Audionamix – 7.1.20

Atomos brings 4K HDR monitors/recorders on set

Atomos, makers on the Shogun and Ninja on-set systems, has introduced new products targeting 4K HDR and offering brightness and detail simultaneously — field monitor/recorders Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame.

The Atomos Flame Series features a calibrated 7-inch field monitor, which displays 10 stops of the luminance detail of LOG with 10-bit HDR post production color accuracy. While the AtomHDR engine resolves HDR brightness detail (dynamic range) with 10-bit color accuracy, it also resolves 64 times more color information than traditional 8-bit panels. For Rec709 standard dynamic range scenes, the 1500nits brightness aids with outdoor shooting as does the upgraded continuous power management system that allows users to shoot shooting longer in the field. The Flame series, which offers a cost effective solution to the growing demands for HDR image capture and on set viewing, also features pro 4K/HD Apple ProRes/DNxHR recording, playback and editing.

We threw a few questions at Atomos president Matt Cohen (who many of you know from Tekserve) regarding the new gear…

What’s the most important thing people should know about Atomos Flame Series?
Atomos Flame Series products empower realtime visualization of HDR on set and in post using LOG from the camera and our 10-bit AtomHDR processing. We explain it here

Are we really looking at 10 different stops? That’s a ton of bandwidth. How can you accomplish that?
It’s magic! Well, not really… it’s math. LOG is the trick; it basically takes the range and squishes it. That’s why when looking at a LOG signal it looks all washed out — it has transformed the brightest part into something representable using current technology same with the darkest areas. So, basically, it is making the changes much more subtle in the image that can then be interpreted into the true levels they represent. We do that in realtime with AtomHDR.

The Series works with all cameras, as long as they have a live video tap?
Our products have always been compatible with cameras that have a clean output, meaning there is no menu data overlaid or degradation to the output. We get the pristine image from the sensor before any of the compression or degradation that occurs recording internally to the camera.

In how many different ways can this be used on set? Focus, Composition, Color, etc?
All the Atomos Monitor tools are still available. We have very accurate scopes and focus tools. You can use this on set for all aspects you describe. There is calibrated monitoring focus and exposure tools, including waveform vectorscope and RGB Parade, We have Graticule support and even support to de-squeeze anamorphic. We also feel confident the Flame tools will be very valuable in post production, enabling most systems to work with HDR and UWG (Ultra Wide Gamut) content.

Here are some key features of the Flame Series:
– AtomHDR monitors, which offer a dynamic range to match that of a 10-bit camera LOG footage, provide the detail in highlights and shadows usually clipped on traditional monitors.

– Is an advanced field monitor even in non-HDR scenarios with 1500nits brightness for outdoor shooting, native full HD resolution and optional calibration to ensure natural LCD color drift can be corrected over time.

– Users can  record directly from the sensor in 4K UHD (up to 30p) or record high frame rate HD (up to 120p).

– Along with recording the high pixel density of 4K, the Ninja and Shogun Flame also record higher resolution 10-bit color information and more precise yet efficient 4:2:2 color encoding.

– Recording to Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHR visually lossless edit-ready codecs allow users to capture full individual frames like film, allowing for more flexibility and creativity in post.

– The Series features an armor protection, dual battery hot-swappable continuous power system and included accessories, such as a new fast charger and snap-fast sun hood.

– Atomos’ hot-swappable dual battery system for continuous power is backed up with the included power accessories (2 x 4-cell batteries, D-Tap adaptor and fast battery charger).

– There are focus and exposure tools, 3D custom Looks, waveforms (LUMA and RGB) and vectorscopes.

– XLR audio via breakout cables are available for Shogun Flame or 3.5mm line level input with audio delay, level adjustment and dedicated audio meters with channel selection for Ninja Flame.

– The Flame Series supports affordable, readily available SSDs.

Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame are available for sale on March 28.


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