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Atomos AtomOS 3.0
  • Atomos, the creator of the award-winning Ninja and Samurai field recorders, will be previewing the next major release of their unique operating system – AtomOS 3.0 - at NAB 2012, Central Hall C3, booth C6647. This simple firmware update adds groundbreaking functionality to their 10-bit field recorders, at no extra cost.

    "One of the key new features of AtomOS 3.0 is SmartLog – the ability to mark in and out points and tag clips using XML metadata so that you can effectively make a pre-edit on your Ninja or Samurai before you even get to the edit suite. Everything you log – good shot or bad shot, for example - shows up in your NLE. This is a huge timesaver and yet another example of how Atomos is innovating to make end-to-end production easier." said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos.

    SmartControl was designed specifically for use in James Cameron's Deep Sea Challenge. It allows start/stop/pause to be triggered on any number of Samurais interconnected via their LANC port. This allows control of any deck, even legacy video equipment, from the Samurai and control of the Samurai from any PC or Mac device - great for custom video installations, or simply to control recording remotely.

    AtomOS 3.0 also incorporates precision monitoring aides such as Focus Peaking, Zebra, False Color and Blue-Only. "Now there's no need for an external monitor", added Young. "We're responding to customer feedback by giving even more functionality, but at no extra cost".

    Other new enhancements included in this major update are automatic file recovery in the event of power failure, auto-record when an input is detected, Loop Playback and iPhone/iPad/Mac/PC recording support – a great feature for gaming and app software companies to record and demonstrate in superb quality how their app or game works.

    Originally developed in collaboration with Apple, the Ninja and Samurai field recorders allow the recording of pristine, 10-bit uncompressed images straight from your DSLR or camcorder directly to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD.

    Pricing and Availability
    AtomOS 3.0 is a free firmware update for existing Ninja 2 and Samurai users and will ship 30 April 2012. See for details.

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  • Now if it only could cure the cadence issues from the GH2 in 24p…

    But great news anyway!

  • @nomad: Yes but this is not their fight... can't fix cadence on HDMI end.. GH2 end only... :(

  • ok now we "only" need 4:2:2 8 bits uncompressed hdmi output at all rates 24p/30p/60i from the GH2

    Vitaly is that even posible??

  • Its not all roses.

    "... we thought the Atomos Ninja would provide us files with more latitude for better post processing. What we actually found was the Nikon D800 files contained more detail. The Ninja files, while ever so slightly more sharp, had more contrast than the D800. This increase in contrast destroyed data in both the shadows and in the highlights and provided less editing latitude compared to the files directly out of the camera..."

    Hopefully, with OS3 Atamos will have sorted the problems.

  • The problem is not on their side, the question is what the camera delivers. If I feed the Ninja full range 10 bit images, it records them very well. I tested it with footage from RED, output via UltraStudio.

  • On the off-topic subject of using the Ninja with the Nikon D800.