Atomos Makes ProRes RAW Available on Nikon Z7 II and Z6 II

Take advantage of a RAW workflow with the Nikon Z7 II and the Atomos Ninja V. 

When Nikon announced the Z7 II and Z6 II, both cameras included the ability to record RAW over HDMI up to 4K 30p. Atomos has announced the Nikon Z7 II can now record ProRes RAW externally when using the Ninja V. 

The Nikon Z7 II is the latest full-frame mirrorless camera to join the Nikon family, inheriting the standout features from its predecessor, the Z7, along with some new features. These new features include the Dual EXPEED 6 image-processing engines for superior Eye-Detection AF, Animal-Detection AF, and subject tracking.

When combined with Atomos Ninja V monitor-recorder, it can output 4K UHD or full-HD 12-bit RAW. The Ninja V records ProRes RAW data onto a removable AtomX SSDmini, or you can use other SSD drives. In the edit, shooters can take advantage of the latitude RAW has to offer. The Nikon Z7 II supports both ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ. 

Besides RAW, shooters can record  ProRes 422 LT, 422, or 422 HQ at 4K up to 30p or full-HD up to 60p.

Avid DNx is also supported at the same resolution and frame rates. 

It is worth noting that to unlock ProRes RAW with the Nikon camera, you'll need to send in the camera into a certified Nikon Service Center for a hardware update. The cost of the upgrade is $199.  

Additionally, the Ninja V supports N-log recording through the AtomHDR pipeline on the Nikon Z7, Z6, Z7 II, and Z6 II cameras. It comes with the added benefit of a built-in 709 preview, custom 3D LUTs, and log-to-HDR conversion for both monitoring and output.

With the latest Atomos firmware, you can now monitor the RAW output as N-log, to allow the use of existing N-log 3D LUTs both on the Ninja and in NLE applications where N-log is now available as a RAW-to-log conversion. 

To further support the format, Nikon has announced that they will be updating Z7 II and Z 6II as well as the Z7 and Z6 firmware to support the enhanced ISO/exposure compensation metadata for the new Final Cut Pro controls, which will be coming to Premiere Pro too.

In early 2021, the Nikon cameras will also support Blackmagic RAW. If you have already purchased the RAW update from Nikon, BRAW will be available to you for free as a firmware update. This includes both the original Z7 and Z6 as well as the Z7 II and Z6 II models. 

You can download the latest Atomos Ninja V firmware here.      

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