Combining their love for Japanese history and (we assume) Robert DeNiro, Jigsaw24 favourites Atomos have unveiled the Ronin and Ronin Duo at IBC 2012. These portable HD-SDI recorder/player/monitors are apparently “a smart solution for both fixed-facility and on-location production,” which you have to admit sounds pretty neat.
Ronin is based on the same AtomOS operating system as Atomos’ other products, and takes its lead from the award-winning Samurai recorder, featuring the same easy to use touchscreen controls, flexible AC/DC power supply and ability to capture, monitor and edit Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD.
The new additions include balanced XLR inputs and outputs, and a front channel headphone jack with monitoring selection; SDI, LANC and Atomos Active Seal record triggering; rack and rack mount compatibility, plus feet for improved tilt control. There’s no HDMI connectivity, but you can always add an Atomos Connect H2S and/or S2H converter if you need that functionality.
The Ronin Duo
It may sound like the title of an ill-thought out sequel, but the Ronin Duo is actually two Ronins mounted “elegantly” in a 19″ rack adaptor, giving you dual HDD/SSD recording and dual 5″ monitors for playback.
Pre-orders for both are expected to start before the end of 2012, with US pricing standing at $2195 for a single Ronin and $3995 for a Ronin Duo.
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