Enter the Ninja (part 1)
Enter the Ninja (part 2)
The Ninja by-passes in-camera compression to record pristine, uncompressed images straight from the HDMI connector of your camcorder directly to Apple ProRes.
There's no need for capture cards or I/O boxes, Final Cut Pro users can just go straight from lens to timeline!
POST 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 high quality 10 bit 4:2:2.
LOW-COST, HIGH-CAPACITY STORAGE
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 simple and trouble-free.
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.
CONTINUOUS, HOT-SWAPPABLE POWER
Powering video devices on location or away from studio environments can be a problem. A unique Active/Passive Dual Battery system has been used on the Ninja which means you need never run out of power 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. Two batteries are included with every Ninja!
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.
FireWire 800, USB 2/3 or e-SATA interfaces connect to your MacBook, iMac or MacPro. Simply insert your Master Caddy into the Master Caddy Dock provided and you are editing instantly.
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
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. The user interface is designed for one-touch operation with every function clearly visible and accessible.
The Ninja is designed to sit silently on or near the camera or camera operator. It is small, light and tough. Made from lightweight, high-grade aluminium, the connectors, storage and batteries are all easily accessible. Line level audio provides higher quality audio than most cameras offer, and the 1/4 headphone out allows for audio monitoring level adjustment. Included is a LANC loop to ensure that the Ninja can be operated remotely.
Furthermore, the screen on the Ninja can also be used as a video monitor whilst filming. This product fulfills many functions.
The Ninja is expected to ship in December 2010.
More info at http://www.atomos.com