Sony Firmware Update Adds Features for Cinematographers to the FX3 Camera

Sony has released a software update for its FX3 camera that adds new features taken from Sony’s professional cinema line cameras, including additional Log shooting modes, user LUT (Lookup Table) importing, timecode sync with dedicated adaptor cable, and advanced functionality that is consistent with the Cinema Line Camera workflow and enables ultimate creative freedom. ​

FX3’s new Log shooting modes with LUT monitoring create a smoother post-production workflow by enabling Cine El, Cine El Quick, and Flexible ISO modes for recording with the S-Log3 gamma curve. Flexible ISO is a quick and easy mode that allows users to change the ISO to make exposure adjustments. Cine EI and Cine EI Quick are modes that use the camera’s base ISO of 800/12800. Both Cine EI and Cine EI Quick modes produce footage that can be adjusted in post-production to balance highlights and shadows while taking advantage of the wide latitude of S-Log3. ​ All three modes allow video shooting while monitoring with an appropriate LUT to preview the final image.

Additionally, this update includes preset LUTs, like Sony’s s709, and maintains popular picture profiles such as S-Cinetone. For additional creative freedom, users can import their own LUTs. These imported LUTs can be used to preview a final image and be included in the footage when registered as a picture profile.

This latest software also features additional updates for advanced usability, including:

  • New list-style main menu screen which provides quick access to frequently used items ​
  • Instant Function (Fn) menu display by swiping up on the screen
  • New standby movie screen provides an unobstructed view of the subject
  • Timecode sync and input with a dedicated adaptor cable
  • AF (autofocus) assist function to switch between auto and manual focus smoothly

FX3 now includes added functionality to assist with the creative workflow, such as post-production editing using embedded LUT and EI (exposure) metadata. In addition, two types of shot marks have been added, allowing users to mark specific takes or scenes. ​

This metadata is available using the latest version of Sony’s Catalyst Prepare or Catalyst Browse applications. A new “Catalyst Prepare Plugin” for Adobe Premiere Pro is scheduled to be released in August. The software update is available right now. Filmmakers can easily download the update directly to their camera using a PC or Mac.

More info on Sony’s website.

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