Sony has released an update for the FX3 camera adding Log shooting modes, user LUT (Lookup Table) importing, timecode sync with dedicated adaptor cable and improving functionality.
The FX3 camera kitted out for professional-level video recording. (Source: Sony.)
The new software (Version 2.00) introduces professional cinema line features advanced functionality that is consistent with the Cinema Line Camera workflow. FX3’s new Log shooting modes with LUT monitoring create a smoother post-production workflow by enabling Cine El, Cine El Quick, and Flexible ISO modes for recording with the S-Log3 gamma curve. Flexible ISO is a quick and easy mode that allows users to change the ISO to make exposure adjustments. Cine EI and Cine EI Quick are modes that use the camera’s base ISO of 800/12800. Both Cine EI and Cine EI Quick modes produce footage that can be adjusted in post-production to balance highlights and shadows while taking advantage of the wide latitude of S-Log3. All three modes allow video shooting while monitoring with an appropriate LUT to preview the final image.
Also provided are preset LUTs, like Sony’s s709 and maintains popular picture profiles such as S-Cinetone and the abi8lity of users to import their own LUTs. Workflow improvements enable editing using embedded LUT and EI (exposure) metadata. In addition, two types of shot marks have been added, allowing users to mark specific takes or scenes. This metadata is available using the latest version of Sony’s Catalyst Prepare[iii] or Catalyst Browse applications. A new “Catalyst Prepare Plugin” for Adobe Premiere Pro is scheduled to be released in August.
The software update is available now through this link. Filmmakers can easily download the update directly to their camera using a PC or Mac.