Canon C500 & C300 Updates

CanonColorGamutsAs Canon celebrates its 80th anniversary and delivery of 100 Million EF lenses, free firmware upgrades were announced for the Cinema EOS C500 4K and C300 cameras, to be released in November.

Support for ITU-R BT.2020 broadcast standard color space (for EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL camera models)

The ITU-R BT.2020 (Rec. 2020) color space tested for 4K TV broadcasting earlier this year in Japan will be shown at IBC. The firmware upgrade for the EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL cameras support this standard. Canon announced a firmware to the DP-V3010 4K reference display today.

Enhanced Cinema RAW (for EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL camera models)

Upgraded Cinema RAW Development software features the addition of 3D-LUTs for converting from Cinema Gamut/DCI-P3+ to ITU-R BT.709 (Rec. 709) and DCI-P3. Support for EDLs  enables only necessary time code-designated segments to be converted to the DPX and ProRes formats suitable for editing, effectively doing away with the need to process unnecessary files. When using a PC  with Intel Iris Pro graphics, Cinema RAW Development 1.3 enables faster development of 4K Cinema RAW data.

Improved setting of  white balance for EOS C500 and EOS C300 cameras 

The new firmware upgrades allow easier setting of color temperature using the camera’s FUNC button.

30-inch Canon DP-V3010 display

Canon’s 30-inch Canon DP-V3010 4K display gets a new firmware upgrade: support for ITU-R BT.2020 color gamut (Rec. 2020) and ACES (Academy Color Encoding System) color management standard.

ITU-R BT.2020 color gamut

The new firmware upgrade for the DP-V3010 enables display and verification of 4K and 8K video  captured in  ITU-R BT.2020 (Rec. 2020) color gamut for. It pairs well with the EOS C500 Camera.

Verification of Cinema Gamut and DCI-P3+ video

The firmware upgrade will enable users of the Canon DP-V3010 to display and confirm video  in not only the currently supported DCI-P3 (SMPTE PR 431-2), ITU-R BT.709 (Rec. 709), EBU, SMPTE-C and AdobeRGB color gamut, but also Cinema Gamut and the DCI-P3+ color gamut supported by the EOS C500Camera.

Support for YCbCr 4:4:4, other video formats

The new firmware upgrade supports YCbCr 4:4:4 luminance and chroma sampling. Furthermore, Canon’s DP-V3010 supports the 48 frames-per-second standard. The firmware upgrade also includes support for a variety of other video formats.

Addition of Peaking function

A Peaking function included in the new firmware displays a color outline around subjects in focus. This can be helpful checking whether a shot is in focus or soft.

Additional updates:

  1.  Gain R/G/B and Bias R/G/B functions enable color temperature settings to be adjusted separately
  2. A new function lets users delete imported LUTs
  3.  Automatic switching between 3G-HDI and HD-SDI
  4. Function Guide: displays the list of functions assigned to each F button
  5. Banner: enables users to set the banner display to “off”
  6. OSD Position: allows users to select the placement of  OSD (On-Screen Display)items as the menu, image-quality adjustment slide bar and time codes
  7. Selection of how Interlace or PsF input signals are displayed

Canon plans to exhibit products supporting the ITU-R BT.2020 color space at their  booth during IBC 2014 in Amsterdam, September 12-16, 2014.

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