOLUME can now be adjusted by the menu dial
- A new USER SW function opens the AUDIO VOLUME display directly
- WFM can show in “YGBR”
- An on-screen area marker indicates which portion of an image is magnified when using EXPAND mode for critical analysis
- “Audio Setting” and “Output Setting” are now consolidated to the same menu area for easier navigation and control
- The “Look Around” function now allows users to select if they want to view above or below the recorded image
- The name of menu item ”FLIP FLOP” is changed to ”IMAGE INVERT”
- ProRes* HQ codec support now includes 1080/60i/50i
- Operators can now display settings assigned to user switches with a simplified, single operation.