Atomos Ninja Star Pocket-Size ProRes Recorder & Deck

Atomos Ninja Star Pocket-Size ProRes Recorder & Deck

Atomos Ninja Star Pocket-Size ProRes Recorder & Deck

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Atomos Ninja Star Pocket-Size ProRes Recorder & Deck

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Product Highlights

  • Records 1080p 10-Bit, 4:2:2 via HDMI
  • ProRes HQ, 422, and LT Codecs
  • Micro HDMI Input & Loop Output
  • Stores to CFast Cards
  • 64GB CFast Card Included
  • Audio Line-In
  • Audio Level Indicators
  • 5 Hour Battery Life
  • Mounting Plate with 1/4"-20 Thread Holes
  • Lightweight at Only 4.6 oz
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Atomos ATOMNJS001 Overview

  • 1Description

The Atomos Ninja Star Pocket-Size ProRes Recorder & Deck is a compact, lightweight HDMI recorder which stores video to CFast cards. It records up to 1080/30p resolution video via the HDMI output from capable cameras and uses edit-ready Apple ProRes HQ, 422, or LT codecs at 10-bit with 4:2:2 color sampling. A 64GB Atomos-branded CFast card is included.

The Ninja Star offers similar recording options to Atomos Ninja monitor/recorder models, but strips away the monitor portion to create a lighter, more compact option. This is useful for users who want to keep their camera rig size manageable, or who already own an external monitor and want to add onboard ProRes recording. At only 4.6 oz, the recorder is even light enough for many quadcopter or multicopter setups.

The Ninja Star records to readily available CFast cards (generation one or later), which are highly reliable and offer fast read/write speeds. It also features time code and start/stop trigger support, an audio line-in, and an HDMI loop-through output for sending the signal to an external monitor. A battery and battery charger come included. For flexible mounting options, a mounting cheese plate is also included which provides 1/4"-20 threaded holes along the bottom and the sides. The recorder and all accessories come packed in a carry case for convenient storage and transport.

10-Bit 4:2:2 ProRes Recording
Record up to 1080p video in edit-ready 10-bit 4:2:2 Apple ProRes HQ, 422, or LT from your camera's uncompressed HDMI output, bypassing a round of internal compression and data loss.
CFast
The Ninja Star stores video to a single CFast card, generation one or later. CFast cards are small, reliable, and available in sizes up to 256GB, providing up to 2 hours and 40 minutes of Apple ProRes HQ recording. A 64GB CFast card is included, offering a read speed of 200 MB/s and a write speed of 80 MB/s.
Start/Stop Trigger
Trigger record start/stop and capture time code in sync straight from the camera with Atomos' HDMI time code trigger protocols from Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Nikon, and JVC.
Audio Line-In
Record audio direct from the camera on the two embedded digital channels or add an external mic via the audio line-in for an extra two channels of analog audio.
Micro HDMI Input with Loop-Output
The Ninja Star's Micro HDMI input allows you to connect cameras with an HDMI output. A Micro HDMI loop-output is provided for viewing sending the signal to an additional device, such as an external monitor.
Additional Features
  • Battery lasts up to 5 hours
  • Lightweight at only 4.6 oz
  • Large, colored control buttons
  • Audio level, battery life, and recording time indicators
  • Mounting cheese plate with 1/4"-20 threaded holes along the bottom and the sides for flexible mounting options
In the Box
Atomos Ninja Star Pocket-Size ProRes Recorder & Deck
  • 64GB CFast Card (v1.0) wvxaeffvrbet
  • Cheese Plate Mounting Bar
  • Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Atomos CFast Card Reader
  • Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty (3-Year with Product Registration)
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    • 1Description

    Atomos ATOMNJS001 Specs

    Interface
    Connections 1 x Micro HDMI In
    1 x Micro HDMI Out
    1 x 3.5 mm audio line in
    1 x USB
    Indicator Lights Audio levels
    Battery charge level
    Time remaining
    Recording format
    Video lock
    Convert
    Recording
    Playback
    Recording
    Resolution 1920 x 1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
    1920 x 1080pSF 23.98/24/25/29.97/30
    1920 x 1080i 50/59.94/60
    1280 x 720p 50/59.94/60
    576i 50
    486i 59.94
    Codec / Format Support Apple ProRes HQ, 422, and LT (10-bit, 4:2:2)
    General
    Storage 1 x CFast, generation 1.0 or higher
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.8" (8.9 x 5.8 x 2.0 cm)
    Weight 4.6 oz (130 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 6.0 x 3.4"

    Atomos ATOMNJS001 Reviews

    Ninja Star Pocket-Size ProRes Recorder & Deck is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a game changer! I know that Atomos gets a lot of attention for the higher end recorders with integrated monitors. But this little guy is really fantastic. It turns my new canon c100mkll into a phenomenal hi-def camera at half the price of the c-300 - with a codec I'd rather use. It's durable, super easy to use, and the results appear to be spot-on. I'm using it with my canon and also the sony-a7s. I absolutely DON'T CARE about 4k, at this point. And ProRes, for my business, seems to be the best way to go, in terms of having manageable file sizes combined with highly gradable results. Love the case and peripherals. Atomos is all class! And I couldn't be happier with this purchase.
    Date published: 2015-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why now? I needed it long time ago... Yes Atomos, if you guys read this review I mean it. I would love to have this product since Ninja came out. I own both Ninja 2 and Ninja Blade, and also had to get this one for my C camera. It is little but powerful product. It has everything Ninja recorder has just without screen and at amazing price point. Those buttons feel so nice, makes me want them for other Atomos recorders instead of touching the screen. They have great feedback/feel to them. The only thing I don't like is the price of CFast cards. They're way overpriced compared to SSDs. I think. that Atomos should have made CFast to SSD adapter cable, I had to make my own. And since it is Atomos, it even works fine with spinning hard drives. And yes I do have to use separate power source for that.
    Date published: 2014-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great price but some limitations This little recorder gets 4 stars for it's size, build quality and price. I was pleased when Atomos created the Ninja Star without a monitor. The monitor on Ninja 2 was not accurate and made the recorder heavier and costlier. A couple of issues: first, the audio input can only handle line signal. So, if you're connecting the Ninja to your headphones output on your DSLR, just to get a scratch track...you're out of luck. Second, it does not have audio out for monitoring the sound. So even when you get high quality audio, you can't monitor it directly of the Ninja, which is a deal breaker for professionals. But for the price, to be able to get uncompressed Prorez 422 from a DSLR, that's pretty amazing.
    Date published: 2015-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Want better quality from your C100? Hands down this is an amazing product. I did not wanted an atomos ninja monitor so I went with this option since it's so light and compact. Attaches pretty easy to C100 and records amazing ProRes footage straight from the sensor. The one drawback is that it takes a second to start recording from the moment you hit the record button on the C100, not a bad thing just s simple detail to keep in mind while filming, specially run and gun style. If you have a C100 or camera that does not record ProRes and want better quality and a nice codec, don't think twice about it.
    Date published: 2014-12-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Lightweight Recorder Got this Ninja Star instead of one of the other Atomos recorders because I wanted to keep my FS700 rig really lightweight. That being said, it does the trick. It seems the recording quality is the same as the other Atomos recorders. That being said, I have two complaints. One is the playback functionality when you plug plug into a monitor via hdmi micro out. There's no thumbnail view or anything. The recorder just plays the clips in order, so it can get a little tricky to navigate once your card starts to fill up. The other thing is that you have to screw a metal plate (plate and screws included) to the bottom of the recorder to mount it to your camera. I'm a little confused as to why they didn't just put the mount screws directly on the recorder itself.
    Date published: 2014-08-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Little Recorder Takes the video of your DSLR camera and upgrades it a notch. I ordered the Atomos mini to macro and also macro to standard HDMI cords and they work perfectly. One con is that Atomos says my Nikon D750, with latest firmware, should trigger the start/stop of the Ninja Star but it doesn't. Atomos wrote back to me but still no luck. This, however, is not a deal breaker. Pushing the start button of the Star to get it into record mode is easy enough. Another con, not a deal breaker, is that QuickTime is necessary for PC to show & edit the prores pictures and QuickTime easy to hack according to latest reports and Apple no longer supports QuickTime. Many PC owners have uninstalled QuickTime. Adobe (I use Premiere Pro for editing) says a work-around is coming soon.
    Date published: 2016-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Perfectly with Canon 7D Mark II The Ninja Star mounts easily on the hot shoe of the 7D Mk II. Once you get all the 7D ii's menu settings, especially timecode and record command, correct the Ninja Star starts and stops recording when you press the start button. The HQ 422 test footage I brought into Final Cut Pro looks great! This is a great addition to the Canon 7D Mk ii for video production. The Ninja Star comes in a practical case with battery charger and accessories. You will need a short HDMI mini to HDMI micro cable to connect the Ninja Star to the Canon 7d MK ii. Also a mount for the hot shoe. I shoot double system sound and feed the audio into the 7d Mk II or keep a separate slated recording. I also have a Sony Alpha a6000 and my tests show it working well with the A little trickier menu settings though. You will need a short HDMI Micro to Micro cable to connect the camera and the Ninja Star.
    Date published: 2015-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes A Difference! Using the Ninja Star with an A7s while shooting SLOG2. It stands up to the necessary grading much better than XAVCS native codec. Also used it with my A7r. Huge difference over AVCHD. Very large file sizes, but video plays smoothly in Premiere Pro CC. Highly Recommended.
    Date published: 2015-03-27
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    Hey quick question, will this work with a Canon Rebel T5 (not T5i)?
    Asked by: Detwann J.
    Sorry, no it will not. In order to use an external recorder, you need a camera with an clean HDMI output. Unfortunately the only Canon cameras that do that are the 7D Mark II and the 5D Mark III.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Can I use whit camera Sony HVR Z1U?
    Asked by: Jose C.
    While the Sony Z1U is a great camcorder, it was released before Sony starting putting Clean, Uncompressed HDMI outputs on their camcorders. It will not work with the Ninja Star I'm afraid. For an HDV Camcorder like the Z1U we have the Datavideo DN-60. This unit will record an HDV/DV file directly on to a Compact Flash Card through Firewire.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Would this work with the Canon EOS 70D? (as in the auto-start recording and proper video recording)Thanks in advanced :)
    Asked by: Hanson L.
    Hello Hanson L, the 70D is not listed in our supported camera's so we couldn't say for sure. the 70D does have a HDMI out however it my not be a clean output. the Trigger should work as we do have Canon protocols. if you can, i suggest you visit B&H and test it
    Answered by: Roger C. Atomos Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Hello, I just bought a Ninja Star and cannot get my Canon 7D Mark II to work with it. It works fine with my Canon C300 though. So I'm thinking there is something wrong with their cables (Atomos Micro to Mini HDMI cable). Has anyone experienced this kind of issues with the Ninja Star? And before you ask, yes I'm able to get a clean signal from the 7D to a Small HD DP7 monitor using the Mirroring function on the 7D. Thanks in advance for the help.
    Asked by: sebastien A.
    Not sure if you have resolved this issue or not. But when using it with a Nikon, no output adjustments are need. It simply records whatever is on your screen, even info screens. So I just basically plug it in, the red video lock light goes out, and I am good to go. For clean video however, you have to clear everything off of the screen.
    Answered by: UWG C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Can the Ninja Star act as a CFast Reader? Or is it required to buy the CFast Card Reader?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Hi,The Ninja Star will only act as a recorder / player but not as a CFast reader. There is however an Atomos USB 3.0 CFast reader included in the kit.
    Answered by: Lewis B. Atomos Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Can it be used with a Sony HVR Z7 camera?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    IF the Sony has an HDMI out it can be used with the Atmos.
    Answered by: Thom B.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Will the Atomos Ninja Star Pocket-Size ProRes Recorder & Deck work with the Sony A7S?
    Asked by: jim g.
    Yes, though it is not capable of recording a 4k signal.
    Answered by: Timothy J.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    question

    Does HDMI output include Timecode?
    Asked by: William
    It can, but you have to make sure you're sending the TC to the device as you're recording. Check your cameras HDMI output settings, depending on what camera you have it may have the option to include the TC in the video output.
    Answered by: Ruby P.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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