Z CAM E2 is getting 4K/60p 12bit ProRes RAW recording thanks to Atomos with an upcoming firmware update. Furthermore, the E2 will be able to output a signal over HDMI to the Ninja V, where it will be recorded as 12bit ProRes RAW.
Also, Atomos and Z CAM announce the development of touch-screen camera control on the Ninja V for E2 system cameras. This way, users will be able to operate their cameras and adjust key settings from the Ninja V’s AtomOS touch screen.
Atomos + Z CAM E2 = ProRes RAW!
Atomos CEO Jeromy Young said: “We are proud to welcome Z CAM into the rapidly growing ProRes RAW ecosystem. The E2 is a highly affordable… cinema camera with a small form factor that lends itself to many different applications. The Ninja V is already a popular choice with E2 owners. Now… E2 and Ninja V together become a tightly integrated camera package that offers unrivalled recording and monitoring options at an affordable price.”
Edit with the speed of ProRes and flexibility of RAW
ProRes RAW combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the incredible real-time speed of ProRes. And while the format differs fundamentally from others such as the 16bit ARRIRAW, X-OCN, and REDCODE RAW, it still gives filmmakers decent flexibility in post. Nevertheless, ProRes RAW may have some limitations when it comes to changing ISO in post the way you would in REDCODE RAW for example, but it does offer significant real-time performance benefits.
Of course, users still get the benefit of adjusting the look of their images and extending brightness and shadow detail, making ProRes RAW ideal for HDR workflows.
Available in either ProRes RAW HQ or ProRes RAW formats, the format is currently is fully supported in Final Cut Pro X along with a collection of other apps including ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, Colorfront, FilmLight Baselight, and Grass Valley Edius.
Adobe and Avid have announced that Premiere Pro and Media Composer will support ProRes RAW this year.
Z CAM E2 – Tiny, but Mighty!
The little Z CAM E2 may be minute in stature, but its dual native ISO 4/3-inch sensor can produce lovely images. Thanks to its cube-shape and flexible rigging options, it can be used for all sorts of applications. Check out this piece by Philip Bloom below, shot on Z CAM E2 + Atomos Ninja V in ProRes RAW on a pre-production firmware (on both).
And, this is in addition to several Sony, Canon and Panasonic cameras that already support ProRes RAW via SDI to Atomos recorders.
Finally, Atomos will release a new firmware update in June, which will enable the ProRes RAW support on the E2.