Sony CBK-3620XS VENICE Extension System 2

Product information "Sony CBK-3620XS VENICE Extension System 2"


Sony CBK-3620XS Realto VENICE Extension System 2

The [CBK-3620XS] is increasing the flexibility compared with [CBK-3610XS] as customers are now able to use both sensors with even more distance between the sensor and the body. This will add the possible usage also on cranes which have been limited before. This model is able to support all features of VENICE 2 and will expand the creativity of DoPs.

Shooting a scene handheld with an impossible sense of freedom comparable to a stills camera. Revolutionizing aerial photography with an array of three cameras inside a jet fighter’s cockpit. The original VENICE Extension was created out of a partnership with a director demanding impossible flexibility for a 3D shoot where there could be no compromise in image quality. The innovative cabled separation of the image sensor and camera body meant cinematographers no longer needed to compromise their vision. Its compact size allowed DoPs to fit truly cinematic lenses and achieve their preferred look in every scene.

Key features

  • Supports VENICE2 8K high quality images (Compatible with VENICE2-8K/VENICE2-6K/VENICE)
  • 2 new cable lengths, 12m & 3m no repeater necessary (both cables are included in the CBK-3620XS)
  • Tilt/Roll sensor built-in
  • 3 more assign buttons (4 in total for VENICE2)
  • Unique technology

Second Generation Enhancements
Incorporating customer feedback and developed alongside VENICE 2, the VENICE Extension System 2 (CBK-3620XS) offers a wider bandwidth to support the VENICE 2 with an 8K sensor, over twice as much cable distance (up to 12 m) without a repeater box, additional control buttons and a built-in gyro sensor. It once again expands the realms of possibility for cinematography. The new Extension System is fully compatible with VENICE 2 using the 8K or 6K sensors, while also supporting the original VENICE camera with extended 12-m cable length. The Extension System also has an HD-SDI output and a 24-V output for powering accessories such as lens servo motors and monitoring. Multiple screw holes on all surfaces make it easy to accessorize and fit on to a wide variety of rigs while the main weight of the camera can be supported elsewhere. There’s no need for a smaller, lighter B-camera for extreme shooting scenarios. You can shoot everything with one modular camera system.



Ideal for shooting in tight spaces and with gimbals
The Extension System camera head measures 158 × 147 × 126 mm (H × W × D)*, weighing around 2.2 kg* with a PL mount adapter and 1.7 kg* with E mount when used with the VENICE 2 8K sensor block. The separated sensor block with lens is so small and light it allows for an easy handheld mode, enabling you to locate it in tiny spaces, keeps stabilization systems lightweight, allows use of larger lenses while maintaining a smaller profile, facilitates faster operation for motion-control rigs, use of body mounts, and other situations that you wouldn’t expect possible for a full-frame cinema camera. The creative freedom without any image compromise is boundless.

Extends up to 12 meters without a repeater
The original VENICE Extension System could reach a maximum extension of 5.5 m between the camera head and body. The VENICE Extension System 2 more than doubles that with transmission distance up to 12 m. The original also needed a repeater to connect the middle of the cable between the head and body to reach 5.5 m. The CBK-3620XS extends to 12 m without a repeater. This enables greater freedom of movement and expands the range of shooting possibilities, particularly when used with a crane. The CBK-3620XS also offers both 3-m and 12-m cables. Simply choose the best one for your needs.

Gyroscopic support with recording to metadata
While shooting with the original Extension System did not accommodate use of a spirit level indicator (gyroscope sensor), the CBK-3620XS is equipped with a sensor on the camera head side that detects horizontal and vertical tilt. This allows use of a spirit level indicator and spirit level gauge graphical indicator on the camera's main monitor, even when shooting with the CBK-3620XS. Camera head tilt information can be checked when shooting at different head and tilt angles – ideal for VFX applications. Naturally, the horizontal and vertical tilt are also recorded in the metadata and output through the camera’s SDI.

4 assignable (ASSIGN) buttons on camera head for easy operation
The camera head has four ASSIGN buttons that can be set to functions such as change ND filter settings, REC Start/Stop and more for easier operation with VENICE 2. Choose a custom set-up that suits your preference for any scene. Please note the original VENICE is limited to one button operation with CBK-3620XS.

Compatible with VENICE* and VENICE 2**
The CBK-3620XS was developed alongside VENICE 2 to support both 8K and 6K sensors. It is also compatible with the original VENICE using the latest firmware, however, due that camera’s existing functionality, some CBK-3620XS features may not be available. VENICE does not support spirit level display and recording to metadata, while only one assignable button is functional rather than four. However, VENICE fully benefits from greater cabling length.

* VENICE requires the latest firmware.
** VENICE 2 requires the latest firmware.


Power consumption
Approx. 3.0 W (with 3-m extension)
Approx. 3.0 W (with 12-m extension)

Operating Temperature
0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)

Storage Temperature
–20 °C to +60 °C (–4 °F to +140 °F)

Imager Block Adapter 3 m: 1.8 kg (3 lb 16 oz)
Imager Block Adapter 12 m: 3.2 kg (7 lb 1 oz)
Camera Body Adapter: 0.4 kg (14 oz)

Approx. 5.4 kg (11 lb 15 oz)
(excluding supplied accessories)

Input/Output Connectors
24 V IN connector (Fischer 3-pin) (1)
24 V OUT connector (Fischer 3-pin) (1)
MONITOR IN connector (BNC type) (1)
MONITOR OUT connector (BNC type) (1)