Panasonic announces HLG plug-in for Photoshop CC, adds Raw video modes to S-series cameras: Digital Photography Review


Panasonic has announced a plug-in that allows true-to-life HDR stills to be edited in Photoshop CC. Its S-series cameras can output high dynamic range images compatible with the Hybrid Log Gamma standard, but until now there’d been no easy way to edit them. The LUMIX HLG Photo plug-in will allow HLG stills from the S1, S1R, S5 and S1H to be opened, edited and saved within Photoshop. The results can then be viewed by connecting the camera to an HDR TV using an HDMI lead.

We haven’t yet had a chance to test the plug-in, but the ability to edit HDR stills is a key requirement if photographers hope to exploit the capabilities of HDR TVs as a way of showing a wider tonal range in a lifelike manner.

Panasonic has also announced firmware updates for its S1, S5 and S1R cameras, adding the ability to output Raw video over HDMI.

Blackmagic Raw video options (S1 and S5)

Firmware 2.1 for Lumix DC-S1s with the DMW-SFU2 filmmaker upgrade will enable 5.9K Raw video output over HDMI that can be encoded as Blackmagic Raw by a Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR. A 4K APS-C Raw video mode and APS-C Anamorphic Raw video mode are also available. This comes on top of the option to use an Atomos Ninja V to capture ProRes RAW video. The new firmware also adds the L.ClassicNeo and L.Monochrome S Photo Styles.

The Lumix DC-S5 gains the Blackmagic-compatible Raw functions with firmware v2.3.

Meanwhile, S1R owners will gain the L.ClassicNeo and L.Monochrome S color modes with firmware v1.9.

Both the firmware updates and plugin will be available from July 12th.


Panasonic Releases Firmware Update Programs for the LUMIX S Series Camera S1, S5 and S1R

Newark, NJ (June 22, 2021) – Panasonic is proud to announce that the company will release the firmware update programs for the LUMIX S Series full-frame mirrorless cameras to enhance functionality and usability. The firmware program version 2.1 for DC-S1, version 2.3 for DC-S5 and version 1.9 for DC-S1R will be available at LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/ at 9:00pm EDT on July 12, 2021. A plug-in software to manage HLG photos shot with S Series cameras on Adobe Photoshop CC will also be released at the same time.

The cameras and the programs to be updated are as follows:

S1 Firmware Version 2.1

  1. New functions and options to be available with the Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU2.

*Users who already have DMW-SFU2 do not need to purchase extra DMW-SFU2. There is no need to upgrade the camera with DMW-SFU2 if upgrading with DMW-SFU2 was previously done.

-RAW video data output over HDMI to Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR

[5.9K] / [4K] / [Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K] 12-bit RAW video data can be output over HDMI to Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR, to be recorded as Blackmagic RAW.

Area Resolution Frame Rate Aspect HDMI Output
Full-frame (5888×3312) 29.97p/25p/23.98p 16:9 12-bit
APS-C (4128×2176) 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p 17:9 12-bit
APS-C Anamorphic (3536X2656) 50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p 4:3 12-bit

*All functions may not be available depending on the situation.

*DaVinci Resolve or DaVinci Resolve Studio is required to play back the Blackmagic RAW files. DaVinci Resolve or DaVinci Resolve Studio is required to edit the Blackmagic RAW files.

  1. Other added functions

– [L.ClassicNeo] and [L.Monochrome S] have been added in [Photo Style].

S5 Firmware Version 2.3

  1. Added function

-RAW video data output over HDMI to Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR

[5.9K] / [4K] / [Anamorphic (4:3) 3.5K] 12-bit RAW video data can be output over HDMI to Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR, to be recorded as Blackmagic RAW.

Area Resolution Frame Rate Aspect HDMI Output
Full-frame (5888×3312) 29.97p/25p/23.98p 16:9 12-bit
APS-C (4128×2176) 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p 17:9 12-bit
APS-C Anamorphic (3536X2656) 50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p 4:3 12-bit

*All functions may not be available depending on the situation.

*DaVinci Resolve or DaVinci Resolve Studio is required to play back the Blackmagic RAW files. DaVinci Resolve or DaVinci Resolve Studio is required to edit the Blackmagic RAW files.

S1R Firmware Version 1.9

  1. Added functions

– [L.ClassicNeo] and [L.Monochrome S] have been added in [Photo Style].

LUMIX HLG Photo for Adobe Photoshop (For all S Series Cameras)

Panasonic will also release a plug-in software for Adobe Photoshop CC. By installing this plug-in software in the PC, the HLG photo (HDR still image) shot by LUMIX S Series cameras can be read, edited and saved with Photoshop CC. It is possible to play back the saved image files as HDR photos on the HLG-corresponding monitor over an HDMI connection with the LUMIX S Series camera.

For the specifications and details, please refer to the following download page.

https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/soft/download/lumix_hlgphoto.html



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