Atomos Brings Apple ProRes RAW to the SIGMA fp

June 27th, 2020
Atomos Brings Apple ProRes RAW to the SIGMA fp

Atomos has been working closely with SIGMA over the last few months, and with the latest SIGMA fp firmware update 2.0, it is now possible to record Apple ProRes RAW at up to DCI 4K24p or UHD 4K30p via HDMI to the Atomos Ninja V, using the camera’s full-frame sensor. Also, the SIGMA fp now becomes the world’s first mirrorless camera to record RAW over HDMI video in HD at 120fps. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Atomos Introduces Apple ProRes RAW for the SIGMA fp

Atomos announced the support for Apple ProRes RAW recording on its Atomos Ninja V, via the SIGMA fp HDMI output, with the latest SIGMA fp 2.0 firmware update. After the Nikon Z6, the Sony FX9, and, more recently, the Z CAM E2, Atomos is working hard to offer ProRes RAW recording capabilities to as many cameras as possible.

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With this update, the combination of the SIGMA fp and Atomos Ninja V will allow you to record Apple ProRes RAW at up to DCI 4K24p or UHD 4K30p. Recordings are done without any crop, using the entire full-frame sensor of the fp. Also, if you drop down in resolution, you’ll be able to record in HD at up to 120fps.

If you combine the tiny form factor of the fp with the monitoring/recording capabilities of the Atomos Ninja V, it makes it the smallest camera combination able to record Apple ProRes RAW. This compact system opens new creative possibilities if you want to capture images on a gimbal or use it as an affordable POV/crash camera.

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The Atomos Ninja V can also record ProRes 422 and DNx video up to 4K29.94p from the standard 8-bit HDMI output of the SIGMA fp. If you want to do some slow-motion, the Ninja V can capture the same recording formats in HD at up to 120fps. For reliability and affordability, ProRes RAW or standard video files are recorded to AtomX SSD mini SATA drives in the Ninja V.

To get access to all these recording flavors, a free AtomOS update for the Ninja V will be available in Summer 2020.

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Apple ProRes RAW Support

More and more NLEs are now supporting Apple ProRes RAW, like all Adobe Creative Cloud video apps since this month. ProRes RAW is supported in Final Cut Pro X along with a collection of other apps, including ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, Colorfront, FilmLight Baselight, Avid Media Composer, and Grass Valley Edius.

This is nice to see Atomos, SIGMA, and other companies putting a lot of work towards Apple ProRes RAW support. ProRes RAW seems to be going mainstream with the support of most NLEs and more camera options to choose from depending on your needs.

What do you think about Atomos’ implementation of ProRes RAW recording options for the SIGMA fp? Did you already shoot content using ProRes RAW? Let us know in the comments below!

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BOUNCE
MemberJune 27th, 2020

Honestly it’s nice to have options. ProRes Raw and BRaw are both welcome additions for the fp. However, imo, as the fp already supports cinemaDNG to affordable SSD drives, these additional codecs were perhaps not so necessary. These additions make far more sense on a camera that otherwise could not capture raw.

Here are some additions I would like to see in a future firmware as well as a needed but missing accessory:
1. ISO mappable to the front dial
2. XLR audio accessory that replaces the hot shoe adapter
3. Different versions of compressed CDNG to the SSD.
4. Panasonic S1H equivalent Auto Focus performance.
5. Improved dynamic range. The S1H is good for 14+ stops with seemingly the same sensor.
6. ProRes Raw and BRaw directly to the SSD.
7. Wireless module anyone?
8. Internal 4K 10 bit 422 Log.

I feel Sigma are missing the boat by not offering more usable (and blatantly omitted) accessories for the fp. Sigma also need to bring the AF to at least SH1 levels of performance. The two cameras appear to share the same sensor. If this is the case there is a lot more that can be done to improve AF performance. Poor AF is the single thing holding back mainstream adoption of this camera.

Things Sigma got right:
1. Size/weight… as a former original BMPCC owner I can tell you this is the true spiritual successor to that camera.
2. Build quality
3. 4 year warranty!
4. External SSD storage
5. Image quality – organic while still being clean
6. Colors colors colors
7. Motion cadence – images move like film

What I want from a future model? Well everything missing from the above list… plus:

1. A Foveon sensor… this would be something special
2. A Foveon sensor… Sigma take my money
3. A Foveon sensor… I will preorder this body, but we need a usable 100- 6400 ISO range.
4. DGO – dual gain output. I’m not sure if it’s possible, but as Sigma are back to the drawing board on the Foveon sensor I think this should be a serious consideration.
5. Internal raw capture… CFast Express. Preferred to flimsy SD cards
6. A tilting/flip screen… think S1H
7. EVF accessory
8. Dual card slots.
9. Electronic ND

Alaydaroos
Alaydaroos
GuestJuly 4th, 2020

I completely agree and add: exact 24p fps as an option. Adding more custom mapping options like ISO mapping would save a LOT of time and save battery for people otherwise doing it manually through the menu.

BOUNCE
MemberJune 28th, 2020

FYI: Tried to enable this on my Atomos Ninja V with my new Sigma fp, and when in ProRes Raw or HQ the record button is grayed out. I tried reformatting the SSD, and performing a factor reset, but nothing I tried worked to re-enable the record button on the Ninja V. I plan to call Sigma to ask about this on Monday; But so far I have been unable to capture any footage using ProRes Raw or HQ with the Ninja V and the Sigma fp.

Johnnie Behiri
Johnnie Behiri
AdminJune 28th, 2020

Hi BOUNCE. It takes 2 for tango. You have to wait till Atomos releases their new firmware update. This will enable the possibility of recording ProRes RAW on your recorder from the SIGMA fp camera.

BOUNCE
MemberJune 28th, 2020

Hi Johnnie, thanks, I assumed that the enabling ProRes Raw on the Atomos would be enough; but it seems you are correct and we still need to await a new Atomos firmware to support the fp.

 Luke Wen
Luke Wen
MemberJune 29th, 2020

Worth mentioning that the 4K output is line-skipped from the 6K sensor to maintain the full width.

Alaydaroos
Alaydaroos
GuestJuly 4th, 2020

Is this a technical assumption because there is no other way around it?

 Charles Hull
Charles Hull
MemberJune 28th, 2020

The big news for me is the upgrades for CinemaDNGm with 12 bit UHD, and the high frame rate FHD modes. I’ve been shooting nice HDR with firmware 2.0 already. The Samsung SSD is much much smaller than a Ninja V, so it is still a small overall camera package.

I’ll use ProRes RAW some when the Atomos firmware comes out, but I expect I’ll use CinemaDNG quite a bit more.

A future Sigma fs version needs a S1H like viewfinder plus IBIS to enable handheld video. With CinemaDNG this will be a true run and gun camera.

Sougrakpam Jecky Singh
Sougrakpam Jecky Singh
GuestJune 28th, 2020

I want to know something about recording. Can i record External Card (ssd) Prores Raw

BOUNCE
MemberJune 29th, 2020

I do not believe that’s an option.

Alaydaroos
Alaydaroos
GuestJuly 4th, 2020

Only through the Atomos right now.

Jonathan Pais
Jonathan Pais
MemberJune 28th, 2020

This is an incredible update of a very bold camera from Sigma. It would have been nice had it recorded 6K RAW from its sensor though.

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