Do you ever suffer from gear envy? When I saw that Atomos is shipping a new version of their Atomos Ninja Blade 5″ SDI Monitor & Recorder mine went into high gear.
If you shoot with a DSLR you know the pain of having to stop and re-start recording because your camera has a time limit of 20-30 minutes. Covering an event is a total nightmare. Editing highly-compressed video is another bummer.
Enter the field video recorder, and this Atomos Ninja Blade 5″ SDI Monitor & Recorder looks like a shooter's dream.
Scopes, zebras, focus-assist, bright high-resolution screen, high-bitrate Pro-Res and Avid DNxHD recording, and much much more – for under $1,000. For the complete lowdown, head over to the Atomos web site.
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The new Ninja Blade offers a stunning 1280 x 720 5” SuperAtom IPS touchscreen, at 325ppi 179-degree viewing, 400nit brightness and multi-frequency (48/50/60Hz) operation, you can expect crisp, super smooth monitoring and playback.
The capacitive touch panel gives lightning-quick response times and gesture capability. Controlling AtomOS 5.1 on Ninja Blade is silky smooth.
The Ninja Blade is the world’s most advanced smart production recorder, monitor and playback deck. Every part of its physical and operational design has been carefully crafted to deliver the ultimate in simple operation and mission critical reliability. The Blade combines multiple devices – external monitor, capture card, playback deck and cut edit suite – into a single affordable tool. It’s lightweight, tough and robust for operation in the field.
10-BIT 4:2:2 QUALITY FOR THE MASSES
Your affordable DSLR or camcorder is ripping the life out of your sensor with MPEG 420 8-bit recording. Increase the quality of any camera to professional edit friendly codecs – the files are large and the result amazing, only Atomos deliver the ultimate in quality recording to the masses.
So why record 10-bit from the sensor of a camera, if it's 8-bit? Well, if you want to edit, use CG or 3D effects, green screen or add titles and transitions, these will all be crushed to 8 bit. We bypass the 8-bit and record 10-bit colour registries to ensure your video plays nicely with all computer effects.
COLORS YOU CAN TRUST
Atomos is the worlds first to offer a portable calibration unit for the Ninja Blade – a Monitor, Recording Device and Deck. No other competing device offers this level of color precision. Developed in partnership with Datacolor the Atomos Spyder gives the Ninja Blade one button color calibration normally only found on high end monitors. With Spyder, the Ninja Blade gains the ability to accurately calibrate to the SMPTE Rec 709 color space with a D65 white point with 100% gamut.
Being able to trust the colors on a monitor while setting up the shot with RGB, Luma Parade and Vectorscope tools means perfect results every time. Professionals will spend far less time color correcting and finishing in post helping you save time and money.
In a time where every client now demands the color grading, you can trust the colors from your camera, to your Blade, to your edit station. We offer the only reliable workflow.
Never has it been so easy with one click color calibration anytime, anywhere while recording.
RECORD DIRECT FROM THE SENSOR
Direct from the sensor – the best quality from your great lens and sensor, no matter when it was made. Old and new cameras alike can get the benefit of higher quality recording, enhancing new cameras and breathing new life into older ones.
SYNCED REC TRIGGER AND TIMECODE
Triggering record and capturing timecode in sync with your camera is essential to smooth production with external devices. We have teamed up with all the leading camera manufacturers, including Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, JVC, RED and Arri to give you frame accurate timecode and start/stop triggers over both SDI and HDMI from almost all cameras. We also added a tally light so everyone knows when it’s show time.
We include LANC and rolling timecode trigger for those older cameras that don’t have start/stop flag protocols on board – we monitor the timecode and trigger record when the camera starts rolling!
THE LONGEST RECORDING TIME AROUND
Using HDD up to 1TB means we can record high quality footage, free you from the hassle of changing memory cards and increase the quality of your footage at the same time. A 500GB drive costs $50 and records 5hrs of the highest bit-rate Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD formats. Using Avid 36 you can record up to 60 hrs on a 1TB drive! Flexible and affordable long and short recording, the adaptability you need in the field, on the road and in the studio.
THE MONITOR THAT THINKS IT’S A RECORDER & DECK!
Professional monitoring & signal testing – recording included for free!
Probably the most surprising thing about AtomOS is that we can add functions traditionally performed by dedicated devices. Monitoring and signal testing is one such function. Essential for creative set up and capturing the perfect shot – monitoring tools define how well you perform on the day. This means monitor assist functions to check exposure and focus are a must.
SHOT SET UP AND SIGNAL TEST TOOLS!
We offer a comprehensive tool set that any test engineer would be proud of – a full waveform monitor, RGB parade display, luma overlay, vectorscope with zoom and test pattern generator for signal calibration. You get focus peaking with multiple levels and colors for ease of use, false color in two modes, zebra 0-100% fully adjustable and blue-only for that quick exposure check!
(cover photo credit: snap from Atomos)