Fujifilm's GFX100 to support 4K RAW video output
GTC sponsor Fujifilm recently announced a new firmware version 2.0 that enables the Fujifilm GFX100 to output 4K RAW video up to 29.97p via HDMI to an Atomos Ninja V 5” HDR monitor-recorder.1 The resulting footage is then encoded into 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW for compatibility with a wide range of grading and editing software.
A successful collaboration
Thanks to the successful collaboration between Fujifilm Corporate and Atomos, the GFX100 and Ninja V combination is set to become the world’s first Medium Format sensor digital camera system to record 4K RAW footage that is available to own.
The GFX100 boasts a 100MP 4:3 ratio Medium Format CMOS sensor which is 44mm x 33mm in size (∅54.78mm) and can record 4K video at up to 29.97p using the following imager sizes:
- UHD 4K 16:9 (43.6mm x 24.6mm, ∅ 50.06mm)
- DCI 4K 17:9 (43.6mm x 23.1mm, ∅ 49.37mm).
Both shooting modes can use 29.97p, 25p and 24p frame rates and a choice of 400Mbps, 200MBps, 100Mbps bit rates. Currently only UHD 4K 16:9 output will support RAW output.
More control for cinematographers
The look of large format video has become very popular in high-end production as it allows for longer focal lengths to be used to retain the same angle of view. The result is a change in image perspective and a narrowing of depth of field giving cinematographers further control over their creative expression, as well as the ability to use lenses such as the FUJINON Premista large format cinema zoom lenses.2 The GFX100 sensor is larger than any current 'large format' cinema camera as well as classic Vista Vision motion picture film. Coupled with the Atomos Ninja V and Apple ProRes RAW, this system gives filmmakers a whole new way to shoot.
By harnessing the power of RAW, the resulting images have amazing depth and detail for post-production – ideal for HDR finishing or to give greater flexibility in Rec 709 SDR.
Simultaneous output of RAW via HDMI while recording Film Simulation/F-Log/Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) internally is also available.
A distinctive look
The GFX100 and Ninja V create a simple-to-use large format camera system with In-Built Image Stabilization which is both small and light enough to hand hold, place in tight corners or mount onto gimbals or drones. When matched with compatible gimbals or drones, users can start/stop recording, specify exposure settings and make focus adjustments remotely.
TV drama, indie films, corporate productions, documentaries and even motion pictures can now utilise the GFX100 and Ninja V to get the distinctive “larger than full frame” look.
Atomos Ninja V
The Atomos Ninja V features an accurate 5” 1000nit HDR high brightness screen allowing users to view the GFX100 RAW signal in HDR in a choice of HLG and PQ (HDR10) formats. The monitor also offers touchscreen access to tools like waveforms, magnify or engage peaking check focus for each angle, ensuring that adjustments can be made to get the perfect shot. A free AtomOS update to enable GFX100 compatibility will be available from Atomos this month.
For some sample footage, please click on the links below:
Test film by Swedish DP Jallo Faber
BTS of Jallo Faber film
Test footage by Jake Polonsky BSC
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1 Atomos Ninja V requires a firmware update which is expected this month.
2 Requires use of a PL mount for GFX.