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Nikon Z6 & Z7 Firmware updates version 3.20 adds Blackmagic RAW & ISO/WB ProRes RAW Controls

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Nikon has released firmware version 3.20 for the Z6 and Z7 which adds the ability to record Blackmagic RAW externally to a compatible monitor/recorder. It also gives you the ability to adjust ISO/WB controls in FCP for ProRes RAW recorded footage.

Along with these updates, there is also a new Mac Webcam Utility available.

What’s new in 3.20?

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The two biggest additions to 3.20 are the ability to now record Blackmagic RAW externally to a Video Assist, as well as the implementation of metadata being added to the RAW output for ProRes RAW recording. This means that if you are using FCP (version10.4.9 or higher, you will be able to use ISO and Kelvin color temperature RAW controls.

Below is the full list of new features in 3.20

  • Version 3.20 adds support for Blackmagic Design external video recorders (currently the Video Assist 5″ 12G HDR and Video Assist 7″ 12G HDR). If you have already purchased the RAW video output upgrade for your camera, updating to firmware version 3.20 will add support for Blackmagic Design external video recorders automatically. If you haven’t had the RAW output enabled via the paid service center upgrade you will need to do that first. This costs $199 USD excluding shipping.
  • Users of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X (version 10.4.9 or later) can now adjust ISO sensitivity and display and adjust the color temperature for ProRes RAW footage output to ATOMOS NINJA V external recorders using the fee-for-service RAW video output upgrade.
    • < Choosing a RAW Output Type >
    • Before filming RAW video, choose an option for HDMI > Advanced > RAW output options > RAW output type in the SETUP MENU based on the type of recorder connected: select Type A for NINJA V recorders and Type B for Video Assist recorders.
  • Added support for NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S lenses.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Rotating the focus or (if Focus (M/A) is assigned to the control ring) control ring would sometimes fail to activate manual focus during burst photography when a NIKKOR Z lens was attached.
    • The exposure indicator would not be displayed in mode M when a non-CPU lens was attached via an FTZ mount adapter.
    • Certain aperture values would not be selected when control rings for the following lenses were rotated to stop the aperture down in movie mode:
      • NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3
      • NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR
      • NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR
      • NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR
  • Unexpected aperture values would sometimes be displayed during bracketing in mode M if a bracketing option that made changes to aperture was selected with a NIKKOR Z lens attached.
  • Power aperture controls would sometimes stop responding after the standby timer had been on for an extended period in movie mode.
  • The RAW video output upgrade is available on a fee-for-service basis. For more information, contact a Nikon-authorized service representative.

Nikon Webcam Utility:

  • Added support for macOS Big Sur version 11.
  • Added support for Apple Silicon. Note that the Webcam Utility functions as a universal plugin and on Apple Silicon machines runs as an Apple Silicon native app in the universal version of Chrome.

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