Atomos Touts HDR as “The Next Revolution for Filmmaking”

Atomos says that high dynamic range (HDR) is a major benefit for viewers (better colour renditions) and digital filmmakers and its new Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame, with their built-in AtomHDR engine, will help the industry get there sooner than later (much like the original Atomos Shogun helped the transition from HD to 4K filmmaking).

The Atomos Flame Series is a 7-inch field monitor/recorder that accurately displays 10 stops of the luminance detail of Log with 10-bit HDR Post Production color accuracy. This, the company said, is a first for a field monitor. The AtomHDR engine not only resolves HDR brightness detail (dynamic range), with 10-bit color accuracy it also resolves 64 times more color information than traditional 8-bit panels.

For Rec709 standard dynamic range scenes, the 1500nits brightness aids with outdoor shooting, as does the upgraded continuous power management system that will keep you shooting longer in the field. Users also get the required tools for 4K/HD Apple ProRes/DNxHR recording, playback and editing.

Jeromy Young, CEO and co-founder at Atomos, said HDR is “the next revolution for filmmaking. Anyone that sees HDR, from content creators to consumers is immediately sold, more life-like shots and real world detail. Our job is to open up HDR to all filmmakers by removing the technical and affordability hurdles that might slow its progress.”

The Flame series of monitor-recorders are equipped with the AtomHDR engine, utilizing the power of the 1500nit panel in tandem with Atomos’ patent pending image processing to resolve the brightness detail of Log camera signals with the color accuracy of 10 bit HDR images mastered in post production. This means that the usual complications of exposing Log signals on a washed out image are eliminated – with AtomHDR you simply frame, expose, focus and shoot. All major camera makers log formats are supported, including those from ARRICanonJVCPanasonicRed and Sony.

The monitor itself is a calibrated 7-inch 1920x1200 325ppi IPS with upgraded 10-bit color accuracy, resolving 1.07 billion colors compared to the 16.7 million colors of traditional 8-bit panels. This all but eliminates the color banding seen on traditional panels and in tandem with AtomHDR lets you see images as you would with your own eyes.

For existing SDR, Rec709 delivery or scenes that do not have the wide brightness variation required for HDR shooting, switch to traditional video mode (Rec709) and activate a Brightness slider that lets you take advantage of the impressive “Daylight Viewable” 1500nits of brightness emanating from the Flame units. This adds huge versatility for the Flame series – if you have scenes that call for HDR, activate the AtomHDR mode. If you don’t, switch to High Bright mode for outdoor monitoring hood free.

The Shogun and Ninja Flame are enclosed in a rugged case and features:

  • Atomos’ patented continuous power system (available on Atomos’ HD range of products). The hot-swappable dual battery system automatically switches to the second battery when power is low, allowing the easy exchange of new fresh batteries. This is coupled with an improved battery charger that the company says charges batteries 3 times faster than previously possible.
  • In addition to AtomHDR, 1500nit brightness, 10-bit colour accuracy and continuous power, the Shogun and Ninja Flame Atomos are much more than monitors alone, featuring advanced recording, playback and editing capability as well. Both units record 4K/HD direct from the sensor to 10-bit 4:2:2 Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHR/DNxHD onto SSD cards. They also feature on the fly 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown removal and recording features such as Timelapse and Pre-roll. Playback with controls is possible on screen or out to larger monitors and there’s even built-in focus, framing and exposure tools that help preview the shot and then allow the suer to start tagging to make decision making in post faster and easier.
  • The Ninja Flame is a HDMI only model with all of the above features and ships with a host of accessories including a HPRC hard case, a snap-fast HDR sunhood, fast battery charger, control cable, 2 x NP-F750 4 cell batteries, USB 3 Docking Station, D-Tap Cable, 5 x Master Caddy Cases and a 12 V 3A AC-DC Power Adapter.
  • The Shogun Flame is a HDMI & SDI model with bi-directional SDI/HDMI conversion, Raw to Apple ProRes/DNxHR recording for select Sony and Canon cameras, balanced XLR audio input/output and LTC/Genlock connectivity. It features the same above accessories as well as the XLR breakout cable.

The Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame are available for sale the week of March 28th, from the authorized Atomos reseller network, for $1,695 and $1,295 respectively.

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