Atomos has announced support for Apple ProRes RAW plug-ins, enabling camera manufacturers to use their own ProRes RAW processing pipeline. This allows them to maximise the unique properties of their cameras, sensors, lenses, and more.
Widely recognised as the universal RAW video format, ProRes RAW now extends to include plug-ins. Every camera maker can provide their own distinct processing, confidentially, by creating a single ProRes RAW plug-in that enhances the quality and unique looks generated by their cameras.
In effect, ProRes RAW becomes the conduit for their custom processing, carrying the unique characteristics of any camera, sensor, processing, and lens combination into post-production. ProRes RAW plug-ins will be supported in Final Cut Pro, as well as in many third-party applications that have licensed the ProRes RAW SDK, such as nonlinear editors (NLEs) and colour correction applications.
The process is straightforward: simply install the camera vendor’s ProRes RAW plug-in and Final Cut Pro will automatically display all the new enhanced features of the supported camera. Utilising a ProRes RAW plug-in enables camera-specific adjustments such as custom white balancing, noise reduction, demosaicing, lens distortion correction, and more.
Canon is the first camera maker to deliver a ProRes RAW Plug-in, with the EOS R5, R5 C and R6 Mark II cameras outputting RAW to an Atomos monitor-recorder. Atomos has already enabled full ProRes RAW plug-in support for these cameras in the current release firmware for Ninja V, Ninja V+, and Shogun Connect.
Supporting over 50 camera models recording ProRes RAW from the camera’s RAW output over SDI or HDMI, Atomos is uniquely positioned to record this new enhanced metadata standard.
“This new feature for the ProRes RAW ecosystem is absolutely going to change the way people think about recording ProRes RAW,” said Trevor Elbourne, Atomos CEO. “For the first time, the filmmaker literally gets the best of all worlds: shoot in ProRes RAW with the option to immediately apply camera-specific processing, use standard processing, or customise individual parameters to their own taste. You have to ask yourself: why wouldn’t you shoot in ProRes RAW?”
“We are very proud to be working alongside Apple and Canon to bring this ProRes RAW innovation to market,” Elbourne added. “We were first to market with an 8K ProRes RAW compatible mirrorless camera – the Canon EOS R5 – and now we are making another huge advancement with the ProRes RAW format.”
The ProRes RAW plug-in model has been designed to function not only with macOS but also with Windows and Linux.