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13/10/2017

Atomos Release Free Firmware Update

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Atomos have announced a free firmware update to deliver additional features for the Shogun Inferno and Ninja Inferno 4K monitor/recorders.

The AtomOS 8.4 offers features that make capturing and delivering in HDR as seamless as in standard dynamic range. It also brings 2K 240fps Raw-to-ProRes and 4K 12-bit CDNG Raw recording to the Panasonic VariCam LT when coupled with the Shogun Inferno. This adds to the current Raw support for several Sony and Canon cinema cameras, as well as improving support and enhancements for other cameras.

The Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) HDR output of cameras, such as the Sony FS5, Z150 and Panasonic GH5, can now be recorded directly to the Inferno series recorders with the correct metadata flags embedded into the Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR .MOV files. With this metadata the recorded clips can be used in an end-to-end HLG workflow, just like Rec709. These HLG clips can be natively edited in NLEs that support HLG, or uploaded directly to YouTube HDR in HLG to be played back on any SDR TV for improvements using the current SDR infrastructure. This is achieved with the metadata flag from the Atomos recording following the file through the NLE, then on through to YouTube HDR upload. It is then played out from HDR supported devices like the Google's ChromeCast Ultra and Amazon's Fire TV with 4K Ultra over HDMI correctly to any SDR or HDR TV.

For both HLG and PQ formats, the HDR info frames detected on HDMI input can be used to automatically set the gamut and gamma of the Shogun or Ninja Inferno's own display, making the user experience of shooting in HDR seamless. The HDMI output will also transmit the correct HDR info on loop out to other devices downstream. There is also the option to convert regular camera Log inputs from an array of cameras to display in HDR using either PQ or HLG, with a choice of output colour gamut.

The AtomOS 8.4 release also allows owners of the Shogun Inferno to use the Panasonic VariCam LT to create slow-motion footage in 2K at up to 240 fps, direct from the Raw output of the camera. A Shogun Inferno running the firmware also brings 4K 12-bit Raw to CDNG shooting at up to 30 fps and 2K 10-bit Raw to CDNG at 100 and 120 fps.

The advances that AtomOS 8.4 brings to the VariCam LT mirror similar Raw recording options that the Shogun Inferno already offers for the Sony FS700, FS5 (with CBKZ-FS5RIF Upgrade) and FS7 (with XDCA-FS7 expansion pack). With 12G SDI and Quadlink 3G-SDI connectivity also supported, the Shogun Inferno is versatile.

Users of RED DSMC2 cameras can also benefit from the updated support of the IPP2 pipeline. Inferno monitor/recorders can now be set to display the output of the camera or footage shot using the Log3G10 curve with REDWideGamutRGB.

Analogue audio embedding is supported on loop through, making the Infernos great gaming recorders for developers and others recording live game play up to 4Kp60 in amazing 10-bit quality. Audio support with Nikon cameras is also enhanced, while support for 2TB drives has been optimised, providing extra-long recording times for 2K/4K high frames and CDNG RAW workflow.

AtomOS 8.4 firmware is available now from the Atomos website.

Image: Panasonic VariCam LT with Shogun Inferno.

www.atomos.com

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