VariCamLT RAW Supported by Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ Monitor/Recorder

VariCamLT RAW Supported by Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ Monitor/Recorder

Convergent Design have announced the upcoming firmware update for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q monitor/recorders will support the Panasonic VariCamLT 4K RAW output.  When Panasonic unveiled the VariCamLT in February, it announced the 4K RAW output capability for the camera would be added this year.  Panasonic has today released a free firmware update to the camera that enables this ability.  Convergent Design and Panasonic  demonstrated the 4K RAW capture workflow from the VariCamLT to the Odyssey7Q+ recently at the IBC 2016 show in Amsterdam.

“Odyssey supports RAW from more cameras than any other device in the industry,” said Mike Schell, President, Convergent Design. “The VariCamLT is a great camera and an important one in the Panasonic line, and we’re proud to include it in the Odyssey RAW Bundle for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q. Odyssey will support all frame rates and resolutions available for output from the VariCamLT. In addition to our RAW record capabilities, we can integrate the Odyssey’s Image Analysis Tools for focus, color and exposure, as well as its accurate OLED monitor and comprehensive Odyssey LUT System. Together the VariCamLT and the Odyssey7Q+ make a complete professional image capture package.”

The VariCamLT can output 4K 12-bit RAW up to 30fps and 4K 10-bit RAW up to 60fps.  The Odyssey7Q+ and the Odyssey7Q will be able to capture this RAW data and record it in the CinemaDNG format for use in popular post programs such as Assimilate SCRATCH 8.5 Tools & Workflow, DaVinci Resolve, and Adobe Premiere.

The Odyssey RAW Bundle option is required on the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q in order to record from RAW data camera sources.  In addition to support for the Panasonic VariCamLT, other RAW camera outputs supported include the ARRI ALEXA Classic, Canon C300mkII & C500, Indiecam GS2K, IO Industries Flare 2K & 4K, and Sony FS5, FS7, & FS700 cameras.  With the upcoming firmware update, the VariCamLT is added to the supported RAW cameras in the Odyssey RAW Bundle for no additional cost.  The Odyssey RAW Bundle can be added to any Odyssey7Q+ or Odyssey7Q at any time by purchasing an activation key from the Convergent Design website.  Permanent activation of the Odyssey RAW Bundle is US$995 and a one-day rental is US$99.

The free firmware update for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q is expected to be available near the end of September.  Visit Convergent Design at IBC booth 12.A34 September 9-13 to demo the VariCamLT and Odyssey7Q+ pairing in person.

Click here for Odyssey RAW Bundle

Click here for the Varicam V4.0 Firmware Upgrade

Panasonic Releases 2 New 4K Professional Camcorders

Two new Panasonic models are currently scheduled for release in the Spring of 2016: the UX Premium Model AG-UX180, with a 1-inch (effective size) MOS sensor, optical 20x zoom and UHD 60p recording capability; and the UX Standard Model AG-UX90, featuring a 1-inch (effective size) MOS sensor, optical 15x zoom and UHD 30p recording.

“With an increasing demand for 4K video content, Panasonic is introducing the UX series to make 4K acquisition even more accessible to video professionals,” said Steven Cooperman, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic System Communication Company. “UX camcorders will provide high-mobility shooting and workflow equivalent to our existing professional integrated-lens handhelds.”


The UX series will support recording up to 4K (4096×2160, 24p only) and UHD (3840×2160). (The AVCCAM series allowed recording up to FHD/1920×1080.) UX camcorders will use the SD Memory Card1 as recording media. The UX Premium Model AG-UX180 supports, in addition to 4K and UHD, dual codec recording (UHD *2/FHD), IR recording in low light, and 3G SDI/HDMI2.0 output. The UX camcorders’ 1-inch (effective size) MOS sensor ensures sensitivity equivalent to that of conventional handheld cameras. Variable frame rate (VFR) recording functionality (2-60 fps) is planned in FHD mode.

The availability of these new UX models later this year will bring the company’s line-up of professional 4K cameras to five, including the flagship VariCam 35 and VariCam LT cinema cameras for HDR production in 4K resolution, and the AG-DVX200 4K, 4/3″ large-sensor camcorder.


Australian pricing for both models has yet to be announced, availability is expected late October.

Download the PDF for full specification & product details here.

*1: Video-shooting at 100Mbps or higher requires an SD Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3).
*2: Excludes UHD 60p, 4K


Orange Is The New Black – Season 4 Shot On VariCam

Season 4 of Netflix’s top rating series ‘Orange is the New Black’ is airing in Australia on Netflix and Foxtel. Season 4 was shot using Varicam cameras in beautiful 4K imagery, supplied by Panavision.

The series is also close to many Australian’s hearts because one of its stars is fellow Australian actress and DJ Ruby Rose, who plays the role of Stella Carlin. Stella has quite a fan base in Australia and there is one giant question around whether Stella will return for Season 4.

Netflix and chill

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American Cinematographer recently published a great article  – Behind the Bars – with Cinematographer Ludovic Littee. This article emphasizes the planning, communication and efficiency of the crew while filming.

Read ‘Behind the Bars’ by Patricia Thompson for American Cinematographer

To see the latest goings on at Litchfield Penitentiary check out the trailer:

The new Panasonic VariCam LT 4K has arrived at John Barry Sales

This camera is a game changer!

With more customers wanting 4K origination, the new Panasonic VariCam LT provides exceptional results and it has some great features.

The Varicam LT has the same specs and uses the same Super 35 image sensor as the Varicam 35 cinema camera.

While the Varicam has many features, as you would expect from a camera at this level, one of the best features is the Dual ISO recording.

The camera has a native ISO of 800 and 5000, which is also adjustable and with 14+ stops of wide latitude, picture quality is exceptional. The native 5000 ISO lets you capture images in very low light situations.

Since the camera features dual codec recording, it means the user can record a “Primary” codec as well as a smaller “Proxy” file. There is also in in-camera colour grading function and it supports AVC Intra, Apple Pro Res & 4K codecs.  Consider what this means from a workflow perspective, as Panasonic say, it’s a revolution!

Another exciting feature is the changeable lens mount, not an adaptor! The camera ships as standard with an EF mount, however, this can be removed & replaced with the optional  PL mount, the PL mount will be selling for $2,000.00 inc. GST, the PL lens mount is also now in stock.

For our Gimbal and Drone users, the Varicam has a small body size and weight of 2.7kg (body only)

We will be setting up the camera for demo sessions with the Shape Wooden Handle and the Small HD 502 with Side Finder and lens options for demo from Xeen and Tokina.

For customers wanting more information or to book a demo time, please contact Josh Papp on 1800 717 710  or email

Varicam LT Rig at John Barry Sales

Panasonic Announces Compact 4K Super 35 Varicam LT Cinema Camcorder

Panasonic today unveiled the VariCam LT, representing the next generation of 4K cinema cameras. The VariCam LT camcorder  inherits the same super 35mm sensor and superb imaging capabilities that distinguish the award-winning VariCam 35, but with significant reductions in size, weight and price. Continue reading “Panasonic Announces Compact 4K Super 35 Varicam LT Cinema Camcorder”

A Tough Cameraman with a Tough Camera!


A camera man had a close call shooting a drag race this week, he was outside of the track and was considered on the ‘safer’ side of the race. Little did he know that with in seconds the car on his left had lost complete control…we won’t spoil it for you, click here to watch the video.

Thankfully the Camera Operator walked away from the incident and unbelievably the Panasonic AC-160 was in full functioning condition after being smacked by a car at 150km/hour! These cameras aren’t advertised as indestructible but they can definitely take a hit!

Click here to view the video, click here to order the Panasonic AG-AC160 or for more information, please contact our friendly John Barry Staff.

Panasonic Bonus Media Promotion

Pansonic Media Promotion

John Barry is pleased to announce the Panasonic Bonus Media Promotion.
Purchase a selected Panasonic AVCCAM or P2HD product,
register for up to 4 years BONUS warranty and claim a bonus Memory Card + Reader/Writer bundle.

For more information contact one of our friendly John Barry staff member.

P2HD 5 Year Warranty Repair Program by Panasonic

P2HD 5 Year Warranty Repair Program

John Barry is excited to announce the P2HD 5 Year Warranty Repair Program by Panasonic!
The P2HD 5 year warranty repair program further enhances selecting P2 camera recorder’s and recorder’s outstanding reliability and durability, and helps to reduce running costs. Once you purchase an applicable model (indicated by a mark on the catalogue’s product introduction pages), simply register it at Panasonic’s Website to be eligible for maximum five year warranty repair service.

Panasonic has announced the AG-HPX600

Panasonic AVC Intra camera
Panasonic announced the AG-HPX600

Panasonic has announced the AG-HPX600, a high performance 2/3”-Type shoulder mount camera for all your production needs.

It uses multiple HD/SD codecs, including AVC-Intra 100/50 for high end Intra-frame editing. Panasonic has developed a new 2/3”-Type MOS Sensor which offers levels of F12 sensitivity at 59.94 Hz and F13 sensitivity at 50Hz, low noise with an S/B of 59 dB (Standard) that surpass many 2/3-Type 3CCD cameras.

The AG-HPX600EN will have a retail price of $15,800.00 including GST while the AG-HPX600ENB which includes the AG-CVF10G Viewfinder will have a retail price of $17,327.00 including GST.

For more information please contact our friendly John Barry staff.