October 18, 2022. Fujifilm announced new firmware for their X-H2S digital camera with Fujifilm FT-XH file transmitter battery grip “that will provide the world’s first native Camera- to-Cloud (C2C) integration capability for digital still cameras,” in partnership with Frame.io. The firmware, expected in spring 2023, will enable users to send still or video files directly from the camera to Frame.io cloud servers.
“Getting image and video files from your digital camera into post-production is a time-consuming process that can often require creating backups, transferring to hard drives, and then forwarding to the next stop in the production workflow. C2C eliminates these tedious steps altogether,” said Victor Ha, Vice President of Electronic Imaging and Optical Devices divisions, Fujifilm North America Corporation. “From the first press of the shutter, or the end of the first take, with this firmware and using FT-XH, files will automatically upload to a user’s Frame.io ac- count directly from X-H2S and be ready for use within seconds.”
Fujifilm File Transmitter FT-XH
The gateway for your camera to cloud connection via Frame.
io with a FUJILM X-H2S is the FT-XH file transmitter that attaches to the bottom of the camera. It connects to the Internet via an RJ45 Ethernet plug or wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11a/b/ g/n/ac WiFi).
FT-XH looks like a familiar battery grip. Two high capacity NP-W235 batteries slide inside. It’s also a good vertical grip.
With the X-H2S, the following communication specifications are enabled:
- FTP transfer by wired LAN / wireless LAN / USB Smartphone tethering.
- Tethered shooting by wired LAN / wireless LAN
- Remote recording by wired LAN / wireless LAN
- Capable of controlling up to four X-H2S / X-H2 cameras from a browser at the same time.
Share it Now, Deliver Later
Using FT-XH, configure X-H2S to deliver Apple ProRes proxy files and get bandwidth-efficient, high-quality files in Frame.io that are small enough to be easily shared on social media and to start the editing process until they can be swapped with original camera files for finishing and final delivery of images and video.
Send What You Want, When You Want
Deliver Apple ProRes proxy files to Frame.io as they are being recorded or choose from a variety of other still and video file types for access, in near real-time, once the files are recorded and transferred to Frame.io. Files can be transmitted automati- cally, individually sent, or prioritized directly on the X-H2S to send from the camera to your team anywhere in the world upon completion of the shot.
Connected and Secure Files
Trusted Partner Network (TPN) and Security Operations Center (SOC) 2 Type 2 compliance is implemented when X-H2S, with an attached FT-XH, is authenticated and paired with a Frame.io account. Created by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA), TPN is the global, industry-wide initiative that defines requirements and best practices for protecting digital content.
Victor Ha continued, “These are exciting possibilities for col- laborating with off-site art directors, on-set and near-set DITs and editors, colorists, off-set editors, or anyone else involved in production. From downloading still images, remotely process- ing in Lightroom or Photoshop, quickly reviewing and choosing video clips, to creating a rough cut, production work can finally start before the waiting even begins.”
Pricing and Availability
Built-in C2C functionality is included in Fujifilm’s firmware update which is expected to be available for free download by X-H2S customers with FT-XH and a paid Adobe Creative Cloud subscription in spring 2023. For more information please visit: frame.io/creative-cloud/
X-H2S Connection to Frame.io
X-H2S Important Menu Settings
Fujifilm X-H2S Lens Mounts
Fujifilm X-H2S Zooms
If you were packing for an expedition to a desert island and the mandate was one camera, one lens, and only one data card, you might pick the Fujifilm X-H2S camera with a Fujifilm XF18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR Zoom lens.
You will also want to attach the new Fujifilm FT-XH file transmitter battery grip. It sends files from camera to cloud via Frame.io, as described on the previous pages.
The XF18-120 zoom lens was built with the cooperation of FUJINON cine and broadcast lens designers. It has an X Mount and a built-in rocker-controlled variable speed
power zoom with smooth manual override. You can switch seamlessly from auto to manual focus. Close focus is 60 cm / 23.6”. The aperture is constant at F4.
The Fujifilm X-H2S pairs nicely with a FUJINON MKX 50-135mm T2.9 zoom. The MKX zoom has a Fujifilm X Mount, so you don’t need a PL adapter.
This is an affordable, manual, cine-style Super35 / APS-C zoom lens. Compact, weighing a mere 980 g / 2.2 lb, it has an 82 mm front diameter.
Focus, zoom, and iris rings have an industry-standard 0.8M gear pitch and a 200° focus rotation.