Atomos has just announced RAW recording support for Sony’s PXW-FX9 camcorder which is now capable of outputting RAW over SDI using the Atomos Shogun 7. This setup will allow users to capture Apple ProRes RAW images at up to DCI 4Kp60, or in 2K up to DCI 2Kp180 continuous for stunning slow-motion from the FX9 and XDCA-FX9 Extension Unit.
Recording over SDI from the FX9 with the Shogun 7 extends the performance of the camera itself by taking RAW data from its full-frame sensor and recording it in the flexible and efficient ProRes RAW format. The captured video has 12-bit color depth, which corresponds to over 68 billion color graduations.
As a reminder, the FX9 with XDCA-FX9 joins the existing Sony RAW capable line-up of FS7, FS7 II, FS5 and FS5 II, which all work with the Shogun 7 to record in ProRes RAW.
The FX9 camera’s RAW output is now available via a V2.01 firmware update for the FX9 from Sony. Today Atomos is making it possible to record RAW footage with Shogun 7 and FX9 with the AtomOS V10.42 firmware download available on the Atomos website. Keep in mind, though, that besides the FX9 and Shogun 7, you’ll also need the XDCA-FX9 extension unit alongside an additional CBKZ-FS5RIF license option.
Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO, said: “I’m thrilled to be working with the team at Sony to bring this to life. It’s great to add Sony’s FX9 to the large and expanding ProRes RAW ecosystem. The flexibility and convenience of ProRes RAW make the FX9 and Shogun 7 an awesome combination for any filmmaker seeking perfect colors and amazing latitude in post. Initially we will have 4Kp60 and 2Kp180 ProRes RAW recording options and we’re constantly developing more capability in our product to support our partners like Sony.”
ProRes RAW has metadata supplied by the FX9 which can be further utilized in supported NLEs which recognize ProRes RAW files recorded by the Shogun 7 from the FX9’s RAW output and allow for them to be set up for editing and display in either SDR or HDR projects. Additional information will also allow other software to perform extensive parameter adjustments.
The capture ProRes RAW files recorded to the Shogun 7 from the FX9’s RAW output can be easily be edited on your Mac or PC. The format 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.
- Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera System (B&H, Amazon)
- Sony XDCA-FX9 Extension Unit (B&H)
- Atomos SHOGUN 7 HDR Pro Monitor/Recorder/Switcher (B&H)
- Sony PXW-FS5 FS RAW Output Upgrade License (B&H)
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