September 17, 2013

IBC 2013: Atomos previews calibration solution

AMSTERDAM — Melbourne, Australia’s Atomos (, which creates camera-mounted recorders such as the Ninja-2 and Samurai, as well as pocket-sized Connect converters, showed a pre-release of the Spyder at IBC. Developed in partnership with Datacolor, Spyder is a field monitor and recorder color calibration tool.

The Samurai Blade includes a five-inch SuperAtom IPS, 1280 x 720 IPS 325PPI touchscreen. Samurai Blade allows the recording of 10-bit images straight from the camera sensor directly to inexpensive HDD or SSD drives, captured using the Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codec. With Spyder, the Samurai Blade gains the ability to accurately calibrate to the SMPTE Rec 709 color space with a D65 white point with 100 percent gamut.

The solution can also be used as a standard calibration unit for any monitor or computer, provided Datacolor software is purchased from their Website. The Windows compatible version of the Atomos Spyder is slated to ship in November for $199.