Live From #NAB2014 – Lone Wolf And Cub – Atomos Releases Two Badass Recorders – The Shogun and Ninja Star
HDVideoPro by Neil Matsumoto
Perhaps the company that garnered the biggest crowds at its NAB2014 booth was Atomos. Their affordable HDMI field recorders and converters (named after Japanese feudal warriors) have become essential gear, especially after the release of Clean HDMI-enabled DSLRs. At this year’s show, the Australian-based company released two ground-breaking recorders that had every shoe-string budget filmmaker drooling from the mouth.
First up is the Shogun 7? IPS monitor/recorder that is being aligned with Sony’s new A7S’s full-frame 4K compact camera (probably my favorite camera at the show). At the moment, the Shogun is the only 4K HDMI recording solution that can take advantage of the A7S’s extreme low-light capabilities, clean HDMI out, 120 fps HD and custom HDMI timecode. Used in tandem with the A7S, you can record 4K ProRes onto single SSDs or RAIDed HDDs. The Shogun is also the first 4K HDMI and 12G SDI monitor recorder and deck.
Like the Samurai and Ninja Blade, Shogun can capture higher-quality 422 10-bit files straight from the camera sensor using 4K/HD ProRes, uncompressed RAW CinemaDNG or Avid DNxHD files. The 1920 x 1200 7? monitor also has waveform and monitor assist tools like luma parade, vectorscope and tri-level focus peaking for true professional recording.
The Shogun will be available later this year for under $2,000. Smart move by Sony to team up with Atomos rather than offering their more expensive recorders.
The second recorder that Atomos announced is the Ninja Star, which is targeted towards shooters who need to record ProRes on board camera rigs, or on remote devices like drones, RC helicopters, extreme sports, etc. The Ninja Star is also great for when you already have a high-quality professional monitor on set. The Ninja Star is pocket-sized (3.5? wide, 2.3? tall and .8? deep) and weighs only 3.5-oz, yet still durable so you can mount in hard to reach places. And because you’re capturing ProRes files, once offloaded, they’re ready to be edited right there on location. It can record in both HD and ProRes 422 10-bit images to first generation CFast media with up to 3-hours of ProRes for $250. It also has Timecode and Start/Stop Trigger along with Audio Line-in. read more...
NEW from ATOMOS
Atomos Ninja Blade Portable HDMI Recorder Monitor for Filmmakers
The new Ninja Blade offers a stunning 1280 x 720 5” SuperAtom IPS touchscreen, at 325ppi 179-degree viewing, 400nit brightness and multi-frequency (48/50/60Hz) operation, you can expect crisp, super smooth monitoring and playback. The capacitive touch panel gives lightning-quick response times and gesture capability. Controlling AtomOS 5.1 on Ninja Blade is silky smooth.
Atomos Ninja Star Pocket-sized Apple ProRes Recorder & Deck
The Ninja Star is the next break through in external HDMI recorders based on core technologies that have made Atomos the leader in camera mounted solutions. Its small, self contained size and flexible mounting options allow DP’s and cameramen to mount it to just about any POV set-up and offer edit ready format recording with ProRes.
The new Atomos Shogun is the world’s first 12G SDI & 4K HDMI I/O monitor recorder and deck and features a stunning 1920×1080 SuperAtom IPS 7" touchscreen 325 PPI 179-degree viewing. 400nit brightness and multi-frequency (48/50/60Hz) operation, depending on video input, giving super-smooth monitoring and playback.
Pre-Order today! Coming in Sept 2014. We will not process your credit card until we have a Shogun for you!
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