Atomos today announces another free firmware update for its Shogun Inferno and Ninja Inferno 4K monitor/recorder. The new firmware version is intended to make the acquisition and provision of HDR data as easy as in the standard dynamic range (SDR). Users of the Panasonic Varicam LT can enjoy 2K 240fps Raw-to-ProRes and 4K 12-bit CDNG Raw recordings, which is exclusively reserved for the Shogun Inferno, because the RAW connection runs via SDI.
The Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) HDR output from cameras such as Sony FS5, Z150 and Panasonic GH5 can now be directly recorded in the Inferno recorders, with the corresponding metadata flags embedded in the Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR MOV files. These HLG clips can be edited natively in NLEs (if they support HLG) or uploaded directly to YouTube HDR as HLG. Output on an SDR TV should also be possible as long as the flags and metadata are interpreted correctly. Appropriate devices such as Google's ChromeCast Ultra or Amazon's Fire TV with 4K Ultra can then automatically play back to any SDR or HDR TV via HDMI.
Other functions are designed to ensure a smooth HDR workflow: both the HLG and PQ formats can use the HDR info frames recognized at the HDMI input to automatically set the gamut and gamma value of the Shogun or Ninja inferno screen. The HDMI output also transmits the correct HDR information for loop-out to other downstream devices.
In addition, there are further general improvements for Ninja Inferno and Shogun Inferno
Users of RED DSMC2 cameras benefit from the updated support of the IPP2 pipeline. Inferno Monitor/Recorder can now be set to display the output of the camera or footage with the Log3G10 curve with REDWideGamutRGB.
-Audio support for Nikon cameras has also been improved, which is particularly useful for the recently introduced D850 Full-Frame-4K DSLR.
- Support for 2TB drives has been optimized and offers extra-long recording times for 2K/4K high-frames and CDNG RAW workflows.
The AtomOS 8.4 firmware is now available on the Atomos website and can be downloaded free of charge from www.atomos.com/firmware (here).