Atomos is well-known for their award-winning camera-mounted recorders, like the Ninja and Samurai, and at NAB, they've added a couple of recording/monitoring solutions to the family. Atomos announces the world's first 12G SDI and 4K HDMI I/O monitor recorder and deck, the Shogun, the only 4K HDMI recording/monitoring solution that can take full advantage of the new A7S. Also, the pocket-sized Ninja Star Pro-Res recorder, which can be mounted just about anywhere. Continue on to learn more.

Atomos Shogun


Yesterday, during their press conference at NAB, Sony announced their new, ultra sensitive camera, the A7s, however if you want to take advantage of the camera's 4K HDMI output, you're going to need an external 4K recorder. Enter the Shogun, which plays a dual role as a field recorder and a field monitor. Here's a bit from Atomos' press release:

"Shogun is the culmination of everything we stand for, amazing edit codec’s from the sensor like 4K Apple ProRes and RAW Cinema DNG. Affordable 4K recording through Raided HDD’s and SSD’s and unbelievable custom panels for monitoring." said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. "Super light and slim and at a price point under 2K. We offer a faster more affordable camera to timeline workflow with revolutionary 4K cameras from Sony, Panasonic and Canon."

The new Atomos Shogun is the world's first 12G SDI & 4K HDMI I/O monitor recorder and deck and features a stunning 1920x1080 SuperAtom IPS 7" touchscreen, 325 PPI 179-degree viewing, 400nit brightness and multi-frequency (48/50/60Hz) operation, depending on video input, giving super-smooth monitoring and playback.


Though the Shogun seems aimed at being the 4K recording solution for the A7s (surely many others are on the way), it's also compatible with cameras like the Panasonic GH4 or C500. The Shogun can record 24, 25, or 30p, and up to 120fps depending on the capabilities of the camera being used. According to Atomos' press release, the Shogun will cost under $2000 and will ship at the end of Q3 beginning Q4 (sometime between September to October, I'm guessing).

Atomos Ninja Star


The Ninja Star recorder has a lot to offer. From the Atomos press release:

By listening closely to their customers Atomos recognised a common need for a light and portable Apple ProRes recorder which has greater flexibility with mounting options. The dimensions of the Ninja Star are slender at only 3.5" wide, 2.3" tall and 0.8" deep and it weighs a fraction of a normal recorder at just 100grams (3.5 oz). The Ninja Star is perfect for creative or extreme camera work or in situations where a large monitor is prohibitive or stealth is required.

This is a small, lightweight, easily mountable recorder with fast read/write speeds that can record for up to 5 hours. It writes to CFast cards, which are sold at up to 256 GB, which means that you could record up to 2 hrs and 40 mins of ProRes footage on just a single card. The Ninja Star costs $295 and will ship late May 2014.


To find out more, be sure to check out the Atomos website.


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