Firmware Friday: Atomos Shogun Inferno Now Records 5.7K with Panasonic EVA1

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

If it’s another Friday, that usually means another firmware update. This time around, Atomos is back with AtomOS 9.1, which updates the Atomos Sumo19 and Shogun Inferno external monitor-recorder for recording 5.7K ProRes Raw from the Panasonic EVA1 Cinema camera.

“The Panasonic EVA1 and Atomos Shogun open up higher-than-4k-resolution cinematic shooting. Apple’s ProRes RAW, Panasonic’s 5.7k dual native ISO sensor and Atomos advanced HDR recording and monitoring technologies truly make filmmaking available to all creative story tellers. No other monitor/recorder can do what we do right now with the EVA1 and ProRes RAW – it’s a winning combination.”

ProRes Raw support was announced at NAB last April, but it’s taken a few weeks to get the EVA1  support for the high resolution codec into the Shogun Inferno. At this moment, to record at 5.7K over 6G SDI using the Shogun Inferno, users are locked into ProRes Raw. Frame rates are also limited to 23.98/24/25/29.97/30.

Additionally, the EVA1 with Shogun Inferno can also record 4K ProRes RAW, ProRes 422 or Avid DNxHR up to 4kp60, or 2kp240. Windows users can opt for a CinemaDNG RAW workflow with recording up to 4kp30 or 2kp120.

This free update means that users can record the camera’s maximum resolution and dynamic range onto affordable, qualified SATA-based SSD media, removing the need for expensive proprietary media required for other RAW cameras.

Here’s a breakdown of the expanded features for AtomOS 9.1:

  • Frame rates supported: 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
  • Recording is supported for ProRes RAW only.
  • Automatic HDR configuration in playback
  • Records over 6G SDI
  • When playing a movie recorded with AtomHDR monitoring enabled all HDR settings will be automatically restored to match the settings when recording was started.
  • Select the “Auto HDR” button to enable this feature.

The downside is, that many post production artists are still using Final Cut Pro to edit their projects, and Apple has yet to update the software to support the new Raw standard. Ironic considering that Apple created ProRes Raw, but they seem to be dragging their feet on updating Final Cut Pro to support it. This means EVA1 users who cut on Final Cut are going to continue to remain limited to 4K for the foreseeable future.

But the good news is that the Atomos 9.1 update will unlock recording metadata from the EVA1 that can be used by FCP X to automatically set gamma values. Another new feature added means that if AtomHDR is enabled during recording, then the correct HDR settings are now restored on playback on the device if the ‘Auto HDR’ button is selected.

But if you’ve been waiting until 5.7K has been unlocked to upgrade to the Atomos Shogun Inferno, now is the time to git it done, as both Panasonic and Atomos are offering a ProRes Raw Atomos Kit for $595.  The combo unlocks 5.7K ProRes Raw in the EVA1, but the update for the Shogun Inferno is free.

Currently, the AtomOS 9.1 update can be downloaded and installed for the Atomos Sumo 19 external monitor-recorder. But later this month, the firmware will be unlocked for the Shogun Inferno. You can download the update here.

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About James DeRuvo 520 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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