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New Nikon Z*II will record to BRAW

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:10 pm
by MrHotter
The new Nikon Z6II and Z7II will record to BRAW. That sounds great to me since my wife is unwilling to give up her Nikons and we already share lenses. Now I can get an autofocus gimbal cam will be able to shoot in RAW that will work with my lenses.

From the announcement:
"Step things up by attaching an external recorder (sold separately) to capture 10-bit N-Log or HDR (HLG) footage. Or go all the way with a paid firmware upgrade and compatible external recorder* and output 12-bit ProRes RAW or Blackmagic RAW format** via HDMI.

*Such as Atomos Ninja (ProRes RAW) or Blackmagic Design’s Video Assist 12G HDR recorder (Blackmagic RAW).

**Black Magic RAW support via a paid firmware upgrade available February 2021."

The announcements here:
Z6II https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-produ ... 01jVvbQAAS

Z7II https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-produ ... z-7ii.html

Re: Nikon Z6II will record to BRAW

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:39 pm
by Akpe Ododoru
MrHotter wrote:The new Nikon Z6II will record to BRAW. That sounds great to me since my wife is unwilling to give up her Nikons and we already share lenses. Now I can get an autofocus gimbal cam will be able to shoot in RAW that will work with my lenses.

From the announcement:
"Step things up by attaching an external recorder (sold separately) to capture 10-bit N-Log or HDR (HLG) footage. Or go all the way with a paid firmware upgrade and compatible external recorder* and output 12-bit ProRes RAW or Blackmagic RAW format** via HDMI.

*Such as Atomos Ninja (ProRes RAW) or Blackmagic Design’s Video Assist 12G HDR recorder (Blackmagic RAW).

**Black Magic RAW support via a paid firmware upgrade available February 2021."


I thought it was only the Z7II getting BRAW (and not Z6II)

Re: Nikon Z6II will record to BRAW

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:54 pm
by MrHotter
Akpe Ododoru wrote:
I thought it was only the Z7II getting BRAW (and not Z6II)


It does not look like they've released the info on the Z7II yet. The Z6 was better suited to video, and I'm thinking that will be the same for the ZII release.

Re: Nikon Z6II will record to BRAW

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:05 pm
by robedge
It appears that the title of this thread may be incorrect. Perhaps it should be edited/changed. The B&H overview says that ProRes Raw for the Z6II is coming. It says that the Z7II is already set up for ProRes Raw and that Blackmagic Raw will be available for the Z7II in February:


Re: Nikon Z6II will record to BRAW

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:11 pm
by robedge
Tomorrow, B&H is streaming a two-hour live panel with Nikon manager Martin Cruz, two B&H staff, Joe McNally and Charmi Pena: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/vi ... ss-cameras?


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Re: Nikon Z6II will record to BRAW

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:19 pm
by MrHotter
robedge wrote:It appears that the title of this thread may be incorrect. Perhaps it should be edited/changed. The B&H overview says that ProRes Raw for the Z6II is coming. It says that the Z7II is already set up for ProRes Raw and that Blackmagic Raw will be available for the Z7II in February:



Nice info! I had not seen the release info on the Z7II yet. It looks like both announcements have the same info currently for BRAW. They may update that if what they have is not correct for both cameras.

From the Z7II page:
"Step things up by attaching an external recorder (sold separately) to capture 10-bit N-Log or HDR (HLG) footage. Or go all the way with a paid firmware upgrade and compatible external recorder* and output 12-bit ProRes RAW or Blackmagic RAW format** via HDMI.

*Such as Atomos Ninja (ProRes RAW) or Blackmagic Design’s Video Assist 12G HDR recorder (Blackmagic RAW).

**Black Magic RAW support via a paid firmware upgrade available February 2021."

Re: New Nikon Z*II will record to BRAW

PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:23 pm
by robedge
Based on the B&H live stream with Nikon manager Mark Cruz, it appears that both cameras will get an optional paid upgrade to ProRes Raw (Atomos) and Blackmagic Raw (Blackmagic VA) in February:

See 1:11:00...



Re: paid upgrade to record to BRAW

PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:18 pm
by ricardo marty
A paid upgrade makes a lot of sense. It gives the camera manufacturers a new revenue stream and could make adoption of braw much faster and wider. Hope sony will jump onboard for the a7slll and other cameras. I think its a winwin for both the makers and bmd. although another hit to our pockets but one that I will consider if the price reasonable.

Ricardo Marty

Re: New Nikon Z*II will record to BRAW

PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:45 pm
by mark.sze
Although it may be unlikely, it would be great if a paid upgrade for the Z6 (non-II) for BRAW became available, too.

Would be happy to change out the Atomos Ninja V and ProRes for a Video Assist with BRAW to assist with workflow (and storage space).