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Canon firmware update for XF camcorders incoming, brings broadcast friendly format along

Canon firmware update for XF camcorders incoming, brings broadcast friendly format along
James Trew
James Trew|@itstrew|April 13, 2012 7:34 PM
Still loving your XF video shooter from Canon, but lamenting the lack of 1440 x 1080, 35 mbps HD? Better sit down on your director's chair then, as it looks like a forthcoming firmware update for the series adds exactly this (at both 50i and 60i.) The format is popular with broadcast and news, and no doubt Canon is hoping to broaden the appeal of the XF line by bundling it in -- or smoothing the workflow of existing owners. The update will be available to all four cameras in the range (XF100, XF105, XF300, and XF305,) and you'll be able to start shooting with it from end of May.
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New Firmware Enhances Canon XF-Series Camcorders, Supporting Popular Broadcast Recording Format

New Firmware Enables 1440 x 1080 35mbps Recording at 60i or 50i for Canon's XF305, XF300, XF105, and XF100 Professional Camcorders

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for all four models of the Company's XF-series professional camcorders, enabling a new 35mbps recording mode. The new firmware enables a highly utilized recording mode, popular with many major news broadcast corporations, capturing 1440 x 1080 HD video at 35mbps at 60i or 50i. This format is designed to help the camcorders seamlessly align with standard workflows used by many major news broadcast organizations. Once the firmware is installed, the recording mode will be accessed through the regular mode selection menu on the camcorder and the frame rate will be automatically selected, dependent on the camcorder's PAL or NTSC setting. All previously supported XF-series video resolutions and frame rates will remain available in addition to the newly supported recording format.

"We are happy to continually enhance the capabilities of our products and technologies to meet the needs of professionals in the marketplace. This new firmware will enhance our ability to satisfy the diverse technical needs of broadcast news organizations," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

The firmware is expected to be available for download at the end of May 2012 for all XF-series camcorders and will be available on the individual product pages through the Canon website.