Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for its VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS camera/recorders that expands recording options and enables several operational and workflow improvements. This multifaceted upgrade was developed based on the practical requirements and input of cinematographers, DITs, rental and post houses and other VariCam partners.
The upgrade encompasses support for writing data to Panasonic’s newly released B series expressP2 cards for 4K and high frame-rate recording, which feature faster read/write speeds and will include an increased capacity 512GB card along with a standard capacity 256GB card. Viewfinder and Viewfinder-SDI outputs will now be able to display in different selected color settings. The update also includes compatibility with Panasonic’s new AJ-WM50 wireless module that facilitates dual-band connectivity at both 2.4 and 5GHz in a smaller unit.
The firmware upgrade, Version 6.0, is immediately available for downloading at the Panasonic service support website, http://pro-av.panasonic.net/en/varicam/index.html#anchor_whatsnew.