​Atomos Launches NEON HDR Monitor-Recorders

The NEON 17” and NEON 24” HDR monitor-recorders started shipping in November 2020.

The 17” is claimed ideal for Focus Pullers, gaffer wardrobe and as a production monitor for mobile laptop edit systems. The 24” is for the video village, DIT, cinematographer, for an NLE and grading application outputs via industry standard video I/O devices. The NEON 31” and 55” development is currently under investigation, as Atomos assess feedback from its industry users as to the how they fit in to the changing workflows for on set virtual and remote productions.

Atomos says both offer accurate and consistent SDR/HDR monitoring and provide recording functionality for easy shot review or render free output delivery to Apple ProRes or Avid Dnx at up to 4k DCI 60p. Deployable in studio, in the edit or for remote workflows all screens are factory calibrated or can easily be user calibrated with the optional USB calibration cable and Xrite i1 Display Pro Plus.

NEON 17” has an FHD 1920 x 1080 panel with 10bit display processing, 4k to HD scaling and option for 1 to 1 display pixel mapping. NEON 24” utilises a 4k DCI resolution panel with 10bit fidelity and HD/2k to 4k UHD /DCI upscaling that avoids interpolation methods.

Both displays incorporate Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight technology to deliver deep blacks at 1000Nits full screen HDR peak brightness. The combination display uniformity, super wide viewing angle of 180 degrees H/V and a Dynamic Contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 are said to provide detail across both the shadows and highlights.

The AtomHDR engine provides the ability to manage input and display Gamma/Gamut. Selectable monitor modes allow work in either SDR or HDR settings, that match both camera acquisition settings, or defined delivery standards including Rec.709, Rec.2100 HLG or ST.2084 PQ. NEON provides native accurate colour with DCI-P3 coverage with Wide colour Gamuts, such as BT.2020, are processed by the AtomHDR engine to deliver consistent representations. Built in transforms allow for the conversion of LOG to HDR EOTFs for display on the NEON or down-stream to client monitors or utilise 3DLUTs for SDR, to monitor with a specified show LOOK or exposure print down.

The foundation of the NEON platform is described as modular that ensures the I/O of the monitor is both easy to maintain, replace and ultimately upgrade without having to take the panel out of commission. The Master Control Unit is the brain of the NEON with support for HDMI 2.0 for both in and loop out, which provides support for video input at 4096 x 2160 4k DCI at up to 60p. File naming is also supported for RED and Arri cameras allowing for off board proxy recording with accurate time code and matched file names.

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