AtomOS Update for Samurai

AtomOS 4.0 will now support the Avid DNxHD production codec, following a new update available free of charge to Samurai recorder owners from the Atomos website.The update will give editors a choice of either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD as native codec for their NLE. Both Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD provide high bitrates and 4:2:2, 10-bit resolution. Both outputs are ready to edit directly from the Samurai’s HDD or SSD.
AtomOS version 4.0 for Samurai allows encoding to Avid DNxHD in 10-bit format at 220x/185x/175x Mbps, 8-bit at 220/185/175 Mbps or 8-bit at 145/120/115 Mbps. Both the Ninja and Samurai field recorders allow recording, monitoring and playback of 10-bit uncompressed images from DSLRs or camcorders to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD.The AtomOS 4.0 pre-release firmware for Samurai is available for download from www.atomos.com as a full working version. ‘Pre-release’ refers to a future update to support Ninja-2 due in late November 2012.Atomos is also shipping their very small converters, Connect H2S and Connect S2H, which add HDMI to HD-SDI connectivity to camera set ups. They can be used with the AC mains adaptor included, or with internal or external batteries to suit fixed-facility or mobile standalone operation. In spite of the small size they include a number of functions such as 3:2/2:2 Pulldown removal, a Test Pattern Generator and audio test-tone and a flashlight mode for shoots in dark locations.Connect H2S converts from HDMI to HD-SDI, and S2H converts HD-SDI to HDMI. The Test Pattern Generator has multiple patterns in both SD and HD. HD includes true 3G modes 1080p50 and 60. The modes are indicated by coloured LEDs, and the modes and colour sequences can be learned for faster operation. Also, customers who already own an Atomos field recorder can use the converters to add HD-SDI connectivity to their Ninja 1 or 2, or HDMI input and output for a Samurai.