Anamorphic Capabilities, Interchangeable Sensor, 8-stage ND Filter system, New Colour Management System & Established Workflow Combine into Unique Creative Filmmaking Tool
Sony is unveiling VENICE – its first full-frame digital motion picture camera system. VENICE is the next generation of Sony’s CineAlta camera system, designed to expand the filmmaker’s creative freedom through large-format, full frame image capture of filmic imagery with natural skin tones and expressive dark areas. VENICE was designed through close collaboration and careful research with the creative community, fulfilling the various requirements from filmmakers and production professionals.
VENICE will be officially unveiled on Sept. 6, in front of a select audience of American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) members and high-profile industry professionals. Sony will also screen the first footage produced with the new camera, directed by Joseph Kosinski and shot by Academy Award winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, ASC.
“Sony pioneered high-end digital motion picture production technology, with the first 24p digital camera system (HDW-F900), the first RGB recording system (HDC-F950 and SRW-1) and the Super 35mm image sensor camera (F35),” said Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia. “This latest addition to the CineAlta family demonstrates Sony’s commitment for innovation and creative freedom for feature film-making and drama productions.”
Full frame sensor and wide range of lens compatibility allowing filmmakers to realise their vision
The camera combines a newly developed 36x24mm full frame sensor and compatibility with a wide range of lenses, including anamorphic, Super 35mm and full frame PL mount for a greater range of expressive freedom with shallow depth of field. The lens mount can also be changed to handle E-mount lenses for shooting situations that require smaller, lighter and wider characteristic lenses. User-selectable areas of the image sensor allow shooting in Super 35 mm 4 – perf. Future firmware upgrades are planned to allow the camera to handle 36mm wide 6K resolution. Fast image scan technology minimises “Jello” effects.
New colour management system and established workflow for flexible post-production
A new colour management system and wide colour gamut gives users more control and greater freedom to work with images during grading and post-production. VENICE also has more than 15 stops of latitude to handle challenging lighting situations from low-light to harsh sunlight.
VENICE achieves high quality and efficient file-based production through Sony’s established 16-bit RAW/X-OCN and XAVC workflows using the portable m
emory recorder AXS-R7. VENICE is also compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories for CineAlta cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and AR1 card reader, AXS and SxS memory cards).
Intuitive design and refined functionality to support smooth on-site operation
VENICE has a fully modular and intuitive design with refined functionality to support smooth and efficient on-site operation. It is the film industry's first camera with a built-in 8-stage glass ND filter system, minimising the replacement work of external ND filters and making shooting progress efficiently. The camera is designed for easy operation with an intuitive control panel placed on the left and right sides of the cameras. A 24V power supply input/output and Lemo connector allow use of many standard camera accessories and make use in harsh environments easier.
License options for individual production requirements
With VENICE, Sony is giving users the option to customise their camera by enabling the features needed, matched to their individual production requirements. Optional licenses will be available in permanent, monthly and weekly durations to expand the camera’s capabilities with new features including 4K anamorphic and full frame, each sold separately.
The VENICE CineAlta digital motion picture camera system is scheduled to be available in February 2018.