Panasonic Announces Firmware Update 2.0 for the AU-EVA1

Panasonic announce details for the upcoming FREE firmware update 2.0 for the AU-EVA1 cinema camera. The firmware will support the camera's recording capabilities,  including RAW outputs, time lapse recording, HD 4:2:2 interlaced formats, ALL-Intra frame recording formats and more. The firmware which is set to be released at the end of March.

“When the EVA1 was announced last summer, we promised a major expansion in its functionality in early 2018,” said Mitch Gross, Cinema Product Manager, Panasonic Media Entertainment Company. “EVA1 Version 2.0 fulfills that promise with features like RAW output and All-Intra recording as well as with such unannounced, user-requested features as a 2K at 240fps RAW output and additional interlaced HD recording formats.”

firmware update 2.0 for the AU-EVA1

The new major features in the firmware update 2.0 for the AU-EVA1 to look forward to are the 5.7K RAW functionality at 1fps to 30fps using the full S35 sensor via the 6G-SDI output. Other RAW frame rates include 4K/60p and 2K/240p however, EVA1 operators need to note that this frame rate and resolutions use a sensor crop, which is around the Four Thirds sensor size, meaning your FOV will change.

Ver. 2.00 allows uncompressed RAW output via 6G SDI. Formats include 5.7K at 1fps to 30fps, 4K at 1fps to 60fps, and 2K at 1fps to 240fps.

A key feature of Ver 2.00 is ALL-Intraframe (ALL-I) recordings offering 10-bit 4:2:2 at 400Mbps. Intraframe recordings require less processing, enabling real-time editing on more cost-effective high-performance computers.

Cinema Product Manager Mitch Gross Panasonic discusses EVA1 Firmware Upgrade Ver. 2.0.

New ALL-I codecs and frame rates:

  • 4K | 400Mbps | 10-bit 4:2:2 | 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p
  • UHD | 400Mbps | 10-bit 4:2:2 | 29.97p/25p/23.98p
  • 2K/FHD | 200Mpbs | 10-bit 4:2:2 | 59.94p/50p
  • 2K | 100Mbps | 10-bit 4:2:2 | 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p
  • FHD  | 100Mbps | 10-bit 4:2:2 | 29.97p/25p/23.98p

New Variable frame rates:

  • 4K/UHD | VFR up to 400Mbps  | 10-bit 4:2:2 | 1-30fps
  • 2K/FHD |  VFR up to 200Mbps | 10-bit 4:2:2 | 1-120fps

And Version 2.0’s expanded recording capabilities include two additional interlaced codecs: 1920 x 1080, All-I, 10-bit 4:2:2, 59.94I/50I; and 1920 x 1080, LongGOP, 10-bit 4:2:2, 59.94I/50I.

In addition, remote operation is now available through 3rd party wired controllers that will allow focus, iris and zoom control of Canon Compact Cine Servo zoom lenses (18 to 80mm and 70 to 200mm). Remote operation of these lenses will be available wirelessly through the EVA ROP application. Interval recording (timelapse) is now available for both LongGOP and ALL-I.

For monitoring, a new feature is partial cloning of the LCD signal to HDMI, as well as improved file playback in LongGOP and ALL-I. There are also new Home screen controls.