Atomos and Panasonic have announced updates regarding Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder and Panasonic LUMIX S1H. When combined, these two devices allow recording of 5.9K Apple ProRes RAW files direct from the S1H’s sensor.
That way, the Ninja V will be able to capture highly detailed 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 mode.
These unprocessed files preserve the maximum dynamic range, color accuracy and every detail from the S1H. The resulting ProRes RAW media allows for greater creativity in post-production with perfect skin tones and easily matched colors, ideal for both HDR and SDR (Rec.709) workflows.
Each frame recorded in ProRes RAW has metadata supplied by the S1H. Users can use this information later in post as Final Cut Pro X and other NLEs will automatically recognize 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.
Meanwhile, Polish DP Krzysztof Sieniawski has shot a fast-moving drama to showcase the capabilities of the S1H and Ninja V. “Blind Love” was shot in just one day by his small team of indie filmmakers.
Filmed entirely in 5.9K ProRes RAW, using one camera in basic handheld and gimbal setups, it demonstrates the amazing results that talented creators can deliver to screen without a Hollywood budget using this setup.
Videographers will also be able to shoot with anamorphic lenses with the new 3.5K Super35 Anamorphic 4:3 RAW mode. An even bigger world of cinematic opportunities opens up as the Ninja V and S1H can now be used as an A-camera or smaller B-camera on an anamorphic RAW production.
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, said Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO.
Best of all, 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.