Panasonic Releases New Firmware Update for VariCam LT Facilitating RAW Signal Output

Panasonic has announced 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.

The 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,” said Steven Cooperman, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic. “The breadth of in-dustry 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. Below are current details from both companies

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 com-ing months.


About the VariCam LT
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 es-teemed 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 Vari-Cam 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.

For more information, 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
Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics prod-ucts and solutions for consumer, business and industrial use. 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. As part of continuing sustainability efforts, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its headquarters to a new facility, adjacent to Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ. It is the first newly constructed office tower in Newark to earn both LEED Platinum and Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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