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News

Canon announces
pro video remote
control and feature updates

February 2014

Canon has expanded its professional line-up with the launch of the Remote Controller RC-V100 – a new, wired remote control unit for its range of professional video cameras. Created to offer even greater creative flexibility, the remote will open up new shooting possibilities. Joining the new remote control unit are a host of new firmware upgrades that add new functionality to Canon’s world-class series of EF and Cinema lenses and Cinema EOS cameras.

Developed in response to demand and feedback from Canon’s professional community, the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 provides access to many in-camera functions via the standard operating menus. Dedicated interfaces allow control of common settings such as iris, zoom and white balance, whilst a number of more advanced adjustments, such as knee point/slope and master pedestal, can also be made directly. Support for user-defined operation is provided in the form of four buttons that mirror the operation of assignable camera buttons 1-4.

The Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 broadens the range of opportunities for Canon camcorder users, expanding the range of possible installation locations and increasing compatibility with multi-camera shoots.

KEEPING THE CUSTOMER CREATIVE

“Our customers are constantly inspiring us with their creativity and desire to use our products in new and different ways – sometimes in ways we didn’t expect. We really want to feed this creativity by expanding shooting possibilities even further, and this has resulted in the development of the new Canon Remote Controller RC-V100,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Marketing, Canon Europe. “The customer feedback we receive is invaluable to us, and we hope that the addition of this new remote will free even more of our customers to realise their vision.”

At launch, the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 wired remote will be compatible with a range of Canon professional video cameras and Cinema EOS cameras, including the XF300-series, EOS C100, EOS C300 and EOS C500. A free firmware update will be required to provide compatibility with models announced prior to the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100.

New firmware and upgrades

Continuous Recording functionality will soon be available for the EOS C100, thanks to a free firmware update that will permit uninterrupted recording1 and the ability for users to set in and out markers directly, in-camera. Selected moments can then be instantly accessed during editing, saving time and effort. Furthermore, the ability to record in full, particularly when shooting significant moments such as weddings or important events, allows users to access moments that might not have been spotted on the day, or to adjust the marked shots for the best possible end result. Compatible NLE software is required to take full advantage of Continuous Recording; at launch the feature will be supported by EDIUS Pro 7 from Grass Valley.

In addition, Canon has announced the future availability of a paid-for upgrade that brings Dual Pixel CMOS AF functionality (DAF) to its professional EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera. Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a groundbreaking, Canon-developed technology that expands shooting possibilities by providing smooth, fast, high-performance continuous autofocus in large sensor video cameras, to offer even greater creative flexibility in everyday use. First announced for the EOS C100, and since requested by many EOS C300 users, this unique feature expands the shooting opportunities for the popular cine camera even further.

Finally, Canon will also be bringing Peripheral Illumination Correction for its CN-E35mm T1.5L F and EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lenses to the EOS C100, EOS C300 and EOS C5002. Peripheral Illumination Correction balances any light fall-off, or drop in illumination, that may darken the edges of an image as a result of lens characteristics or shooting conditions.

Availability


  • The Canon Remote Controller RC-V100 and associated firmware updates are expected to be available from June 2014.
  • Continuous recording on the EOS C100 is expected to be available via a firmware update from late February 2014.
  • DAF functionality for the EOS C300 is expected to be available from May 2014.
  • The firmware update to enable Peripheral Illumination Correction for the CN-E35mm T1.5L F and EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lenses is expected to be available from June 2014.

1 Subject to memory capacity. A 64GB card can store up to five hours, 55 minutes at maximum quality.

2 EOS C300 and EOS C500 EF mount versions only.