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Panasonic announces ProRes support for 4K VariCam

Panasonic today revealed updates to its forthcoming 4K VariCam 35, including Apple ProRes 4444 and ProRes HQ* support for HD recording, as well as a  strategic product development alliance with Codex Digital, to deliver a high-speed 4K uncompressed RAW recorder.

Speaking at NAB in Las Vegas, Steve Cooperman, Product Manager at Panasonic said, “Given the prevalence of ProRes as a popular editing format within the production community, its inclusion in the VariCam 35 will position it solidly within a well-established and widely accepted HD workflow.”

Codex, an industry leader in RAW recording and workflow, is working closely with Panasonic to develop a dedicated recorder that will capture uncompressed 4K VariCam RAW (V-RAW) at up to 120fps, bolstering the VariCam 35’s suitability for high-end cinema applications. 

The Codex V-RAW recorder will connect directly with Panasonic’s Varicam35 camera, eliminating cabling completely to facilitate greater efficiency and higher mobility.

The VariCam 35 incorporates a newly-developed super 35mm MOS image sensor and Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs. The new camera handles multiple formats including 4K, UHD, 2K and HD, suitable for high-end filmmaking, commercials and episodic production, as well as live 4K events.

Panasonic used NAB to unveil the modular design of the new VariCam, the 4K unit (AU-V35C1) is separate to the recording module unit (AU-VREC1), allowing interchange with Panasonic’s new 2/3 type camera module unit (AU-V23HS1).

This system flexibility can be expanded with an umbilical cable between the s35mm 4K camera and the AVC-ULTRA recorder, providing “box” camera functionality for jibs, cranes and other “remote” camera needs.  This common recorder module system enables professionals to switch between s35mm and 2/3 type camera heads to best suit their creative needs.

“Evoking the VariCam heritage of gorgeous, cinematic image rendition, this VariCam 35 establishes new standards for 4K production,” said Cooperman. “With its expanse of formats ranging from flawless 4K RAW output to more practical 4K, UHD, 2K and HD capture, the VariCam 35 represents a matchless option for premier digital capture.”

The VariCam 35 is set to launch in Autumn 2014, with a suggested list price under €50,000, including EVF.

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* The Apple ProRes format is licensed from Apple Inc. The Apple ProRes codec component is licensed from ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd.