After turning on the ZATO CONNECT for the first time, you'll be greeted by a NO INPUT message, sitting on top of a bright orange backdrop. This signals that there's currently no Input Source connected to the ZATO CONNECT.
Top Menu Bar:
You will also notice the Top Menu Bar, which summarizes the most significant parameters when it comes to using the ZATO CONNECT.
IN: Highlights the input signal specification (resolution and frame rate) or says No Input when nothing is plugged into the ZATO CONNECT.
OUT: Details the ZATO CONNECT's HDMI Output signal specification.
Audio: Shows the Audio sources selected in the Mixer.
Rec: Specifies which compression variant for recording H.264 is selected.
SD Card Icon: Shows a live preview of the remaining record time with the currently inserted SD card.
LIVE Button: Press to start or stop the streaming output of the ZATO CONNECT.
Network: Details WiFi connection status and signal strength. The second icon highlights the Ethernet connection status.
Power: Shows the Battery status based on a voltage reading or if the unit is powered via USB PD instead.
Audio Meters: This shows the audio meters for the Output Mix.
Note: Pressing a label in the top bar acts as quick access that takes you to the corresponding section in the AtomOS Lite menu system.
Bottom Row Menu:
The Bottom Row Menu provides quick access to a variety of the ZATO CONNECT's functions.
Record Button: Press it to start or stop recording onto the inserted SD Card. This button stays greyed out if no SD Card is inserted.
Note: It is also used to get back into Record/Live View mode if you've previously switched over to Playback mode.
Play Button: Press to switch into Playback mode. Once in Playback mode, it is used to bring up or hide the File Browser to select the clips you want to play back.
Monitor Button: Toggleable button to hide or show the Top Menu Bar and Bottom Row Menu.
Overlay Button: Takes you to the Overlay Menu to select presets or Apply/Hide Overlays.
Note: This button only shows up if you've previously configured an Overlay preset.
Besides the four major function buttons, there are ten toggleable buttons for quick access to the monitoring tools.
Horizontal Flip (Also known as Selfie Mode): Pressing this button flips the image horizontally to make filming yourself more convenient.
Vertical Flip: Rotates the image by 180 degrees. Helpful if you want to use the ZATO upside down.
x2 Zoom: Zooms into the image and allows users to check critical focus.
9 Grid: Used to make framing your shot following the rule-of-thirds more convenient.
16:9: Brings up the 16:9 Frame Guide.
1.91: Brings up the 1.91 Frame Guide.
4:3: Brings up the 4:3 Frame Guide.
1:1: Brings up the 1:1 (Square) Frame Guide.
4:5: Brings up the 4:5 Frame Guide.
9:16: Brings up the 9:16 Frame Guide.
Menu Icon: Provides quick access to the last Menu you've previously had open.