As in prior years, Panasonic had a large presence at BVE 2018 and, of course, the latest Panasonic EVA1 camera got the most interest out of show attendees, at least in my opinion. The Lumix GH5S was also demoed at the Holdan and Atomos stands, which was cool to see as well. The EVA1 may be the latest S35 camera from Panasonic, but the Varicam LT is yet another model that has been garnering lots of attention in the production world over the past couple of years.
For those of you who’ve planned to use the Varicam LT for any form of live event productions, Panasonic has some good news for you as the upcoming firmware upgrade v6.0 for the Varicam LT will make the camera ready for live events, concerts, TV shows and other multi-cam productions.
Firmware version v6.0 is said to feature a shading mode alongside tally and return video management as well as full control of multiple Varicam LTs thanks to Panasonic’s AK-HRP1000 remote control panel. The upcoming firmware (March 2018) will give camera operators extended control from the Remote Control Panel, which includes full paint features – from standard ‘shading’ processes to LUT and CDL management – as well as scene file selection, remote REC control and call function.
Initially, firmware v6.0 for Varicam LT was supposed to be released at the end of February, but there has been a slight delay in the release, as you’ll learn from the interview with Rob from Panasonic below.
Firmware 2.0 update for the Panasonic EVA1 is a major upgrade to the camera adding, 4K and 5.7K raw output via SDI, high-bit rate codecs, and lots of other functionality.