I’ve recently spent time with Dave from Datacolor (who makes the Spyder calibration tools) and learned a bit more about the importance of calibration and it only makes sense that Atomos work add this to their Ninja-2 and Samurai!
This will be a fantastic collaboration and will step up the Atomos products to a new level.
Atomos Press Release
Atomos, the creator of the award-winning camera mounted recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai and the pocket-sized Connect converters, announce that the Spyder calibration tool is now shipping. Priority sales will be given to pre-orders and general stock will be available through Atomos Worldwide reseller network.
“We believe color calibration and color image accuracy are paramount to a fast and efficient production process, whilst maintaining customer creativity.” states Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “Calibrating your screen to standard color specifications allows the user to view accurately what is being recorded, avoiding costly color correction in post-production. We believe that color normalisation should be done at the camera, not in editing.”
Developed in partnership with New Jersey based Datacolor the Atomos Spyder gives Samurai Blade one button color calibration normally only found on high end monitors. With Spyder, the Samurai Blade gains the ability to accurately calibrate to the SMPTE Rec 709 color space with a D65 white point with 100% gamut and is fully customisable after calibration.
Atomos Press Continued
– Extreme precision 7 sensor calibration
– USB to LANC serial control unit included for automatic calibration.
– Calibrate to 6500K ITU-Rec709 white point with delta-E better than 2 down to 20% grey
– User adjustments of lift, gain and gamma per channel after initial calibration
– Can be used as a standard calibration unit for any monitor or computer (provided Datacolor software is purchased from their website).
Samurai Blade includes the world leading, now fully color calibratable, 5″ SuperAtom IPS touchscreen with amazing 1280×720 325PPI resolution and the simple and intuitive AtomOS with a suite of set-up tools – waveform, RGB, Luma Parade and Vectorscope – as well as essential monitor assist functions – Focus Assist, Zebra, Blue Only Exposure and False Color. Samurai Blade allows the recording of pristine, 10-bit images straight from the camera sensor directly to inexpensive HDD or SSD drives, captured using the Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codec. Instantly play back to review recording, in/out cut edit (with meta-data tagging) and create .FCPXML projects for fast edit integration.
Pricing and Availability
The Windows compatible version of the Atomos Spyder is currently shipping at the RRP of $149 USD £89 GBP, €109 EUR and is available through the Atomos Worldwide reseller network. A Mac compatible version is in development. For more information visit www.atomos.com.
Atomos designs and manufactures smart production tools: affordable, easy-to-use field recorders that offer monitoring and deck playback functionality along with converters that save video professionals time and money, without sacrificing quality.
Atomos is based in Australia, with offices in the USA, Japan, China and Germany partnering with a worldwide distribution network. Further product information can be found at www.atomos.com. Connect with Atomos on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@Atomos_News)
(cover photo credit: snap from the Atomos)