Melville, NY—Canon USA announced two free firmware upgrades for the Canon XF205 and XF200 professional Full HD camcorders, one of which adds a new image-quality setting and another that enables the streaming of video over an IP network.
Since their launch in July 2014, the XF205 and XF200 camcorders have been used in a variety of fields, from news production and other broadcasting content to the recording of weddings and events. In response to the needs of a wide range of users, the firmware upgrades will add such features as a new image-quality setting that facilitates video recording with reduced noise even in low-light conditions, as well as numerous functions that deliver enhanced basic performance.
The new image-quality setting will enable users to choose the optimal image quality based on their shooting requirements, providing a choice between a setting that prioritizes the high-resolution capabilities of the camcorder—the default setting—and a new image-quality setting that gives priority to video with noise reduction.
The IP streaming firmware upgrade, to be released in late June, will enable the XF205 and XF200 camcorders to support video streaming over an IP network. By sending video over the Internet while it is being captured, users will be able to provide live transfers of footage to news programs and video-sharing sites. In addition, the upgrade will enable the camcorders to be used with Fujitsu’s video transmission equipment, the Fujitsu Network IP-900IID and IP-920D HD/SD Compact Video Decoders as well as software supporting IP streaming. Thanks to these new capabilities, users will be able to stream video over an IP network without having to alter existing video-capture and editing workflows, such as those employed at broadcasting stations.
In addition to IP video streaming, the June firmware upgrade will allow the camcorders’ users to take advantage of slow- and fast-motion video capture in the MP4 format. When recording in the MP4 format, users will be able to slow down the action up to 40% or speed up video up to 250%. There will also be an improved Wi-Fi setting display. When choosing Wi-Fi settings on the XF205 and XF200, the camcorders’ selection menu screen will feature an improved user interface. usa.canon.com