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Header image for article At the Bench: Atomos Shogun Features & Configurations

At the Bench: Atomos Shogun Features & Configurations

The Atomos Shogun has become a top choice for off-camera monitoring and recording. Its lightweight and feature-rich design make it ideal for acquisition from HD up to 4K.

In this blog, I take a look at some of the newer features made available through recent firmware updates, including working with LUTs, audio recording, recording HD & 4K simultaneously, and how to record a clean video signal from the Shogun.

The Shogun now has the ability to apply a 3D LUT to Log footage. This makes it a good match for the Sony a7S, which includes S-LOG2 in its Picture Profiles, allowing you to capture a wide dynamic range and providing the ability to create custom looks in post. However, looking at Log footage on a monitor can be a bit deceptive; the image can appear washed out and lacking color. A LUT (Look Up Table) converts the wide dynamic range being captured and remaps it to REC709 - the standard used for broadcast. Watch the video to learn how to create, import and apply LUTs to the image with the Shogun. Keep in mind that a LUT is one representation of what the final image could look like; unlike a picture profile, it is not baked into the recording.

I also take a look at the Sony FS7 and demonstrate how the Shogun can record HD color-corrected footage while the camera records 4K internally. The Shogun also has the ability to record external audio from a mic or line level from a mixer. I take a look at these options and offer some solutions to get professional audio results.

Ian McCausland
Camera Technology Specialist, AbelCine LA

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