Atomos Now Shipping Samurai Blade

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Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:34 -- Nick Dager

Atomos is now shipping the new Samurai Blade, which offers a 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 color space and a D65 white point with 100 percent gamut from factory. On the fly screen calibration is built into every Samurai Blade.

Samurai Blade adds set up tools with full waveform monitor functions, including vectorscope, RGB and Luma parades with transparent overlay and bottom right, lower third or full screen positioning, making it an extremely flexible tool.

"The new screen is truly spectacular," said 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 play-out, 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 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 color 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.