Firmware boost for Panasonic
Adobe’s latest Premiere Pro editing software now supports ProRes Raw natively, meaning the joint Apple and Atomos Raw video format becomes more available and easy to use. Until now, Adobe Premiere Pro has supported ProRes Raw for Windows users running Nvidia GPUs. Now, all Mac and Windows users are able to edit ProRes Raw video, too. Mac users of Final Cut Pro X already have native support. Unlike in Apple’s own Final Cut Pro X software, Premiere Pro doesn’t offer full control of ISO and white balance settings, but this should arrive in a later update. It does offer ProRes Raw to Log conversion. Now, there are about 20 cameras that record in ProRes Raw, via an Atomos recorder. Improvements in the latest Premiere Pro version 14.5 include HDR workflows in Rec. 2100 PQ colour space, improved hardware decoding when using AMD and Nvidia GPUS and faster audio pre-roll. adobe.com PRORES RAW GOES NATIVE ON PREMIERE PRO
Owners of the Panasonic full-frame S1H, S1R, S1 and S5 models, as well as the latest G100 vlogging cam, can obtain a free firmware upgrade from24 November that includes changes to the autofocus system. The latest firmware for the S1, S1R and S1H includes new autofocus technology and the performance of the new Lumix S5 that we test in this issue. In addition to the eye, face and body, now the head is separately recognised by real-time detection technology. This tracks a person even if they move quickly, turn their head or back to the camera, tilt their head or move away. Additionally, improvements to continuous autofocus enables users to keep tracking small or fast-moving subjects. The AF advancements are available for both photo shooting and video recording. Other improvements include AF during V-Log recording, a red recording indication frame added to S1R and S1 and vertical video playback added to S1H, S1R and S1. 4K video files can now be transferred to a smartphone via Wi-Fi from the S1H, S1R and S1. The monitors of the S1H and S5 can display the images flipped when the free-angle LCDs are rotated and 5K video recording has been added to the S1R. There’s also 10-bit HDR video recording, high-resolution audio recording and dedicatedmenu settings when the DMW- XLR1 microphone adapter has been added. The S1R also benefits from4K 60/50p 4:2:2 10-bit video output over HDMI, while C4K (4096x2160) video has been added to the S5 as well as 12-bit Raw output over HDMI to enable Apple ProRes Raw on Atomos Ninja V. A vector scope display has been added to the S5.
Further updates for the Lumix S1 are expected during the first half of 2021 as firmware 2.0 will allowmanual switching between the Dual Native ISO settings. And for owners who have upgraded to V-Log recording, the firmware unlocks anamorphic mode and timecode function. That’s in addition to 5.9K/C4K and 4K 60/50p 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording and 5.9K/4K/ Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K 12-bit Raw video via HDMI on an Atomos Ninja V. The Lumix G100 is now compatible with the LumixWebcam software and the G100monitor can display the images flipped, when the free- angle LCD is rotated. panasonic.com
Rode’s VideoMic NTG is now certified for use with Lightning- equipped iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and iPod via a new Rode Lightning Accessory Cable, the SC15. If you already have a VideoMic NTG, you need to update the firmware to use the microphone with iOS devices before the cable will function. It’s yet another use for the VideoMic NTG, which can be used on top of a camera or, thanks to its USB-C audio output, can be plugged into a computer, tablet or smartphone and used as a full-featured USBmicrophone. In our mini test review of the mic last issue, we reported there was no battery level warning on the mic. While there’s no battery percentage or icon displayed, the power LED changes colour and flashes to give an indication of remaining power. rode.com RODE’S LIGHTNING-FAST UPGRADE
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