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NAB 2016: The Year of HDR – Atomos Flame & Inferno Recorders

At NAB 2016, Atomos unleashed its latest innovation, the Shogun Inferno, which not only has a 1500nit panel, (previous versions had 400nit) it also has the capability to record high frame rates 4K 60p or HD 240p. Of course, it’s the true HDR capabilities of the Inferno which are amazing. It along with the Flame are the first true HDR field monitors available.
Atomos also unveiled a new firmware for all their recorders which will allow them to leverage the HDR capabilities of the Flame and Inferno.
NAB 2016, was most people’s first opportunity to see an HDR field recorder, but we were privileged enough to see it before. Just before NAB, Atomos announced the new Ninja and Shogun Flame with, a 7″ AtomHDR 1500nit Field Monitor with 4K/HD 10-bit ProRes/DNx Recording over HDMI. With the AtomHDR engine, it has the brightness and dynamic range to show all the detail of HDR Log, at all brightness ranges, with natural, vibrant colors.

Of course, not all situations call for 10 stops of dynamic range, so you can use the intensity of the 1500nit panel to monitor traditional standard dynamic range (SDR/Rec709) video at high brightness for outdoor monitoring without a sunhood. actually demoed the Ninja Flame, when it was released last month. Check out our review of the Atomos Flame here:

However, at NAB 2016, we were able to visit with Atomos founder and CEO, Jeromy Young about not only the Flame series but the Shogun Inferno. The Shogun Inferno is the combination of the most advanced monitor technologies – 1500nit/10bit/HDR, the latest recording capability – 4Kp60 over Quad-SDI, along with playback & editing functionality that encourages on set collaboration. The Shogun Inferno also allows for recording high frame rates up to 4K 60p or HD 240p. Record Raw over SDI up to 4K 30p either directly to CDNG or record to ProRes or DNxHR.
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HDR for All Atomos Recorders

All of the Atomos recorders will have the opportunity to use the HDR capabilities of the Inferno and Flame series recorders, but at the hardware’s capabilities which is 400nit and 8bit. AtomHDR brings post production HDR monitoring to the field, displaying high brightness range Log footage with the brightness and vibrancy as the eye sees it.  According to Young, the ATOMHDR firmware bringing HDR to all of the Atomos devices should be available middle of May.

Written by Clint Milby

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