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Atomos NEON 17-inch and 24-inch HDR Monitor/Recorders Shipping

The first NEON HDR monitors from Atomos shipping later this month

Atomos Neon 17 hdr monitor 24-inch
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Atomos launches NEON 17 inch and NEON 24-inch HDR monitor/recorders for focus pullers, grading suites, and video professionals. Both monitors are scheduled to ship in November 2020. 

Originally announced at Cine Gear 2019, the NEON range has undergone “a series of changes to ensure that Atomos is providing a high-end precision monitor”. And one that can seamlessly integrate in various production environments from studio/virtual production monitoring to precise colour grading. 

Atomos NEON 17″ & 24″ Precision HDR Monitoring

At the moment, the Atomos NEON series will start shipping in two sizes, a 17″ and a 24″ display size. The first one being more suitable for 1st ACs (focus pullers), gaffers, or as a production monitor for laptop/portable edit systems.

On the other hand, the larger NEON 24″ has been designed for video village, DIT use, cinematographers, providing an accurate and affordable monitor for an NLE and grading application outputs via industry standard video I/O devices.

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Atomos NEON 17″ and 24″ Quick Features/Specs

  • NEON 17″ – Full HD 1920 x 1080p panel with 10bit processing
    • 4K to HD scaling, 1-to-1 display pixel mapping
  • NEON 24″ – 4K DCI, True 10bit panel
    • HD to 2K and UHD to 4K DCI upscaling w/o interpolation
  • 4K/60p DCI ProRes or Avid DNxHR recording
  • Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight technology
  • 1000nits peak brightness
  • 180-degrees viewing angle / 1,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • AtomHDR engine with SDR and HDR selectable modes
  • DCI-P3 Color Space coverage
  • Rec.709, Rec.2100 HLG or ST.2084 PQ support
  • Built-in Color Space Transforms
  • Master Control Unit (MCU) with HDMI 2.0 In/Out
    • upgradeable I/O
    • store up to 8 3D LUTs on internal memory (unlimited via SSD)
    • Xpansion port for AtomX SDI module with 2 x 12G SDI
  • Bluetooth LE – built-in
    • Remote control and operation via AtomRemote OS app for iOS
  • Anamorphic de-squeeze 2x, 1.5x and 1.33x
  • Pricing:
    • NEON 17-inch – $3,999 USD
    • NEON 24-inch – $6,499 USD
  • Shipping in November 2020

Atomos is also developing two more larger models – NEON 31″ and NEON 55″. However, before these go further into the product development cycle, Atomos needs to assess feedback from industry pros as to their viability in the changing workflows for on set virtual and remote productions. 

High Brightness, Deep Blacks and Wide Color Gamut

Furthermore, the Atomos NEON 17″ features a 1920 x 1080 panel with 10bit processing, 4K to HD scaling and option for 1 to 1 display pixel mapping. On the other hand, the bigger NEON 24″ sports a True 10bit 4K DCI (4096 x 2160) panel and HD/2K to 4K UHD to 4K DCI upscaling without interpolation methods.

Both monitors feature a Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight technology to deliver deep blacks at 1000nits full screen HDR peak brightness. Also, the monitors have a 180 degree viewing and a Dynamic Contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. This provides exceptional detail across both the shadows and spectacular highlights.

Accurate SDR/HDR Monitoring on Set and in Post

The NEON monitors offer accurate and consistent SDR/HDR monitoring and can also record ProRes or Avid DNxHR at up to DCI 4K/60p.

However, unlike the Atomos SUMO 19 recorder/monitor, the NEON range does not offer ProRes RAW or video switching capabilities. 

Atomos neon 17-inch 24-inch hdr production monitor
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Designed for Color Managed Workflow

Needless to say, the excellent AtomHDR engine provides the ability to accurately manage your input and display Gamma/Gamut. Selectable monitor modes allow users to work in either SDR or HDR settings, that match both camera acquisition settings, or defined delivery standards including Rec.709, Rec.2100 HLG or ST.2084 PQ.

Moreover, NEON offer native DCI-P3 coverage with wide colour gamuts, such as BT.2020, which are accurately processed by the AtomHDR engine to deliver consistent representations.

In addition, both models feature built-in color space transform tools, allow for the conversion of LOG to HDR EOTFs for display on the NEON or down-stream to client monitors or utilise 3D LUTs for SDR, to monitor with a specified show look.

Master Control Unit (MCU) – Upgradeable I/O 

Unlike with their previous monitors, Atomos is taking a modular approach to the new NEON platform. Thus, the modular approach ensures the I/O of the monitor is easy to upgrade without “invasive surgery”.

The Master Control Unit (MCU) is the brain of the NEON. It supports HDMI 2.0 for both in and loop out, which provides support for video input at 4K/DCI up to 60p.

Furthermore, the MCU firmware is easily upgradable and allows users to upload and store of up to 8 x 3D LUTs in its internal memory or can use a 2.5″ HDD or SSD to store an unlimited library of LUTs. Then, these can easily be uploaded to the NEON via the AtomOS APP on iOS.

The NEON range offers a 2nd level of connectivity via the Xpansion port. The NEON includes the AtomX SDI module which provides 2 x 12G SDI In/Out.

Moreover, the NEON has configurable ports with input support for of up to 4K/60p video with backwards compatible support for Single or Dual Link 1.5G/3G/6G SDI or the ability to toggle between A and B cameras. File naming is also supported for both RED and ARRI cameras allow for easy off board proxy recording with accurate time code and matched file names.

Bluetooth Remote Control via iOS app

The Atomos NEON range has LE Bluetooth built-in giving users the ability to operate the monitors remotely via the AtomRemote OS from an iOS device.

Pricing and Availability

The Atomos Neon line-up pricing starts at $3,999. Both monitors are scheduled to ship this month in November 2020. See pricing for each model below.

  • Atomos NEON 17-inch version – $3,999 USD / 3,699 EUR    
  • Atomos NEON 24-inch – $6,499 USD / 5,999 EUR

In addition, for a limited time, Atomos are including a FREE custom-made HPRC flight case with each Neon 17 and/or Neon 24 purchase. For full specs and more details head over to atomos.com/neon.

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