Updated: Apple talk 2018 Mac Pro re-think amid controversies

UPDATE: It turns out a small group of journalists were invited to the Apple R&D lab for Mac products for a round-table chat with Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and hardware chief John Ternus. The resulting interviews are revealing – Apple say the previous Mac Pro design boxed them into a thermal corner on performance and thus apologise to pros for the lack of updates. It seems they are putting this right.

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Meeting with Sony to discuss FS5 cinema camera improvements – optimised firmware available Friday 7am London time

Sony FS5 meeting

Friday 7am London time sees the release of a firmware update for the Sony FS5 which optimises the performance of internal recording, fixing the issues spotted by early adopters of the camera including myself (Andrew Reid) and Paul Antico.

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Upcoming functions of Sony FS5 Firmware 1.2 (release date TBD)

Sony FS5 firmware update

Today I gave my early FS5 feedback to Sony and they gave me some good news – another firmware update is in the pipeline.

I am allowed to give you some of the confirmed new features, although the release timing and full details are yet to be fully decided.

It is clear Sony is going to support the FS5 extremely well!

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Panasonic GH4 V-LOG increases dynamic range by 2 stops, costs $99

Panasonic GH4 - with Cooke Panchro Cinema lens

Panasonic today made the V-LOG firmware update for the GH4 official. It is a paid update $99? Absolutely. I will be buying it. It is affordable enough for enthusiasts. Pros especially must be very thankful. The last time the paid to add LOG via a firmware update it cost $3000 with the Sony F3!

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Fuji X-T1 version 3.0 firmware now available – 24p video mode – and full frame with Speed Booster ULTRA

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Well hell has officially frozen over and Fuji have full manual control in video mode along with 24p.

You can download the V3.0 firmware for the X-T1 and X-T1 Chrome edition here. It adds a lot of improvements.

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Interview with Panasonic – raw HDMI output may be coming to future GH4 firmware plus anamorphic aspect ratios in firmware V2.0

Panasonic GH4 firmware update version 2.0 and 4K Photo Mode

New firmware for the Panasonic adds higher vertical resolutions in various aspect ratios, making further use of the camera’s 4K video ability.

For photographers also a brand new in-camera workflow is now available to extract high resolution stills from “4K Photo Mode”. For 4K video, resolution increases from 2160 lines in 16:9 for standard 4K to 2336 lines in 3:2, 2496 lines in 4:3 and an enormous 2880 lines in 1:1. By comparison the Red Dragon in 6K records up to 3160 lines vertically (2:1 aspect ratio). An anamorphic lens is needed to take advantage of the resolution gain in squarer aspect ratios such as 4:3 and 1:1. As a huge advocate of anamorphic at EOSHD, I’ll be testing this out very shortly with my collection (below). I’m expecting the results to be stunning.

I caught up with Panasonic recently to discuss the firmware update and more…

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