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Atomos Shogun: 4k Recording Begins

Atomos Shogun: 4k Recording Begins

Atomos Shogun IBC 2014 from Atomos Video on Vimeo.

Oh Shogun, where art thou my Shogun?  Today there is finally some news on the Shogun front.  For those of you like myself who are anxious to begin shooting 4k footage on the Sony a7s, today is a monumental day in Shogun and a7s history.  Atomos today confirm that their award winning 4K Shogun digital field recorder has completed its first production run so the Shogun will begin shipping to dealers shortly.  Here is hoping they made that first Shogun run a Shogun sized large one, because the pent up demand for the Shogun must be huge by now!

Atomos Shogun At Its Introduction Announcement

Atomos Shogun At Its Introduction Announcement

The Shogun was riginally announced at the 2014 NAB show along with the Sony announcement of the a7s.  Since Sony’s release of the a7s a couple of months ago, we have all been waiting for the Shogun to finally arrive.  It will be great to see at last how the Atomos Shogun technology functions with the A7S to record 4k digital data uncompressed from the A7S 4k HDMI port.

“The wait is over for thousands of video professionals.” said Jeromy Young CEO and co-founder of Atomos. “Having been at the factory personally to oversee the production and testing of our first Shogun units, I can assure the world that the final product will exceed already high expectations.”

The impressive Shogun has a long list of world firsts in the 4K/HD monitor/recorder space including;

First 4K/HD monitor/recorder with 12G SDI & 4K HDMI connections
First 4K/HD monitor/recorder with SDI to HDMI & HDMI to SDI conversion
First 4K/HD monitor/recorder with a truly pro monitor pixel density in excess of 300ppi
First 4K/HD monitor/recorder with balanced XLR audio in/out

The Atomos press release goes on to say:

Outside of the feature list however, the user interface powered by AtomOS6 is the jewel in the crown. With every feature 1 touch away, new monitoring features like 2:1 zoom and a host of layout improvements designed to make camera setup, shot setup and work in post production easier the Shogun will be the “go-to” product for modern day film makers

Announced earlier this year the Atomos Shogun is a perfect implementation of ProRes standard. Recording all content to 4:2:2 10-bit, giving the user the choice of HQ/422/LT bit rates, ability to create Favorite/Reject XML file markers and (unlike other ProRes monitor/recorders on the market) not restricted by file size limits in the recording (e.g. 4GB or 2.5min).

Shogun features a stunning 1920×1200 SuperAtom IPS 7″ touchscreen at 325 PPI and 178 degree viewing. 400nit brightness and multi-frequency (48/50/60Hz) operation, depending on video input, gives super-smooth monitoring and playback. The Shogun also has genlock-in for synced recording and playout. The included Lemo breakout cable for XLR Audio gives balanced audio, mic and Phantom power, taking the Shogun to the highest level of audio capability.

Atomos is based in Australia with offices in the USA, Japan, China and Germany and has a worldwide distribution partner network. Further product information can be found at




Without batteries & HDD 720g/25oz (without batteries & HDD)
With batteries & HDD 994g/35oz (with batteries & HDD)
Dimensions (W x H x D mm) 196 x 110 x 47mm
Construction High quality lightweight ABS Polycarbonate for durability & portability
Heat pipe cooling technology
Operating power 6.8W – 11W
Compatible batteries NP series, D-Tap and supporting accessories (Nikon ENL6, Canon EL6)
Input voltage (battery) 6.2V to 16.8V
Battery time (based on 7.4V) 2600mAh – up to 3hrs
5200mAh – up to5hrs
7800mAh – up to 8hrs
DC Out DC Out 5A Max
(via optional Powerstation)
Continuous power * Patent pending via optional Power station
Powerstation continuous power dual supply Optional
Size 7.1”
Resolution 1920 x 1200
PPI 320
Aspect ratio 16:9 native
Color standard REC709 HDTV
Native frame rate playback 48-60Hz
Technology SuperAtom IPS panel (capacitive touch)
Video input/loop out
HDMI 1 x HDMI (1.4b)
SDI 1 x 4K-SDI 12G/6G or HD-SDI 3G/1.5G (SMPTE)
Signal Uncompressed 10/8bit 4:2:2 (camera dependent)
Video output (play out)
HDMI 1 x HDMI (1.4b)
Signal Uncompressed 10/8bit 4:2:2 (Playback file dependent)
Supported loop out formats
HDMI to HDMI 1280 x 720p 50/60/120, 1920 x 1080i 50/60
1920 x 1080p 24/25/30/50/60/120,
3840 x 2160p 24/25/30
SDI to SDI 720p 50/60, 1080i 50/60
1080psf 24/25/30/50/60/120
1080p 24/25/30/50/60/120
2160p 24/25/30
Video signal conversion
HDMI to SDI 720p 50/60, 1080i 50/60, 1080p, 24/25/30/50/60/120, 2160p 24/25/30
SDI to HDMI 720p 50/60, 1080i 50/60, 1080p, 24/25/30/50/60/120, 2160p 24/25/30
Supported formats (in/out)
4K 3840×2160 – 30p/25p/24p
HD – high frame rate 1080p120, 1080p60/50, 720p120
HD 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 1080p30, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080pSF23.98, 1080pSF24, 1080pSF25, 1080pSF30, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, SD 480i, 576i
Realtime hardware encoding
4K-UHD 3840×2160 8/10-bit 4:2:2 to Apple
Lossless Cinema DNG
(data rate camera dependent)
1920×1080 8/10-bit 4:2:2 to Apple
Onboard processing
50i from 25PSF > 25P (2:2 Pulldown)
60i from 30PSF > 30P (2:2 Pulldown)
60i from 24P > 24P (3:2 Pulldown)
60i from 23.98P > 23.98P (3:2 Pulldown)
Audio input (48kHz PCM audio)
Analog Line
HDMI 2 or 8 Ch 24 bit, Camera dependent
SDI 12ch 24bit
XLR 2ch balanced analog. Line +24dBu / mic -40 dBu. 96 dB SNR, analog input gain software controllable
Audio output (48kHz PCM audio)
Analog line / Headphone
HDMI 2 or 8 depending on 8
SDI In 12ch 24bit
Balanced Line (XLR) 2ch balanced analog. Line +24dBu / mic -40 dBu. 96 dB SNR, analog input gain software controllable
Mic Level -40db Analog Gain, Line +24dB
Remote start/stop
HDMI Auto HDMI Trigger
Supported Protocols – Canon, Sony, Atomos Open Standard
SDI SDI Trigger Camera Selectable
Other LANC control – Master and Slave
Supported media
(Approved List Only)
4K / HD (50/60/120p)
SSD 2.5”
Raided HDD (5,400 to 10,000rpm)
Master caddy case Master Caddy II (included)
75mm x 105mm x 12mm
Raided disc caddy (optional)
75 x 115 x 25
Master caddy dock 2.5” SATA to USB 2.0/3.0
Supported applications Supported Applications FCPX/FCP7+ / Media Composer 5.0+ / Premiere 5.5+
EDIUS 6.0+ / Vegas Pro 10+ / Lightworks / Autodesk Smoke 2015+
Accessories included Main unit, AC Adapter, Master Caddy II x 5, Battery x 1, Battery charger, Lemo to XLR cable, Docking station, Rugged carry case
Optional extras Sunhood, Master Caddy II Raid, Powerstation,
D Tap adapter, CFast adapter
Our future proof platform (Powerful Generation 2 Processor, Sata 3 @ 6Gb/s, Large FPGA with upgradability) is designed for the following in the future 12G-SDI 4K 50/60p Support
Apple ProRes HD 4:4:4 10bit
FS700 RAW decode
Full 4K – 4096 x 2160 support
All specifications correct when published, subject to E&OE.
Chuck Jones

Digital Media Producer, Photographer, Video Storyteller, Cinemagraph Master. Only Semi-Reformed Hippy. Managing Editor of http://TheCameraForum.Com

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