Atomos has rolled out a bunch of great updates for their external monitors/recorders, including RAW, Anamorphic, and Cinema 4K support for the Shogun, and "Bare Bones" models of their entire Monitor Record Line, making them all a little more affordable.
Keep scrolling after the video to see a breakdown of all of the new features.
"Bare Bones" Models
Atomos has decided to offer the Shogun, Ninja 2, Ninja Blade, and Samurai Blade sans certain accessories to make them a little bit more affordable. This means that users can decide which model makes more sense for them and their specific projects. The Bare Bones models still include and SSD media case, AC power supply, and a soft carry case (for the Shogun). The entire accessory suite, which includes an HPRC hard case, AC adapter, SSD media cases, D-Tap adapter, 5200mAh battery, battery charger, XLR breakout cable, and an SSD docking station, will be offered separately for $395 in case you want to add it on later.
Here are the prices for each of the Bare Bones models:
- Shogun: $1,695
- Ninja 2: $395
- Ninja Blade: $795
- Samurai Blade: $795
The expected availability of the Shogun Bare Bones is set for May of this year.
Shogun OS Changes
AtomOS6 is getting some exciting new features that will help new and existing users organize data, play clips, and not miss important moments. The new OS comes with:
- Custom meta data tagging
- Pre-roll recording
- Playlist generation
- Time lapse recording
This update will be offered as a free download in May or June.
Support for High-End Cameras
The 7 hardware enhancements for the Shogun include support for RAW, Anamorphic, and Cinema 4K, which is exciting since the Shogun has been marketed primarily as an external recording solution for the GH4. With this update, it will compliment higher end cameras, including the Sony FS series, Canon, ARRI, and AJA cameras as well. Users will also be able to de-squeeze monitored anamorphic content to their true 2.39:1 ratio; this is good news, especially in light of the GH4 v.2.2 firmware update that was announced yesterday, which gives it native anamorphic support.
- Anamorphic de-squeeze for Panasonic GH4 and standard lenses
- RAW recording to ProRes, DNxHR and Cinema DNG for compatible RAW formats
- Expanded RAW compatibility to include Sony FS series, Canon, Arri and AJA
- 3D LUTs on HDMI/SDI output
- Cinema 4K DCI support
- Uncompressed V210 support
This update will also be available in May or June as a free download.
Atomos Power Station
Atomos aims to solve the the familiar problem of transporting and charging batteries for your gear. The Power Station delivers continuous power for up to 5 devices and charges batteries quickly.
Here's a bit from the press release that explains what the Power Station does:
At its core, Power Station consists of 2 batteries mounted side by side that operate together using a continuous circular power system. When one battery gets low it can be removed and charged while the system switches across to the second battery uninterrupted. This patented design by Atomos is used to power up to 3 DC streams (for cameras, monitors, recorders or lighting) as well as 2 USB products such as smartphones or tablets. With a DC input as well, it doubles as a super-fast charger for your batteries -- up to 3 times the rate of conventional chargers.
Here are the features:
- 2 DC out and included splitter cable to give connection for up to 3 DC devices
- 2 USB terminals to power 1A and 2A USB devices for fast charging of USB cameras or to power any USB device
- DC input with fast charging capability to charge the connected batteries and provide continual AC power for connected devices
- Independent left and right LED front display to give a quick 5 step visual guide on the power remaining for each battery from 100% down to 10%
- Dummy batteries are available to power popular cameras including Sony A7s, Sony FS Series, Panasonic GH4, Nikon D810 and Canon 5DMKIII
- Total power capability up to 5A (DC plus USB), with maximum 3A for USB connections
The Power Station will have two models, the Power Station Video and Power Station Photo, which will both be available this May.