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Adobe adds ProRes RAW support to Premiere Pro and After Effects

Adobe Premiere Pro and ProRes RAW
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The ProRes RAW format is to video what raw files are to stills photographers. It stores the full sensor data captured by the camera to offer much more processing latitude later. Adobe's CinemaDNG format offers raw capture too, but right now it's the competing ProRes RAW format that's taking off, and it's going to gain even more ground now that it's supported by Adobe's two big pro video editing tools.

Until recently, the sheer quantity of data captured by 4K video cameras made raw capture either expensive or impossible, but that's changing as cameras gain processing power, storage gets bigger and faster and video formats gain sophistication.

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ProRes RAW has been developed by Apple and Atomos, and we've already published a story on why ProRes RAW is the next file format you should really know about (opens in new tab)

Atomos makes some of the best external monitors for video (opens in new tab), and has recently sealed tie-ins with Nikon and Panasonic. With an external Atomos recorder, Nikon owners now get RAW video output for the Nikon Z6 and Z7 (opens in new tab) and the Panasonic Lumix S1H gets RAW video capture (opens in new tab), a feature many were hoping might be built into the camera, but isn't.

RAW video capture is relatively new, at least at the enthusiast end of the market, but it's an exciting development that gives vloggers and independent filmmakers access to a step-change in video editing tools and output quality.

Download the Premiere Pro CC free trial now (opens in new tab)
Just choose the Adobe subscription plan you'd like to try and download the software. The Premiere Pro plan is cheaper but the All Apps plan is better value. Simply cancel your subscription before the end of the 7 day trial if you don't want to proceed – otherwise the subscription will be activated automatically.


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Download the Premiere Pro CC free trial now (opens in new tab)
Just choose the Adobe subscription plan you'd like to try and download the software. The Premiere Pro plan is cheaper but the All Apps plan is better value. Simply cancel your subscription before the end of the 7 day trial if you don't want to proceed – otherwise the subscription will be activated automatically.

Download the Premiere Pro CC free trial now (opens in new tab)
Just choose the Adobe subscription plan you'd like to try and download the software. The Premiere Pro plan is cheaper but the All Apps plan is better value. Simply cancel your subscription before the end of the 7 day trial if you don't want to proceed – otherwise the subscription will be activated automatically.

Download the Premiere Pro CC free trial now (opens in new tab)
Just choose the Adobe subscription plan you'd like to try and download the software. The Premiere Pro plan is cheaper but the All Apps plan is better value. Simply cancel your subscription before the end of the 7 day trial if you don't want to proceed – otherwise the subscription will be activated automatically.

Download the Premiere Pro CC free trial now (opens in new tab)
Just choose the Adobe subscription plan you'd like to try and download the software. The Premiere Pro plan is cheaper but the All Apps plan is better value. Simply cancel your subscription before the end of the 7 day trial if you don't want to proceed – otherwise the subscription will be activated automatically.

Download the Premiere Pro CC free trial now (opens in new tab)
Just choose the Adobe subscription plan you'd like to try and download the software. The Premiere Pro plan is cheaper but the All Apps plan is better value. Simply cancel your subscription before the end of the 7 day trial if you don't want to proceed – otherwise the subscription will be activated automatically.

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Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio, with decades of experience with cameras of all kinds. Previously he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more.