Sony VENICE Firmware v2.01 Workshop

Thanks to everyone who joined on Wednesday 9/26 for Band Pro's free Sony VENICE v2.01 Firmware Workshop.  Band Pro's technical experts Jeff Cree and Henry Grenier gave a brief presentation detailing the expanded functionality of the new v2.01 VENICE Firmware (available now) and v3.0 Firmware (announced at IBC), followed by an open Q&A. 

Version 2 adds new features and capabilities specifically requested by production professionals to deliver more recording capability, customizable looks, exposure tools and greater lens freedom. Highlights include:

Dual base ISO – With 15+ stops of exposure latitude, VENICE will support high Base ISO of 2500 in addition to existing ISO of 500, taking full advantage of Sony's unique sensor for superb low light performance with exceptional dynamic range from +6 stops to -9 stops as measured at 18% middle gray. This increases exposure indexes at higher ISOs for night exteriors, dark interiors, working with slower lenses or where content needs to be graded in High Dynamic Range, while maintaining the maximum shadow details.

Select FPS (off speed) – in individual frame increments, from 1 to 60.

Additional Imager modes – V2.0 newly adds several Imager Modes, 25p in 6K Full-Frame, 25p in 4K 4:3 Anamorphic, 6K 17:9, 1.85:1 and 4K 6:5 Anamorphic imager modes.

User up-loadable 3D LUTs – users can customize their own looks and save them directly into the camera.

Wired LAN remote control – users can remotely control and change key functions, including camera settings, FPS, shutter, EI, iris (Sony E-mount lens), rec start/stop, and built-in optical ND filters.

E-mount – users can remove the PL mount and use a wide assortment of native E-mount lenses.

VENICE Extension System  -  a Full-Frame tethered extension system that allows the camera body to detach from the actual image sensor block with no degradation in image quality up to 20 feet apart.  These are the result of Sony's long-standing collaboration with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment.

"This new tethering system is a perfect example of listening to our customers, gathering strong and consistent feedback, and then building that input into our product development," added Sony Marketing Manager, Peter Crithary. "The 'Avatar' sequels will be among the first feature films to use the new VENICE Extension System, but it also has tremendous potential for wider use with handheld stabilizers, drones, gimbals, and remote mounting in confined places."