Atomos Expands Ninja Range

An update to Ninja V includes the option for H.265 codec upgrade. Meanwhile, Ninja V+ - is built for Apple ProRes RAW 8K productions, and Ninja Stream - 4Kp60 HDR for a high-quality social distancing production environment.

The original Atomos Ninja V, launched in 2018, remains the most popular Atomos product and receives the ability to add the H.265 (HEVC) codec. The 5” 1000nit 10-stop HDR-monitor allows users to accurately monitor and record from either HDMI or SDI. Atomos continues to expand Apple ProRes RAW support on all partner cameras over HDMI and SDI. The Ninja V will continue to receive updates for cameras and additional functionality via AtomX modules.

The Ninja V adds 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 upgrade from my.atomos.com in May 2021.

The new Ninja V+ supports continuous recording of 8Kp30 and 4Kp120 in Apple ProRes RAW. Included is the ability to record video inputs using the10-bit H.265 codec for high quality compressed recordings with small file sizes.

Ninja V+ can support 8k and high-frame-rate RAW recording and is able to record ProRes RAW at even higher frame rates and higher resolutions than the Ninja V.

The company says: “The extra horsepower under the hood allows the platform to add other ‘plus’ features when combined with future Atomos products and upcoming AtomX modules. The efficiency of ProRes RAW opens the possibility for creativity with the increase in resolution or frame rate whilst maintaining a workflow that can seamlessly slide on to the timeline of your existing ProRes RAW projects.”

The Ninja V+ will be able to record 8Kp30 ProRes RAW when connected to a Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera – claimed as a true game changer in content creation. Coupled with the proven Full Frame Canon EOS R5, “this combination will propel content creators to a whole new level of production values”. Coming later in 2021.

To support SDI users, Atomos is also introducing the Ninja V+ Pro Kit which enables 4Kp120 ProRes RAW recording mode from the SDI RAW output of the Sony’s FX9 and FX6.

“Customers of both Atomos and Sony will now be able to experience the benefits of working with images at a high frame rate and resolutions, whilst recording in pristine ProRes RAW directly from the Ninja V+ Pro Kit monitor-recorder for maximum flexibility in the edit.”

The expanded codec family is included with the Ninja V+ and Ninja V+ Pro Kit, enabled via the codec activation in the my.atomos.com portal. Existing and future owners of the incredibly popular Ninja V and Ninja V Pro Kit can also upgrade to the highly efficient H.265 codec to expand their codec options.  This feature will be available in May 2021.

In addition, the new Atomos Ninja Stream is designed specifically to overcome the challenges of today’s socially distanced productions. It offers simultaneous recordings of both ProRes and H.264/5 proxy with shared file names and timecode, whilst sending video feeds to other Ninja’s, smart devices or web-based platforms simultaneously – all from one tiny package.

“The incredibly powerful Ninja Stream is a 5” 4Kp60 Connected HDR Monitor-Recorder with Wi-Fi, 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 Wi-Fi to devices and Ethernet 1Gbe at up to 300m and livestream your content around the world without the need for a PC - all at the same time.”

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