- The firmware that has done away with a paid upgrade has brought 5.9K 16:9 capture to the fore.
- A free firmware update is set to release on May 25, 2020.
Panasonic has recently made an announcement of the firmware V2.0 meant for the Lumix S1H with 4K raw video data or 5.9K. As and when it is linked to an Atomos Ninja V recorder, Panasonic has the ability to be shot as ProRes Raw.
For the record, as compared to Log-encoded footage, post processing flexibility is provided to editors by Raw video, such as own V-Log of Panasonic and offers capabilities akin to Raw photo editing that can help to set a white balance post footage shot.
It is worth mentioning that Apple just released ProRes Raw’s 1.0 beta version for Windows which bolstered support to apps of Adobe operating on the Windows platform, such as After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. It is speculated that the availability on both Windows systems and Apple may make it easier for video shooters to adopt the codec.
The firmware has done away with a paid upgrade and has brought 5.9K 16:9 capture to the fore, underpinned from the full width of the sensor at around 30p or 4K 17:9 capture from a Super 35 region at around 60p. According to reports, 4:3 option for anamorphic Super 35 shooting is also available. Notably, all modes are said to be based on 12-bit output.
According to reports, a slew of handling improvements and a minor UI have been added and a series of minor bugs are believed to be fixed. Reports are doing rounds that a free firmware update is set to release on May 25, 2020.
A full suite of exposure support tools such as Vector Scope, Wave Form Monitor, Luminance Spot Meter and Zebra Pattern will continue to be available.