Atomos are bringing ProRes RAW over HDMI to the mighty Fujifilm GFX100 medium format camera via the Ninja V. With firmware v2.00 for the GFX100, the Atomos Ninja V HDR monitor/recorder will record up to 4K up to 30fps 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW from the GFX100 incredible medium format CMOS sensor.
This makes the Fujifilm GFX100 ‘the world’s first commercially available medium format RAW video shooting system available’. No small feat indeed.
Hollywood-level Image Quality and Beyond
The resulting images have amazing depth, detail and the maximum latitude for post-production optimal for HDR finishing or to give greater flexibility in Rec.709.
Together the GFX100 and Ninja V create a large format camera system that is intuitive to use and light enough to hand hold, place in tight corners or mount onto gimbals.
Furthermore, narrative serialised TV productions, indie films, corporate productions, documentaries, and even motion pictures can now utilise the GFX100 and Ninja V to get the distinctive look that is set apart from regular full-frame shots.
Atomos CEO Jeromy Young said:
“I’m delighted that the Fujifilm GFX100 with our Ninja V delivers extraordinary large sensor RAW footage that was previously unattainable at this size and cost. It continues our mission to democratize filmmaking, giving cinematographers the option to own a RAW shooting large sensor video camera that’s in a class of its own. Our HDR technology, combined with Fujifilm’s long history of color excellence and Apple’s ProRes RAW codec are a winning combination. I look forward to seeing films, TV shows and commercials shot with this amazing setup.”
The accurate 5” 1000nit HDR high brightness display of the Ninja V allows users to view the GFX100 RAW signal in HDR in a choice of HLG and PQ (HDR10) formats, or utilise Fujifilm’s F-Log profile to draw on Fujifilm’s vast color science expertise.
The monitor offers touchscreen access to tools like waveform, magnify or engage peaking check focus for each angle and make any adjustments to get the perfect HDR or SDR shot.
Fuji GFX100 ProRes RAW Test Footage
The footage above was commissioned to demonstrate the look of the camera system when using a variety of different lenses. The DP, who shot this promo piece was Jake Polonsky, who is mainly known for his work as DoP of Senna, Billions and Black Mirror – Bandersnatch. You can see more of his work here http://jakepolonsky.com/
These were new native Fujinon GF lenses, older PL mounted Cooke S2 cine lenses and an adapted vintage Minolta Rokkor 58mm f1.2 stills lens.
There is some vignetting on some shots with the Cooke S2 lenses where the image circle does not quite cover the sensor. These have been purposely left in to demonstrate the sensor coverage that can be expected from similar glass.
Medium Format 4K Video Will Never Be The Same!
As an alternative to RAW the Ninja V can also record 10-bit 422 ProRes and DNx video up to 4kp60 from the HDMI output of the GFX100. For reliability and affordability, ProRes RAW or standard video files are recorded to AtomX SSD mini SATA drives in the Ninja V.
The Ninja V and RAW recording also opens up the camera to the wider Atomos ecosystem for enhanced on-set HDR and SDR monitoring. A video signal can be output from the Ninja V to the Atomos Sumo19, or soon-to-be-released Neon line of production monitors, for perfect HDR viewing by directors, clients, focus-pullers or anyone else who needs access to an accurate view on-set.
ProRes RAW is now firmly established as the new standard for RAW video capture with Fujifilm becoming the fifth major company to announce support for RAW over HDMI. ProRes RAW combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the incredible real-time performance of ProRes.
ProRes RAW – Edit Fast, But Keep the Flexibility of RAW (to a degree)
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. and 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.
The Fuji GFX100 and Ninja V will gain the ability to record ProRes RAW at up to 4K/30p via firmware update v2.00 from Fujifilm and a free AtomOS update from Atomos in July 2020.