Atomos is expanding its Ninja family, with two new Ninja products and a major update for Ninja V.
All new is the Ninja V+, built for Apple ProRes RAW 8K productions, and Ninja Stream, which offers 4Kp60 HDR for a high-quality social distancing production environment. In addition, Ninja V receives the option to add the H.265 (HEVC) codec.
The Ninja V+ is said to deliver high-quality, accurate monitoring and extended recording capabilities. It comes readily enabled with ProRes RAW recording from 30 different cameras via HDMI and selected RAW over SDI cameras, providing users with the option to select their preferred choice of camera body and lens optics.
Ninja V+ sports a new stealth grey bezel and expands the processing power to deliver for 8K and high-frame-rate RAW recording. Using the latest chip technology, this premium Ninja can record ProRes RAW at even higher frame rates and higher resolutions than the Ninja V. The extra horsepower allows the platform to add other ‘plus’ features when combined with future Atomos products and upcoming AtomX modules.
Included in the codec arsenal is the ability to record video inputs using the 10-bit H.265 codec for high-quality compressed recordings with small file sizes, ideal for streaming and sharing online.
Ninja V+ will also be able to record 8Kp30 ProRes RAW when connected to a Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera.
To support SDI users, Atomos is also introducing the Ninja V+ Pro Kit which comes with additional accessories and enables 4Kp120 ProRes RAW recording mode from the SDI RAW output of the Sony FX9 and FX6. Customers of both Atomos and Sony will be able to experience the benefits of working with images at a high frame rate and resolution, while recording in ProRes RAW directly from the Ninja V+ Pro Kit monitor-recorder for maximum flexibility in the edit.
Also new from Atomos is Ninja Stream, which has been designed specifically to overcome the challenges of today’s socially distanced productions, offering simultaneous recordings of both ProRes and H.264/5 proxy with shared file names and timecode, while sending video feeds to other Ninja’s, smart devices or web-based platforms simultaneously – all from one small package.
Ninja Stream is a 5in 4Kp60 connected HDR monitor-recorder with WiFi, Ethernet and USB-C to usher in a new era of streaming on productions without a computer in sight. Video feeds are shared with others on set via WiFi to devices and Ethernet 1Gbe at up to 300m and livestream content around the world without the need for a PC - all at the same time.
Finally, Ninja V will now benefit from the addition of H.265 workflows, with up to 4Kp60 10-bit 4:2:2 full ‘i’ frame with options for 8-bit at various data rates. Atomos will be adding these features through a one-click $99 upgrade from May 2021.