With the release of the new ZATO CONNECT 5″ streaming monitor, ATOMOS added a very affordable product to their ATOMOS CONNECT range of streaming devices. Available to pre-order for $399.
Atomos has a reputation for creating affordable products for filmmakers that offer high value to their (quite long) life span. The NINJA V has been released in 2018 (see our NAB coverage here) and, although the NINJA V+ was released in 2021, it is still up-to-date. With the addition of add-on modules, you are able to extend its functionality even further.
The ATOMOS ZATO CONNECT is based around the housing and 1000-nit display of the NINJA V, but with live streaming as its main feature. You can connect almost any HDMI or USB UVC source and the ZATO CONNECT will make it available as a webcam source over its USB-C output. You can use the webcam feed with Facebook Live, Twitch, YouTube, and other social media sites.
ZATO CONNECT can also convert your HDMI or USB feed to be used for web conferencing with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Slack, and other conferencing software.
You can attach any camera/gaming console, etc. using the HDMI (up to 4K 30p) or USB-C-Input on the back of the ZATO. There is also an HDMI output available for attaching another monitor.
For connecting to the computer (in up to 1080p60), there is a second USB-C port which is still free after attaching a USB-C source.
On the side of the ZATO, there is a 3.5mm mic/line input for attaching microphones and other audio sources. You can also plug in your headphones for monitoring your audio, which can be mixed independently and combined using the easy-to-use tools inside the ZATO.
USB-PD (USB Type C) can be used for powering the ZATO CONNECT, in addition to the built-in NP-F battery plate. You can easily mount this device on top of a DSLR or mirrorless camera or simply put it on your desk next to your computer or gaming console.
Stream anytime, anywhere
The ZATO CONNECT can also connect directly to the internet via WiFi 5 (hence the two large antennas) or Gigabit Ethernet (using a USB-C Adapter) if you would like to stream without using a computer. You also get the ability to join cellular hotspots so you can stream or teleconference from anywhere.
AtomOS Lite software
As the name implies, the operating system is a slimmed-down version of what you usually find in ATOMOS recorders. You still get the essential, easy-to-use tools to combine sources, record streams, and overlay graphics to add more value to your stream or video presentation.
ATOMOS Stream subscription
At launch, the ZATO CONNECT will include ATOMOS Stream, which will include free streaming to a single platform like Facebook Live, Twitch, Youtube, and more. Later in 2022, ATOMOS will start offering a subscription service, which will allow you to stream to multiple platforms simultaneously, using ATOMOS Cloud Studio.
All streaming is done with industry-standard encryption so all data transfers are protected and streams are secure.
A partnership with NDI brings support for high-efficiency video transfer between devices using NDI|HX. The NDI|HX standard lets you easily deliver frame-accurate video with refined encoding and low latency. NDI|HX activation is worth $99 but is free for 3 months if you pre-order the ATOMOS ZATO CONNECT today.
Price and availability
You can pre-order ZATO CONNECT for $399 now and receive a 3-month-subscription of ATOMOS Cloud Studio and NDI|HX activation (valued at $99) for free.
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