Sony has announced the next generation of the Sony Rialto Venice Extension System to support the VENICE 2 8K Camera.
The Rialto Extension System 2 updates the original, to give the VENICE 2 a tethered extension between the image sensor block to the camera body from a distance with no degradation in the 8K image quality.
“The VENICE 2 was born from the voice and feedback of the cinema community,” said Neal Manowitz, President and COO, Sony Electronics Inc.
“Thanks to the continued feedback of our customers, we have been able to fuel the ongoing development of this powerful full-frame cinema camera with the mission to enable more creative freedom.”
The VENICE Extension System 2 adds important enhancements including backward compatibility with the original VENICE cinema camera, plus the 9.8-foot & 39-foot Sensor-Block Extension Cables (3m, 12m) without the need for a repeater.
The Extension System 2 also provides a tilt/roll sensor to detect the motion of the camera and records this information in the image file’s metadata. Users can also output the data through SDI.
The Extension System 2 also has four customizable buttons to assign functions such as REC Start/Stop, changing ND filters, and other features. The VENICE Extension System 2 is nearly the same size as the original ES, measuring 158 x 147 x 126 mm, and weighing around 2.1 kg.
- Supporting resolutions up to 8K
- 9.8 & 39′ (3m, 12m) Sensor-Block Extension Cables
- Wide Bandwidth Data over Longer Distance
- Tilt/Roll Sensor Metadata for VENICE 2
- For Handheld/Gimbal Use & Tight Setups
- For Car Rigs, Cranes & Jibs
- 4 x User-Assignable Buttons
- Compact, Lightweight 4.6 lb Form
In addition, Sony has released Version 2.00 firmware for the VENICE 2 Cinema Camera which provides added functionality including new imager modes, higher recording speeds, and sync functions for working with LED walls and volumes.
Added imager modes include full-frame options of 8.6K at 17:9 up to 49fps, 8.2K at 2.39:1 up to 72 fps, and 8.1K at 16:9 at up to 48fps. Super35 imaging options are also included at 5.*K 4:3 Anamorphic up to 60fps, and 5.5K 2.39:1 at up to 120fps.
The firmware also provided added support for follow-focus applications, the output of the viewfinder with peaking and zebra settings through monitor-out, and playback functions with frame-by-frame control. EL metadata is also applied. Genlock at high frame rates is also supported.
The Sony Rialto VENICE Extension System 2 will be available for preorder from authorized Sony distribution outlets at a retail price of $18,999.99 USD (18,500 €), with shipping scheduled for early 2023. The VENICE 2 Firmware 2.00 update will also be available for download at about the same time.
- Sony VENICE 2 Digital Motion Picture Camera (8K) (B&H)
- Sony Rialto Camera Extension System 2 for Sony VENICE/VENICE 2 (B&H)
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