Filmmakers understand that there are many choices to be made when it comes to defining the production pipeline. While there are more options available today, not only in terms of cameras, but also recording format, NLE, visual effects, and finishing software, the specific workflow is often predetermined by any one of those solutions.
It seems that Atomos strives to challenge these expectations and change the nature of the game. The ability of the Ninja V/V+ to record in a wide range of professional formats, including Apple ProRes RAW, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, and H.265 (HEVC) makes them incredibly versatile.
Filmmakers can take content created on these devices and use any number of post-production workflows. The addition of Play Pro dramatically expands the available options as it opens new avenues for filmmakers to explore and provides an opportunity to switch lanes midstream.
In practical terms, filmmakers are able to select ProRes RAW as a production format, then choose further down the road to leverage Play Pro to convert the footage to a different format, for example, ProRes 4444 XQ (with embedded metadata). This means the content can be harmonized to match footage recorded on different cameras including RED, ARRI, Phantom, and Blackmagic.
It also creates an opportunity to work with applications that do not currently support ProRes RAW, including DaVinci Resolve. With Play Pro filmmakers can take footage recorded on any of these systems and transcode it to work alongside their established ProRes RAW workflow.
To recall, Play Pro is an advanced software solution for professional quality control (QC) and transcoding. This software supports changing White balance, ISO gain and Exposure offset with ProRes RAW, debayer to all known color spaces and log-curves, including ACES.
Play Pro reads all and any metadata from the ProRes RAW files, such as: Camera model, lens used, f-stop number, focal length and many more.
It can be used to view files in a wide range of codecs, including ProRes RAW as well as transcode files to Apple ProRes, H.264 and H.265 (HEVC). Pro Play is available for both macOS and Windows. A standard license is $299.
Play Pro is available for both macOS and Windows. A standard license costs $299 but can now be obtained free with any new purchase of a Ninja V or Ninja V+. Existing owners qualify for an exclusive price of $99.
- Atomos Ninja V 5” Monitor/Recorder (B&H, Amazon, Adorama)
- Atomos Ninja V+ 5″ 8K HDMI H.265 Raw Recording Monitor (B&H)
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