Sony updates VENICE with High Frame Rate (HFR) shooting

High Frame Rate (HFR) shooting, advance remote-control functionalities and Cooke/i3 and Zeiss extended metadata support are the highlights of the newest firmware update of VENICE, the motion picture camera system of Sony.

This 4.0 version allows filmmakers to shoot at speeds up to 120fps at 4k 2.39:1, as well as 60 fps at 6K 3:2; 110 fps at 4K and 75fps at 4K 4:3 with anamorphic lenses. Sony remarks that these frames rates “are particularly well-suited for drama, movie and commercial productions”. Each HFR shooting mode supports X-9CN recording (including X-OCN XT). Specifically, High Frame Rates up to 60fps support XAVC 4K and ProRes Recording.

This update, available in June 2019, will also implement the 700 Protocol, a control protocol developed by Sony. This protocol is suitable to remote-control units like RM-B750, RM-B170 or the RCP-1500, and allows the creators to use capabilities such as paint control, iris control, recording start/stop or clip control. According to Sony, this feature will give “filmmakers greater flexibility in bringing their visions to life”.

Another important point of this update is the support for Cooke’s /I third generation metadata Technology, /i3 and ZEISS eXtended Data technology, based on Cooke /I Technology. With its implementation, lens metadata could be embedded into a RAW/X-OCN/XACN file and HD-SDI, with no need of additional metadata equipment, allowing professionals to rectify problems such as distortion and shading caused by lenses immediately.

The 4.0 update of Venice also will include an extended Mask+Line setting in the Frame line set-up, selectable functions for the buttons of the DVF-EL200 viewfinder and pure Progressive HD-SDI output in 25p and 29p. While the HFR license may be purchased separately, the rest of the features will be completely free through the update.