No free lunch today with ProRes Raw and the Nikon Z6 and Z7 series cameras as Nikon has chosen to go the Panasonic route with a paid upgrade for ProRes Raw out to the Atomos Ninja V recorder.
Paid upgrade for ProRes RAW output
Nikon USA Press Release
Scheduled to arrive later this year, the output RAW data stream will enable recording in ProRes RAW video format on the Ninja V 4K HDR monitor/recorder made by ATOMOS, Nikon’s collaborator in developing RAW video output technology. RAW video files provide the richest information, just like still image RAW data. By bringing even more flexibility to post-production color grading, RAW video output support firmly places the Nikon Z series as an affordable contender for professional-level production and filmmaking of any scale. This feature will require an additional internal upgrade that will need to be performed at a local Nikon service center, which will incur a service charge.
Seems Nikon didn’t plan this out very well if you have to send the camera into a service center to have an additional internal upgrade. The cost of the upgrade looks like it’s more based on labor cost than the actual license like Panasonic has done with the GH cameras. The actual cost hasnt been announced yet. It’s possible Nikon didn’t expect the want to be as high as the cost to add the hardware to all the cameras making it more financially achievable to have the user pay for the upgrade.
Also available now is the much-wanted LUT for N-Log
Nikon’s N-Log is compatible with the Rec. 709 color space and is available in several versions, allowing users to easily apply different looks to their content. This 3D LUT is a preset of RGB color values, used to transform the appearance of video footage in post-production color grading, and enables adjustment of brightness, saturation, and hue.
The Nikon Z 7 and Z 6’s N-Log HDMI output is optimized for 10-bit recording, bringing out the image sensor’s full dynamic range. It records rich gradation information in highlights and shadows to allow for more flexible color grading.
Download the LUT free of charge from the following links:
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