Updated Light Iron Color Science Makes the Most of System's High-Quality Imaging Characteristics

Panavision updated its 8K (8192×4320) digital cinema camera, launching the Millennium DXL2 in advance of BSC Expo in London.

The DXL2 is built around the recently released Red Monstro 8K VV sensor. Panavision says the camera delivers 16 usable stops of dynamic range with a native ISO of 1600. Panavision’s secret sauce is color science from its Light Iron subsidiary, whose latest LiColor2 image-mapping process is tuned to the latest IPP2 color-processing incorporated in Red’s Monstro sensor. Filmmakers can better emulate the look of film stock (as opposed to digital video) on set using the Light Iron Color Film LUT, Panavision says.

The DXL2 also incorporates a proprietary color-spectrum filter called the PX-Pro, with IR and UV cuts that increase color separation and precision, especially in lens flares and highlights, Panavision said.

Panavision Millennium DXL2

Panavision Millennium DXL2

Red’s DNA is embedded in the DXL2 color workflow beyond the Monstro sensor — Panavision is a Redcode licensee and leverages it to bring 8K workflow under control. (2K and 4K RGB recordings use familiar Apple ProRes and Avid DNx codecs.) The DXL2 supports proxy workflow through dual recording, making proxies available for edit immediately in advance of a later conform to 8K .R3D files safely stored on RAIDs or LTO tape. The Outpost mobile lab cart comes with ColorFront tools optimized for DXL2 workflow.

“The Millennium DXL2 8K camera system was conceived with the goal of maximum creative control from the moment of capture through delivery and display,” said Michael Cioni, senior VP of Innovation at Panavision and Light Iron, in a prepared statement. “Panavision’s vast inventory of advanced large-format and anamorphic optics combined with Red’s Monstro imager expands what’s possible, allowing filmmakers to create radically inventive and powerfully cinematic images, customized for the needs of the project and the vision of creative teams.”

The DXL2 is a rental item available exclusively from Panavision worldwide.

Panavision DXL: www.panavision.com/dxl