Yesterday was the first day of the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, meaning a slew of new product announcements hit the web. One of the most interesting is Atomos’ new product, the Spyder.
Coming this November, the Spyder is a first for the company that’s made its name making award winning camera mounted recorders (Ninja-2, Samurai Blade). The Spyder was created in partnership with Datacolor, a New Jersey based color management company, and is the “…world’s first field monitor and recorder color calibration tool making available one click color calibration anytime, anywhere while recording.” The flagship model will work only with the Samurai Blade, with other models coming for the remaining Atomos recorders soon after launch.
Here’s what CEO and Founder Jeromy Young had to say about the thoughts behind the Spyder:
“We believe color accuracy and calibration is the most important issue facing today’s professional productions. Being able to trust the colors on a monitor while setting up the shot with RGB, Luma Parade and Vectorscope tools means perfect results every time and professionals spending far less time color correcting in post.”
As mentioned above, the Spyder will be availible for the Samurai Blade this coming November, for a price of $199 USD. Models for the other Atomos recorders will be released in the future.
You can find out more about the Spyder from their press release below, as well as on the Samurai Blade page at www.Atomos.com. Also, if you happen to be in Amsterdam for IBC, you can also drop by Atomos’ booth in Hall 9, Booth 9.D25.
ATOMOS ANNOUNCES SPYDER COLOR CALIBRATION AT IBC 2013
Atomos Spyder gives Samurai Blade one touch advanced color calibration
Melbourne, Australia – 13th September 2013: Atomos, the creator of the award-winning camera mounted recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai and the pocket-sized Connect converters, will show a pre-release version of the new Atomos Spyder at IBC (Hall 9, D25). Developed in partnership with Datacolor, Atomos have released the world’s first field monitor and recorder color calibration tool making available one click color calibration anytime, anywhere while recording.
“We believe color accuracy and calibration is the most important issue facing today’s professional productions. Being able to trust the colors on a monitor while setting up the shot with RGB, Luma Parade and Vectorscope tools means perfect results every time and professionals spending far less time color correcting in post.” Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “We’ve teamed up with Datacolor to develop a calibration solution that users can trust and saves editors substantial time in post.”
Developed in partnership with New Jersey based Datacolor the Atomos Spyder gives Samurai Blade one button color calibration normally only found on high end monitors. With Spyder, the Samurai Blade gains the ability to accurately calibrate to the SMPTE Rec 709 colour space with a D65 white point with 100% gamut.
Atomos Spyder features:
Extreme precision 7 sensor calibration
USB to LANC serial control unit included for automatic calibration.
Calibrate to 6500K ITU-Rec709 white point with delta-E better than 2 down to 20% grey
User adjustments of lift, gain and gamma per channel after initial calibration
Can be used as a standard calibration unit for any monitor or computer (provided Datacolor software is purchased from their website).
The Atomos Spyder has initially been developed for the Samurai Blade with implementation on other Atomos recorders available soon.
The Samurai Blade includes the world leading 5” SuperAtom IPS, 1280 x 720 IPS 325PPI touchscreen. 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 the Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codec.
Pricing and Availability
The Windows compatible version of the Atomos Spyder is slated for shipping November 2013 and will be 199 USD, 149 EUR and 129 GBP and available through the Atomos Worldwide reseller network. A Mac compatible version is in development. For more information and additional details visit www.atomos.com.