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12/03/2018

Sony Ships VENICE Full-Frame Motion Picture Camera System

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Sony's much-anticipated VENICE – its next-generation CineAlta motion picture camera – has commenced shipping to customers.



As previously announced, version 1.0 features in VENICE will include support for Full-Frame 24x36mm recording. Continuing its approach of incorporating customer feedback into the camera's development, Sony is also now announcing several new capabilities including a 'Dual Base ISO' mode. With 15+ stops of exposure latitude, VENICE will support an additional High Base ISO of 2500 utilising the sensor's unique physical attributes. This takes advantage of Sony's unique sensor for superb low light performance with exceptional dynamic range – from 6 stops over to 9 stops under 18% middle grey.

This new capability is a result of requests to increase exposure indexes at higher ISOs for night exteriors, dark interiors, working with slower lenses or where content needs to be graded in High Dynamic Range, while maintaining the maximum shadow details. An added benefit, and unique to VENICE, is its built-in 8-step optical ND filter servo mechanism. This can emulate different ISO operating points when in High Base ISO 2500 and also maintains the extremely low levels of noise characteristics of the VENICE sensor. This new flexibility significantly expands the range of creative possibilities for production professionals.

VENICE also features new colour science designed to deliver a soft tonal film look, with shadows and mid-tones having a natural response and the highlights preserving the dynamic range.

Sony has also developed the VENICE camera menu simulator. This user-friendly tool is designed to give camera operators an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the camera's operational workflow before using VENICE in production via an intuitive, elegant menu system. 


Last month at BSC Expo, visitors were able to see a demonstration of VENICE. British cinematographer Richard Blanshard showcased full-frame content shot with the camera system and said: "The full-frame sensor is great; it enables you to use an area to extract what you want from it. I also found the build of the camera to be really nice, and the menus are easy-to-use. The viewfinder is beautiful as well, so what you are looking at is what you're getting. When I'm filming, I want to be part of the camera – I don't want to stand back and look at a monitor, so this is a really nice viewfinder on the VENICE."


Additional upcoming features and capabilities planned to be available later this year as free firmware upgrades in version 2.0 include: 


• 25p in 6K Full-Frame Mode 

• 'False Colour' (this has been moved from version 3 to version 2)

VENICE has an established workflow with support from Sony's RAW Viewer v3, and third party vendors including Filmlight Baselight v5, Davinci Resolve v14.3, and Assimilate Scratch v8.6 among others. Sony continues to work closely with all relevant third parties to ensure a cohesive workflow including editing, grading, colour management, and dailies.

Another often requested feature is support for high frame rates, which Sony is working to implement and make available at a later date.

The VENICE CineAlta motion picture camera system will be available from February 2018. VENICE version 2.0 firmware upgrades will be available in summer 2018. Optional licenses are required for Full Frame and anamorphic shooting.

IThis article is also available in the March edition of Broadcast Film & Video.

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