Hot on the heels of the recent Flame series of HDR monitors/recorders, Atmos has just added a new high-end product to the stable in the form of the Shogun Inferno.
As if to stop the fire of the already accelerating HDR solutions market, the Shogun Inferno will further cement High Dynamic Range recording into every day recording, and as part of a full workflow.
The specifications sound impressive. A 1500nit display with 10-bit tonal precision allowing log recordings to be seen as they should be, without the need for a LUT, with up to 60fps capability in 4K resolutions using Prores or Avid DNx HD, and up to 240fps in HD. Why 4K Raw and Raw CDNG can be recorded up to 30 fps, and 2K and HD can be recorded up to 120fps via the built in Quad SDI input.
Interestingly Atomos are seeing the product as more than just an on set monitor/recorder. They have included PQ (ST-2084) input and output to allow the Flame to be used as a grading monitor, as well as being able to output an HDR signal to compatible displays. Otherwise known as SMPTE ST-2084, this is a standard that is specified in PQ (Perceptual Quantisation) space, as a logarithmic curve that is used instead of gamma, and takes into account the non-linearity of the human eye’s sensitivity to contrast.
The 7” 1500nit monitor also allows for the use of custom 3D LUTs for roughly previewing how grades will look. The device is also capable of recording these looks baked in if you wish.
In an an interesting move Atmos are also upgrading the Samurai Blade, Shogun and Ninja Assassin to be able to use HDR image processing so that exposure on Log footage can be judged more easily. Of course this is no substitute for a real HDR display, since these devices are still only 8-bit with a 400nit maximum brightness. But this does extend the usefulness of them for existing owners. The free software update is scheduled for availability in May.
At an RRP of £1665 ex Vat in the UK and $1995 in the US, it seems that external recording is offering ever more value for money and I do wonder if we will need internal camera recording systems at all in the future.
Elsewhere at NAB, Atomos also has a few other tricks up its sleeve to help promote the nascent 4K60p production ecosystem it sees emerging. These include a new range of HDMI cables that support the HDMI 2.0/2.0a standards for 4K 60p & HDR viewing whilst maintaining the AtomFLEX coiled cable for tighter cable management on the rig. There is also a new collaboration with X-Riute that allows the X-Rite i1Display Pro work with the range of Atomos monitor-recorders
Lastly, the Flame series has also had an upgrade, OS7.1 adding PQ input and output and new Waveform guidelines specifically designed to make exposing in HDR easier.
Press release follows on the next page.