Atomos has officially announced ProRes RAW support for the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III in great news for Olympus video enthusiasts. This means that these two Olympus cameras will work in conjunction with the Atomos Ninja V to be able to record Apple ProRes RAW directly from the sensor.
These two Olympus cameras join cameras such as the Sigma fp, the Panasonic S1H and the Nikon Z6 & Z7 as the latest cameras to be able to externally record ProRes RAW. This format allows filmmakers more latitude when editing video files, giving them the ability to extend brightness and shadow detail – just as a RAW image file does the same for photographers.
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Olympus is the eighth brand to support the Apple ProRes RAW format, allowing Olympus users to combine the compact size and fantastic 5-axis image stabilization with the superior quality of ProRes RAW files.
Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO, says: "We're thrilled to work with Olympus and their stunning mirrorless cameras to bring the power of Apple's ProRes RAW to OM-D users. We can't wait to see the creativity that results from this partnership."
Olympus users interested in recording in ProRes RAW will need to invest in an Atomos Ninja V external monitor, which has a daylight-viewable 5" 1,000nit brightness HDR screen and tools such as waveforms, 1-1 magnification and focus peaking. The Ninja V will record the ProRes RAW data onto a removable SSD drive, which can then be removed and connected to a computer via USB in order to upload the files.
The firmware update to enable these features is scheduled for winter 2020, so it won't be long until Olympus users can start experimenting with the exciting new capabilities of ProRes RAW.