Atomos Shogun 4k HDMI Recorder

Atomos Shogun 4k HDMI Recorder


At NAB 2014, Atomos launched their new Atomos Shogun 4k HDMI recorder.  One thing to note is the ability to record 4k via HDMI. That will make this a very good companion for the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony a7S.

Press Release



?Melbourne, Australia – April 7th, 2014: Atomos, the creator of the award-winning Ninja and Samurai camera-?mounted recorders, and the pocket-sized Connect converters, will launch the new 4K Apple ProRes and RAW capable 12G-SDI and 4K HDMI Shogun at NAB 2014, (7-10 April, Las Vegas Convention Center, booth number

“Shogun is the culmination of everything we stand for, amazing edit codec’s from the sensor like 4K 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 1920×1080 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.

The Shogun utilises both 4K and HD clean output from HDMI cameras such as the latest Sony A7S, Panasonic GH4, 4K SDI C500, and can record 24, 25 or 30p from the camera and up to 120fps HD if the camera is capable. It also has genlock in for synced playout and features optional Wifi for remote control from iOS or Android devices. Improved audio handling with the included Lemo breakout cable for XLR Audio gives balanced audio, mic and Phantom power.

?Since the company was founded in 2010 Atomos have broken new ground in the design and functionality of ?recording, monitoring and playback devices. Atomos strive to set new standards by working closely with camera manufactures on essential features like auto record trigger, matching timecode and increased recording ?capability.

Like the Samurai and Ninja Blade, Shogun allows you to set up the shot with waveform and monitor assist tools, ?record pristine, 422 10-bit images straight from the camera sensor directly, all to inexpensive single SSDs or RAIDed HDDs, captured using 4K/HD ProRes, Uncompressed RAW Cinema DNG or Avid DNxHD codecs.


Nexto DI NVS2825 Air – Simple Backup & WiFi Review

Nexto DI NVS2825 Air – Simple Backup & WiFi Review


Every once in a while, a product comes along that truly revolutionizes the industry. Nexto DI accomplished this a few years ago with the NVS 2500. It’s a simple little “black box” that is a “digital intermediate” for your footage. The premise is simple: If you shoot on any kind of media (Sony SxS, Panasonic P2, SDHC (Hoodman & Others), Compact Flash, etc. sooner or later, you’re going to need to “clear” those cards to keep shooting in the field. Often this means carrying a laptop, hard drives and other things into the field. Nexto DIeliminated the need for all of those devices. In the process they all but eliminated the need for “data wranglers” on small to medium projects too!


Not one to rest on their laurels, Nexto take it to the next level, and again revolutionize the way we work with media in the field. This time with the Nexto Air NVS 8525. Barry Morrill shares all the ins and outs with Curt Pair and Band Pro on this terrific product.



Canon’s New Cinema Camera C300 Announced!

Canon’s New Cinema Camera C300 Announced!

Canon just announced their new C300 Cinema Camera.  At first glance it looks pretty sweet (kinda like a more aerodynamic Epic) We’ll have to wait to get some hands on it to find out how it really stacks up to the competition.  If you missed It, Engadget has a blow by blow of the announcement. Meanwhile, here are the basics:

  • Super 35 Sensor
  • Both EF & PL Mount versions
  • 4k Sensor – Delivering 1920×1080 HD Image
  • 50 Mpbs 4:2:2 8bit MPEG-2 on CF cards (2)
  • Frame rate up to 60p (60p @ 720 only)
  • 12 Stop Dynamic Range
  • Canon Log (extreme dynamic range – I guess its something like S-Log)
  • ISO up to 20,000
  • Detachable Handgrip
  • Detachable Top Handle
  • Detachable 4″ LCD Screen
  • HD-SDI
  • HDMI
  • Genlock
  • Timecode connector
  • Three Prime Lenses
    • Canon Prime Lens 24mm T1.5
    • Canon Prime Lens 50mm T1.3
    • Canon Prime Lens 85mm T1.3
  • Available in January for about $20k (ouch!)

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Enter The Ninja on Vimeo

Enter The Ninja on Vimeo

We all know that the Nanoflash is the “bees knees,” but if you can live without HDSDI, then Atomos Ninja may be the affordable alternative for you.  Its great for HDSLRs and other cameras with an HDMI out. 

Instead of recording to flash memory cards. The Ninja lets you record NLE ready ProRes video onto cheap 2.5″ laptop drives.  For a little more dough you could go with SSD drives. So a $100 500GB drive, will give you 7.5hrs of ProRes 422. 

ProRes offers robust image quality, thats ready to edit with no need for transcoding on both FCP and the latest version of AVID MC. (not sure if premiere likes ProRes yet) Lets not forget, that’s  4:2:2 and not 4:2:0 like you might be recording onboard.  The Ninja also has a cool dual battery system that lets you change out one battery while the other is still running the device. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s still nice to have. The touch screen display doubles as a monitor, but I don’t think I’d want to judge critical focus at a resolution of 480×270. 

It, of course, is capable of recording all sorts of 1080 and 720 HD flavors, but conspicuously missing are 720p24 and 720p30.  What’s that about?  Anyway… The Ninja offers cheap storage, instant backup, and a robust – edit friendly file format with target price just south of $1k, sometime in December. It’s something to consider.