External hard disk recorders like the new Atomos Ninja Star have been very popular. They offer an easy way to record to high quality easy to edit codecs on cameras that would only offer highly compressed quality. cinema5D reader Björn Kurtenbach shared a comparison he shot on a Canon C100 that shows off the difference between highly compressed internal AVCHD recording (which is a 4:2:0 signal) and external ProRes 422 and 422 HQ recording to an Atomos Ninja Star external recorder via the uncompressed HDMI output. Check out the great video comparison below. Which solution do you like better? Please let us know in the comments. Make sure you watch this in HD!!! What we see up here is surprising to say the least. In some moments it seems as though internal AVCHD recording is on par or actually better than ProRes. External on a Sony A7S? I just returned from a shoot with 3 Sony A7S cameras where I also tried to record the feed on an Atomos Ninja Star. Unfortunately at this time the ProRes signal on the Ninja cuts off some highlights and blacks on an A7S so it is not recommended. Sony needs to work on an update on numerous issues with the A7S firmware. Generally I would say the internal Sony A7S encoding is absolutely sufficient for most if not any application. The C100 codec is a lot weaker though.Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of NAB 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com What gear was used to record this video? Take a guess in the comments, we’ll reveal later. The reason we like Atomos harddisk recorders is that they are affordable and easy to use. We’ve seen the Ninja at IBC 2011 and reviewed its counterpart the Samurai (link to review) that sports SDI connectivity. At NAB 2012 ceo Jermoy Young presented their Ninja 2 device, a hardware upgraded version of the existing Ninja model that adds hdmi out and an improved screen. The old Ninja’s screen didn’t perform very well outdoors because it wasn’t very bright and lacked resolution (480×270). The new Ninja 2 has a 800×480 display with improved brightness and a viewing angle of 170°. It should start shipping shortly and costs $995 like its predecessor:Read more
By: Sebastian Wöber In this 10 minute video David Shapton, President of Atomos EMEA, gives us an in depth look at the new Atomos Ninja hdmi to ProRes (HQ) recorder that will retail at $995. If you want one you should order now as this product will most likely sell like hot bread! As I told you in my post yesterday a new camera solution for the low budget filmmaker is imminent and will replace the current line of hdslrs in professional productions. We’re talking about a setup that will cost around $5000-$8000 and provide an alternative to cameras like the RED and give you much better results and workflow than a 1Dmk4 or 5D2 can. Yesterday we saw the Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle, a portable device for just $345 that will record video uncompressed via hdmi or sdi onto a solid state drive. This is gamechanging! I will go more into detail in part 3 of this series of posts. Now I would like to present to you the Atomos Ninja which basically does the same as the Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle but will save the recorded feed as ProRes 422 instead of uncompressed. This is good because it will save harddisk space, recompression time and the amount of harddisks you’ll have to use/buy. That means you’ll also save manpower and money over the Blackmagic. The harddisks you’ll be able to use with the Ninja are standard 2.5 inch notebook drives you can already buy for around 60 bucks. Let me break it down for you: Blackmagic: 15 minutes uncompressed (1.6 GB/s) = 180GB = 180GB ssd drive = $480 Atomos: 6 hours ProRes 422 (HQ) (220 MB/s) = 2.5″ 640GB drive = $50 www.atomos.com Thanks to Ralph Merzbach for holding the mic ;)Read more
By: Sebastian Wöber We didn’t think this would ever happen, but if you’re here at NAB 2011 and run around with open eyes and ears you’ll realize there’s a new low budget filmmaking tool right around the corner that will definitely kill the dominance of hdslr in the higher segment (speaking RED alternative) by summer this year. Here’s the first one of several pieces to the puzzle. The Blackmagic HyperDeck Shuttle. Make sure you check back here as I’ll continue this story further on. Let me just get some more interviews with Canon and Phantom here on the last day at NAB.Read more
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