Nikon Z7 and Z6 Now Record ProRes RAW Thanks to Atomos!

At the start of CES 2019, Atomos unveiled the next revolution in digital imaging – RAW video output and capture from Nikon’s full frame mirrorless cameras. We’re talking about ProRes Raw of course, not CinemaDNG just for the record, so if you are a Nikon Z7/Z6 user in order to use this feature it will work only with FCP X at least for the moment.

Nonetheless, this is a massive announcement since there is no other mirrorless camera(s) that can output any kind of raw signal so for Atomos to find a way to do this is really admirable.

The Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 full-frame mirrorless cameras will work together with the Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor/recorder to record Apple’s ProRes RAW video format. The upcoming feature will be on display in the Nikon booth (#14006) during the CES 2019 show.

NIkon Z7 ProRes Raw Apple Atomos Ninja V

Capturing Apple ProRes RAW video with the Ninja V unlocks complete control of the video image at the highest quality possible.

The maximum dynamic range, colour accuracy and detail are preserved, while at the same time every aspect of the video image can be controlled with precision for maximum creativity. Colours can be easily matched and the extra information means footage can be easily be manipulated in post-production, which is especially useful for grading and VFX shots.

Atomos and Nikon are also offering video creators the new Nikon Z6 Filmmaker’s kit too – also announced at CES 2019. The full-frame Nikon Z6 camera is the video production powerhouse at the center of the kit.

Paired with the Atomos Ninja V monitor/recorder and other accessories, it has everything required for pro looking full-frame video in 10-bit 422 ProRes and DNx professional video formats, with ProRes RAW to be added.

The Nikon Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit includes:

  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens
  • FTZ Mount Adapter
  • Spare EN-EL15b Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Nikon School Online Music Video Class
  • Atomos Ninja V 5″ 4K Recording Monitor
  • Moza Air 2 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Rode VideoMic Pro Plus
  • 1-Year Subscription to Vimeo Pro

Atomos CEO Jeromy Young said: “It’s a really exciting time for high quality cinematic video on every platform from Facebook to Netflix. Our customers are increasingly making their livings creating this content and we love giving them the affordable tools they need to do it. Our $695 Ninja V delivers better image quality without sacrificing amazing features like autofocus and high megapixel stills. Through partnering with great companies like Nikon, we have built solutions that are easy to use and look great.”

Until now, RAW video has been the domain of dedicated cinema cameras that are either limited in features or priced far beyond the reach of most consumers. Now Atomos is giving content creators the same quality and flexibility in video that they have come to expect from RAW photos.

Atomos Ninja V NIkon Z7 Nikon Z6 N-Log 10bit 4K

Image by Atomos

How Apple ProRes/Nikon Z7/Z6 works

In simple terms, the camera outputs a stream of RAW data via a 4K HDMI cable to the Ninja V. This data is then repacked into the ProRes RAW format and recorded to a removable SSD drive in the Ninja V. When shooting is finished, the drive is removed and connected to a computer via USB. Footage can then be decoded (de-bayered) and edited in the highest possible quality. Using ProRes RAW format keeps file sizes manageable, easy to edit and future-proof.

Additional details, including the release timing will be shared at a later date.

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