Atomos Updates Firmware in new SUMO 19″ Monitor

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Atomos recently announced the has updated the firmware of its popular new SUMO 19″ field monitors. The new firmware promises some cool new features and some housekeeping tweaks to keep  their large screen recorder, and the Sumo M reference monitor humming along. But what’s inside it? Let’s take a look.

“The Sumo has been out for a month now and has been really well received. So we’re broadening the family with the Sumo M. The future firmware update at the end of the October will take in four separate 1080/60 feeds and do live switching. Then early next year, you’ll be able to record all four.” –  Tony Trent, Atomos General Manager

Atomos says that since they launched the SUMO at NAB, they’re starting to see that crews are using the Sumo for everything from lighting, to focus pulling, to record and playback. “It’s a real game changer for what we’re seeing on set,” says Atomos. And it’s easy to see why judging from the specs. From a massive 19″ IPS HDR touchscreen with 1200 nits of brightness, to its ability to record 12 bit Raw in 4K or 10 bit 422 ProRes the Atomos Sumo also has Quadlink SDI inputs and records to standard dual 2.5″ SSD drives.  Other specs of the Sumo recorder include:

  • Hot Swap and loop batteries without losing power
  • Touchscreen Size 19”,  1920 x 1200 PPI 120, Aspect ratio 16:9 native
  • Color Gamut REC709 HDTV
  • Look up table (LUT) support 3D LUT (.cube format)
  • Anamorphic de-squeeze 2x, 1.5x, 1.33x, Panasonic 8:3
  • Technology SuperAtom IPS panel (capacitive touch), calibration to Rec.709 with optional calibration unit
  • AtomHDR
  • Bit depth 10-bit (8+2 FRC)
  • Brightness 1200nit (+/- 10%)
  • HDR input (PQ/HLG) output (PQ/HLG)
  • HDMI 1 x HDMI (2.0) SDI Quad link 4 x 3G SDI* or up to 12G single link SDI
  • 4K DCI; 24/25/30p; 4K UHD; 2K; 24/25/30/50/60/100/120p; 1080p
  • Audio 2ch balanced XLR analog in/out (direct XLR connection)
  • Supported media 2.5” SSD/HDD compatibility depends on recording format, resolution and frame rate.

The Sumo M, by contrast, is the same large 19″ IPS screen that supports HDR except that it doesn’t have an external recorder. It’s a pure switchable video field and reference monitor ideal as a secondary, backup for client and crew observation. It’s also about $500 less than it’s “big brother.”

Now, through Sumo Firmware Vs. 8.33 Atomos will be adding its promised live switching capability from four separate gen locked sources. Then, later this year, that capability will be to asynchronous sources, with the aim to ultimately expand that capability to include recording of up to four separate live streams to a single unit. That capability will come to the Sumo by early next year.

Additionally, Atomos will also be make it easier to upload HDR content directly to YouTube without having to re-encode the Log footage and add metadata to display in HDR. The new update will give the Sumo the ability to convert to PG or Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) stands in real time from the recorder directly. The clip can be uploaded without any further preparation. “The time for HDR is clearly now, with this week’s announcements of the iPhone X and Apple TV 4K, plus new 4K HDR devices being announced every day,” added Atomos CEO Jeromy Young. “HDR content is going mainstream. Our new end-to-end workflow with YouTube output makes HDR accessible to all.”

Hat Tip – RSN

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