Atomos introduces RAW recording support for the Sony PXW-FX9 camcorder. With concurrent firmware updates scheduled for October 2020, Atomos Shogun 7 monitor/recorders will record Apple ProRes RAW images at up to DCI 4K 60 fps and 2K up to DCI 2K 180 fps via the SDI output of the Sony FX9 with XDCA-FX9 Extension Unit attached.
The Shogun 7 extends the performance of the FX9 by recording RAW data from its Full Frame sensor in ProRes RAW format. The FX9 with XDCA-FX9 will join the existing Sony line cameras (FS7*, FS7 II*, FS5** and FS5 II) which all will work with the Shogun 7 to record in ProRes RAW.
Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO, said: “I’m thrilled to be working with the team at Sony to bring this to life. It’s great to add the Sony FX9 to the large and expanding ProRes RAW family. The flexibility and convenience of ProRes RAW make the FX9 and Shogun 7 an awesome combination for any filmmaker seeking great colors and amazing latitude in post. Initially we will have 4Kp60 and 2Kp180 ProRes RAW recording options and we’re constantly developing more capability in our product to support partners like Sony.”
The FX9 camera’s RAW output (via XDCA-FX9) will be enabled via V2.0 firmware update for the FX9 from Sony planned in October 2020. At the same time there will be a free AtomOS firmware download for the Shogun 7 to allow FX9 RAW recording.
Apple ProRes RAW
Why ProRes RAW? Apple ProRes RAW provides more creative control of your images in post-production. ProRes RAW combines the flexibility of RAW video with the real-time performance of ProRes. The format gives you great latitude to adjust the look of images, extend highlight and shadow detail in both HDR and SDR (Rec.709). Think of ProRes RAW as being like a digital equivalent of a motion picture film camera negative.
Apple ProRes RAW files are smaller than other RAW files – simplifying and accelerating file transfer, media management, and archiving. ProRes RAW files recorded to the Shogun 7 from the FX9’s RAW output can easily be edited on the Mac. The format is fully supported in Final Cut Pro X along with a collection of other apps including Assimilate Scratch, Colorfront, FilmLight Baselight, and Grass Valley Edius. Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer are also set to support ProRes RAW in 2020.
Each frame recorded in ProRes RAW has metadata supplied by the FX9. Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and other NLEs will automatically recognize ProRes RAW files recorded by the Shogun 7 from the FX9’s RAW output and set them up for editing and display in either SDR or HDR projects. Additional information will also allow other software to perform extensive parameter adjustments.
About Shogun 7
The Atomos Shogun 7 is a 7-inch HDR and SDR monitor / recorder. It also works as a switcher for multiple cameras. It has an accurate 1920 x 1080 HDR 3000 nit screen that is daylight-viewable and displays 15+ stops of dynamic range. It records to AtomX SSDmini or other approved SATA SSD drives. These are very affordable, with a much lower cost per GB than proprietary memory cards.
*requires XDCA-FS7 expansion pack
**requires additional CBKZ-FS5RIF license option