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cinema5D IBC 2017 Innovation Awards – Sony RX0, Sachtler Flowtech 75, Hudson Spider Light

By Nino Leitner

The cinema5D team thought long and hard about who to award our IBC 2017 awards to – and it wasn’t easy, the discussions went on for long. In the end, we agreed on three products that really show some innovation in their fields – the field of small cameras, camera support, and lighting.

Congratulations to the hard-working people behind these amazing products!

Sony RX0

Read our coverage here. The Sony RX0 deserves one of our IBC 2017 Innovation Awards because it packs a rather large 1″ sensor into a tiny body with a 24mm equivalent field of view, an extremely sturdy and waterproof housing as well as professional features like Slog2, continuous RAW photo shooting, focus peaking or 4K output via HDMI. It’s going to make GoPro’s life even harder, but will branch out beyond the action cam / sports cam sphere. We predict that this camera will be used in all kinds of different applications very soon. It will cut beautifully with all kinds of other Sony cameras and also makes it possible to build quite small VR rigs with a bunch of RX0’s.

Yoshiro Furukawa from Sony accepting the cinema5D IBC 2017 Award.

Sachtler / Vinten Flowtech 75

Read our coverage here. Tripod technology hasn’t seen a lot of real innovation in decades, with the underlying principles of currently available tripods being identical to tripods that were sold 20 years ago. With the Sachtler / Vinten Flowtech 75, Vitec Videocom (their mother company) showed that there is still a lot of room for making a shooter’s life easier → continue…

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Fujifilm Japan announces X Raw Studio conversion software

With the announcement of several new lenses and a new X-series body, Fujifilm also snuck in news of some new Raw conversion software. X Raw Studio, which will debut in November, works when the camera is connected to a Mac or PC via USB and uses the camera’s own image processing engine to convert Raw files to JPEGs. The software will support single image and batch conversions.

The GFX 50S, X-T2, X-Pro2 and X100F will be compatible with X Raw Studio, with support arriving first for the 50S and X-T2. Mac users will get the software first, in November 2017, with a Windows version arriving in January 2018.

Fujifilm announces development of new RAW conversion system “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”.

September 7, 2017

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that it is developing a new RAW conversion system, “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”.

“FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to quickly and easily convert RAW files with outstanding image quality, once a camera is connected to a Mac or PC via USB cable.

Exceptional image quality is retained, as the X RAW STUDIO system utilizes the X Processor Pro in the camera instead of the CPU in the computer,

Due to the increasing size of RAW files, users have found batch conversion to be an issue, as it takes more and more time as a result. However, using the high performance “X Processor Pro” processor, this batch conversion is handled far more efficiently as a result.

This new software is due to be available from late November 2017.

– Convert RAW images on the computer (Single / Batch Process)
– Preview converting images
– Save, load, or copy conversion profiles.
* Specifications, window images subject to change without notice.
* RAW conversion is compatible with a RAW file taken by the same model as → continue…

From:: DPreview

Fujifilm announces new X-series firmware and updated lens roadmap

The X-Pro2 is one of the four cameras that gains new functionality in an imminent firmware update.

Alongside the new X-E3 and XF 80mm F2.8 prime, Fujifilm also announced firmware updates for several of its current X-series models, and an updated lens roadmap. Two new lenses have been added to the roadmap: the XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR and a telephoto prime lens, the XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR. No further details on the lenses (or their likely cost or announcement date) have yet been released.

New firmware is closer to hand, and major updates are on the way for the X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F and X-T20 later this year, which will bring several additional capabilities.

Fujifilm X-Pro2: Firmware V.4.0 key features

  • Addition of 4K video mode using Film Simulation modes.
  • Adds support for tethered shooting via USB or Wi-Fi.
  • Updated AF tracking algorithm with enhanced subject tracking.
  • Support for FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  • Improved radio flash controller usability, allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  • Adds support for backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

Fujifilm X-T2: Firmware V.3.0 key features

  • Updated AF tracking algorithm with enhanced subject tracking.
  • Support for FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  • Improved radio flash controller usability, allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  • Adds support for backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

Fujifilm X100F: Firmware V.2.0 key features

  • Adds support for backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.
  • Support for FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO → continue…

    From:: DPreview

Sony Venice – Full-Frame 6K CineAlta

By cameraman

Finally, a Sony camera with a catchy name instead of a confusing number, which from a marketing point of view, has got to be a good start. Although Venice is Sony’s first 36x24mm Full-Frame digital motion picture camera system, it’s great to see it uses the already established and very efficient 10-bit XAVC or 16-bit RAW/X-OCN with the R7 recorder. So that’s SxS or AXS cards and compatibility with other CineAlta hardware. However, it also looks like a future firmware upgrade will also give the option of internal ProRes which is a format still favoured by many in post production who’d rather not transcode.

In many ways this feels like Sony are aiming to compete directly with Arri in the Cinema market, so the concept of having different licences for various camera features will also be a familiar one. Out of the box, the Venice looks like a 4K S35 sized camera. If you want to try some Full-Frame loveliness or even Anamorphic formats you’ll need to purchase an optional licence. These licences will be available on a permanent, monthly or weekly basis.

Ignoring the expected cost and complication of various licence options, there’s still plenty to drool over. A claimed 15 stops of dynamic range, ultra wide colour space, 8 step ND filters, PL or E-Mount lens options and that lovely Full-Frame shallow look. Venice also has a modular design that apart from allowing additional options like RAW recorders, opens up the possibility of even upgrading the sensor in the future.

In many ways, the fact that this is only 6K resolution on a full frame sized sensor could be seen as a disappointment, especially as Sony already → continue…

From:: Extra Shot