Lumix S1H users now can benefit from 5.9K Apple ProRes RAW video recording thanks to the latest update of Atomos Ninja V

Lumix S1H deploying Ninja V Atomos

Atomos and Panasonic have announced updates to the award-winning Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder and Panasonic LUMIX S1H. Together, they now record 5.9K Apple ProRes RAW files direct from the camera’s sensor. “The result is the highest quality video images ever seen from a mirrorless camera”, according to the press release.

Jeromy Young, CEO of Atomos, said: “We are excited about what the combination of the Ninja V and the LUMIX S1H gives to our users. Providing the choice to record 10-bit ProRes video for fast turnaround projects, or stunning full-frame 5.9K 12-bit ProRes RAW for more creative flexibility. It becomes an extraordinary workhorse – especially for delivering the best HDR possible.”

The Ninja V captures 12-bit RAW files from the S1H over HDMI at up to 5.9K/29.97p in Full-frame, or 4K/59.94p in Super35. These unprocessed files are extremely clean, preserving the maximum dynamic range, color accuracy and every detail from the S1H. The resulting ProRes RAW files allow for greater creativity in post-production, ideal for both HDR and SDR (Rec.709) workflows.

In addition, more and more cinematographers are now choosing to shoot with anamorphic lenses. The Ninja V and S1H combination caters to them with the new 3.5K Super35 Anamorphic 4:3 RAW mode. The combination can be used as an A-camera or smaller B-camera on an anamorphic RAW production.

Each frame recorded in ProRes RAW has metadata supplied by the S1H. Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and other NLEs will automatically recognise ProRes RAW files as coming from the S1H and set them up for editing and display in either SDR or HDR projects automatically. Additional information will also allow other software to perform extensive parameter adjustments.

Ninja V and S1H owners will gain these new RAW features free of charge. The Ninja V will be able to update by downloading and installing AtomOS 10.5 from the Atomos website. Panasonic will release a free firmware update on their LUMIX Global Customer Support website. Both updates will be available on 25 May, 2020.

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 Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer are also set to support ProRes RAW in 2020.

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