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par Panasonic France La Lettre AFC n°289

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In the news from Panasonic in September, five VariCam 35 used for "6 balloons" on Netflix, photographed by Polly Morgan, BSC, a Kawasaki advert shot in VariCam LT, a new VariCam firmware upgrade and a "Guide to the Panasonic AU-EVA1 Camera". Panasonic will attend IBC 2018 in Amsterdam. Come and visit us hall 11, booth C45.

Up in the air with VariCam 35 for "6 balloons" on Netflix
Director of Photography Polly Morgan, BSC, used a number of Panasonic’s Varicam 5 cinema cameras to shoot Netflix’s new drama, "6 Balloons".

Morgan was excited about the camera’s ability to shoot at high ISOs, and shot the film in 4K, capturing 12-bit 4:4:4 AVC Intra files to P2 cards. Although she shot at high ISOs for night scenes, Morgan found the noise pattern when dialing down from 5,000 base to 2,500 closely matched the native 800 ISO. “You couldn’t really tell the difference between that and 800 and I was really impressed at how 2,500 saw more than what the eye sees at low light levels”, explained Morgan. “Overall, I’m pleased with how the film came out.”

VariCam LT provides colour contrasts for Kawasaki advert
Netherlands-based video production company Thumbed Productions used a VariCam LT to film an online advert for Kawasaki Motors Europe. The video maker was able to apply its signature style of colourful and high contrast images with the help of VariCam’s unique colour science.

The combination of the RAW camera and the AF100 all in one is ideal for Thumbed Productions, which uses the VariCam LT in 95% of its commercials. “The images look great straight out of camera”, said Henk van den Doel, Director at Thumbed Productions.

VariCam new firmware upgrade
The latest Varicam firmware upgrade adds a range of improvements & features, including the Custom Splash Screen (CSS). Supported by the slogan, ‘Tag my VariCam’ the Custom Splash Screen is a new solution to prevent camera theft. This deterrent measure uses a digital name tag that customizes your splash screen with owner information.

• Reduced booting time
• Improved GUI Operation Response speed
• Support “D-Link DWA-171” WiFi dongle
• Detail Control from HRP1000
• Record logs of Clip delete/Clip repair/Card Format in log file
• Base ISO display in OSD.

Eva 1 – A guide to the camera

Barry Green’s A Guide to the Panasonic AU-EVA1 Camera is a comprehensive reference eBook for customers and users of the 5.7K Super 35mm AU-EVA1 compact cinema camera. You can download the eBook for free.
Green has also created a series of how-to videos to help you achieve EVA1’s full potential. These ten videos include information on EVA1 formats, achieving proper focus, working with Dual Native ISOs, navigating menus, working with scene files, shooting in variable frame rates, and more.

IBC 2018 Amsterdam 
14-18 September 2018

Join us and learn more about Broadcast & ProAV products and solutions. Our main focus will be “live production” with all related products, solutions and collaborations. We will be showcasing the VariCam LT in CINELive mode with the AK-HRP1000 remote control panel integrated. This allows remote shading of the camera image, together with separate control of the internally recorded signal. The VariCam LT, VariCam 35 and EVA1 will be on display at our stand in various configurations.

"Crazy Rich Asians" : #1 Box Office
Production : Warner Bros
Shot with the Varicam Pure + Hawk Anamorphique
Photography Director : Vanja Cernjul, ASC.