Atomos has updated its Shogun 7 HDR monitor-recorder/switcher designed to make multicamera filmmaking available to a variety of content creators. The update adds touch-controlled switching, quad monitoring and ISO recording functionality to the Shogun 7. This allows users to accurately switch back and forth between four live HD SDI video streams up to 1080p/60fps.
Tapping on an input stream’s window in the quad-view will switch to that source as the program feed — which is then output via HDMI, SDI or both simultaneously. You can record all four streams, with the switched program output as a fifth stream. This is done asynchronously, without the need for genlocked sources.
The streams are all recorded to the same high-performance SSD drive and can be ready to edit right after the shoot ends. Each is recorded as a separate ISO in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNx. This helps post production with the convenience of having multiple, synchronized camera angles when they are in the edit suite.
All input switches are recorded in metadata with a choice of transition type. Once users have finished capturing the streams, they can import the resulting Apple Final Cut XML file, along with the ISOs, into an NLE and the timeline automatically populates with all the transitions in place.
In terms of audio, every ISO can record the two-channel embedded digital audio from each source, as well as analog stereo channels coming into the Shogun 7 (via optional XLR breakout cable). The program stream always records the analog feed and can switch between audio inputs for the on-camera audio to match the switched feed.
On-screen, you can choose to view the four input streams at once in a quad-view or a full-screen view of any one of the four input streams. In full-screen you can access tools like waveforms, magnify or engage peaking check focus for each angle and make any adjustments to get the perfect HDR or SDR shots.
“This latest update takes the Shogun 7 — a product that costs less than $1,500 — to a whole new level by giving a new storytelling tool to our customers,” says Jeromy Young, CEO of Atomos. “With live switching now available to any filmmaker, on a simple-to-use, touchscreen device, we’re taking multicamera video out of the purely professional domain and giving every content creator access.”
Atomos 10.4 is available now as a free download from the Atomos website. This replaces the earlier limited beta and users of that version should update to Atomos 10.4.