New Firmware Upgrades for Panasonic VariCam Cameras Offer Greater Speed and Versatility

Panasonic has announced free firmware upgrades for the VariCam 35, HS, LT, and Pure cinema cameras that includes several new features and added functions.

Firmware upgrades include Ver. 7.5 for the VariCam 35/HS, Ver. 5.5 for the VariCam LT, and Ver. 7.5 for the VariCam Pure. All firmware upgrades can be downloaded now at - http://pro-av.panasonic.net/en/varicam/index.html.

“Panasonic offers these firmware updates on all models of VariCams at no charge to our custom-ers,” said Mitch Gross, Cinema Product Manager. “The added functionality comes from customer requests and our striving to offer the most useful tools in the industry. The VariCams are some of the finest cameras in the world, and now they’re even better.”

For the VariCam LT, one of the most exciting new features is a HIGH SPEED menu mode that en-ables 240p RAW output for 2K (2048 x 1080) or HD (1920 x 1080). Utilizing this RAW output, Con-vergent Design’s Odyssey 7Q/7Q+ will soon let you record 2K/HD-cropped, uncompressed Cine-ma DNG files. Also, new for the LT, there is a faster and more efficient software reboot that is completed with the use of the control panel rather than turning off the physical power switch of the camera.

For the VariCam 35, HS, and LT, there is a new REC Check function that allows you to check the first five seconds of the latest clip and the last five seconds of the latest clip for tail slate marking. You can assign these two options to USER SW.

For all VariCam cinema cameras (35, HS, LT, and Pure), there is now an expanded frame rate range in HIGH SPEED mode down to 1-fps, allowing capture from 1 – 240p. For VariCam wide-screen capture, Anamorphic Desqueeze is now available in play back as well as when recording. A horizontal desqueeze of 1.3x or 2.0x is available for SDI Out or VF SDI. Also for all VariCam cine-ma cameras, there is an option to apply grading data recorded with clip on play back. The LT can set PLAY BACK GRADING menu from PLAY display on GUI.

Additional features the firmware upgrades include:

  • •    RDD18 (Camera metadata, including Clip name) on MON output
  • •    INFRA mode (Wireless network setting)
  • •    Support WM50MC (for China) and PLANEX GW-900D (For Japan)
  • •    USER CLIP NAME TYPE3 on OSD is off as default (VariCam 35, HS & LT)
  • •    Deleted CPS password system (VariCam 35 & HS)
  • •    Fixed Card remain time bug of AVCLongG at 23.98p (VariCam 35, HS & LT)
  • •    Supports Canon EF 24-105mm F4 L-series USM lens (VariCam LT only)
  • •    Fixed Valid Frame Flag bug on RAW output (VariCam LT only)

For more information about Panasonic VariCam cinema and high-speed cameras, visit us.panasonic.com/VariCam, or contact Panasonic at 877-803-8492.

About Panasonic Broadcast, Cinema and Professional Video Systems
Panasonic offers leading products to acquire, transmit and view high-quality video, over both video and IP networks.  Professional products include VariCam cinema cameras, P2 HD camcorders, 4K and HD handheld cameras, Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras, studio and box cameras, switchers and moni-tors.  These products serve customers in cinema, broadcast, professional sports, higher educa-tion, enterprise and other markets.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading technology partner and in-tegrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was featured in Fortune Magazine’s 2016 ranking of 50 companies that are changing the world and do-ing well by doing good.  Specifically cited were its smart and sustainable technologies, including its contributions to smart cities and the electric vehicle revolution.Learn more about Panasonic at us.panasonic.com/news.
 
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