Atomos just launched their new Flame Series delivering the world’s most advanced 7" field monitor. In the same way that the original Atomos Shogun helped fast track the transition from HD to 4K filmmaking, Atomos are intent on delivering 4K HDR to everyone with the launch of the Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame. Find out more below.
Atomos' new Flame series opens the floodgates for HDR production
RedSharkNews Written by David Shapton
With two new HDR recording monitors, the Shogun Flame
and the Ninja Flame
, announced today by Atomos, the missing link in the HDR production chain is fixed. Now you can see your rushes in HDR, on set. A short while ago, we had an exclusive hands-on preview. Here’s our report.
You might think our headline is over the top, but it’s not. Because up to now, it’s been impossible to get a representative idea of what your HDR footage looks like until it’s been post produced and shown on an HDR display, somewhere inside a facility.
It’s a tricky problem, and a particularly frustrating one, because everything else you need to make HDR productions is in place. Moving to HDR is not like going from SD to HD, or HD to 4K. There’s no four fold increase in bandwidth. Many cameras are capable of more than the 10 stops of dynamic range that you need for HDR. Virtually all of them can better Rec 709, which has a mere 6-7 stops of dynamic range. Post production software is starting to incorporate HDR modes, and HDR televisions are in the shops now.
Before going into the new Atomos HDR range in detail, let’s quickly look at exactly what we mean by HDR.
In real life, we’re exposed to an incredibly wide range of lighting conditions: from bright sunlight to starlight — which is to say: virtually no light at all. Just think about sunlight for a minute. In bright, direct sun, you have to squint or wear sunglasses. Have you ever had that experience from a TV screen? Of course you haven’t, and nor would you want to. But outside of those extreme conditions, an awful lot of information is lost when natural lighting is compressed down to the extremely narrow range of light that a conventional display can handle. While video can look extremely good on a Rec 709 display (in other words, virtually every HD display you’ve ever seen that isn’t HDR capable)...[continue reading on RedSharkNews]