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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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