Atomos has released Shogun firmware 6.2, enabling recording and playback for Avid DNxHR 4K and DNxHD, support of 3D LUTs, downscaled 4K output for HD monitoring, thumbnail preview of record clips as well as improved audio functions. The released comes as an expectation set by Atomos. Since their release of the Shogun they’ve been very transparent with the timeframes and features list of their update schedule. Avid DNxHD is now supported for both record and playback in both 4K and HD, bringing the Shogun up to date with other Atomos Recorders. The Shogun is the first recorder to be able to record the DNxHR 4K format. 3D LUT support is now added. This was a great feature, one requested immediately by users. You can add up to 8 custom LUTs in .cube format. This feature enables the operator to shoot in their desired profile (C-log, S-log for example) whilst viewing a look that is much more easier to exposure and focus with, and much more familiar to clients. You can also use this feature to add a pre-grade to your footage to give you an idea of how it would look in post. The next question is whether or not the scopes adhere to what is being recorded (your camera profile, c-log etc.) or what is being viewed (your LUT). The former is preferred as you are monitoring exposure and colour values of what is being recorded not viewed. However I would not be surprised if it’s the latter (as this unfortunately seems to be the norm with these things), I will test myself soon to determine. Downscale 4K input to 1080p (matching frame rate) on the loop out port added. Simply put, when recording on your Shogun in 4K, you can now output in the same framerate to 1080. This is great if you are working with a 1080 workflow (most still are) with directors/assistant monitors displaying fullHD, yet still want to record in 4K. I spoke to Jeremy Young of Atomos at BVE about the potential of extending this feature to the input of the Shogun also. Receiving a 4K signal and downscaling to 1080 prior to recording will also be a benefit as the recording of a downscaled 4K to 1080 versus native 1080 from a camera like the FS700 is better. Playback now displays a preview frame of the selected clip in the file browser. This is a feature I’ve wanted as NinjaBlade user and now a Shogun user. A thumbnail for recorded clips in the playback menu means watching back a specific clip is much easier. Countless times I’ve sat with a client and drummed through clip numbers to try and find “that one shot”. Also added is separate analog gain settings for left and right channels, enlarged audio meters on screen and some bug fixes found below: – Corrected direction of manual gamma setting. – Improved drive compatibility. – Take number is correctly reset after disk format. Atomos Shogun Firmware Update 6.2 can be downloaded here.Read more
Shooting flat has huge advantages; it preserves maximum information for post production. However, shooting like this can make monitoring more difficult. It can be tricky to gauge color and exposure. It can be difficult for critical focus and focus aids such as peaking also, as there’s less contrast in the frame to work with. It can also be disconcerting for an on-site client; having to constantly explain “it won’t look like this in post, honest”. There’s a solution for this, LUT (look up tables). These are pre-defined profiles that are applied to the monitoring of a camera to give a representation of a corrected image or an image with a specific gamma curve. Creating a custom LUT is a step further; it can be an on-set tool providing with a representation of your final image.Read more
Recently released “CineStyle” is a logarhitmic Picture Profile for Canon V-DSLR cameras. Technicolor have created and today released for download a new S-Curve 3D LUT in the mga format that will work with Apple’s Color and LUT Buddy as well as other apps that support the .mga format lut. You can get the new S-Curve 3D LUT at the CineStyle DOWNLOAD PAGE LUT Buddy is a free Plugin by Red Giant Software which you can get HERE (Just fill out the form real quick) Note: for use with Apple Color you don’t need the LUT Buddy software. Just go to File –> Import –> Display LUT and choose the .mga file. If you don’t know how to go about using that LUT you might need to learn Apple Color and get into Color Grading first. Video by Zech on how to use LUT Buddy:Read more
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