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Atomos releases Sumo 19 switching upgrade

Atomos will make multi-camera switching and recording even easier with the release of a live asynchronous switching and quad ISO recording update for the Sumo 19 HDR monitor/recorder/switcher. AtomOS 9.2 for Sumo 19 turns it into the simplest way to record and switch multi-camera events, being intuitive, extremely portable and highly cost-effective.

Up to five 1080p60 streams can be recorded simultaneously – four separate ISOs and the program out to the same SSD drive in Apple ProRes® or Avid DNx formats. This can now be done without the need to synchronise the cameras together using genlock. The channels can be switched in real-time at the touch of the screen and the resulting switched output recorded to the separate fifth channel, as well as output on either HDMI or HD-SDI. Each switch also signals a metadata cut/edit point that the Sumo 19 writes to the disk as an XML file. The ISOs can subsequently brought directly into your NLE’s timeline* with the edits already in place, all ready for fine tuning or re-editing. You can even configure the touchscreen to respond differently to single and double taps, giving the choice between a hard cut or a dissolve being written into the XML file. This will in turn tell the NLE which transition type it should use.

The 19-inch high brightness 1200nit screen gives the operator clear insight into what is going on at all times. The Sumo 19 has become one of the most popular production monitors on Indie and Hollywood film sets, live productions and broadcast TV. It is trusted by DPs, directors, drone operators and DITs worldwide thanks to its combination of ProRes and ProRes RAW recording with instant playback, rugged construction, multiple power options and touchscreen control. The new feature upgrade will make it an even more useful addition to any multi-camera production.

AtomOS 9.2 for Sumo 19 will be available as a free download for all users from the Atomos website.

*Using Apple FCP XML file format which can also be converted to other formats for use in other NLEs

Atomos acquires Timecode Systems: Launching a new era for multi-camera content creation

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Atomos recently acquired of Timecode Systems, a world-leading wireless timecode and synchronisation company. Together, the companies are building tightly integrated multi-camera workflow solutions that unify all devices recording on set and allowing them to work together more cohesively.

Timecode Systems’ trusted wireless sync units and control modules are already ubiquitous on some of the biggest movie and television productions, including James Bond and Marvel movies, Top Gear and The Grand Tour. The same technology will now feature in the Atomos product range and be offered as a free SDK for third party camera, smart device and audio manufacturers. The deal will  make multi-camera shoots and audio synchronisation simpler and more efficient for users of almost any prosumer, professional or cinema camera.

Timecode Systems’ innovation has set the standards and protocols that guarantee precision. Its unique RF wireless synchronisation of cameras and audio devices replaces conventional wired Genlock.

Demand for multi-camera shoots is increasing, but creators are limited by the time it takes to edit, align and finish videos that combine multiple sources of video and audio. Now users will be able to access affordable, streamlined multi-camera workflows and recording with enhanced metadata –all using industry standards. The unified system will work with multiple devices seamlessly, removing hours of tedious organisation when ingesting and editing video and audio, saving both time and money.

Jeromy Young, CEO and founder of Atomos said: “With demand for video bigger than ever, people are using more and more separate devices to be creative. But content creators are limited by the time it takes to edit, align and finish videos that combine so many sources of video and audio, especially when using prosumer and consumer devices to film alongside pro cameras. Right now, this disconnect is holding back multi-camera video content creation.

“To  truly  shoot  collaboratively,  everything  needs  to  work  in perfect,  frame-accurate  sync –there  has  to  be  this  robust wireless connection. The Timecode Systems RF protocol is this bullet-proof link. With the Timecode Systems standard, we now have the glue to create a truly connected multi-camera solution.”

Paul  Scurrell,  CEO  and  co-founder  of  Timecode  Systems Limited said: “The drive, energy and desire to push boundaries is what excites me  most  about  entering  this  new  era  with  Atomos.  Both companies have a history of executing successful collaborations with best of breed technology partners -this takes it to a whole new level. And the impact is going to be industry-changing.”

Multi-camera  production  will  now  be  fully  democratised  with every  production  company,  YouTuber,  broadcaster,  indie  film production, church or religious group, or corporation able to use the system.

With a broad portfolio of other exciting new developments also in the pipeline,  existing  Timecode Systems and Atomos customers can expect to unlock even greater value from their current systems as two established companies come together.

Atomos introduces Shinobi SDI

Atomos recently announced the introduction of the Atomos Shinobi SDI on the back of its successful March 2019 Shinobi launch.

The super-lightweight Shinobi SDI is the go everywhere professional 5” HD-SDI and 4K HDMI camera-top monitor for any production. It’s highly colour accurate calibrated display makes it the ultimate compact HDR and SDR reference monitor. The monitor is suited to the professional video creator that uses or owns a variety of cameras and camcorders and needs the flexibility of SDI or HDMI, accurate high bright and HDR, while not requiring external recording capability.

Shinobi SDI features a compact, durable body combined with an ultra-clear, ultra-bright, daylight viewable 1000nit display. The anti-reflection, anti-fingerprint screen has an impressive pixel density of 427 PPI (pixels per inch) and is factory calibrated for colour accuracy, with the option for in-field calibration providing ongoing accuracy. It is usable in almost every video situation thanks to the HD-SDI input and output, plus a 4K HDMI input. This makes Shinobi SDI the perfect companion for high-end cinema and production cameras, ENG cameras, handheld camcorders and any other HD-SDI equipped source.

“Our most requested product in recent times has been a stand-alone SDI monitor. We are thrilled to be bringing the Atomos Shinobi SDI to market for professional video and film creators,” said Jeromy Young, CEO of Atomos.

Perfect for broadcast and Pro AV
The Shinobi SDI is perfectly suited to broadcast and Pro AV as a great option for every camera that needs a monitor. In the field its daylight viewability is essential for news and sports applications. It is also the ideal confidence monitor for live crosses and interviews.

Lightweight and flexible
Weighing in at just 226g/7.8oz (exc. batteries) Shinobi SDI is light enough to sit comfortably on top of a camera, or on an arm out in front of the operator in place of a viewfinder. Because it is so easy to rig it can be used with gimbals, stabilisers, jib arms or as a secondary monitor on larger camera setups.

Right tools for the job
DPs, camera operators and technicians will all appreciate the wide range of monitoring tools available on the Shinobi SDI. The on-board AtomOS 10 tools allow users to expose correctly, frame shots perfectly and ensure things are in focus. There is a full suite of scopes – waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope and audio-level meters, combined with focus peaking, 4:1 / 2:1 / 1:1 zoom, customizable zebras, false colour, frame guides and broadcast safe markers.

Right tools for the job
DPs, camera operators and technicians will all appreciate the wide range of monitoring tools available on the Shinobi SDI. The on-board AtomOS 10 tools allow users to expose correctly, frame shots perfectly and ensure things are in focus. There is a full suite of scopes – waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope and audio-level meters, combined with focus peaking, 4:1 / 2:1 / 1:1 zoom, customizable zebras, false colour, frame guides and broadcast safe markers.

Shinobi SDI also features an innovative new multi-tool ‘Analysis mode’ that shows the image, plus waveform, histogram, vectorscope and audio-level meters all at once. This gives the operator a complete picture of what is going on in the image at any time, ensuring the creative look is maintained and look profiles and LUTs can be loaded via the in-built SD card. Cinematographers will also find the anamorphic de-squeeze option useful.

12-bit Apple ProRes RAW recording confirmed for Nikon Z6/Z7 and Ninja V

Nikon recently announced that the future RAW video output from the Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras will be 12-bit in either 4K UHD or Full HD. Release date is still to be announced.

The Atomos Ninja V will be able to record this 12-bit output in the Apple ProRes RAW format allowing users to utilise rich colours and achieve flexible colour grading, perfect for both HDR and SDR workflows. ProRes RAW recording will come in a future AtomOS update for Ninja V from Atomos.

Click here for further details on Apple ProRes RAW with the Nikon Z6 and Z7.

 

Atomos Ninja V offers 4K HDR recording with Panasonic LUMIX S1

Atomos has announced that as soon as it ships, the new Panasonic LUMIX S1 full-frame mirrorless camera will immediately be able to record 4K (3840×2160) 10-bit 422 HDR footage to the Atomos Ninja V and Inferno monitor/recorders. Recording over HDMI to one of these Atomos recorders will allow recording direct to Apple ProRes or Avid DNx codecs at up to 4kp30 in the HLG HDR format. HDR metadata passed over HDMI from the Panasonic LUMIX S1 to the Ninja V or Inferno allows the HLG signal to be correctly displayed, giving the users an instant and accurate HDR image they can expose and trust. The metadata triggers auto-setup of the Atomos recorders, and the same data is written into the ProRes or DNx file for instant playout to compatible HDR televisions and monitors, or upload to YouTube.

Panasonic will also add 10-bit 422 HDMI output in V-Log gamma via a paid firmware update to the camera in the future. This version of the gamma curve will be the full V-Log, rather than the V-Log L variant found on the GH5 and GH5S. Atomos will record this and are working with Panasonic to fully support the additional options that the upcoming firmware will bring.

The Panasonic LUMIX S1 is the latest in a growing number of large sensor mirrorless cameras to support 4k 10-bit 422 recording via HDMI. The increased image quality brings greater flexibility in post-production for better HDR or SDR images. Stepping up to 10-bit offers greater accuracy with billions of color combinations. This is massively beneficial when utilising computer processing for finishing. Typically, users will see smoother color gradients, eliminating the commonly seen banding in areas with gradual tone change such as blue skies. Recording to an Atomos recorder perfectly preserves this information in the ultimate way possible, combining Panasonic and Atomos technology.

The Panasonic LUMIX S1 has an ergonomic body design that is perfectly partnered with the 5″ Atomos Ninja V HDR monitor/recorder. The Ninja V weighs only 360g and sits perfectly on top of the camera. When the two are used together they balance well in the hand, forming an easy to operate camera setup that rivals some traditional cinema cameras.

High bright 1000nit or 1500nit monitoring

Seeing the built-in screen of all mirrorless cameras is difficult in bright conditions. The Ninja V screen has 1000nit of brightness when in SDR mode, allowing it to be used effectively, even when outside. The Ninja Inferno and Shogun Inferno each offer an incredible 1500nit brightness and are well suited to productions where a larger 7” screen is required.

Why external recording makes sense

External recording via HDMI from mirrorless cameras is perfect for users wanting to get the best possible image quality from cameras like the Panasonic LUMIX S1. Until this year users needed to invest in a high-end cinema camera costing ten of thousands of dollars to get a larger than Super35 sized sensor that offered 4K 10-bit 422 recording. Now, with the advent of cameras like the LUMIX S1 combined with the Ninja V, users can have access to just that but at amazing price points – in this case less than $2500 US MSRP for the LUMIX S1 body and $695 MSRP for the Ninja V.

In addition, by moving recording to an external Atomos recorder like the Ninja V, mirrorless cameras are freed of many of their key video limitations. Record time limits are lifted and easy-to-edit Apple ProRes or Avid DNx codecs recorded, instead of harder-to-edit H.264 or H.265. When recording video with the Panasonic LUMIX S1 and Ninja V you can shoot to the new generation of Atomos AtomX SSDmini drives or Atomos Master Caddy II drives. These are developed with leading brands and offer high speed and high reliability in a compact metal chassis at a highly affordable cost per GB.

The Atomos Ninja V, Ninja Inferno and Shogun Inferno are available now from all Atomos-approved resellers. To see a full range of AtomX accessories visit: https://www.atomos.com/accessories.

Atomos commences trading on the ASX after completion of $6m IPO highlights

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Atomos Limited, a global video technology company delivering award-winning, simple to use and affordable monitor recorder content creation products, commenced trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on 28 December 2018 following the completion of an Initial Public Offering (IPO) which raised $6 million through the issue of 14,634,146 new shares at $0.41 per share. At the IPO issue price Atomos has a market capitalisation of $62.2 million.

Atomos’ devices take images directly from the sensor of all major camera manufacturers, then enhance, record and distribute them in high-quality formats for content creation using the major video editing software programs. Atomos has developed a range of seven products including the Ninja, Shogun and Sumo, designed to address the different segments of the video content creation market from Social through Pro Video and Entertainment. Since commercialising the world’s first video monitor recorder incorporating Apple’s ProRes video format, Atomos has developed strategic relationships with key technology providers within the ecosystem including Apple, Adobe, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Nikon & JVC Kenwood. With the rapid growth in high-quality and accessible video content creation, Atomos is uniquely placed to take advantage of this growing global trend.

Atomos’ product portfolio addresses a US$10 billion¹ camera equipment market, making equipment that drives social and corporate video content. It is focused on expansion into the growing Social and Entertainment video content markets, as well as continuing to build upon its success in the Pro Video segment. Based in Melbourne, Atomos was founded in 2010 and has established a strong sales network and international operations, with 74 employees across seven countries. Atomos will use the funds from the IPO to support the company’s global growth strategy, including expansion into adjacent growth segments of Social and Entertainment, as well as the launch and deployment of new products from its newly developed platform as showcased in the recently released Ninja V.

After R&D investment of $39 million in this platform, Atomos intends to utilise this development and double its product range over the next 12-24 months. The IPO was heavily supported by several local institutional investors. In a show of confidence in the prospects of Atomos, almost all existing shareholders in the Company prior to the IPO have agreed to voluntary escrow for between 6 and 24 months. Atomos lists on the ASX having achieved revenue of $35.6 million in FY18, with 49% of its sales in the USA, 30% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and 21% in Asia. For FY19 the Company has provided pro forma forecast revenue of $42.2 million at a projected gross margin of 47%.

CEO Jeromy Young, who co-founded the Company, said the IPO and ASX listing was a key step in continuing to grow Atomos presence in the burgeoning video content creation market. “We’ve spent many years investing in silicon and software technology development to give Atomos an advanced offering with proprietary processing and trade secrets that underpin our product line,” he said.

“This technology, combined with our established brand and outstanding key relationships, place Atomos in an ideal position for continued growth. I’m extremely proud to be able to share the growth in value of the business with external investors as well as with the employees that are building the company together.”

 

Levi Allen shoots extreme sport with latest Atomos 4K monitor/recorder

Spectacular, gravity-defying shots – that’s what adventure filmmaker Levi Allen needed to capture when he filmed highlining athletes walking a slackline strung hundreds of feet above a canyon. And that’s what the Atomos Ninja V 4k HDR monitor/recorder delivered. Allen, who specialises in filming action sports, is one of the fastest rising stars on YouTube today and was one of the first shooters to really put the Ninja V to the test. He rigged it to his Panasonic GH5 for awesome 4K 10-bit 422 Apple ProRes recording at 60fps direct to SSD drive. The results are stunning.

The right kit for the filmmaker on the go

Documenting extreme sports athletes Mia and Spencer required Allen to climb and hike fast with all his gear. Working solo and having the Ninja V enabled him to keep his kit lightweight yet still record production-ready professional footage from his mirrorless camera. He said, “my favorite thing about the Ninja V is how portable it is for my adventurous shooting style, while also packing a punch where it matters most.”

The other primary purpose of the Ninja V is as a monitor and here it really excelled. Even though the shoot was outdoors in bright conditions, Allen was able to get perfect, clear monitoring thanks to the 1000 nit high brightness 1920×1080 display. The Ninja V was also the perfect monitor to use when shooting with his DJI Ronin S gimbal thanks to its smaller size and weight.

The shoot took about a day and while it looks dangerous Allen points out that he and the athletes rigorously put safety first at all times. With so much going on Allen needed his kit to work flawlessly and let him concentrate on what was going on in front of him. He explains, “the Ninja V is the first recorder that didn’t hold me back when shooting in the field. It fits perfectly into my workflow, and allowed me to focus more on the stories I’m trying to tell and less about the gear.”

The perfect companion for your mirrorless or DSLR camera

Ninja V is for anyone who is serious about getting better quality video out of their mirrorless camera or DSLR. Small enough and light enough to go anywhere it redefines what a small monitor and recorder is capable of. Unlock the full potential of latest models like the Canon EOS R, Nikon Z6, FUJIFILM X-T3, Panasonic GH5/GH5S and Sony A7 III by bypassing internal compression and recording time limits. Record up to 4Kp60 10-bit HDR video direct from your camera’s sensor into edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNx formats.

The Ninja V displays 10+ stops of dynamic range in realtime from Log/PQ/HLG signals and features a stunningly bright 5.2” 10-bit HDR monitor. The sleek aluminum body is crafted for maximum durability, yet it weighs only 360g. With a 1TB AtomX SSDmini you can record up to 150 minutes of 4K.

A modular expansion slot adds functions via a high speed data/audio/video port. The first modules are the AtomX Sync module for wireless synchronisation and Bluetooth control, plus the AtomX Ethernet/NDI module.

In users’ hands now

Atomos are delighted to announce that the first Ninja V units are now in customers hands, with more stocks on the way. The company will endeavor to ship as many as possible in the coming weeks to meet the extreme customer demand for this exciting product.

Atomos ProRes RAW Theatre at IBC

At IBC2018 in Amsterdam, from 14 to 18 September (Hall 11, Booth D15), Atomos and Soho editors will showcase how to shoot, edit and grade Apple’s new ProRes RAW format with Final Cut Pro X. Apple’s Product Marketing team will also give a series of insightful demonstrations. This is an exclusive opportunity to get free education and expert insight into working with ProRes RAW from the people that built it. In addition, several top DPs and experts will also be taking to the stage each day to give seminars about their use of ProRes RAW with cameras from Canon, Sony and Panasonic. ProRes RAW combines the flexibility of RAW video with the incredible performance of ProRes. Import, edit and grade pristine video with RAW data straight from your camera sensor without slowing down your edit. ProRes RAW files provide maximum flexibility for adjusting the look of your video, while extending detail in brightness and shadow areas. The ideal combination for HDR workflows.

Trainers from Soho Editors will demonstrate the amazing benefits of this new way of imaging in and working in RAW on Mac, without the drawbacks of massive file sizes and lagging playback performance.

Seminars include Final Cut Pro X advanced colour correction, Motion graphics and HDR workflows from Soho Editors, plus exciting presentations from DPs including Sony Independent Certified Experts Alister Chapman and Tom Swindells, Panasonic EVA 1 shooter Jim Marks and Canon shooting David Newton.

Atomos CEO Jeromy Young said, “Atomos was extremely proud to be a major part of bringing ProRes RAW to life, we are delighted to continue the revolution with the ProRes RAW theatre at IBC 2018. It will be an extensive of programme of free education and seminars every day that is not to be missed. Come and see for yourself how ProRes RAW can offer you creative freedom.”

Camera to Timeline – enabled by Atomos

Atomos devices are the only monitor recorders to offer ProRes RAW, with real-time recording from the pristine sensor output of Panasonic, Sony and Canon cameras. Earlier this year owners of the Atomos Shogun Inferno and Sumo19 devices received a free upgrade that enabled ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ recording, monitoring and playback. Once installed, it allows the capture of RAW images up to 12-bit RGB — direct from many of the world’s most advanced cameras onto affordable SSD media. Atomos can also record ProRes RAW up to 2K at 240 frames a second, or 4K at up to 120 frames per second. A more recent free upgrade has even enabled stunning 5.7k ProRes RAW shooting at up to 30P with the Panasonic EVA1.

ProRes RAW files can be imported directly into Final Cut Pro X for high performance editing, colour grading, and finishing on Mac laptop and desktop systems.

Supported Cameras

Nine of the most popular cine cameras are equipped with a RAW output, including the Panasonic EVA1, Varicam LT, Sony FS5/FS5II, Sony FS7/FS7 II (with XDCA expansion pack) and the Canon C300mkII/C500. The list is still growing.

Image Preservation for HDR

Shooting ProRes RAW preserves maximum dynamic range, with a 12-bit depth and wide colour gamut – essential for HDR finishing. The new format, which is available in two compression levels — ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ — preserves image quality with low date rates and file sizes much smaller than uncompressed RAW.

Portable ProRes RAW and AtomOS

Atomos’ intuitive Operating System AtomOS gives you all the filming tools to work efficiently and creatively with ProRes RAW in a portable device. Fast connections in and out and advanced HDR screen processing means every pixel is accurately and instantly available for on-set creative playback and review. Pull the SSD out and dock to your Mac over Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C 3.1 for immediate post-production. Atomos and ProRes RAW together are the most affordable production-to-finishing solution available today.

Come and learn about ProRes RAW and see all Atomos’ latest products on booth (11.D15 & 11.D25) at IBC2018.

Atomos records 4K 10-bit full-frame video from new Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras

The new Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras output a full-frame 10-bit 4K N-Log signal which the new Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor/recorder can record and display in HDR. This combination raises the bar for filmmakers and photographers shooting video everywhere.

The Nikon Z6 and Z7 have state-of-the-art sensors that output pristine 4K images over HDMI, ready for conversion to HDR by Atomos. The Atomos Ninja V records the output to production-ready 10-bit Apple ProRes or Avid DNx formats.

Atomos is proud to be the first to support Nikon Log, Apple ProRes recording and HDR monitoring from the Z series cameras. The tiny Ninja V 5-inch device is the perfect partner for these full-frame mirrorless cameras, making the setup ideal for weddings, corporate, news, documentary, nature films or b-roll for Hollywood productions.

First full-frame 4k 10-bit mirrorless recording

Until now, full-frame mirrorless 4K video has been limited to 8-bit. With the Nikon and Ninja V combination you can capture more shades of colour for maximum flexibility in post-production. Get footage like never before, with better looking skin tones and smooth gradients in skies. This means the combination perfectly meets the specifications for true HDR delivery.

New Nikon N-Log fully supported by Atomos with automated set up.

The Z6 and Z7 offer the new Nikon N-Log gamma, a brand-new Log gamma designed by Nikon to get the most out of the cameras’ sensors and wide dynamic range. Atomos are the first to resolve N-Log to HDR on their devices and our engineers have developed specific presets for it. Setup is automatic the moment you plug the Ninja V into the cameras thanks to advanced communication between camera and monitor. The Ninja V can show a massive 10+ stops of dynamic range on-screen, to allow users to make accurate exposure and colour decisions. The recorder can receive timecode and be triggered directly from the cameras.

The Ninja V advantage

The Ninja V has a sleek 1” thick aluminum body, crafted for maximum durability, and weighs only 11oz. The high brightness 1000nit display allows it to be viewed in daylight and used to display HDR images. The screen is colour accurate and can be calibrated to maintain its accuracy over time. The Ninja V records onto industry standard SATA SSD drives, including the new AtomX SSD Mini series of smaller form factor drives. As a result, these drives are more affordable than proprietary media. Footage recorded onto the Ninja V can be instantly played back in REC.709 or HDR on the device itself, or to a TV. Metadata is embedded into the HDMI output to allow correct display of HDR on compatible monitors and televisions. The Ninja V has a modular expansion slot to allow future upgrades to its feature set.

A new full-frame era begins

Atomos CEO Jeromy Young said: “It’s fantastic to push technology barriers with our friends at Nikon. Combining the new Nikon and our Ninja V HDR monitor/recorder gives filmmakers exactly what they have been asking for – a compact full-frame 4K 10-bit recording system at an amazing price point. To be able to offer users the next level of performance with our Ninja V and Nikon is what our company is truly about!”

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