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Atomos acquires Timecode Systems, makers of onset sync tools

Atomos has acquired wireless sync technology company Timecode Systems. Together, the companies are building tightly integrated multicamera workflow solutions that unify all recording devices on set, allowing these devices to work together more cohesively. This will allow production teams to experience the full impact of truly collaborative video and audio content creation across all types of workflows.

With demand for video bigger than ever, content creators are using more devices separately to add angles and be creative. But they are limited by the time it takes to edit, align and finish videos that combine multiple sources of video and audio, especially when using prosumer and consumer devices to film alongside professional cameras.

“Right now, this disconnect between recording devices is holding back multicamera content creation. To truly shoot collaboratively, everything needs to work in perfect, frame-accurate sync — there has to be a robust wireless connection,” says Jeromy Young, CEO/founder of Atomos. “The Timecode Systems RF protocol is this bulletproof link. Working together, we now have the glue to create a truly connected multicamera solution.”

Timecode Systems, which develops wireless sync technology, entered the market in 2012. The company first launched WiFi-enabled digislates, then created a timecode sync solution for GoPro cameras and pioneered and patented a timecode-over-Bluetooth timing protocol.

The Timecode Systems wireless sync standard will not only feature across the next generations of the entire Atomos product range but will also be packaged as a free SDK for third-party manufacturers. As a result, existing Timecode Systems and Atomos customers can expect to unlock even greater value from their current systems from this collaboration.

The AtomX Sync module for the Ninja V and the Neon series of monitors will be the first Atomos products to feature integrated Timecode Systems technology.

Atomos at NAB offering ProRes RAW recorders

Atomos is at this year’s NAB showing support for ProRes RAW, a new format from Apple that combines the performance of ProRes with the flexibility of RAW video. The ProRes RAW update will be available free for the Atomos Shogun Inferno and Sumo 19 devices.

Atomos devices are currently the only monitor recorders to offer ProRes RAW, with realtime recording from the sensor output of Panasonic, Sony and Canon cameras.

The new upgrade brings ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ recording, monitoring, playback and tag editing to all owners of an Atomos Shogun Inferno or Sumo19 device. Once installed, it will allow the capture of RAW images in up to 12-bit RGB — direct from many of our industry’s most advanced cameras onto affordable SSD media. ProRes RAW files can be imported directly into Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 for high-performance editing, color grading, and finishing on Mac laptop and desktop systems.
Eight popular cine cameras with a RAW output — including the Panasonic AU-EVA1, Varicam LT, Sony FS5/FS7 and Canon C300mkII/C500 — will be supported with more to follow.

With this ProRes RAW support, filmmakers can work easily with RAW – whether they are shooting episodic TV, commercials, documentaries, indie films or social events.

Shooting ProRes RAW preserves maximum dynamic range, with a 12-bit depth and wide color gamut — essential for HDR finishing. The new format, which is available in two compression levels — ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ — preserves image quality with low data rates and file sizes much smaller than uncompressed RAW.

Atomos recorders through ProRes RAW allow for increased flexibility in captured frame rates and resolutions. Atomos can record ProRes RAW up to 2K at 240 frames a second, or 4K at up to 120 frames per second. Higher resolutions such as 5.7K from the Panasonic AU-EVA1 are also supported.

Atomos’ OS, AtomOS 9, gives users filming tools to allow them to work efficiently and creatively with ProRes RAW in portable devices. Fast connections in and out and advanced HDR screen processing means every pixel is accurately and instantly available for on-set creative playback and review. Pull the SSD out and dock to your Mac over Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C 3.1 for immediate super fast post production.

Download the AtomOS 9 update for Shogun Inferno and Sumo 19 at www.atomos.com/firmware.

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.

Atomos intros Avid DNxHR 4K recording in Shogun

At BVE 2015 in London, Atomos showed the implementation of Avid DNxHR 4K recording, playback, play-out and editing for its Shogun product, which helps bridge the gap from 4K production to post. Atomos also confirmed that DNxHD recording, 3D LUTs and 4K UHD to HD downconvert will also be included in a free firmware update at the end of February 2015.

According to CEO/co-founder of Atomos Jeromy Young, this is “a 4K solution for Apple, Adobe and Avid workflows for video capture directly from the sensor of Sony, Panasonic, Canon and Nikon cameras.”

Atomos’ tiny Ninja Star ProRes recorder now shipping

Atomos, makers of the Ninja and Samurai camera-mounted recorders and the Connect converters, is now shipping its small footprint Ninja Star ProRes recorder via resellers for $295 US.

Launched at NAB, the Ninja Star is targeted at those who need to “Record Apple ProRes on Board” camera rigs, such as Drones, RC Helicopters and other UAVs, or recording post quality from camera makers such as Canon, Sony, Nikon Panasonic and GoPro.

Atomos has also launched Atomos CFast 1.0 media (64GB and 128GB), custom HDMI cables as well as the inclusion of the CFast USB 3 reader in the box.Atomos Ninja Star NAB 2014small

Says Jeromy Young, CEO/founder of Atomos, “We have priced this for the masses, broken the barrier to flash media cost by offering affordable CFast and supplied clever cabling solutions that customers desire. There is now no reason for professionals with a camera purchased in the last 10 years not to have the best recording available with ProRes and Ninja Star”

The Ninja Star’s compact, self-contained size allows DPs and cameramen to add recording to just about any POV set-up and offer edit ready format recording with ProRes, making it a good solution for extreme sports and reality TV cameramen.

Atomos takes advantage of low-cost, modern technology by using HDMI-capable pro video and consumer camcorders, as well as DSLRs and mirrorless breeds. The Ninja Star can record in both HD and ProRes to capture pristine, 4:2:2 10-bit images straight from any camera sensor. It also features Timecode and Start/Stop Trigger along with Audio Line-in.

The dimensions of the Ninja Star are 3.7 inches (95mm) wide, 2.3 inches (60mm) tall and 0.9 inches (22mm) deep, and it weighs a fraction of a normal recorder at just 130grams (4.5 oz.) for apps with onboard batteries and 240g (8.5oz) with the included battery and optional CFast media.

Additional Atomos CFast cards are also available in 64GB ($159 USD) and 128GB ($239 USD).

Atomos intros pocket-sized ProRes recorder

Melbourne, Australia — Atomos www.atomos.com , makers of the Ninja and Samurai camera-mounted recorders, and the Connect converters, introduced the Ninja Star at NAB this year. It’s targetd at those who need “Record Apple ProRes on Board” camera rigs, such as drones, RC helicopters, extreme sports and reality TV.

“Our customers screamed for a tiny flash-based ProRes recorder and player for extreme applications, their second location cameras or simply when they already had a monitor.” says Jeromy Young, CEO and founder of Atomos.

Atomos Ninja Star NAB 2014 (Copter Rig)small

The Ninja Star can record in both HD and ProRes to 4:2:2 10-bit images straight from any camera sensor directly to inexpensive first-generation CFast media with up to three hours of ProRes for $250. It also features Timecode and Start/Stop Trigger along with Audio Line-in.

The Atomos Ninja Star will ship late May 2014.