Atomos go big in Las Vegas with a 4K Theatre Dome
A 4K Theatre Dome housing a mammoth Sony 4K projector, premium AV kit and comfortable theatre seating within a 45ft diameter inflatable dome has been the centre of attention in Central Hall, especially with free popcorn on entry. The entire 4K production is of course be driven by the Atomos 4K Shogun … although the dome is a sight to be seen so are their Shogun announcements for both hard and firmware upgrades for both new and existing Shogun users.
‘Bare Bones’ comes to the entire Atomos Monitor Record Line
The Atomos Shogun has contributed to making 4K affordable, manageable and accessible to more filmmakers all while making production simpler and more affordable. A new variant of the Shogun called Shogun ‘Bare Bones’ will soon be available at an even cheaper price point of USD$1695 that removes all accessories except an SSD media case, soft carry case and AC power supply The complete suite of accessories will also be available for USD$395.This allows customers customers to utilise legacy Atomos accessories they already own or decide what makes sense for their first and second 4K camera rig.
The “Bare Bones” option has also been applied to the full range of Atomos Monitor/Recorders. Ninja 2 at USD$395 is a steal, it is our original flagship product and our most successful, Ninja Blade and Samurai blade have the 5” SuperAtom IPS 325PPI monitor, calibration, WFM, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD and are bare bones for USD$795.
Atomos expect Atomos Shogun Bare Bones to be available from resellers in May 2015.
Shogun has 7 new hardware features available over the coming months which are free to both new and existing registered users.
Shogun users will receive 7 significant hardware enhancements, in addition to the 4 OS feature improvements, all of which have been announced at NAB 2015. Available via free download over the coming months, Shogun users will gain the following:
Anamorphic de-squeeze 2x, 1.5x and 1.3x.
With a free firmware update due at the end of May 2015, Shogun users will be able to de-squeeze monitored anamorphic content to their true 2.39:1 ratio. In addition to 2.39:1 anamorphic, Shogun will also de-squeeze the Panasonic 8:3 format. These translate into commonly used terms of supporting 2x 1.5x 1.3x anamorphic lenses.
RAW recording to ProRes, DNxHR and Cinema DNG
Some cameras on the market only output their 4K content in RAW data format over SDI, these include Sony FS700, FS7, Canon C300MkII and C500). On the post production side, some people request to keep the RAW format for grading while others would prefer to encode to a more edit friendly format like ProRes or DNxHR with 3D LUT’s applied. The Shogun is flexible with the ability to take the RAW data from the camera and record direct to RAW (wrapped as Cinema DNG) or to edit friendly Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR codecs in 4K, UHD, 2K or HD.
Expanded RAW compatibility to include Sony, Canon, Arri and AJA
Available for free with the Shogun aand recordable to reliable off the shelf SSD from brands like Sandisk, Transcend, Intel etc. With RAW options available for Sony FS series, Canon C500, Arri Alexa and AJA CION. Sony FS RAW will be available from mid June, while Canon C500/ Arri Alexa / AJA CION RAW will be available from the end of June 2015.
3D LUTs on output and in recording
Another free update made recently for Shogun users was the addition of 3D LUTs, covering both standard LUTs (C-Log, S-Log 2/3, V-LUT) as well as user defined LUTs in the standard “.cube” format. Up to 8 can be stored on the Shogun which can be accessed via a simple monitor button at the bottom right of screen. LUTs on the output available via free firmware update end May
Cinema 4K and 2K DCI support
Shogun will be updated to accept and record Cinema 4K and 2K DCI (4096 x 2160p) in addition to the 4K UHD and HD it already is capable of receiving (3840 x 2160p). Available via free update mid June 2015.
Uncompressed 4:2:2 HD v210 support
A small percentage of customers have requested uncompressed support in the Shogun, especially for green screen and specific post-production tasks. We are happy to offer this group their request free of charge. Available via free firmware update end June.
The Genlock connection on the back of the Shogun will be activated via free firmware end of May 2015 to allow synchronous playback across multiple video devices. Placing the Shogun as the ultimate portable 4K play-out deck for any broadcaster or event production house.
Atomos announce a schedule of OS changes that bring with them exciting new features
In the space of only 4 months, more than 15,000 Shoguns have rolled off the production line. At NAB 2015, Atomos have announced even more features for new and existing Shogun users, releasing details of upcoming enhancements for AtomOS6. Available via free download over the coming months, Shogun users will gain the following:
Custom meta data tagging
Now users can create their own custom meta data tags, storing up to “10” tags on the Shogun which are completely customisable. Imagine the ability to mark “Directors pick”, “Out takes”, “Over exposed”, “Audio Pop” and more, all the time slicing through the time taken for the main edit in post production.
Shogun will continually buffer content internally allowing the user to record the previous 8s of HD recording or 2s of 4K the moment you hit the record button.
Time lapse video
By allowing both the duration of recording in number of frames or length of time and the interval be altered depending on the director’s intent and even multi stage recording is possible, altering the time and duration throughout the period of the shoot. Essentially we have made time lapse keyframeable and flexible in the video arena.
The new playlist function allows users to not only tag sections within a clip for play-out but also tag entire clips and have them all replayed as a playlist. Convenient when pulling together the best takes of the day or in commercial situations where 4K play-back for immediate storyline review is needed. Shogun is now the world’s first fully portable play-out server.
Atomos Power Station. Delivering continuous power for up to 5 devices as well as fast battery charging in a compact design.
In a footprint not much larger than 2 batteries, Atomos Power Station delivers power for up to 5 devices using our patent pending Continuous Power dual battery system, allowing users to hot swap batteries on the fly without interrupting power to their devices.
At its core, Power Station consists of 2 batteries mounted side by side that operate together using a continuous circular power system. When one battery gets low it can be removed and charged while the system switches across to the second battery uninterrupted. This patented design by Atomos is used to power up to 3 DC streams (for cameras, monitors, recorders or lighting) as well as 2 USB products such as smartphones or tablets. With a DC input as well, it doubles as a super-fast charger for your batteries – up to 3 times the rate of conventional chargers.
Connections and features at a glance:
• 2 DC out and included splitter cable to give connection for up to 3 DC devices.
• 2 USB terminals to power 1A and 2A USB devices for fast charging of USB cameras or to power any USB device.
• DC input with fast charging capability to charge the connected batteries and provide continual AC power for connected devices.
• Independent left and right LED front display to give a quick 5 step visual guide on the power remaining for each battery from 100% down to 10%.
• Dummy batteries are available to power popular cameras including Sony A7s, Sony FS Series, Panasonic GH4, Nikon D810 and Canon 5DMKIII.
• Total power capability up to 5A (DC plus USB), with maximum 3A for USB connections.