An interview from the 2019 NAB Show in New York City with Roger Cheow of Atomos. Atomos is a global video technology company delivering award-winning, simple to use monitor-recorder content creation products. These products give content creators across the rapidly growing social, pro-video and entertainment markets a faster, higher quality and more affordable production system. The company's range of products take images directly from the sensor of all major camera manufacturers, then enhance, record and distribute them in high-quality formats for content creation using major video editing software programs.
The Atomos Neon series is the beginning of a new journey for filmmakers by bringing together traditional filmmaking roles and pairing it with Atomos innovation and technology. We do this by combining RAW recording with cinema display technology for monitoring, on-screen production checking and review of creative intent, story flow and matching continuity between scenes. Neon streamlines the creative workflow from lens to viewing. We have adopted industry standard formats like ProRes RAW from major camera makers enabling the performance of ProRes and the flexibility of RAW into cinema productions and built for computer finishing. Neon performs real-time Dolby Vision processing to enable down-stream viewing on any Dolby Vision capable TV or monitor. The upshot is an on-set computer replacement merged with an ecosystem of field monitors that saves the creator time by allowing them to make more decisions in the moment of recording, playback, monitoring and editing.
Neon is a series of precision on-set and in-studio 4K HDR monitor-recorder production workhorses where reliable and trustworthy monitoring is essential. The Neon comes in four sizes (17”, 24”, 31” and 55”) that can be synced together to provide an ecosystem of field monitors where accuracy of image representation and consistency of image is critical between crew members...all controlled by the Atomos App. The Neons’ best-in-class 512 zoned dynamic backlight displays provide a calibrated 4KDCI 180-degree perfect viewing, 10-bit DCI-P3 100% color coverage, and 1,000,000:1 HDR-ready contrast for cinematographers to maintain exposure and creative look. Directors can make more creative on-set decisions, viewing perfect images in TV and Cinema standards at all times. Camera assistants and focus pullers can trust the ultra-sharpness of an actor's eyes. Editors and color graders can lock down the director’s creative intent from shot to shot, frame by frame and review it across varying displays from SDR to HDR – accurately in real-time. With the built-in 4Kp60/HDp240 Apple ProRes RAW recorder capturing each take, Neon enables quick review and real-time playout with Dolby Vision to reality test content on domestic TVs. With Neon, Atomos has reimagined the role of the reference monitor to meet the HDR challenges of modern TV and film production.
The Atomos field monitor ecosystem is an online powerhouse and offline workhorse to speed up the time from idea to final exhibition. Directors and cinematographers can record online quality of ProRes RAW recording at the same time integrating into the ARRI workflows. This brings cinema production at the fraction of the cost of current approaches where HDR monitoring varies from crew member to crew member. Atomos brings certainty of the recorded image from camera operators, focus pullers, to make up and sound recordists, to editors and color graders. Directors can tag takes while reviewing footage on-set which the Editor can pick up after importing into an NLE, and can be confident that what they saw on-set will look the same when they get to the edit suite. A Dolby Vision compatible monitor can be also reviewed when output from a Neon to allow directors and producers to see a shot as it would be viewed in the living room of their audience.
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