Atomos Sumo 19 Switching & Recording First Look

Atomos finally released the Sumo 19 live asynchronous switching and quad ISO recording update yesterday at Interbee 2019. Today we got a chance to have a first look at how it all works.

The Sumo 19 was announced way back just prior to NAB 2017 and ever since consumers have been waiting for this asynchronous switching and quad ISO recording update to be released.

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AtomOS 9.2 for Sumo 19 allows users to easily record and switch multi-camera events. This firmware update is free.

The new AtomOS 9.2 is pretty straight forward and easy to use. I don’t think it would take users very long to get the hang of live switching.

What can the Sumo 19 now do?

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Up to five 1080p60 streams can be recorded simultaneously – four separate ISOs and the program out to the same SSD drive in Apple ProRes or Avid DNx formats. This can now be done without the need to synchronize the cameras together using genlock. The channels can be switched in real-time at the touch of the screen and the resulting switched output recorded to the separate fifth channel, as well as output on either HDMI or HD-SDI.

The only catch is you can’t use an HDMI source as one of your camera inputs, the switching only works with the SDI inputs.

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Audio can be selected from a single source, an external source, or from each individual camera if need be.

Each switch also signals a metadata cut/edit point that the Sumo 19 writes to the disk as an XML file. The ISOs can subsequently be brought directly into your NLE’s timeline with the edits already in place. You can also configure the touchscreen to respond differently to single and double taps, giving the choice between a hard cut or a dissolve being written into the XML file. This will, in turn, tell the NLE which transition type it should use.

The Sumo has a 19-inch high brightness 1200nit screen. 19″ is a good size for switching, especially when you are using four cameras. It allows whoever is doing the switching to have a clear view of all four feeds.

The Sumo 19 allows for a combination of ProRes and ProRes RAW recording with instant playback. Unfortunately, you can’t record ProRes RAW when using the quad ISO recording mode.

AtomOS 9.2 for Sumo 19 is available as a free download for all users from the Atomos website.

I also asked Atomos as to when the Shogun 7 will be getting the switching and quad recording and I was told that it will be happening soon.

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