SAMURAI BLADE
Field Recorder, Monitor & Deck, Playback & Playout Device
10-bit Smart Production for
HD-SDI Cameras
Record > Monitor > Playback+Playout > Edit-Ready
Uncompressed 8/10-bit
SAMURAI BLADE
5” SuperAtom
IPS Screen
1280x720/ 16:9
Monitor Assist +
Waveform Monitor
Playback on-screen
or external monitor
Instantly review,
navigate, mark and tag
your recorded footage
BROADCAST
10-BIT 4:2:2,
1920 x 1080
MASTER
CADDY
HDD/SSD
DOCK
via USB 3/2
MAC & PC
COMPATIBLE
Mac & PC compatible
ATOMOS Samurai Blade
YOUR 10-BIT HD-SDI SMART PRODUCTION WEAPON
Video Input Format and
Pulldown Status
Recording
Format
Recording
Quality
Time
Remaining
Continuous Power
Battery Indicator
Video Input
Connect camera using
HD/SD-SDI cable
Video Output
Connect external device via
the HD/SD-SDI cable
LANC Remote
Optionally control the recorder
using LANC remote control
connected here (use a 2.5mm
TRS/ 3-pin plug )
Waveform
Monitoring
Monitor Assist
Functions
Share remote control with
other devices (loop thru ) by
connecting them to the second
LANC connector cable
Cut and Tag
Favorite/Reject
Audio
Stereo Line In or Headphones
Headphone
Line Out Volume
Audio Channels
and Levels
Rec / Play / Menu
Timecode and
Record Trigger
Vectorscope or
Waveform
ATOMOS SMART PRODUCTION
ALL THE FEATURES YOU’VE ASKED FOR, AND MORE...
Rec
One-touch Recording
Rec
Mon
One-touch Monitoring
SmartControl
SmartMonitor (continued)
Start/stop trigger from rolling timecode set by
supported cameras.
Accurately assess focus and exposure with:
Play
Use Waveform monitoring with:
Adjustable Zebra
Luma Overlay
False Color (two modes)
RGB Parade Display
Blue Only - Exposure Check
Vectorscope
Adjustments for individual filters
Vectorscope Zoom
One-touch Review
SmartLog
Log in and out points on your
footage and tag these clips with
keywords such as ‘good shot’
(Favourite) or ‘bad shot’ (Reject).
Focus Peaking
SmartMonitor
Edit
Favorite
Reject
With the Samurai Blade this part of the post
production process can now be done on set, or
on the move, support by Continuous Power.
SmartLog operates while in Monitor or
Playback mode. It saves time, money and
allows fast, collaborative pre-editing prior to
final post production in Apple Final Cut Pro X.
Rec
Online or Offline,
Master or Back-up
10-bit 4:2:2, 220Mbps, 2.5” HDD or SSD
Mon
1280x720 SuperAtom IPS screen
Waveform Monitor, Focus Peaking, Zebra and more…
Professional media production is all about balancing quality, cost and
time. We understand this dynamic and our aim is to redefine the digital
recording workflow to maintain the highest recording quality, minimize
the time taken to move video from camera to computer and lower the
cost of production using affordable, high capacity, high speed media.
At 325 dpi and 1 million pixels
(1280x720) the Samurai Blade’s
5” SuperAtom IPS Panel
delivers amazing resolution,
super accurate colours and
super deep blacks.
The Samurai Blade takes any uncompressed HD or SD source and
encodes it in real-time to 10-bit, 4:2:2 Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD
at up to 220Mbps. Both are class-leading codecs for production,
broadcasting, editing and post-production. Because we are portable,
we can record from the ultimate image source, the sensor of the
camera.
The Samurai Blade is the first
truly professional monitor that
records, offering full waveform
functionality, including
vectorscope, in addition
to focus peaking, zebra,
false colour and blue-only
monitoring tools.
The Samurai Blade always records in 10-bit, even from an 8-bit source.
We add color registries for incorporating higher bit-depth graphics from
CG, animation and special effects. This avoids banding and makes
editing and grading, in fact any precision effect, more accurate.
Any or HD-SDI
or HDMI source...
DSLRs, Decks, Switchers,
PC, Mac, iPad & iPhone
Samurai Blade has HD-SDI In as
standard and can accept HDMI input
with the addition of a Connect H2S
or Connect-AC H2S.
Nikon/Sony/Panasonic/Canon/RED/ARRI/JVC/GoPro
Whether you’re a Hollywood DoP needing a high quality review and
tagging tool from an ARRI, RED, Canon or Sony camera, or an
independent filmmaker using a Nikon DSLR for end-to-end digital
production, the Samurai Blade makes all types of production faster,
betterand easier, and at very little cost.
James Cameron used Atomos field recorders on his Deep Sea Challenge
- need we say more? From 4 miles down to 20,000 feet up, Samurai
Blade will record your adventures in super high quality – it’s got you
covered on land, air and sea!
Ready to deliver,
high-capacity HDD or SSD
Play
Pristine Playback & Playout
SmartLog – Just Mark & Tag
Use your Samurai Blade’s screen to navigate through and review your
footage, to mark in and out points and input XML tags. Instantly show
your material to production colleagues, clients or talent, and check each
shot in detail, during or after the shoot – logging their suggestions without
leaving the set. Review and log an entire day’s shoot on-set, or while
travelling, with high-quality playback and comprehensive clip logging &
navigation controls.
Just touch “Play” on the Samurai Blade screen and view your full HD
recordings, with up to of 10 hours playback and editing on one battery
charge (and don’t forget our patent-pending Continuous Power for
unlimited operation in the field).
Edit
Instant editing
on MAC or PC!
The Samurai Blade seamlessly migrates your productions to the efficient
and cost-effective world of file-based workflows. By recording directly
to a production-quality, edit-friendly format, it bypasses the codec in the
camera and eliminates time-consuming capture and conversion.
No more expensive memory cards!
Samurai Blade frees you from the financial and
operational constraints of expensive Flash media
(eg. SxS and P2) and aggressive compression
(MPEG-2) by allowing you to use cheap,
commodity storage that’s available anywhere.
The Samurai Blade’s tight integration with Apple ProRes® and Avid
DNxHD means recorded footage is instantly and natively editable in Final
Cut, Media Composer, Premiere Pro, EDIUS, Vegas and Lightworks.
Choose inexpensive 2.5” hard disk drives
(spinning disks) for 90% of projects and
Flash-based SSDs for rough terrain or high
security use. HDDs are now cheaper than
tapes! Store them on a shelf or hand them
to your client. Modern commodity storage is
extremely reliable.
Samurai Blade works right out of the box, you can be
using it within minutes! We supply everything (except storage media).
A 750GB/7200rpm drive holds up to 16 hours
of high quality Apple ProRes® footage.
Supported Drives
HDD: Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung,
Toshiba
SSD: Intel, SanDisk
Latest recommended drives: atomos.com
What’s in the box
Samurai Field Recorder
NP Series-Compatible Battery
Battery Charger 110-240V
AC Adaptor
D-­Tap Adaptor
2 X Master Caddy Cases
2.5” HDD/SSD Docking Station USB 2/3
Contents may differ from those shown here.
FROM SENSOR TO EDIT SUITE
UNCOMPRESSED 10-BIT HD/SD
Uncompressed 8/10-bit HD/SD from HD-SDI
to Apple ProRes® or Avid DNxHD on HDD/SSD
SAMURAI BLADE
TECH SPECS
Samurai Blade Main Unit
Lightweight
12oz (without batteries & HDD)
22oz (with batteries & HDD)
Dimensions
140mm (W) x 87mm (H) x 41mm (D)
Construction
Aircraft-grade aluminium for durability + portability. Fanless for
silent operation.
(without batteries)
HD-SDI CAMERAS
REAL-TIME
PULLDOWN
REMOVAL
RECORD
Operating Power
3.3W (Monitoring Only) / 6.8W (Rec, Mon & Play)
Batteries
7.2V-14.4V Battery System Compatible
NP Series
D-Tap
and supporting accessories
All 7.4v
1. 2600mAh - Up to 4hrs
2. 5200mAh - Up to 8hrs
3. 7800mAh - Up to 12hrs
4. AC Power via adaptor plate (included)
5. D-Tap Adaptor (included - cables sold separately)
Continuous Power*
*Patent Pending
Primary-Secondary battery system. Change batteries without
losing power. Loop batteries continuously.
Touchscreen
Size: 5” diagonal. Resolution: 1280 x 720
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 native/4:3 Letterbox. Rec.709 HDTV Colour Spec
Native Frame Rate Playback (24-60Hz)
SuperAtom IPS (in-Plane Switching) panel
SmartMonitor
FEATURES INCLUDING
WAVEFORM AND
MONITOR ASSIST
HD-SDI IN
HD-SDI OUT
SmartLog*
LANC IN
MARK AND TAG.
READY TO EXPORT
XML FILE.
STEREO LINE IN
HEADPHONE OUT
SmartControl§
EJECT
MASTER
CADDY
FAST, EASY-TO-USE
RESPONSIVE
TOUCHSCREEN
CONTROLS
TRIGGER SIMULTANEOUS
SAMURAI BLADE AND
CAMERA RECORDING
VIA START/STOP OR
TIMECODE.
Choice of codec
Video Input
Uncompressed 10/8-bit 4:2:2
Video Output
Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2
Simultaneously displayed on internal
5” Samurai screen
Mini BNC to BNC cables provided
CONNECT TO ANY
WORKSTATION VIA
MASTER CADDY
DOCKING STATION
FCPX/FCP7+
Media Composer 5.0+
Premiere Pro
EDIUS 6.0+
Vegas Pro 10+
Lightworks
DOCK
SDI SMPTE
259/292/296
HDMI v1.4
HD/SD-SDI x 1
SDI SMPTE
259/292/296
BNC
HDMI v1.4
(HDMI x 1 with optional S2H Connect
SDI > HDMI converter)
Supported Formats
(In/Out)
HD 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 1080p30, 1080p25, 1080p24,
1080p23.98, 1080pSF23.98, 1080pSF24, 1080pSF25,
1080pSF29.97, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50, SD 486i59.94, 576i50
Realtime Hardware Encoding
1920x1080 8/10-bit 4:2:2 to:
> Apple ProRes®
HQ - 220Mbps
422 - 150Mbps
LT - 100Mbps
> Avid DNxHD®
Avid DNxHD-220/220x - 220Mbps (8/10-bit)
Avid DNxHD-185/185x - 185Mps (8/10-bit)
Avid DNxHD-145 - 145 Mbps (8-bit)
Avid DNxHD-36 - 36 Mbps (proxy)
pSF - Progressive Segmented Frame modes are recorded to Progressive rates
(Online Activation
Required)
REMOVABLE LOW COST
2½” HDD/SSD CONNECTS
VIA USB 2/3
Ready to Edit
HD/SD-SDI x 1
(HDMI x 1 with optional H2S Connect
HDMI -> SDI converter)
Simultaneously displayed on
5” Samurai screen
Auto detect and remove or insert
pulldown
Onboard Processing
25pSF (50i) > 25p
29.97pSF (59.94i) > 29.97p
24p (3:2-59.94i) > 24p
23.98p (3:2-59.94i) > 23.98p
Audio input 48kHZ PCM audio
SDI 12 channels + 2 analog channels 2 Vpeak with gain controls
Waveform & Monitor
Assist Function
WFM Luma/RGB Parade with size, dynamic range & opacity controls.
Monitor Assist: Focus Peaking - Color/B&W/Outline, Zebra (0-100%),
False Color, Blue Only & Grid Lines (Centre, Active Safe, Title Safe, 4:3)
Audio output 48kHZ PCM audio
SDI 12 channels + headphone/line-out 2 Vpeak for onboard review.
(Select any pair of channels)
Remote Start and Stop
Via SDI trigger / Via SDI timecode / Via LANC controller
Master Caddy & Accessories
Master Caddy Case
for HDD or SSD
2.5” SSD or HDD
minimum 5400rpm to 10,000rpm
Standard 9.5mm height
Mac + PC Compatible
75x105x12mm
For recommended drives visit: www.atomos.com
Master Caddy Dock
2.5” internal drive SATA to USB2.0/3.0 including USB cable
Accessories included
• Universal Battery Charger 110-240V • AC Adaptor & Car Charger
• Master Caddy • 2 x Master Caddy Cases
• 1 x Atomos 2600mAh battery • D-Tap Adaptor
Optional extras
• 5 x Master Caddy Cases
• Carry Case
• Connect H2S converter
• Connect S2H converter
• Sun Hood
• Canon®/Nikon® battery plates
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* SmartLog currently only supported by FCP X. Certain Canon and Sony models only. Avid DNxHD is HD only, not SD.
Last updated June 2013.
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Australia
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