Atomos and Panasonic have announced updates to the Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder and the Panasonic LUMIX S1H respectively that will together enable the recording of 5.9K Apple ProRes RAW files direct from the camera’s sensor.

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 will capture 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. The unprocessed files will preserve the maximum dynamic range, colour accuracy and detail from the S1H. For anamorphic shooting, the Ninja V and S1H combination has a new 3.5K Super35 Anamorphic 4:3 RAW mode.

Each frame recorded in ProRes RAW has metadata supplied by the S1H. 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 parameter adjustments.

Both updates are free. 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.

Staff Reporter