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NAB 2017: Panasonic Updates

In this video, I speak with newly-minted Panasonic Cinema Product Manager Mitch Gross about upcoming updates to the VariCam LT and other Panasonic products. In June 2017, Panasonic will release a free firmware update for the VariCam LT enabling RAW output of 2K at up to 240 fps.

As when recording 240 fps internally, the RAW output uses a central 2K crop of the camera’s 4K sensor at 1:1, avoiding artifacts that can be introduced due to pixel binning or line-skipping. Additionally, Convergent Design’s Odyssey 7Q and 7Q+ external monitor/recorders will also receive a free firmware update in the June time frame to enable RAW recording of the 240 fps output from the VariCam LT. Also new is an updated Express P2 card reader, the AU-XPD3, which features Thunderbolt 3 connections for incredibly fast transfer rates when used with the latest computer hardware.

Be sure to stay tuned throughout the entire video for some tantalizing news about a new cinema camera in Panasonic’s line-up, sitting between the new GH5 and the VariCam LT. According to Mitch, the new camera will be formally previewed at the Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles in early June.

Ian McCausland
Camera Technology Specialist, AbelCine LA

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