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Z Cam Official Resources

Resources on Z Cam’s Github

Resources on Z Cam’s Website – E2C User Manual (up to Firmware 0.93)

Firmware Downloads

ModelE2cE2GE2M4S6S6GF6F8
Newest0.960.960.960.960.960.96
Firmware 0.950.950.950.950.950.950.95
Firmware 0.940.940.940.940.940.940.94

Firmware Changelog

0.96

Features / bug fixes on all models unless otherwise noted

  • in camera SRT push (web interface)
  • in camera RTMP/RTMPS push (web interface)
  • UVC web camera, supports both H.264 & MJPEG
  • Concert image profile
  • F2 F3 F4 can be assigned for Mode Switching
  • RAW over HDMI performance
  • [E2-F6][E2-S6] Noise performance further improved in high ISO
  • [E2C][E2-F8][E2-S6] White balance 10000K color temperature
  • 23.98fps output on HDMI
  • Camera preview LUT updated
  • Bug Fix: H.264 meta data error
  • Bug Fix: Audio gain incorrect
  • other bug fixes
0.95
  • RAW output over HDMI
  • File name display on HDMI when OSD info is ON
  • Audio track left / right gain setting adjustment
  • Hot Pixel algorithm improved for high ISO
  • Noise performance improved for higher frame rates (not applicable to E2C & E2G)
  • Maximum ISO refined for Z-Log2
  • Programmable eND user button mapping & auto function (flagships only)
  • In camera playback Audio video sync issue fixed
  • Performance Optimization
  • Minor bug fixes

E2 F8

  • Noise performance improved for high frame rate & high ISO

E2 F6

  • Supports ISO auto

E2 S6

  • Added Low jello mode in C5K/5K/C4K/4K/4K 2.4:1
  • 2.8K 120fps (2868Γ—1512)

E2 and E2G

  • Multicam co-exposure aperture setting
  • Multicam master camera AWB push to set

E2G

  • Resolution 2880Γ—2160 30fps
  • Fixed 23.98 & 50 project fps exposure issue

E2c and E2G

  • Added Denoise Off/Weak/Medium setting
  • Refined shadow area saturation
0.94

Added

  • Low Jello Mode (Z CAM E2 & Z CAM E2-F6).
  • De-noise options (off/weak/medium) for Z CAM E2, Z CAM E2-S6, Z CAM E2-F6 & Z CAM E2-F8.
  • USB-Serial converter is supported.
  • eND is supported.
  • HEIF/DNG is supported for still capture.
  • PTP is supported.
  • Leica DG 45mm (MFT) lens is supported.

Improvements

  • Partial debayer ZRAW, compression ratio 8:1, 4K@60fps / 6K@30fps max.
  • VFR 4K up to 90fps on Z CAM E2-F6.
  • VFR 4K 49~60fps, enhanced FOV on Z CAM E2-F6.
  • Refined saturation in shadow (Z CAM E2, Z CAM E2-S6, Z CAM E2-F6 & Z CAM E2-F8)

Software Downloads

Program / PluginLinksWhen to use
Z Cam VideoConcatenatorWindows MacFor linking long clips separated by the Record Split Duration setting
Z Cam VideoTranscoderWindows MacFor extracting the Proxy track (when enabled in camera settings!) and transcoding footage, such as H265 into DNxHD
ZRAW Video SuiteWindows MacFor working with ZRAW footage, unneeded if you use Premiere on Windows
Z RAW Premiere PluginZRAWEnables you to use ZRAW footage directly in Adobe Premiere
Z Cam Color Correction PluginLUT LutFor making edits to footage in Linear color space. USE THIS PLUGIN ON YOU NLE of choice if you plan on getting best results from your Z Cam footage.
Z Cam Stream ConverterWindows MacFor livestreaming over NDI
Z Cam ControllerWindowsI prefer the Web UI controller, since that requires no installs, and works on any OS
Z Cam Android AppAndroidSettings control, preview, and ability to add the phone’s camera to your SSP stream

Welcome to the Z Fam

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Upgrade Firmware On Z CAMs

Note it is NOT possible to rollback to a firmware before 0.95 once you have updated to 0.95 or newer. My handbook only includes 0.94 and newer, since I strongly encourage all users to be on the most up to date firmware for best performance.

My preferred way to connect my Z Cam to my computer is with a USB C cable and connecting to the web browser, since it requires no installs and gives you the same basic features as the desktop application.

  1. Connect to 172.18.18.1/www/index.html in your browser.

    Be sure your USB mode is set to Network in the Connection Menu in camera.

  2. On the webpage you can control the camera or playback. Select Controller.

    The latest firmware for each camera is found in the Firmware Downloads section above.

  3. Navigate to the Misc Menu, click Upgrade and then select the file you downloaded from Z Cam’s website in the prompt.

    If upgrading from a firmware previous to 0.95 then you MUST rename the .fw file extension to .zip The reason for this is that .fw did not exist prior to 0.95 and it is changed going forward to mitigate Mac and Safari from automatically unzipping downloaded .zip files.

Native ISO

The Z Cam E2 and flagships have dual native ISO, while the E2C and E2G only have one native ISO. Here is a chart listing them. If you want to film exclusively in these ISOs, change ISO Control in the Exposure Menu to Native ISO.

CameraLow Native ISOHigh Native ISO
F8 & S64001250
F64002500
E2 & M4 WDR Off
E2 & M4 WDR on

500
250

2500
1250
E2G1250
E2c800

How to Expose for Zlog

  • 1st read Jason’s Medium Post on the LOG design curve.

    The main take away from Jason’s article can be found in this Facebook Post

  • Next, familiarize yourself with the False Color Spectrum of Z CAMs Z CAM False Color

    As a general rule you want to make sure your image is free from orange, purple, and blue while in false color mode. The neon green is where you want to aim to get your middle grey exposure, as this leaves 7 stops above to deal with over exposure. All skin tone exposure values in the scene should fall between the neon green and yellow regions.

LUTs for Z Cam

I strongly recommend using LUTs in your monitor or wireless phone Z CAM app.

CFast vs SSD & Recommended Brands

For reliability it is always recommended to use a CFast card, but you can also record onto an external USB C SSD. Due to the high constant bitrate write demand here are the top recommendations based on the Facebook group:

RECOMMENDED

  • Angelbird CFast, SSD, or Bundle – recommended by Z Cam, and my choice for CFAST
  • Sandisk SSD or CFast – recommended by Z Cam, and my choice for SSD
  • Freetail Evoke Pro CFast – cheapest reliable card

TESTED BUT NOT RECOMMENDED

AVOID

  • Sony CFast
  • Prograde CFast – works in limited sample size
  • Samsung T5 & T7 SSD – there are many reported issues of dropping frames due to the drive’s limited sustained write speed. These drives are not meant for media recording according to several distributers’ of them, please, please just get something off the recommended list.
  • Lexar CFast
  • Integral Ultima – too slow for ProRes422HQ

Recording Media Formatting Troubleshooting Steps

  1. Format on PC using Exfat and set to GUID Partition Table (GPT)
  2. Turn on camera and make sure Cfast card is not inserted
  3. After camera boot-up, insert card
  4. Format in camera

Sample Kits

In Development

Bitrates and Recording Times

H.265 Bitrates

Click here to download the H.265 reference charts

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ResolutionFrame RateHigh Bitrate (Mbps)Medium Bitrate (Mbps)Low Bitrate (Mbps)
8Kall500400200
6K31+
30-0
300
250
190
160
130
100
5Kall250160100
4K & Super1660+
60-31
30-0
300
230
200
200
150
130
160
100
60
1080P60+
60-31
30-0
200
60
30
130
30
20
60
15
10

H.265 Recording Times

Click to expand chart for 1TB of storage

Divide times by 2 for 512GB, and 4 for 256GB.

ResolutionFrame RateHigh Bitrate (Hr:Min)Medium Bitrate (Hr:Min)Low Bitrate (Hr:Min)
8Kall4:275:3511:07
6K31+
30-0
7:25
8:55
11:45
13:55
17:10
22:15
5Kall8:5513:5522:15
4K & Super1660+
60-31
30-0
7:25
9:40
11:07
11:07
14:52
17:10
13:55
22:15
37:06
1080P60+
60-31
30-0
11:07
37:06
74:12
17:10
74:12
111:30
37:06
148:30
223:00

ProRes Bitrates

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ResolutionFrame RateProxy (Mbps)LT (Mbps)422 (Mbps)422 HQ (Mbps)
8K–––––
6K45
30
25
24
–
437
365
350
–
985
821
788
2121
1414
1180
1131
–
–
1769
1697
5K30
25
24
304
253
243
684
570
547
982
819
786
1473
1229
1178
4K75
60
50
30
25
24
486
388
323
194
162
155
1095
875
730
437
365
350
1572
1257
1049
629
524
503
2358
1886
1573
943
786
754
1080P120
60
50
30
25
24
182
91
76
45
38
36
408
204
170
102
85
85
584
293
245
147
122
117
880
440
367
220
184
176

ProRes Recording Times

Click to expand chart for 1TB of storage

Divide times by 2 for 512GB, and 4 for 256GB.

ResolutionFrame RateProxy (Hour:Min)LT (Hour:Min)422 (Hour:Min)422 HQ (Hour:Min)
8K–––––
6K45
30
25
24
–
5:52
7:01
7:19
–
2:36
3:07
3:15
1:12
1:48
2:10
2:16
–
–
1:27
1:30
5K30
25
24
8:26
10:08
10:33
3:45
4:30
4:41
2:37
3:08
3:16
1:44
2:05
2:10
4K75
60
50
30
25
24
5:17
6:36
7:56
13:13
15:49
16:32
2:20
2:56
3:30
5:51
7:01
7:19
1:38
2:02
2:27
4:05
4:53
5:05
1:05
1:22
1:38
2:43
3:16
3:24
1080P120
60
50
30
25
24
14:05
28:10
33:44
56:58
67:27
71:12
6:17
12:34
15:05
25:08
30:09
30:09
4:23
8:45
10:28
17:26
21:00
21:54
2:55
5:50
6:49
11:39
13:56
14:34

ZRAW Bitrates

ZRAW records in 1.2Gbps, which will fill up 1TB of storage in 2 hours and 5 minutes. 512GB in 1hr 3min, 256GB in 34min.

Z Cam E2 M4 Crop Factor & Max FPS in all Resolutions and Codecs

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Firmware 0.96MPH.264H.265ProRes ProxyProRes LTProRes 422ProRes HQZRAWCrop FactorCF w/ Turbomount
4k 4:3
Low Noise
3696Γ—2772
10.230303030303030x1.9x1.35
C4k
Low Noise
4096Γ—2160
8.830303030303030x1.9x1.35
4k
Low Noise
3840Γ—2160
8.330303030303030x1.9x1.35
4k 4:3
3696Γ—2772
10.260606060503060x1.9x1.35
4k 6:5
3312Γ—2760
9.160606060603060x1.9x1.35
C4k
4096Γ—2160
8.8601206060603060x1.9x1.35
4K
3840Γ—2160
8.3601207575605060x1.9x1.35
C4K 2.4:1
4096Γ—1728
7.1601507560605060x1.9x1.35
4K 2.4:1
3840Γ—1600
6.1601607575606060x1.9x1.35
S16
2704Γ—1600
3.5601607575757560x3.09x2.16
S16 16:9
2112Γ—1188
2.5601707575757560x3.64x2.58
HD
1920Γ—1080
2.1120240120120120120–x2 or x4x1.42 or x2.84

Z Cam E2 S6 Crop Factor & Max FPS in all Resolutions and Codecs

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Firmware 0.96MPH.264H.265ProRes ProxyProRes LTProRes 422ProRes HQZRAWCrop FactorCF w/ Turbomount
Open Gate
6244Γ—4168
263030303030–30x1.4x1.00
5K 4:3
5552Γ—4164
23.13030303030–30x1.4x1.00
5K 6:5
4992Γ—4160
20.83030303030–30x1.4x1.00
C6K
6144Γ—3240
19.44848303030–30x1.4x1.00
6K 2.4:1
6144Γ—2592
15.560603030302530x1.4x1.00
C5k
5120Γ—2700
13.8–60303030–30x1.4x1.00
5k
4800Γ—2700
13.0–60303030–30x1.4x1.00
C4k
Low Noise
4096Γ—2160
8.8303030303030–x1.4x1.00
4k
Low Noise
3840Γ—2160
8.3303030303030–x1.4x1.00
C4K
4096Γ—2160
8.8607560606030–
x1.4 or x2.1

x2.1 forced at 48 fps+

x1.00 or x1.49
4K
3840Γ—2160
8.3607575756048–
x1.4 or x2.1

x2.1 forced at 50 fps+

x1.0 or x1.49
C4k 2.4:1
4096Γ—1728
7.16010075606050–x2.1x1.49
S16 16:9
3392Γ—1908
6.560907575757560x2.38x1.69
2.8k
2868Γ—1512
4.36012075757575–x3x2.13
HD
1920Γ—1080
2.1120120120120120120–x1.4 or x4.2x1.0 or x2.98

Z Cam E2 F6 Crop Factor & Max FPS in all Resolutions and Codecs

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Firmware 0.96MPH.264H.265ProRes ProxyProRes LTProRes 422ProRes HQZRAWCrop FactorCF w/ Turbomount
Open Gate
6064Γ—4040
24.53030303030–30x1N/A
5K 4:3
5376Γ—4032
21.73030303030–30x1N/A
5K 6:5
4848Γ—4040
19.63030303030–30x1N/A
C6K
6064Γ—3196
19.44848303030–30x1N/A
6K
5760Γ—3240
18.64848303030–30x1N/A
6K 2.4:1
6064Γ—2560
15.560603030452530x1N/A
C4k
4096Γ—2160
8.860906060603060
x1 or x1.47

x1.47 is forced at 48 fps+

N/A or x1.04
4K
3840Γ—2160
8.360907272604860
x1 or x1.5

x1.5 forced at 49 fps+

N/A or x1.07
C4K 2.4:1
4096Γ—1728
7.1601207560605060
x1 or x1.48

x1.48 is forced at 60fps+

x1.05
S16 16:9
2112Γ—1188
2.5601707575757560x2.73x1.94
HD
1920Γ—1080
2.1120120120120120120–x1 or x3N/A or x2.13

Z Cam E2 F8 Crop Factor & Max FPS in all Resolutions and Codecs

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Firmware 0.96MPH.264H.265ProRes ProxyProRes LTProRes 422ProRes HQZRAWCrop FactorCF w/ Turbomount
8K
7680Γ—4320
33.2–30––––30x1.2N/A
8K 2.4:1
8192Γ—3456
28.3–30––––30x1.2N/A
C6K
6144Γ—3240
19.43030303030–30x1.66x1.17
6K
5760Γ—3240
18.73030303030–30x1.66x1.17
4K
3840Γ—2160
8.3606060606048–x1.2 or x2.4N/A or x1.7
S16
3392Γ—1908
3.560606060606060x2.71x1.92

Z Cam E2 S6G

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1st Time Users / Quick Start Guide

In development

Z Cam Cinema Cameras

Z Cam Flagships

3. Auxiliary Power Output
2 Pin LEMO connector that can supply DC 12V to other devices, such as external monitors
20. LCD Display
press FN + OK when the camera is in standby to turn on video preview
4. Remote Port
2.5mm socket compatible with Sony LANC protocol
21. FN / ISO Button
FN function in camera settings, ISO quick setting in standby, preview, and record modes
5. XLR Audio In
5 Pin LEMO connector for dual XLR input
22. MENU Button
Enter or exit the camera settings, or return to the previous menu while in camera settings
6. Control Port
Double serial ports with 4 pin aviation connectors. RS232 protocol is supported
23. Up / SHT Button
Increases value in camera settings. Selects Shutter control when in standby, preview, and record modes
7. Battery Socket
NP-F mount with contacts pins reserved for future use.
24. 1/4β€³ Screw Hole
for top mounting a monitor or securing a cage onto the camera
8. HDMI Port
HDMI 2.0 Type A, Max output: C4K 60fps, 10-bit 4:2:2
25. πŸ”΄ Record Button
Start and stop recording a video
9. Wi-Fi Antenna Port
5GHz signal, supports 802.11 b/g/n standard
26. Down / EV Button
Reduce value in camera settings or quick select EV controls while in standby, preview, and record modes
10. Ethernet Port
igabit Ethernet port for connecting to a computer or network switch for live control, streaming, and updates
27. OK Button
Confirmation in camera settings menu. Auto Focus function (with AF lenses) in standby, preview, and recording mode
11. Battery Release Button
releases np-f battery lock
12. USB C Port
USB 3.0 standard. It has 5 options in the menu for what it can do, for an explanation of its functions read this section.
13. Power Input
2 Pin LEMO connector that supplies 12V power to the camera.
14. CFast Card Slot
supports CFast 2.0 standard
18. 3.5mm Audio In
3.5mm TRS socket for stereo audio input
15. Function Buttons F1 – F4
4 user buttons with custom remapping under user settings
19. 3.5mm Audio Out
3.5mm TRS socket for stereo audio output
16. Power Button
Press Once for playback, hold to power off
17. 1/4β€³ Screw Holes
3 1/4β€³ screw holes

Interchangeable Mounts

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The Z Cam E2 flagships come with the ability to remove and replace the lens mount that comes with the camera, the current options are EF, PL, M, standard Micro Four Thirds, and Active Lock MFT mounts. An EF speedbooster (x0.71 crop) called the TurboMount is soon to be released.

Note that not all mounts are compatible with eND, for now it is limited to the standard EF and PL mounts. The M mount lacks the electronic contact pins that the other mount options have that allow the camera to control the aperture and other lens settings.

Other Z Cam Models

Z Cam E2

Z Cam E2C

1. Fn Buttons – F1 – F31. Fn Buttons – F1 – F3
2. Power Button
Press for 3 second to power on or off the camera, short press to switch to playback mode.
2. Power Button
Press for 3 second to power on or off the camera, short press to switch to playback mode.
4. Down / EV Button
reduce value in settings menus, EV quick setting in standby, preview, or record modes.
4. LCD Display
press FN + OK when the camera is in standby to turn on video preview
5. OK / AF Button
Confirmation in menu or trigger Auto Focus function (with supported AF lens) in standby, preview, or record modes
5. FN / ISO Button
FN function in camera settings, ISO quick setting in standby, preview, and record modes
6. πŸ”΄ Record Button
Start and stop recording a video
6. MENU Button
Enter or exit the camera settings, or return to the previous menu while in camera settings
7. 1/4β€³ Screw Hole
for top mounting a monitor or securing a cage onto the camera
7. Up / SHT Button
Increases value in camera settings. Selects Shutter control when in standby, preview, and record modes
8. Up / SHT Button
Increases value in camera settings. Selects Shutter control when in standby, preview, and record modes
8. 1/4β€³ Screw Hole
for top mounting a monitor or securing a cage onto the camera
9. MENU Button
Enter or exit the camera settings, or return to the previous menu while in camera settings
9. πŸ”΄ Record Button
Start and stop recording a video
10. FN / ISO Button
FN function in camera settings, ISO quick setting in standby, preview, and record modes
10. OK / AF Button
Confirmation in menu or trigger Auto Focus function (with supported AF lens) in standby, preview, or record modes.
11. LCD Display
press FN + OK when the camera is in standby to turn on video preview
11. Down / EV Button
reduce value in settings menus, EV quick setting in standby, preview, or record modes.
12. 3.5mm Audio Out
3.5mm TRS socket for stereo audio output
12. 3.5mm Audio Out
3.5mm TRS socket for stereo audio output
13. 3.5mm Audio In
3.5mm TRS socket for stereo audio input
13. 3.5mm Audio In
3.5mm TRS socket for stereo audio input
15. CFast card
supports CFast 2.0 standard
15. SDXC Class 10 SD card
use UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) for 4K video recording
16. I/O Port
10- pin LEMO port for multi-cam sync with a cable like this.
16. Ethernet Port
gigabit Ethernet port for connecting to a computer or network switch for live control, streaming, and updates. PoE supported and 802.3af / 802.3at compatible
17. Remote Port
2.5mm socket compatible with Sony LANC protocol
17. Remote Port
2.5mm socket compatible with Sony LANC protocol
18. XLR Audio In
5 Pin LEMO connector for dual XLR input. Cable options.
18. Battery Socket
compatible with Canon LP-E6 battery
19. COM Port
DB-9 connector with RS232 protocol
19. HDMI Port
HDMI 2.0 Type A
20. Camera Mode Switch – M / I / S
M is master mode where this camera dictates control to others. I is individual mode, which is default. S is secondary mode to receive camera controls from a Z Cam set to M mode.
20. Wi-Fi Antenna Port
connect a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi antenna. Supports 802.11 n standard
21. Battery Socket
NP-F mount with contacts pins for power output to accessories. Powerextra NP-f970 battery with DC and USB output is my favorite battery, but any stable and secure NP-F battery can work. Some users adapt this mount to V Lock with this adapter.
21. USB C Port – For data transmission and camera control only
22. HDMI Port
HDMI 2.0 Type A, Max output: C4K 60fps, 10-bit 4:2:2
22. Battery Release Button
releases Canon LP-E6 battery lock
23. Wi-Fi Antenna Port
connect a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi antenna. Supports 802.11 n standard
23. Power Input
2 Pin LEMO connector that supplies 12V power to the camera.
24. Ethernet Port
gigabit Ethernet port for connecting to a computer or network switch for live control, streaming, and updates
25. Battery Release Button
releases np-f battery lock
26. USB C Port
USB 3.0 standard. It has 5 options in the menu for what it can do, for an explanation of its functions read this section.
27. Power Input
4 Pin LEMO connector that supplies 12V power to the camera.

MENU SYSTEM Explained

Record MENU

  1. Resolution

    set the recording resolution, for max resolution settings check here

  2. Project FPS

    set the FPS that your editing timeline will be in

  3. File Format – MOV or MP4

    Must be in MOV for ProRes

  4. Split Duration – 1 / 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 30 / 60 minutes

    Set the time that the camera will split the clip. To stitch together before editing use the Z Cam VideoConcatenator

  5. Timecode SUBMENU

    5.1 Time Code Source – internal or external

    5.2 Time Code Value

    5.2.1 Reset – resets the time code to 0
    
    5.2.2 Manual Input – set the time code manually (hour:minute:second:frame)
    
    5.2.3 Current Time – Sets time code so sync with camera setting time

    5.3 Count Up

    5.3.1 Rec Run – Counts the time code only when recording
    
    5.3.2 Free Run – Continues the time code even when not recording video

    5.4 Time Code Mode

    5.4.1 DF – camera modifies the difference between recorded time and time code
    
    5.4.2 NDF – Records the time code without drop frame

    5.5 HDMI Display

    turn on or off time code displayed on your monitor through HDMI

  6. Playback FR.

    Select default (project) frame rate or variable frame rate (VFR) for playback & review in camera.

  7. Meta Setup

    Assign Camera ID (A through Z) and Reel name as a number 001-999

  8. Pre Roll

    Turn on or off a pre roll buffer to each clip, when on the camera will automatically save footage from 5 seconds before recording

  9. Raw over HDMI

    Turning this setting on will allow recording ProRes RAW with an Atomos Ninja V. This setting cannot be turned on unless the Resolution is set to 6k or 4k.

Video MENU

  1. Variable Framerate

    To film in a frame rate other than the project fps. Dependent on Resolution, project FPS and WDR settings.

  2. Encoder – H.264 / H.265 / ProRes Proxy, LT, 422 & 422 HQ / ZRAW

    Select the encoder used for your files. Click here for reference charts for max FPS & resolution. The encoder used for recording determines bit depth and color sampling, and a chart of those is below.

EncoderH.264H.265ProResZRAW
Color Bit Depth8 Bit10 Bit10 Bit12 Bit
Color Sampling4:2:04:2:04:2:2N/A
  1. Bitrate – High, Medium or Low

    Select the bit rate quality of recording while in H.265 codec.

  2. Proxy Track

    Turning this setting on enables a proxy track to be recorded simultaneously. Prior to firmware 0.94 these files were written to a separate folder, but due to playback issues, the proxy files are now encoded in the same file as your main recording and extracted with the Z Cam Video Transcoder. Proxy tracks are how I am able to edit 8k H.265 files from my F8 on a laptop, so I strongly recommend you learn Proxy workflow for you NLE of choice.

  3. Rotation – normal or upside down.

    Rotates the image by 180 degrees. A setting in stream converter in being developed for 90 rotation for smartphone streaming delivery.

  4. WDR – only on E2 and M4

    Enable wide dynamic range in select recording modes. When enaled the dynamic range is extended from 13 stops of Z-Log2 to 16, with 1.5 stop increases for highlights and shadows

  5. Timelapse

    select the time for a timelapse

  6. VFR Control

    Select how precise of control over the exact variable frame rate

  7. Crop Sensor

    For super-sampled resolutions turning this setting on will crop the sensor to the resolution set instead of supersampling. Two examples are on the F8’s 4K mode, where you can achieve a 4x sensor crop, or on the F6’s 4K mode, where you get similar to Super 35 coverage, if you’re using crop lenses.

  8. Low Jello

    Enable this mode to improve rolling shutter performance. User feedback puts improvement in performance by a factor of 2.

  9. Photo Quality – JPEG, RAW, or HEIF

Audio MENU

  1. Encoder – None, AAC, or PCM

  2. Input – Microphone, XLR, Mic Left + XLR Right, or Mic Right + XLR Left

    You can choose between 3.5mm, XLR, or a mix of R/L or L/R of the two. If Microphone is selected and nothing is plugged into the 3.5mm input, then the camera will use its on board microphones.

  3. Input Gain – -18dB to 6dB

    Adjust the recording levels of microphones. Can be mapped to a dial function on the RVLVR clutch handle. Also can be set to auto.

  4. Encoder – None / AAC / PCM

    Selecting none records audio uncompressed, AAC is my prefered audio compression encoder.

  5. Output Gain – -6dB to 6dB

    boost or lower the audio volume to your headset without impacting recording levels

  6. Phantom Power

    While the Z Cam has the ability to do phantom power for microphones, it is recommended that you use the microphone’s battery power for the cleanest audio. Must have an XLR input enabled to change this setting.

  7. Audio Level Display

    Enables the audio level to be shown on screen

Exposure MENU

  1. Flicker Reduction – 60Hz or 50Hz

    This setting is used to reduce light flickering caused by the frequency of electricy. Use 60Hz in Northa America, South Korea, Philippines, and Taiwan. Use 50Hz for mainland China and other countries.

  2. EV – -3.0 through +3.0 with 0.3 increments

    Sets the exposure value of the camera

  3. Shutter Speed

    Select the shutter speed of your camera or set to auto. Can be remapped to various handles for easier control. The minimum shutter speed is the 1/FPS setting. If your VFR is 1fps then you can set it to 1"

  4. Aperture

    Adjust the aperture of your lens. Only lenses with electronic contacts can communicate this value to the camera body, so it will not show a value when you have a manual aperture control lens on your camera.

  5. ISO

    Select the ISO of your camera. For native ISO settings on all models click here.

  6. eND

    Control stops of ND applied when you have an eND filter installed in compatible flagship lens mounts.

  7. Min ISO

    Set the lowest ISO value when your ISO is set to auto

  8. Max ISO

    Set the highest ISO value when your ISO is set to auto

  9. Max Shutter Speed

    Set the highest selectable shutter speed value

  10. Metering Mode – Center / Average / Spot

    Select the exposure metering mode. Center takes values from the center of the frame, Average takes a sum of all exposure in the frame, Spot only selects a region to take exposure values from.

  11. Shutter Operation

    Change between Speed and Angle measurements for your shutter.

  12. ISO Control

    Select either fine for precise control or Native ISO to lock all but the dual native ISO values to be selected

  13. AE Speed – Slow / Normal / Fast

    Auto Exposure speed adjusts how fast the camera will change the exposure when in auto exposure mode

  14. Lock In Record

    Turn off to be able to change exposure settings while recording a clip. Turn on if you are using any auto exposure settings to lock that exposure level when you hit record.

White Balance MENU

  1. Mode – Auto, Incandescent, Cloudy, D10000, Fluorescent, Daylight, Shade, Manual, or eND (flagship only)

    select the white balance setting, auto works very well with run and gun in changing environments in my experience.

  2. Kelvin – 2300K ~ 7500K

  3. Tint – 100 to – 100

  4. Priority – Ambiance / White

    Ambiance increases a warm cast color when shooting in a tungsten lit scene. White decreases a warm cast color when shooting in a tungsten lit scene. ALWAYS use white priority when shooting in Z-Log2

  5. Lock in Record

    Turn off to be able to change white balance settings while recording a clip. Turning this setting on will lock the WB range when you start recording while in any WB mode besides manual.

Focus MENU

  1. Focus Mode – MF or AF

    I always use MF and a follow focus when possible

  2. Focus Area – Flexible Zone or Human Track

    Human track works quite well for human subjects

  3. Focus Area Size – Small / Medium / Large

    Can only be changed when flexible zone focus area is enabled.

  4. Change Focus Area

    Allows the user to select which region of the screen will be used in Flexible Zone focus mode

  5. Continuous AF

    Enable to allow focus tracking to follow a moving subject

  6. Live CAF

    When on it will contiously focus in real time according to the scene. While not perfect AF performance, it is fairly good compared to any of the other cinema camera brands I’ve used.

  7. CAF Sensitivity – High / Middle / Low

  8. MF Assist – Enable or disable

    This will temporarily zoom in with a 2x crop on the LCD screen and HDMI output. Note this is not focus peaking, that is found under the Assist Tools sub menu in System settings. Will not crop the recorded clip.

Image MENU

  1. Image Profile – Rec. 709, Z-Log2, Flat, HLG

    1.1 Rec. 709 – use this for direct output and quick turnaround times with no grading necessary in post. 1.2 Z-Log2 – Log developed by Z Cam with 13 stops of dynamic range and preserves detail in highlights, for grading in post.

    1.3 FLAT – Has the dynamic range of Z-Log 2 but with the Rec 709 profile baked into it.

    1.4 HLG – Hybrid Log-Gamma – Encode the high light part of the logarithmic curve and the low light part of the standard gamma curve

  2. Sharpness – Strong, Medium, or Weak

  3. Noise Reduction – Medium, Weak, or Off

  4. Brightness – 0 to 100 – set the recorded brightness of the image

  5. Saturation – 0 to 100 – set the recorded saturation of the image

  6. Contrast – 0 to 100 – set the recorded contrast of the image

  7. Luminance Level – Full (0-255) or Limited (16-235)

    I use limited for ease of editing

Connection MENU

  1. Network SUBMENU

    1.1 Wi-fi – To Connect, turn your phone or tablet to airplane mode, search for a wifi network name similar to β€œZCAM-E2-####” and connect with password 12345678

    1.2 Wi-Fi IP – When Wi-Fi is enable this displays your camera’s IP4 address for manual connection

    1.3 ETH. Mode – Router, Direct, or Static

    1.4 ETH. IP – displays your camera’s ethernet IP4 address for manual connection

  2. USB SUBMENU

    2.1 Host – The camera will be a host device to transfer data to an external SSD or to have a wired connection for smartphone monitoring and control

    2.2 Mass Storage – The camera will be recognized as an external drive when connected to a computer. Use this mode for fast offloading of CFast card footage without the need to remove the card.

    2.3 Network – connect your camera to your computer with USB C for livestreaming control and monitoring. Can also control the camera through the HTTP API.

    2.4 Serial – the camera will be controlled by UART command when connected to a computer through the USB port

    2.5 PTP

    2.6 USB Camera – To use your Z CAM as a webcam use this setting. Recommended use is connecting your camera to your computer with a USB C to USB A cable.

  3. HDMI SUBMENU

    3.1 Display Info – Enable for settings info to appear on screen, disable for a clean output image to a recorder

    3.2 OSD Layout – Type 1 / Type 2 – Type 1 displays assist tools as waveform directly onto video. Type 2 Adds a black frame area to display assist tools

    3.3 Format – HDMI output resolution, which differs from internal recording resolution.

    3.4 Use EDID – toggles whether the camera automatically reads the EDID information of the HDMI connected monitor

  4. UART – Controller, Pelco D, Multiplexer, or Linear TC.

    Changing this setting requires a camera reboot to take effect. Controller uses UART command, Pelco D is for use with gimbals, multiplexer are supported by third party devices, and Linear TC allows timecode to be input to the camera

System Menu

  1. Clear Settings

    Resets all settings to default value. Requires a camera reboot to take effect.

  2. Format Card

    Formats the CFast card. Do this every time you insert a card for best results

  3. Assist Tools

    3.1 Display – Toggle assist tools on or off

    3.2 Scope – display either Waveform, Parade, Vectorscope, or histogram on screen. Option to change overlay opacity and to measure with or without the LUT

    3.3 Peak – enable in camera focus peaking, color options are red, green, blue, orange, or white. You can toggle monochrome on or off as well as adjust the focus peaking threshold (sensitivity).

    3.4 Exposure – Toggle zebra stripes as well as set your Zebra1 and Zebra2 sensitivity value. I usually have Zebra1 set to 100 for complete overexposure blowouts and Zebra2 to 75 for skin tone exposure.

    3.5 Frame Line – Can overlay grid lines in 2.4:1, 2.35:1, 1.9:1, 1.85:1, or 4:3 aspect ratios onscreen in red, green, blue, orange, or white.

    3.6 Center Mark – toggle a center mark in red, green, blue, orange, or white.

    3.7 Grid Line – Toggle grid lines on or off

    3.8 Safe Area – toggle safe area on or off

  4. Load LUT

    To import a LUT, save a x33 cube format with a name under 16 letters containing no spaces into MISC/looks/preview/ of the CFast card. This LUT will be available in playback mode

  5. Desqueeze Display

    Apply a vertical or horizontal anamorphic desqueeze to the display options are 1x, 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.8x, and 2x.

  6. User Profile

    6.1 Save Profile – saves the current user settings to a profile in camera

    6.2 Load Profile – Load a previous user profile from the camera

    6.3 Save To Card – Saves the current user settings to a profile on the CFast card

    6.4 Load From Card – Load a user profile from the CFast card

  7. User Button – None, Take Photo, AE Lock, AF Lock, WB Lock, Aperture, ISO, Peak, Exposure Tool, Scope Tool, HDMI OSD, Shutter, EV, AF, Magnifier, Focus Area, Record, VFR, Enable LUT, and Playback.

    assign 8 custom functions on an E2 and 9 on a flagship.

  8. Record Indicator

    Toggles a red LED indicating when the camera is recording

  9. Restore Lens Pos.

    When enabled the camera will remember the latest focusing position of the lens when the camera is turned off and on.

  10. LCD Brightness

    Increase or decrease in body LCD brightness

  11. Power –

    11.1 Auto Power Off – never, 30s, 1 min, 2 min, 4 min, 8 min, and 15 min.

    11.2 Auto standby – never, 1 min, 5 min, and 15 min.

    11.3 Low Alarm – This safety feature ensures that when your NP-F or V Mount batteries hit this level, the camera will stop recording and save the current clip.

    11.4 Power Output – Turning this on allows you to power external accesories such as a monitor from the 2 pin Lemo port in the top left of the back of the camera.

  12. Language

    Change the language of your options menu

  13. Date / Time

    Set a custom date and time

  14. Time Zone

    Set your filming time zone

  15. Camera Status

    View your storage space brand, usage, current camera temperature, version number, and serial number

  16. Version

    Check the current firmware version number installed on your camera


Z CAM Software In Depth Guides

Z CAM VideoConcatenator

This application is used to link files that are split due to the Record MENU β†’ Split Duration Setting. If you record long interviews and want to avoid use of this app, simply set your Split Duration setting to 60 minutes.

Click on your computer’s operating system to download the software Windows Mac

  1. Click Browse and navigate to the folder that contains the files you desire to link together into one clip.

    Once selected the Video Source Directory should display the file path of your footage and the box below should populate with all media in that folder

  2. Select the check boxes next to the clips you wish to link together

    Click Select all if you wish to link all the split clips of that folder together

  3. Click Browse to the right of Video Destination Directory

    This MUST be a different file path than your source directory, however it can be a folder within that directory. Once selected, the Video Destination Directory should display the file path of where you are saving the new, linked clips.

  4. Click Start

Z Cam VideoTranscoder

This application is used for extracting the Proxy track (when enabled in camera settings!) and transcoding footage, such as H265, into codecs that are easier on NLEs.

Click on your computer’s operating system to download the software Windows Mac

  1. Click Browse and navigate to the folder that contains the files you desire to link together into one clip.

    Once selected the Video Source Directory should display the file path of your footage and the box below should populate with all media in that folder

  2. Select the check boxes next to the clips you wish to extract proxies from or transcode

    Click Select all if you wish to link all the split clips of that folder together

  3. Check Transcode if you desire to transcode footage into a more NLE friendly codec

    Note, checking this option will dramatically increase the time for your batch to finish.

  4. Check Export proxy to separate file if you desire to extract proxies to sync with your NLE

    Note, just having this option check will have a very short batch run time

  5. Click Browse to the right of Video Destination Directory

    This MUST be a different file path than your source directory, however it can be a folder within that directory. Once selected, the Video Destination Directory should display the file path of where you are saving the new, linked clips.

  6. Click Start

ZRAW Video Suite

Z RAW Premiere Plugin

Z Cam Color Correction Plugin

Z Cam Stream Converter

Z Cam Controller (Web Browser)

My preferred way to connect my Z Cam to my computer is with a USB C cable and connecting to the web browser, since it requires no installs and gives you the same basic features as the desktop application. Connect to 172.18.18.1/www/index.html in your browser. Be sure your USB mode is set to Network in the Connection Menu in camera. On the webpage you can control the camera or playback. You can find the latest Z Cam E2 firmware here for download, and to update your camera, go into the Misc Menu, click Upgrade and then select the file you downloaded from Z Cam’s website in the prompt.

Z Cam Web Browser Controller Home Screen
Z Cam Web Browser Controller All Menu Settings

Recommended Accessories for Z CAM and Setup Guides

Atomos Ninja V and Use With Z CAM

The Atomos Ninja V is a 5" monitor and recorder and what makes it stand apart from other monitors is that it is capable of ProRes RAW capture with Z CAMs. The Ninja V User Manual covers most general topics for the accessory, but here is how to set up the Ninja V with your Z CAM.

Z CAM Settings for ProRes RAW

  1. Be sure your Z Cam Firmware is 0.96 or newer.
  2. If you want to use your Ninja V to its full potential as a recorder then navigate to the Record MENU β†’ Raw over HDMI setting and turn it on.

    This setting may appear greyed out on your Z CAM, if this is the case change your camera’s Resolution to either 6k or 4k, depending on desired ProRes RAW recording resolution.

    Also note that enabling Raw over HDMI disables several other settings on Z CAM, only have it on when intending to record ProRes RAW.

Ninja V Settings for ProRes RAW

  1. Be sure your Atomos Ninja V Firmware is 10.5 or newer

    In order to update Ninja V Firmware, Download the latest firmware from Atomos, extract the ATOMNJV.FW from the firmware zip file, copy the .FW file onto the root directory of an SSD in a Master Caddy, insert the SSD to your Ninja V while powered off, then power up the Ninja V and the firmware will start to upgrade.

  2. Activate ProRes RAW license, if needed.

    On your computer, navigate to the Atomos activation page. Input your email, the code displaying on your Ninja V in the form, and select ProRes RAW. A 4 digit code will appear after you submit, enter this into your Ninja V.

  3. In the Input Menu on your Atomos Ninja V change HDMI Standard from 2.0 to Z-Cam.

  4. Under the Ninja V Record Menu, make sure you are in ProRes RAW Codec, which will let you select ProRes RAW or PRR HQ compression.

  5. If you want to acquire time-code information from your camera body then make sure HDMI is the source under the Ninja V Timecode Menu.

RVLVR Clutch Handle and Customizing the Functions

Download the latest RVLVR Clutch firmware here

  1. Connect Clutch via USB-C

  2. Update your RVLVR to the latest firmware version to enable all features

    This should be auto-detected if necessary

  3. Select Primary Function: Primary function is what happens when you rotate the wheel

    The choices are: Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Focus, Zoom, Electronic ND, White Balance, Audio Gain (ganged), Audio Gain (Left only), Audio Gain (Right only)

  4. Select Click on Wheel feature: You can also select a Long-click for an additional set of buttons. The long click functions when pressed between 0.5 and 2 seconds.

    Switch Primary/Secondary, Fn1, Fn2, Fn3, and some AF/MF features

  5. Select Secondary Function: Only applicable if you have click on wheel set to switch between primary/secondary

    If you set Short/Long click to a button mapped to White Balance and White Balance is set to Manual – Long-click will do a momentary Auto WB feature. Additionally you can use a setting called "Selection mode" – which allows you to dial in specific settings such as VFR – that would ordinarily need to be selected via the menu.

  6. Wheel Auto Lock

    This setting will set your RVLVR to ignore a certain number of dial scrolls until it starts to send commands to camera. This is useful if you find yourself accidentally scrolling the dials and changing settings mid shot.

  7. Special features

    • Menu: This is in BETA. Unfortunately LANC is not a very clever protocol (i.e. the Clutch cannot know what menu setting it is actually in – it counts menu levels – i.e. 1 level deep, 2 levels deep etc – and when it gets back to zero levels normal controls are resumed.)

      If you turn on the menu mode (either Mode 1 or Mode 2) in the firmware you open the menu by clicking BOTH dials simultaneously (short click) Then – in MODE 1 (front wheel click = OK, back wheel click = BACK, back wheel rotate = step through menu options) In MODE 2 (front wheel click = BACK, back wheel click = OK, back wheel longer click (0.5 seconds) = BACK To get out of the menu system click BOTH dials again. If the menu system confuses the Clutch for reasons I mentioned above hold the Rear wheel click for 4 seconds and the Clutch will reset (or pull the LANC cable in/out.)

    • Record Button: You can use the record button to turn the camera on (long hold, for 4 seconds), and the same to turn the camera off (long hold, for 4 seconds).

    • Hub functionality: You can daisy-chain multiple Clutch handles together

      make sure you connect the ZCAM camera to the center connector of the Clutch – the outside connector can then be used to connect additional LANC devices whatever they might be.

  8. When finished customizing your RVLVR Clutch settings, click Save-To-Clutch and you’re ready to go


More Resources

YouTube Videos

Some of the helpful videos I’ve come across since writing my first version of the handbook.

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