Atomos Samurai Portable 10-bit HD-SDI Field Recorder
Atomos Samurai Portable 10-bit HD-SDI Field RecorderAtomos Samurai Portable 10-bit HD-SDI Field RecorderAtomos Samurai Portable 10-bit HD-SDI Field RecorderAtomos Samurai Portable 10-bit HD-SDI Field Recorder


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VideoGuys Part # (SKU): SAMURAI

The revolutionary Samurai is a portable touchscreen Professional 10bit HD Recorder, Monitor, & Playback device that captures pristine video and audio direct from any camera with HD/SD-SDI

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The revolutionary Samurai is a portable touchscreen Professional 10bit HD Recorder, Monitor, & Playback device that captures pristine video and audio direct from any camera with HD/SD-SDI. It encodes in real-time to the visually-lossless Apple ProRes format, onto low-cost, removable 2 inch hard disks.

It has a super high-resolution 5" HD/SD SDI monitor with an ideal workflow: from sensor to timeline in unparalleled Apple ProRes quality. All the innovative features of the Ninja plus timecode and genlock and the ability to work with multiple synchronised units. The Samurai is the portable touchscreen HD/SD-SDI recorder/monitor the world has been waiting for.

The Samurai builds on the already impressive HDMI based Ninja to bring a host of new production weapons aimed at camera professionals with HD/SD-SDI cameras:

  • 5" TFT/LCD 800x480 super high resolution screen

  • HD/SD-SDI Connecitvity

  • 24 PSF support with 24/60i 3:2 Pulldown removal on capture

  • SDI Loop-Though: connect to an external broadcast monitor or director's monitor

  • Screen Flipping and more....

SDI Arsenal:

    • Captive connector

    • Long cable lengths

    • Time Code and Gen Lock support

    • 3D support with 2 Samurais Genlocked

    • Multi Camera Support

    • More Professional Cameras with better lenses and sensors

Samurai packs a host of features into its compact, rugged aluminium body:

  • Recording direct to Apple Prores via HD/SD-SDI- Pristine HD uncompressed video from camera lens and sensor directly to Apple ProRes

  • Monitoring- Super High resolution 5" 800x480 built in Samurai monitor

  • Playback- Instant playback for review of Apple Prores files to the Samurai screen

  • Touch Screen- Simple intuitive touch screen functionality - no complicated menus!

  • Continuous Power- Atomos Continuous Dual Battery Technology

  • Affordable Storage - Infinite affordable 2.5" HDD/SSD storage capability

And transforms your video production by:

  • Eliminating the need for capture cards and wasted time logging and capturing by avoiding the lossy, time consuming capture-to-edit process.

  • Bypassing the image-degrading compression needed to squeeze HD onto in-camera flash storage.

  • Providing limitless and cheap storage through the use of removable 2 inch hard disks.

  • Including all accessories in one rugged case - Batteries, Chargers, Disk Caddies and a PC/Mac docking station.

  • Recording to a high quality editing codec at the camera in the field: simple.

  • Recycling older cameras with obsolete tape and compression technology and updating them with a modern, high-quality file-based workflow

Better quality from your new or old camera. Infinite cheap storage. No worries about battery life. Ideal for any camera with an HD or SD video output. Samurai transforms the way you work with video.

Everything Included for Real Production

At ATOMOS we believe in selling complete solutions. We're not like other companies that sell you a product and expect you to spend thousands of dollars extra for batteries, accessories, docking stations and chargers - to name just a few. We don't like this way of doing business and so for one low price we give you a complete solution:

  • Samurai Unit - Recorder, Screen for monitoring and playback, Touch Screen for easy control

  • HDD/SSD Master Disk Caddy (x2) - you buy the disks and insert them. This is by far the most affordable way to record video onto media

  • 2600mAh Batteries (x2) - for continuous battery operation

  • Charger - to charge your batteries

  • Docking Station (and cables) - to connect to Mac or PC via Firewire 800 and USB2/3 for downloading or editing immediately from the Samurai Disks

  • Samurai Carry Case - Tough, light and portable carry case to protect your investment

Recording Directly to Apple ProRes HQ, 422 or LT

Hidden inside Samurai's compact design is a hardware implementation of the Apples ProRes codec: a bit-perfect rendition of Apple's professional compression system that's designed to leave your final images looking as good as when they first hit your camera's sensor. Apple gave us the thumbs-up for our implementation and have allowed us to market and sell the Samurai with Apple ProRes.

Touch Screen, Monitor, Playback

Samurai is simple to use as well, with a no-nonsense, intuitive touchscreen that doubles as a viewfinder and playback monitor. Samurai eliminates the need for a separate monitor, external high quality recorder and large battery by combining these three pro-video essentials in into one clever portable device.

Ultra-Low Power for Long Running Times

The Samurai consumes very little power, and is designed from the ground up to be a low power device to ensure long recording times and efficient use of batteries. Creating portable equipment with an ultra-low power consumption is an expertise that we're pleased to have in-house at Atomos. Cutting power consumption leads to affordable running costs, a more efficient workflow and a financial improvement for your business.

ATOMOS Continuous Battery Technology

Atomos' unique battery-looping technology means that you never have to interrupt a Samurai recording to swap power cells. Just unplug the old battery and replace it with a fully charged one. We call it Continuous Power!

Infinite Affordable 2.5" Storage

Up to 750GB or 16.5 hours recording on each disk.

2.5" spinning disks or flash memory-based SSD's are the most reliable and affordable types of storage on the planet. Use super-cheap spinning disks (up to 750GB HDD) for everday studio and event work and switch instantly to flash based SSD's to give you the robust recording in vibration-sensitive or harsh recording environments. This is the same flash memory as in Compact Flash, SxS, P2 and SDHC cards but at a fraction the cost.


Samurai makes it easy to get video off your camera and onto your computer, with FireWire 800, USB 2 and 3 interfaces built into the included docking station. Insert the 2.5" disks into the dock and the Apple ProRes files are recognised within seconds. They work natively with Final Cut Pro and on any computer with the ProRes codec installed (including suitably configured PCs).

Tough Aluminium Body

Strong, light and portable, the super-tough aluminium chassis weighs in at 550g excluding disks and batteries and 900g fully loaded with batteries and di

Atomos recorders do not include storage drives but works great with any of the approved drives Atomos has tested. Click here for a complete list

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