We recently received the Atomos Shogun external monitor/recorder, a bit of gear a lot of customers have been eager to work with for some time now. We’re currently putting it through its paces and will have sample footage for you soon, but for now, we thought we’d put together a few tips and tricks that we’ve found useful when shooting with the Atomos Shogun.
If you’ve got something like a Rode Videomic Pro plugged into your camera and intend to have the Shogun record the audio off that, you need to make sure the Shogun is set to do so. On the bottom-left corner of the Shogun’s screen is a small icon representing incoming audio (highlighted in red here). Tap that to bring it up, then make sure that the “Rec” button is a bright red next to the audio channel you want to record. If you’re not seeing any activity in your intended channel, check your camera; audio recording might be turned off.
2. Ensure clean HDMI output
Cameras like the A7s can output not just the video signal to the Shogun, but also the on-screen menus – which will get recorded along with your intended footage. Make sure you turn those off!
3. Lock your screen
Once you start recording, you can press the power button once on the shogun to lock the screen. This prevents any accidental touches from registering on the touch screen. You can also change a setting in the Shogun to power the screen down when you lock it, and save that use for in-between shots to save battery life.
4. Touch everything
Just about every icon on the Shogun’s main screen is interactive. We puzzled over how to format connected media for several minutes before one of us touched the tiny hard drive icon near the top-right portion of the screen. Turns out, the entire set of text labels across the top (highlighted in red), which we initially assumed were just status labels, are actually interactive controls for formatting media, choosing the recording codec and quality, etc.
Admittedly, this tip is more for those of us who can’t be bothered with the manual ;-).
5. Power off properly
Pressing and holding the physical power button on the right side of the unit to turn it off might seem like the intuitive thing to do, but that’s not how you turn the Shogun off. The proper way to do it is to tap “Menu,” then tap and hold the on-screen “Power Off” (highlighted above in red) button for about 3 seconds. Holding the physical power button on the unit is a forced power off, to be used only if the unit’s touch screen becomes unresponsive.
We’ll have test footage (including low light footage) from the Shogun shortly, but so far, we’re really loving this thing. What are your thoughts? As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.
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