Atomos Unveils New HDR Monitor Recorders

AtomosAtomos just unveiled the NEON 17” and NEON 24” HDR monitor-recorders. The NEON series will start shipping in two sizes, the 17” and the 24” addressing the increased need for accurate monitoring in both production and post. Accessibility and consistency across the monitoring allows all key image stakeholders to have the shot and maintain the creative intent. The two sizes are ideal for different things: The 17” is for Focus Pullers, gaffer wardrobe and as a production monitor for mobile laptop edit systems. The 24” is for the video village, DIT, cinematographer, providing an accurate and affordable monitor for an NLE and grading application outputs via industry standard video I/O devices. The NEON 31” and 55” development is currently under investigation, according to Atomos.

NEON 17” and NEON 24” offer accurate and consistent SDR/HDR monitoring and provide recording functionality for easy shot review or render free output delivery to Apple ProRes or Avid Dnx at up to 4K DCI 60p. Easily deployable in studio, in the edit or for remote workflows all screens are factory-calibrated or can be user-calibrated with the optional USB calibration cable and Xrite i1 Display Pro Plus.

NEON 17” utilizes an FHD 1920×1080 panel with 10-bit display processing, 4K-to-HD scaling and option for 1-to-1 display pixel mapping. NEON 24” utilizes a 4K DCI resolution panel with True 10-bit fidelity and HD/2K-to-4K UHD /DCI upscaling that avoids interpolation methods. Both NEON displays incorporate Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight technology to deliver deep blacks at 1000 Nits full screen HDR peak brightness. The combination display uniformity, super-wide viewing angle of 180 degrees H/V and a Dynamic Contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 provide detail across both the shadows and spectacular highlights.

The AtomHDR engine provides the ability to manage your input and display Gamma/Gamut. Selectable monitor modes allow you to work in either SDR or HDR settings, that match both camera acquisition settings, or defined delivery standards including Rec.709, Rec.2100 HLG or ST.2084 PQ. NEON provides native accurate color with DCI-P3 coverage with Wide color Gamuts, such as BT.2020 — they are processed by the AtomHDR engine to deliver consistent representations. Built-in transforms allow for the conversion of LOG to HDR EOTFs for display on the NEON or downstream to client monitors or utilize 3DLUTs for SDR, to monitor with a specified show LOOK or exposure print down.

The foundation of the NEON platform is a modular approach that ensures the I/O of the monitor is both easy to maintain, replace and ultimately upgrade without having to take the panel out of commission. The Master Control Unit (MCU) is the brain of the NEON with support for HDMI 2.0 for both in and loop out, which provides support for video input at 4096×2160 4K DCI at up to 60p. The MCU firmware is easily upgradable and allows the upload and storage of up to 8x3D LUTs in its internal memory or can use a 2.5” HDD or SSD to store an unlimited library that can easily be uploaded to the NEON via the AtomOS APP on iOS. The MCU offers a second level of connectivity via the Xpansion port and NEON includes the AtomX SDI module which provides 2x12G SDI. The configurable ports allow for input of up to 4K@60p video with backwards compatible support for single or dual link 1.5G/3G/6G SDI or the ability to toggle between A and B cameras. File naming is also supported for both RED and Arri cameras allow for easy off board proxy recording with accurate time code and matched file names.

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Here’s a video of the monitors:

Built into NEON is LE Bluetooth, providing the ability for remote operation of the NEON via AtomRemote OS from Apple iOS devices running version 12 or above.

Connect cameras or any video source via SDI, supporting up to 4K DCI 60p via 12G or Dual 6G or lower resolutions and frame rates via 1.5/3G SDI with up to 12 channels of embedded audio. Recordings can be played back and reviewed without needing to off load media or take the camera out of record mode.

HDMI signals without HDCP are supported up to 4k@60p or HD 120 frames per second with up to eight channels of audio and detection of HDR info frame to automatically match the input signal type.

Ten-bit 422 recordings are captured to industry-standard Apple ProRes of Avid DNx Codec using Scene /Shot /Take file or RED/Arri file naming with rich metadata embedded in the file that can be utilized by your NLE or MAM system for asset orchestration.

When in the edit, NEON is designed to connect via HDMI or SDI to your NLE or grading system I/O to provide 10-bit base-band monitoring. This is not affected by the computer OS or ICC profile to ensure accurate monitoring from all leading systems in both SDR and HDR.