Canon expands product line-up for broadcast and filmmaking
MENA Newswire: Canon today strengthens its cinema and broadcast offering, in line with user needs, with a suite of products – including the CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1, Canon’s latest Cine-Servo lens for a broad range of productions, the EU-V3 – a modular expansion unit for the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III, a Cinema EOS firmware update, and the DP-V2730, a 27-inch 4K professional reference display that seamlessly fits into workflows of broadcasters and filmmakers.
With a superb combination of focal range, compact size, and light weight, the CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1 supports Super 35mm cameras, making it ideal for a range of cinema and broadcast productions. With its versatile focal range from a wide 15mm, up to an impressive telephoto range of 120mm, the CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1 can further extend up to 180mm via the built-in 1.5x extender whilst offering full frame sensor coverage. To support future productions, the 8K optical performance can be maintained across the full focal length, which guarantees consistently high image quality across the entire frame.
Designed with consistent results in mind, the CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1 features Canon’s renowned warm colour science, matching the existing range of Canon’s cinema lenses – and an 11-blade aperture, producing a beautiful, smooth bokeh. Offering outstanding optical performance – and breath-taking image quality for HDR, 4K and 8K productions – the CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1 supports EF mount communication, advanced metadata capture with support for Cooke /i Technology™ and is also the first Cine-Servo lens to enable ZEISS eXtended Data™ (XD) communication when using the PL Mount. Featuring the same 16-bit encoder found in Canon’s broadcast and existing Cine-Servo lenses, which provides accurate lens position, zoom, focus and iris metadata, the information and communication functions between the CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1 and camera are paramount for VFX, virtual and cinema productions.
The high-end Cine-Servo CN8x15 IAS S E1/P1 is available in both EF and PL mount, featuring a powerful and removable servo motor drive unit. This provides broadcast-friendly shoulder operation for ENG/EFP and documentary style shooters and access for accessories needed for cinema productions.
With the increased move towards large format sensor cameras for broadcast, events and live sports production – providing viewers with a unique perspective when watching their favorite teams play – Canon has listened to user requirements with the EU-V3 expansion module for both the EOS C500 Mark II and EOS C300 Mark III. Building on both cameras’ modular design, it expands and supports specific functionality for multi-camera and live productions.
The EU-V3 offers an exclusive SDI return feature, allowing real-time monitoring of a live broadcast feed from a production switcher. The return output destination can be selected from the VIDEO, EVF-V50, MON/HDMI and SDI-OUT terminals. The EU-V3 also enables Tally support via Ethernet, using XC protocol – when the extension unit receives a Tally signal, lights on the camera body can be utilized, a Tally On-Screen display is shown, and it can relay the signal to an external device via Hirose 4-pin. Both the SDI Return and Tally functions are essential for informing camera operators of when their camera feed is live and the current status of the production.
The lens focus position can also be displayed on-screen when using the EU-V3 – with compatible broadcast and Cine-Servo lenses via 12-pin communication. The Focus Position Meter, which users can choose to display along the top or right side of the screen, allows users to register multiple focus positions on a distance scale and highlights when focus is achieved during manual operation – such as when selecting the finish line for a race.