New Atomos Update Gives Shogun 7 Multi-Camera Switching

AtomOS 10.4 is here for Shogun 7, bringing multicamera functionality more into the mainstream.

Atomos has released the highly anticipated update to its Shogun 7 HDR monitor/recorder/switcher combo, which should make filmmakers working on multicam projects very happy.

The AtomOS 10.4 update bolsters the Shogun 7 with touch-controlled asynchronous switching, quad monitoring, and ISO recording functionality.

Switching Features

The new update gives the Shogun 7 a switching feature that allows you to accurately switch between four live HD SDI video streams up to 1080p60 by simply tapping on an input stream's window in the quad-view, which is then output through HDMI, SDI, or both simultaneously.

You can also choose between quad-view to view all four input streams or full-screen view to monitor one of the four. Full-screen gives you tools like waveforms, magnify or engage peaking to check focus.

All four streams can be recorded, with the switched program output as a fifth stream. And genlocked sources are not required since all this is done asynchronously.

Workflow

Atomos also labored to make post workflows as straightforward and efficient as possible.

Each stream is recorded to the same SSD drive as a separate ISO in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNx. Input switches are also recorded in metadata with your choice of transition type, and after recording, you can import XML files and ISOs into an NLE and find all transitions in place in your timeline. Furthermore, every ISO can record not only the 2-channel embedded digital audio from each source but also the analog stereo channels that the optional XLR breakout cable will bring to the Shogun 7 later.

This is an exciting development because it gives budget filmmakers an inexpensive tool (the Shogun 7 costs $1499) with a functionality that is primarily reserved for those working on high-level productions. As Atomos CEO Jeromy Young stated in the press release:

“This switching update is absolutely fundamental in driving forward Atomos’ goal of democratizing video content creation. 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 to this more engaging form of storytelling."

The AtomOS 10.4 update is available now as a free download from the Atomos website    

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