Atomos have been busy updating the firmware for the their Shogun and Ninja Flame HDR recorder/monitors. The most important addition is a new Perceptual Quantizer (PQ) input and output function. The PQ SMPTE ST 2084 standard was originally pioneered by Dolby and allows the correct display of HDR imagery on most professional HDR displays and TVs. It is also output by some cameras. By adding support for PQ into the recorders they can now be used as playback devices when connected directly to most HDR displays. You can also use the Flame as a HDR preview monitor when editing.
Assessing your HDR image is now easier thanks to improved waveforms. There now is a moving graticule that let’s you visualise the clipping point and also an AutoHDR button that sets the screen at the best setting for representing the scene.
Improved processing in the firmware has allowed Atomos to improve the way blacks are represented on the display. They have also added support for the JVC LS-300’s J-Log gamma curve and RED’s Log, Film Log and their associated color gamuts. There is also the ability to choose the priority with which the recorder chooses the power source it uses.
The new update is available to download now from the Atomos website.