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Best External Recorder of NAB 2014: Atomos Shogun

Camera monitor in a glass case with an award

The Atomos Shogun wins the Best External Recorder of NAB 2014 Award.

Use a Shogun for a powerful way to capture video. The 7-inch monitor makes it especially strong when it comes to monitor/recorders. Atomos put 4K Apple ProRes, Cinema DNG Raw, Avid DNxHD, and 12G-SDI in a 1920x1200 multi-device. The Shogun has great color calibration with plenty of monitoring (including audio) and assist functions that camera displays usually aspire to have. The SuperAtom IPS 325ppi screen eliminates buttons with its touch screen, and the dual disk recording medium allows for extended record times like two hours with a 2TB RAID for 4K recording. The openness of the Shogun is welcome when you're looking for XLR audio or remote control. The Shogun is calibrated to SMPTE Rec.709 for standard colors. Thankfully the Shogun is well suited to playing with many cameras with Genlock, timecode and monitor pass through. The availability report for the Shogun is September-ish and less than $2,000.

Videomaker Editors
April 10th, 2014