Sony Releases Version 3.0 for F5, F55 4K Cameras, and AXS-R5 RAW Recorder

Sony continues to add to the feature set of the PMWF5, PMWF55 Sony 4k Cameras, and AXSR5 RAW recorder.  Congrats to all that own them on getting a significantly updated device every couple months!  This version, version 3.0 is right on schedule!

In addition, they’ve announced a version 4.0 slated for release in March of 2014, along with new timeline charts for the F5 and F55 software updates.  The big news for 4.0 will include cache recording and HDMI 2.0.

For complete details and information, check out these links:

 

Here is the text of the post regarding version 3.0:
All,
We are very pleased to release Version 3.0 for the PMW-F5, and PMW-F55 this Holiday season! With close to 30 new features, this is another big release for the leading digital motion picture cameras in the market.

This update is for F5, F55 and AXS-R5

Highlights of this release include

  • USER LUT’s, and look profiles
  • Center Scan mode for Super 16mm lenses
  • New log curve and color gamut (S-Log3/S-Gamut3)
  • XAVC QFHD recording (3840 x 2160)
  • MPEGHD 1280x720p recording
  • Slow and Quick motion on XAVC 4K, XAVC QFHD and Center Scan mode
  • User definable clip naming
  • AES/EBU audio input

………..and much more!

Please see below for all the details, and to download the new firmware

You will notice Slog3, and SGamut3.Cine added in this release. We will explain in detail about this in January with a white paper. S-Gamut3.Cine is (DCIP3). S-Log3 is a log signal with 1300% dynamic range, close to Cineon Log curve. This does not replace Slog2, SGamut, it is added as another choice.

PMW-F55/F5 Firmware Version V3.0 Release notes

This document explains about firmware update of PMW-F55/F5 V2.11 to V3.00.  The latest firmware version of related products is below.

Product name

Latest firmware

Release date
PMW-F55/F5

V3.0

This announcement
AXS-R5

V3.0

Dec 27th 2013
AXS-512S24

V1.2

June 5th, 2013
AXS Utility Software

V1.2

Oct 4th 2013
RAW Viewer

V2.1

Jan, 3rd, 2014(to be released)

This firmware can be updated from V2.0, V2.10 and V2.11. When you want to update F55 and F5 from V1.22 and earlier, you must update to V2.0 first. Regarding the procedure and functions about V2.0, please refer to “PMW-F55/F5 Firmware Version V2.0 Release note” which was released on Oct 4th, 2013. And F55/F5 must not be downgraded to previous versions after updating to V2.11. We couldn’t guarantee any troubles after downgrading.

In addition, when you update and use F55/F5 with AXR-R5, you must update R5 to V3.0 simultaneously.

<<Modification from V2.11 to V3.0>>

<Functional Improvement>
1. XAVC QFHD recording
F55 is compatible with XAVC QFHD, 3840 × 2160 recording. Supported frame rates are 23.98PsF, 25.0PsF, 29.97PsF, 50.0P and 59.94P.

2. MPEG HD 1280x720p recording
F5/F55 is compatible with MPEG HD 1280 × 720p. Supported frame rates are 50.0P and 59.94P. Video output format is HD 1280 × 720p or SD signal via SDI outputs.

3. S&Q motion on XAVC 4K and QFHD
F55 is compatible with the Slow & Quick Motion when the recording format is XAVC 4K or QFHD. Available frame rate is 1FPS to 60FPS by 1 frame step.

4. Additional S&Q frame rate on XAVC HD 1920 x 1080
The available FPS is expanded and added on XAVC HD. Available Fame rates are 1-60, 72, 75, 80, 90, 96, 100, 110, 120, 125, 135, 144, 150, 160, 168, 175 and 180 when System Frequency 23.98, 24.0, 29.97, 59.94 is selected and 1-60, 72, 75, 80, 90, 96, 100, 110, 120, 125, 135, 144 and 150 when 25.0 or 50.0 is selected.

5. S&Q motion on XAVC 2K 2048 x 1080
F5/F55 is compatible with the Slow & Quick Motion when the recording format is XAVC 2K, 2048 x 1080. Available frame rates are the same as XAVC HD.

6. Additional FPS on RAW recording
Available FPS is added on RAW recording. Available Fame rate are 1-60, 72, 75, 80, 90, 96, 100, 110, 120, 125, 135, 144, 150, 160, 168, 175, 180 and 240.

7. Center Scan mode on Slow and Quick motion
Center Scan mode on Slow and Quick motion is added. When you shoot HFR faster than 60fps, you can select Center Scan mode or Full scan mode alternatively.

8. Center Scam mode for Super 16mm lens
When you select Center Scan mode, you can use Super 16mm lenses and record XAVC HD, XAVC 2K, SStP and 2K RAW.

9. User definable clip naming
F55/F5 is supporting selectable user definable clip naming method.

10. AES/EBU digital audio input
Digital audio input with AES/EBU format is available. Four channel audio inputs are available by two AES/EBU connectors.

11. RAW playback via F5/F55’s connectors
Playback signal of RAW recording on the AXS-R5 attached to F5/F55, can be output from SDI, HDMI and VF output on the PMW-F5/F55. Also selected MLUT is applied to RAW Playback signal.

12. Save and Load Lens file and Scene file via SD memory card
Up to 64 Scene Files and up to 64 Lens Files can be saved on an SD memory card. Saved files can be loaded to the internal memory.

13. Available Cine-EI operation on only SxS recording
Cine-EI mode is selectable without R5. During SxS recording only, you can do Exposure Index operation and change EI values.

14. New color gamut and Log curve
S-Gamut3.Cine is available and easy to adjust for digital cinema (DCI-P3). For detail information, please refer to the document “Introduction of S-Log3 and S-Gamut3.Cine” which will be posted in Beginning of January.

15. User LUT and Look Profile
User LUT (1D) and 4 types of Sony Look Profiles are added for Monitor LUT selection. You can create User LUT by using RAW Viewer V2.1, and up to 6 User LUT can be stored on the internal memory via an SD card. Sony Look profiles provide easier starting point of color grading for TV workflow. For detail information, please refer to the document “Sony Look Profiles Summary”.

16. Independent Monitor LUT
You can set Monitor LUT On/Off for SDI(Main)&Internal Rec, SDI(Sub)&HDMI, and Viewfinder independently.

17. Auto Iris
Auto Iris function is available when mounting Sony FZ Zoom lens SCL-Z18X140or PL lenses which are supporting Auto Iris function or B4 lenses which are supporting Auto Iris with LA-FZB1or LA-FZB2 FZ-B4 Lens mount adapter.

18. 100% Marker
100% Marker that indicates the effective picture frame is added.

19. Marker ON/OFF for each output
You can turn the marker On/Off for outputs such as VF and SDI/HDMI, independently.

20. Hi/Low Key function
Hi/Low Key function as assignable button that allows you to check clipped highlights and crushed blacks is added. This function works on MLUT ON outputs.

21. Black Gamma function
Black Gamma function that allows you to compensate gamma character of low luminance is added.

22. 2K/HD 59.94/50.0P RGB 3G-Dual output
When the system frequency is 59.94 or 50.0, an RGB 3G-Dual signals that conform to SMPTE ST424/425 Level-B can be output.

23. Clip metadata output from SDIs
File name information can be embedded from SDIs. Using external recorders and on-set color grading tools supporting clip metadata, they can read filename and record.

24. Additional Menu items for Wi-Fi remote control
You can control following Camera Menu items on the Setup Menu page of Tablet devices additionally. Bold items are additional on V3.0.

CategoryMenu item
CameraWhite
Offset White
Black
Flare
Gain
Shutter
Slow Shutter
S&Q Motion
Noise Suppression
Flicker Reduce
PaintGamma
Black Gamma
Knee
White Clip
Detail
Aperture
Skin Detail
Matrix
Multi Matrix
AudioAudio Output
VideoOutput On/Off
Output Format
Output Setting
Monitor LUT
Output Display
VFMarker
RecordingMPEG2 Proxy
Rec Control
SDI Rec Control
MediaFormat Media
Clip Naming
FileAll File
Scene File
User Gamma
Monitor LUT
Lens File
SystemSystem Setting
Base Setting
Rec Format
Fan Control
Version

25. Focus and Zoom Control
Focus and Zoom control functions are supported from RM-B170 when mounting Sony FZ Zoom lens SCL-Z18X140 or B4 lenses which are supporting Auto Iris with LA-FZB1 or LA-FZB2, FZ-B4lens mount adapter.

26. Shockless gain
Shockless gain function is supported.

27. Additional functions for CA-4000
Focus Control and Auto Iris functions are supported when using CA-4000, Sony 4K Live System.

28. VF cable during power on
We guarantee plug-in and plug-out VF cable during power on.

 

<Notification we should share with users>
1. Rec Tally of F55/F5 and R5
On RAW Recording, actual starting recording is delayed from lighting F55/F5 Rec tally.  Make sure to check R5’s tally if RAW recoding is started or not. It is synced with RAW recording correctly. We will fix it in the future.

2. False Color on Cine-EI mode
In the case of attaching FV-EL100 and DVF-L700 which has False color function and the case that V3.0 of F55 and F5 “SDI(Main)&Internal Rec MLUT” is Off on Cine-EI mode, False color function works even if any tone curve is selected. In previous version, False color works on S-Log2 selected. When you select other tone curve and use False Color in this version, please take care it. We will fix it in the future.

Color

IRE Level

Red

105.4% and higher

Yellow

102.4 – 105.4%

Pink

41.3 – 45.3%

Green

30.3 – 34.3%

Blue

2.5 – 4.0%

Purple

0.0 – 2.5%

<< Version up procedure >>

Please refer to “Version Up Guide for PMW-F55 and F5”.

AXS-R5 Firmware Version V3.0 release note

Dec 27th, 2013

This document explains about firmware update of AXS-R5 V2.0 to V3.0. The latest firmware version of related products is below. PMW-F55/F5 must be updated to V3.0 at the same time. For details about PMW-F55/F5 V3.0, please refer to “PMW-F55/F5 Firmware Version V3.0 release note”

Product name

Latest firmware

Release date
PMW-F55/F5

V3.0

This announcement
AXS-R5

V2.0

Dec 27th , 2013
AXS-512S24

V1.2

June 5th, 2013
AXS Utility Software

V1.2

Oct 4th 2013
RAW Viewer

V2.1

Jan, 3rd, 2014(to be released)

Attention: You must update R5 to V3.0 from V2.0, V1.21 and V1.20. If your R5 is not yet, please update to V1.20 first and go to this updating.

<<Modification from V2.0 to V3.0>>

<Functional Improvement>
1. Add Recording format 2K RAW HFR
R5 supports RAW recording and Slow & Quick Motion mode functions on the PMW-F5/F55.

2. RAW playback via F5/F55’s connectors
Playback signal of RAW recording on the AXS-R5 attached to F5/F55, can be output from SDI, HDMI and VF output on the PMW-F5/F55. Also selected MLUT is applied to RAW Playback signal.

3. User definable clip naming
Clips with arbitrary names assigned on the PMW-F5/F55 can be recorded onto AXS memory cards.

4. Improve update operation
After formatting using AXSM Drive Utility and saving the version update firmware, the update can be applied to a standalone AXS‑R5, without connection to a camcorder or interface unit.
Note; this function is activated when updating from V3.0 or later.

Due to the holidays, the Sony USA servers are currently unavailable. Please download the firmware from the below temporary links

Downloads:

PMW-F55
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r100d3wvb5voerr/dZN7t9h21u

PMW-F5
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bnii30ago3oii2y/TuVdNwCyjd

AXS-R5
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c8ic4infbvo44r4/usuQ0XIWmu