Canon has just announced a new firmware update for the C100, C300 and C500 cameras. The new firmware for the EOS C300 adds Push Auto Iris and One-Shot Autofocus (AF), both of which were much requested by C300 owners. The C300 firmware also allows for a 1440×1080 pixel recording mode at 35Mbps. This spec is widely used in digital television broadcasting and allows the camera greater versatility in broadcast settings. Also new in the firmware is the ability to move the magnified area during Magnified Focus Assist, which will be extremely useful in judging focus for subjects that are outside the center of the frame.
Along with the new firmware, Canon has also announced a new software update to their Cinema RAW Development Software. This new version provides support for Academy Color Encoding System (ACES). This means you can export Canon RAW data in ACES OpenEXR format, which makes for more efficient workflows using a uniform color space. It also allows multiple cameras with different color characteristics to be matched more closely. If you’re interested in learning more about the ACES workflow, make sure to check out our upcoming Scene-Linear Workflow & ACES workshop with Charles Poynton.
The new firmware and software should be available sometime this month. For more details check out Canon’s full press release.
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