Atomos announced today that their Samurai Blade SDI recorder has had its price cut by $300, for a new price of $995.
Per their press release, the price drop is a way of giving something back to their users for their continued support. This is aided by the more affordable SDI able cameras on the market, which allows Atomos to “…continue to keep functionality high yet costs low.”
The Samurai Blade includes a great number of tools to help with shot setup and monitoring, such as vectorscope, RGB and LUMA parades. It has become a favorite tool for many shooters, including New York Film Producer Chuck Fishbein of Crazy Duck Productions. According to their press release:
When I am filming Manhattan in 4K, I use the Blade to simultaneously create HD ProRes HQ files, which saves room on the camera’s SXS cards, while delivering a file ready for editing. 4K is coming, but not everyone wants it right now, so, being able to deliver footage in the ProRes HQ format, while archiving the 4K makes my workload a bit less, while still setting us up for the future.
For more information, be sure to check out Atomo’s press release below, as well as visit their site at Atomos.com/Samurai-Blade.
Melbourne, Australia – 11th August 2014: Atomos, creator of award winning camera-mounted recorders and recording accessories announce a new price for the Samurai Blade of US$995. The Samurai Blade is the highest functioning monitor recorder and playback device on the camera market today and with a new price it’s even more affordable than ever.
“This new price reflects the Atomos way – the savings we get from producing in higher volumes is passed on directly to our users.” said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “With both our HDMI and SDI monitor/recorders under $1,000, the days are numbered for monitors that don’t record or playback”
Launched at NAB 2013 the Samurai Blade was the first Atomos monitor to include the SuperAtom IPS screen – super sharp, super bright, super blacks – right down to the last atom. It has fast become the go to recording device for thousands of cameramen and DOPs. With full waveform functionality, the Blade is a monitor that records and a recorder that truly monitors.
As SDI cameras become more and more affordable Atomos continue to keep functionality high yet costs low. 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 and the perfect device to simplify and improve the quality of any SDI workflow.
NY Film Producer Chuck Fishbein at Crazy Duck Productions wouldn’t be without his Samurai Blade;
“When I am filming Manhattan in 4K, I use the Blade to simultaneously create HD ProRes HQ files, which saves room on the camera’s SXS cards, while delivering a file ready for editing. 4K is coming, but not everyone wants it right now, so, being able to deliver footage in the ProRes HQ format, while archiving the 4K makes my workload a bit less, while still setting us up for the future.
You can see the Samurai Blade and full range of Atomos products at IBC 2014 Hall 9 D.25 in Amsterdam 12-16 Sept, http://www.ibc.org/
Atomos designs and manufactures creativity weapons for filmmakers: affordable, easy-to-use monitor/recorders and converters that save video professionals time and money, without sacrificing quality.
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