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September 13, 2013
Short film Earth, Air, Fire, Water shows off stunning high frame rate capability of Sony’s PMW-F55 camera

Short film Earth, Air, Fire, Water shows off stunning high frame rate capability of Sony’s PMW-F55 camera

Stunning slow motion 2K short film is shot on PMW-F55, as new firmware upgrade increases range of creative options available to filmmakers

IBC, Amsterdam, 13th September 2013: Today at IBC, Sony will premiere the first high frame rate (HFR) footage shot on its PMW-F55 4K CineAlta camera.  Using the new version 2.0 firmware upgrade, available this month, DoP Steve Lawes and director Martin Scanlan brought their creative vision for Earth, Air, Fire, Water to life in stunning slow motion with a Sony F55.

Steve Lawes, the first person in Europe to use Sony’s F55 when it launched, commented: “Having put the F55 through its paces before, I was delighted to find that the firmware upgrade hasn’t affected the camera’s usability at all. The most pleasing thing to see was that the camera still shoots full sensor, so the image isn’t cropped in any way and the shot we were getting didn’t change at all when we switched the frame rate up. This is incredibly useful for filmmakers, as it means there’s no need to change the lens or perspective, and you can continue shooting as normal.”

“The F55’s high dynamic range was also the same when shooting in 2K at high frame rate as at slower speeds, meaning the camera consistently captured beautiful, detailed images,” continued Lawes.  “The fact that this HFR capability is also part of the same firmware upgrade as the ability to shoot in 4K RAW at 24p is excellent, as these updates further strengthen an already exceptionally versatile camera.”

Director Martin Scanlan commented, “After directing the first film shot using the F55, Dig, with Steve last year, I was keen to test out the creative possibilities enabled by high frame rate shooting. The excellent image quality achieved through shooting in 2K was striking, as it allowed us to pick up on the smallest details and nuances in our shots, from the gradual change in expression of our characters to the gentle fluttering of blades of grass – the overall impact was beautiful, cinematic footage, with a natural aesthetic.”

Earth, Air, Fire, Water was posted at Mytherapyin London and will be showing on the Sony stand at IBC in Hall 12 for the duration of the show. The video is also available here.

The Sony F5 and F55 offer multi-codec support and feature a super 35mm 4K image sensor, delivering stunning images and unprecedented creative options, making the cameras ideal for high-end drama and commercial productions while opening up ultra-high resolution acquisition for broadcasters and production companies. The new firmware upgrade enables high frame rate shooting in 2K, as well as 24p shooting in 4K RAW for both the F5 and F55, and shooting XAVC 4K 4:2:2 for the F55. Version 2.0 firmware will be available from the end of September 2013.


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