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Atomos enables 5.9K Apple ProRes RAW recording for Panasonic and more

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Atomos and Panasonic have announced updates to the Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder and Panasonic LUMIX S1H that together record 5.9K Apple ProRes RAW files direct from the camera’s sensor.

The Ninja V captures detailed 12-bit RAW files from the S1H over HDMI at up to 5.9K/29.97p in full-frame, or 4K/59.94p in Super35.

Each frame recorded in ProRes RAW has metadata supplied by the S1H. Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and other NLEs will automatically recognise ProRes RAW files as coming from the S1H and set them up for editing and display in either SDR or HDR projects automatically, according to the companies.

Ninja V and S1H owners will gain these new RAW features free of charge. The Ninja V will be able to update by downloading and installing AtomOS 10.5 from the Atomos website. Panasonic will release a free firmware update on their LUMIX Global Customer Support website. 

The Ninja V also allows users to accurately monitor the RAW signal on its daylight-viewable 5” 1000nit brightness HDR screen. It offers touchscreen access to tools like waveforms, 1-1 magnification and focus peaking, then records the ProRes RAW data onto a removable AtomX SSDmini or other SSD drive. When shooting is complete the drive is removed and connected to a computer via USB for immediate offload and editing.

“We are excited about what the combination of the Ninja V and the LUMIX S1H gives to our users,” said Atomos CEO Jeromy Young. “Providing the choice to record 10-bit ProRes video for fast turnaround projects, or stunning full-frame 5.9K 12-bit ProRes RAW for more creative flexibility. It becomes an extraordinary workhorse – especially for delivering the best HDR possible.”

NAGRA, Akamai protect against streaming piracy

NAGRA has announced that its NexGuard Streaming watermarking solution for OTT has been integrated with Akamai.

The company said that leveraging Akamai’s edge platform brings an added level of anti-piracy enforcement and revenue protection to rights holders and content owners, allowing them to stop pirated video streams of live sports and premium VOD content in real time.

NexGuard Streaming enables content owners and pay-TV operators to actively fight commercial piracy, by identifying the source of a content leak in a matter of minutes, and allowing targeted anti-piracy actions to stop illicit content re-streaming as a result.

The solution embeds a session-specific forensic watermark for both premium OTT VoD and OTT live channels, including sport. It works with any OTT streaming device and client application, removing the need for any device-side integration.

NAGRA VP anti-piracy Jean-Philippe Plantevin said: “Partnering with Akamai Technologies was a natural evolution to our anti-piracy activities given the global reach and volume of high value content being distributed through their network.

“The unique combination of our NexGuard Streaming forensic watermarking technology with Akamai’s access revocation ensures rights holders and content owners have a robust and scalable solution to guard against commercial piracy of their high value live and VoD content and enables us to increase the volume of takedowns of pirated OTT streams. This is particularly important in today’s unprecedented times as content owners shift their distribution strategies opting for early release of their content via streaming.”

Akamai senior manager of media product management Amit Kasturia added: “The addition of NAGRA to our ecosystem will give Akamai customers more options to tackle the rebroadcasting of stolen streams and reinforces our new access revocation capabilities.

“NAGRA has been a committed partner in identifying new ways in which we can work together to be more effective in the fight against piracy. We were impressed with the way they embraced our API approach and helped accelerate the initial launch of these capabilities.”