Atomos Releases New Pro HDMI Cables & Opens Up Their Camera Start/Stop Trigger Standard
Though the HDMI standard was never meant for the rigors of professional use like SDI cables with locking BNC connectors, external recorder-maker Atomos has decided to produce their own pro HDMI cables that are made for production.
These cables, originally developed for their ultra-small Ninja Star recorder, are coiled and available in all different configurations, from Micro to full-size HDMI all the way to full-size HDMI to HDMI, and everything in between (and a number of them also come with right angles). What makes these cables different, however, is that they are designed to be tighter-fitting, and stay inside your camera and your monitor when you need them to.
And while you still might not be impressed with a cable, Atomos has been working with companies over the last few years to send start/stop and timecode information out of the HDMI ports of cameras, and they are now opening up that technology to the industry, in the hopes that all cameras will eventually have smarter HDMI ports. HDMI isn't the best connector in the world for mission-critical applications, but as long as manufacturers continue to release HDMI-only cameras, they might as well have some of the functionality of the professional standard.
On the recorder side, while they have not yet released the new Shogun capable of recording 4K, Atomos has dropped the price on their SDI-only 5" Samurai Blade recorder to $1,000, which brings it in line with their HDMI-only Samurai Ninja. Now both recorders retail for $1,000, and can be converted to the opposite format with the Atomos Connect devices. Having used the Ninja extensively, the monitor on the device itself is very good on its own even if you're not using it as a recorder all the time.
You can find these cables and the Samurai Blade over at B&H and other resellers.