Users will be able to update the Ninja V by downloading and installing AtomOS 10.5 from the Atomos website from May 25.
Atomos and Panasonic have announced updates to the Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder and Panasonic LUMIX S1H that together record 5.9K Apple ProRes RAW files direct from the camera’s sensor.
The updated Ninja V now promises to capture highly detailed 12-bit RAW files from the S1H over HDMI at up to 5.9K/29.97p in full-frame or 4K/59.94p in Super35. These unprocessed files are allegedly clean, preserving the maximum dynamic range, colour accuracy and every detail from the S1H. The resulting ProRes RAW files allow for greater creativity in post-production with perfect skin tones and easily matched colours, ideal for both HDR and SDR (Rec.709) workflows.
The Ninja V and S1H combination looks to cater to cinematographers with the new 3.5K Super35 Anamorphic 4:3 RAW mode. Ninja V and S1H can now be used as an A-camera or smaller B-camera on an anamorphic RAW production.
Each frame recorded in ProRes RAW has metadata supplied by the S1H. Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and other NLEs will automatically recognise ProRes RAW files as coming from the S1H and set them up for editing and display in either SDR or HDR projects automatically.
The 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 perfectly tuned colour 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 touchscreen access to tools like waveforms, 1-1 magnification and focus peaking, allowing them to perfect their RAW video. The Ninja V then records the ProRes RAW data onto a removable AtomX SSDmini or other SSD drives. When shooting is complete, the drive is removed and connected to a computer via USB for immediate offload and editing.
Users can update the Ninja V by downloading and installing AtomOS 10.5 from the Atomos website. Panasonic will release a free firmware update on their LUMIX Global Customer Support website. Both updates will be available on May 25, 2020.
Atomos also announced that they had reduced the prices of the standard Ninja V to $499, or the Ninja V Pro Kit which includes the monitor-recorder and the AtomX SDI module to $599.
Commenting on the update, Jeromy Young, CEO of Atomos, said: “We are excited about what the combination of the Ninja V and the LUMIX S1H gives to our users. Providing the choice to record 10-bit ProRes video for fast turnaround projects, or stunning full-frame 5.9K 12-bit ProRes RAW for more creative flexibility. It becomes an extraordinary workhorse – especially for delivering the best HDR possible.