This should be a merry news for GH4 users: Panasonic has announced that the V-Log L Function Firmware Update Kit is now available. We should highlight the should part of it, as the firmware update is not free – you’ll have to pay $99 for it. Still, sounds like a good deal, if you really need it.
What the FW update brings is:
- Adds V-Log L Gamma Profile to GH4
- Wide Dynamic Range of up to 12 Stops
- Improved Color Matching with Varicam
- Similar Characteristics to Cineon
- Same LUT and Curve as Standard V-Log
At Panasonic.com we read:
In response to the demand from the film production market, log video recording (V-Log L) is now available for the LUMIX GH4, and offers exceptional flexibility as well as wider dynamic range for color grading in post-production process. V-Log / V-Log L were developed to feature similar characteristics to Cineon, which is a characteristic curve for film digitalization. Taking full advantage of Four Thirds sensor, V-Log L boasts a log characteristic with 12 stops. Both V-Log and V-Log L have the same characteristic curve, and LUT (Look Up Table) can be utilized.
What you’ll also find there is an instruction, which explains that what you purchase is not a immediate, downloadable content, but rather a key code, that you later on type in. The process is quite simple – after downloading the 2.3 firmware the usual way, you’ll need to juggle an SD card between the camera and your computer a bit, and it’s done. Keep in mind that the key is locked to GH4’s serial number – once activated on one camera, it can’t be moved to another. Full install instruction can be found here.