Atomos and Timecode Systems – Wireless AtomX SYNC Ninja V Module

The Wireless AtomX SYNC module is a new product from Atomos and Timecode Systems which should make multi-camera setups sync much easier. It connects to Ninja V’s expansion port and synchronizes more recorders and Timecode Systems products wirelessly in one network. All units in the network can also be controlled from one Ninja V unit. In the future, there will also be a remote app to control the whole network. AtomX SYNC module should ship within a few weeks and the price is around $150.

Atomos SYNC sandwiched between the Ninja V and a battery – Image credit: cinema5D

At the end of October 2019, Atomos announced the acquisition of Timecode Systems, a UK-based company designing and producing timecode sync solutions (our news post can be found here). Atomos promised integration of Timecode Systems technology into their products for better and easier multi-cam production workflows.

One of the first outcomes of the acquisition is the AtomX Wireless Sync module for Atomos Ninja V. During Inter BEE 2019 in Japan, Atomos and Timecode Systems presented the working modules. My colleague Johnnie asked Paul Scurrell from Timecode Systems about this new module and the future of Atomos timecode synchronization.

Wireless AtomX SYNC Module for Ninja V

AtomX SYNC module takes advantage of the expansion port of Ninja V. It connects right to the body of the recorder and provides a battery plate for Sony NP batteries. The module itself also contains a small battery that acts as a hot swap solution, so users can change Sony NP batteries without powering down the recorder.

The module can wirelessly synchronize multiple Ninja V recorders equipped with SYNC modules, other Timecode Systems products, and new Atomos products with built-in wireless sync modules. The module integrates the timecode information directly into the video files from the Ninja V. The number of synchronized devices is unlimited.

Apart from being a synchronization module, the AtomX SYNC also offers control. All connected Ninja recorders in the network can be controlled from one unit. Users can change recording modes, framerates, resolutions, codecs, and so on. Recording on all Ninja V recorders in the network can also be triggered by one unit.

Every AtomX SYNC module contains a long range wireless antenna to communicate with other Ninja recorders with SYNC modules on set. It also contains a Bluetooth antenna to connect to a smartphone. Atomos will offer a remote app, which will be able to connect to the AtomX SYNC module and control it. Through one module, it will be possible to control all the devices in the network. Atomos remote app will basically offer all the controls which are accessible on the touchscreen of Ninja V itself.

In their future products, Atomos will integrate the timecode sync modules into the products directly. The Neon series from Atomos already has the timecode sync built-in.

Price and Availability

AtomX SYNC module is available for pre-order now and it should start shipping within the next few weeks. The price for the module is around $150.

What do you think of the Sync module for Atomos recorders? Can you imagine using it on your multi-cam shoots? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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I am wondering if you perhaps know if any of this wireless LTC functionality will be coming to the Shogun 7 so will it be just in a separate ecosystem?

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Now if Atomos would fix the TC issues between the internal camera recording vs Shogun Inferno recordings that they have acknowledged but are neglecting to fix Inferno owners could have proper TC parity.

They just seem more interested in making new products to not support. Not trusting Atomos for anything TC dependent anymore.

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What’s the issue?

And maybe their acquisition of TCS is an effort to do just that: make products with better timecode support.

Simon Bailey
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Its getting chunky. Did they mention what its going to do to battery life?

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