This week's news roundup features a new EOS R5 firmware, AVID updates, and Colour Finale improvements.
Canon EOS R5, R6, & 1-D X MK III Firmware Update Adds Canon Log 3 and RAW Light
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS R5 and R6 (ver. 1.3.0), along with the EOS 1-D X Mark III (ver. 1.4.0), which brings fixes and some notable new features, including RAW Light and Canon Log 3.
The RAW Light codec allows for lower bitrates, which keeps video file sizes smaller, but retains the flexibility of shooting in RAW. Canon has said this is different from their Cinema RAW Light codec, released a few years back. Additionally, Canon Log 3 has been added, which has been a feature of the Cinema EOS line of cameras.
A previous firmware update helped control the overheating issue of the EOS R5 and R6 during prolonged video recording.
Color Finale Transcoder Extension Allows Final Cut Pro to Import RAW Formats Quickly
Final Cut Pro editors will be able to import some popular, but unsupported, codecs with the new Color Finale Transcoder extension, including ARRI RAW, BRAW (Blackmagic RAW), and CinemaDNG. It will include a fast and instantaneous preview of the footage. You'll also be able to quickly make adjustments.
No other details about the extension are known quite yet, but this isn't a standalone program to transcode the footage.
The pre-order price is $45 USD, 25% off the final price. It will debut on April 19, 2021. Check out the Color Finale page to pre-order.
Color Finale is known for its terrific color grading plugin for Final Cut Pro, along with LUTs and Connect, which allows for collaboration.
Avid Media Composer Updated to 2021.3
Avid released a new update for Media Composer, 2021.3 a couple of weeks ago, which has a brand new IMF packaging tool (Interoperable Master Format) and other features and fixes. In addition to the IMF tool, there isn't a need to re-encode a project for other formats compatible with streaming services.
Other new features in the update include customizing the workspace, a new Bin Status Bar to streamline the organization of assets, Find Bin command to quickly locate a clip on the timeline in a Bin, Titler+ updates (work directly in the composer window without opening the Effects Editor), and much more.
Visit Avid's Media Composer page for more details.