Atomos monitors enhance shooting of big cats

Award-winning Australian cinematographer Abraham Joffe used Atomos Shogun monitor recorders to film big cats in Kenya.

Because these animals do not follow cues or take direction, catching, focusing and framing shots are paramount.

Thus, Joffe turned to the Atomos Shogun monitor recorders with their daylight-viewable high brightness screens for this project.

Atomos Shogun’s Flame and Inferno series of monitor recorders feature a seven-inch display with 1500 nits of brightness.

“When we are out here in the African bush, we are often in pretty strong light. Even without a hood I can see what’s going on the screen,” Joffe explained.

“Atomos is the best screen on the market in my opinion and it’s a piece of kit that would stay in my bag wherever I go around the world.”

Another key feature to him is the peaking function: “Getting focus is critical, so the ability to have a really strong peaking mode with different colours is fantastic,” he said.

It is so good, in fact, that his team “often just rely on the screen, not even looking at the camera’s viewfinder”, he added.

“In addition to peaking, the recorders also have the ability to magnify the image to check the focus if you prefer.”

Lookup tables, or LUTs, are a common way of previewing how finished footage will appear like when graded with different looks.

Joffe said he liked to record as flat as possible so appreciates the ability to apply a LUT, which gives a very good control over exposure.

The Atomos Shogun Inferno and Flame series have a bank where up to eight LUTs can be preloaded for rapid preview. Hundreds more can be loaded at any time if placed on the solid-state drive (SSD).

“The most important feature for me is the recording capabilities. So, we shoot on a variety of different cameras and we like to shoot in 4K, at least. We run 4K into these screens every single day,” Joffe said.

Atomos has meanwhile revealed a price drop for its Flame and Inferno series monitor recorders — making them even more affordable to filmmakers who want to achieve the best possible results from their cameras, said the company.

Customer can now get a 4K recorder for the cost of an HD product, Atomos concluded.

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