No surprise then – though welcome news nonetheless — that Atomos has just announced a $300 price drop on their Samurai Blade combination field monitor and ProRes/DNxHD 1080p recorder, just ahead of the IBC 2014 show in Amsterdam.
And just ahead of the release of their new 4K Shogun.
No matter: if you’re using a purpose-built, SDI video cam rather than a DSLR — and you aren’t moving to 4K — then life just got a little sweeter.
If you’re using a DSLR with HDMI output and you aren’t moving to 4K, however, you’ll either need to buy a converter (itself a $300 item), or just move straight to the HDMI-based Ninja Blade, already priced at an identical $995 (no need for the converter).
Then again, if you ARE moving to 4K or are not sure about it; and/or you’ll be using a mix of HDMI and SDI out cameras, the Shogun (though twice the price) may be a better bet.
Just be sure you take a close look at what cameras are supported, and how they’re supported: some allow embedded stop/start trigger and timecode, but many do not.
Atomos Samurai Blade Available for Under $1000
From Atomos Press:
Atomos, creator of award winning camera-mounted recorders and recording accessories announce a new price for the Samurai Blade of US$995. The Samurai Blade is the highest functioning monitor recorder and playback device on the camera market today and with a new price it's even more affordable than ever.
“This new price reflects the Atomos way – the savings we get from producing in higher volumes is passed on directly to our users.” said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “With both our HDMI and SDI monitor/recorders under $1,000, the days are numbered for monitors that don't record or playback”
Launched at NAB 2013 the Samurai Blade was the first Atomos monitor to include the SuperAtom IPS screen – super sharp, super bright, super blacks – right down to the last atom. It has fast become the go to recording device for thousands of cameramen and DOPs. With full waveform functionality, the Blade is a monitor that records and a recorder that truly monitors.
As SDI cameras become more and more affordable Atomos continue to keep functionality high yet costs low. Samurai Blade adds essential set up tools with full waveform monitor functions, including vectorscope, RGB and LUMA parades with transparent overlay and bottom right, lower 3rd or full screen positioning, making it an extremely flexible tool and the perfect device to simplify and improve the quality of any SDI workflow.
NY Film Producer Chuck Fishbein at Crazy Duck Productions wouldn't be without his Samurai Blade;
“When I am filming Manhattan in 4K, I use the Blade to simultaneously create HD ProRes HQ files, which saves room on the camera's SXS cards, while delivering a file ready for editing. 4K is coming, but not everyone wants it right now, so, being able to deliver footage in the ProRes HQ format, while archiving the 4K makes my workload a bit less, while still setting us up for the future.
Atomos designs and manufactures creativity weapons for filmmakers: affordable, easy-to-use monitor/recorders and converters that save video professionals time and money, without sacrificing quality.
(cover photo credit: snap from Atomos)