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Sony Announces FX3 Camera Software Update Adding Major Features for Cinematographers

SonyFX3 SoftwareUpdateSony has announced a major camera software update for the FX3 adding features for Cinematographers including Log Shooting Modes, LUT Importing, and Timecode Sync.  Version 2.0 for the FX3 software introduces professional cinema line features into the camera consistent with the Cinema Line Camera workflow.  The 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 designed as a quick and easy mode to allow 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. 

Additionally, this update includes preset LUTs, like Sony’s s709 and maintains popular picture profiles such as S-Cinetone. For additional creative freedom, users can import their own LUTs. These imported LUTs can be used to not only preview a final image but can also be included into the footage when registered as a picture profile. ​ ​

This latest software also features additional updates for advanced usability, including:

  • New list-style main menu screen which provides quick access to frequently used items ​
  • Instant Function (Fn) menu display by swiping up on the screen
  • New standby movie screen provides an unobstructed view of the subject
  • Timecode sync and input with a dedicated adaptor cable
  • AF (autofocus) assist function to smoothly switch between auto and manual focus

FX3 now includes added functionality to assist with the creative workflow, such as post-production 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 or Catalyst Browse applications. A new "Catalyst Prepare Plugin" for Adobe Premiere Pro is scheduled to be released in August.