Atomos software upgrade available for CDNG Raw recording

Atmost Shogun Inferno
Neal Romanek
March 27th 2017 at 3:08PM : By Neal Romanek

The upgrade will allow the Shogun Inferno, Shogun Flame and the original Shogun products to record CDNG Raw from select Sony, Canon and Panasonic cameras

Atomos has announced a free upgrade to enable CDNG Raw recording from select Sony, Canon and Panasonic cameras on the Shogun Inferno, Shogun Flame and the original Shogun products. Atomos says these will now be the first monitor-recorders to offer CDNG recording on a single SSD, and the first to offer CDNG Raw to end users for free.

For this release, Atomos has enabled Sony Raw recording from the FS700 / FS7 / FS5, Canon Raw recording from the C300MKII / C500 and Panasonic Raw recording from the Varicam LT. The upgrade can be downloaded from the Atmos website.

CDNG records Raw images from a camera’s sensor as a sequence of individual frames rather than video, allowing users to recreate a feature film post process with custom control over white balance, noise reduction and debayering rather than having to rely on a camera’s real time processing.

Unlike video, the Raw from each camera brand is different, offering different advantages to the user and requiring bespoke engineering for each Raw format in the recorder itself. 

“In true Atomos spirit we are unlocking advanced features and functionality from popular, affordable cameras," said Jeromy Young CEO and co-founder of Atomos."With Sony Raw we unlock 12bit 4K or high frame rate slow motion, from Canon we unlock 4K and likewise for Panasonic we unlock high quality 12bit 4K recording”.

Having Raw output from the Sony FS700, FS7 & FS5 enables high frame rate 2K recording along with higher quality 12-bit 4:4:4 images from the sensor. In uncompressed 10-bit video over SDI the maximum frame rate in HD for all 3 cameras is capped at 60p, but the Raw output enables high frame rate slow motion 100/120/200/240p capture.

Canon’s Raw output is different from Sony’s, providing 10-bit images with a baked in Log and Gamut. The advantage of capturing the Raw from the Canon's C300MKII and C500 is that it transforms these cameras from HD to 4Kp30 cameras. The user can record this as an Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR video for speed & convenience or preserve the Raw as CDNG for precise manipulation in post-production.

Panasonic Varicam LT’s Raw output, like the Canon models, transform the single SDI output from HD only into a 12-bit 4K 30p camera. For this free firmware update, only CDNG Raw recording is available with the Raw to ProRes or DNxHR recording coming in a future firmware update. Panasonic Raw recording was previously announced for the