Atomos has announced two new features available for their Flame series monitor-recorders; PQ input and output, and new HDR waveform guidelines.
Last month, Atomos introduced their Flames series, the world’s first HDR monitor-recorders. Now, with the release of AtomOS7.1, Atomos is adding two significant updates for Flame series which are expected to expand upon the cases where HDR can be used, and greatly improve upon the ease of use for setting correct exposure for HDR in the field.
The first feature being added is PQ (or SMPTE ST-2084) input and output, which will allow HDR functionality for monnitoring beyond the on-board monitor. PQ input will allow users to connect from their editing package for HDR grading using their Atomos product. PQ output will allow connection from the device to compatible TVs and monitors to easily review HDR on set.
The second feature adds new Waveform guidelines which are designed to make exposing in HDR easier. Users will be able to see how much dynamic range is currently being monitored verses being clipped by toggling between a “display line” on the entire log signal’s luma parade. Users can also choose to monitor the dynamic range as the entire waveform in stretch mode, removing the clipped dynamic range from view. This should allow users to perfectly judge the exposure of HDR using the Waveform scope. One would simply need to slide the SDR to HDR on the user interface until there is no further clipping as measure by the Waveform.
AtomOS7.1 is expected to be released on Atomos’s website in May 2016, and will be available as a free download. For more information, see the press release below or visit www.atomos.com.
Melbourne, Australia – 17th April 2016: Within a month of launching the world’s first HDR monitor-recorders, Atomos announces new features for the Flame series, broadening the HDR usage & improving the ease of use when exposing for HDR – all of these improvements are the result of real world user feedback.
HDR is the talk of the industry, be it content developers like Amazon or Netflix, camera brands outputting HDR log or end users experiencing the high brightness range of HDR for the first time. Atomos once again is at the crossroads of technology, fast tracking HDR technology and making it easy to use in the field with the introduction of the Flame series last month and a further 6 models at NAB 2016. In 4 short weeks since the Flame launch, Atomos announce AtomOS7.1 for Flame users which adds 2 crucial features that not only expands the use cases where HDR can be used but also vastly improving the ease of use in the field for setting correct exposure for HDR.
The first feature is the addition of PQ (also known as SMPTE ST-2084) input and output, adding HDR functionality beyond on-board monitoring. PQ input lets you connect from your editing package for HDR grading using the Atomos product, while PQ output lets users connect HDR compatible TV’s and monitors to review HDR on set.
The second feature is the addition of new Waveform guidelines specifically designed to make exposing in HDR easier. Users will be able to toggle between a “display line” on the entire log signal’s luma parade showing how much dynamic range is currently being monitored verses being clipped. Alternatively stretch mode shows the dynamic range monitored as the entire waveform, removing the clipped dynamic range from view. The impact of this is that users will be able to judge exposure for HDR perfectly using the Waveform scope. Its simply a matter of sliding the SDR to HDR slider on the user interface until there is no more clipping as measured by the Waveform.
These features combined make HDR easier and more accessible to collaborators on filmmaking projects and once again is a free download for Atomos users of Flame. AtomOS7.1 is estimated to become available from the Atomos website in May 2016.