Today Atomos announced a feature to expand recording options for Sony’s FX6 full-frame Cinema Line camera. With the latest FX6 firmware release (V.2.00), it’s now possible to record Apple ProRes RAW over HDMI to the Ninja V and Ninja V+. This update marks a world-first for a single camera package to use both SDI and HDMI RAW recording options.
The addition of RAW out via HDMI on Sony’s FX6 marks a turning point in camera functionality. To this point, the convention has been for compact cameras to output RAW via SDI only. Now, you can get ProRes RAW support of 4.2K up to 60fps over HDMI with the Ninja V/V+ when combined with Sony’s FX3 and FX6. The Ninja V+ Pro Kit/ Ninja V+ and SDI module with SDI RAW Activation further extends support for 4K up to 120fps.
This advancement highlights the flexibility of the Ninja V platform and creates an opportunity for filmmakers to mix and match ProRes RAW recording between different camera setups across Sony’s Cinema Line. The Ninja V and Ninja V+ provide the entry point for Sony’s FX3 and FX6 to use HDMI with resolutions up to 4.2K and up to 60fps.
The ability to record ProRes RAW over HDMI with the Ninja V/V+ on Sony’s FX3 has been an established and very popular feature. Until the update, Sony’s FX6 has only been able to record ProRes RAW when combined with the Ninja V/V+ over SDI.
This has required shooters to invest in the AtomX SDI expansion module for the Ninja V/V+. For SDI users there continue to be definite advantages to using SDI connections. The release of this new feature is successfully bridging the technology gap and provides a path for filmmakers to make the most of Sony’s Cinema Line Cameras.
In practice, anyone recording ProRes RAW over HDMI with the Ninja V/V+ on Sony’s FX3, will find the experience of ProRes RAW with the Ninja V/V+ over HDMI on Sony’s FX6 identical.
The choice to then introduce SDI connections represents a much smaller step up than it has in the past. This HDMI RAW update requires Sony’s FX6 camera to be updated to firmware version v2.00 and AtomOS firmware v10.72 or above.
If you want to opt for SDI connectivity, you need to add the SDI module to the Ninja V/V+. For RAW support, including HDMI cross conversion, activation of the supplemental RAW license can be completed online using the my.atomos.com portal.