Welcome to the latest episode of our weekly roundup of news from the TV and film industry.
This week we are featuring RED Komodo's Netflix certification, Sony's new RAW Viewer 3.5, for use with the VENICE, F55, and FS7 cameras plus Blackmagic Design's newest beta versions of DaVinci Resolve.
RED Komodo's Netflix certification
We start off with some great news for RED Komodo owners. The smallest and most affordable RED camera to date has just received Netflix certification allowing cinematographers and producers to use it as a main camera on Netflix commissioned productions. It is recommended to shoot in 6K RAW in order to utilize the full sensor area and stick to either HQ or MQ compression options for best results. RED also released a new firmware v1.4, which adds support for Canon RF mount lenses. The update also adds improvements to the camera autofocus capabilities, however autofocus with RF lenses is still in beta and will most likely improve with future updates.
Sony's new RAW Viewer 3.5
Sony also released RAW Viewer 3.5, which adds support for the new ART LUT files used in the Technicolor Looks LIbrary for Venice v6.0. In addition, the latest version of the Sony RAW Viewer adds sharpness control for Sony XOCN footage and support for ACES v1.2 among other improvements. The RAW viewer is a free application for both MacOS and Windows, which allows users to import and make adjustments to RAW footage from Sony cameras like the VENICE, F55, and FS7 among others before exporting RAW files for further color grading.
Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve Betas
Blackmagic Design released not one, but two new beta versions for Resolve 17. The latest Beta 5 includes improvements to HDR workflows using the Resolve Colorspace Transforms and better Keyer behaviour. Editors working with the new Resolve Speed Editor keyboard can now also use it on Linux machines, while Windows users get a better experience working with integrated and discrete GPUs. The latest updates also bring multiple performance improvements to audio and SFX workflows in the Fairlight and Fusion pages respectively. Blackmagic Design also released new Beta versions specifically for the new Macs using Apple Silicon.
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