Atomos Ninja V Pre-Release Firmware for FUJIFILM GFX100 and SIGMA fp Released
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Atomos has released a free pre-release beta firmware update for the Ninja V that enables 12-bit ProRes RAW recording with FUJIFILM GFX100 and SIGMA fp cameras.

A few days ago Atomos released a final version of the firmware update for ProRes RAW recordings from the Panasonic LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera. Now the Australian company is releasing a firmware update (this time a beta version before release) that will allow Ninja V ProRes to record RAW from SIGMA fp and FUJIFILM GFX100.

FUJIFILM GFX100 and ProRes RAW

With the new AtomOS update, the FUJIFILM GFX100 and Atomos Ninja V can now combine a medium format aesthetic with 12-bit ProRes RAW flexibility. In case you missed it, be sure to check out Johnnie's in-depth coverage of the FUJIFILM GFX100 Launch Documentary “Birth of a Camera” (Part 1 and Part 2), as well as the GFX100 First Impressions and sample footage.

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As far as we know, external recording with the GFX100 is limited to 4K UHD at up to 29.97p. However, it is possible to record internally and externally at the same time. For more information on external recording, please see our previous article on FUJIFILM GFX100 Firmware Update.

Atomos created a landing page with more information about the FUJIFILM GFX100, including ProRes RAW sample footage from the camera.

SIGMA fp and ProRes RAW

The SIGMA fp is one of the smallest (if not THE smallest) full-frame mirrorless cameras. See Johnnie's SIGMA fp review for more information. While the SIGMA fp also offers an internal CinemaDNG RAW recording, the HDMI RAW output of Ninja V can be recorded as ProRes RAW. Atomos announced this news back in June 2020.

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With the beta version of Ninja V AtomOS v10.53, users can record in Apple ProRes RAW at up to DCI 4Kp24, UHD 4Kp30 and Full HD 120fps.

As with the GFX100, Atomos has created a landing page for SIGMA fp with further information on the ProRes RAW functions.

As I wrote in one of my articles, ProRes RAW definitely offers advantages as a format. However, the editing software (NLE) you use will determine how many benefits you can really enjoy.

ProRes RAW is Apple's codec. So logically, the best workflow for this format is currently available in Final Cut Pro X on Apple computers. Other NLEs that support working with ProRes RAW are Adobe Premiere Pro, ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, Colorfront, FilmLight Baselight, and Grass Valley Edius. As an aside, Adobe Premiere Pro currently only offers limited image control options.

If your main NLE happens to be DaVinci Resolve (my case), you'll need to transcode ProRes RAW footage to something else like ProRes 4444 (while you may lose some of the flexibility that the RAW workflow offers). Let's hope Resolve will add native support for ProRes RAW in the near future.

Availability

The free pre-release AtomOS firmware update V10.53 Beta is available from the Atomos support website. However, it is not an easy download. You need to send an email to Atomos to request the firmware update. Once the final version is released, it will be available as a simple download.

What do you think of the 12-bit ProRes RAW capability of these cameras? Do you use either FUJIFILM GFX100 or SIGMA fp for your video work? Do you often use external recordings? Let us know in the comments section below the article.

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