Performance of ProRaw. Flexibility of RAW
Apple has announced a new high-efficiency raw codec called ProRes RAW. The idea is to provide instant playback and fast render times while keeping the quality of a raw codec.
This is a huge step for RAW in post production. ProRes has been an industry standard now for over 10 years and the codec is widely used in all areas of production. A RAW variety of the same codec will be a very popular option. There are two versions, ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ with the difference being the compression ratio and data rates as shown in the graph above.
Supported by Atomos
Atomos is the first company to develop support for ProRes RAW with their Shogun Inferno and Sumo19 monitor/recorders. A free firmware update will be available on Monday 9th April which will allow you to take a RAW signal from any compatible camera and capture ProRes RAW images in up to 12-bit RGB onto affordable SSD Media.
The currently supported cameras are the following:
- Canon C300 II
- Canon C500
- Sony FS700
- Sony FS5
- Sony FS7 / FS7 II
- Panasonic Varicam LT
- Panasonic EVA1
This will greatly increase the performance of all of the cameras above. However when paired with the Panasonic EVA1 things get very interesting. ProRes RAW onto an Atomos Shogun Inferno or Sumo19 is currentyly the only way to record the full 5.7K RAW signal from the EVA1. This will get you 15 stops of dynamic range in 12-bit RGB files with the full 5.7K resolution. Or up to 240fps if you drop down to HD.