Atomos Ninja V and Nikon Z 6 / Z 7 now offer RAW over HDMI recording

Nikon Z 6 camera with the Atomos Ninja V recording device

Atomos has released a RAW over HDMI recording solution for the Ninja V HDR monitor/recorder when combined with the Nikon Z 6 or Z 7 cameras. Ninja V users can now update with the free AtomOS 10.2 to enable RAW recording from HDMI. At the same time, a new Nikon service procedure, which might incur a fee, installs RAW video output functionality to the two Z series cameras. This empowers Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 cameras to output 12-bit 4K UHD or full-HD RAW via a 4K HDMI 2.0 cable to the Atomos Ninja V.

The Z 6 and Ninja V combination will allow users to film with a full-frame sensor in 12-bit 4K UHD resolution. With the Z 7, full-HD RAW video to 1080p60 can be recorded using the FX-based movie format, and 4Kp24/25/30 UHD RAW video can be recorded using the DX-based movie format.

The upgraded Z 6 or Z 7 camera delivers the RAW data from its image sensor to the Ninja V without in-camera processing. The Ninja V records the RAW data onto removable SSD drive in the ProRes RAW format. When shooting is complete, the drive is removed and connected to a computer via USB for offload and editing. ProRes RAW files are smaller than other RAW files, which simplifies and accelerates file transfer, media management, and archiving. ProRes RAW is fully supported in Final Cut Pro X along with a collection of other apps including ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, Colorfront, FilmLight Baselight, and Grass Valley Edius. Adobe and Avid have announced that Premiere Pro and Media Composer will support ProRes RAW in 2020.

“Until now, RAW video was the domain of dedicated cinema cameras that are either limited in features or priced far beyond the reach of most filmmakers,” said Jeromy Young, CEO of Atomos. “Working in collaboration with Nikon, we’ve given two mirrorless cameras the capability to record in the Apple ProRes RAW format, and the message this sends to video content creators everywhere is game-changing. It tells them to upgrade their ambitions even more, and to aim for the cinematic quality they probably assumed was out of their reach – because it’s now possible.”

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