To enter this menu, tap on MON in the Information Bar across the top of the screen. The Monitor Mode menu will open on the bottom of the page. Alternatively, tap the yellow Settings icon and select the Monitor Tab.
Before entering into the operation of HDR monitoring, it is important to understand the background of HDR. We advise that you read the ATOMOS HDR Guide to familiarize yourself with the key terms and differences between the existing Rec.709 standard dynamic range (SDR) and the way we view images in High Dynamic Range (HDR).
Using Standards - Native / Rec.709 / HLG / PQ
ATOMOS 10 uses predefined settings to display your video when viewing in HDR. On the left side of the screen are buttons that correspond with Native, Rec.709 (SDR), HLG and PQ (HDR) levels. For information on the LUT icon and using LUTs, refer to the How to import LUTs to your NINJA V+: section.
Activating these buttons will display your video according to the levels indicated below, allowing you to adjust your exposure accordingly and take the guess work out of exposing correctly for HDR.
Native Video Source
This option will display the video source without any processing and the NINJA V+ will behave as expected for a standard broadcast monitor. When connected to a camera this means the image you are viewing is the untouched camera output e.g.. a standard Rec.709 image or a Log image etc. A standard Rec.709 image will look correct and a Log image will look flat.
With this mode selected the NINJA V+ will map from the camera gamma/gamut so that 100% linear IRE maps the panel’s white (1000nits). Everything above is clipped.
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
With this mode selected the NINJA V+ will map from the camera gamma/gamut so that 1200% linear IRE maps the panel’s white (1000nits). Highlights are slightly compressed.
With PQ mode selected the NINJA V+ will map from the camera gamma/gamut so that 2000% linear IRE maps the panel’s white (1000nits). Highlights have more compression and look similar to HLG, but closer inspection will reveal more detail is visible in specular highlights.
Your camera’s dynamic range will determine how much more detail is visible between HLG and PQ modes.
On the right side of the screen, the monitor tab provides options for the NINJA V+
The Display off function allows for the screen to be turned off without affecting the operation of the unit. When enabled, the screen will turn off whenever you lock the display screen by tapping the power on/off button on the side of the unit. For more information refer to the Date & Time section.
The Tally light on the rear of the unit will still display red for record and the idle (green) status will be displayed on the front screen LED. If you have an ATOMOS CONNECT accessory attached, this will enable/disable the tally light on the rear of the CONNECT.
The Flip screen option allows you to invert the screen to meet your needs of operation.
Whilst the screen is inverted, take note to respect the air flow and not to obstruct the cooling vents of the unit.