An interview from the 2018 Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles with Mark Naidoo of Atomos. Atomos exist to help creative professionals cut through technology barriers by creating easy to use, cutting edge products including 4K & HD Monitor-recorders, a pocket size Apple ProRes recorder, signal converters & power management solutions. In this interview Mark talks with us about their support for ProRes RAW, a new format from Apple that combines the incredible performance of ProRes with the flexibility of RAW video.
The new upgrade brings ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ recording, monitoring, playback and tag editing to all owners of an Atomos Shogun Inferno or Sumo19 devices. Once installed, it will allow the capture of RAW images in up to 12-bit RGB — direct from many of the world’s most advanced cameras onto affordable SSD media. ProRes RAW files can be imported directly into Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 for high performance editing, color grading, and finishing on Mac laptop and desktop systems. Eight of the most popular cine cameras with a RAW output, including the Panasonic AU- EVA1, Varicam LT, Sony FS5/FS7 and Canon C300mkII/C500, will be supported with more to follow.
Top cinematographers have long known that the secret to creativity is RAW processing — traditionally complex and expensive, huge data rates and proprietary formats and media have made RAW slow, cumbersome and expensive. The efficient nature of ProRes RAW recorded to standard SSD drives in Atomos devices removes these limitations. Now filmmakers can work easily with RAW – whether they are shooting episodic TV, commercials, documentaries, indie films or social events. Shooting ProRes RAW preserves maximum dynamic range, with a 12-bit depth and wide colour gamut - essential for HDR finishing. The new format, which is available in two compression levels — ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ — preserves image quality with low date rates and file sizes much smaller than uncompressed RAW.
The Canon C300 mkII - with its compact form factor, excellent low light performance and outstanding autofocus system - has built an enviable reputation as a go-to cinema camera for many broadcasters and creative professionals. Now users can take its image to the next level of performance with the addition of Apple ProRes RAW DCI 4k and UHD recording, using the Atomos Shogun Inferno monitor recorder. The combination can output the pristine image data from the C300 mkII sensor over SDI and record it up to DCI/UHD 4Kp30 ProRes RAW directly onto cost effective SSD media. The new codec is highly efficient, resulting in manageable files that offer maximum flexibility to adjust the look of your image in post-production - ideal for both HDR and SDR workflows using Apple FCP X, with multiple streams of 4K RAW playback possible on the latest Mac computers.
A new deal shows the power of two of big announcements from this year's NAB. Atomos announced Apple ProRes RAW recording on the Shogun Inferno and Sumo 19 monitor/ recorders - taking the RAW output of leading cinema cameras and capturing it into the high quality RAW codec. Meanwhile, Sony unveiled the new FS5 II cinema camera, which has the ability to output FS-RAW over SDI out of the box. Now Sony and Atomos have worked together to ensure that combination can record pristine ProRes RAW video at up to 4kp60 continuously, or 4kp120 in burst mode. It can also record ProRes RAW at 2kp240 from the full S35 sensor area for stunning high-speed filming. The resulting files are small enough to be manageable, yet still offer incredible flexibility when grading. This makes the FS5 II and Shogun Inferno a natural pairing that unlocks huge creative potential for users at a ground-breaking price point.
The EVA1 and Atomos together provide unprecedented levels of resolution and flexibility at an amazing price point – this combo has been made even more appealing by Panasonic and Atomos’ co-promotional offer in the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa that represents a saving of $595. The new AtomOS 9.1 on the Sumo19, and to be released later in June on the Shogun Inferno, allows capture of RAW sensor data from the EVA1 in 5.7k over 6G SDI to Apple’s new RAW format. This free update means that users can record the camera’s maximum resolution and dynamic range onto affordable qualified SATA-based SSD media, removing the need for expensive proprietary media required for other RAW cameras.
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