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Panasonic GH6 Firmware Update Will Allow 4K/120p ProRes RAW Recording to the Atomos Ninja V+
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, June 8, 2022 @ 09:00 AM (EST)

When Panasonic unveiled the Lumix GH6 back in February, the company promised a future firmware update that would bring 4K/120p RAW output to an Atomos Ninja V+ monitor/recorder. Now, Panasonic has delivered on that promise with firmware version 2.0, which will become available on July 5th.

More specifically, the update allows users to record ProRes RAW in DCI 4K at 120p as well as 5.7K at 60p via the Atomos Ninja V+. You’ll need the Ninja V+, since the original Ninja V only supports 4K/60p and 5.7K/30p. If you’re shooting with anamorphic lenses, you’ll get ProRes RAW 4:3 in 4.4K at up 60p and 5.8K at up to 30p with the Ninja V+.

The new firmware also adds support for internal ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ recording in DCI 4K and Full HD at up to 60p, in addition to the current 5.7K options, with the added possibility of recording 1080p ProRes to SD cards. (ProRes at higher resolutions still needs to be recorded to CFexpress cards.) ProRes, ProRes RAW or ProRes options for anamorphic recording at UHD 4K resolution are not mentioned. This update also doesn’t include the promised ability to record to SSD over USB-C.

You can download firmware version 2.0 for the Lumix GH6 from July 5th via the Lumix Global website.
 



PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Announces the Release of New Significant Firmware Update for GH6


Newark, NJ (June 7, 2022) – Panasonic has announced that the company will release the firmware update program Ver.2.0 for the LUMIX GH6 to enhance performance and usability. The firmware program will be available at LUMIX Global Customer Support website https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/ at UTC 1 a.m. on July 5, 2022.

Together with ATOMOS, a global company that creates innovative technologies and cloud services for filmmakers everywhere, Panasonic created new firmware which enables the output of up to 5.8K / 29.97p and C4K / 119.88p RAW video data over HDMI to be recorded as Apple ProRes RAW on ATOMOS NINJA V and NINJA V+ devices.

First introduced in February 2022, the highly-regarded LUMIX GH6 has been recognized for its exceptional video performance and handling among existing and new GH users worldwide. Over time, the GH6 will evolve with firmware updates to further enhance its performance and usability to meet the changing needs of creators.

GH6 Firmware Version 2.0

1. RAW video data output over HDMI function

Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on the ATOMOS NINJA V/V+.


Area Resolution Frame Rate Aspect HDMI Output Ninja V+ Ninja V
Micro Four Thirds 5728x3024
(5.7K)
59.94p /
50.00p
17:9 12-bit Yes

No

29.97p /
25.00p /
23.98p
Yes
4096x2160
(C4K)
119.88p /
100.00p
No
59.94p /
50.00p /
29.97p /
25.00p /
23.98p
Yes
Micro Four Thirds
(Anamorphic)
5760x4320
(5.8K-A)
29.97p 4:3 No
25.00p /
23.98p
Yes
4352x3264
(4.4K-A)
59.94p /
50.00p
No


A LUT (Lookup table) exclusively designed for RAW video recorded on NINJA V/V+ is available on the following customer support website to make the same color grading as V-Log/V-Gamut. It is easy to match colors between the footages recorded with Panasonic Varicam, EVA1 cameras to combine them. https://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/lut/s1h_raw_lut/index.html

*Selectable recording mode depends on the firmware version of NINJA V/V+.
*Please refer to the ATOMOS website for the information on the corresponding firmware version of NINJA V/V+.
*Software that supports Apple ProRes RAW is required to edit RAW video recorded with NINJA V/V+.
*All functions may not be available depending on the situation.


2. Internal recording C4K 60p/FHD 60p in ProRes 422 HQ/ProRes 422 is available.

With this update, it is possible to load low compression and high-quality data directly to the PC without transcoding for smooth NLE (non-linear editing)

Major Apple ProRes 422 HQ / ProRes 22 Recording Modes

F/W
Version
System
Freq.
Quality Full PxP

Frame
Rate

Bitrate Aspect
Ratio
CF
express
SD
Version
1.0
59.94Hz
(NTSC)
5.7K
(5728x3024)
Yes No 29.97p 1.9Gbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
17:9 Yes No
1.3Gbps
(ProRes
422)
23.98p 1.5Gbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
1.0Gbps
(ProRes
422)
50.00Hz
(PAL)
25.00p 1.6Gbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
1.1Gbps
(ProRes
422)
24.00Hz
(CINEMA)
24.00p 1.5Gbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
1.0Gbps
(ProRes
422)
Version
2.0
59.94Hz
(NTSC)
Cinema 4K
(4096x2160)
Yes 59.94p 1.9Gbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
17:9
1.3Gbps
(ProRes
422)
29.97p 972Mbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
648Mbps
(ProRes
422)
23.98p 778Mbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
519Mbps
(ProRes
422)
FHD
(1920x1080)
59.94p 454Mbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
16:9 Yes
302Mbps
(ProRes
422)
29.97p 227Mbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
151Mbps
(ProRes
422)
23.98p 181Mbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
121Mbps
(ProRes
422)
50.00Hz
(PAL)
Cinema 4K
(4096x2160)
50.00p 1.6Gbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
17:9 No
1.1Gbps
(ProRes
422)
25.00p 811Mbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
541Mbps
(ProRes
422)
FHD
(1920x1080)

50.00p

378Mbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
16:9 Yes
252Mbps
(ProRes
422)
25.00p 189Mbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
126Mbps
(ProRes
422)
24Hz
(CINEMA)
Cinema 4K
(4096x2160)
24.00p 779Mbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
17:9 No
519Mbps
(ProRes
422)
FHD
(1920x1080)
24.00p 182Mbps
(ProRes
422HQ)
16:9 Yes
121Mbps
(ProRes
422)

*PxP = Pixel by Pixel

*Apple and ProRes are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.
*ATOMOS, Ninja V+ and Ninja V are registered trademarks of ATOMOS Limited.
*Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
*All functions may not be available depending on the situation.
*Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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