Sony has announced upcoming firmware upgrades for both the Venice and FX9 cameras.

The upgrade for Venice will deliver more monitoring options and high frame rate and FX9 will expand shooting and recording capabilities.

Version 6.0 of Venice firmware will allow the import of Advanced Rendering Transform (.art) files that improve monitoring picture quality and viewing options on-set. The .art files can be generated by the Sony RAW Viewer software, from users’ own 3D LUT files. Additionally, Sony is collaborating with Technicolor to create a new “look library” for the VENICE, which will be available online as a resource for creatives wishing to quickly access some of Technicolor’s established looks inspired by its cinematic history.

Another enhancement in VENICE Version 6.0 firmware is the ability to shoot with a second user frame line. This enables cinematographers to more easily take advantage of VENICE’s large sensor size to shoot for both horizontal and vertical distribution within the same composition.

VENICE Version 6.0 features also include Gyro information in metadata so a camera’s Tilt & Roll data can be referenced by VFX teams.

The upgrade will be available in November.

Version 2.0 of FX9 firmware supports 4K 60p/50p recording through oversampling from a 5K cropped area of a 6K full-frame sensor. Version 2.0 also enables output of a 4K 16-bit RAW signal to an external recorder with the optional XDCA-FX9 accessory.

The firmware update will also expand the camera’s operability with Eye AF technology and touch screen operation for focus control and menu setting on the viewfinder.

Other changes include 180 fps full-frame HD recording, 4K (4096×2160) DCI recording, the ability to load user 3D LUTs and HDR shooting function recorded in Hybrid Log Gamma.

The FX9 Version 2 firmware will be available in October.

Jon Creamer