Atomos is making its 4K monitor recorder, the Shogun, an increasingly attractive option for an increasingly wide audience by once again announcing support for upcoming cameras months before release. Camnera's such as Canon's C300 Mark II.
While there was a time when Convergent Design was the undisputed leader in third party monitor 4K recorders, specifically its Odyssey 7Q SDI-in variants, Atomos has been making major waves with its 4K HDMI/SDI recorder, the Shogun. For those 4K cameras that support clean HDMI out (and without SDI-outputs), the Atomos is arguably the better value.
Since even before its launch, the Atomos Shogun hitched its hopes to two of last year's hottest cameras, the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7s, even going as far to declare the Shogun the only recorder that could accept the A7s' full sensor readout. Obviously, it takes considerable cooperation between Atomos and OEMs to develop support for these pre-release cameras. However, Atomos must deem it a necessary business tactic to stay ahead of the curve in its competition with Convergent Design and any upstart monitor recorder makers that wish to enter the fray.
For Atomos and the Shogun, 2015 is no different, as the company has announced support for Canon's spectacularly spec'd C300 Mark II 4K camera. Yes, the camera can record 4K internally to CFast cards, but connecting to the Atomos Shogun external recorder will enable 10-bit 1080 60p recording. 4K RAW support means the recorder takes that RAW output from the camera and dumps it to either ProRes, DNxHR of Cinema DNG 4K (UHD and DCI) up to 30p.
Earlier, Atomos also announced Shogun support for Canon's other just announced 4K shooter, the palm-sized, fixed lens XC10. It will be interesting to see if other camera news throughout NAB 2015 will arrive with adjoining Atomos announcements, as the company makes its case for the Shogun as the go-to monitoring and recording option for an ever-widening list of 4K cameras.
For more information about Atomos Shogun support for the Canon C300 Mark II, check out the full press release on Page Two!
Full Press Release
Atomos Shogun Ready to Support RAW 4K and 1080p60 from the Canon EOS C300 Mark II
Melbourne, Australia – 10th April 2015: Confirming recent rumours Canon have announced the C300 Mark II 4K movie camera, based on the previous C300, but more durable and with the Dual DIGIC DV5 processor. By adding an Atomos Shogun to the C300 MkII filmmakers have the perfect internal MPEG and external 4K raw to Apple ProRes/Avid DNxHR or Cinema DNG combo.
"The Cinema EOS range is the workhorse of the modern production environment. The Shogun turns the C300 MkII workhorse into a race horse, recording direct from the RAW sensor output of the camera to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR." said Jeromy Young CEO and co-founder of Atomos. "We can now process from sensor to record and all the way to final production covering industry standard edit codecs and RAW workflow – Shogun is a must for this camera."
With the Atomos Shogun, C300 MkII users will gain:
- Ready to record 10bit from the C300 MkII 4K Raw output direct to ProRes 4K, Avid DNxHR 4K or Cinema DNG up to 4K and UHD 30p. Available Q2 2015.
- Record 10 bit HD 1080p up to 60fps video from the SDI or HDMI outputs.
- Note Canon Cannot output 4K or UHD over HDMI or SDI only 1080p60 video
- Does output 4K raw over single SDI 3G.
- Usual monitor features
- Atomos CFast cards ready for action!
The Shogun brings a host of monitoring, playback and deck functionality all designed to make camera setup, shot setup and work in post production easier. And new C300 MkII users can stock up on Atomos CFast cards available in both 64GB and 128GB to keep production costs even lower.