Atomos announced the new Atomos Connect accessory that plugs in your Ninja V or Ninja V+ and a new Shogun Connect all-in-one device, both of which allow you to capture and transmit your footage directly to the Frame.io camera to the cloud (C2C). The Frame.io C2C system is designed to better facilitate remote collaboration or to send footage shot on location to the home base so that it can begin to be worked on while filming is still in progress.
You can also record your high-quality footage simultaneously with bandwidth-friendly proxies with matching filenames and timecodes for faster transfers. New proxies can be automatically uploaded to Frame.io C2C using a new Atomos progressive file transfer technology that starts transferring the file even while it is being saved. Then someone can start working on it and just swap out the full frames later.
The Atomos Connect is a complementary accessory for your Atomos Ninja V or Ninja V+. Atomos describes it as “a breakthrough innovation for the Ninja product line” that turns your cinema, mirrorless or DSLR camera into fully integrated devices for cloud-based workflows. It features a 12G SDI interface to connect your high-end cinema cameras, Atomos AirGlu wireless timecode, a number of power options as well as WiFi 6, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth LE connectivity. .
The Atomos Connect for the Ninja V/V+ is available for pre-order now for $399 and is slated for release in June.
The Shogun Connect is not an add-on for the Shogun line of monitors, but is actually a complete, fully integrated monitor and raw recorder with advanced networking and cloud-based workflow features built-in. SDI input and output as well as HDMI input and output. Again, you have multiple power options with support for Atomos Sync timecode technology, WiFi 6, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth LE. Plus, you also get USB-C connectivity.
The Shogun Connect will be available for pre-order now for $1,299 and will be released mid-year.
It’s an interesting duo and with the number of people who are still working from home and the number of companies who have realized that their staff can continue to work from home, remote cloud and online workflows are definitely on today’s agenda. With Premiere Pro integrating Frame.io (Adobe now owns Frame.io) and easy remote workflow integrations recently announced for DaVinci Resolve 18, it certainly looks like things are getting a lot easier to do remotely as well.
These tools should help make these remote workflows even more efficient. You can automatically send low resolution, low bandwidth proxy files to your editors, color levelers, etc. even before the current clip has finished recording, then swap the files after the hi-res files have finished transferring later. All filenames and timecodes match between the two files, so changing them should be a snap.
It will be interesting to see how remote workflows grow in importance over the next two years as the industry begins to push even more in this direction.
Atomos will be showcasing new products as well as Frame.io cloud workflows at NAB in Las Vegas from April 23-27, if you’re there and want to check it out.