Updated: January 26, 2023
The Atomos Shogun Inferno got a nice update with AtomosOS 8.4 firmware that makes HDR capture easy and 2K 240fps. The shogun inferno also got update for RAW-to-ProRes and 4K 12-bit CDNG Raw recording for the Panasonic Varicam LT along with latest support and enhancements for several other cameras. One of the main issues shooting with HDR is that the camera’s LCD screen isn’t an HDR monitor, so you will not be able to see exactly what you have captured. The firmware update makes it easy to work with the HDR and the whole process of monitoring and viewing HDR is more simple and straightforward. Here is where the Atomos Shogun Inferno comes to the rescue.
Experience the true potential of your RAW cinema camera with the Shogun inferno. The Atomos Shogun is capable of preserving your sensor’s pixels in ProRes RAW at up to 5.7kp30, 4kp120DCI/UHD and 2KP240DCI/HD. It is Atomos high end product that is capable of the latest Atomos technology.
What is new in the Atomos Shogun Inferno 7” on Camera Monitors?
- The users of RED DSMC2 cameras will have the advantage of the upgrade of the IPP2 pipeline. The Inferno monitors/ recorders can now be set to display the output that is captured using the Log3G10 curve with REDWideGamutRGB.
- The analogue audio embedding is now supported on loop through, which makes the Inferno great gaming recorders, perfect for developers and others who are recording live game play up to 4Kp60 in 10-bit quality.
- There is an enhanced audio support for the Nikon cameras, which will prove useful with the new D850 full-frame 4K DSLR.
- The support for 2TB drives has also been optimized that provides extra long recording times for 2K/4K high frames and CDNG RAW workflow.
- 10-bit ProsRes/DNxHR up to 4Kp60 or 2Kp 240 depending on the cameras capability
- 7” 1920×1200 1500nit high bright HDR display that allows you to see images with great accuracy
- Balanced XLR monitor and record, eliminating the need for a separate audio recorder
- The Atomos Shogun Inferno has professional monitoring tools that can be even calibrated for color accuracy
- The battery powered playback deck reviews and play out footage anywhere, even in slow motion
- Quad SDI and HDMI 2.0 In/Out , effortlessly connects to any HDMI or SDI device for monitoring and recording
- After you are done with shooting, immediately feed the HDR into the Shogun directly for HDR grading
The Atomos Shogun Inferno update is an improvement of the features already there in the Shogun Inferno. Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) HDR output of the cameras like Panasonic GH5, SonyFS5 and Z150 can directly be recorded to the inferno series recorders with correct metadata flags embedded into the AppleProRes or AvidDNxHR.MOV files. With this metadata the recorded clips can be used in a regular HLG workflow. The clips can be edited in NLEs that support HLG or played out directly to a compatible HDR television in HLG. Video from devices that output the PQ HDR format can also be handled in the same way. As far as the support from NLE’s Resolve is ahead of the curve and Premiere Pro at this time is still not compatible with HDR editing.
The recorded HLG or PQ files can be uploaded directly to YouTube HDR, making it easy to get single clips online quickly. Playing back in HDR from YouTube HDR is now easy on a wide range of supported TV boxes like the Google’s ChromeCast Ultra.
For both the HLG and PQ formats the HDR info frames detected on HDMI input can also be used to automatically set the gamut and gamma of the shogun infernos own display, making the experience of shooting in HDR seamless. The HDMI output will also transmit the correct HDR info on loop to other devices. There is also a useful feature where in you can convert the regular camera Log inputs from a wide range of cameras to display in HDR either through PQ or HLG with a choice output color gamut.
Some Features for the Panasonic Varicam LT
The 8.4 AtomOS upgrade brings the same RAW recording options to the Varicam LT that the Shogun Inferno already offers for Sony FS700, FS5 and FS7. There is support for 12G SDI and Quad link 3G-SDI connectivity. This feature is also free. The update also includes high frame rates with 2K at up to 240fps. Convergent Design Odyssey is the only monitor/recorders that are capable of recording 2K RAW at 240fps. The Shogun Inferno running the firmware also brings 4K 12-bit Raw to CDNG shooting at up to 30fps and 2K 10-bit Raw to CDNG at 100 and 120fps. This makes the Varicam LT/shogun Inferno combination good for RAW and high speed recording without any costly media, licenses or even expensive proprietary RAW recorders.
Something for Gaming Enthusiasts as well
HDR are not only used by production people, but even for professional gaming enthusiasts. The HDR flag support is especially useful in the growing field of HDR video game capture for gaming consoles like the PS4 Pro and the upcoming Xbox One X. This flick between modes depending on the game (SDR or HDR) and the recorded files on the Atomos recorders in 4Kp60 will follow the changes.
Killer Feature in HDR
Atomos have introduced the AtomHDR image processing to capture the high brightness range of your camera’s Log profile while maintaining vibrant true-to-life colors. The 10-bit monitor expands the color range to over 1 billion colors giving real life like images. The 1500nit brightness makes for easy monitoring of wide dynamic range scenes or bright light conditions.
The 4K HDR monitor/recorder also features continuous power with hot swappable batteries like seen in the other Atomos recorders, which is a good relief for new adopters of the inferno. The recorder uses the standard NPF batteries where if one battery charge go low it will hot swap to the second attached battery. Expect the battery to last 1.5 hours if you are recording in 4K.
With high quality ABS polycarbonate body that is designed to be durable and portable, the Shogun Inferno is touted to be one of the best. The built-in armor also maximizes the protection and enhances airflow.
The Atomos Shogun Inferno will make shooting and recording possible while also enjoying the benefits of HDR. The Atomos Shogun Inferno is available at stores for $1295.