In a recent blog post on TheBroadcastBridge, the author sheds light on Atomos' groundbreaking innovation - the latest generation of Shogun camera-mounted monitor-recorders: Shogun and Shogun Ultra. These cutting-edge devices are poised to revolutionize creative content production and come equipped with the state-of-the-art operating system, AtomOS 11. This dynamic OS introduces a host of innovative features, including EL Zone exposure-referenced colorized images, ARRI False Color, and a suite of scheduled playback and recording tools.
A notable improvement comes in the form of an expanded codec offering within the Shogun and Shogun Ultra, rendering them even more versatile and adaptable to various production requirements. The Shogun now boasts compatibility with 6K Apple ProRes RAW (and an impressive 8K capability with the Shogun Ultra), in addition to Apple ProRes, DNxHD, and H.265 - the latter previously available only as a paid option. This extended codec support ensures seamless consistency and enhances compatibility across diverse workflows. Notably, both Shogun models inherit the distinctive features introduced in the new Ninja and Ninja Ultra lines, enhancing user experience and workflow efficiency.
A key distinguishing feature of the Shogun series is the brilliant 2000nit 7-inch screen, ensuring exceptional visibility under various lighting conditions. Furthermore, the Shogun boasts integrated connectivity, featuring both 12G-SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs. This integrated connectivity facilitates cross-conversion, eliminating the need for additional components and offering a distinct advantage over a Ninja equipped with Atomos Connect. Additionally, the Shogun provides an array of power options, including an NP battery slot and an integrated 2.1mm locking jack DC input socket, enhancing adaptability across diverse setups.
The Shogun Ultra, in particular, is optimized for cinematic camera use, enabling the recording of full-quality files in Apple ProRes RAW at up to 4K 60p while simultaneously capturing HD 60p in H.265. It seamlessly supports automatic filename matching, timecode synchronization, and record triggering across a range of popular camera models, including ARRI, Canon, RED, and Sony. This makes it an ideal choice for demanding cinematographic productions.
Both the Shogun and Shogun Ultra models come equipped with a revolutionary 4K camera-to-cloud mode, empowering users to record and upload higher quality H.265 videos with enhanced framerates and customizable parameters. These files maintain exceptional quality while remaining lightweight, making them suitable for streamlined camera-to-cloud workflows and immediate use across social media, sports reporting, and news gathering.
Another noteworthy feature is the integration of Atomos RemoteView. This groundbreaking technology facilitates wireless sharing of live views from Atomos screens with other Atomos monitors and various devices, including iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs. This capability opens up exciting possibilities for production teams to remotely monitor on-set activities and view camera shots from anywhere in the world. RemoteView offers a unique set of features at an accessible price point, enhancing collaboration and remote monitoring during production.
The Shogun Ultra takes it a step further by offering lower latency cloud connectivity and higher throughput, thanks to its integration of Wi-Fi 6E technology. Atomos continues to demonstrate its commitment to staying at the forefront of technology by incorporating this cutting-edge Wi-Fi standard into its cloud-enabled products, ensuring a smoother and more efficient user experience.
For existing users of the Shogun Connect, there's good news. AtomOS 11 will be made available as a free firmware update, ensuring they can leverage the latest features and enhancements. It's important to note that the Shogun Ultra is poised to replace the Shogun Connect, providing an enticing option for users looking to upgrade to the most advanced capabilities in camera-mounted monitor-recorders.
In conclusion, Atomos has once again pushed the boundaries with the introduction of the Shogun and Shogun Ultra. With their advanced features, expanded codec support, improved connectivity options, and innovative technologies like AtomOS 11 and RemoteView, these devices are set to become invaluable tools for content creators, filmmakers, and production teams aiming to elevate their projects to new heights. Whether for cinematic productions, live events, or on-set monitoring, the Shogun series promises exceptional performance and opens up a world of creative possibilities.
Read the full blog post from TheBroadcastBridge HERE