Another day, another reason to love ProRes RAW

I saw some interesting clouds forming around sunset the other day, and thought it might be interesting to shoot a quickie timelapse. But then I considered the post-production slog required to deal with the raw files from my Canon 5dmkiii. Um, no. My Sony FS5 can shoot timelapses, but what’s the point of shooting a timelapse without raw? Then I thought, wait a minute, you haven’t yet tried shooting a timelapse with ProRes RAW.

So I popped on my Atomos Shogun Inferno, opened the timelapse menu, selected 1 frame every second, hit record, and opened a beer.

After the sun went down, I opened the 4k file on my MacBook Pro. It played back without dropping a frame as I skimmed through the file and assembled an edit. To grade it, I simply applied the excellent Venice-look LUT made by Alister Chapman. Then I made a couple of saturation and hue tweaks in the killer new FCPX hue/saturation curves. Fifteen minutes of work later, I was posting the results to Instagram.

An aside: Alister’s Venice LUT is the perfect LUT for shoot ProRes RAW with Sony FS5 and Shogun. That’s because it’s got multiple versions perfectly matched across both SLOG2 and SLOG3. Having both is essential for shooting with Sony FS5 (which monitors as SLOG2) and editing in FCPX (which opens as SLOG3). Using the appropriate LUT means you’re seeing the same thing in both places. You can download his LUT pack free, but please do tip him – for the price of a beer you can acknowledge the years of experience that Alister has put into creating those precision LUTs.

ProRes Raw is the real deal. Not just because it looks great (it does), but because it’s so easy to work with in post. If you had told me 6 months ago that I’d be editing 4K RAW files in real time on a 5-year-old MacBook Pro, I wouldn’t have believed you.

ProRes RAW is the reason why acquiring in 4K suddenly makes a whole lot of sense to me.

A side benefit: I typically would need to deflicker when shooting a timelapse on a DSLR. But there’s absolutely no deflickering needed when shooting with the Shogun’s timelapse mode.

Technical details:

Are you shooting with ProRes Raw yet? Got any tips for me?



7 thoughts on “Another day, another reason to love ProRes RAW

  1. Steve Lumpkin

    Dan…you are one of the few people out here (save Alister The Man Chapman) writing about this new game changer for the FS5…I am testing it all in July…you mentioned the Inferno TL settings – – so you did not use the FS5 one frame per sec in Quick/Slow? or do you need to set Q&S and set an inferno setting…in my work in Botswana we use the FS5 TL for ease in post…thanks for all you do…cheers…Steve

    1. Dan McComb Post author

      Hi Steve,
      When you use the Shogun to capture a timelapse, you are completely bypassing the cameras S&Q settings. What’s happening is that the Shogun just grabs a frame from the datastream that the camera is constantly sending to it. You would only need to mess with S&Q if you wanted to record the timelapse to your SD card. You still need to set your shutter speed to 180 degrees, though, if you want to maintain cinematic motion during your timelapse. So in the case of a 1-frame per second timelapse, you’d need to set your shutter speed to a half second, and probably dial up a lot of ND filtration to deal with that extra slow shutter speed.

      1. Steve Lumpkin

        once again you are the man…testing it all this weekend…really appreciate you…and those A. Chapman Venice LUTs are killer – – bought him more than a beer! best…

  2. chris

    Oh, I hadn’t thought of that! Just upgraded my shogun to an inferno and thought I would stop by here for some tips and this gem was here. thanks. Same question as Steve though – what are the settings on the FS5?


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