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Atomos Samurai Blade Cut Loose

Atomos, known for their innovative and pristinely crafted field recorders, has finally begun shipping their heavily anticipated Samurai Blade recorder/monitor and Ronin portable recorder. We got a great look at the Samurai Blade this past NAB, and it’s simply fantastic.
The biggest feature the Samurai Blade has over its predecesors is its 1280×720 resoulution, making it the highest res of Atomos’ recorders. The Blade also adds a number of tools, such as “…full waveform monitor functions, including vectorscope, RGB and LUMA parades with transparent overlay and bottom right, lower 3rd or full screen positioning…”. It also has some of the sharpest images and vibrant colors of any monitor on the market, which even extends to Atomos’ own interface, again one of the best in the industry. The Blade retains  the HDD and SSD recording capabilities of the rest of its family.
Samurai Blade
Also released is the Ronin portable recorder, monitor and deck, which is a “…rack-mountable solution for both fixed-facility and on-location production…”. The Ronin retains the continuous power feature of all Atomos recorders, as well as DC and AC power options.
You can find out more information at as well as from their press release below.
Atomos’ Most Advanced Recorder/Monitor/Deck now Shipping Worldwide
Melbourne, Australia – July 17th 2013: Atomos, the creator of the award-winning camera mounted recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai, and the Connect converter range, have commenced shipment of their latest recorder/monitor, the Samurai Blade.
The new Samurai Blade offers a stunning 1280 x 720 SuperAtom IPS touchscreen, at 325ppi 179-degree viewing, 400nit brightness and multi-frequency (48/50/60Hz) operation depending on video input giving super smooth monitoring and playback. Every screen is calibrated to SMPTE Rec 709 colour space and a D65 white point with 100% gamut from factory. On the fly screen calibration is built into every Samurai Blade so you are always accurate in any shooting environment.
Samurai Blade adds essential set up tools with full waveform monitor functions, including vectorscope, RGB and LUMA parades with transparent overlay and bottom right, lower 3rd or full screen positioning, making it an extremely flexible tool.
“The new screen is truly spectacular,” adds Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “With AtomOS 5 now offering waveform as well as monitor assist, I believe we have really raised the bar in the affordable monitor and field recorder segment. We’re the first to combine professional monitor functionality with recording and deck playout, all in a space-saving, camera-mountable unit. Customers are continually amazed at the speed and low cost workflow we offer, Blade is no different”.
Like its Ninja-2 and Samurai predecessors, Samurai Blade allows the recording of pristine, 10-bit images straight from the camera sensor directly to inexpensive HDD or SSD drives, captured using Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs. Waveform, vectorscope and monitor assist tools such as tri-level focus peaking, zebra, false colour and blue-only offer a very comprehensive test and shot setup tool kit. The Samurai Blade has standard BNC connectors.
Also shipping are the Ronin portable recorder, monitor and deck, and the Connect-AC converters. Ronin is a rack-mountable solution for both fixed-facility and on-location production, based on the Samurai design. It can operate on location with battery or DC power, but it also has AC power built-in, standard HD/SD-SDI BNC connectors and balanced XLR inputs and outputs.
No engineer’s tool box would be complete without an Atomos Connect, and this portable and versatile battery-powered HDMI/HD-SDI converter, with built-in test pattern generator and audio tone, is now joined by its fixed-facility counterpart, Connect-AC. Stand-alone or rack-mountable, Connect-AC converters are powered by a standard figure-of-8 IEC cable and offer all the great functionality of Connect while rendering ‘wall-warts’ a thing of the past.
See for more details.

Written by Jake Fruia

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