Atomos and Panasonic have announced the development of up to 5.9K full frame Apple ProRes RAW recording from the new LUMIX S5, Panasonic’s new hybrid 35-millimeter full-frame mirrorless camera. Atomos’ Ninja V will record up to 5.9K@30Hz, 4K@60Hz and 3.5K@50Hz from the LUMIX S5 full-frame mirrorless camera when combined with the Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder.
The Ninja V and S5 combination caters to them with the 3.5K Super35 Anamorphic 4:3 RAW mode (3536×2656). The Ninja V and S5 can now be used as an A-camera or smaller B-camera on an anamorphic RAW production.
The Ninja V allows users to monitor the RAW signal on its daylight-viewable 5” 1000-nit brightness HDR screen. Setup is simple when the camera is attached with perfectly tuned color settings applied automatically. Users can then view the RAW image accurately in HDR in a choice of HLG and PQ (HDR10) formats. The Ninja V offers touch-screen access to tools like waveforms, 1-1 magnification and focus peaking, allowing them to perfect their RAW video. The Ninja V then records the Apple ProRes RAW data onto a removable AtomX SSDmini or other SSD drive. When shooting is complete the drive is removed and connected to a computer via USB for immediate offload and editing.
The LUMIX S5 inherits a range of professional features from the flagship LUMIX S1H. Combined with the Ninja V, the camera is designed for handheld, shoulder-mounted, gimbal, Steadicam and in vehicle production. In addition to this the LUMIX S5 packs the essence of Panasonic’s conventional S Series cameras in a compact, lightweight magnesium alloy full die-cast body with effective heat dispersion for stable long recording times. The S5 and Ninja V combination provides a powerful cost-effective and compact sized workhorse for not only the video professional but also the aspiring video professional.
Apple ProRes RAW is now firmly established as the new standard for RAW video capture, now including the LUMIX S5 for RAW over HDMI. ProRes RAW combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the incredible real-time performance of ProRes. The format gives filmmakers enormous latitude when adjusting the look of their images and extending brightness and shadow detail, making it ideal for HDR workflows. Both ProRes RAW, and the higher bandwidth, less compressed ProRes RAW HQ are supported. Manageable file sizes speed up and simplify file transfer, media management, and archiving. ProRes RAW is supported in Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere and Grass Valley Edius, along with a collection of other apps including ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, Colorfront and FilmLight Baselight.
These features will be activated by a firmware update for the LUMIX S5 and Ninja V by the end of November 2020.