15 Sep 2018

Atomos poised to ship Ninja V, announces new modules

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The AtomX Ethernet/NDI module further expands the Ninja V's capabilities The AtomX Ethernet/NDI module further expands the Ninja V's capabilities Atomos

Australia’s Atomos has unveiled two new AtomX modules for its highly-anticipated Ninja V 4K HDR monitor/recorder, which is on target to reach stores before the end of the month and also heralds a new version of AtomOS.

The wait for new products to actually be available to buy can seem interminable sometimes, especially when they’re rather eagerly awaited. So it’s good news to hear that in a factory somewhere someone has pushed the button and the $695 Atomos Ninja V’s are rolling into mass production.

It’s probably good news for Atomos too, the company pointing out that the 4k 10-bit HDMI output and Log gammas from several of the new mirrorless cameras to hit the market — with more to come at Photokina perhaps — are good fits for the unit. Not an opportunity to be missed.

To coincide with its release, the company is also updating the AtomOS operating system, promising a ‘ground up’ redesign to provide simpler operation with extensive use of swipe commands. Redesigned icons have an emphasis on easier HDR production, while waveform monitor and audio level meters have also been made clearer.

Newtek Partnership

As to the new modules, which add an impressive amount of potential additional functionality to the unit, these are products of close relationships with Newtek and Timecode Systems respectively.

The NewTek partnership brings the increasingly ubiquitous NDI to the Ninja V workflow, the $199 AtomX Ethernet/NDI module possessing a wired ethernet (1 GigE) connector that makes it possible to deliver live broadcast-grade video over IP networks using NDI technology. The module has NDI input and output with encode, decode, control and sync, allowing Ninja V users to transmit, distribute or receive and monitor NDI from any NDI source.

The $149 AtomX Sync module, meanwhile, brings wireless timecode, genlock and Bluetooth control to the Ninja V, allowing users to sync and/or control “literally thousands” of Ninja V units equipped with AtomX Sync modules on the same network at ranges of up to 300m. This raises the entertaining prospect of making it easy to integrate large sensor consumer cameras into traditional live productions. Or, more prosaically, allowing vloggers to sync a mirrorless camera to an audio device for perfect automated sync sound . The unit also features a built-in battery extender that allows for continuous power when swapping batteries, ensuring uninterrupted operation during a shoot.

It’s all rather neat stuff and makes what is already a useful tool into the potential key enabler for a really flexible production ecosystem. No word on release dates for the AtomX units: we’ll keep you posted.

Andy Stout

Andy has spent over two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K HDR. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

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