The Varicam line of cameras has been used on a wide variety of movies, commercials, and TV programs, and is renowned for its colour reproduction, look, and for bringing progressive workflows to the production industry. Now the Varicam HS has arrived. Drawing on the traditions and concept of the original Varicam line, it helps its users capture action with its 2/3 3MOS and bayonet lens mount, wide color gamut, continuous 240fps recording, and also revolutionises workflow with the addition of dual-codec recording, in-camera colour grading, and a modular design. The Varicam HS is packed with features. See what you can use to capture action.
The Varicam HS incorporates the AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs and high speed 1080p image capture of up to 240fps*1 and features an innovative modular design. The Varicam HS 2/3 type camera head docks with the AVC-ULTRA recording module to provide the full functionality and ergonomics of a conventional production camera/recorder. This system flexibility can be expanded with an umbilical cable between the 2/3 type camera module (AU-V23HS1) and the recording module (AU-VREC1), providing “box” camera functionality for jibs, cranes and other “remote” camera needs. This common recorder module is also interchangeable with Panasonic’s new s35mm 4K camera module (AU-V35C1), enabling professionals to switch between 2/3 type and s35mm camera heads to best suit their creative needs.
The Varicam HS utilizes three newly-developed, 1920 x 1080p MOS imagers with an extraordinary 14 stops of latitude, providing full control over a wide range of lighting conditions for unparalleled 1080p native recording/operation. The camera/recorder boasts a classical RGB imager/prism system that provides equal-band full resolution colour processing for critical applications. Among the camcorder’s key features are real-time high frame rate and off-speed recording to 240fps in 1080p (using AVC-Intra Class100), plus the ability to ramp / change frame rates during record. To complement the impressive video quality, the new Varicam HS boasts 24-bit LPCM audio capabilities. Powerful yet creative image controls such as matrix, detail, gammas and a new Log recording capability allow precise, powerful creative control over image parameters.
The Varicam HS will feature a range of high-quality recording formats including AVC-Intra Class100 (recording as 1080/24p, 30p or 60p format with VFR (up to 240p*1), AVC-Intra Class200 (up to 30p/60i) and AVC-Intra Class4:4:4 (up to 30p). Both AVC-Intra Class200 and AVC-Intra Class4:4:4 deliver spectacular performance in applications where image quality is the utmost consideration to produce extraordinary high-definition imagery for the most demanding documentary, sports or SFX slow-motion applications. It also includes Apple ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 HQ*2 support for HD recording. The ProRes codec component is licensed from ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd., which has shipped ProRes recorders for years.
The Varicam HS adds “V-Log“ to the well-respected FilmRec and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) image contrast management controls. The Varicam HS will feature Panasonic’s Emmy® Award-winning Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) technology to minimize lateral chromatic aberrations and dramatically improve the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) of the optical system. Varicam HS also affords in-camera colour grading.
AVC-Intra Class4:4:4 supports 12-bit recording for 1080p content, allowing file-based 4:4:4 workflows with the unparalleled ability to handle the finer tonal graduations and colour fidelity that the 12-bit format provides. AVC-Intra Class200, at twice the bit rate per frame of AVC-Intra Class100, is visually lossless, delivering studio master quality for recording network-level programming and archiving. AVC-Intra Class200 is ideal for field capture of content for film-outs; the higher quality greatly enhances colour correction processes, as well as green screen and compositing applications.
The Varicam HS will use Panasonic’s new expressP2 card for high frame rate recording (frame rates above 60fps). The camera recording module unit is equipped with a total of four memory card slots, two for expressP2 cards and two for microP2 cards. The new 256Gbyte expressP2 card can record about 32 minutes of 240p 1080 HD video. The microP2 card is designed for recording HD at more typical production frame rates.
Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, the Varicam HS encodes high-resolution proxy files in parallel with higher bandwidth production formats, enabling fast, efficient offline editing.
Professional interfaces include: RGB4:4:4; a 3G-HD-SDI out to support 1080/60p, an HD-SDI out for monitoring; and two XLR inputs to record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio. A multi-connector facilitates docking the camera head to the recording module. In another innovative design addition, the Varicam HS boasts a removable control panel to facilitate real-time control and easy menu access when the camera is in a fixed or remote position. The camera’s 2/3 type B4 lens mount enables use of a remarkable variety of prime lenses and servo zooms, lensing possibilities simply not available on larger formats.
Added / Improved Functions
If a 2K ProRes clip is repaired, it could no longer be played on QT Player (problem is fixed)
Improvement in stability at boot-up
UDP packets are expanded. It is made possible to communicate a recorded clip’s name, etc. to an external application via Wi-Fi
The improvement is made so that a warning is displayed when a card with a corrupt clip is inserted
The edges of characters flicker (problem is fixed). Perform ABB, after the update is completed
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*1 Future firmware upgrade.
*2 The Apple ProRes format is licensed from Apple Inc.
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|General (Combination of AU-V23HS1G and AU-VREC1G)|
|Power||DC 12 V(11.0 V - 17.0 V)|
|Operating Temperature||0°C to 40°C|
|Power Consumption||60 W (Body only) 90 W (with all optional accessories connected and maximum power supplied from each output terminal)|
|Operating Humidity||10% to 85% (relative humidity)|
|Weight||Approx. 4.5 kg (Excluding protrusion)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||179 mm x 230.5 mm x 347 mm (7-1/16inches x 9-1/16inches x 13 -21/32inches) (Body only, excluding protrusion)|
|Storage Temperature||-20°C to 60°C|
|Gain Settings||[ISO] mode: ISO 2500 to 12800 [dB] mode : 0 to 18 dB (3dB step)|
|Pickup Devices||2/3-type 2.2 million pixels, MOS x 3|
|Shutter Speed||[deg] mode: 1.0 to 360deg (0.5deg step) [sec] mode: 1/24 to 1/250 (when 23.98p mode)|
|Lens Mount||2/3-type bayonet|
|Sensitivity||[Gamma: HD] mode: F9 (2000 lx, 3200 K, 89.9% reflection, 1080/59.94p) F10 (2000 lx, 3200 K, 89.9% reflection, 1080/50p)|
|Optical Filter||CC filter A: 3200 K, B: 4300 K, C: 5600 K, D: 0.3ND ND filter 1: CLEAR, 2: 0.6ND, 3: 1.2ND, 4: 1.8ND|
|Camera Module (AU-V23HS1G)|
|Holizontal Resolution||1000 TV lines or higher (center)|
|Recording Media||expressP2 card, P2 card, microP2 card|
|Recording Format||Main Recorder: AVC-Intra100, ProRes 422 HQ Sub Recorder: AVC-Intra100, AVC-LongG50, AVC-LongG25|
|Recording Video Signal||1080/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i 720/59.94p, 50p|
|Recording Resolution||1920x1080, 1280x720|
|Memory Card Recorder|
|Recording Framerate||Maximum 240p/200p|
|System Frequency||59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i|
|Recording Module (AU-VREC1G) When it is used with AU-V23HS1G|
|Video Compression Format||AVC-Intra100: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile AVC-LongG50/AVC-LongG25: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 ProRes 422 HQ|
|Audio Compression Format||LPCM|
|MON Out1||HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 ohms|
|MON Out2||HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 ohms|
|VF SDI||HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 ohms|
|Speaker||20 mm diameter, round x 1|
|DC Out/RS||4 pin, DC12 V (DC 11.0 V to 17.0 V), maximum output current 1.0 A|
|Electronic HD Color View Finder (AU-VCVF1G)|
|Display Panel||LCD, 3.5-type QHD color monitor Approx. 1.56 million dots|
|Signal Input||1080/59.94p, 1080/50p, 1080/60p|
|Recording Time (Main Codec)||When expressP2 card 256 GB is used *1 Approx. 128 min. (AVC-Intra100, VFR OFF) Approx. 32 min. (AVC-Intra100, VFR ON, 200 fps/240 fps) Approx. 60 min. (ProRes 422 HQ, VFR ON, 60 fps)|
|Recording Time (Sub Codec)||When microP2 card 64 GB is used *1 Approx. 64 min. (AVC-Intra100, 25p/29.97p) Approx. 128 min. (AVC-LongG50, 25p/29.97p) Approx. 256 min. (AVC-LongG25, 25p/29.97p)|
|Recording Audio Signal||48 kHz/24 bit, 4 ch Head room 18 dB/20 dB menu switchable|
|Recording Time (1GB)*1||Approx.25 min.|
|SDI Out||HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 ohms (1 set, 4 pieces)|
|Audio In (CH1/CH2)||XLR x 2, 3 pin, LINE/MIC/MIC+48V/AES switchable|
|MIC In||XLR x 1, 5 pin|
|Phones||Stereo mini jack|
|Genlock In||HD（1.5G）/3G-SDI: 0.8 V［p-p］, 75 ohms|
|TC In/Out||BNCx1, IN/OUT switch selection IN: 0.5 V[p-p] to 8 V[p-p], 10 k ohms OUT: 2.0 ± 0.5 V[p-p], Low impedance|
|DC In||XLR 4 pin, DC12 V (DC 11.0 V to 17.0 V)|
|DC Out||2 pin, DC12 V (DC11.0 V to 17.0 V), maximum output current 1.0 A|
|USB 2.0 (Device)||Type B connector, 4 pin|
|USB 2.0 (Host)||Type A connector, 4 pin|
|Display Panel (Electronic HD Color View Finder)||OLED, 0.7-type, 2.76 million dots|
|Note||*1: These are reference values for continuous recording. The recording time may differ depending on the scene or number of clips. ProRes is licensed from Apple Inc. Apple ProRes codec from Atomos under license. Atomos is trademark and copyright of Atomos Global Pty. Ltd. The use of DCF Technologies is under license from Multi-Format, Inc.|
|Video Compression Format (Proxy)||H.264/AVC High Profile|