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Sony Unveils Flagship VENICE 2 Digital Cinema Digicam with 8.6K Full-Body Picture Sensor


 

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 15,2021 – In the present day, Sony Electronics Inc. introduces the VENICE 2, the brand new flagship mannequin and newest addition to its lineup of high-end digital cinema cameras. The VENICE 2 builds upon the energy of the unique VENICE with new options together with a compact design, inner recording and the choice for 2 totally different sensors: the newly developed full-frame 8.6K sensor or the unique 6K VENICE sensor.  The VENICE 2 additionally inherits widespread options from the unique VENICE together with colour science, Twin Base ISO and 8-stops of built-in ND filters.

New Sensor Interprets into Extraordinary Picture High quality and Unimaginable Low-light Sensitivity

Paired with a newly-developed 8.6 Okay (8640 x 5760) full-frame CMOS picture sensor, the VENICE 2 gives wonderful picture high quality with 16 stops of complete latitude[i] to seize stunning photographs with wonderful colour separation and shadow element. The digicam additionally inherits its colour science from the unique VENICE which is very regarded for its pure pores and skin tones. The VENICE 2 8K CineAlta digicam has a singular twin base ISO of 800/3200 which permits filmmakers to seize extremely clear, film-like photographs below a variety of lighting situations. It helps the whole lot from full-frame, full-frame anamorphic[ii] to Super35 all at a minimal of 4K decision, leading to an excellent and versatile digicam system for cinematographers and productions.

For instance the energy of the VENICE 2 and its new 8.6K sensor, Sony labored with the trade’s prime cinematographers to check the digicam’s picture high quality on a couple of separate movie shoots with out utilizing any skilled film lighting.  

Award-winning cinematographer Robert McLachlan ASC, CSC, who has labored on extremely acclaimedproductions together with Sport of Thrones (for which he obtained two Emmy nominations), Westworld, and Lovecraft Nation. McLachlan examined and filmed with the brand new 8.6K full-frame VENICE 2 in two nations and supplied his response. 

“I actually want we’d had a big format, 8.6K sensor like Sony VENICE 2 on my previous work. It might have made it really feel much more epic and, on the identical time, extra participating, because of the elevated decision, richness, and dimensionality. The elevated pace, cleaner highlights, and shadows along with the potential for super-shallow depth of discipline would have been an enormous asset.” 

Academy Award successful cinematographer[iii] Claudio Miranda ASC, ACC used the unique VENICE and examined the VENICE 2 in opposition to the unique within the pitch darkness of the California desert. He supplied this evaluation:   

“The 3200 ASA is unimaginable. I feel how clear it’s – is unquestionably a giant deal,” stated Miranda. “Within the movie, there’s nonetheless constancy within the shadows, and the large photographs are fairly spectacular. There have been no movie lights on this shoot in any respect. There have been simply headlights of the automotive, the hearth, and that was the purpose. It was to go to the center of nowhere and put a giant fireplace and see how far the brand new sensor might mild up the mountain, with out noise.” 

Rob Hardy, BSC, ASC, the British cinematographer identified for his ground-breaking work on Mission Not possible: Fallout, Ex-Machina and DEVS and winner of the BAFTA for cinematography for Boy A, amongst others additionally commented:

“I’m used to utilizing the unique VENICE and I might say, I’m a just about an advocate of that digicam. The chance to make use of VENICE 2 is definitely a extremely incredible one. That is the primary time I’ve ever used that bigger sensor, the 8.6K and we had been fortunate sufficient to get some anamorphic lenses that basically set for the complete cinematic impact and actually utilized the entire sensor. The ISOs have been bumped up so that allows me to shoot at the next pace within the low mild ranges which is one thing that wasn’t actually an possibility earlier than, and that’s the massive achieve for me.”

With the 8.6K sensor offering ample oversampling, photographs shot on VENICE 2 will profit from much less noise and enriched info in a 2K or 4K manufacturing. It additionally means the digicam is effectively suited to VR, in digicam VFX and Digital Manufacturing setups, delivering an immersive expertise and lifelike photographs particularly together with Sony’s high-contrast and large-scale Crystal LED shows.

Success of the Unique VENICE

Since its launch in 2017, VENICE has been used to shoot greater than 300 theatrical, broadcast, cable, and streaming releases, together with the Emmy award-winning collection “The Crown”. Common firmware and {hardware} updates to satisfy the most recent inventive wants have been key to the large adoption of VENICE.  

“We’re so happy to have seen the success of the unique VENICE during the last 4 years. Based mostly on our conversations with cinematographers and manufacturing firms world wide, we acknowledged a chance to enhance by leveraging lots of our newest imaging and sensor applied sciences. By doing so, we’re taking the VENICE picture high quality to a brand new degree. We additionally made the digicam smaller and are providing inner recording to allow extra inventive freedom: whether or not which means utilizing the digicam on drones, Steadicams, aerial gimbals- or underwater housings,” stated Neal Manowitz, President and COO, Sony Electronics Inc. 

Person-influenced Upgrades

The VENICE 2 maintains lots of the options which made the unique VENICE successful together with Twin Base ISO, 8-stops of built-in ND filters, compatibility with a variety of lenses, together with all PL mount and Sony’s native E-mount which allows adapters for a large number of lenses.

Due to direct suggestions from the manufacturing group, the VENICE 2 was designed with a smaller and extra light-weight physique than the unique VENICE whereas preserving its intuitive operability. Regardless of being 44 mm smaller and roughly 10% lighter[iv], the VENICE 2 chassis permits inner recording of X-OCN and Apple 4K ProRes 4444 and 422 HQ with out the AXS-R7 recorder, providing superior usability in a compact and light-weight physique. 

Person-selectable seize decision of the 8.6K picture sensor permit capturing in numerous modes together with:

8.6K | 3:2 | 30FPS | Full Body
8.2K | 17:9 | 60FPS | Full Body
5.8K | 6.5 Anamorphic | 48FPS | Super35
5.8K | 17:9 | 90FPS | Super35

Interchangeable Sensor Design

For much more flexibility on-site, the VENICE 2 chassis provides the distinctive characteristic to interchange the picture sensor block. The digicam can be utilized with the 8.6K sensor in addition to the unique 6K sensor block. [v] The digicam physique mechanically acknowledges the change and can start-up with none firmware exchanges or re-installs, including extra flexibility on-site. The unique 6K sensor will permit larger body charges.

Enhanced Usability with Inner Recording and Smaller Dimension

Small and light-weight however solidly constructed, the VENICE 2 physique leverages new high-speed 6.6 Gbps AXS card AXS-A1TS66 for 8K 60p recording. Current AXS Reminiscence Card Readers together with AXS-AR3 by way of Thunderbolt™3[vi] interface are suitable with the brand new media.

Moreover, the VENICE 2 consumer interface is similar as the unique VENICE however incorporates enhancements to make it simpler and much more intuitive to make use of. The digicam gives an advanced product design whereas being suitable with virtually all unique VENICE equipment.   

Different updates to the VENICE 2, based mostly on the suggestions from present VENICE customers to boost usability, embody:

4K output with LUT utilized
Improved 3D LUT processing to enhance image high quality 
EI adjustments instantly utilized to S-Log3 outputs
LUT/ASC-CDL management by way of Ethernet/Wi-Fi 
Zoom to Match (Full-Body recording with 17:9/16:9 monitoring) operation 
Ethernet connector place modified to Digicam Assistant facet 
Lemo 2pin 12V output connector 
Inner microphone put in 

Availability

The VENICE 2 digicam with 8.6K picture sensor is scheduled to start out transport in February 2022 and VENICE 2 digicam with 6K picture sensor in March 2022.  As well as, the VENICE 2 6K can be utilized with the prevailing VENICE Extension System and a next-generation Extension System for VENICE 2 8K is deliberate to be launched by early 2023. 

Unique tales and thrilling new content material shot with the brand new VENICE 2 and Sony’s different imaging merchandise could be discovered at sonycine.com, a web site created to teach and encourage all followers and prospects of Sony’s Cinema Line.

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