Welcome to the latest episode of our weekly roundup of news from the TV and film industry.

This week we are featuring Sony's tutorial on how to use S-Log3 & Cine EI correctly when filming with the new FX30, Atomos' AtomOS 10.83 firmware update for the NINJA V, V+ and the Shogun Connect plus Panasonic's announcement of 2 new 4K camcorders, with the HC-X2 and HC-X20.

Sony FX30 'How to use S-Log3 & Cine EI'

Sony has just released a very useful tutorial for the new Sony FX30. The tutorial dives into 'How to use S-Log3 & Cine EI' correctly and get some impressively cinematic results with your footage. And as the FX30 is targeting more entry-level users, having a good grasp on how to properly shoot in Slog3 and use CineEI mode will go a long way. The tutorial is broken into sections with clear instructions starting with filming in Slog3 using FlexibleISO mode, using the Display LUT and metadata, before diving into the grading section. The second part of the tutorial focuses on the more advanced CineEI mode ported from the bigger FX9 and VENICE cameras, which allows for more control of the shadows and highlights rolloff by combining Base ISO and exposure index adjustment in post for maximum dynamic range and clean images.

AtomOS 10.83 firmware for NINJA V, V+ and the Shogun Connect

...Speaking of the FX30, Atomos also announced the new AtomOS 10.83 firmware update for the NINJA V, V+ and the Shogun Connect. This update adds ProRes RAW support for the new Sony FX30, Sony FR7, and Fujifilm X-H2 cameras. Sony FX30 users can now record 4.7K ProRes RAW up to 30 frames per second via HDMI to the Ninja V, and up to 60fps to the Ninja V+ and Shogun Connect, while those filming with the ground-breaking FR7 can record 4K ProRes RAW up to 120 frames per second over SDI. In addition, the latest Fujifilm X-H2 can output a 12bit 8K Raw over HDMI, which requires the extra processing power of the Shogun Connect or Ninja V+.

Panasonic HC-X2 and HC-X20

Panasonic has announced two new 4K camcorders aimed at those working in news and fast-paced broadcast environments. The new Panasonic HC-X2 and HC-X20 feature a 1.0″-type sensor and offer 10bit 4K recording in various flavours including 10bit 4:2:2 up to 4K/30p and HEVC 10bit 4:2:0 in UHD 4K/60p. The camcorders also feature a 24.5mm wide angle lens with 20x optical zoom paired with three independent rings for manual control and 5-Axis Hybrid Image Stabilization for smooth shots even when handheld. The new Panasonic camcorders are equipped with a 3.5-inch high-brightness LCD display and V-Log picture profile for those looking to get extra from the footage in post. Full-HD live streaming functionality, dual codec recording, and wireless control from a table are also available.

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