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Atomos Ninja V – ProRes RAW Will Come to Sony Alpha 1

Atomos Ninja V – ProRes RAW Will Come to Sony Alpha 1

Atomos just announced that their Atomos Ninja V monitor/recorder will soontm be able to capture ProRes RAW images from the Sony Alpha 1 RAW output at up to 4.3Kp60 (note: no 8K!). This is still in development, but at least we have something to look forward to!

The Alpha 1 is Sony’s flagship mirrorless hypbrid camera. It is capable of recording a whopping 8K30 and can also output a 16-bit RAW signal via its full-size HDMI port. This particular feature has put Atomos on the map, who are now announcing the development of ProRes RAW recording via their Atomos Ninja V monitor/recorder… this little fella just keeps getting better and better!

Atomos & Sony – ProRes RAW recording for the Alpha 1

Adding the ability to capture ProRes RAW directly from the Sony Alpha 1 is a pretty big deal for a device as affordable and lightweight as the Atomos Ninja V. Over the years this thing has gotten updates upon updates to support a growing number of cameras. I think that’s pretty remarkable, the company could have just released a Ninja V II or Ninja VI or whatever, but they’re staying true to the original and improving it via software, which is great of course! As Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO, puts it:

I’m thrilled to be continuously bringing to life ProRes RAW support for Sony cameras. Having such a groundbreaking camera with the additional benefits and flexibility of ProRes RAW, the Alpha 1 and Ninja V combination offers content creators an array of features to fulfil their creative vision.

Jeromy Young

The process of recording a 16-bit RAW signal from the Sony Alpha 1 is as follows: The incoming stream is compressed and recorded in the Ninja V as 12-bit ProRes RAW from the camera’s sensor at up to 4.3Kp60. Since the camera is capable of recording up to 8Kp30, this 4.3Kp60 may seem like a drawback, but I suspect this is due to hardware limitations. Still, a clean 4K RAW signal can be very beneficial in post (and you can benefit from the ability to record directly to SSD via the Ninja V).

Alpha 1 Ninja V ProRes RAW
Atomos Ninja V. Image credit: Atomos

Another quote from the press text: “Users will benefit from the full flexibility offered by the ProRes RAW format as Atomos ensures that all the camera White Balance and ISO/Exposure Offset adjustments will be available within Final Cut Pro to the user.” So there will be full white balance control in post, at least for the Alpha 1 in conjunction with the Ninja V.

A nice property of ProRes RAW is that a 12-bit RAW stream comes in at roughly the same file sizes as 10-bit 422 standard ProRes.

Timeline unknown

All this sounds nice (if you’re one of the lucky Sony Alpha 1 owners), but one question remains: When will this be available to the public? Well, we don’t know. Atomos has yet to announce a launch schedule. At least it’s encouraging that 1) it will happen, and 2) it probably won’t take too much longer. Time will tell, I guess.

link: Atomos

What do you think? Can the Ninja V be found your gear bag already? Share your thoughts int he comments below!

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