Following the recent announcement of the Ninja models, the Shogun series is powered by AtomOS 11, which packs them with an array of new features, including EL Zone™ exposure referenced colorized image, ARRI False Color, and enhanced playback and recording tools.
Brighter Screens and Enhanced Connectivity
The key distinguishing feature of the new Shogun series is a brilliant 2000 nit 7-inch LCD touchscreen. The device houses both 12G-SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs and can handle cross-conversion tasks without the need for an additional Atomos Connect module.
The Shogun and Shogun Ultra support an impressive lineup of new codecs including 6K Apple ProRes RAW (8K for the Shogun Ultra), standard Apple ProRes, DNxHD, and H.265, which now comes standard without an additional licensing fee.
The Shogun Ultra stands can record full-quality files to Apple ProRes RAW at up to 4K 60p while simultaneously capturing HD 60p in H.265 proxy files.
Atomos 11 is at the heart of the Shogun and Shogun Ultra design with a host of great new features to satisfy any demanding camera operator. These features include:
- H.265 compression with high-quality and low latency
- More Codec Support, including ProRes Raw, ProRes, and DNxHD/HR (QuickTime & MXF)
- Improved monitoring with the EL Zone System with exposure control and ARRI false color to display consistent exposure across multiple monitors
- TimeLapse control to add alignment and more storage for long lapses
- RecordAssist to help with scheduling recording times, even sync with multiple locations
- PlaybackAssist helps schedule playback for signage, advertising, or event usage
- Segment Pro (future) to split files when they reach a custom file size/duration
- RemoteView to share live camera views from your Shogun to the internet
- Wi-Fi 6/6e fast and stable wireless connection
- Optional NDI upgrades for Ethernet and Wi-Fi
Native Camera-to-Cloud Capability
Both Shogun and Shogun Ultra models introduce the new 4K camera-to-cloud mode. This innovative feature enables users to record and upload high-quality H.265 video files with higher framerates and customizable parameters.
The resulting files promise to strike a balance between lightweight data for efficient camera-to-cloud workflows and high-resolution quality suitable for immediate use in social media, sports reporting, or news coverage.
To accomplish this task, the Shogun series comes with new networking options, including GigE and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity for remote control, live streaming recording, and sharing in Atomos Cloud Studio. There is also Bluetooth and AirGlu RF sync functionality for wireless timecode, sync, and control.
Moreover, both Shogun units can harness the power of Atomos RemoteView, a groundbreaking subscription-based technology allowing live screen sharing with other Atomos monitors, iPads, Macs, and Apple TVs from anywhere in the world.
The Shogun series also supports high-definition recording through the AtomosX Mini Drive SSD. This external drive provides up to 4TB of storage and sustained read/write speeds of up to 550Mb/s.
Lastly, both devices provide a range of power options, including an NP battery slot and an integrated 2.1mm locking jack DC input socket.
AtomOS 11 for Shogun Connect Users
Shogun Connect will be succeeded by the Shogun Ultra but that by no means leaves existing Shogun users out in the cold. To provide similar features to legacy Shogun owners using Shogun Connect Atomos will provide a free firmware update to existing Shogun users, granting them access to AtomOS 11. Users can download it from the Atomos Support Site.
Pricing and Availability
The Atomos 6K Shogun and Shogun Ultra 8K recorders are slated to ship beginning in early October 2023, at a retail price of $999/€999 and $1,199/€1,199.
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