December 17, 2020


New Firmware Update Adds Compatibility as Part of the RAW Video Upgrade Add-On


Today, Nikon announced that the Blackmagic RAW video format, is now compatible with Nikon’s optional RAW video upgrade for Z 7 and Z 6 mirrorless cameras, when using select external recorders, manufactured by Blackmagic Design1*. The RAW video upgrade was originally introduced in 2019 to give users the ability to record 12-bit ProRes RAW through HDMI. With today’s release of firmware Ver. 3.2, customers who previously purchased the RAW video upgrade can start using Blackmagic RAW immediately.


With this upgrade, 12-bit RAW in 4K UHD or Full-HD video can be recorded to a compatible Blackmagic Design external recorder connected to the Z 7 or Z 6 via HDMI, expanding recording options for RAW video and further supporting the production of advanced video projects.


With this latest firmware update, upgraded Z 7 and Z 6 cameras will be capable of recording high-quality video shot in both ProRes RAW and the Blackmagic RAW format.


Owners of the Z 6II, Z 7II, Z 6 or Z 7 who are interested in activating RAW video features on their cameras can send them to a Nikon service facility (a $249.95 fee applies). A free firmware update is scheduled for February 2021, which will enable Blackmagic RAW functionality in Z 6II and Z 7II cameras that have had the RAW video upgrade previously activated.


Furthermore, ProRes RAW video recorded to the Atomos Ninja V external recorder is now compatible with the ISO and color temperature controls added to Apple’s Final Cut Pro Version (10.4.9) for expanded post-processing flexibility.


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1The Atomos Ninja V and now the Blackmagic Video Assist 5" 12G HDR and Blackmagic Video Assist 7" 12G HDR can be used to record Nikon RAW video in the ProRes RAW or Blackmagic RAW format, respectively. Operation is not guaranteed with recorders other than those noted above. (as of November 12, 2020).

*The RAW video output function can be enabled by a Nikon service facility for a fee.

*With the Z 7, RAW video output is possible only with full-HD videos recorded in the FX-based video format and 4K UHD videos recorded in the DX-based video format. With the Z 6, 4K UHD and full-HD RAW video output is possible with both FX- and DX-based movie formats.


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