Production Quality, 10-bit Recording
The Ninja implements Apple ProRes in hardware to give you
real-time, 10-bit recording anytime, anywhere. It takes advantage
of low-cost, modern technology by utilising HDMI-capable pro-video
and consumer camcorders as well as DSLRs. Record directly to the
Ninja on location in super high quality, for the most streamlined,
affordable Final Cut Pro workflow available today.
Using flash memory (CF, SD, SDHC) may be ok for stills photography,
but it’s just not there yet for serious high-definition video
production. The professional alternatives – SxS, P2 –
are too prohibitively priced to just ‘record and
forget’. Atomos goal was to reduce the cost of recording
media so drastically that digital media production could be
achieved on a traditional tape-based cost model.
The Ninja uses ordinary, low-cost 2.5” Notebook HDD or SSD
hard drives. These are housed securely inside the Atomos Master
Caddy, which locks inside the Ninja. The drives are hot-swappable,
which means inserting new drives on the fly is a snap.
Using tried and tested storage guarantees performance and
reliability. A 750GB/5400rpm drive holds 8 hours of high quality
Apple ProRes footage and costs just €90! Spinning HDDs are
for everyday use, in normal conditions, while solid-state SSDs can
be used in more rugged locations.
Powering video devices on location or away from studio environments
can be a problem. We decided that two batteries were better than
one and designed a unique Active/Passive Dual Battery system that
means you need never run out of juice on a shoot. When the active
battery is depleted, Ninja automatically switches to the
fully-charged passive battery. You can simply swap batteries on the
fly without affecting operation, and we include two batteries with
A Pipeline To Your Timeline
The Ninja’s tight Apple ProRes integration means recorded
footage is instantly and natively editable in Final Cut Pro. No
need to waste time transcoding or converting from other camera
formats. We use standard computer connections – FireWire 800,
USB 2/3 or e-SATA – to give you total flexibility when
connecting to your MacBook, iMac or MacPro. Simply insert your
Master Caddy into the Master caddyDock provided and you are editing
instantly. You can also, of course, transfer the footage to your
central SAN or LAN.
Record and Store
Keep your pristine footage in the Master Caddy on the shelf for
archiving after production. The drives are cheap, the format is
high quality and the original recording will always be there for
peace of mind. Before Ninja, storing your rushes on the original
digital media was unthinkable, now it’s a no-brainer.
Simple Operation. Rugged, Portable
Design (Ninja + Master Caddy)
The Ninja is simple to use, rugged and portable. There are no
fiddly buttons, just a crisp, high-resolution touch screen monitor.
Ninja has just FOUR main functions: Record, Stop, Monitor and Play.
That’s about as simple as it can get! The user interface is
designed for one-touch operation with every function clearly
visible and accessible.