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Atomos releases full Ninja V update for Lumix S1H

Posted on Aug 12, 2020 by Pro Moviemaker

Last week Atomos launched a pre-release beta for Ninja V users to try out on their Panasonic Lumix S1H. This week, it released the full firmware update for the Ninja V

12-bit Raw

The Ninja V captures 12-bit Raw signal files directly from the full frame sensor of the S1H over HDMI at up to 5.9K/29.97p in full-frame, or 4K/59.94p in Super35. These unprocessed files are extremely clean, preserving the maximum dynamic range and colour accuracy from the S1H. The resulting ProRes Raw files allow for easily matched colorus, ideal for both HDR and SDR workflows.

Anamorphic Raw

More and more cinematographers are now choosing to shoot with anamorphic lenses and the Ninja V and S1H combination caters to them with the new 3.5K Super35 Anamorphic 4:3 Raw mode. An even bigger world of cinematic opportunities opens up as the Ninja V and S1H can now be used as an A-camera or smaller B-camera on an anamorphic Raw production.

Improved colour pipeline

S1H ProRes Raw files recorded to the Ninja V can now benefit from an improved colour pipeline in Apple Final Cut Pro X. Panasonic have published a new LUT based workflow that allows the enhanced potential of ProRes Raw files captured from the S1H to be realised in the NLE software.

Ninja V advantage

Ninja V allows users to accurately monitor the Raw signal on its daylight-viewable 5” 1000nit brightness HDR screen. Setup is simple when the camera is attached with tuned colour settings applied automatically. Users can then view the Raw image in HDR in a choice of HLG and PQ (HDR10) formats.

The Ninja V offers touchscreen access to tools like waveforms, 1-1 magnification and focus peaking. It then records the 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.

Raw: The new standard

Apple ProRes Raw files are smaller than other Raw files – simplifying and accelerating file transfer, media management, and archiving. Even with the new higher 5.9K resolution, ProRes Raw files from the S1H can easily be edited on most modern Macs. ProRes Raw is fully supported in Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro along with a collection of other apps including Assimilate Scratch, Colorfront, FilmLight Baselight and Grass Valley Edius.

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