Thursday, June 25, 2020

Atomos enables Apple ProRes RAW recording up to 120fps with the SIGMA fp

Here's the press release:

Atomos and SIGMA are today announcing RAW recording over HDMI with the Sigma fp mirrorless camera and Atomos Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder. Together the fp and Ninja V will record Apple ProRes RAW at up to DCI 4Kp24 or UHD 4Kp30 directly from the camera’s full-frame sensor. It will also be the world’s first mirrorless camera to record RAW over HDMI video in HD at 120fps for amazing high speed shots. ProRes RAW gives creators amazing creative control  with flexibility to adjust the color and look of the video, while extending brightness and shadow detail. Footage can be finished in the highest possible quality and dynamic range for either HDR or SDR (Rec.709). The SIGMA fp also becomes the smallest camera combination to record ProRes RAW, opening up a wide range of shooting options. The camera’s small size means you can shoot with the full flexibility of RAW almost anywhere. The fp body is perfect for mounting as a POV or crash camera, for use on gimbals or even worn on the body. Alternatively, with the addition of Ninja V, cage and other accessories, the fp can also be built out into a fully rigged cinema-style camera with the option to use a wide range of L-mount lenses natively, or PL mount, EF mount and many other lenses via the use of adapters. 

The accurate 5” 1000nit HDR high brightness display of the Ninja V allows users to view the SIGMA fp RAW signal in HDR in a choice of HLG and PQ (HDR10) formats for optimal exposure. The monitor also offers touchscreen access to tools like 1-1 magnification and peaking for accurate focus, plus waveform, vectorscope and false color to nail exposure for the perfect HDR or SDR shot. Atomos CEO Jeromy Young said: “With SIGMA joining the Atomos RAW over HDMI family we now have an exciting option for filmmakers to shoot Apple ProRes RAW with a tiny full-frame camera that also excels in 120fps high frame rate shooting. This camera brings SIGMA’s unique approach to the photo industry into video and we are happy to be innovating together with them to enable the fp to shoot the most versatile RAW codec available. The Atomos Ninja V, SIGMA fp and ProRes RAW open up a whole range of creative opportunities for our customers and I can’t wait to see what users can do with it.” 

The Ninja V can also record 422 ProRes and DNx video up to 4kp29.94 and 120p119.88 from the standard 8-bit HDMI output of the SIGMA fp. For reliability and affordability, ProRes RAW or standard video files are recorded to AtomX SSD mini SATA drives in the Ninja V.
SIGMA is the latest major company to announce support ProRes RAW over HDMI. ProRes RAW combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the incredible real-time performance of ProRes. The format gives filmmakers enormous latitude when adjusting the look of their images and extending brightness and shadow detail, making it ideal for HDR workflows. Both ProRes RAW, and the higher bandwidth, less compressed ProRes RAW HQ are supported. Manageable file sizes speed up and simplify file transfer, media management, and archiving. ProRes RAW is supported in Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere and Grass Valley Edius, along with a collection of other apps including ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, Colorfront and FilmLight Baselight. ProRes RAW recording requires the free SIGMA V2.00 firmware update for the fp available today, and the free AtomOS update for Ninja V which will be available in Summer 2020.

With this upgrade, an amazing camera has become even better.  Even though some still photography blogs have not been able to figure it out, the fp is a uniquely capable camera for video.  It is the only full frame camera that can record RAW internally for less than $2,000 - and the only full frame camera (at any price) that can record 12-bit RAW to a $90 USB-C SSD.  The Z CAM E2 F6 is $3,995, the Canon 1D X Mark III is $6,499 and the other full frame RAW cameras on the market (e.g. the Nikon Z6/Z7 and Panasonic S1H [someday]) can only record RAW externally.

This is a very powerful capability for a $1,799 camera - and it has enabled creators to produce some amazing work when recording to CinemaDNG RAW:

Admittedly, the camera's internal CinemDNG codec leaves something to be desired when it comes to ease of use (thus the ProRes RAW upgrade), but the fact that a $1,799 camera could record full frame,12-bit RAW to a $90 SSD straight out of the box was almost unbelievable.  Now that the camera can be upgraded to send RAW output to the Ninja V and record to ProRes RAW, it becomes an even more attractive option.

If you're a filmmaker on a budget who wants the full frame "look" plus the creative flexibility of RAW, the Sigma fp could be the right camera for you.

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