Panasonic just announced a massive firmware update version 2.2 for the 4K Lumix GH4 mirrorless camera, that has proven to be a huge success for the Japanese manufacturer. Up until now, 4:3 anamorphic photo mode was only available in 3op, which isn’t cinematic at all as it’s an NTSC TV standard frame rate. With the new firmware update Version 2.2 for the Panasonic GH4, a new Anamorphic 4:3 mode enables video recording in 3328 x 2496 pixels (equivalent to approx. 8.3-megapixel) resolution with an anamorphic lens with a 2x squeeze ratio. The newly announced Veydra Mini Prime Anamorphics will do this one some justice in the upcoming months.
Image by Rode Microphones
Anamorphic shooting is a cinematography method used to produce a cinemascope aspect like 2.39:1 or 2.35:1. The GH4’s 4:2:2 / 10 bit HDMI output is also available. In addition, the firmware also makes it possible to set 1/16,000 sec shutter speed manually when using the Electronic Shutter.
The highly anticipated V-log gamma will be available in a future firmware update in the upcoming months. The following footage was shot by Hot Rod Cameras in a beta version of V-log.
Another short piece shot by Eduardo Angel, was shot with Panasonic LUMIX GH4 in anamorphic format. The film starts out ungraded as shot in a new LOG gamma file color space, which according to Panasonic is “being evaluated for market release in 2015”, then transitions to fully graded scenes.
Las Vegas, NV (April 13, 2015) – Panasonic announced the release of a much anticipated firmware update Ver.2.2 for the award winning LUMIX GH4. This new firmware enables two new features, most notably the ability to record anamorphic video content.
Anamorphic lenses are used to create a cinemascope aspect such as 2.39:1 or 2.35:1. Panasonic discovered that cinematographers had been experimenting with the 4K PHOTO mode 4:3 aspect ratio in the LUMIX GH4 and vintage anamorphic cine lenses to achieve the classic Hollywood look of anamorphic film capture. Unlike complex digital post processing needed to achieve the look, many of the background distortion and light flare effects that became so popular with anamorphic film capture can now be achieved optically in the LUMIX GH4.
Thanks in part to its Micro Four Thirds format and 4K recording ability, firmware Ver.2.2 for the LUMIX GH4 enables an Anamorphic (4:3) Mode capable of recording video in 3328 x 2496 pixel (equivalent to approx. 8.3-megapixel) resolution at a frame rate of either 23.98, 24, 25 or 29.97 fps. With an anamorphic lens such as 2x*1 you can capture and un-squeeze a 3356×2496 image in post-production. In addition, 4:2:2 / 10 bit HDMI output is also available*2.
A further enhancement of the new firmware is the addition of a very high shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. when using its electronic shutter mode.