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    Atomos and FCP support ProRes RAW for EVA1 and VariCam LT - press release
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    Panasonic press release follows:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    New ProRes RAW Recording Codecs Support RAW Recording in Panasonic AU-EVA1 and VariCam LT Cameras

    NEWARK, NJ (April 5, 2018) -- Panasonic announced today that the AU-EVA1 Compact S35 and the VariCam LT cinema cameras will have support for their RAW data outputs in the new ProRes RAW recording codecs. Native
    support for ProRes RAW has been introduced in the latest edition of Final Cut Pro X, and Atomos has announced that its Shogun Inferno and Sumo monitor/recorders will record in the new format. In addition to internal recording formats,
    the EVA1 and VariCam LT can output RAW data for the greatest flexibility in post image adjustment.

    “ProRes RAW unleashes the potential of our VariCam LT and AU-EVA1 cinema cameras,” said Mitch Gross, Cinema Product Manager, Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America (PSSNA). “Panasonic likes to provide
    choices to video professionals. Both the EVA1 and the VariCam LT shoot at multiple resolutions and variable frame rates, and now our RAW output can be captured in a format that’s easy to use. Whether it’s 5.7K resolution or 240fps,
    our RAW is rich in data but has required a commitment of time and memory space for filmmakers to process and store. Working closely with Panasonic, Atomos enabled ProRes RAW in its recorders, allowing an easy, high quality
    and complete RAW workflow so professionals can enjoy the powerful capabilities our cameras have to offer.”

    With the new EVA2.0 firmware, the EVA1 can output 10-bit Log-encoded RAW data in 5.7K up to 30fps, 4K up to 60fps, and 2K up to 240fps. From the VariCam LT, the Atomos recorders can capture RAW data in 4K up to 60fps and
    2K up to 240fps. There are two variable bitrate levels of ProRes RAW being introduced. ProRes RAW HQ and ProRes RAW record at similar data rates as their ProRes video counterparts. This efficiency allows RAW data to be
    stored in similar memory space as common video files, and Final Cut Pro X can edit and color natively in RAW on a MacBook Pro. ProRes RAW files will also output from Final Cut Pro X to video finishing formats faster than other
    RAW formats. And Final Cut Pro X now includes increased color correction controls plus support for 3D-LUTs such as Panasonic’s V-Log-to-709 image transform, included in the program.

    “Panasonic, Atomos and Apple have combined to deliver an astonishing set of features for end-to-end RAW production – 5.7K30p, 4K60p, 2K240p in 10-bit V-Log recorded on SATA SSDs in ProRes RAW on our Shogun Inferno
    or Sumo 19,” said Jeromy Young, CEO of Atomos. “We primarily used the EVA1 for ProRes RAW launch testing - it’s the best RAW solution for the price point on the market today.”

    Today, Atomos has released the firmware to support EVA1 RAW and VariCam LT RAW to ProRes RAW recording in 4K and 2K resolutions, with 5.7K support scheduled for a May release. Final Cut Pro X with ProRes RAW support is
    slated to be available for download on Monday, April 9th. The EVA 2.0 firmware with RAW output and VariCam LT v6.0 firmware are available for download now.


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    From the looks of it the 5.7K Raw out of the EVA1 is ProRes RAW only - base d on Atomos' specs via their website


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    The output is uncompressed raw encoded as 10-bit log. The Atomos converts the raw sensor data to the ProRes raw format. It is possible that other manufacturers will release recorders that record the raw signal as-is.


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    The shogun inferno can record 4K raw out from the LT and will be able to record 4K Prores raw. I am curious as to weather this will be the same for the EVA1 as well. i.e. record the raw out uncompressed. Any idea on that Barry?
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    No, I don't, we have to wait till Monday for the details.


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    I wonder if it would be possible to make the Varicam LT record ProRes raw internally in 4K. That would be great.


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    what format does EVA1 RAW use for PC?

    I can edit ProRes on PC, but can't export via ProRes... is this the same? Will PC users be able to record ProRes RAW and edit in Premiere, exporting as standard h.264/h.265 MP4? Or Mac only?


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    what format does EVA1 RAW use for PC?
    The EVA1 doesn't use any format for its raw. It's a raw signal. It is up to the third-party recorder to establish a file format. Atomos has chosen ProRes Raw. It's entirely possible that other manufacturers, like perhaps Convergent Design or Sound Devices, might choose to implement a different raw recording format. They could choose to record the raw signal as Cinema DNG, or, heck, if they wanted to they could probably record it as RedCode raw. Really, there's no way to know what the recorder manufacturers will do, until they announce what they're doing.


    I guess we'll find out next week what the NLE manufacturers have to say about their support for ProRes Raw. As of right now, this press release represents everything that I know about the situation. Atomos will support it, by converting the raw output signal into ProRes Raw, and FCP will support editing of those files natively. I haven't heard from any other NLE makers as to what their plans are for support, but we should know pretty much everything by Monday.


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    I'm trying to understand what is the difference between the Prores format that is recorded internally in the LT and the one Atomos provides through its monitors. The camera also converts its own RAW data into Prores.
    What we need is a new, better alternative to the 4:2:2 codec inside the camera. Either the 4:4:4 codec that the Varicam has or a 4:4:4:4 version of Prores.
    We would really love new codecs inside the camera.
    Having a big monitor attached to the camera is not always practical.


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    A 4:4:4 codec would be a waste. A single-sensor Bayer camera cannot generate 4:4:4 data (unless you're downconverting 4K to 2K or UHD to HD; in that case, yes, 4:4:4 would be utilizable).


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