Expand your FX9 recording capabilities with ProRes RAW.
Back in April, Atomos was teased and officially announced ProRes RAW support for Sony's FX9, which has received a significant firmware update that includes a new 5K crop mode, Eye AF and expanded ISO features, among other things.
Shooters can now record up to 4K DCI 60p or 2K up to 180p with the Atomos Shogun 7 when using the XDCA-FX9 expansion unit.
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To record RAW, the XDCA-FX9 expansion unit ($ 2,498) must first be attached to the back of the FX9. You can then send the RAW signal to the Shogun 7 via SDI.
Although the FX9 can send a 16-bit RAW signal, the Shogun 7 is currently converting it to 12-bit RAW. As pointed out by Atomos, the FX9 joins the FS7, FS7 II, FS5 and FS5 II, all of which can record ProRes RAW with the Shogun 7.
ProRes RAW metadata is included for rollout so that Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and other nonlinear editors can set up the display in either SDR or HDR projection.
Filmmakers recognize the benefits of RAW workflows when it comes to color grading, but there are additional costs to consider with Sony camcorders. When you add the price of the expansion unit and then the Shogun 7, it's an additional $ 3,700 for 12-bit RAW.
Is it worth it? We let you decide.