After the official presentation at Cinegear 2019, Atomos first tested the new high-quality Neon 17" and 24" HDR monitor recorders in cooled-out film productions. The user feedback gained here was used to adapt the final version of the Atomos Neons accordingly and now it seems that the time has come: Atomos has announced the availability of its Neon 17" and 24" HDR monitor recorders this month (November 2020).
The NEON series are Atomos& flagship monitor recorders for use on set and in post production studios. The Neon 17" with its 10 bit processing, 1920x1080 FHD panel (incl. 4K to HD scaling and 1:1 pixel mapping) is aimed at focus pullers, top-lights and should be ideally suited as production monitor for mobile editing systems.
The 24" version with its 4K DCI panel (incl. HD/2k according to 4K UHD/DCI upscaling and 10 bit colour fidelity) is primarily aimed at DITs, for monitoring for directors, producers, scripts etc. in the Video Village as well as for integration in post-production environments.
In addition to the demand for accurate SDR/HDR monitoring, the Atomos Neon series with its internal ProRes and DNx recording functions (up to max 4K DCI 60p) offers immediate, render-free playback of the respective shots. This should significantly speed up the acceptance/evaluation of takes on the set. And in Corona times, more rather than fewer monitors on the set should make sense - especially if they can be remote controlled via Bluetooth app. Accordingly, the Neons LE has Bluetooth integrated, which can be remote controlled via AtomRemote OS from Apple iOS devices (iOS 12 or higher).
With switchable monitor modes, the Neons can easily switch between SDR or HDR environments to match either the appropriate recording or delivery format (including Rec.709, Rec.2100 HLG or ST.2084 PQ). Thanks to integrated transform functions, LOG to HDR EOTFs can be realised or 3DLUTs to SDR conversions including individual looks can be output. In total, up to eight 3D LUTs can be stored in the updatable neon MCU (Master Control Unit).
Both neon panels offer 1000 Nits brightness, cover the DCI P3 Wide Gamut completely and offer a contrast ratio of 1.000.000:1. HDR monitoring is guaranteed by the proven FALD technology (Full Array Local Dimming), which is already known from other Atomos monitor recorders.
The Atomos Neon 17" and 24" HDR monitor recorders are supplied colour-calibrated from the factory, but can also be calibrated by the user if required via an optional USB calibration cable and Xrite i1 Display Pro Plus hardware tool.
Atomos has worked intensively on the anti-glare coating of the neon displays, which now allow a 180° horizontal and vertical viewing angle with conformal colour display. Here we are already very curious about the first tests ...
Furthermore, the Atomos Neon 17" and 24" HDR monitor recorders feature the proven Atomos HDR Display Color Pipeline including Log to PQ (HDR10), HLG / 3DLUT for SDR workfklows.
4K 60p 10 Bit can be doubled in the neons by the way: Either via HDMI 2.0 or via 12G SDI. For additional extensions the Atom Xpansion port is available.
The Atomos Neon 17" and 24" HDR monitor recorders are available from this month (November 2020) at the following EIAs: