NAB 2017: Atomos SUMO 19″ Production HDR Monitor with 4K Raw/ProRes Recording

The NAB Show exhibition floor opens tomorrow, so naturally the weekend is usually very busy with new announcements. Today, Atomos announced SUMO, the first production/studio monitor to combine a 19” HDR 1200nit 10+ stop panel with 4K 12bit Raw or 10bit 422 ProRes/DNxHR recording and HD recording up to 240p or live switching and recording of four 1080p/60 channels.

We are used to seeing more compact and on-camera monitor/recorders such as the 7-inch Flame Series/Ninja Inferno and even smaller – such as the previous generation Ninja Samurai. The Atomos Sumo now boasts a beautiful 19-inch monitor that is well suited for studio and field monitoring.

NAB 2017 Atomos Sumo 19 inch production studio HDR monitor

Adding HDR and 1200nit brightness to a 19” monitor is more than impressive, but the addition of recording, switching and playback is a true revolution, completely redefining how production monitors will be used on set and in studio.

These advanced features usually found on production switchers, give clients and crew on set instant access to review recorded content in HDR quality and doubles as a grading and editing monitor for laptops in the field. The live switching and recording is again adding the flexibility to live switch between four 1080/60p channels, record 4 x ISO channels and mix a live record complete with cueing, cross fade and hard cuts.

Atomos Sumo Back View

“Seeing innovation come to life is the most exciting part of making technology products. Sumo is one of the most remarkable video products I have worked on.” said Jeromy Young CEO and co-founder of Atomos. “Versatile and highly advanced yet simple to use, it covers all kinds of high quality production from end to end at a fraction of traditional costs. The Atomos Sumo is truly revolutionary”.

Sumo’s 19” 1920×1080 10-bit LCD panel is driven by the AtomHDR engine which precisely maps the Log/PQ/HLG from popular cameras, game consoles or TV makers to perfectly resolve 10+ stops of HDR in real time. The brightness range and vivid colours of HDR bring scenes to life either on the monitor itself, or when output to larger HDR/Rec.709 displays for on set review. It can also be used with popular NLE or grading suites for affordable HDR or SDR editing or grading in the studio.

The impressive Atomos Sumo, can also capture raw from the raw output from various popular cameras. See the list below for more details:

Raw Record Sony FS5/FS7/FS700 CDNG

  • 4K DCI; 24/25/30p
  • 4K UHD;
  • 2K; 24/25/30/50/60/100/120p
  • 1080;

Canon C300MKII/C500 CDNG

  • 4K DCI; 24/25/30p
  • 4K UHD; 24/25/30p
  • 2K / 1080p

Panasonic VaricamLT / Varicam35 CDNG

  • 4K DCI; 24/25/30p
  • 4K UHD; 24/25/30p
  • 2K/1080;

Arri Alexa Mini .ARI

  • 2880 x 1620; 24/25/30/50/60p
  • 2880 x 2160; 24/25/30/50/60p
Raw to ProRes / DNxHR Sony FS5/FS7/FS700
ProRes (HQ, 422, LT)
DNxHR (HQX, HQ, SQ, LB)

  • 4K DCI; 24/25/30/50/60p
  • 4K UHD;
  • 2K; 24/25/30/50/60/100/120/200/240p
  • 1080;

Canon C300MKII/C500
ProRes (HQ, 422, LT)
DNxHR (HQX, HQ, SQ, LB)

  • 4K DCI; 24/25/30p
  • 4K UHD; 24/25/30p
  • 2K / 1080;

Panasonic VaricamLT / Varicam35
ProRes (HQ, 422, LT)
DNxHR (HQX, HQ, SQ, LB)

  • 4K DCI; 24/25/30/50/60p
  • 4K UHD; 24/25/30/50/60p
  • 2K; not supported in camera
  • 1080; not supported in camera

Switch and mix a live record and stream or record 4 x HD ISO recordings using the QuadLink SDI connections. Switch between feeds on screen with cueing, cross fade and hard cuts from the locked sources or tag and adjust final edits with advanced metadata tagging preserving ISO feeds, with the desired final result infinitely editable.

Atomos Sumo Studio

The Atomos Sumo also eliminates the need for a separate audio recorder by using the full size XLR connections to connect and power external microphones for balanced analogue audio with dedicated meters and adjustments for frame delay and gain. 48V phantom mics or line level audio are all seamlessly synchronized for the most advanced audio feature set in a monitor today.

There is also a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and built-in speakers for on set instant immersive review or complete internal recording review anytime anywhere with clients or production team.

The extremely bright 1200nit display means you can accurately monitor, even when outside in daylight. Additionally, for the ultimate isolated viewing performance an optional hood is available. Like all high-end monitor’s, Sumo also has calibration to compensate for the natural colour and brightness drift that monitors exhibit over time. Sumo’s calibration input lets you use X-Rite’s i1DisplayPro to always ensure accurate HDR and Rec.709 monitoring.

Users can also seamlessly connect any SDI or HDMI device and convert between HDMI 2.0 & 3G QuadLink/6G/12G SDI in any combination. Quad SDI inputs connect cameras with multiple 1.5 or 3G SDI outputs without the need for converters. HDMI 2.0 supports up to 4Kp60 input/output along with the very latest Atomos open protocol that supports HDR automation including importing of camera settings. There is also support for Genlock and LTC timecode.

The Atomos Sumo features a rugged aluminium alloy chassis with built-in armour housing ten mounting points around the bezel/top/bottom/side, a rear panel VESA mount and an included stand for a variety of mounting configurations. The optional mounting plates connect 2 x V-Lock / Anton Bauer batteries which in tandem with our patent pending continuous power system allows batteries to be hot swapped to ensure you’re never without power in the field. The Sumo delivers all of this connectivity while still maintaining a total weight of 6.2kg (13.7lb).

The 19” Atomos Sumo will launch in Q3 2017 for at the very affordable $2,495.

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