VENICE Full Frame Motion Picture Camera—side-view with Assistant Display active

VENICE

Next-generation motion picture camera system with forward-thinking full-frame sensor, phenomenal color science and user-friendly operation.

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Reliable partner for creativity

VENICE is a cinema camera created by and for the cinematographer. It’s equipped with a newly developed full-frame image sensor meeting the needs of the film industry in pushing the boundaries of large format image capture with exceptional picture quality.

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Beautiful image

Satisfied with the current condition? With the wide latitude and gamut recorded by the VENICE, freedom of expression is significantly expanded in grading and based on established workflow.

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Cinematographer Rob Hardy, BSC describes shooting with VENICE
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Simple and intuitive

Usability and reliability of the camera is one of the major concerns for operators, especially in tough or time-critical filming conditions. With a user-friendly design, clear and simple menu navigation, and a highly durable, reliable construction, VENICE lets you simply concentrate on filming, and not the camera.

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36 x 24-mm full-frame sensor for cinema

VENICE is equipped with a 36 x 24-mm full-frame image sensor designed specifically for high end cinematography, and can capture images up to a maximum resolution of 6048 x 4032. By switching imager modes, VENICE can natively support Super35 24.3 x 18.0 mm, 4096 x 3024 resolution (equivalent to 4-perforation motion picture film) and Super35 24.3 x 12.8 mm, 4096 x 2160 resolution (equivalent to 3-perforation motion picture film). In other words, VENICE’s new full-frame sensor can capture in almost any format, including full 18 mm-height Super35 anamorphic and spherical and full-frame 24 mm-height anamorphic and spherical. Almost any aspect ratio can be conjured up: 1.85:1, 2.39:1, 17:9, the list goes on in full-frame or Super35.

With VENICE, Sony is giving users the option to customize their camera by only enabling the features as needed, according to individual production requirements. Licenses are available to expand the camera’s capabilities, including 4K anamorphic and 6K full-frame.

Close-up of VENICE full-frame image sensor

Creative freedom

Full-frame full-width 36 mm 6K

In full-frame, you can use the full 6048 pixel width of the sensor for widescreen spherical 2.39:1 or Large Format Scope. Full-Frame can be used creatively in a number of ways – for example, to allow for extra shallow depth of field or super-wide shooting.

Super35 full height 2.0x squeeze anamorphic

For anamorphic shooting and production, Super35 full height 2 x squeeze anamorphic is supported.

Super35 17:9 and 16:9

These popular imager sizes are natively supported by VENICE. Current Super 35 mm PL mount lenses can be used.

Diagram showing supported imager modes for VENICE digital cinema camera.

VENICE Sensor Modes

Software LicenseImager modeResolutionW X H (mm)Project Frame RateSelect FPSSelect FPS w/HFR License
License not Required*3.8K 16:93840 x 216022.8 x 12.823, 24, 25, 29, 47, 50, 591 - 6066, 72, 75, 88, 90, 96, 100, 110****
License not Required*3.8K 16:9

(Surround View)

3840 x 2160

(4268 x 2400)

22.8 x 12.8

(25.4 x 14.3)

23, 25, 25, 29, 471 - 48-
License not Required*4K 2.39:14096 x 171624.3 x 10.323, 24, 25, 29, 47, 50, 591 - 6066, 72, 75, 88, 90, 96, 100, 110, 120
License not Required*4K 17:94096 x 216024.3 x 12.823, 24, 25, 29, 47, 50, 591 - 6066, 72, 75, 88, 90, 96, 100, 110
License not Required*4K 17:9

(Surround View)

4096 x 2160

(4552 x 2400)

24.3 x 12.8

(27.0 x 14.3)

23, 24, 25, 29, 47, 50**, 59**1 - 48-
Anamorphic License4K 4:34096 x 302424.3 x 18.0 23, 24, 25, 29, 47, 50**, 59**1 - 4849-60, 66, 72, 75
Anamorphic License4K 4:3

(Surround View)

4096 x 3024

(4552 x 3360)

24.3 x 18.0

(27.0 x 20.0)

23, 24, 25, 291 - 30-
Anamorphic License4K 6:54096 x 343224.3 x 20.423, 24, 25, 291 - 3031-60, 66, 72****
Full-Frame License*5.7K 16:95674 x 319233.7 x 19.023, 24, 25, 291 - 3031-60, 66, 72****
Full-Frame License*6K 2.39:16048 x 253435.9 x 15.023, 24, 25, 29, 47***, 50***, 59***1 - 3031-60, 66, 72, 75, 88, 90
Full-Frame License*6K 17:96054 x 319236.0 x 19.023, 24, 25, 29, 47***, 50***, 59***1 - 3031-60, 66, 72
Full-Frame License*6K 1.85:16054 x 327236.0 x 19.423, 24, 25, 29, 47***, 50***, 59***1 - 3031-60, 66, 72
Full-Frame License*6K 3:26048 x 403235.9 x 24.023, 24, 25, 29**, 47***, 50***, 59***1 - 2526-60

*The Anamorphic license is required to enable ratio setting, other than Off (1.0x), for the de-squeeze function.
**When a High Frame Rate (HFR) License is activated,
***When a High Frame Rate (HFR) License is activated. And AXS recording is supported, but AXS playback is not supported on the unit.
****Requires Firmware Version 6.0 or higher

VENICE CBK-3610XS Extension System separates out sensor and VENICE main body allowing for multiple configurations.

VENICE Extension System

The CBK-3610XS Extension System provides the image quality and integrity expected of VENICE, with unparalleled flexibility for many mounting setups and filming scenarios. It’s simple to use VENICE with gimbals, handheld stabilizers, underwater and helicopter housings and 3D/VR rigs, as well as in tight and unconventional spaces, such as in vehicles, on cranes or Russian arms.

The Extension System consists of a front panel cover, image sensor block case with a 9-ft (2.7-m) cable and a 9-ft (2.7-m) extension cable. It is compatible with all existing VENICE cameras with Version 3.0 or higher firmware installed. The CBK-3610XS Extension System also adds an HD-SDI output, multiple mounting points and a 12-V or 24-V output for powering accessories such as lens servo motors and monitoring.

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High Frame Rate

The optional High Frame Rate license allows VENICE to shoot at speeds of up to 120fps at 4K 2.39:1, and 60fps at 6K 3:2 as well as up to 110fps at 4K 17:9, 90fps at 6K 2.39:1, 72fps at 6K 17:9, 72fps at 6K 1.85:1 and 75fps at 4K 4:3 with anamorphic license.

Fast shutter

VENICE’s high-speed readout sensor minimizes the jello effect typical in CMOS sensors.

Phenomenal latitude

VENICE has an exceptional 15+ stops of latitude, with low noise for extraordinary performance in delivering phenomenal images in conditions from searing sunlight to almost no light. VENICE’s real-world performance also excels at High Dynamic Range imaging and allows unprecedented creative freedom in grading.

More colors for more expression

VENICE can exceed Rec. 2020 color space. This means the color range is wider than DCI-P3 and can beautifully reproduce the true color of the scene in front of your lens. This also provides the broad palette in the grading suite using the established workflow of Sony’s third-generation LOG gamma encoding (S-Log3) and ultra-wide color space.

Dual Base ISO

VENICE has a base ISO of 500 to provide the optimal dynamic range for typical cinematography applications with on-set lighting. A secondary High Base ISO of 2500 excels in low-light High Dynamic Range capture, with an exposure latitude from 6 stops over to 9 stops under 18% Middle Gray, for a total of 15 stops. High Base ISO 2500 is ideal whenever you’re using slow lenses or shooting dimly-lit environments. Combining ISO2500 with VENICE’s internal eight-step Optical ND filter system offers the ability to emulate different ISOs while maintaining maximum latitude of +6 and -9 stops, enabling you to use VENICE as an ISO1250 camera.

Diagram showing VENICE dynamic range at ISO 500 setting

ISO 500

Diagram showing VENICE dynamic range at ISO 2500 setting

ISO 2500

Lens mount flexibility

PL lens mount

VENICE comes with the industry-standard PL lens mount. It is compatible with all Super35 and full-frame PL lenses, spherical and anamorphic. The lens mount includes contacts that support Cooke/i Technology. Lens information is recorded as metadata frame by frame.

Lever lock type e-mount

Choose from the growing eco-system of E-mount lenses and, via third-party adaptors, the world of SLR and rangefinder lenses. Lever lock operation provides added security with large lenses, and in most cases lens support rigs don’t need to be removed when changing lens. Switching from PL Mount to E-mount can be done by simply removing six hex screws, while E-mount lens iris operation is controllable via an assignable button.

Anamorphic look

VENICE’s support for anamorphic lenses combined with its ability to shoot 4:3 and 6:5 aspect ratio at a horizontal resolution of 4K allows the capture of breathtakingly beautiful images with stunning lens flare, bokeh and emotional impact.

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A fall forest scene illustrates capability of VENICE's 6K sensor.

6K high resolution

The stunning full 6K resolution of the camera can be recorded directly in X-OCN (16-bit eXtended tonal range Original Camera Negative) file format. Also, XAVC 4K can be captured onto SxS cards while still sampling from the full 6K resolution of the sensor.

CAD diagrams showing robust internal structure of VENICE camera

Engineered to survive

VENICE’s chassis is engineered to be amazingly robust and has been rigorously tested in the harshest conditions. Its ventilation system is completely isolated from all electronic components to prevent ingress of dust, sand and splash. The silent-running fan can be cleaned or even swapped out on set quickly and easily.

Easily configurable

VENICE has a fully modular design and even the sensor block is interchangeable. So, as sensor technology advances in far future, you have the opportunity to upgrade without investing in a new camera. In order to maintain ergonomic balance for operators, the top handle and viewfinder are easily adjustable. As the height of the camera from the bottom to the optical center of the lens mount is the same as the F55, base plates and other accessories used for the F55 can be used with VENICE. The AXS-R7 recorder can be attached to VENICE with just four screws.

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VENICE's modular design illustrated with potential configurations
CAD diagram showing VENICE's servo-controlled ND filter mechanism

World’s first 8-step mechanical ND Filters*

VENICE is the world’s first camera of its class with a servo-controlled 8-step mechanical ND filter mechanism built into the camera chassis. It offers a massive ND of 0.3 (1/2 = 1 stop) to ND2.4 (1/256 = 8 stops) range that reduces time lost on set changing external filters. The ND filters also greatly increase VENICE’s flexibility when being controlled remotely on drones and cranes, or in an underwater housing.

*Based on Sony market research.

Intuitive and familiar on-set operation

 

VENICE has control displays on both sides of the camera, with the main control display on the camera outside for fast access to the camera settings by the camera assistant while shooting. The camera operator’s OLED mini display allows intuitive control of commonly accessed features such as ND filter, shutter, FPS, White Balance and Exposure Index. The control interface is an all-new design based on extensive researches with camera operators.

Close-up of VENICE's Assistant Display screen

Assistant display

Close-up of VENICE's Operator Display screen

Operator display

Camera simulator

Sony’s VENICE Camera Simulator is an interactive training tool that represents the CineAlta camera’s menu-driven user interface.

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Precision Monitoring Performance

Illustration of VENICE's precision viewfinder

High-Resolution Magnification

High-resolution content requires highly precise focus. VENICE offers up to 4.0x Dot-by-Dot magnification of the viewfinder image for superb focus accuracy.

Diagram showing Surround View for VENICE camera operators

Surround View (Look Around)

Camera operators always appreciate a warning when mic booms or other distractions threaten to enter the frame. Using Surround View mode, the viewfinder and on-set monitors can display a 5% margin around the area being recorded.

NOTE: Surround View is available on 3.8K 16:9, 4K 17:9, and 4K 4:3 imager modes on VF, SDI 3/4, and HD Monitor outputs. Maximum supported frame rates are up to 29.97 fps (project) and 48 fps (variable).

Next generation viewfinder

The DVF-EL200 was created as the perfect partner for VENICE. A 1920 x 1080 OLED panel enables precise, high-resolution focusing and framing, including False Color Display at the touch of a button. A rotary encoder provides instant access to brightness, peaking and contrast. An all-new ergonomic design allows for tool-free attachment/detachment and reconfiguring within seconds. The industry-standard LEMO connector offers exceptional durability.

VENICE with DVF-EL200 viewfinder fitted.

Forward development

Sony is committed to extending the capability of VENICE with powerful system upgrades based on ongoing discussions with filmmakers.

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High performance, proven recording formats

VENICE offers complete production flexibility. Internally, VENICE can support XAVC, ProRes or MPEG HD recording onto an SxS memory card. Additionally, by using the AXS-R7 recorder, it can record 16-bit RAW or X-OCN (16-bit eXtended tonal range Original Camera Negative) onto AXS memory card.

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XAVC

XAVC is the highest-performing implementation of H.264/AVC intra-frame coding. It supports 4K with superb efficiency and beautiful 10-bit pictures. Naturally, VENICE supports XAVC Class480, which is the highest bitrate and quality available.

Apple ProRes

Apple ProRes including ProRes 422 proxy formats are popular in postproduction and are supported by VENICE. This means there’s no need for transcoding; you can simply handle these formats directly from the camera.

 

RAW

This ultimate 16-bit linear RAW format preserves all the information captured in 4K, with 16 times more tonal values than 12-bit RAW.

X-OCN – 16-bit eXtended tonal range Original Camera Negative

X-OCN—16-bit eXtended tonal range Original Camera Negative
Full 4K and 6K resolution, with extraordinary color reproduction, nicely suits Sony’s third generation color development, S-Gamut 3. In particular, 16-bit scene linear tonal gradation retains the camera’s full dynamic range, with far greater capacity for visual expression than 10-bit or 12-bit digital formats.
16-bit X-OCN offers significant file size reduction, which make working with full resolution content from VENICE’s 6K sensor far more practical in terms of file transfer times and storage requirements.

And X-OCN XT captures the highest quality imagery when using the AXS-R7 portable memory recorder. X-OCN XT is ideal for demanding visual effects work and productions requiring the utmost image quality from VENICE. The new X-OCN XT profile maintains economical file sizes comparable to Sony’s RAW file size, making the workflow affordable and efficient. In comparing X-OCN with Sony’s RAW format, X-OCN has superior reproduction in low-light areas and high-light areas. In VENICE’s 4K 17:9 imager mode, users will have the flexibility to record three X-OCN profiles (XT, ST, LT) and Sony RAW.

ART (Advanced Rendering Transform) file workflow

Introduced with V6 firmware, .ART files offer superior image quality, fewer artifacts, and enhanced security compared to 3D LUTs. They can be used when shooting in X-OCN/RAW and XAVC/ProRes. Technicolor and Sony are collaborating on free-to-download example files which will be available by December 2020.

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VENICE 3D look-up-table image (left) and .ART image (right).

ACES logo

ACES

ACES is a free, open, device-independent color management and image interchange system that can be applied to almost any current or future workflow. It was developed by hundreds of the industry’s top scientists, engineers, and end users, working together under the auspices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Sony is committed to supporting ACES-based workflows in the highest quality possible.

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Simultaneous recording for faster workflow

A key benefit of VENICE is simultaneous recording using two recording media. For example, a production could use RAW/X-OCN data recorded by AXS-R7 for online editing and also use XAVC, Apple ProRes or MPEG HD for offline editing without waiting for any file conversion. VENICE can also record XAVC 4K and RAW/X-OCN* simultaneously. Therefore, another option would be to use XAVC 4K for quick turnaround mainstream production while using simultaneous recording RAW/X-OCN as a future-proof archive suitable for the highest quality HDR applications.

Even without using AXS-R7, VENICE itself can record XAVC 4K and Apple ProRes 422 Proxy* simultaneously. VENICE is designed to support both the highest quality imagery and high-speed workflows.

Side-view of VENICE camera
Side-view of VENICE camera with AXS-R7 recorder fitted

Internal recording

SxSSub
XAVC 4KMPEG HD*
XAVC 4KHD ProRes Proxy
XAVC QFHDMPEG HD*
XAVC QFHDHD ProRes Proxy

With optional AXS-R7

SxSAXS
MPEG HD*RAW
HD ProResRAW
XAVC 4KRAW
XAVC QFHDRAW
MPEG HD*X-OCN
HD ProResX-OCN
XAVC 4KX-OCN
XAVC QFHDX-OCN

*Fixed FPS only

Powerful tools for color management and on-set workflow

Catalyst Browse and the RAW Viewer are free software downloads for color grading and transcoding capabilities that work in close alignment with third-party color grading applications and also with non-linear editing systems.

4K monitor out

6G/12G-SDI switchable output enabling single 4K SDI output during RAW/X-OCN and HD simultaneous recording using a single BNC cable to simplify on-set operations.

For highest quality on-set monitoring, Sony’sPVM-X1800 and PVM-X2400 TRIMASTER 4K HDR monitors offer precision reproduction at ultra-high definition with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and an impressive brightness of all-white luminance of 1000 cd/m2. To empower filmmakers to make critical imaging decisions, their wide color gamut matches the industry-leading BVM-HX310 TRIMASTER HX master monitor. The PVM X Series are highly portable to support 4K HDR production for applications such as on-set monitoring for a DIT cart and/or Video village.

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VENICE camera with remote control unit.

Paint control from RM/RCP units

The unit supports control from an RM/RCP panel that can be used with broadcast camcorders and system cameras. When connected, ITU-R Rec. 2020 color space and HLG are selectable and adjustment of various paint parameters is supported.

Specifications

General
Power Requirements
DC12 V (11–17.0 V)
DC24 V (22–32.0 V)
Operating Temperature
0 ~ 40℃
Storage Temperature
-20℃–60℃
Mass
Approx. 3.9 kg (8 lb 9.6 oz) (excluding handle, VF attachment, bottom cover)
Dimensions: H x W x L
158 x 147 x 235 mm (6 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 9 3/8 inch) (excluding protrusions)
Power Consumption
Approx. 60 W
Camera
Imaging Device
35 mm full size, single-chip CMOS image sensor
Imaging Device Pixel Count
24.8 M (total)
Imaging Device Size
36.2 x 24.1 mm 43.5 mm Diagonal
Built-In ND Filters
Clear, 0.3 (1/2), 0.6 (1/4), 0.9 (1/8), 1.2 (1/16), 1.5 (1/32), 1.8 (1/64) 2.1 (1/128), 2.4 (1/256)
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 500, ISO 2500 (Dual Base ISO)
Lens Mount
PL Mount
E-mount (lever lock type, without supplied PL lens mount adaptor)
Latitude
15+ Stop
Select FPS
4K 2.39:1 1-120FPS, 4K 17:9 1-110FPS, 3.8K 16:9 1-60 FPS
4K 4:3 1-75 FPS, 4K 6:5 1-30 FPS
6K 2.39:1 1-90 FPS, 6K 17:9/1.85:1 1-72 FPS, 5.7K 16:9 1-30 FPS
6K 3:2 1-60 FPS
White Balance
2000–15000 Kelvin and Green/Magenta adjust, AWB
Gamma Curve
S-Log3
Recording
Recording Format (Video)
XAVC 4K Class 480: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
XAVC 4K Class 300: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
XAVC QFHD Class 480: 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p
XAVC QFHD Class 300: 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
MPEG HD422 (1920 x 1080): 23.98p, 25p, 29.97p, 50i, 59.94i
HD ProRes 422HQ: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p, 50i, 59.94i
HD ProRes 422: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p, 50i, 59.94i
HD ProRes 422 Proxy: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p, 50i, 59.94i
HD ProRes 4444: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
Recording Format (RAW/X-OCN) Required AXS-R7
RAW SQ:
4K 17:9 (4096 x 2160): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
3.8K 16:9 (3840 x 2160): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
X-OCN ST/LT:
6K 3:2 (6048 x 4032): 23.98p, 24p, 25p
6K 2.39:1 (6048 x 2534): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
6K 1.85:1 (6054 x 3272): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
6K 17:9 (6054 x 3192): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
5.7K 16:9 (5674 x 3192): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
4K 6:5 (4096 x 3432): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
4K 4:3 (4096 x 3024): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p
4K 17:9 (4096 x 2160): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
4K 2.39:1: 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
3.8K 16:9 (3840 x 2160): 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 50p, 59.94p
Recording Format (Audio)
LPCM 4ch , 24-bit 48-kHz
Inputs/Outputs
DC Input
XLR-type 4pin (male)
Battery DC Input
Square-shaped 5pin connector
DC Output
12 V: Hirose 4 pin x 1
24 V: Fischer 3 pin x 2
SDI Output
BNC x 4, (12G, 3G, 1.5G-SDI)
HD MONI Output
BNC x 1 (1.5G-SDI)
HDMI Output
Type A x 1
VF
LEMO 26pin
Audio Input
XLR-type 5 pin (female) x 1 (LINE / AES/EBU / MIC / MIC + 48 V selectable)
Timecode Input
BNC x 1
Genlock Input
BNC x 1
AUX
LEMO 5 pin (female) x 1 (Timecode Output)
Remote
8 pin x 1
Lens
12 pin x 1
Lens Mount Hot Shoe
4 pin x 2, conforming to Cooke /i Intelligent Electronic Lens System
Network
RJ-45 type x 1, 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX
USB
USB host, type-A x 1
Headphone Output
Stereo mini jack x 1
Speaker Output
Monoral
Media type
ExpressCard/34 slot x 2
SD card slot x 1
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