Atomos Updates Ninja and Shogun Inferno Recorders For HDR

Panasonic Varicam LT with Shogun Inferno 2_preview

Panasonic VariCam LT with Shogun Inferno

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Atomos has once again updated the firmware for their Ninja Inferno and Shogun Inferno External monitor-recorders, bringing with it expanded 4K HDR recording capability, plus other features for the Panasonic VariCam LT cinema camera and more.

“Our goal at Atomos has always been to bring the most up-to-date technology through new efficient ways to work. This gives every video professional more time for creativity. Getting HDR to screen used to be a complex task that required specialist knowledge. With our latest enhancements, the process of monitoring, viewing, recording and delivering HDR is now simple and straightforward for the first time. I’m sure users will be stunned with the results, especially to standard SDR TVs with HLG.” – Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO

Panasonic VariCam LT with Shogun Inferno 1_preview

Panasonic VariCam LT with Shogun Inferno

Through the free AtomOS 8.4 update, the Atomos Shogun and Ninja Inferno will now support Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) for the Panasonic VariCam LT, along with bringing 4K 12-bit CDNG Raw and 2K recording at up to 240 frames per second via Atomos Raw-to-ProRes technique.

All metadata is also retained through tags, whether from Apple ProRes or AVID’s DNxHR streams, making it just as easy to to use in an end-to-end workflow as in Rec 709. And if your NLE supports HLG, you will be able to edit the clips natively without the need to transcode.

“I’m delighted with what Panasonic and Atomos have achieved working together. The Varicam LT and Shogun Inferno was already a great combination, but the enhanced feature set of AtomOS 8.4 with 240fps brings you a new camera performance standard at the same price.” – Jerome Young

From there, users can also output directly to YouTube with full HDR support, a feature that the streaming media giant recently activated that takes advantage of metadata tags for support. End users will also be able to play out full HDR via Google’s Chromecast Ultra and Amazon’s Fire TV.

Other features include:

  1. Users of RED DSMC2 cameras will benefit from the updated support of the IPP2 pipeline. Inferno monitor/recorders can now be set to display the output of the camera or footage shot using the Log3G10 curve with REDWideGamutRGB.
  2. Analogue audio embedding is now supported on loop through, making the Infernos great gaming recorders, perfect for developers and others recording live game play up to 4Kp60 in amazing 10-bit quality.
  3. Audio support with Nikon cameras is also enhanced, which should prove especially useful with the recently introduced D850 full frame 4K DSLR.
  4. Support for 2TB drives has been optimised, providing extra-long recording times for 2K/4K high frames and CDNG RAW workflow.

Atomos also offers HDR Flag support for gamers who are using Inferno recorders to live stream their game play from video game consoles like the PS4 Pro and XBox One X. This is an interesting move, which shows that live streaming so-called “let’s play” videos has become quite a popular programming choice for millennials, who eschew watching television in favor of live streaming on YouTube and Amazon’s Twitch Network.

The free AtomOS 8.4 firmware update is available for download now at

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.