Atomos announces its Ninja V monitor/recorder will soon be able to record 4K/60p ProRes RAW from the latest Sony FX3 cinema camera.
The most compact Sony cinema camera will be able to output a 16bit RAW signal via its HDMI output, which will be encoded as 12bit Log ProRes RAW at up to 4K/60p.
As you know, the FX3 shares the sensor and recording options with the Sony a7s III, which means that the Ninja V will be able to capture 4.2K ProRes raw. However, you’d end up delivering (mostly) in UHD or 3840 x 2160, so that extra bit of resolution may come in handy.
Needless to say, when recording ProRes RAW externally, the Atomos Ninja V bypasses the internal noise reduction of the camera.
So, you should be prepared to see increased noise in some situations. But this shouldn’t be too concerning as if you expose and light accordingly, you should be able to clean it up with ease in post.
Furthermore, Atomos also recently announced upcoming ProRes RAW recording from the Sony alpha 1 mirrorless camera.
Sony FX3 Features
- Full-Frame 12MP CMOS sensor from the Sony a7sIII
- Active Cooling Fan
- Dedicated MODE button on the back
- Flip-out touchscreen
- Menu system from a7sIII / alpha 1
- Unlimited 4K/60p recording
- shares the heatsink design as the a7s III, but adds a cooling fan
- 5-axis IBIS with Active Mode
- Slog3, Slog2 and HLG Picture Profiles
- 4K up to 120fps in 10bit 4:2:2
- UHD (3840 x 2160) options only, no 4K DCI
- Same codecs as the Sony alpha7S III
- Dual Card Slots for CFexpress A and SD cards (UHS-II)
- Full-sized HDMI output
- 16bit RAW output
- NEW FEATURES
- Top handle with integrated XLR Audio unit
- Supports 4 Channel 24bit audio
- S-Cinetone picture profile
- Larger REC button
- Tally lights
- Price and Availability:
- Pre-order at B&H for $3,899 USD
- Shipping in March 2021
Why Shoot ProRes RAW?
When using ProRes RAW you will be able to make adjustments to White Balance and ISO/Exposure Offset in Final Cut Pro X.
Much like competing compressed raw format such as Blackmagic RAW, ProRes RAW offers a winning combination of flexibility and performance. This means you can edit with the speed of ProRes, while also getting the flexibility of RAW (to a degree).
Head over to Atomos’ website to learn more about ProRes Raw and their monitor/recorder line-up.