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 ATOMNINJA002 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 ATOMNINJA002 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 czdddtysywsews

    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"

    Atomos ATOMNINJA002 reviews

    Ninja Video Hard Disk Recorder is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bye Bye ingest and rendering! We do some run-and-gun stuff and it always pained me to make clients wait around for us to ingest footage from our 5D mk II and then render it out later...not to mention going thru the whole plural eyes thing. Sure, we could use other camcorders but I loved the 5D look and so did our clients. Well, it just got to be too much for us, time-wise. So we bought an FS100UK and married it to a Ninja, and after futzing around with the firmware updates and the Lion linking update (which allows you to mount the Ninja as an external hard drive via FW800; a production MUST, in my view) we have used it on a couple shoots with zero glitches.The big pros: no more ingesting, no more transcoding to ProRes (the Ninja does that on the fly); instant access to your footage in the Final Cut Pro timeline. For run-and-gun situations, how can you overstate how important it is to be able to edit footage immediately? Until there's an HDSLR that can record natively to ProRes on a card, this looks like it's gonna be our solution.The big cons: it's heavy (although it's reassuringly rugged, so I don't really mind the extra kilo of weight); it's a little balky with playback (more than once it has given us a error upgrading firmware message when we tried to play back files, but a quick reboot solved the problem); it records files into a maddening system of subfolders (I hope there is a firmware/software solution to this problem in the offing). Also, clips exceeding 4gb are auto-split because (according to the manual) of a FAT32 file size limitation, so that means you have to reaassemble long interviews in your timeline, but they do match up exactly, so that's not a deal breaker. These cons, cumulatively, cost the Ninja one star, in my opinion, so I'm giving it four out of five, but it's an admiring 4-star review. All too often people are willing to nitpick at new technology rather than recognize what an important advance a device like the Ninja represents. I would rather buy a camera that goes straight to ProRes, but until that day comes--if it ever comes, which is by no means a certainty--I'll be a Ninja guy.
    Date published: 2012-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm confused This thing records flawlessly but when I push PLAY button all I have is 30 sec of black screen and then massage:firmware upgrade fail......Only 2 of 10-15 tries Ninja plays clips.I tried to contact people at Atomos and after 3 days they told me to contact the seller. Inside:WD Scorpio black 500G which is suggested by Atomos.
    Date published: 2012-02-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect external recorder for HDSLRs Purchased this to use with my Nikon DSLRs for videography, definitely useful to have in the workflow. Can be used with any Nikon DSLR that has live view and HDMI out, even if they don't have the movie recording function built into the camera.
    Date published: 2012-03-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice product- bad accessories I'll be trying this product out as a mini video village/ daily review device with a Red One and Red Epic camera. The hardware itself is great. Screen is a little dim, and the mechanics are a bit clunky- otherwise it does exactly what is says, and the price is great. The downfall is everything else 1. Drive enclosures are plastic! which means they can warp in heat, and an overzealous grip could over-tighten the screws preventing the drive from mating with the device 2. The cables are basically rubbish. I can already tell they will not last, and shipped pre-bent into tight little knots. 3. Dual charger and battery is nice- the mechanical action of placing and removing the batteries in not nice. it seems like the release button for the batteries doesn't do anything. 4. No manual, but fairly self-explanatory. 5. The case is complete garbage. Ok- I get it, you wanted to name the product Ninja and have a little marketing sticker (that was peeling off when i opened the box) that says Ninja. Fine. However when your 1000 dollar product is stuck inside the cheap case because the glue for the foam wasn't dry yet you can bet your customer will not be too happy. I literally had to scrape off brow crusty glue from a brand new device. Just ship us the product without all the extras. I would gladly trade the case, cables and plastic sleeves for two aluminum sleeves. In fact- if you sell them as upgrades, then I will buy them, just don't try to fool anyone into thinking a knock-off pelican case is anything other than what it is- a bad marketing idea.
    Date published: 2011-10-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding with New 2.01 Firmware I bought this as a backup recorded to the in-cam recording on my Sony NEX-FS100U. This is a complete product now that the V2.01 firmware has been released. It fixes major flaws in the product: full speed/quality playback, full timecode options including TOD, renaming of the drive, sequential file naming, and more have all been added. It records for hours at ProRes 422 on a 500GB Hitachi drive, and is fairly rugged. The resultant 422 files have more latitude than the built in codec in both color reproduction (2x at least) and much less compression on rapid movement. I am finding significantly more detail on things like foliage and other detailed backgrounds that even the excellent codec in my camera can't quite reproduce perfectly. I have had three minor issues: 1) One battery was DOA. Atomos support has been outstanding and is working to get me another. 2) I was not able to get the included (by B&H) Magic Bullet Grinder to properly reverse telecine 60i footage. Compressor, however, worked fine. (I didn't test anything else). If you don't know, on the FS100 and many other cameras, if you set your recording to 24p, for compatability reasons the HDMI output still is set to 601. But the 24p progressive frames ARE still in that 60i stream; they just need to be extracted by a process called reverse pulldown or reverse telecine. The Ninja doesn't do this in hardware; it has to happen afterwards. The good news is this process is very quick; and if you are recording 25p (non US) or 30p (US/Japan) you can skip this step. 3) The battery holding mechanism is extremely solid. Perhaps too much so; it's very hard to extract batteries. I scratched the back of the unit where the batteries mount pretty badly just removing a battery. I can't imagine chnaging batteries while recording; the recorder would be jostled pretty severely doing that. The included batteries are the worst in this regard; other Sony batteries I used are easier to remove. The drive caddy extraction isn't obvious. The slide mechanism to remove it isn't spring loaded as you'd think; but once you finally understand how it works you'll have no issues. The caddy case itself is plastic and scratches very easily as it goes in and out. The rest of the body (except the battery mount) is metal and well-built. Overall, for the price a highly recommended product that needs a few tweaks in physical design. It does lack HDMI passthrough, which would be nice as well.
    Date published: 2011-10-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from THANK YOU .....B&H and NINJA 2.0 I've had a ninja for a week now ... and is VERY VERY PLEASED .. the pictures on my sony z5 has a new life ... Can really recommend Nija 2.0. And thanks for dropping and, using MiniDV. THANK YOU .....
    Date published: 2012-02-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Recorder I use my Ninja to record church services from the HD-SDI output (converted to HDMI) of a Panasonic AV-HS400A. I currently use a Toshiba MK3265GSXN 320GB hard drive. This drive gives me just over four and a half hours of record time using ProRes 422. I also plan to use my Ninja to record from handheld cameras as well. I have tested it with Panasonic AG-HPX170PJ (HD-SDI converted to HDMI) and with consumer version Panasonic HDC-TM900. Both worked fine (use the EXT DISPLAY button on the TM900 to get rid of the OSDs). I edit using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD V11. There is only one thing I don't like about the Ninja: FAT32. Each file is broken into 4GB chunks which can be problematic in post-production (files on the timeline in the wrong order is a big one). !!!Really looking forward to exFAT or other firmware solution!!!
    Date published: 2012-01-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept my Rig Relevant The product is easy to use and produces records good looking footage. I was about to ditch my old HDV Sony V1U until I saw that this device came out. Recording through HDMI off of my camera allowed to delay a purchase of a new camera and the stuff I've shot with this looks excellent. Pro: -Small, easy to use and very long operational time on batteries. -Uses regular 2.5 HDD so I can record tons of material for cheap. Takes quite a jolt for the unit to go into shock protection mode. -Good enough monitor for a director to see framing and such. (Not color correct and not good for pulling focus though) -Everything you need, besides HDMI cable, is in the box! (I disagree with the people that believe it should come with a HDMI cable because I use right angle very long cables so providing a cable is pointless to me. The thinking was probably that HDMI cables are prevalent, cheap and people require different lengths and connectors.) Cons: -File hierarchy that is used to organize files is annoying for Adobe Premiere users. (Awesome if you are a FCP user) -ProRes codec not awesome for Premiere users either would have been nice to have a couple of other choices. -FAT32 for HDD format is annoying. The files have a maximum size of 4GB so it splits your takes in multiple parts. Bottom line: this unit is production worthy and I plan to use it with my new and old rigs.
    Date published: 2011-10-14
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