Atomos has added a third device to their Connect series of live streaming and video conferencing product line. Zato Connect not only is able to access the easy-to-use gateway known as ATOMOS Cloud Studio, but the company says that the affordable Zato Connect will make it possible for anyone to go live through the 5-inch monitor-streaming device and any HDMI supported camera.
“ZATO CONNECT is a special release for ATOMOS. It’s the first all-in-one device that can work with and combine both HDMI and USB UVC sources,” says Trevor Elbourne, CEO, ATOMOS. “This opens our technology to several new categories of devices from consumer webcams to games consoles and computers.”
Other features include input and output ports for both HDMI and USB UVC, a SuperAtom IPS 5-inch (1000nit) display, Wi-Fi 5, USB-C, and Ethernet (via USB-C adapter) connectivity. The Zato Connect can be powered by a Sony NP-F battery or USB-C PD power options.
There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack for adding a microphone or line in sources and with software-driven tools, the ZATO CONNECT can mix them into a single master audio source. Each channel can be adjusted independently and mixed down to a single stereo track for a live stream, recording, or video presentation. The Zato Connect also has a built-in card slot for recording in 1080p at 60fps.
Zato Connect supports WiFi 5 protocols and is able to convert any camera’s video signal via HDMI to webcam inputs that can be used with Microsoft Teams, Slack, Zoom, and other conferencing software.
Powered by AtomOS Lite operating system, the Zato has tools for combining incoming sources, recording streams, and overlaying graphics.
“For many of us virtual meetings, webinars, and online presentations have become part of our daily lives; and there’s a whole generation of independent creators producing live streams and all sorts of innovative content,” Elbourne added. “ZATO CONNECT offers everyone an opportunity to add value to their video.”
The device is compact enough to mount on a DSLR or mirrorless camera rig, the Zato Connect keeps the camera system light and mobile, but powerful enough to also perform as a studio solution. It’s also capable of live streaming gameplay from a PC, Mac computer, or gaming console as an all-in-one solution.
Atomos also says that ZATO Connect can work in concert with multiple streaming portals, and can do so simultaneously. Services include Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch, and others, plus Atomos’ upcoming premium “restreaming” service through Atomos Cloud Studio.
Atomos also says that future firmware updates to ZATO CONNECT will introduce support for additional ATOMOS Cloud Studio services and NDI®|HX. This could point to the latest Camera to Cloud functionality as being high on the list of priorities for expanding the Zato’s capabilities.
Zato Connect will retail for $399 and it comes with a free three-month subscription to Atomos Cloud Studio and NDI|HX activation. No word on when it will ship, but it should be soon since pre-orders are being taken now.
- Atomos ZATO CONNECT 5.2″ Network-Connected Video Monitor & Recorder (B&H)
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