Canon Europe streamlines 4K broadcast production workflows with a new BCTV lens and display firmware update

by Ahmed Zaky

MENA Newswire: Canon Europe today announces the launch of its latest broadcast zoom lens, the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF (UJ122x8.2B AF), which features premium 4K image quality with a 122x Zoom Ratio allowing the lens to reach an incredible 8.2 -1000mm (16.4-2000mm with in-built 2x extender) focal length range. What sets the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF apart is the addition of a fast and accurate phase detection auto focus system to support with the capture of fast-moving subjects at 4K resolution, which can be deployed by the operator using the new FDJ-S31/41 focus controller. Canon will also be releasing new firmware for the DP-V1830 professional reference display, which will support broadcasters in achieving the best 4K HDR picture quality possible.

Canon Europe streamlines 4K broadcast production workflows with a new BCTV lens and display firmware update

Sharp image quality, from a distance

Well-suited for sport and live event broadcasters who need to deliver the best possible image quality for their viewers, the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF achieves sharp images that help capture the action in breath-taking detail. Leveraging Canon’s advanced optical technology, this lens features fluorite and UD glass elements which minimises lens artefacts such as chromatic aberration, ghosting and flare to produce stunning 4K HDR image quality throughout the entire zoom range as well as from the centre to the extreme edges of the frame. Perfect for shooting distant subjects, such as sporting or live music events, the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF features an incredible 122x zoom and with the inbuilt 2x extender can reach a focal length of 2000mm.

Advanced lens technology for smooth image capture

To simplify operation during fast-paced action and ensure the subject is in focus at a telephoto focal length with limited depth of field, the UHD DIGISUPER 122AF features Canon’s Advanced Autofocus Technology which maintains quick and precise focus on the subject, enabling camera operators to concentrate on the shot.

With two autofocus modes (Full Time and Part Time), a choice of three area sizes of the AF frame and variable AF response speed, this lens can be optimised for highly accurate focus tracking capability. When combined with the new FDJ-S31/41 focus controller, operators can customise the focus control characteristics and gain enhanced control of AF modes, area setting and sensitivity offering three focus curve modes – Far, Standard and Near. Also compatible with the HD Studio / Field auto focus lenses, the operator is able to get the best AF functionality for the focal range required in each shooting scenario.

With the advanced in-built image stabilisation, this lens features the best of Canon’s optical and servo technologies to stabilise footage and maintain high-quality 4K performance at all times – this is particularly important when the operator is working at the long end of the zoom range.

Streamlined virtual production workflows

The UHD DIGISUPER 122AF is also compatible with virtual production systems, such as during sport events when virtual graphics may be included in the live footage. Featuring three 20-pin connectors, the 16-bit absolute value encoder works with zoom, focus and iris to output accurate lens positional information for the footage to seamlessly interact with virtual elements.

New DP-V1830 firmware

Canon also announces a firmware update for the DP-V1830 professional reference monitor, which will be available from July 2022. The DP-V1830 is a 4K HDR display that features award-winning monitoring tools and uncompromising 12G-SDI connectivity, making it ideal for live broadcast studios, production trucks and on-set HDR monitoring. With the introduction of this new firmware, users will experience the full potential of this display, thanks to the addition of further advanced functionality that strongly supports 4K HDR broadcast productions.

With this latest update from Canon, the DP-V1830 features new RGB Parade Waveform Monitor and Chromaticity Diagram Display tools which provide detailed colour information, to ensure true-to-life colour reproduction and facilitate the accurate colour matching of multiple cameras used in the production. This update also unlocks monitoring tools such as Frame Luminance Monitor, an exclusive Canon tool that shows the average and peak brightness of the image over time. With this latest update the DP-V1830 now also features Histogram, which can be used to judge the overall balance in exposure of the image. Featuring a new intuitive interface, Multi Information View, it’s possible to use multiple of these HDR monitoring tools at the same time, without obstructing the image.

Owners of the DP-V1830 will also benefit from the new Enhanced Dual/Quad View functionality, which enables users to see both HDMI and SDI feeds simultaneously, perfect for hybrid workflows. With the firmware, it’s possible to adjust individual image quality settings for two or four split screen viewing and Multi Information View when utilising the SDI input. This enables users to do away with dedicated equipment like signal converters or separate displays, for a more compact filming setup and efficient production workflow. With the update, there is also the option of purchasing in-built SDI Switcher functionality, which enables a 4-way SDI switching on the monitor, allowing operators to switch the view between four cameras or send to an external recorder, reducing the need for additional hardware. The DP-V1830 can now be linked to a computer, tablet or smartphone via a LAN connection, to utilise the Remote Control Web User Interface.

UHD DIGISUPER 122AF Key Features:

  • Premium 4K Image Quality
  • 122x zoom range (8.2-1000mm)
  • Advanced Auto Focus Technology
  • Integral Image stabilizer
  • Full Support for Virtual Systems
  • Compatibility with fully functional FDJ-S31/41 focus controller

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