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Atomos working on ProRes RAW support for Sony alpha 1

Sony a1 will be getting 4.3K/60p ProRes RAW external recording to Ninja V

Sony a1 prores raw
Image by Atomos

Atomos announces the development of ProRes RAW recording from the latest full-frame Sony Alpha 1 flagship mirrorless camera.

According to Atomos, they will soon enable the Ninja V 5-inch monitor/recorder to record 12bit ProRes RAW up to 4.3K/60p from the Sony a1. 

Sony recently unleashed their top-tier Alpha 1 mirrorless camera aimed at pro photographers and video pros combining high-resolution and high-speed performance.

Sony a1 ProRes RAW up to 4.3K/60p to Ninja V coming soon, but what about 8K RAW?

Even thought the Alpha 1 is capable of recording 8K/30p internally, ProRes RAW support will be limited to 4K/60p.

And this is, of course, understandable given the limitations of HDMI output and Ninja V (which tops out at 4K/60p). 

Furthermore, the Sony flagship packs a new 50.1-megapixel full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with an upgraded BIONZ XR processing engine.

Ninja V expands ProRes RAW support to Sony a1

The Alpha 1 and Ninja V combination gives users a compact rigging options for a variety of filming scenarios. Such include, but are not limited to music videos, corporate gigs, documentaries and editorial photo/video shoots.

In addition, the Alpha 1 and Ninja combo gives users the ability to record the 16-bit RAW from the camera’s HDMI output. This signal is then compressed and recorded as 12-bit ProRes RAW in 4K/60 in the Ninja V.

Sony alpha 1 Features Summary:

  • New 50.1 megapixel full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor
  • Upgraded BIONZ XR image processing with 8x more processing power
  • Blackout- free, continuous shooting at up to 30fps
  • Electronic shutter flash sync up to 1/200 sec.
  • 1/400 sec flash sync mechanical shutter
  • 9.44 million-dot OLED Quad-XGA electronic viewfinder
  • Improved Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals
  • New Real-time Eye AF for birds
  • 8K/30p 10-bit video recording
  • 4K/120fps in 10bit 4:2:2 slow-motion
  • 5.8K Super 35 mode for video, 4K/60p
  • 4K/60p RAW output via HDMI to external recorder
  • Dual SD and CFexpress Type A cards
  • 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization 
  • S-Cinetone colour matrix from the FX9 and Sony FX6
  • S-log3, S-log2, HLG, HLG2, HLG3 picture profiles
sony alpha a1
Image by Sony

Benefits of ProRes RAW

With ProRes RAW users will have ability to change White Balance and ISO/Exposure Offset in Final Cut Pro X.

Also, the format offers a storage benefit, as its 12-bit RAW file is roughly the same size as 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes.

In addition to their ground-breaking combination of flexibility and performance, ProRes RAW files are smaller than other RAW file types. Thus, simplifying and accelerating file transfer, media management, and archiving.

HDR Monitoring On Set

The Ninja V and RAW recording also opens up the camera to the wider Atomos eco-system for enhanced on-set HDR and SDR monitoring.

Moreover, you can output a signal from Ninja V to the Atomos Sumo19, or one of the recently announced NEON production monitors. Then, this signal can be used for HDR monitoring on set by directors, clients, and focus-pullers.

At the moment, Atomos has not specified a time for the firmware update. However, chances are this will probably happen sooner rather than later in 2021. 

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