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New Firmware Upgrades for Cinema EOS and 4K display

New Firmware Upgrades for Cinema EOS and 4K display

Canon has announced details of firmware upgrades for its EOS C500 and EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras, DP-V3010 4K reference display and Cinema RAW Development (CRD) software. The firmware upgrades, scheduled for release as free downloads from Canon Europe in Q4 2014, have been designed to better integrate acquisition and management of 4K footage into every workflow situation…

When Canon first entered the digital cinema market, it did so with a firm commitment to fully support every aspect of filmmaking. The latest firmware upgrades provide more compelling reasons for filmmakers to enjoy the significant advantages offered by the Cinema EOS system.

SUPPORT FOR BT.2020 COLOUR SPACE
The EOS C500 will be able to, thanks to new firmware, deliver BT.2020-defined Ultra High Definition (UHD) video.
Since launch, Canon’s Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras and lenses have earned widespread praise and the C500 and C500 PL, which capture 4K video in stunning detail, can now be enhanced even further with a new firmware upgrade offering support for BT.2020, the recently-defined colour space for Ultra High Definition (UHD) video, the next-generation broadcast standard.

Supporting end-to-end BT.2020 workflow, Canon’s DP-V3010 4K professional reference display will also be upgraded to support content shot in BT.2020. BT.2020 input signals will be mapped to the native colour space of the DP-V3010 for output, implementing the latest derivation of luminance and colour-difference signal specified by the International Telecommunications Union, to ensure that images are displayed with the widest possible colour gamut and the greatest possible accuracy.

Canon EOS C300 at B&H Photo | Canon EOS C500 at B&H Photo

DP-V3010 – THE SUPERIOR 4K REFERENCE DISPLAY
Since the DP-V3010 was launched in January 2014, it has won critical praise for its exceptional colour accuracy and high image quality. Continuous feedback from users and industry professionals has resulted in this firmware upgrade. In addition to BT.2020 support, the ACESproxy transfer standard1 advocated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will become an option following the update, enabling streamlined colour grading on set and in post-production.

The DP-V3010 4K reference display has received a significant firmware upgrade to allow for new inputs and signal formats as well as BT.2020 and ACESproxy modes.
The new firmware will also provide an output solution for footage shot using the Cinema Gamut and DCI-P3+ colour spaces available in EOS C500, simplifying monitoring and post-production work. Footage can be displayed using either DCI-P3 or BT.709, as the project requires, with optimised conversion occurring in the display. Further support added includes YCbCr 4:4:4 luminance and chroma sampling used in digital cinema production, while a new peaking function displays a colour outline around subjects in focus making it easier to judge a point of focus for a shot.

The update makes the DP-V3010 the first2 4K professional display to support the 48 frames-per-second digital cinema frame rate increasingly used by professionals in the industry.

DP-V3010 – KEY IMPROVEMENTS
The DP-V3010 will benefit from a variety of improvements thanks to the forthcoming firmware update, including BT.2020 and ACESproxy modes. The improvements include:

  • BT.2020, DCI-P3+ and Canon Log to DCI 1.0 gamma conversion modes
  • New colour space transforms
  • Support for new signal formats
  • Gain RGB and Bias RGB colour temperature settings
  • Peaking function
  • Automatic 3G-SDI and HD-SDI selection
  • Selection of OSD display position
  • New interface options
  • Delete LUT function
  • PsF conversion for signals with no payload
  • IMPROVEMENTS FOR CANON RAW DEVELOPMENT (CRD) SOFTWARE
  • Canon is improving on-set workflow to make 4K RAW production a more cost-effective proposition and at the heart of this is the continued enhancement of its Canon RAW Development (CRD) software, which will be upgraded to version 1.3 in Q4 2014.

CRD v1.3 will provide a colour space transform function to enable review of ‘developed’ 4K footage in the industry-standard colour spaces BT.709 and DCI-P3.

CRD v1.3 will also include support for Edit Decision List (EDL) files for the first time, helping to streamline RAW workflow. Hence it will be possible to complete an offline edit using HD proxy files (recorded to CF card) and use the resulting EDL file to determine which files should be developed by the CRD software. This means that only the required content will be developed – saving time and money.

CANON RAW DEVELOPMENT AND INTEL GRAPHICS
Furthermore, CRD v1.3 will also benefit from a collaboration with Intel, first announced in April 2014, that will help to make shooting in 4K RAW a simpler proposition. The upgrade will offer improved performance thanks to the Intel® Integrated Native Developer Experience RAW Media Accelerator, enabling fast de-bayering and drop-free playback of the resulting 4K footage (up to 24fps only) when using a laptop equipped with Intel ® Iris™ Pro Graphics. This solution reduces the cost and footprint of the necessary computer hardware and saves time (and budget) on set. With suitable software on a laptop this solution means it will be possible to edit, develop, play back and output 4K RAW footage using a single suitably specified laptop – thus providing a complete mobile RAW workflow.

C500 AND C300 – IMPROVED OPERABILITY WHEN SETTING COLOUR TEMPERATURE OF WHITE BALANCE
The new firmware upgrade also includes a useful feature for users of the EOS C500 and EOS C300 cameras, allowing users to easily set colour temperature values using the camera’s FUNC button.

FIND OUT MORE
Canon will also be showcasing the advantages offered by the new firmware at IBC 2014 (the International Broadcasting Convention), which will take place at the RAI conference and convention centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 12-16 September 2014.

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CHICAGOLAND, DEATH ROW STORIES, and MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MAN Captured On Canon Cinema EOS Digital Cameras and Lenses

CHICAGOLAND, DEATH ROW STORIES, and MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MAN Captured On Canon Cinema EOS Digital Cameras and Lenses

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 14, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that three shows that premiered in spring 2014 chose Canon Cinema EOS Digital cameras and lenses to capture their compelling stories. The three series, airing on CNN/U.S., include CHICAGOLAND, from Executive Producers (EP) Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn and the award-winning Brick City Television, LLC (BCTV) filmmaking team Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin, DEATH ROW STORIES, from Academy Award-winning Executive Producers Alex Gibney and Robert Redford, and MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MAN, from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. These television series were developed in 2013 to produce unscripted, informative, and entertaining non-fiction programming for the cable television news channel. Each turned to Canon when making their eight, one-hour long episodes.

“Canon is honored to be the camera of choice for these three television series,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “Our Cinema EOS Digital cameras have been designed for use in productions just like these and to be chosen for three docu-series on one network is quite humbling.”

CHICAGOLAND

When cinematographer Daniel B. Levin was preparing for CHICAGOLAND – a series that tells the story of its namesake city as it confronts an education system in turmoil and public safety crisis – he turned to the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera in order to fulfill his need for a rugged, ergonomic, compact camera, that would produce a cinematic image to meet the high standards of the production team. “We wanted to weave beauty, texture, and the city in with doc-verite, real, gritty, run-and-gun filmmaking,” said Levin. “The remarkable thing about the C300 camera is you can build it as big as you want, or strip it down as small as you want.”

The flexibility of the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera system made it possible for Levin to follow Chicago’s policymakers, community leaders, and residents through the various elements and public locations like Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at City Hall as his team works to improve the metropolis’ social policy, education, and public safety.

To keep his rig light and his focus sharp, Levin paired the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera with a set of Canon EF L-series lenses, including the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. “If you have these lenses – which could all fit in a backpack – you’re basically good to do anything,” concluded Levin.

Airing on eight successive Thursday evenings, CHICAGOLAND began March 6, 2014 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

DEATH ROW STORIES

Academy Award-winning directors Alex Gibney and Robert Redford teamed up to create DEATH ROW STORIES, a series that unravels a different capital murder case per episode, calling into question the myriad of beliefs about the death penalty and the American justice system. Directed by Gibney, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, and executive produced by Sundance Productions’ Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn, and Jigsaw Productions’ Alex Gibney, Dave Snyder, Stacey Offman, and Brad Hebert, DEATH ROW STORIESrelies on powerful interviews and chilling recreations to explore the issues surrounding capital punishment.

Cinematographer Antonio Rossi chose the Canon EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema camera and the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera to capture the look he wanted for the series. “We are dealing with extremely dramatic, life and death subject matter, and I try to express that drama in my camera work. So we try to make our interviews noir-ish and saturated, while conveying the gravity of the events portrayed. The EOS C500 camera beautifully allowed me to achieve the look I desired,” said Rossi.

To balance a high-quality picture with a simple workflow, Rossi chose to record a 1920 x 1080 HD image from the EOS C500 camera to a Sound Devices PIX 240i portable video recorder. He relied on an EOS 5D Mark III as his second camera and mounted Canon Cinema lenses and EF lenses interchangeably between the two. Using a Canon Cinema CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S lens for all interview segments, his lens package also included an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Cinema Primes CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F, and CN-E85mm T1.3 F L, as well as L-series EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses.

Rossi sums up his experience using Canon on DEATH ROW STORIES by noting, “The EOS C500 and the EOS 5D [Mark III] cameras work really well together as a system. And, you have the ability to use a range of lenses and shoot in a lot of different kinds of situations.”

The first episode of DEATH ROW STORIES debuted on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 9:00pm ET/PT. A summer season will air beginning Sunday, July 13, 2014.

MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MAN

CNN’s popular original series MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MAN and its charismatic producer, director, and host will return to the airwaves this spring for a second season. The show, which clocked in as the network’s third most-watched program in 2013, explores topical subjects as Spurlock immerses himself in the issue at hand to provide a personal perspective. “Celebrity,” “The Future,” and “Income Disparity” are just a few of the themes MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MANwill tackle during its sophomore season. And while the topics of the show are varied, the producers’ emphasis on image quality is unchanging.

“We want the show to feel cinematic, large in scope, but at the same time, want it to feel real,” said Jeremy Chilnick, Executive Producer of the series and Head of Production at Spurlock’s Warrior Poets production company. “The authenticity of what you hope your audience feels is as important as making sure that it looks beautiful.”

In order to deliver the aesthetic and realism required for the show, cinematographer David Vlasits relied on the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera, as well as two Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR cameras, for both seasons one and two. While the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR served as his go-to camera for interior car shots, Vlasits chose the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera for day-to-day production because of its low-light capabilities, small profile, dual CF card slots, and long battery life.

The camera’s ergonomics were also a major benefit to Vlasits. “From an operating standpoint, I want a form factor that’s comfortable and balanced on my shoulder that can just as easily be put placed on a tripod when needed,” Vlasits said.

Season two of MORGAN SPURLOCK: INSIDE MAN premiered on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

Daniel B. Levin, Antonio Rossi, David Vlasits, and Jeremy Chilnick discussed the lengths they go to capture their compelling stories and why they rely on Canon Cinema EOS systems at the “Canon Spotlight: CNN Original Series” panel at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. These testimonials, along with additional behind-the-scenes videos can be found at the Canon Professional’s Vimeo page at https://vimeo.com/canonpro.

For more information about Canon Cinema EOS cameras and lenses, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website at http://cinemaeos.usa.canon.com/

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Canon Announces New Firmware Updates for Cinema Cameras & Camcorders

Canon Announces New Firmware Updates for Cinema Cameras & Camcorders

Canon Announces New Firmware Updates for Cinema Cameras and Camcorders Along with Optional Cinema EOS C300 Camera Dual Pixel AF Upgrade

Announcements Include a New Canon RC-V100 Remote Control and Firmware Updates for Peripheral Illumination Correction Support and Continuous Recording for EOS C100 Video Camera

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 24, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced a variety of performance updates for cameras in its Cinema EOS and XF professional camcorder line. Announced today is a new optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera which will support Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus (AF) technology and enable continuous autofocusing with the entire line of Canon EF lenses and optimized for Canon’s stepping motor (STM) line of lenses when used with the EOS C300 camera. This optional feature upgrade is expected to be available in May 2014 for a cost of $500.00 and will require the EOS C300 camera body to be shipped to an authorized Canon service center for installation.

In addition to the optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 camera, Canon has also announced the new RC-V100 remote control for Cinema EOS cameras and the XF Series professional HD camcorders; a firmware update that allows for Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens or the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens with the EOS C500, EOS C300, or EOS C100 cameras and a Continuous Recording function for the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera to help ensure capture of crucial shots in unpredictable situations, such as wedding/event videography, documentary, news, or wildlife production.

“We continue to strive to demonstrate our support of filmmaking and television production professionals through innovative new updates and equipment upgrades that allow our products to better serve these visual storytellers,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “By listening to our customers and responding to the various ways our equipment is used in the marketplace, we look to continually advance the capabilities and features inherent in our cameras, lenses, and accessories.”

EOS C300 Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade

Originally introduced in the Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR camera, Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology is designed to provide continuous autofocus when shooting in single operator, or run-and-gun set-ups like documentaries, weddings, events, or electronic news gathering (ENG). When used in combination with an STM lens, this technology allows for the capture of high quality video without the interruption of noise by the focusing motor.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF is an innovative image-plane phase-detection AF technology that employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously. Although camera operators can still focus manually, this new optional feature upgrade can enable smooth continuous AF with phase detection, a particularly useful feature when shooting with a small crew or single-operator run-and-gun filming and cinéma vérité style shoots.

The optional Dual Pixel CMOS AF feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera supports continuous AF with all compatible Canon EF series lenses when shooting subjects positioned in the center of the imaging area. The technology involves complementary use of a contrast signal to achieve advanced autofocus stability that helps reduce the occurrence of loss of focus on a subject. Also included is an AF Lock which allows users to lock a focus point once AF is achieved and recompose the shot. Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF also nearly doubles the speed of the EOS C300 Cinema camera’s One-Shot AF function, which enables a DP to focus on a subject located at the center of the screen with the push of a button, a feature that is currently supported on 104 Canon EF lens modelsi.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera will be made available to users through an authorized Canon service center. For more information please visit the Canon U.S.A. website athttp://pro.usa.canon.com/EOSC300FeatureUpgrade.

Canon RC-V100 Remote Control

The Canon RC-V100 Remote Control is designed to respond to a diverse array of production needs requiring remote camera operation. The RC-V100 Remote Control enables users to remotely control main camera functions and is compatible with the XF Series professional HD camcorders and Canon’s Cinema EOS C500, Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C100 cameras. It allows users to remotely control a wide variety of functions built into the cameras, as well as adjust and set various controls, such as exposure and white balance.

The RC-V100 Remote Control is expected to be available in June 2014 at a suggested retail price of $2,999.

Peripheral Illumination Correction

This firmware performance update adds two additional Canon lenses to the list of lens models that maintain even illumination across an image plane, and virtually eliminates vignetting when used in combination with the EOS C500 and EOS C300 Cinema cameras, and the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera. This latest update adds the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens and the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens to the seven other Canon CN-E Series Cinema Lenses that share this performance advantage, including the CN-E15.5-47mm and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S compact Cinema zooms, and the 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 135mm Canon CN-E Cinema prime lenses. Fourteen other Canon EF-Series photographic lenses also deliver Peripheral Illumination Correction in combination with these cameras.

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens offers high magnification in a compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens with an Optical Image Stabilizer for up to 3.5* equivalent stops for shake correction. The lens’ ultra-quiet stepping motor and focus mechanism support the Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus optional upgrade for the Cinema EOS C300 and EOS C100 cameras, providing smooth, continuous autofocusing during video shooting on upgraded models.

EOS C100 Camera Continuous Recording Function Firmware Update

Designed for the capture of crucial, unpredictable scenes during wedding/event, documentary, news, or wildlife filming, the Continuous Recording Function firmware update for the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera enables videographers to insert metadata markers identifying crucial scenes and moments in their footage while continuously recording to the memory capacity. These markers — for both “in” and “out” points — can be set with the press of a button without interrupting the recording process. These markers are identified in metadata as separate “shots,” and are simultaneously recorded to both SD card slots of the EOS C100 camera.

A recap and availability timeline of the feature upgrades and firmware updates detailed in this release can be found in the grid below. For more information, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website athttp://usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/standard_display/cinema-firmware.

EOS C500 EOS C300 EOS C100 XF305 XF300
Feature: Scheduled availability Scheduled availability Scheduled availability Scheduled availability Scheduled availability
Dual Pixel
CMOS AF
May 2014
Support for RC-V100 June 2014 June 2014 June 2014 June 2014 June 2014
Peripheral Illumination Correction Lens Additions June 2014 June 2014 June 2014
Continuous Recording Feb. 2014
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New Cinema Camera & Lenses for NAB 2013

New Cinema Camera & Lenses for NAB 2013

NAB 2013 April 6 – April 11 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Canon will be announcing new cinema lenses and a new cinema camera for NAB 2013 we are told.

The camera will sit somewhere between the EOS C100 and EOS C300, but will not be a direct replacement for the EOS C100. It will have both a PL and EF mount option. At present, no specifications for the camera have been given. Canon may also show a prototype that would come above the C500, but apparently that has yet to be decided internally.

Lenses, no mention of focal length. One will be a zoom and the other a prime. There is some suggestion both could be “lower quality” version of  Canon’s current cine lenses. This is something similar to what Leica is doing with their cinema lens lineup.

No mention of a DSLR being announced for the show. I would expect some goodies for the EOS-1D C to come around NAB in the form of a firmware update. We already know they’ll be adding 25P in 4K, maybe there are a few other things they could add?

Canon EOS-1D C at B&H Photo $11,999

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First Look: EOS C500 Featuring 4K Output

Come see the C500
If you’re in LA and want some time with the recently announced Canon C500, Canon is having another event to show off the good stuff.

First Look: EOS C500, featuring 4K RAW Output
Presented by:
Canon Live Learning
Program: Professional Development Seminars & Workshops
Date: May 10, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Doors open at 5:30pm
Fee: Free of charge. Advanced registration required

Location:
The Los Angeles Film School
6363 Sunset Blvd, main 4K theater
Los Angeles, California 90028
Organization: Canon Live Learning
Questions: CanonLiveLearning@cusa.canon.com

To Register Visit usa.canon.com/proworkshops

Join Canon Live Learning for a first look at the EOS C500, the only Cinema EOS camera offering support for 4K RAW output. Designed for 4K professional production environments, the EOS C500 features Canon’s renowned high-sensitivity and low-noise technologies, including high ISO settings of up to 20,000.

The evening will begin with a 4K screening of Man and Beast, a short film shot with the EOS C500 by Director Dante Ariola, DP Jeff Cronenweth and 2nd Unit DP Peter Simonite. Peter will be on hand to share his behind the scene insights and an operator’s perspective on shooting with the EOS C500.

Man and Beast was processed and colored by postproduction house Fotokem. After the screening, representatives will unfold the post process from beginning to end. The evening will conclude with a Canon representative providing a brief introduction on the EOS C500, followed by an open Q&A.

EOS C500 cameras will be available for demonstration by Canon Professional Market Specialists at this event.

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