The Atomos Shogun External 4K Video recorder is now a real product

by on November 20, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – November 20, 2014

We’d already covered the Atomos Shogun external 4K video recorder earlier this year but were only able to do so with speculative news on its upcoming release. Now, new information has come in and it looks like this interesting new external recorder concept that had garnered a lot of excitement from videographers has finally become a real product.

The earlier rumors about the Shogun indicated that it was an external 4K video recorder with direct connection capacity to an HDMI output from cameras like the Sony A7 or Panasonic GH4 cameras in particular.

This excited a lot of 4K enthusiasts because they’d been waiting for something like this external 4K encoder, which could give them extra options for battery and processing power while shooting and encoding ultra HD video footage. However, since the device was just a pre-production prototype at the time, information was still a bit speculative.

Now the speculation is pretty much over. As of mid-July, Atomos was already accepting pre-orders for the Shogun at a price tag of roughly $2,000 and has now finally been able to show the actual retail-ready unit itself.

The Shogun has an extra-large size that opens more options in terms of board size and thermal management. It also comes with a very well-sized integrated 7 inch display that’s considerably superior to those of cameras themselves, which usually measure just half this size.

The Atomos Shogun and its large 7 inch HD screen attached to a Panasonic GH4 4K camera

The Atomos Shogun and its large 7 inch HD screen attached to a Panasonic GH4 4K camera

On the other hand, despite its extra bulk, the Shogun is still relatively compact given its purpose and while carrying it around like a tourist in the field would be distinctly impractical, professional studio uses and even field use under less on the fly conditions are both quite easy to manage.

The Shogun is designed so that it can record video in 4K and RAW using wither Apple ProRes 4K or Cinema DNG RAW and it can also accept data from HDMI or HD-SDI slots. The integrated monitor we already mentioned is built into the Shogun in a user-friendly way and features a Full HD 1080p screen with a diagonal diameter of 7 inches, much better than the screens of the cameras which this external encoder/recorder is designed to accept. The monitor has a 325 ppi pixel density with full color calibration capacity and other features like waveform, focal assist, zebra and 2:1 zoom. The Shogun itself can film video at a rate of 120, 60 or 50 frames per second.

It also allows for easy, seamless switching between 4K cameras with HDMI to SDI and from SDI back to HMDI.

Finally, the Shogun helps make professional and semi-professional 4K filming more affordable by reducing the complexity of doing it. Using the encoder, videographers can capture 5 hours of 4K ProRes 422 HQ on a 2TB HD drive by using the Shoguns optional RAID caddy system, and in doing so, they can save at least $100 on memory expenses. The same can be applied to both SSD and CFast memory systems. The codecs that enable this are already included with the Shogun, so there are no hidden costs for leasing and using them.

The Atomos Shogun should be shipping out to buyers as of the end of November or the beginning of December and for those with a professional interest in filming either 4K or even HD video, this is a great tool.

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