Canon has announced its intention to release free firmware upgrades for both the Cinema EOS C500 4K and C300 Digital Cinema Cameras in November 2014.
The new firmware upgrades will provide support for the ITU-R BT.2020 next-generation broadcast standard for the EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL cameras. When used in combination with Canon’s DP-V3010 professional 4K reference display (released in January 2014), the system effectively responds to input and output needs of next-generation motion-picture production and broadcasting. Both Cinema EOS models will benefit from improved operability by allowing users to easily set colour temperature values using the camera’s FUNC button.
Canon will also upgrade its Cinema RAW Development software for 4K Cinema RAW footage shot with the EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL cameras with the addition of 3D-LUT for converting from Cinema Gamut/DCI-P3+ to colour space standards as ITU-R BT.709 (Rec. 709) and DCI-P3. The new software will also enable more efficient video editing while maintaining low-chroma colour reproduction and high-chroma colour gradation. Additionally, support for EDLs (edit decision lists) enables only necessary time code-designated segments to be converted to the DPX and ProRes formats suitable for editing, eliminating the need to process unnecessary files. Users of PCs equipped with Intel Iris Pro graphics will benefit from faster development of 4K Cinema RAW data with the upgraded software.
The new software will be available through Canon’s support pages.