Join us as we go behind-the-scenes of short film ‘Blind Love’, a fast-moving drama which showcases the amazing full-frame 5.9K RAW shooting capabilities of the Panasonic LUMIX S1H and Ninja V 5″ HDR monitor-recorder. ‘Blind Love’ was shot on location by Polish director of photography Krzysztof Sieniawski and his small team of indie filmmakers in just one day. It was filmed entirely in 5.9K Apple ProRes RAW, using one camera in basic handheld and gimbal setups.
Sieniawski is fast establishing himself as an up and coming filmmaker who can deliver high gloss images to screen with limited resources. His team’s latest feature-length historical docudrama recently premiered on the History Channel and amazingly was made for just $120,000, using the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 with Atomos recorders.
He said: “I loved working with the S1H and Ninja; it really suits our style of fast-paced filmmaking. But it was the image quality that blew me away. I was super-impressed by the colors and the latitude the 5.9K ProRes RAW files gave me in post. The image is clean even when shooting at high ISO in RAW, unlike other systems I have tried. I’m looking forward to using it on a feature-length production in the near future.”
‘Blind Love’ clearly demonstrates the amazing RAW images that Panasonic LUMIX S1H and Ninja V create.
The Ninja V and the LUMIX S1H gives users the choice to record 4K 10-bit ProRes video for fast turnaround projects, or stunning full-frame 5.9K 12-bit ProRes RAW direct from the camera’s sensor for more creative flexibility. Combined, the LUMIX S1H and Ninja V become an extraordinary workhorse – especially for delivering the best HDR possible.
The Ninja V will support the LUMIX S1H 5.9K ProRes RAW recording with the free AtomOS 10.5 update from the Atomos website. Panasonic will release a free firmware update on their LUMIX Global Customer Support website. Both updates will be available in the next few weeks.
Simply stunning 12-bit RAW
The Ninja V captures highly 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. These unprocessed files are extremely clean, preserving the maximum dynamic range, color accuracy and every detail from the S1H. The resulting ProRes RAW files allow for greater creativity in post-production with perfect skin tones and easily matched colors, ideal for both HDR and SDR (Rec.709) workflows.
The combination of S1H and Ninja V has unique advantages that other systems cannot match. Panasonic’s years of experience in mirrorless camera design give the camera a state-of-the-art image stabilised sensor with dual Native ISO technology, superior ergonomics, electronic viewfinder, good battery life, audio options and multiple lens options thanks to the versatile L-mount. Combined with the Ninja V, the camera is perfectly suited to handheld, shoulder-mounted, gimbal, Steadicam, in- vehicle or even underwater setups.
Ninja V advantage
The Ninja V allows users to accurately monitor the RAW signal on its daylight-viewable 5” 1000nit brightness HDR screen. Setup is simple when the camera is attached with perfectly tuned color settings applied automatically. Users can then view the RAW image accurately in HDR in a choice of HLG and PQ (HDR10) formats. The Ninja V offers touchscreen access to tools like waveforms, 1-1 magnification and focus peaking, allowing them to perfect their RAW video. The Ninja V 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.
ProRes RAW the new standard
In addition to their groundbreaking combination of flexibility and performance, Apple ProRes RAW files are smaller than other RAW files – simplifying and accelerating file transfer, media management, and archiving. Even with the new higher 5.9K resolution, ProRes RAW files from the S1H can easily be edited on most modern Macs. ProRes RAW is fully supported in Final Cut Pro X along with a collection of other apps including ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, Colorfront, FilmLight Baselight, and Grass Valley Edius. Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer are also set to support ProRes RAW in 2020.
The Ninja V is currently available as part of the time-limited Atomos Lock-Down, Price-Down promotion for just $499 for the standard Ninja V, or $599 for the Ninja V Pro Kit which includes the monitor-recorder and the AtomX SDI module, from participating retailers.
Learn more about S1H and Ninja V here.
You can learn more about Sieniawski’s previous project in a series on the Academy here.