July 21, 2013

Samurai Blade: 5-Inch 1280 x 720 External Recorder/Monitor from Atomos Now Shipping

Atomos Samurai BladeThe new Atomos Samurai Blade, a follow-up to the original 5" HD-SDI Samurai, is now shipping (though stock seems to be low at the moment). Originally introduced at NAB, the external monitor/recorder has a 5" 1280 x 720 touch screen, which is quite an upgrade from 800 x 480 panel in the previous model. Check out some videos and specs for the recorder below.

Here are the specs:

  • 1280 x 720, 325 DPI 5" IPS Capacitive Touchscreen Display
  • Records Up to 1080/30p/60i, 10-bit, 4:2:2
  • ProRes or DNxHD Encoding and Playback
  • SDI Input and Loop-Output
  • HDMI Input via Optional Atomos Converter
  • Stores to 2.5" HDDs/SSDs
  • Supports ARRI and RED for Monitoring
  • S-Log / C-Log
  • Synced REC trigger
  • Timecode from Camera
  • Cut and Tag Editing Tool
  • 6W Power Consumption
  • Price: $1,300

Introduction video from Atomos showing what it can do:

Here is AbelCine from NAB 2013 on the new recorder:

It looks like power consumption is down from the original Samurai almost 1 watt, which means you should be able to run slightly longer on the same batteries. Obviously if your camera only takes HDMI, you'll need some kind of converter to be able to use it, and Atomos just so happens to make such a converter. I would imagine at some point that Atomos will also introduce the new display for the popular Ninja HDMI recorder, which should come in at a few hundred dollars cheaper. You can order now or learn more about the Samurai Blade using the links below.

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13 Comments

The lack of 60p recording in (fairly) cheap recorders like the Blade is disheartening. Other than that though the screen itself looks great and the fact that you can use regular hard drives is a major plus.

July 21, 2013 at 10:23PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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It does 60p in 1280x720...which is the max resolution that can do 60p via HD-SDI. To do 60p in 1080p you need dual HD-SDI or 3G-SDI.

July 22, 2013 at 12:41AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gabe

I wonder if the the Samurai Blade will see a software upgrade to record 10bit Prores444.

I would be shocked if they did not design the hardware with that in mind.

July 21, 2013 at 10:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Pixel

I wonder if the the Samurai Blade will see a software upgrade to record 10bit Prores444.

Uncompressed 422 would also be a great option.

I would be shocked if they did not design the hardware with that in mind.

July 21, 2013 at 10:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Pixel

Atomos should get in to the cinema camera business

July 22, 2013 at 12:43AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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vinceGortho

Fuck, like we need another one of those.

July 22, 2013 at 1:05AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tom

LMAO. Tru Dat.

July 22, 2013 at 2:26AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gene Sung

This may be good for the Blackmagic 4k production cam until they make the proper upgrades to delete files and judge how much space you have left. I plan on recording prores most of the time anyway.

July 22, 2013 at 1:32AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Can the Blade be used to capture HDMI out on the new Canon G30 & XA20. The HDMI out on these new camcorders is 1080p 60i. I would like to record in 1080/30p 10-bit 4:2:2 to save time in post, we use Final Cut Pro X, and most of out stuff is for 1080p web mp4.

July 22, 2013 at 2:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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dmccabe

I think you'd get better results recording 60i and de-interlacing in post...can't you just put the 60i footage in a 30p timeline?

July 22, 2013 at 2:49AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Gabe

Yes it actually records 1080i60 better than 1080p30 in firmware 5.0.2 as there seems to be a bug that does not do the 2:2 pulldown correctly and displays like interlaced on the Samurai Blade screen, which means peaking is useless, so I am currently using 1080i60 to record.

July 30, 2013 at 6:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Rob

They need to make better adverts :-)

July 22, 2013 at 12:18PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Bad video is probably not the best way to advertise a monitor...What are these guys thinking?

July 26, 2013 at 11:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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RD