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Atomos Debuts Spyder Color-Calibration Tool at IBC

Device Will Offer One-Click Rec. 709 Calibration for $199

Australian manufacturer Atomos came to IBC with the Spyder, a color-calibration device from Datacolor (Lawrenceville, NJ) that will be offered as a branded solution for maintaining color accuracy on field monitors such as the recently shipped Samurai Blade, with its five-inch 1280×720 IPS touchscreen display.

Atomos said the Samurai Blade gains "one-click color calibration" in Rec. 709 color space through the use of custom software designed for Datacolor's Spyder4 hardware as part of a strategic partnership between the two companies. Atomos said Spyder color-calibration will be implemented "soon" in other Atomos recorders.

The Spyder, which measures the color output of a display as it's pressed against the screen's surface, can be used as a standard calibration unit for any display device with the purchase of Datacolor software, Atomos said. A Windows-compatible Atomos Spyder will start shipping in November for $199, the company said.

Also shown at IBC was the new AtomOS v5.03 software, a free upgrade that adds functionality to audio-level monitoring, including a frame-accurate audio delay option. "We've worked hard to make sure the meters have smooth, accurate color with proper VU ballistics," said Atomos CEO Jeromy Young in a prepared statement. Young said Atomos has shipped 20,000 field recorders to date worldwide.

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