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PRODUCTS 30 POST NOV/DEC 2021 SONY'S VENICE 2 GETS 8.6K SENSOR LOS ANGELES — Sony Electronics ( has introduced the Venice 2, the company's new flagship model and latest addition to its lineup of high-end, digital-cinema cameras. The Venice 2 builds upon the strength of the original Venice with new features, including a compact design, internal record- ing and the option for two different sensors: the newly-developed, full-frame 8.6K sensor, or the original 6K Venice sensor. The Venice 2 also inherits popular features from the original Venice camera, including color science, Dual Base ISO and eight stops of built-in ND filters. Paired with the 8.6K (8640x5760) full-frame CMOS image sensor, the Venice 2 offers high image quality, with 16 stops of total latitude. The Venice 2 8K CineAlta camera has a dual base ISO of 800/3200, which allows filmmak- ers to capture clean, film-like images under a wide range of lighting condi- tions. It supports everything from full-frame and full-frame anamorphic to Super35, all at a minimum of 4K resolution. With the 8.6K sensor providing ample oversampling, images shot on Venice 2 will benefit from less noise and enriched information in a 2K or 4K produc- tion. It also means the camera is well suited for VR, in-camera VFX and virtual production setups. The new model has a 44mm-smaller and 10 percent-lighter body than the original Venice, while keeping its intuitive operability. The camera offers internal recording of X-OCN and Apple 4K ProRes 4444 and 422 HQ without the AXS-R7 recorder. The Venice 2 with 8.6K image sensor is scheduled to start shipping in February, while the 6K image sensor model will be available in March. The 6K model can be used with the existing Venice Extension System. A next-genera- tion Extension System for the 8K model is planned for release by early 2023. BLACKMAGIC PACKAGES DAVINCI RESOLVE STUDIO WITH NEW CAMERA FREMONT, CA — Blackmagic Design ( has an- nounced the Blackmagic Ursa Broadcast G2 professional broadcast camera featuring a 6K digital film sensor that helps bring digital film quality to both traditional and online broadcasters. The 6,144-by-3,456 sensor provides strong low-light performance, with dual gain ISO of up to +36dB, as well as 13 stops of dynamic range. The Ursa Broadcast G2 uses common file formats, such as H.265, Apple ProRes and Blackmagic RAW, and features Blackmagic's gen- eration 5 color science, as well as a USB-C expansion port for external disk recording. In addition, the company is including the full DaVinci Resolve Studio package with its purchase price of $3,995. The camera's three-in-one design allows it to work as a 4K production camera, a 4K studio camera or a 6K digital film camera. It uses the lenses and batteries that customers already own, making integration seamless. Customers can record to common SD cards, UHS-II cards, CFast 2.0 cards or external USB disks. Files are then compatible with all video software and broadcast media management systems. Customers can even change the lens mount. When using B4 lenses, customers get a 4K window of the sensor for Ultra HD broad- cast use. If customers change to a PL or EF lens mount, they can use the full 6K resolution of the sensor for digital film. Strong low-light performance allows users to shoot in ambient light or even under moonlight. High-quality, neutral-density (ND) filters let customers quickly reduce the amount of light entering the camera. A shoul- der-mount kit, V-Lock battery plate and top handle are included with the Ursa Broadcast G2 so customers won't need to purchase anything extra. Buyers also get a spare EF lens mount if they don't own a B4 lens and would like to start out using a photography lens. Customers can add the optional Blackmagic Ursa Viewfinder, or for live production, customers can add a Blackmagic Ursa Studio Viewfinder. There's also an optional fiber converter that can power the camera from 2km away via the single SMPTE fiber. For long-du- ration recording, the Ursa Mini Recorder gives the option to record to external SSDs.

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