Sony has announced a January 2020 upgrade to its Venice full-frame digital cinema camera that will allow users to shoot in 6K at up to 90fps with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, and at up to 72fps with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

News of the new shooting modes, which enable 3x slow-motion cinematography at the camera’s full horizontal resolution, comes just as Sony prepares to release version 4 of the Venice firmware, which supports shooting at up to 120fps in 4K (2.39:1) with a paid high-frame-rate license.

Venice v5 will have a few more tricks up its sleeve, too, including the ability to record Apple ProRes 4444 at HD resolution to SxS Pro+ media and some usability improvements.

Sony Venice digital cinema camera

Here’s the list of features announced by Sony last night at the opening of its new Digital Media Production Center in Hollywood, CA:

  • HFR Capabilities – Up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9.
  • Apple ProRes 4444 – Record HD videos in high picture quality with SxS PRO+, without Sony’s AXS-R7 recorder; this is especially effective for HD VFX workflow
  • 180 Degree Rotation Monitor Out – Flip and flop images via viewfinder and SDI
  • High Resolution Magnification via HD Monitor Out – Existing advanced viewfinder technology for clearer magnification is now extended to HD Monitor Out
  • Improved User Marker Settings – Menu updates for easier selection of frame lines on viewfinder

Also new for the Venice is the ACES logo, which it has earned thanks to a new input transform created specifically for the Venice. Sony’s Raw Viewer software can be used to export Open EXR files for use in post-production; alternately, Sony says the input transform will be released through the Academy’s ACES website. Sony published a short document explaining how to set up the Venice for ACES workflow [PDF] earlier this week.

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