Panasonic GH4 Gets True 24p Anamorphic in Firmware Update 2.2

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.

And one more by Pro Photo Supply

The new firmware is scheduled to be released in late April, 2015: LUMIX DMC-GH4 Firmware Ver.2.2


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.

[via EOSHD / source: Lumix USA]

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  • Lstation

    After peeling away all of the effects, the delay, reverb, and excessive amount of background vocals you really get to hear what’s really in the song.

    Always start with the bare minimum when you’re analyzing your songs, start with songwriting. Songwriting is about the swag of what you’re saying. Every word “must” sound like it’s from a hit record. How do you do that? Write words that tell the story without sounding corny or lame.

    Writing words that say “I’m thinking about you” and “I want everybody to know I’m with you” come off as weak from a man. This is more in line with the way females think.

    Songwriting is about getting people to believe what they hear in a song and not about you telling a real life story. The words and delivery have to be believable. Look at the artist that are out right now. It’s about pimp shit in their delivery not “I’m the greatest guy and you’re the greatest girl” like what you’re writing. People want to believe the fantasy, the excitement, and the game.

    There is nothing interesting about singing about being a happy ol married couple that will do whatever for each other….boring….times a million.

    Snoop Dogg been married and still raps about bitches and pimpin. It’s not about the truth, because it doesn’t sell.

    Next, put your lyrics into a melody. There has to be a rhythm to your vocal delivery. Let’s be honest, your girl is the closest person to you who can either help or hurt you and your career, do she think that you sound like the next Trey Songz, The Weekend, Kendrick, or Chris Brown??? Some of what I’m saying she should be able to tell you, now the problem with R&B music is that if you were singing it correctly you would have 20 times more women wanting you, so I doubt that her goal is to whole heartedly help you get to that Chris Brown level no more than it would be your goal to help her become Columbus’s hottest stripper.

    I say that to say this. Singing is easy, but you keep struggling on the basics, don’t mix your songs, it’s hard to hear errors and fix things when you cover things in effects, secondly only sing 1 vocal track all the way through the song, and if the song don’t sound like a hit record or something that competes with Chris Brown, Trey Songz, or Jeremih then fix what you have or start all over. Time is not on your side and no need to waste time on poor song structure of bad swag.

    Use words that can be sung well, “thinkin” is not a good word to use. Study singing song melody on YouTube. You are missing melody in the verses.

    Think about what it is that you want to sing about. Then come up with 5 different verses and hooks for the one song. Sing them differently try to sing one like Jeremih, one like Trey Songz, one like The Weekend. This will help you learn how to use different tones in your delivery.

    The main thing that you are missing is “swag” and “believability”. Once you take the effects off the song sounds soft and confusing. When you take the effects off the vocals you can hear “how” you said the words. For example, if you want to sound hard, then you sing like that in the first place, not put an effect on your voice to make you sound hard. That’s what I mean by missing swag, it’s all added with delays and effects, too many background vocals (LESS IS MORE) you’re using way too many vocals. Just one vocal, unless it’s the hook.

    I could only mix certain sections of the song, because other sections revealed to be very weak once the effects were put into industry levels. I’ll send you what I mixed so you can hear what I’m saying about the vocals and swag. I’ll also send over a piece of this Jeremih song so that you can study vocal delivery.

  • Lstation

    What a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT that there is no V-Log firmware update in sight. I won’t buy a GH5 just to get features that could good and well be added to the current camera. Looks like I’ll be selling my GH4 to buy the new Ursa Mini, since Blackmagic is doing things right and putting their customers FIRST! Blackmagic firmware updates are regular and customer driven, already loving my BMPCC, this company makes more sense for pro work. The number 1 update request from GH4 users is clearly V-Log which now is clearly a pipe dream, bye Bye GH4, hello Ursa Mini!!!!

    • Jeps

      Um, it’s shown above that a VLog L is coming in 2015. Hold your horses man. If you’ve seen the interviews, you’d know Panasonic is listening to their customers since they added an Anamorphic mode based on the reception of the 4k Photomode with users asking for 24p.

      • Lstation

        Panasonic has NOT officially stated on their website or in any press release when V-Log is being released. All release dates for V-Log are pure speculation. If V-Log is not released before I can get the Ursa Mini into my hands, then I will be leaving the GH4 and LUMIX behind and moving on. It’s a great camera but not worth the wait when other cameras are packed full of features from the start.

      • Lstation

        And if you have read any of the forums, almost no one including myself uses or wanted anamorphic, I use the GH4 for professional TV news and have covered several high profile projects, I’m not a hobbyist playing with 2x anamorphic lenses to emulate film ratios. V-Log would put the GH4 more in line with the C100, C300 as far as color grading and possibly dynamic range, which is what pros need since low light is tied to the sensor

  • Cesar Luis

    hi, i’m trying to update the camera but it won’t open the “update mode”, i insert the SD card, press play, and nothing!!! battery is full!! does anyone knows what’s going on?

  • RØDE Microphones

    Great news for GH4 users.

    Thanks for sharing our pic of the GH4 with NTG4+, Carl Zeiss CP2 lens, Bright Tangerine Misfit mattebox, viewfactor cage, Letus accessories & SmallHD DP6

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