Shogun gets the Ultra treatment
Posted on Dec 12, 2023 by Samara Husbands
Atomos has taken the wraps off its next generation of seven-inch camera-mounted monitor-recorders: the Shogun and Shogun Ultra
Hot on the heels of the new Ninja models, both Shoguns have a new operating system – AtomOS 11 – which delivers features including EL Zone exposure-referenced colourised images, Arri False Colour and new scheduled playback and recording tools.
The new Shoguns include more codecs as standard, with 6K Apple ProRes Raw and 8K on the Ultra, plus Apple ProRes, DNxHD and H.265, which was previously only an optional extra.
Because Shogun has 12G-SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs, it can be used for cross conversion, unlike a Ninja fitted with Atomos Connect. The Shogun also has more power options, with an NP battery slot and integrated 2.1mm locking jack DC input socket.
The Shogun Ultra is ideal for use with cinema cameras and can record full-quality files in Apple ProRes Raw up to 4K/60p, while at the same time recording HD/60p to H.265 and supporting automatic matching filenames, timecode and record triggers from many popular models of Arri, Canon, Red and Sony cameras.
Both the £1029/$999 Shogun and £1199/$1199 Shogun Ultra have the new 4K camera-to-cloud mode that lets you record and upload much higher-quality H.265 video with higher frame rates. The files are suitable for camera-to-cloud workflows, but also high enough quality for immediate use on social media, sport broadcasting or news gathering.
Both Shogun units can use Atomos RemoteView, allowing you to share live views from your Atomos screen with other Atomos monitors, as well as with iPads, Macs and Apple TVs wirelessly.
The Shogun Ultra also features lower-latency cloud connectivity and higher throughput, thanks to integration with Wi-Fi 6E.
Essentially, the Ninja and Shogun offer the same performance, but the Ninja range has a five-inch, 1000-nit screen, versus the Shogun’s seven-inch, 2000-nit – and the Shogun has integrated cloud connectivity, while the Ninja needs a modular accessory.
An AtomOS 11 update will also be free to existing Shogun Connect users.
Originally published in the November/December 2023 issue of Pro Moviemaker