Atomos Ninja Video Hard Disk Recorder

Atomos Ninja Video Hard Disk Recorder

Atomos Ninja Video Hard Disk Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Real-Time 10-Bit Recording via HDMI
  • Input Formats up to 1080i and 1080p
  • Color 16:9 LCD Touchscreen
  • Version 2 Firmware
  • ProRes Recording & Playback
  • Timecode Support for Multicamera Shoots
  • Hot-Swappable 2.5" Notebook HDD / SSD
  • Active / Passive Dual-Battery System
  • FireWire 800 / USB 2/3
  • Lightweight / High-Grade Aluminum
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Atomos Ninja overview

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The ATOMOS Ninja Video Hard Disk Recorder captures real-time, high-quality 10-bit Apple ProRes video files with resolutions up to 1920 x 1080. Connect it to the HDMI output of your camcorder to bypass the camcorder's internal compression – you'll enjoy 4:2:2 capture at various selectable quality levels.

The Ninja features upgraded firmware. The Record button is bigger and therefore easier to press on the touchscreen. Navigation during playback is easier, and you can scrub through even the longest clips to find any given point quickly. These playback functions all operate independently of the camera, so you can review clips with an untethered Ninja.

The new firmware also features timecode support with time-of-day for multi-camera shoots, Record Run, Auto Restart, Set Start Point, Timecode from LANC (auto detect of drop frame timecode), and a Drop Frame Functionality. Just touch "Timecode" on the display to access these features.

The Ninja's color 16:9 TFT touchscreen has a resolution of 480 x 270, and it supports input formats up to 1080i and 1080p.

Any manufacturer-tested 750 GB, 5400 rpm storage drive (not included) can be used to hold almost 8 hours of the highest-quality ProRes HQ video. Solid-state drives are perfect for rugged recording conditions, while more affordable spinning hard disk drives can be used under normal circumstances. Hot-swappable 2.5" notebook HDD or SSD drives are housed inside one of the two included ATOMOS Master Disk Caddies, which slot into the Ninja Hard Disk Recorder.

The unique active/passive dual-battery system enables easy swapping of the batteries. This system lets the Ninja Hard Disk Recorder switch to a fully charged battery on the fly without affecting the operation. The Master Disk Caddy slots into the Master Caddy Dock, which features FireWire 800 and USB 2/3 connectors, for excellent flexibility when connecting to a MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro, or Windows machine. Recording ProRes files, the Ninja is a dual-platform device and compatible with any QuickTime-supporting NLE, including Apple Final Cut Pro X & 7.0, Adobe Premiere 5.0+, Grass Valley EDIUS 6.0, Sony Vegas 10, and Lightworks.

With its touchscreen monitor, the Ninja recorder allows you to execute its four main functions easily: Play, Stop, Record, and Monitor. Each function is easily accessible and clearly visible. For this version of the firmware, the Ninja's playback has been optimized so the recorder can display – smoothly, and at the full resolution of the Ninja's display – Play, Step, Fast-Forward, Fast-Fast-Forward, Fast-Rewind, and Fast-Fast-Rewind of the ProRes files that it's recorded.

The Ninja is constructed from lightweight, high-grade aluminum and provides easy access to batteries, connectors, and storage. It features a 3.5mm headphone (or line) out that enables you to monitor audio, and the 3.5mm line level audio input enables synchronized capture of dual-system audio. The disk recorder can be accessed remotely via its LANC loop.

Note: Not recommended as a solution for recording the live HDMI output of most DSLR cameras. The HDMI output on cameras such as the Canon 5D/7D/T2i and Panasonic GH2 is intended for monitoring, not recording. An exception is the Nikon D800, which produces a clean HDMI output signal that is intended to be recorded by external devices.

Real-time 10-bit recording of Apple ProRes files, supporting input resolutions up to 1080i and 1080p
Greatly improved playback quality for firmware version 2.0
Frame-by-frame advance and reverse
The 16:9 LCD touchscreen display has a resolution of 480 x 270
Hot-swappable 2.5" (6.35 cm) HDD or SSD drives (not included) are housed inside the included ATOMOS Master Caddy that slots into the Ninja Hard Disk Recorder
With a 750 GB manufacturer-tested drive installed in the Master Caddy, the Ninja can hold up to 8 hours of high-quality 10-bit ProRes video
Solid-state drives are perfect rugged recording conditions, while spinning HDDs can be used under normal circumstances
The active/passive dual-battery system enables easy hot-swapping of the batteries in situations when one battery drains, without affecting operation
The Master Caddy's FireWire 800 and USB 2.0/3.0 ports provide flexibility when connecting the unit to MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro, or Windows machines
Improved naming conventions for firmware version 2.0: There's sequential file naming, and no two files on the same drive will get the same name
Unit Naming allows you to give a customizable name to your Ninja unit, which in turn names the removable media so you can recognize it easily (i.e. Camera 1)
Rename the Ninja unit and the drive for each customer or camera
3.5mm headphone or line out enables monitoring of the audio level, and the 3.5mm audio line in allows you to record a synched audio track from a separate audio source
Can be accessed remotely via its LANC loop
In the Box
Atomos Ninja Video Hard Disk Recorder
  • Battery Charger with Power Supply
  • Carry Case
  • 2 x Master Disk Caddies
  • 8 x Screws for Fixing Disks within Caddies
  • 2 x 2600mAh Batteries
  • Master Caddy Docking Station with USB & FireWire Cables
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty + 2 Additional Years with Online Registration
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    Atomos Ninja specs

    Operating Power Approx 6.3W (TFT max brightness, recording ProRes HQ to WD 7200 rpm Scorpio Black 500 GB drive)
    Approx 3.0W (TFT max brightness, monitoring only)
    Batteries 2 x Small 7.4V 2600mAh (included) - recording time
    5 hrs HQ; 7 hrs 422; 9 hrs LT
    2 x Medium 7.4V 5200mAh - recording time
    10 hrs HQ; 14 hrs 422; 18 hrs LT
    2 x Large 7.4V 7800mAh - recording time
    15 hrs HQ; 21 hrs 422; 27 hrs LT wzcebybaayuqxuyqftttsxbsrwuaffub

    Recording times reflect 1080i60 extreme detail video; better at lower rates or with typical video. Automatic and manual switchover of battery for continuous operation

    Screen Color 16:9 TFT Touch Screen
    Screen Size 4.3" (10.92 cm) diagonal
    Resolution 480 x 270
    Aspect Ratio 16:9 Native / 4:3 Letterbox
    Video Input HDMI
    Input Formats HD: 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 1080p30, 1080p25, 1080p24, 1080p23.98, 720p60, 720p59.94, 720p50
    SD: 480i, 576i
    Recording Time ProResHQ: 3 hours (HDD 300 GB), 5 hours (HDD 500 GB), 7.5 hours
    (HDD 750 GB), 77 min (SSD 128 GB), 2.5 hours (SSD 256 GB)
    ProRes422: 4.5 hours (HDD 300 GB), 7.5 hours (HDD 500 GB), 11.5 hours
    (HDD 750 GB), 2 hours (SSD 128 GB), 4 hours (SSD 256 GB)
    ProResLT: 6.5 hours (HDD 300 GB), 11 hours (HDD 500 GB), 16.5 hours
    (HDD 750 GB), 3 hours (SSD 128 GB), 4.5 hours (SSD 256 GB)
    All video input formats supported
    Audio Input HDMI 2-channel embedded
    3.5mm line-in 2-channel line level audio with analog gain adjustment
    Audio Output 2-channel 0.5W balanced headphone or line level output (3.5mm)
    LANC LANC In and Out Loop for integration with Camera LANC and Accessories
    LANC Loop feature
    Dimensions (WxHxD) Without batteries: 4.53 x 3.43 x 1.61" (115 x 87 x 41 mm)
    Weight Including batteries and spinning disk: 1.48 lbs (675 g)
    Master Caddy
    Storage 2.5" SSD or HDD minimum 5400 rpm
    Standard 9.5mm height or slimmer drive supported
    Master Caddy Dock 2.5" SATA to FireWire 800, USB 2.0/3.0
    Supported Computers Mac: All MacBook, Mac Pro, and iMac Models
    Windows: All USB 2.0/3.0 compatible notebooks and desktops

    An Apple ProRes QuickTime application is required to run ProRes on Windows

    Dimensions 2.95 x 4.13 x 0.47" (75 x 105 x 12 mm)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.5 x 12.0 x 5.0"

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