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Atomos Samurai Blade HD-SDI Monitor (Bare Bones)

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Atomos Samurai Blade HD-SDI Monitor (Bare Bones)


Product Highlights: 

  • 1280 x 720 On-Camera Monitor & Recorder

  • 5" IPS Capacitive Touchscreen Display

  • Records 1080p, 10-bit, 4:2:2

  • ProRes or DNxHD Encoding and Playback

  • SDI Input and Loop-Output

  • Records to 2.5" HDDs/SSDs

  • Waveform Monitoring / Focus Assist

  • Cut and Tag Editing

  • Single Master Drive Caddy Included

  • AC Power Supply

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The Atomos Samurai Blade 5" SDI Monitor is the world’s most advanced smart production recorder, monitor and playback deck. The Blade combines multiple devices – external monitor, capture card, playback deck and cut edit suite – into a single affordable tool.



The Atomos Samurai Blade 5" SDI Monitor & Recorder features a 1280 x 720 resolution monitoring display and can record up to 1080/30p/60i resolution directly from your camera's sensor to an HDD or SSD in Apple's ProRes or Avid's DNxHD edit-ready codecs.



Online or Offline, Master or Back-up 10-bit 4:2:2, 220Mbps, 2.5” HDD or SSD


Professional media production is all about balancing quality, cost and time. We understand this dynamic and our aim is to redefine the digital recording workflow to maintain the highest recording quality, minimize the time taken to move video from camera to computer and lower the cost of production using affordable, high capacity, high speed media. The Samurai Blade takes any uncompressed HD or SD source and encodes it in real-time to 10-bit, 4:2:2 Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD at up to 220Mbps. Both are class-leading codecs for production, broadcasting, editing and post-production. Because we are portable, we can record from the ultimate image source, the sensor of the camera. The Samurai Blade always records in 10-bit, even from an 8-bit source. We add color registries for incorporating higher bit-depth graphics from CG, animation and special effects. This avoids banding and makes editing and grading, in fact any precision effect, more accurate.

1280x720 SuperAtom IPS screen


At 325 dpi and 1 million pixels (1280x720) the Samurai Blade’s 5” SuperAtom IPS Panel delivers amazing resolution, super accurate colours and super deep blacks. The Samurai Blade is the first truly professional monitor that records, offering full waveform functionality, including vectorscope, in addition to focus peaking, zebra, false colour and blue-only monitoring tools.

Pristine Playback & Playout SmartLog – Just Mark & Tag


Use your Samurai Blade’s screen to navigate through and review your footage, to mark in and out points and input XML tags. Instantly show your material to production colleagues, clients or talent, and check each shot in detail, during or after the shoot – logging their suggestions without leaving the set. Review and log an entire day’s shoot on-set, or while travelling, with high-quality playback and comprehensive clip logging & navigation controls. Just touch “Play” on the Samurai Blade screen and view your full HD recordings, with up to of 10 hours playback and editing on one battery charge (and don’t forget our patent-pending Continuous Power for unlimited operation in the field).

Ready to deliver, high-capacity HDD or SSD


Samurai Blade frees you from the financial and operational constraints of expensive Flash media (eg. SxS and P2) and aggressive compression (MPEG-2) by allowing you to use cheap, commodity storage that’s available anywhere. Choose inexpensive 2.5” hard disk drives (spinning disks) for 90% of projects and Flash-based SSDs for rough terrain or high security use. HDDs are now cheaper than tapes! Store them on a shelf or hand them to your client. Modern commodity storage is extremely reliable. A 750GB/7200rpm drive holds up to 16 hours of high quality Apple ProRes ® footage.

Instant editing on Mac or PC!


The Samurai Blade seamlessly migrates your productions to the efficient and cost-effective world of file-based workflows. By recording directly to a production-quality, edit-friendly format, it bypasses the codec in the camera and eliminates time-consuming capture and conversion. The Samurai Blade’s tight integration with Apple ProRes ® and Avid DNxHD means recorded footage is instantly and natively editable in Final Cut, Media Composer, Premiere Pro, EDIUS, Vegas and Lightworks.

Display 5" IPS (12.7 cm) 
1280 x 720 resolution 
325 dpi 
Capacitive touchscreen
Connections 1x HD-SDI input 
1x HD-SDI loop-output
Recording Up to 1080/30p/60i, 10-bit, 4:2:2 to ProRes or DNxHD direct from sensor 
S-Log / C-Log 
Synced REC trigger
Storage 2.5" HDD/SSD
Playback ProRes and DNxHD
Timecode Timecode from camera
Audio Monitoring Digital and analog locked frame accurately to every video frame
Operating System AtomOS 5.0
Build Aircraft grade aluminum; locking mechanisms for each removable part
Power Consumption 6 W
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.1kg
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23 x 616 x 11.5
Atomos Samurai Blade 5" SDI Monitor (Bare Bones Version) AC Adapter Master Caddies Soft Shell Case

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