Canon has released a firmware update for it’s professional camcorders extending functionality and providing enhanced compatibility with major broadcasters workflow.
The XF300 & XF305 camcorders are one of a select few cameras that have the BBC stamp of approval for the creation of HD TV programs. Key to securing the approval was their 3-chip image capture and 50Mbps file based workflow. The XF100 & XF105 are smaller and lighter versions that find favour with many advanced videographers needing a file based workflow with incredible quality from a compact camcorder.
1440 x 1080 at 35Mbps
The new update adds the 1440 x 1080 resolution with 35Mbps recording at 50i/60i to the cameras. To match with the update new versions of the plug-in for Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) will also be provided.
Canon releases new functionality for XF series
London, UK, 19 June 2012 – Canon today announces a new firmware update that enhances the usability of the popular XF camcorder series. The new firmware, version 188.8.131.52, adds the 1440 x1080 35Mbps recording format, popular with major news broadcasters, to the XF-series’ extensive selection of video resolutions and frame rates. The new format will enable videographers to record 1440 x 1080 HD video at 35Mbps at 60i or 50i and seamlessly integrate with existing workflows.
Once the firmware is installed, the recording mode can be accessed through the camcorder’s regular mode selection menu and the frame rate will be automatically selected, dependent on the camcorder’s PAL or NTSC setting. All previously supported XF-series video resolutions and frame rates will remain available in addition to the newly supported recording format.
To coincide with the release of this firmware update, Canon is also releasing Canon XF Utility 1.3 Updater for both Windows and Mac based systems. This update supports the new recording format and available to users after the firmware update. In addition a new plug-in for Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro 10 (FCP X) will be released. Avid users will not require an updated plug-in.
The new firmware 184.108.40.206 and Utility 1.3 Updater are available to download now from: http://software.canon-europe.com/